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DuganA IPA - Avery Brewing Company

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DuganA IPADuganA IPA

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,308 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,308
Reviews: 580
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 70
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)
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1/5  rDev -76%

Devonben07, Nov 13, 2012
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1/5  rDev -76%

derekfilcoff, Apr 07, 2012
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2/5  rDev -51.9%

jmbraxton, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of nickhiller
2.33/5  rDev -44%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: amber, light dusting of head, decent bubbles
S: grass, sweet malt and floral hop notes
T: bitterness, gasoline, hoppy bitterness totally out of proportion with malt, bitterness is all I'm left with.
M: acidic, well carbonated, but bitterness contends with ease of drinking
D: it's far far far to bitter with little complexity, I did not like this one

nickhiller, Aug 26, 2010
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2.5/5  rDev -39.9%

Blanco, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of BDLbrewster
2.63/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a golden straw color with violent carbonation. Super chunky, stiff head that will not dissipate and tons of sticky lacing.

The smell is heavy with perfume like floral hops, almost like potpourri. I also catch some citric orange, light pine and some notes of hay.

Bang pow!! Aggressive bitter pine right off the jump. There is a toffee like sweetness in there, but it is greatly overshadowed by the astringent gin-like pine bite that couples with the apparent alcohol nips at the sides of your tongue. As it warms the malts start to emerge a bit revealing more of a toasty molasses sweetness and more alcohol, but the stand out characteristic is the violent pine.

The mouth is on the thin side while remaining very sticky feeling. Even though there is champagne like visible carbonation, very little comes through in the mouthfeel.

Overall, high on the boozy scale and I know it's a DIPA, but this brew comes off a little too one dimensional for me. This beer tastes like watery tanquery. I will struggle to polish off this bomber.

BDLbrewster, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of Twal
2.73/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Had a pour from the brewery and I have to say I was highly unimpressed!
I would have to guess this is an off batch (or at least I hope so...
All I can say is this beer had an enormous (for the style) nutty /nut husk character going on (Victory malt ?),hops and nuts don't go together that well in these proportions.
Dry chalky finish...
The beer was really quite poorly brewed.

Twal, Nov 03, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -33.9%

Hellpop65, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of tbrown4
2.98/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My first impression from the pour through the end was that this was exceedingly average. Very middle of the road, average. I would definitely drink it again as it was not terrible.

Pours with 1/2 finger head. Very even malt/hop balance. I prefer a little more hop flavor for an IPA. Not a ton of character here. The taste it self is very round and even. It almost tastes under-developed, like a home brewer's early attempts in the style.

tbrown4, Dec 05, 2010
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

bilhelm, Jun 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

chrispoint, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of champ103
3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear orange color. A large two finger white head forms with good retention. Some lace is left behind.
S: Oily, resiny, soapy hops. Bitter grapefruit. Nothing else. Pretty standard DIPA aroma.
T: Again, oily, resiny and bitter grapefruit hops. Kind of boring.
M/D: A medium body and crisp carbonation. The hot alcohol and bitterness makes this hard for me to drink.

I could have reviewed this without even trying it. The typical American DIPA with to much bitter hops. Hop heads will love it, but I am disappointed. There is nothing else for balance, and boring IMO. Avery makes some really interesting beers, this is not one of them.

champ103, Dec 07, 2009
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

ejimhof, Dec 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

benbjb, Oct 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

jenray, Nov 20, 2011
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

chadwicktorres, Sep 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

TicoCali, Sep 30, 2012
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
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3/5  rDev -27.9%

fredmugs, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of SPThirtyThree
3.08/5  rDev -26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Crystal clear orange with a one-finger, nonpersistent head that fizzes down to a mackerel sky and then a lace ring around the goblet edges.

S: Overwhelming dank pine smell. Lemony citrus and slight nutmeg spice.

T: BAM! Bitterness. Pine that somehow reminds me of juniper berries. Tangy. Hard to taste anything other than hops.

M: Puckeringly astringent.

D: Very low from the extreme bitterness of this beer. A definite hop bomb. Great if you're into that sort of thing.

SPThirtyThree, Jan 19, 2010
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3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasting notes from 1/3/11.

Couldn't find any freshness dating on this bottle, which is unfortunate because after comparing my review to others, I think I likely have an old bottle.

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Dark orange/amber colour with one finger of foamy off-white head.

S - Sweetness comes through initially with caramel and toffee notes. Some bitterness is evident as well but it definitely the secondary smell. Overall, very sweet and malty and apparently unbalanced.

T - Follows the nose. Sweet caramel malts dominate the palate. The hops are noticeable but nowhere near the 95 IBU level that the label states. There is some bitterness, especially in the finish and some very light floral notes, but overall the hops don't contribute much in terms of flavour to this beer.

M - Medium body, light carbonation. Sticky and oily.

D - Too sweet. Possibly an old bottle but if a brewer wants the benefit of the doubt they should bottle date.

TheSevenDuffs, Jan 09, 2011
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3.2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed June 21st, 2011 in a standard pint glass, poured from a bottle labeled "1103886 / 12:00:260".

Pours a very clear dark honey color. Head is two fingers tall with a color somewhere between off-white and light yellow. Leaves almost no foam on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is all hops: grapefruit and pine.

Flavor: this is one bitter beer. A slight caramel/crystal malt character is buried almost instantly beneath an avalanche of rude hops. Grapefruit, pine and a hint of pepper. Very one dimensional.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and a little oily. Slight carbonation prickliness.

I did not enjoy drinking this lopsided hop bomb much, though I did finish the bomber.

charlzm, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of Spider889
3.23/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Had this on tap at Mad Mex, review from notes.

Crystal clear garnet color, glows in the dim bar light. Served in a snifter with a frothy, yet extremely silky head on it. Left an admirable lace blacketing across the back of my glass. Not much more I could possibly ask for.

Smells of sweet pine resin and crisp winter needles. There's also bitter grapefruit and a grassiness to the hops.

Definitely a sipper. The alcohol is apparent and the hops are quite bitter. Nevertheless, the beer initially drinks quite smoothly. There's loads of pine and a mild oakiness as the beer goes down.

Medium bodied, very dry, with stinging hops on the tip of the tongue as it goes down. Quite warming for an IPA.

A commendable brew worth trying. But the huge hop bite and the strong alcohol limited me to one glass. The price seemed steep as well.

Spider889, Jan 14, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Kappakoosh, Sep 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

claspada, Sep 06, 2012
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DuganA IPA from Avery Brewing Company
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