DuganA IPA - Avery Brewing Company

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DuganA IPADuganA IPA

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BA SCORE
92
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601 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 601
Hads: 1,572
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 7.99%
Wants: 83
Gots: 155 | 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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Photo of BethanyB
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (1,571 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
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. (671 characters)

Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
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! (343 characters)

Photo of Gregaroo
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (183 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (1,337 characters)

Photo of KMey3434
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
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 :) (260 characters)

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.17/5  rDev +1%
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. (294 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (339 characters)

Photo of HipCzech
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (249 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (531 characters)

Photo of hardy008
3.56/5  rDev -13.8%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of dorosjim
4.54/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (614 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (1,118 characters)

Photo of kudsak
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (263 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (425 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No date, 22oz bottle, shared with friends, served in a clear plastic cup.

Appearance: Clear orange amber. Thin white foam across the top with some fine strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Fresh cut citrus and tropical fruit. A little bit of sweetness under it all.

Taste: Very hoppy and bitter. Quite aggressive hoppiness with citrus rind and pine dominating. Some malt backbone which was cracker like. Finish was strongly bitter as well, almost wrecked my palate.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation but not fizzy. Very sticky.

Overall / Drinkability: A good IPA, but powerful. Not very drinkable in that one is enough. A very strong hoppy IPA, and maybe with the right glass to concentrate the aromas and the right type of food to pair with it I might have gotten more out of this. So it is a good DIPA, but not a great one because I find it unbalanced for me. (881 characters)

Photo of TheDoctor
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Service: Bottle


A:
Pours a clear golden-orange honey color with a little chill haze and 2.5 fingers of airy beige head that settles to a solid layer that gets beat up as you drink it. Very good retention; evenly sticky, scummy lacing. (4.25)

S:
Lots of citrus. Spiced citrus, candied oranges,sap, grapefruit pith, juniper. (4)

T:
Piney pith. Sappy, resinous, pith, citrus zest, soft bready backbone. (4)

M:
Light-medium body with lots of small bubbles and a soft, delicate feel overall, very drinkable, short finish. (4.25)

O:
Excellent IPA.
This beer is a really nice drinker with a lot of hops (but not too much) and a lot of malt (but also not too much).
Pours lovely with a great, substantive head. The aroma and flavor are both piney with citrus, though citrus seems more pronounced on the nose. There is a varnish-like hop resin character to it, but it stops just short of sticking around in the finish; it is really well-balanced with the bready malt and kind of stops it from doing anything beyond asserting itself.
Very drinkable, very enjoyable, bold but restrained.
Would have again; worth finding if you like IPAs. (4.25) (1,152 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dugana is a bright medium orange with a flaming copper in the body. The off-white head is creamy and frothy, topping at a finger and a half that sits like a crown and falls only slowly. It retains its firm substance and drops a whole lots of chunky lacing that sticks in plenty on the glass.
This IPA puts out nice hops aroma and flavor in good strength with honey sweetness while citrus contributes both sweet and bitter aspects. There's also something mildly dry and some juice along with plenty of pine.
Dugana has a very crisp and smooth texture, flowing and biting simultaneously and working well together in a medium body. A semi-dry finish lingers well. (664 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/9/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange zest, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of juicy citrus/pine hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly sticky, and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellence DIPA style. All around great balance and complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth and fairly crisp to drink for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering. (1,508 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Starts with big graham cracker aromas seasoned with resin, a hint of mint, and slight grass aromas with a suggestion of fruit. It pours brilliant amber under a slightly off-white 1” slowly receding foam cap. The palate is melon with tropical fruit over graham cracker, seasoned with fruity hop bitterness throughout and concluding with a hop drying finish. It drinks very creamy and smooth with medium body and carbonation. (425 characters)

Photo of neurobot01
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%

This is a decent DIPA, but with all the claims about hop-worship, I found the taste a little sweet. The first sip was almost peanut-butter malt, and even though that backed off, it's present throughout. Moderate piney bitterness, some tropical/floral flavors, but all in all, doesn't stand out in a crowded field. Bottle was exactly 2 weeks old. (345 characters)

Photo of joeseppy
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mango colour with a generous two inch head. Substantial lacing that makes me wipe my finger in the glass to peel out every last crust of sea foam.

Aroma is bigger malt on the front with a mellifluous tropical floral arrangement. Of course we can't forget Mr. Pine. Caramel wafting among biscuity components.

Hopped up bitterness blended well with the denser tropical fruits creating a desired dankness. The malt sweetness quickly balances the entire taste experience.

Full bodied like the Sabrina sultress laying the debut on the label. Oily hop resin with floral hop in the nose. Layered almost impeccably. Long dry hop finish. A nice sticky dryness. I love the fact that this is not toot sweet yet sticky enough in other words not a palate wrecker.

Fantastic double IPA with a comforting unobtrusive ABV. Great balance, a quality craft and great marketing label. Stands with the best of them. Well done craft at 95 IBU. I will buy again. (945 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (526 characters)

Photo of brureview
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (909 characters)

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