DuganA IPA - Avery Brewing Company

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DuganA IPADuganA IPA

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1,572 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,572
Reviews: 611
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 82
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.
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Ratings: 1,572 | Reviews: 611
Photo of BethanyB
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: A bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle worries me a lite. The cloudy body is light amber in color, and bears a thick head of straw-colored foam. Spotty lacing gets left on the glass.

Smell: The initial scent alternates between nectarine and funky Belgian yeast. A shot of spiced rum soon comes forth, and joins up with butterscotch, peanut brittle, and pine needles. A nice complex perfume, with a forewarning of inebriation.

Taste: An even mix of tropical and citrus fruit mixes well with plenty of caramel malt and resinous hops. A shot of coconut milk and a sprinkle of white pepper feel either nicely exotic, or annoyingly our of sync. The weirdo in me doesn't care which is which. This is a tasty beer, regardless. The medium hop bitterness could be just a tad higher, but it's still fine as is.

Mouthfeel: A creamy, medium body is a must for supporting the apparent alcohol and complex flavor profile. In this sense, the beer does well. The carbonation, on the other hand, could rise up a notch. This beer feels like a sipper, but tastes like it could pass for something more lively.

Overall: This beer possesses the things I love about Avery: its complex layers would delight any party. The malty sweetness, the hop bitterness, and the curious esters all come together to create a complex, yet balanced crowd pleaser. Nevertheless, this specimen is not my favorite of the brand. The harmony is so similar to other Avery beers, except, it's not as tight. I'm not sure what this beer, while good, has to offer that other Avery productions don't.

Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Herbal, grassy, spicy hops followed by toasted and caramel malts. Some alcohol in the rear.

Taste: Same as above. A little chewy, bitterness, and booze in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, light bitterness, and slight alcohol.

Overall: Pretty nice DIPA. Wouldn't mind try I ng a fresher bottle or draft to see of there were any hop glavor differences.

Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

- orange with not very good cup lacing but still looks great
- smell is all pine and some citrus hops
- taste is the smoothest ipa i have had however i do prefer a little more bite alot of pine and citrus hops
- feel is not carbonation at all this is one of the smoothest well balanced ipas i have had
- overall a great buy and will buy again!

Photo of Gregaroo
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into an Avery tulip glass after cutting the lawn the first time this season.. Great double IPA. Sure wish I had another. Definitely NOT a "lawnmower" beer. Get some.

Photo of jtnord
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not my taste. I don't know why I have to justify it.

Photo of SerialTicker
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

$7 bomber poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. My first from Avery since a couple years ago when I had their mediocre White Rascal.

Appearance: Pretty sexy. Very slightly hazy burnt orange color with two fingers of a creamy head on top -- dies down to a thin layer, but there's lots of lacing. Great looking IPA.

Smell: Pretty herbal and floral with quite a big dash of rye, to my nose -- slight citrus as well to brighten it up. A bit maltier than I was anticipating, but it's very nice/pretty unique.

Taste/feel: Almost identical to the smell: floral/herbal hop flavors, some rye spiciness (with quite a lot of rye flavor), and a nice citrus peel sort of vibe. A unique tasting IPA, for sure -- I'm surprised so few people mention rye, because this could be a RyePA in my book. Aftertaste is a fantastic combination of juiciness, rye spiciness, and bitterness, and is definitely my favorite part about Dugana. One of the best finishes I've had in awhile. The feel is just about perfect: medium bodied, a little silky, and a moderate carbonation.

Excellent beer. I guess it's a *little* pricey per ounce, but who can complain when the beer's this good? I wouldn't make it a beer I'd have often (just because I don't like rye tasting beers constantly), but it doesn't change the fact it's a must try for IPA and rye beer fans alike.

Photo of KMey3434
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pine taste is very prevelent and distict. Almost no head and very crisp. Pine and malt linger for the perfect amount of time in my opinion. Not too strong and goes down nicely. Very flat for a double ipa but it makes for a quick drink if you're in a hurry :)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are excellent. Has a piney, caramel aroma. Nice smooth malt to hop transition Floral resin with a caramel aftertaste. Does hide alcohol well. Astringency at the end is a little much but good nonetheless.

Photo of spacecake9
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my IPA glass...
A - Pours a golden orange color with large head that leaves plenty of lacing.
S - Smells piney, citrus, earthy.
T - Flavors of citrus (but not too much) caramel, honey and resin with plenty of bitterness.
M - A little sticky, medium body, low carbonation.
O - Very good beer, sorry I waited so long to taste it.

Photo of HipCzech
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving: 1 pint 6 oz bottle poured into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Bright, clear golden orange. Tall, sudsy head of white foam; leaves clumpy lace.

Smell: Pine, mint, and citrus rind with light honey sweetness and dank hops.

Taste: Plenty of citrus: orange and grapefruit zest, as well as some tropical fruit, pine resin and caramel sweetness. Balanced, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body and moderate carbonation with a slightly oily feel.

Overall: Hop forward DIPA, but stays balanced enough to highlight citrus and herbal notes.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Short Review. This was a very nice DIPA, the hop profile was great, it tasted and smelled like pineapple orange juice and while it was pretty bitter it never got to overwhelming. I really like this beer and I need to track down a bottle to review.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear golden orange with a one-finger creamy white head. Tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma of sweet orange, mango, grapefruit, and sweet caramel malts.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Lots of juicy orange, mango, and grapefruit with a strong caramel malt backbone. The hops really shine in the finish producing a lingering bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very creamy mouthfeel with a sticky finish.

O - This is an awesome DIPA. Very drinkable with lots of juicy flavors. Definetly recommended.

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

Bottled 11-16. Very fresh and juicy

Photo of Brabander
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Well made IPA with some nice sweetness in it. A gift from a friend.

Photo of hardy008
3.56/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a one finger foamy white head, with good retention and lacing. The aroma has a lot of caramel malt, along with some tangerine and grapefruit.

tastes much like it smells with caramel, tangerine, and grapefruit. There is not a lot of hop taste at first sip, but there is a pretty strong bitterness at the end.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Not bad, but not a top DIPA in my opinion.

Photo of KevChiTown
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

More balanced then I thought it would be, really well done beer.

Photo of dorosjim
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer has some of my favorite hops in it and Avery balances the 3 incredibly. Solid malt foundation provides an excellent base, rich hearty and full bodied, touch of sweetness with faint notes of caramel and burnt sugar. The heavy body plays off the Chinook really well bringing out fruity berry notes and sugared fruit bowl. Columbus has a big assertive bitterness on the back end which lingers along with alcohol warmth and a touch of the malt sweetness. Centennial pulls the beer together, providing citric rind and pine flavors that merge the super fruity chinook presence and the intense columbus flavors.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass]

A - 3.5 - Poured a golden honey color, a tad bit on the light side. Formed a finger of slightly off-white, yellow-tinged head. Medium head potential and retention. Soapy lacing left on the walls of the glass.
S - 4.25 - Nice and bright. Notes of peach, sweet hops and a lot of fresh orange.
T - 4.75 - Decently sweet oranges and light touches of peach and mango upfront, finishes on a slight malty as well as hoppy bitterness. Well balanced, the ending bitterness does not overpower but rather rounds off the initial upfront sweetness. Has a very clean, crispy and refreshing, fast finish. Not a huge amount of bitterness lingers after the swallow.
F - 5 - Rated feel a five because this IPA has a quite foreign creaminess to it to me that works very well with this particular brews and is quite welcome.
O - 4.75 - A damned fine IPA. This beer, while not advertised, drinks like a Belgian styled IPA to me with its clean and crispy characteristics. The creamy mouthfeel of this is unique for the style making it a unique IPA that I recommend giving a try if you come across it.

Photo of MattR2014
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good double IPA Get again

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

Pours a nice amber color, just a bit cloudy. Smooth, medium body. Somewhat malty/sweet. Tastes very medium hoppy, not overwhelming, very balanced. Finishes just a teeny bit rough - wonder if it is because my bottle was a bit old. Overall though, a very solid IPA.

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

Had this out in Denver, before a playoff game. Pretty solid ipa maybe a bit overbalanced on the sweet side.

Photo of beergoot
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Unique bottle label data: none noted

Brilliant, crystal clear, deep gold colored body with a dense, rocky, white head. Solid wall of pine and citrus aroma. Warm, mildly caramel malt flavors quickly give way to a massive hop bitterness. Medium bodied, leaning towards the heavy side of things; residual sugars but with a very dry character.

A well-balanced, gently sweet but with a kicking bolt of hop bitterness throughout.

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

22 oz bottle on New Years Eve, unique bitterness, good beer

Photo of Kgoldsbe
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pleasantly hopped, very drinkable, the 8.5% ABV sneaks up on you. Citrus notes are bitter orange.

Photo of DrewShalvoy
3.3/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not a huge fan. Found it a bit oniony.

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DuganA IPA from Avery Brewing Company
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