DuganA IPA - Avery Brewing Company

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DuganA IPADuganA IPA

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,418 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,418
Reviews: 587
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 77
Gots: 101 | 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:
Released twice annually in January and again in September.

(Beer added by: GarrisWH on 10-06-2009)
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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange colour with some off-white head. A good drinking DIPA. Big pineapple fruitiness, IBU is high but very well managed and its fruity more than malty. Orange peel and some lemon peel. Apple notes, even a little cocoa.A little zesty, pepper, spice. Very good drinkability.

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up at Rick's in Alexandria. Served in a tulip.

Pours a medium golden orange color with a good white head and some nice lacing as it falls down the glass. The nose brings forward loads of tropical and citrus hops. Really overpowering and quite lovely. The taste hits the same high notes with loads of hop flavor as well as a substantial level of bitterness. The body is nice and dry, though suffers a bit from being a bit too boozy in the finish. Really quite enjoyable. Probably the best non-sour beer I've had from Avery.

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange amber with thick, big bubbled white head.

Wonderful nose of fresh grapefruit, lemon/lime skin oils (lighter and less assertive than Pliny, Sculpin and other "hop heads" but nice). Some orange and yeast in the nose, a light corn tortilla character with lime.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with a "half and half" consistency.

Flavors of some underlying malt sweetness that is dominated by orange/grapefruit skin bitter with a grapefruit skin/pine resin hop finish. This is a bit of a "malty" charactered, well balanced IPA. Very hoppy and likely intended to be so but with a definite malt character.

This is a wonderful drink, full of big flavors and character and would be great with many food profiles.

Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It's cloudy yellowish amber in color; a thin off-white head quickly faded away but left lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrusy and piney hops in the nose.
T: The flavor is very intense - there are moderate amounts of bitter citrus, pine resin flavors and notes of caramel malts. The bitterness is not overpowering.
M: The beer feels medium-bodied on the palate, slightly sticky and has a light amount of carbonation.
D: This is a beer that really needs to be sipped because the alcohol will quickly catch up to you.

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a three finger head that leaves gobs of dancing squiggles around the pint glass

Smell: Although the aroma has a lot of pith, pine and hemp elements, there is also quite a bit of caramel malt balance

Taste: Opens with the caramel malt but by mid-palate, the pith and pine of the hops bursts into the profile; after the swallow, the malt adds a bit of stickiness to the profile and the finish provides a somewhat sweet balance to the hoppy bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Wasn't too sure where this would slot in next to the Maharaja but I have to wonder why Avery needs to have another DIPA to fill the gap between that beer and its regular IPA

Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer captures the delicate yet bold identities of both East and West Coast IPA's.

Its hops smack you up front with the sharp and bitter taste of 70+ ibu's. But the beer tethers the edges of bitterness with a soft and consistent fade into citrus (orange peel and grapefruit) and resins (pine and fresh cut grasses). This halmark dominates the beer from nose to finish.

Malt profiles are softer, relying on lightly kined pale malts for a color that is light golden and somewhat straw. Crisp maltiness never really pushes into caramel or toffee, but settles into a cracker-like (almost pilsner-like) character with clean, fresh-bakes bread crusts.

While the malts give a non-confrontational structure to the beer, the malts fade in the end, allowing for a dry, minty, clean finish. A great beer that rides along side of Harpoon Leviathan IPA for a recent comparison.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a bright orangey color ale with a huge creamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of lupulin with nice citrus notes and some subtle light piney notes. Taste is also very nice with great notes of lupulin and citrus with some balanced bitterness and a nice caramel malt backbone. Body is above average with nice creamy texture and good carbonation. Very well done and one of the best beer I have tasted form this brewer.

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Polished persimmon with golden rum colored highlights along the edges. No less than four full fingers of parchment colored foam appeared on the pour. The head is hugely sticky and is starting to plaster the glass with thick sheets of cheese grater-like lace. What a looker.

The nose isn't as incandescently hoppy as expected. That said, it's mucho enjoyable if you like the little green cones. The lineup includes Simcoe, Columbus, Centennial and Chinook. There's a wee bit of caramel beneath the candied citrus fruit. Orange, spruce and a whiff of spliff are more prominent than grapefruit.

DuganA IPA is exhibit 'A' with respect to the type of American DIPA that is really more of a hoppy barleywine than a true 'San Diego Style' (D)IPA. Still, it isn't as far out on that limb as say... The Maharaja. Adam Avery has said that this beer was created to be 'a more sessionable Maharaja'. With an ABV of 8.5% and 93 IBUs? Okey dokey.

Compared to the bigger beer, this offering is slightly less caramel malty and is less sweet. It's also less boozy (natch), although it still has a solvent-like quality that keeps the next highest taste score from being considered. Besides, it isn't hop flavorful enough, despite being less than two months in the bottle. In the end, they're equally good... not great.

Flavors include toasted bread, toffee, candied orange peel, candied grapefruit peel, pine sap and a small splash of Stolichnaya. Sweet and bitter fight to a virtual draw for most of the mouthful, with alpha acids pulling slightly ahead of sugars on the finish. It seems that I've had at least 15-20 DIPAs that tasted just like this.

The mouthfeel has that wonderful combination of chewiness, glassy smoothness and hop-fueled rasp. The carbonation is well-buried, which makes all the difference.

My hope was that Avery was going to change those things about The Maharaja that would have turned good beer into great beer. Unfortunately, it didn't happen that way. DuganA is a pretty good (American barleywine-like) DIPA. Then again, pretty good (American barleywine-like) DIPAs aren't that hard to find these days.

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this one on tap at Barleys yesterday and just had to dive right in. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/12/2009.

The pour was spot on for the style. Rich amber in color with a nice head of white coming up and over the top. Nice touches of carbonation bubbling up to the surface now as well. Aroma was sharp, nice grapefruit and pineapple lead the charge here with a huge hop bomb aroma, warming brings out a subtle balance, but not much. A bit lighter then I would have liked, but still well done as the puckering hop bite kicks you in the teeth from the very first sip, nicely done indeed. Crisp, clean with a long dry finish that wreaked of orange and grapefruit, it was a classic DIPA.

Overall I would not mind trying this one again anyday. Very well done.

Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Stone

A: The pour is a clear light amber color with a fluffy white head and some sticky lacing.

S: The nose is full of tropical, fruity hops which give it that nice pineapple and tangerine aroma. There's some definite sweet caramel malt in there as well.

T: The flavor is a bit on the sweet side with the same fruity qualities that are present in the nose. Luckily, there is a good amount of piney bitterness to balance out the sweetness.

M: The body is a bit thick and sticky and the carbonation is moderate, which helps the beer from becoming syrupy.

D: I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. It was balanced (which isn't always my thing with IPAs) and quite easy to drink for 8.5%.

Photo of Knapp85
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a deep copper color with a thin white hea on top. The lacing was scattered and the retention was light. The smell of the beer is loaded with grapefruit, pine and other fruity citrus aromas fro all the hops in there. The taste of the beer is great, lots of big hop flavors. The mouthfeel is oily, slick and nicely carbonated. Overall it's a great IPA. Worth drinking again.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, golden-copper body with a moderately-sized, white head that thins out fairly soon after pouring.

Smell: Toasted barley grains, a quick pass of sweetish caramel, and then on to the bolder, more effusive notes of pithy citrus peelings and angry, distilled resins, along with green, moist, leafy herbs and dried bitter herbs.

Taste: Faintly toasty, bready barley malts with a fleeting sweetness of candied caramel. However, in an instant, a strongly pithy, sharply herbal, heavily resinous hop character and aggressive bitterness slaps the sweet maltiness away like a harmless butterfly. Tangerine and grapefruit essential oils, maybe washed down with swizzle of quinine. Bitterness, resins, and alcohol on the back half, a bit like sipping down some varnish stripper. Finishes about the same, really.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Some oiliness to the overall mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Boldly bitter, restlessly resinous and, well, it's a Double IPA, alright.

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DuganA IPA from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,418 ratings.