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DuganA IPA - Avery Brewing Company

DuganA IPADuganA IPA

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1,219 Ratings
very good

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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 Twal


2.73/5  rDev -34.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2013 00:04:45 | More by Twal
Photo of dar482

New York

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a clear golden orange.

The aroma has a huge amount of citrus of orange, citrus, grapefruit, papaya, some mango, and then onto a piney note.

The flavor follows being a grapefruit bomb with lemon, tangerine, candy sugar sweetness. There's then a light floral note and herbal and piney hosp on the finish. The malt is a very light crackery malt with the hops being the showcase and thus the light body. There's a large amount of bitterness throughout, but it falls out quickly for drinkability.

A really well made DIPA with a great nose and keeps inviting one in for more.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2013 17:37:59 | More by dar482
Photo of Beer_Seer


4.61/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Just as a 2x IPA should be. Not the light orange of a 1x IPA but a deep copper color that draws you back for another sip. The lacing is not so much that wedding night lace but a hot teenage garter belt waiting to be spun around your finger.

S - Sweet and tangy nose not unfamiliar for this style of beer. Off of the tap it screams, "Sip me!"

T - Nice tart citrus notes that land like migratory geese on the front palate and gently settle to the middle palate. Bitterness that lingers long and deep in layers.

F - Medium to heavy mouthfeel. With a swish or two there is a huge fuzzy head that forms in the mouth.

O - There is something about this brew that calls back memories of the past. I enjoyed it and the happy goodness that melded with the "Imperial' end of the maltiness. This makes for a brew that is worthy of any respectable IPA drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2013 20:55:53 | More by Beer_Seer
Photo of barczar


4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In a dimly lit bar, appears a brilliant golden copper with minimal cream head.

Sweet, honey-like malt, floral hops, resin, catty hops, and citrus form the aroma. Fairly well balanced in hop aroma profile. Citrus dominates as it warms.

The initial flavor is reminiscent of juicy fruit gum, with grapefruit and tangerine eventually dominating and shifting to resin and piney bitterness mid palate. There's a solid bready malt backbone. Floral hop complexity emerges late. Pine tends to dominate the finish.

Body is moderate to full, with moderate carbonation, and alcohol warmth that is fairly subtle.

Not overly bitter, not overly sweet, and a good range of hop flavoring. Great balance between hop flavoring and bittering, and spans a good range in the flavor spectrum. But nothing really stands out.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2013 18:53:09 | More by barczar
Photo of dirtylou


4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap, brouwers

Served in an unbranded snifter - this was really nice. Very smooth and delicate - a nice change of pace from tongue-destroying bitterness. Tangerine, lemon peel, citrus. Will definitely buy this in the future - Avery has some great rotational DIPA's

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2013 00:29:13 | More by dirtylou
Photo of MDDMD


3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-medium amber color with a nice off-white head and decent lacing

S-bread dough, citrus, pine, slight herbal

T-bready malt, citrus, orange, hint of tropical fruit, pine, herbal, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and crisp

O-good DIPA, easy drinking for the ABV

Serving type: on-tap

09-28-2013 19:30:33 | More by MDDMD
Photo of wethorseblanket


4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap.

A: Pours a clear darkish orange with a half-inch white head which leaves splotchy lace.

N: Pine and citrus with floral and herbal notes.

T: Pine resin, some citrus zest, mint, heavy malt slightly over the hops.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Dry, bitter and malty finish.

O: Solid, basic malty DIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2013 00:19:14 | More by wethorseblanket
Photo of screamking


4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap poured into pint glass.

Pours apricot with a thin off white head. Very piney aroma, lots of earthy tones. Some stronger floral notes as well. Light citrusy grapefruit hiding in there as well. Taste is dank! Dank and bitter. Lots of piney bitterness right up front leads to more of a floral finish. Mouthfeel is heavier side of mediumn bodied, a little boozie for 8.5. This is better than the other brews I've had from Avery. I like the dank piney bliss this one delivers, I would like to enjoy this again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2013 15:45:44 | More by screamking
Photo of kojevergas


3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-draught into a Leffe goblet at The Daily Pint in Santa Monica, California. Cost was $9.50 + tip. Ouch. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness. Good retention. Body colour is a vibrant orange-copper. Very appealing. Hazy. Nontransparent. Bright. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Orange peel and lemon citrus notes, varied floral notes, some hop bitterness, and vague pine. Grapefruit. Appealing but nothing stands out. Average in strength. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T: Floral hops join grapefruit and orange citrus esters for a pleasant effect. Flavourful. Balances the hop bitterness nicely; I like it. Clean and tasty. Complex and intriguing. A solid beer in the style, with sufficient body to back the hops. Some lavender comes through. Malts are not at the forefront here.

Mf: Crisp and clean. Nicely coarse and wet. Good presence on the palate. Suits the flavours well.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Well executed for the style. Another solid offering from Avery. The grapefruit in particular is quite well executed. I'd have this again. Hides its ABV well. The hop bitterness could be better balance. Refreshing. I look forward to trying it at a better price in Colorado.


Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2012 23:52:55 | More by kojevergas
Photo of SkeeterBoganski


3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on draft at the brewery:

solid golden hues; small head; good solid lacing; delicious pine smell; very noticeable grapefruit flavor; love and taste the 93 IBUs; subtle hop nuance that makes it accessible to non-hopheads; still big and danky; well-hidden ABV; lighter in 'hop-punch' than Avery's Maharaja; great balance here

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2012 02:19:21 | More by SkeeterBoganski
Photo of VelvetExtract


4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours mostly clear with a large, fleecy head. Head leaves light freckles of lacing along the glass. Head also retains quite well.

S-The nose starts off with a fruity-hop festoon. Tropical fruits and then… pine all over the place. Malt is simply an augmentation for the hop aromas. Malt adds some sweetness to the fruity hops and balances out the pine a bit.

T-Hop forward. Exotic fruit begins the hop expedition. The fruit morphs into a full stage of bitter and oily pine. The pine is followed by a remarkably articulate grassy finish. Bitter, clean, fresh, green grass. Caramel and sweet biscuit malt is more noticeable here than the aroma. The transition between the hoppy flavors is exact.

M-Goes down easy for an 8.5% ale. All the flavor drowns the booze. Moderate to high bitterness. My glass emptied itself with extraordinary efficiency.

O/D-I must say, I think I liked this more than their Maharaja. Less syrupy and surprisingly more hop-stressed. I really enjoy both duganA and Maharaja. This leans more towards my preferences of the style. I have wanted to try this for a couple years now. Finally!

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2012 14:29:18 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of AllenChaney


4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite IPA's. Such a resinous beer, like drinking a beer in a ganja shop! Spicy pine flavors with a biting bitterness that shocks the conscience. I've had it on tap and bottled and both are fantastic. Avery knows how to hop the shit out of a beer!

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2012 00:32:46 | More by AllenChaney
Photo of Hopdaemon39

New York

3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at whole foods Columbus circle- pours a very clear golden color with very little head, very little retention and nice swathes of lacing. I think there would've been more head had the bartender poured a little better.

Nose is not particularly strong- light sweet caramel, a little bit of lemon hops, some yeast.

Taste is a little more complex- slight bitterness up front with a little lemon, followed by caramel notes, then some earthy yeast mixed with the lemon hops.

Mouthfeel is nice- quite drinkable for a DIPA but maybe too mild. Light body, full carbonation, a tiny bit of resin. This is a good drinkable beer but in my estimate, not really a DIPA and more like a high ABV pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2012 21:02:10 | More by Hopdaemon39
Photo of UCLABrewN84


4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Barbara's At The Brewery in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy orange-beige head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a slightly herbal finish. There is a medium hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2012 09:24:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of denver10


3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a firey orange with a nice thick, foamy off white head. Nice lacing. Alright, now I am getting those tropical fruits. Wonderfully sweet and piney. Wonderful tropical fruits like I hoped to find, some bitter pine in the tail end. Think I can sense a little malt hiding underneath everything, but definitely finding it to be hop forward. Flavor brings me back to what I have come to expect from Avery and their IPA's with a bitter musky earth and pine identity. This time, though, I do get the tropical fruits in this. The malt underbelly is there in the flavor too, and needed to counter the bitterness of the hops to a degree. A nice creamy, fuller mouthfeel with good activity. Overall, definitely my favorite IPA I have tried from Avery. Glad I gave it another go around to find what I was missing from it initially. That said, I still find myself not to be too drawn to Avery's approach to IPA; they are good at what they do, just not a fan of the bitter profile they guys do.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2012 22:15:20 | More by denver10
Photo of Darkmagus82


4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a hazy golden-orange color with a moderate white head. The head faded to give a nice lacing.

Smell – The smell is a big mix of wonderful aromas. There is a nice sweeter malty flavor that is the base. With the maltiness there are great hop aromas of citrus, pine, and some more floral aromas. Overall very nice.

Taste – A slight sweet malt bready flavor meets the tongue. This is mixed with a wonderful more citrusy pine taste. The sweet fades over the taste experience becoming more bitter as the taste goes on. As it bitters, more hop flavors begin showing up. Grapefruit, pine, earthy and a bitter resinous flavor really come into play. They leave a very nice aftertaste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body is above average; nice and creamy. The carbonation level is on the average level. The creamy body really suits the beer well. It allows all those wonderful tastes to sit and relax on the tongue, but yet has enough carbonation to excite the tongue to just the right amount.

Overall – Avery does it again with this IPA. Great qualities all around with a very nice balance. All and all, I would definitely recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2012 23:27:34 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of BARFLYB


4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint glass on tap at Mad Mex in Willow Grove.

DuganA IPA came forth looking bright orange with trace amounts of light amber woven in. A nice amount of off white head that was foamy and had nice clinks to the glass. Notches, Notches, Notches.

Smell was quite citrusy and sweet at the same time, not overly bitter insane west coast style, the malt profile is large with a twinge of bubblegum. Orange, grapefruit, passion fruit in the nose, nice and not piney.

DuganA IPA is nice in taste as well. Like the nose suggested, the malt profile is large but not overwhelming and not East Coast big. Pale malt with some bubblegum essense with Grapefruit, mango, orange, etc. You know what it is.

Feel is pretty much dead set on medium and perhaps a notch higher. This is a juicy DIPA and not very bitter and a nice change of pace. It reminds me of a slightly bigger version of Racer 5 with more malt profile.

At 8.5 a pint at a bar is enough for me, but if i found a fresh ass bottle 22oz bottle if this, that would be no problem for me.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2012 00:53:20 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of 57md


3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is light orange with a finger of head that had some retention and also left some nice lacing. Mild floral nose and light upfront flavor. The finish provided a good hop bitterness, but certainly not enough of a bite to qualify as a DIPA in my book.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2012 04:35:32 | More by 57md
Photo of DNICE555


3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery

A: A clear copper color with a white head.

S: Piney hops and and a sweet malty aroma.

T: Hops are there but a bit too sweet for me. Tons of flavor but not my favorite take on the style.

M: A bit sweet and syrupy for me.

O: An impressive dipa just not my style. Avery is such an amazing brewery. This and the Maharaja are on opposite ends of the dipa style. Just shows you how talented the brewer is.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2011 21:14:49 | More by DNICE555
Photo of paulginva


4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Poured from the tap into a pint glass, this beer produced a 1/4" fizzy off-white head with good lacing that dissipated quickly. There was almost no carbonation in the clear, deep amber body.

AROMA: Hops all the way -- grass and pine in the main, but tropical fruits as well.

TASTE: Mmmm ... much more interesting than the aroma. Still hops all the way, but much more clear. Again dominated by grass and piney resin, plus a good but not overpowering hit of orange, citrus and grapefruit, plus a very light taste of alcohol. Not bad for a potent 8.5% alcohol DIPA. Not bad at all. While I didn't really taste the malt, I knew it had to be there simply because the hop flavor were moderated so well as to not be overpowering but to be complex and balanced instead

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body with a smooth texture; no carbonation that I could see; thin body lacing that dissipated quickly. The initial flavor was a heavy, but not overpowering, bitterness that moderated to an invigorating lighter bitterness at the end of a short finish, leaving a light, pleasant bitter aftertaste.

DRINKABILITY: This beer is very easy to drink I wouldn't drink more than two of these at a sitting unless I had a designated driver with me. This beer is memorably consistent with the profile of a DIPA, has a terrific price to value ratio and is definitely one that I would buy again -- as a matter of fact, I'd buy several extra to age.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2011 17:53:48 | More by paulginva
Photo of russwbeck


4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Churckey in DC Avery Tap Takeover. $3 for a 4oz pour.

The pour is clear yellow with a huge white head, great retention, and phenomenal lacing. The aroma has big citrusy notes, grapefruit and orange, and a floral hoppiness. The smell isn't overly dry, but it also isn't that mind blowing. The taste is like biting into a grapefruit. The fruitiness is wonderful, and is balanced by some grassiness and a dry finish. Crisp, light body with very good carbonation. The drinkability is far above average. The glass disappeared quite quickly. Delicious hops, easy drinking fruits, dry finish. Couldn't have asked for more.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2011 17:52:54 | More by russwbeck
Photo of StoneTSR


3.43/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARENCE: Good looking, crystal clear, light orange beer. The head is about a quarter-inch thick and dissipates quickly. Lacing is decent.

SMELL: The smell isn't as strong as I would like it to be, but what little there is consists of crisp, clean grapefruit with a small hint of flowers.

TASTE: The grapefruit in this beer is strong. It is nice and bitter with some of that floral smell manifesting itself in the flavor as well. Avery's description of this beer says that the DuganA is bitter, piney and resinous. I would agree with bitter, but piney and resinous, no way. It is a much cleaner, crisper DIPA than I expected it to be.

MOUTHFEEL: Again, the theme is crisp and clean (for the most part). This is certainly a palate cleanser, but at the very end, the acidic qualities of the beer seem to leave a touch a funky aftertaste.

OVERALL: Not bad, but the DuganA seems stuck somewhere between IPA and DIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2011 22:55:49 | More by StoneTSR
Photo of BeTheBall


4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at BBC Walpole. Mostly transarent orangy copper in color, with little head in the pint glass I was served in. Smell was fruity and piney at the same time, with much citrus to it. Taste was bitter, but not overly so, with a very interesting combination of citurs and fruit flavors, such as orange rind. Mouthfeel was good, but nothing special. Maharaja is more bitter, but this one has more citrus tastes going on.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2011 21:48:13 | More by BeTheBall
Photo of AgentMunky


4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a stemmed, flaring glass at Michael's in Charlottesville. From notes. Reviewed 15 November 2011.

A: Light head, good lacing. A clear copper-amber colour.

S: Magnificent! Huge hops, lots of citrus, some spice or herb that I can't place.

T: A damn good IPA. Perhaps not the best (as my friend here claims) but it's still quite impressive. Lots of herbal hops and bitter grapefruit.

M: Highly carbonated/spicy. GOOD.

O: An excellent beer than comes highly recommended. I would have it again. And again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2011 00:49:08 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of Tschnab

New York

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at blind tiger

A- it poured an amber red with a sticky lace and an off white egg shell head.

S- very piney and grapefruity, with a kiss of malty fruitiness.

T- pine and grapefruit rind come through because of the hops. There is a slight licorice flavor coming off the alcohol.

O- A solid DIPA. I think I like Maharaja more, but both are really good.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 21:33:34 | More by Tschnab
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DuganA IPA from Avery Brewing Company
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