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DuganA IPA - Avery Brewing Company

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DuganA IPADuganA IPA

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1,530 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,530
Reviews: 602
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 79
Gots: 136 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: GarrisWH on 10-06-2009

Released twice annually in January and again in September.
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Ratings: 1,530 | Reviews: 602
Reviews by GeezLynn:
Photo of GeezLynn
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeous orange color with an impressive billowing white head. Great retention.

Big pink grapefruit aroma. Nice floral scent with some pine and a little caramel malt.

Flavor is hop heavy, with lots of resiny pine. Lighter malts provide a toasted biscuit flavored base. Finish is lengthy and very bitter. The flavor didn't quite live up to the promise of the aroma, as I didn't pick up the sweet grapefruit I was anticipating.

Medium-bodied, but very smooth with fine carbonation.

A good DIPA as expected. Very resinous and bitter. I would still choose Maharaja as the more flavorful option from Avery on account of a more complete hop contribution, although the label art on duganA is quite nice.

More User Reviews:
Photo of joeseppy
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mango colour with a generous two inch head. Substantial lacing that makes me wipe my finger in the glass to peel out every last crust of sea foam.

Aroma is bigger malt on the front with a mellifluous tropical floral arrangement. Of course we can't forget Mr. Pine. Caramel wafting among biscuity components.

Hopped up bitterness blended well with the denser tropical fruits creating a desired dankness. The malt sweetness quickly balances the entire taste experience.

Full bodied like the Sabrina sultress laying the debut on the label. Oily hop resin with floral hop in the nose. Layered almost impeccably. Long dry hop finish. A nice sticky dryness. I love the fact that this is not toot sweet yet sticky enough in other words not a palate wrecker.

Fantastic double IPA with a comforting unobtrusive ABV. Great balance, a quality craft and great marketing label. Stands with the best of them. Well done craft at 95 IBU. I will buy again.

Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.38/5  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

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  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.

Photo of DahWag
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of sabitu
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of bulldogg915
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Punchy_Munchie
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.23/5  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.

Photo of NWer
4.47/5  rDev +8%
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.

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

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Kappakoosh
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of heddar33
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Lazaro
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Todd
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Beaver13
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of TTripp725
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of bishopdc0
3.57/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of jal_005
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Fcip78
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of VernonKell
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of megamass
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  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.

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DuganA IPA from Avery Brewing Company
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