DuganA IPA - Avery Brewing Company

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DuganA IPADuganA IPA

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1,570 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,570
Reviews: 610
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 81
Gots: 149 | 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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by rsdaugherty:
Photo of rsdaugherty
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into pint glass
A – 3 finger plus head on an aggressive pour, leaves lots of lacing and stops with a thin layer. Semi-clear brew (minor sediment) I’ll call a slightly orange honey tint 4.5
S – Grapefruit, peach, apricot and pine, lesser herbal notes all with a general slight sweetness 4
T – Citrus and florals are leading but not overwhelming, the whole sip exudes a smoothness, you definitely meet the caramel malts as well before a moderate zest bitter finish. Alcohol is noticeable, hops are leading but malts make a small statement as well. 4
M – Moderate hop centric body feels lighter and has a syrupy smoothness to it. Carbonation is enough to keep the syrup feel in check and provide adequate lightness to the palate. 4
O – Near… but not a hop bomb, fair drinkability the bomber is enough, a good strong IPA for those that want a hop punch with kiss of malt. This is preferred by me over Maharaja 4

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 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 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 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 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.

Photo of Wespatrick
4.23/5  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!

Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap @ Pizza Port C-bad. Poured hazy orange-gold with a short white head. Good lacing. Heavy pine and herb in the nose with lesser white grapefruit. Nice carbonation with a crisp feel. Sharper, bitter flavor with sour grapefruit and sticky resin. Kind of veggie, but in a good way. More of the English IPA bitterness, almost as if Avery was going to do a Majaraja with English leanings. Well balanced with a long finish. I hope this one finds a permanent place in the Avery lineup.

Photo of jimiv73
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmmm this is a tasty beer! I got it @ a pubhouse in redondo beach California! Najas place 88 beers on tap! This beer poured off a beautiful amber color and a small light tan head! The smell was so inviting I could not wait for it to settle! Citrus and hops filled my mouth and I had NO problem drinking this one down quickly! I could actually drink these refreshing beverages all day and into the hot cool nights! Okay now the killer part! The price ugh! 8 bucks a pint ouch! Guess that's the beach for ya!

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Starts with big graham cracker aromas seasoned with resin, a hint of mint, and slight grass aromas with a suggestion of fruit. It pours brilliant amber under a slightly off-white 1” slowly receding foam cap. The palate is melon with tropical fruit over graham cracker, seasoned with fruity hop bitterness throughout and concluding with a hop drying finish. It drinks very creamy and smooth with medium body and carbonation.

Photo of ehammond1
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Liquor Stop
San Marcos, CA

A clear, bright, and stunning gold. A touch of hazy sediment running throughout the beer as I swirl it. Persistent head. Lots of lacing. Very pretty.

An initial burst of tart and sweet citrus notes with a touch of warm alcohol. There's a bit of sweet caramel and some earthy notes as well. All around delightful; as the beer warms the citrus notes become particularly orangey and it smells fantastic!

A relatively balanced DIPA. Hop bitterness and citrus notes are present backed up by a considerable amount of sweet, caramel, and bready malts. The warm alcohol does make its presence known. There's also an earthy, spicy bite which is nice. Tasty stuff.

Easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel. Nearly perfect.

A fantastic and balanced DIPA. I enjoyed this beer from start to finish and would be happy to have it anytime. After drinking DuganA, I'm surprised and dumbfounded as to why Avery's Maharaja gets the attention it does. After having both fresh, this one towers above Maharaja in every facet.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a recent trade with mmapes. Many thanks!

A 22oz bottle with no visible date. I'm still puzzling over the meaning of the name - I get the impression it relates to India but it's hard to tell. The label states that this contains 93 IBUs - clearly an intense brew!

Poured into a Duvel tulip (twice). A rich, hazy orange-amber hue with visible sediment and good carbonation. Produces a huge head of creamy white foam that hangs around for a while before reducing to a surface layer. An overwhelming hop aroma makes love to the olfactory senses - superb! Notes of grapefruit, orange, peel, citrus, pine, resin; a smorgasbord of hop notes to distract you. This is underpinned by a hint of caramel malt and dry yeast - understated but enough to provide balance. The alcohol is well hidden. Fantastic!

Tastes of intense aromatic hops with a spicy, fruity character and a bone-dry bitterness on the finish. Notes of pine, resin, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, subtle caramel and a hint of earthy yeast. Slightly sweet, with a hint of brown sugar in the background. Very dry and exceptionally bitter. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and unusually spicy - the sensation on my tongue reminds me of a good chilli. Full-bodied and nicely carbonated. Highly astringent - dries the palate thoroughly. A powerful aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops.

Wow - what a brew. The perfect balance of hops, bitterness and malt is something that US brewers do so well - if only there were more beers like this over here. A truly magical experience; I can't praise this beer enough. If you are lucky enough to have a chance to try this, don't pass it up. Superb.

Photo of far333
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orangey copper colored with streams of tight bubbles racing skyward. An inch high head of fluffy dimpled off-white oily meringue sits atop in a firm cap. Aroma of grainy hops, full of citrus and pine.

Rich and pungent flavor of marmalade rind, grapefruit pith, light brown sugar, and spicy cinnamon, all punctuated with a semi-sweet honey malt backbone. Notes of ripe fruit and toffee linger.

Rich and full and creamy mouthfeel, slight warming of the cheeks, subtle vapors rise up the back of the nose. Very tasty and drinkable beer.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delightful color, just what you want a great ipa to be. A lil bit hazy, amber orange in color, good head retention, amazing hop aroma. More orange, this time in terms of the citrus aspect.

Tastes like heaven too. Not many, maybe Pliny, better than this. Phenomenal balance for an extremely hoppy beer that doesn't rock you with the alcohol. Avery sure can make a hoppy beer, single, double, porter, whateva.

Very good mouthfeel, may even get better down the bottle, makes you want more. If this stuff was cheap, I'd buy a case.

Photo of williamjbauer
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled served in a weizen glass

A - clear copper amber with 2 finger white fluffy head with good retention and good lacing

S - pine resin, caramel malts, touch of grass, hint of booze! Citrus notes esp. Grapefruit rind.

T - a piney hop forward DIPA with a nice balance of sweet malt but with a fairly bitter finish and an appropiate presence of booze.

M - medium body moderate carbonation, chewy

O - pretty darn bitter, though well balanced with the malt and booze, I'd drink this when I've got a hankering for an ipa

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appears a hazed glowing orange copper hue with a bright off white head forming thick bands of lacing between each sip. Aroma has orange and citrus peels, with pungent herbal weed like notes, juice tropical edges as well sugar coated hops ladies and gentleman. Flavor is a big raw rush of pine, citrus peels, and herbal floral hop bursts. A big sugary pale malt base adds a nice sweetness to the bitter rawness a bit of alcohol presence going on, this is a big IPA probably more of an impy than a single. This is hop juice with a bit of booze peaking threw to balance out the hops. Mouthfeel is big and viscous with hop oils, quite the IPA. I'm glad I revisited this brew I had it on tap last time I was up at Vintage Estate in Boardman this time around it's bottled and I'm glad I tried this stuff. The quickest emptying bottle of 8.5% abv IPA I've had in a long time the balance between malts hops and booziness is incredible this is a classic representation of what a big IPA should be.

Photo of harlanhu28
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy orangeish color, with a good white head that settles to a thin layer.

Smells of slight hops a little sweat bread.

Flavor is better than aroma, strong hops and allot malt. More complex on the mouth feel side..

Has a noticeable bite to it..

Drinkability is good, hoppy and bitter but with a nice balance slite sweet lasting tongue..

It is a good effort.. At the price they could have done a bit better.. For a company that likes alot of malt this is a B+

Photo of PeterParker
4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This is my first Avery ever, I am thoroughly excited.
Poured into a tulip glass.

Crystal clear, golden orange. Much more clear than your usual IPA.

Sweet malt overshadowed by bitter grapefruit scent. Smells like a great West Coast IPA.

Taste is similar to the smell. Hops hit hard, but they hit right on the mark. Sweet, then dry west coast hops. Aftertaste of grapefruit lasts all night. Really amazing.

A little thin, but in my opinion does not take away from the beer, it just tastes too good.

Overall I think one of the best IPA's I've ever had. Right up there with Sculpin, a definite homerun.

Photo of glid02
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cask at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy copper color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head eventually settles into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth caramel malts with hints of lighter pale malts, all overshadowed by pine hops. Moderate amounts of citrus hop aromas also waft in and out.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although not quite as smooth. Sticky caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by loads of pine hop flavors. As with the smell, citrus hops make an appearance, this time midway through the sip. The flavor profile turns slightly bitter with the addition of a more earthy hop flavor before carrying through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I thought the flavor profile wasn't impacted much by the cask-conditioning however the mouthfeel was thickened up nicely. Worth a shot in whatever serving type you can find.

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DuganA IPA from Avery Brewing Company
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