DuganA IPA - Avery Brewing Company
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4.35/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.
A - Huge, light tan, 3 finger head rises after pouring. Retention is great; foam sticks around on the order of minutes before subsiding to a persistent moderate cap. Sheets of lacing. Slightly hazy light amber in color.
S - Big hops aroma, lots of stuff going on here. My first thought is "cologne," in a good way. Alcohol definitely factors into the aroma, but it's mostly subdued in the background. Flowers, lemons, grapefruits, and indistinct stone fruits are all give that initial perfumey characteristic. Pine and earth dominate the undercurrent, with suggestions of pepper, common Italian seasonings (basil, oregano, etc.), and green tea. Some sweetness is evident but it's difficult to pin down. Sort of like a faint oatmeal raisin cookie.
T - A lot of flavor really slams the tongue right away. Modest base of toffee and caramel flavors are overshadowed by massive hops in the pine/grapefruit range. Mid palate the toffee is almost nonexistant and the herbal aspects of DuganA become very apparent. Lots of leafy herbs in the Italian seasoning vein with a good dose of earth, scallion, bitter grapefruit/lemon pith jumping in and out, hints of tea and mint, as well as a slightly salty/briney characteristic that I often seem to pick up in grapefruits. Late palate/finish has a very herbal/earthy finish. A strange sort of mushroom "dirtiness" hits me along with major tea-like bitterness. There's a grapefruit-ish overtone but mostly the taste is dominated by an interesting mixture of savory spice and mud/bark. Bitterness is approaching scathing with little bits of toffee and caramel lingering around sheepishly. Alcohol becomes increasingly prevalent as the brew approaches room temperature.
M - Medium to heavy body with medium-high carbonation. Quite sticky, but a little prickly at the same time. Just a smidge too prickly for my tastes. A little more sweetness would do the trick. Minor complaint.
D - DuganA certainly gets props if for nothing else than being much less abrasive than it's caustic cousin "Maharaja." Still, a nicely done DIPA hitting somewhere in the middle between the hoppy dry beers of the west coast and the more balanced, sweeter brews in the east. Probably a little rough and bitter for my tastes, though this bottle has gone quicker than I anticipated. Great representation of the hop spectrum with generally minimal malt interference.
Serving type: bottle
01-10-2010 09:21:11 | More by PatrickJR
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