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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 schoolboy


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

I don't want to go too far with superlatives but ... This is a great ale. The best I have had in a while.

It pours a perfect IPA color, clarity (not perfectly clear) and head. The lace is good too. The aroma is pungent - a perfect balance of finishing hops.

The taste is a beautiful bitter plus malt plus yeast turned into alcohol - booze. It actually tastes a bit boozier than it is, but it is a great, well done taste.

The aftertaste is a perfect bitter that lingers a long time. All around, this is one of the best brews I have tried in months. I wonder how it is in bottles. I will try to get some more on tap before Save-on gives up the tap for something else.

Serving type: growler

09-20-2013 20:05:13 | More by schoolboy
Photo of bamadog


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

Picked up a fresh growler of this at my nearest Whole Foods. Review is from notes taken on 9/29/2012 and poured from the growler to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a solid copper color with some nice golden glow to it; starts with a short 1/2 finger, slightly off white head that fades quickly to a thin, incomplete skim floating on the surface; body is very clear and shows moderate carbonation; plenty of lacing is left behind in spots and swaths.

Smell: Very nice and hop forward as it should be -- plenty of sweet citric hops are pouring out of this -- definite some juicy orange, possibly grapefruit; faint, grainy maltiness in the background. Very solid.

Taste: Pretty much just like the nose -- the hops are up front and they start out sweet and juicy, but as the beer lingers on the palate, a bit more of the oily hop resiny bitterness sneaks in; well balanced with some of the grainy maltiness, but essentially a hop forward America Double.

Mouthfeel: Body is just a little lighter than medium in terms of weight; carbonation is good, not too sharp, but the body, for some reason, is just a touch watery; a thin, sticky coating is left all over the palate and belly is left just a touch warm.

Overall: A very solid beer - super refreshing and doesn't quite weight you down like some of the bigger DIPAs will do. Well worth the bones for the 64 oz. growler, and it won't be a problem to finish it off over the course of the weekend.

Serving type: growler

09-30-2012 00:58:57 | More by bamadog
Photo of Gmann

New York

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear pale orange color with a tight dense white head that settles into a fluffy ring.

The aroma is of orange citrus, some light tropical fruit. The malt is neutral, perhaps a touch of honey sweetness. Nice hop aroma.

The taste is of a grapefruit and grapefruit rind hop, some tropical fruit and a light piney bitterness. The orange citrus and light pineapple bring a vibrant hop profile. Some light piney hops bring an offset to the honey malt. Good balance, nice and hop forward.

The feel is moderate, quite solid, with softish carbonation. Sweet malt but plenty of balance with a strong citrus and piney balance.

A lovely DIPA, stays true to the hoppy balance. The malt supports the hops and the hops are aggressive without being bitter.

Serving type: growler

11-20-2011 04:00:11 | More by Gmann
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New York

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

Avery Dugana, growler filled at The Pony Bar, Hell's Kitchen, NY.

Appearance: Served on my Sierra snifter, Dugana pours hazy and mellifluous, like cider. Barely a finger of head, very white and carbonated. A very good retention ensures that a white mantle, bubbles and a rim around the glass remain and linger. Color is dirty orange, like grapefruit juice.

Smell: Very complex, enticing and delicious, with bitterness and sweetness. Biscuit, buttery cookie, caramel, pineapple, lemon zest. Key lime pie, cake. Some resin and pine sap, again I'm reminded of the pine trees of Assateague Island.

Taste: Follows nose, with a more pronounced hop aroma. Tart, dry finish. Some butterscotch-like sweetness, a caramel feel accompanies the bitter-dry finish. Canned pinneaple juice and carbonated cider. Very West Coast-y!

Mouthfeel: Sticky, lingering, a bit chewy but not as much as other Double IPA's. Almost full flavor, medium carbonation and body. Well balanced, booze is never too present.

Overall: I didn't expect Dugana to be this good. With so many DIPA's in the market, you just don't know what to expect anymore... but Dugana fits the bill and delivers. Very drinkable (the Wife and I polished a growler in little time) and enjoyable, never too hoppy or citrusy or out of whack. ABV will sneak up on you, though!

Overall: A beautiful, well-crafted

Serving type: growler

04-01-2011 23:11:55 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a medium orange color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Nose has floral, citrus hops, caramel

T: Big grapefruit,. caramel, booze, orange peel, a few hints at pineapple

M: Medium body is very well carbonated. Lots of hop oils

D: Very good.

Serving type: growler

11-27-2010 02:06:07 | More by barleywinefiend
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South Carolina

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

First of all, I have learned in the past month how important it is to get your IPA fresh!!! Some beers are affected more than others, but my original taste of this from the bottle was quite different than this one!

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a growler purchased at Green's in Columbia, SC

A: Clear amber color with a fluffly light tan head that dies down quickly and moderate lacing.

S: Nice floral, citrus hop scent. Mild pine in the background. (Complete opposite of the bottle I reviewed a short while back).

T&M: Fairly balanced hop bitter and mildly malty sweet taste up front. The pine hops are more prevelant in the taste, but well-balanced with the malts. Medium to heavy bodied with fine, smooth carbonation that fades to an oily bitter residue. Slightly dry finish, but it doesn't turn your tongue into sandpaper.

Definitely a favorite of mine now.... IF it is fresh!!!

Serving type: growler

04-01-2010 20:36:46 | More by cdizinno
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a growler to a tulip glass. Had a rich amber and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy,long-lasting head and some excellent lacing.

S: A big aroma of hops, citrus and a piney quality.

T: Tasted of hops, citrus (grapefruit, etc.) and pine. Nicely balanced and not overly harsh.

M: Lots of carbonation with a dry, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A very drinkable beer, on par with Avery's Maharaja IPA.

Serving type: growler

12-31-2009 14:55:18 | More by avalon07
Photo of Wespatrick

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this is the best new DIPA to come out this year. Now that I got that out of the way, I will tell you why I think so.
Pour was a nice light orange color and the head was substantial enough to hang around for a while. Aroma is intriguing mix of resinous pine and more pineapple that grapefruit citrus. There is some alchohol in the nose as well. Taste is well balanced, but not too sweet like many DIPA's that try to overcompensate for the high hop flavor with too much malt sweetness. Finish is quite dry and enjoyable, not at all cloying or muddled. There is some alchohol in the aftertaste, but it is not overwhelming or off-putting. Drinkability is great. I polished off a growler without a wing man and I am feeling no ill effects. Avery says they will brew this beer whenever they feel the need and I hope that is more fequently than once or twice a year because I think it is a great DIPA at a very fair price. Highly reccomended!

Serving type: growler

12-22-2009 04:33:06 | More by Wespatrick
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
Photo of scotorum


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
Photo of ocelot2500


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
Photo of minterro


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
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
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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
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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
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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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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
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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
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DuganA IPA from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,219 ratings.