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DuganA IPA - Avery Brewing Company

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DuganA IPADuganA IPA

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,312 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,312
Reviews: 580
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 71
Gots: 76 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Released twice annually in January and again in September.

(Beer added by: GarrisWH on 10-06-2009)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by C20Percent:
Photo of C20Percent
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nearly completely hazy golden-orange with a bubbly cream colored head of foam. There is some real nice complexity in the color with darkness dominating the top and a hazier gold coloring floating on the bottom. Good feature here. Not mind blowing, but good.

S: A very sweet malt; sweet earthy aroma with a noticeable citrus smell bringing up the rear. It's like a subtle grapefruit or apricot or passion fruit. A little bit of candied fruit aroma that reminds me a bit of Brooklyn Brewery IPA.

T: Getting that sweet, caramel malt taste mixed with a nice candied citrus flavor. A very nice balance of flavor between the malt and the citrus, with a slight tilt toward the malt. Very smooth, too. No booziness at all. Nice finish that leaves a fine dryness. Really digging the taste.

M: This might be the best feature of this beer. The body is a little on the heavier side. There's some syrupy, chewy goodness here. A light-medium carbonation here, but I think that working. Makes the beer more refreshing. Very nice.

O: Wouldn't want this to beer my everyday IPA. Not a huge fan of the candied citrus taste, but this beer does it right. It's totally reminds me of Brooklyn Brewery IPA, except less fruitiness and a couple of notches above the normal abv. A good beer.

C20Percent, Apr 28, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always on the lookout for new DIPA's,I grabbed this.Poured into a small tulip glass a clear rich bronze, with a great one finger sticky white head that left multiple broken rings of lace behind as it settled into a creamy mass.Aromas were suprisingly muted,the hop profile of pine resin and citrus showed thru but really were light.Big resiny hop flavors with a bit of caramel/biscuit dominate the flavor profile,I wouldnt say its brutally bitter like the label says but it is quite bitter.This is good but not great,to me it doesnt quite pack enough punch.

oberon, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of RoyalT
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a thick, rich, beautiful brownish-orangish in color with an easy, staying head that left pits and lacing galore. I can see little floaties in the beer as well. It may seem strange to call something a "perfect brown-orange" but the color of this beer is striking.

Smell - This is more of a classic PacNW-style nose full of big hop aromas that drown out whatever malt base may be in there. The pine especially is stiff but not so much that it runs roughshod over the wonderful, deep orange notes. The resin and citrus smells are in perfect harmony here.

Taste - Ah, the malt does come out significantly at the taste and actually manages to hold its own. The pine steps back a bit as pine is prone to do and the citrus loses any sense of sweetness and brings on a wonderful balance to the malt. The malt itself is not overly sweet like some efforts at the style but does have some nice caramel character to it.

Mouthfeel - This is almost full-bodied in the mouth with some nice, sharp bitterness that's not overdone and some decent carbonation for the style. It is very slick and mouth-watering.

Drinkability - This is one of the better DIPAs that I've had and that is saying a lot. Avery can be known for overdoing a style but here they did this just right.

RoyalT, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled 220z. bomber poured into a snifter
Two fingered egg shell foam atop a hazy burnt orange color. The head recedes to a
thin white cap with a spotty lace left behind.
Sweet citrus hop nose that is subtle and not a nose tingler; the alcohol is dominated by thehops though the 8.5%abv is definately there. The 93 IBUs are nice, leaving my mouth wateringafter the first few sips but my taste buds remained intact.Rich and creamy; full bodied goodness; the consistency reminiscent of a soda with cream added; smooth and thickish with the carbonation providing contrast. Even hop flavor throughout leaving the pallet wanting more not tapping out in submission.The finish is dry and more sweet than bitter, all in all pleasant. The refill from the bottom half pours slightly darker, a bit auburn with the same beautiful head and nearly no transluscence.
Great Drink

ArrogantDeadGuy, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #34 (Nov 2009):

Pale orangey color with a mild haze, solid crowning of head from a stiff pour. The aroma is so hoppy that citric and mint hold the nose hard. Smooth medium body drops a deep smoothness, malt stays strong with bready and biscuit flavor to start ... then the hops come. Bitterness rides that fine line between aggressive and simply being on top as it lets the malt flavors through yet slowly pummels the palate with a carefully gauged bitterness of citric peel and wildflowers. Sure, there is a touch of heat in the throat from the alcohol, even some ripe tropical fruit, but it does not rise above the hops. Orange peel, peaches and passion fruit on the palate. Finishes bitter with a breath of alcohol and mint from the hops.

My oh my, Avery has found the true path of hop brilliance.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of sabitu
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

sabitu, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of bulldogg915
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

bulldogg915, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber, poured into a snifter. Amber color with a thick, off-white head. Citrus and floral aroma. Very strong grapefruit taste, a little bit of pine resin. The taste really lingered. A nice, in your face, IPA. Very well done, didn't notice the alcohol.

lordofthewiens, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of NWer
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my 21st Amendment chalice.
Nice body small bubbles nice effervescence. Nice lightly golden one inch head retains well.
The aroma is very pronounced from the get-go filling the nose with pine.
Taste is a bitter, piny hop bomb that doesn't come up short on flavor.
DuganA fills its niche beautifully. Not flowery like some not balanced like some. The focus is clearly hops.
Great job Avery - looking forward to your next offering.

Note:
On the neck of the bottle:
11034B1
10:05262
Whatever that means. I can guess that it was bottled on the 34th day of 2011 which makes it pretty fresh.

NWer, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev -3.8%

DaftPatrick, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of Kappakoosh
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Kappakoosh, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of heddar33
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

heddar33, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of Lazaro
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Lazaro, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of Todd
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Todd, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a huge creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet melon and peppery hops with some caramel malts and resin in the background.

The flavor is some sweet fruit that is quickly dominated by a huge resiny almost tarry hop bitterness that lasts in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with good carbonation - slightly spritzy.

Overall, a monster one-dimensional hop bomb. I prefer a little more balance in the hop flavors (more fruits or pine), and don't care for the tarry dominating bitterness as much. The bitterness just sits on the tongue - I feel like the Keystone commercial guy.

Beaver13, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of TTripp725
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

TTripp725, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of bishopdc0
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very clear amber and golden nice head that. Laces well

Very nice pine and citrus hop aroma slight malt very nice

The taste is bitter upfront and throughout the carbonation starts upfront and dissipates I would like this more if it wasn't just bitter hop flavor there isn't a full hop profile i've come to like in my ipas.

bishopdc0, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of jal_005
4/5  rDev -3.8%

jal_005, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of VernonKell
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

VernonKell, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of megamass
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

megamass, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap a few weeks ago at the Ginger Man in NYC and reviewed from notes. Poured darker almond amber, the head was on the minor side from the pour I was delivered. A thin film was quikly formed, that left ample fine and sticky lace. Herbal hoppy nose. I found this one to be a quite pleasant and easy dringing DIPA, but on the balanced/tame side of the road for my tastes. A bit of a suprise from usually quite agressive Avery. Lacked the true hop crunch that I loook for in a DIPA.

Billolick, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of Wespatrick
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this is the best new DIPA to come out this year. Now that I got that out of the way, I will tell you why I think so.
Pour was a nice light orange color and the head was substantial enough to hang around for a while. Aroma is intriguing mix of resinous pine and more pineapple that grapefruit citrus. There is some alchohol in the nose as well. Taste is well balanced, but not too sweet like many DIPA's that try to overcompensate for the high hop flavor with too much malt sweetness. Finish is quite dry and enjoyable, not at all cloying or muddled. There is some alchohol in the aftertaste, but it is not overwhelming or off-putting. Drinkability is great. I polished off a growler without a wing man and I am feeling no ill effects. Avery says they will brew this beer whenever they feel the need and I hope that is more fequently than once or twice a year because I think it is a great DIPA at a very fair price. Highly reccomended!

Wespatrick, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden orange with a white head. Ton of hops in the aroma, lots of resiny pine. The flavor is more hops, with piney resin as well as a good amount of bitterness. Not a ton of malt flavor. You also get some citrus and grapefruit but the pine is the main hop flavor. Very drinkable for a hoppy DIPA.

Mora2000, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

GreenMountainBoy, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of Skye1024
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Skye1024, Dec 27, 2011
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DuganA IPA from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,312 ratings.