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DuganA IPA - Avery Brewing Company

DuganA IPADuganA IPA

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1,219 Ratings
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Ratings: 1219
Reviews: 582
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%

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)
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Photo of foss69lh

4.98/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This IPA is the standard by which I judge all others. Not excessively hopped and true to its heredity, it offers a perfect balance between full body and rounded, clean flavor that is very pleasurable to drink and thirst-quenching. In my opinion, the perfect flavorful brew for hot weather. It doesn't get any better than this as an IPA, and stand's up well against any other ale as well. In fact, any time I had this available for friends, they'll drink me out DuganA before drinking any other.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 17:33:17 | More by foss69lh
Photo of Seanibus


4.93/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh my God, what a smell - smells like heaven. And the flavor is not far behind.

Pours a beautiful clear golden with a fluffy head that leaves great lacing.

The aroma is heart stopping - sweet, citrusy, and delicate yet assertive. It's like sniffing a musky hop candy.

The flavor follows through perfectly, with sweet, floral, citrusy, candy-like hops.

This beer is to hops what high quality candied ginger is to ginger.

Beware, however, because it packs a strong alcoholic punch, and if you can recover from the delirious blast of hops, you will feel that boozy warmth behind the flavor.

The mouthfeel is thin with a strong bite of carbonation.

This beer is as close to perfect as I can imagine. If I had to think of one criticism it might be that the alcohol burn is a little stronger than it should be. And yet even that may not be a fault, just in the way that sometimes the perfect accent to a good candy is a grain of salt.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 23:29:43 | More by Seanibus
Photo of MeadDrinker


4.9/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a perfect example of a Classic Big IPA. Tons of hops and that earthy piney smell and taste that you want when drinking this style of beer. Well-balanced with hints of citrus and floral, this beer is one to be enjoyed by itself or with any pungent cheeses that can combat with the strong flavor. One of my favorite IPA's. Russian River's Pliny the Elder, Firestone's Double Jack, Drake's Hopocalypse and Ballast Point Sculpin are close runner-ups but this is the top.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 03:29:08 | More by MeadDrinker
Photo of Harvster


4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very citrus hop smell, tiny bit harsh. Smells like a top shelf: perrfect, drinkable, lively IPA. Thought of Mojo Risin first, but cleaner. Smells of big hops..citrus../piney? (blend?) awesome. Tastes (more smell) some ethanol, not hot (other alcohols) though, just big alcohol, at 8.5 abv. Completely balanced in the taste though. Big IPA. but, not over the top (>100+IBU) but right where it should be (opinion 80-105 IBU)..I guessed 100! (it's actually 93) Very citrus, some sweet, straight west coast, all very balanced. Bright flavor. Hops (guessing:) Simcoe, cascade, centennial (could be wrong on any account w/ exact hops) Basic orange color... but special. Bright, clear, evervescant. Mohagany/red notes. Incredible head retention. Basically, a very solid, tasty, citrus, kick-ass, big 'merican IPA. I bought 4 bombers, and it surely isn't enough. Another solid(+)/awesome beer from Avery. Thanks, Adam!


Happy Thanksgiving.

(Drink good beer (time and a place for all beer..but drink awesome always!!), don't rate much, here's the first post..ever! I'd say the beer inspired me to do it!! ...Majaraja (another avery solid), Hop Stoopid, Mojo (and 'Risin), Hoperandus moderali (ska), Ska Decadence (!) Pliney, (both or 'em), blind pig, Dogfish..., are all right there(good job everyone), to be classified with Dugana..good luck, good adventures ;) drink good beer (good ppl..hunter..etc...

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 07:44:46 | More by Harvster
Photo of Tilley4


4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Grabbed this one on Kane at Roof Brother's in Paducah's suggestions and I'm owing him big time for this one... I had never heard of this one and he saw that I'm a hophead and grabs this one off of the shelf and says, " You GOTTA try this one.." Boy, am I glad he did...

Into a Duvel tulip...

Pours an absolutely beautiful glowing golden with an ever present fluffy eggshell head.. Laces all the way down my tulip during the session as well.. This really looks like a terrific beer in the glass..

I'm getting a surprisingly muted aroma of oily hops and a sweet maltiness here at first but as this brew warms, the hops explode out of this one and invade my senses... It's what I would imagine standing in a fresh green hop field would smell like.. It's earthy yet uber hoppy and oily and resiny.... Not getting any booze at all in the aroma here which leads me to believe that this one could be dangerous....

Oh man.... This is truly delicious.... Beautifully delicious oily piney and citrusy hops are definitely the star of this show....They are overpowering in every way which is just how I like my DIPAs... Hoppy and oily and totally one dimensional... There's this citrusy pineappley like hoppiness here that I only find in the truly elites of the style such as Dreadnaught or Pliny the Elder... I'm so stoked about getting to try this one and yet pissed that I didn't buy more... No booze evident in this one at all either... If I had more than one bomber of this one, I'd be in big trouble...

I have to say that this is one of the best DIPAs that I've ever had the privilege to try... It's got everything I look for in an Imperial IPA with overwhelming one-sided hoppiness and not a lot of booziness that you get with many others... It's truly a world class brew in my opinion.. Well done Avery and another thanks and props to Kane...

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 01:40:28 | More by Tilley4


4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright clear copper with tangerine highlights. Big beige-tinted foamy head that leaves a mountainous solid sheet of lace.

Intense juicy citrus - grapefruit and tangerine, spicy floral, and resinous dank pine and ganja. A slightly sweet toasty caramel malt in the background.

Juicy citrus up front - ruby grapefruit and tangerine, spicy resinous pine and ganja come through next. A bready biscuity lightly toasted caramel malt character that holds up the hops. A biting resinous dank bitterness is left on the palette, creating desire for another sip, and another.

Sticky, mouth coating, resinous, drying, smooth, medium body. Slow steady carbonation. very fresh and refreshing.

Love it, super hoppy, complex hop bouquet, drinks smooth and juicy and bitter and refreshing. I hope they distribute this more out here in Seattle, I will be a frequent buyer. Also had on tap at their tasting room. New addition to my top 10 DIPAs, perhaps top 5.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 22:00:27 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into snifter from bomber.

A: Light amber color. Head quickly recedes. Some lacing.

S: Pineapple and sweet dough, medium-intensity smell.

T: Awesome, the pineapple generalizes to an understated citrus, hop kick is then everpresent, nice, sharp earthiness. I had to start eating my dinner salad early with this one, so I could enjoy each sip afresh.

M: Chunky without imposing, excellent dry finish.

D: Aftertaste lets you know it wants to stick around. 10 oz. goes too fast.. that's why man invented bombers.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 01:05:13 | More by JoshRadTxist
Photo of BreworFerment


4.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at Bruery Provisions in Orange, Ca. Poured a copper orange with loose lacing and not much of a head.

On the nose there was a LOT of barnyard, feet, armpit, Bret smelling. There was more barnyard in this one than other IPA's I've had that were purposefully inoculated with Brettanomyces. It gave it a depth that I really liked. Musky with some pine of course.

Taste was more barnyard, followed by barnyard dirt, musky, pine. I really enjoyed this beer as there were many layers to peel back. My only complaint was there was a little too much carbonation

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2010 03:28:07 | More by BreworFerment
Photo of rajendra82


4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Typical DIPA appearance, with an ultra clear , pale golden body, and large and durable head consisting of rather gigantic bubbles. The smell of hops was apparent even before I tried to bring the glass close to my nose. The aroma was very piney and citric, as it should be for a DIPA. The taste was a showcase for the hops as the spicy, resinous, and citric qualities of the hops were apparent from the moment the beer passed the lips. The malts were in the background imparting a butterscotch hard candy like sweetness. The mouthfeel was very sticky and the resulting tongue coating made of a long lasting hop aftertaste. A hophead's wet dream, and the scantily clad Indian beauty on the label isn't half bad to look at either :)

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 05:30:04 | More by rajendra82
Photo of dleemiller


4.8/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely love this beer. This is what dry-hopping is all about. This beer comes with a big floral and citrusy hop taste, aromatic freshness and just the right malt body. It's also a whopping 8.5%, though you certainly wouldn't know it.

I tried this at the fantastic Avery taproom, where each visit is a chance to try something new and fantastic. The boys do their job well, and don't slack at their craft. I sampled this along side of 2 of their other IPAs: the Maharaja (an excellent imperial) and a cask version of their standard IPA. Overall, this was my favorite with the Maharaja closely following.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2011 03:32:10 | More by dleemiller
Photo of BierSchuler

North Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into an oversized glass beer mug with a 1-1/2 inch thick head, bright color and outstanding aroma.

given a few moments to settle, the flavor is an IMMENSE and HUGE and citrus-like IPA.

the only weakness of the beer, in my opinion, is that the beer hangs on the tongue in a slightly oily way.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 22:17:29 | More by BierSchuler
Photo of johnchabin

4.78/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

APPEARANCE - Bright, copper colored and clear. Full head with excellent retention.

SMELL - Hop-forward and sweet citrus.

TASTE - Nice balance of hop and malt. Hoppy, but not overly. Mild sweetness with orange and grapefruit. Mild alcohol flavor. Floral.

MOUTHFEEL - Medium-thick, full and rich. Correctly carbonated.

OVERALL - Labeled IPA, but nearly a DIPA. Like a toned-down Maharaja, with less alcohol, less hops, less malt. This may be my favorite beer at the moment. Have had several times, both in the bottle and on tap. Preferred the bottle, but it could have been the glass choice (I’m not a big fan of the traditional pint glass). Perfectly balanced for this style.

One sitting was immediately following a Pliny the Elder. I prefer the DuganA.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 02:42:53 | More by johnchabin
Photo of PeterParker

New Jersey

4.74/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 01:18:06 | More by PeterParker
Photo of AmericanGothic


4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a hazy, golden orange color with one finger of off-white head. Good retention and great, sticky lace.

S: Peach, citrus and a bit of butter.

T: Spicy peach, some honey, touch of lavender, pine on the finish. Delicious. Herbal, minty sweetness lingers on the aftertaste, giving the hops something to balance with.

M: Medium-light body, well carbonated, and just a bit of oil.

O: Another fantastic beer from Avery. Tons of flavors, all of them good. Worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 03:01:16 | More by AmericanGothic
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North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the makers of one of the greatest double IPAs of all time, in my opinion (Ale to the Chief), and whose other double IPA, Maharaja, is nearly as mouth-wateringly awesome...it's hard not to have high hopes for DuganA (don't know what's up with the big A, but I'll play along...)

The haze screams "hop-haze" of course...the head is a modest but creamy thing that sticks around the whole time, and the color is a sunny rusty orange. Splashes of lace dot the glass. Mmm mmm.

Resiny and piney nose, in the absolute. Wow. Won't rip your nostril-hairs off, but might come close. Lemon rind and pineapple are strongly represented too.

Hops slather the tongue mercilessly...the resin and pine in the nose come to technicolor life on the tongue. Lemon peel, pineapple, mutant toffee, and spearmint too, all big, all magnificent. Grassy astringency in the finish, surprise surprise. Yet, somehow this is controlled...it's like Hopsickle wearing its Sunday best and acting as nice as it possibly can.

Creamy mouth, round, a little stick, also magnificent and just perfect for the flavors going on.

DuganA is nirvanA. You can't get a much hoppier beer that's as drinkable, although it still is probably more for hops veterans/geeks than newcomers. Avery totally does huge IPAs right, and that's probably an understatement.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 21:35:16 | More by Metalmonk
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4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hands down, one of my top favorite double IPAs. Had this on tap from the Tap Room in PB. Massive grapefruit and citrus/ pine in the nose. Taste was quick follow with the most appropriately balanced bitterness I've ever experienced. Two thumbs up for this beer, I will be most definitely seeking it out in the near future.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2011 22:50:58 | More by crvcac
Photo of Arithmeticus


4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at basement temp in short glass

A: blonde orange, small head; not much carbonation or lacing
S: lovely floral, hoppy aroma
T: outstanding IPA, moves from grassy to grapefruity; very bitter, highly complex
M: silky, smooth

Outstanding! Would be superb with a steak.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 23:53:16 | More by Arithmeticus
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New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a perfect hazy orange color into my Flying Fish tulip glass with a two finger pure white head. The head left crazy lacing on the glass. From just appearances alone, this looks like a beer I’m going to fall in love with. On the nose, I got definite citrus, specifically grapefruit with a hint of booze and spice. On the taste, the first thing I think is how freaking good this is. It’s been awhile since I’ve had a great DIPA and this really hits the spot. The taste had definite notes of grapefruit and pineapple with the booze really well hidden. The malt came through at the end with some caramel sweetness that is complemented by the high carbonation. The finish is all citrus and amazing. It wasn’t as sticky as I expected. A really smooth West Coast IPA. I would have this again in a second. This is exactly what I needed tonight.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 02:59:38 | More by mgironta
Photo of jhartley


4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an oversized wine glass. Beautiful label art as usual from Avery.

A golden orange body with a thick white seafoam head. Leaves a ton of lacing on the inside of the glass! A constant stream of bubbles comes up to the top from the bottom of the glass.

Immediate smells of oranges, papayas, grapefruit and dank pine!
Tastes of citrus fruits and a strong bitterness with a nice clean malty sweetness on the end. A decent dry finish, makes is hard not to gulp this down!f Abrasive without being overly aggressive.

Overall another great brew from Avery! A nicely crafted DIPA with a deep dankness but is sweet enough to be balanced on the palate. Will definitely seek this out again! If you like an aggressive DIPA this one is for you!

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 20:33:23 | More by jhartley
Photo of DrKnoskelson


4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this 22 ounce bottle at Joe Canals in Lawrenceville NJ.

The beer pours a golden brown, almost caramel color. Vey nice head with great retention throughout the session. The aroma has notes of pine, citrus, and grapefruit.

The taste is not as bitter as I'd imagine it would be. Resinous pine, very dank, medium carbonation. Great flavor.

The body is all about the hops. The malt plays only the suportign role in this brew. Slight alcohol taste as the beer finishes, with a slight bitterness.

Extremely drinkable. No cottonmouth with this beer. Great IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 03:39:11 | More by DrKnoskelson
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4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip. I would have really liked to drink this one sooner, but real life and school got in the way of me enjoying a nice huge bottle of a DIPA.

Anyhow, on with the show. This one pours a very hazy orange color crested with one and a half fingers of head that retain and lace beautifully. Some larger floaties in here are apparent. The aroma is absolute hop perfection. Hops, hops and more hops on the nose, along with some nice citrus aspects. The taste is just downright dank and juicy. Nice, very oily and dank hops pair with juicy citrus. Just a bit of alcohol and malts make themselves known on the backend. It's straight-forward, but if it tastes this good it can be as straight-forward as it wants.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and fairly oily, the hops stick around for quite some time. The drinkability is just great, I want to drink this delicious nectar all night. The low-down here? Avery knows their double IPAs. This was just overall a great double IPA that doesn't get carried away with the booze. I really enjoyed both DuganA and Majaraha, and their releases are sure to be some of my most anticipated over the next few years.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 03:19:12 | More by shand
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4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: golden amber, cloudy after pouring into pint glass. Cleared up nicely after warmed fro 10-15 min. Thick off white head that stays for the entire glass providing a full lacing down the entire glass.

S: Citrusy citrus aroma. tart grapefruit with a hint of sweet lemon, cant wait to dive in

T: upfront, grapefruit again, not overpowering as the aroma would indicate, balanced nicely with hint of light toasted maltiness through the middle, pinch of caramel, with a bit of piney resinous bitterness in the finish that begs for a second drink.

M: nice, not too thin, medium mouthfeel.

D: Could be a bit overwhelming for the non hop head, but a very drinkable enjoyable imperial ipa.

Wish I had not bought just one. This one left me wanting another.

Served in pint glass poured from 22 oz bomber

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 01:51:31 | More by HopsterDufus
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4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coloring is a bit weak being on the lighter side of the usual amber but I did get a good head with the pour. Smell is very strong pungent tropical hops. Great deal of spicy bitterness in the nose. Pretty cold but still smell sitting away from me. Very much bitter upon drinking. The bitterness really carries thru to the end with a bit of malty sweetness in the background. It has everything going on here. Piney, earthy, fruity, bitter and juicy hops. Mouthfeel is spot on and not too aggressive. Top it off with a very easy drinking beer and we have a winner.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 00:53:59 | More by generalnotsew
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4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy mildly dark orange color with a decent white head and laces quite a bit. Aroma is great, has a strong citrus aroma, oranges are very pronounced. taste is really good, a wonderful hop flavor dominates the flavor, no malt undertoes at all. The hops just dominate the beer and it is wonderful. Mouthfeel is wonderful as well, a full bodied beer. Overall the beer is really a great beer, like all of Avery's beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 00:06:01 | More by 1fastz28
Photo of RoyalT


4.63/5  rDev +11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 01:42:01 | More by RoyalT
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DuganA IPA from Avery Brewing Company
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