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DuganA IPA - Avery Brewing Company

DuganA IPADuganA IPA

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1,221 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1221
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 reebtaerG


4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 22oz bomber into New Belgium globe

A-Pours clear golden amber with rising fizzy three finger white head. Great lacing.

S-Aroma is toasted and caramel malts, intense floral hops, light grass, light herbs, and some pear.

T-Flavor is fresh hops forward with some toasted malts, light caramel sweetness, and grapefruit esters; dry finish with lingering hop bitterness.

M-Wonderful mouthfeel that has a medium body and low carbonation.

O-overall a great DIPA very smooth and tasty. No date on bottle but tasted fresh.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 03:23:39 | More by reebtaerG
Photo of brureview


3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brew date : August

Poured at first in a Stone snifter. Later, as the beer warmed up- in a tulip.
The tulip is my choice for DIPAs and it was a better choice for this beer.

The beer was a lighter copper color with a 1f head.

With the snifter there was very little aroma- light vanilla. As the beer warmed in the tulip , more tropical fruit, some sweetness, and vanilla. Very mellow aroma for a DIPA.

Mouth feel is very carbonated, possibly too much for this DIPA.

Taste: in the snifter, some tropical fruit- but not pronounced. With warming in the tulip- the flavors began to open up, mellow tropical fruit, vanilla and mild sweetness.

Overall a very good DIPA. Not west coast in style- less pungent, and far less citrus than other DIPAs with comparable ABV.

Most DIPAs are better enjoyed 50-55F. Warmer temps work with this beer.
The highlights of this beer would be brought out at a fresher brew date.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 01:32:22 | More by brureview
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 sommersb


3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 01-03-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Single from Wish You Were Beer, Huntsville AL

Not sure when this was bottled exactly, but the Avery website says it is released in September, so I suppose this is between 3 and 4 months old now.

Pours as a murky, honey colored (yellow-orange) beer. The small head is white and doesn't last long, but does leave a very nice lacing in the glass.

The smells are a great cornucopia of hop aromas -- tropical fruits, citrus/grapefruit, and also floral notes. Some breadiness of malts makes a small appearance as well.

The taste is all about hops and bitterness in this beer. There's a big grapefruit-like bitterness and acidity that is a bit off-putting. It's just a very strong and bitter beer, without a lot of malts to counter. Body seems to be medium, with a finish that is dry, resiny, and bitter.

I liked this beer, but it could use some more malt backbone in my opinion. As it is, its like drinking grapefruit juice. Avery succeeded in making an homage to hops here!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 04:33:47 | More by sommersb
Photo of mjstacker

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a 22 0z. bomber into a snifter. Appearance was nice, dark orange with some haze. Smell wasn't ideal for me, really boozy with no real fruit of any kind. My thoughts on taste are exactly the same as smell, all i get out of this beer is a lot of booze . The carbonation level was nice. Overall, i'll leave this one for the imperial-heads.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 03:08:42 | More by mjstacker
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4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought on sale last week. Couldn't see a date on it at the time, but later through light the code suggests it was bottled on August 26th 2012, so this is definitely an oldie, probably with some hops strength lost.

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

a: Clear dark gold with a two inch white head which receded slowly to heavy surface foam and fine dense lacing.

s: Citrus and resin.

t: Tasty pine hops forward over a medium malt base. Some lingering bitterness but not that powerful. Higher ABV is pretty well covered.

m: Medium, silky smooth.

o: Highly drinkable and tasty DIPA. Less sippable than it was probably meant to be. More like 60 IBUs than 93, so age on the bottle is more suspect. Still, as is, an exceptional brew. Just not worth what I paid compared to what else is out there. Another experience which will make me wary of sales of out-of-season brews, especially at the store at which it was purchased.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 06:14:55 | More by scotorum
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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden orange with a frothy, white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of citrus and pine hops.

Tastes of a wave hops with a solid malt backbone. Hops lead off with citrus, pine, and herbal notes, however, it isn't particularly bitter. Hops give way to some caramel malt with toasted bread. Finishes fairly dry with a bit more hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good DIPA worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 02:18:39 | More by ocelot2500
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District of Columbia

3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle filled on Sept 1, 2013. 22 oz purchased for $8.99. Poured into a chalice.

A well balanced DIPA. A big hoppy beer – all of its 90 IBUs. Lacks the sweetness (for me) to make this a top of the line DIPA. 3.75

A – Pours a clear nice amber with a one-finger rocky off-white head. Good lacing. 4

S – Sweet, piney, fruity/citrusy – grapefruit. 4

T – Malty start with a bitter/resiny finish that lasts in the mouth, but no sweetness. 3.75

MF – Some creaminess, medium bodied, dry finish. 3.75

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 04:58:30 | More by Sludgeman
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4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Went to Avery today pick this up as we left. I though this beer would be fresher when I bought it, I believe it was made sometime in Sept.

22oz bomber poured into my greenbush pint glass. Had some chex mix between tastes.

A&S: piney and skunky/dank hops come through but overall the hoppyness is more in the background then I would want, more malts than I would expect. Lively transparent orange colored beer. Great retention on the head, pours at a finger, stays at a half finger. Columns of lacing.

T&M: After the smell I was mildly surprised by a well represented hoppyness in the taste. A clean alcohol taste is present, but not overwhelming. I'm getting a fair amount of citrus in the taste, which I didn't get at all in the aroma. Semi-bitter to pretty bitter (but not as much as I would expect from the 93 ibu), fairly clean finish. Medium bodied, mediumish carbonation.

Overall: Pretty good, I was impressed, but my mind wasn't blown. Even though it was under 3 months old, I would still want to try this stuff super fresh, maybe next rotation. Wouldn't buy all the time, I think there are other DIPA's out there that give you this quality for less money (about 10 bucks for 22oz).

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 05:08:01 | More by minterro
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4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The aoma was very hoppy with plenty of citrus and tropical notes. I picked out pineapple notes and later some grapfruit as the beer warmed. Fresh smelling too.
The appearance is an orange amber color. The head is off white and dense. Plenty of gloppy lacing is left around the glass.
The taste is slightly weak in flavor and finishes dry and bitter.
There isn't as much hop flavor as what the nose suggested but still plenty of thick tongue coating resinous hops. I get maybe some pine in the taste. The malts are light and finish with a cracker taste.
Drinks fairly easy with no signs of any alcohol.
For a DIPA it's very flavorfull and has a nice aroma too. Plus the chick is hot.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 11:41:44 | More by micromaniac129
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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 BradtheGreat7


4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Review taken end of September 2013.

Brown bomber bottle with typical Avery art. Pretty cool artwork it is. Gold foil around the neck. Poured into a stemmed tulip.

A - golden orange to light amber reddish coloring. Head has excellent size and is of a white color. Great stick to the glass.

S - a real dank hop aroma. Grapefruit that's overly ripe and slight pine. A real funky hop character to the aroma with some sweet malts.

T - hop notes consist of grapefruit, pine, earthy, fruity and dank. Very good hop profile with a soft spice intertwining the mix if hop notes. Sugary sweet caramel malt does its job to balance duganA to perfection. Finish it bitter with more earthiness to the final note.

M - smooth and perfectly balanced. Good hop flavors with the malt to set things up for an overall easy drinker. Smooth and flows lovely from start to finish.

O - first time having this and I must say it was quite the treat. One of the better 1st time IPA's I've ever had. Avery do a great job with most of their stuff, and this is right up there with some of their best offerings. duganA is a tasty American treat, and ill have it again if available to me.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 17:41:54 | More by BradtheGreat7
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Alberta (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz gold-foil capped bottle.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden copper hue, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat rocky off-white head, which leaves a stellar array of layered, sudsy banded lace around the glass as things duly sink away.

It smells of post-rainfall pine forest, pithy orange, lemon, and grapefruit, clammy caramel/toffee malt, a bit of candy sugar, and further dank herbal floral hops. The taste is semi-sweet bready caramel malt, herbal pine and musty citrus rind notes, a flinty hard water minerality, spicy tropical fruit, one ingrained with a certain soapy character, and a touch of warming alcohol.

The bubbles are generally low-key, and mostly frothy, the body a decent medium weight, and actually quite smooth, with a hint toward an airy creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the touched caramel and dank, yet still rather bitter hops dancing that path less taken, for the style.

A pleasant enough, more earthy and musty version of a DIPA, but tasty and enjoyable all the same, especially from this brewer. I'm still not clear on the name, though - clearly additional research is required.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 22:35:03 | More by biboergosum
Photo of teromous


3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful gold and orange body that is very clear. The head is nice and thick, white, stands up quite well, and leaves very good lacing. It is picture-worthy.

S: Tangerine, a bit of lemon, and candy cotton. It's nice smelling.

T: It has a tangerine rind flavor. There is a bit of green fruit flavor like biting into a pear that isn't ripe which is a bit off-putting. It's not the most complex or freshest tasting, but it's still pretty good.

M: The mouthfeel is about medium and finishes dry. Good bitterness. There's just enough bitterness to keep me from drinking this beer down too quickly.

O: It's a good beer. There is an unripe fruit or plant-like flavor that is unpleasant but the rest of the beer is fine. If anything, that odd "green fruit" flavor adds enough strangeness to the beer to make it interesting enough to drink, but I don't think I could have more than a glass of it.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 21:32:36 | More by teromous
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3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a tulip:

A: cloudy/hazy golden orange colored body with a one and a half fingered white foamy head that rises just a bit and then falls leaving some nice slightly foamy sticky lacing gracing the sides of the glass

S: a large amount of grapefruit up front, some pineapple coming through as well in a really nice juicy sort of way, a slight maltiness comes through as it warms, what a nice invitation!

T: slightly spicey but a sort of strong sweetness from the previously mentioned flavors trying its hardest to come out, a peppery/spicey aftertaste, quick dry spicey finish

M: light to medium, somewhat sessionable, carbonation is slightly felt for a DIPA, however, it seems just a tad under carbonated to me as I was expecting something just a bit sharper

O: I would say this is a good DIPA that I'm pretty sure I would have again

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 06:26:50 | More by BeerKangaroo
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4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

C'mon Colorado. Show me an IPA that can hang with my favorite West Coast guys.
Brewed on August 21st (thanks Julian code!)

A: Pours a nice orange/red orange. Excellent clarity. One finger slightly off khaki head. Retention is good, lacing is decent.

S: Don't even need to get the glass to my nose. Huge hit of pineapple juice right off the bat. Other tropical fruit (mango) and juicy orange are also present in the nose. Not much grapefruit or pine at all in the nose. Touch of spicy mint, bit of pepper zing. Little bit of that savory onion/garlic that BGN likes to talk about. Big shot of malt sweetness in there as well. Smells very inviting.

T: Big tropical fruit mash up front. Hoppiness on the end, but surprisingly not bitter for the 93 IBU's. Slightly spicy and stone fruity, with the alcohol really accentuating the tropical notes on the finish. Some residual soapiness involved in the end, with just a touch of pine bitterness peaking through. Aftertaste has more of the piney/floral bitterness. Long, very drying.

M: Fairly light bodied considering the style. However, the alcohol does become noticeable as the beer warms.

O: Great, great beer. Definitely one of my favorites by this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 05:54:26 | More by McStagger
Photo of MCain04


4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle for $7, 4 weeks old, poured into HF stemware.

Golden orange-amber body with off-white head, great retention and lacing.

Mango, pineapple, candy, pine resin, papaya, a sweet-smelling beer.

Taste is similar to the mouth but not quite so sweet. Tropical fruit flavors of mango and pineapple with piney resin. Bitter but not overly so (advertised as 93 IBU but not quite tasting that high).

Mouth is smooth and moderately carbonated, medium body, a very nice drink from start to finish, moderately dry finish.

Overall an outstanding DIPA and probably Avery's best IPA offering. Balanced and easy drinking with good flavor. Not world-class but great for the price and availability.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 02:09:51 | More by MCain04
Photo of hoppytobehere


4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber, julian code suggest bottled August 8th. Less than a month old.

A: Gorgeous fluffy white head. Body has no haze. Kind of a light copper color. Awesome retention.

S: Piney, pineapple, other tropical fruit. Hoppy as hell and smells terrific. Not too hot for a double IPA. 8.5% is just where I want them.

T: Very similar hop profile as Ruination, which I am also drinking tonight. A boatload of "C" hops that punch your tongue immediately. Light malt backbone that lets the hops shine, like they do in the west coast.

M: Creamy, loads of carbonation.

O: I'm not even a big Avery fan, but this one is fantastic. Too bad it's not on regular rotation.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 01:31:57 | More by hoppytobehere
Photo of BB1313


4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden with a fluffy eggshell white head that sticks around and leaves very sticky lacing and great retention. Awesome looking brew. The aromas are full of sweet mango, grapefruit, and pineapple. Pretty tropical. There are subtle hints of sweet malts as well. There's also some pine needles in the mix too. Flavors are full of sweet fruits. The malts are there, but they clearly take a backseat to the hops. There's some more pine resin, which is far from overboard. There's definitely a bit of a west-coast vibe going on with this one. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's light, but clearly and obviously full-bodied. The carbonation is moderate and creamy. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. This is dangerously drinkable.

This is a great brew. It's fun to drink and it's hitting on cylinders. It's not a mind blower, but there's really nothing to complain about at all. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 20:45:10 | More by BB1313
Photo of DenverHopHead


4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.
Appearance - dark gold, noticeable carbonation, bubbly head, adequate lacing.
Smell - floral, piney, grassy, just a hint of malt to balance!
Taste - hop forward, with a subtle biscuity malt to balance the brew and hide the alcohol! At 8.5%, the alcohol presence is still too noticeable to score a 4.5 or better.
Feel - bitter hops, nicely carbonated for a DIPA!
Overall - very good beer, though the price point drags my rating down considerably.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 22:33:58 | More by DenverHopHead
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3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured out of a bottle with no freshness date. Pours a nice copper orange with a massive off white head. Head sticks around for a long time. Decent lacing.

Smell: Piney and citrusy hops, sweet malt. Very dank and then the aroma finishes sweet.

Taste: Sweet fruity hops, pine, bite of alcohol, bitter hops and a good sweet malt backbone to balance it out. As it warms more tropical fruits complement the sweet malt finish. As it warms even more, a lot of piney, resiny dankness comes through and then clashes with the sweet malt and alcohol bite that gets stronger as well.

Feel: Big beer feel. Full bodied with the higher alcohol content.

Overall: A solid well balanced imperial IPA. A sweet malt finish balances out the strong hops. A little more sweet than a lot of big IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 02:42:51 | More by bennett_loves_good_beer
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New York

3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bottle

Hazy orange appearance. Creamy head but not much retention. Plenty of sediment in there.

I cant put a finger on the smell, bas olfactory night i guess. My apologies.

Taste is dry, slight piney and bready.

Dry aftertaste on the palette.

Overall very good

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 01:20:30 | More by DanforthPewter
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4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Beautiful orange brown color with eggshell foam out of the bottle.

S-Powerful red berries and oat aroma.

T-Earthy and rye, subtle fruit on the end.

M-Smooth full body with a long finish.

0-Overall another really good one from Avery. Heavy, but with a good finish, nice blending of flavors and an excellent aroma.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 00:28:09 | More by Jree261
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3.61/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: a dark yellow with a one finger head. nice looking brew!

s : very malty for a dipa. I get a lot of biscuit. some grapefruit and pine. a bit of resin and sap. earthy. a good amount of citrus and lemon peel.

t: tastes similar to how It smells. a strong toffee malt bax
ckbone with a biscuit note. almost reminds me of a Belgian. nice citrus throughout. lemon and grapefruit interplay with earthy pine in a great way. while there is alot of hop flavor it defintely isn't a palate wrecker and the dry bitter finish stays on your tongue only fir a few moments.

m as stated it has a nice, quick dry bitter finish. no carbonation but it is not too heavy at all.

o this is a very good beer with high drinkability. it's well balanced and hits a ton of different tastebuds. I'll never turn this down. /88

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 07:36:25 | More by schwemjw
Photo of Kuaff


4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured at cellar temperature from a bomber into a snifter. After decoding the date code on the bottle, I figured out that this beer is eight months old. Too old for an IPA, some may say. However, as I'm about to explain, this one has held up exceedingly well.

There is a sizeable two-finger head of delicate white foam. The liquid looks like unprocessed honey. It's got that golden amber hue and I can see lots of sediments floating in suspended animation throughout the beer. The appearance suggests that this beer obviously must have some serious substance to it!

The aroma is fairly simple, but nevertheless great. I'm tempted with the perfume of sweet citrus fruits, pine needles, and glorious hops. If you've smelled great imperial IPAs, then you know the scent.

The taste takes on the aspects of citrus and hops I detect in the smell, but there are other things here as well. Behind the tangy, delicious citric hop taste is some kind of exotic, zesty, spicy herbal character that transports me to IPA nirvana. There is a hot aftertaste that might be from the 8.5% ABV, but it FEELS like it's coming solely from the mysterious spiciness. A pleasant bitterness lingers long after each sip. The taste couldn't get much better than this.

It doesn't feel overly carbonated, which is perfect for letting the powerful and complex flavors shine through.

This is a fantastic double IPA. Thoroughly pleasurable to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 22:01:41 | More by Kuaff
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DuganA IPA from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,221 ratings.