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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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Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 05:18:09 | More by Sammy
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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
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3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 21:54:21 | More by BuckeyeNation
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South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2009 04:05:16 | More by mikesgroove
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4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
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%.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2010 05:42:08 | More by womencantsail
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 22:34:02 | More by brentk56
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Quebec (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 03:33:55 | More by Phyl21ca
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4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2009 18:59:12 | More by BEERchitect
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4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 20:21:59 | More by Thorpe429
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New York

4.13/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2010 02:44:31 | More by metter98
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3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 22:33:59 | More by ChainGangGuy
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North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always on the lookout for new DIPA's,I grabbed this.Poured into a small tulip glass a clear rich bronze, with a great one finger sticky white head that left multiple broken rings of lace behind as it settled into a creamy mass.Aromas were suprisingly muted,the hop profile of pine resin and citrus showed thru but really were light.Big resiny hop flavors with a bit of caramel/biscuit dominate the flavor profile,I wouldnt say its brutally bitter like the label says but it is quite bitter.This is good but not great,to me it doesnt quite pack enough punch.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 22:05:11 | More by oberon
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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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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed, brilliant amber/bronze cast, slim off-white head.

Vibrant aromatics, blistering pine, lively citrus notes, lemon and orange, ...everything you want in an IPA .

All that and more in the mouth, with a blazing path blown across the palate. Medium to full body, with a plump hoppy juiciness, accompanied by potent hop bitterness. Gets more intense, and more pleasurable, for this hop-head, the further we go in the glass.

Chinook, Centennial, & columbus hop, bright and citrus-y, plentiful bitterness, 2-row barley, dark aromatic, caramel malt provides a sturdy base. Zesty stuff, custom made for a hop addict like me. I don't think I'd agree with Adam A. about it's sessionability (8.5%, really), in fact, I'd really enjoy this at about 2% less alcohol.

Thoroughly enjoyable IPA. "Dank, brutally iber, resinous" is right. If they could do this in 6-packs of 12 ounce bottles, I'd be even happier.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2009 02:23:42 | More by feloniousmonk
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Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, floral hops and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of piney hops bitterness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The hoppiness remains dominant. The after-taste is likewise hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice 2IPA hop bomb worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 03:55:11 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright golden orange, frothy whitecaps on top, sticky ring of lacing around the edges. Some visible trails of carbonation emanating from within.

Bitter citrus pith, sticky sweet and hoppy, lightly floral, something almost tropical in there to keep things interesting. Grapefruit figures largely into the aroma also.

Unmistakable pink grapefruit flavor, alternately bitter and sweet from the sustained hop onslaught. Bittersweet, pine resiny, slick hop oil feel. Lighter for a DIPA, easily sipped. Alchol is present though not especially noticeable. Some pale malt is there to balance, and the bitterness is well in check. A hop delivery vehicle if I ever tasted one.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2011 02:05:15 | More by emerge077
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4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours an effervescent amber with 1 finger of pearl colored head. Superior head retention & lacing

S: Leafy hops & not much else

T: Leafy & grapefruitty hops, breadyness & biscuitty malt up front. Hops turn minty & piney as this warms, malt profile skews a bit towards a caramel, but with plenty of biscuitty malt & some orange rind as well. Finishes dry with leafy & minty hops, plus some grapefruit. Almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Chewy with fairly light carbonation, damn good balance & a nice creamyness

Extremely drinkable, ABV is masked nicely. I rank this behind Maharajah & above Ale to the Chief. Nice effort Avery!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 05:12:52 | More by russpowell
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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

The beer pours a deep golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a killer malt profile that boasts of pale, bisquit, and caramel malts. It's sweet with some excellent breadiness. The hop aroma is great as well. It's quite bitter with a piney character that really balances the complex malt bill. The taste is awesome! It has an intense hop flavor that hits you up front and balances nicely with the bready, caramel malt taste. It's incredibly bitter with some excellent piney notes. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine DIPA. It's malt forward with loads up hops to balance.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 21:41:53 | More by WesWes
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4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Review #200, a relatively unimportant milestone but a milestone never-the-less. Beer served on draft at a local beer bar.

Beer is clear and amber / orange in color. Thin diffuse white head and low carbonation. Head gravitates toward the glass and leaves some lacing on the walls.

Sweet pine aroma, that's about it.

Full bodied beer, high bitterness in the back of the mouth, some sweetness at the front of the mouth. Lots of pine character in this beer. Drinkability moderate and the mouthfeel is really good. THere is a lot of flavor connectivity and it is much appreciated to have such a full bodied IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2009 19:14:56 | More by drabmuh
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4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden orange with a white head. Ton of hops in the aroma, lots of resiny pine. The flavor is more hops, with piney resin as well as a good amount of bitterness. Not a ton of malt flavor. You also get some citrus and grapefruit but the pine is the main hop flavor. Very drinkable for a hoppy DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 21:42:23 | More by Mora2000
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4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a cream-colored, bubbly, thick head of two finger high foam. It left some sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled great - citrus, grapefruit, bubbly gum and some pine. Some caramel aromas, too.

T - It tasted of bitter hops with flavors of pine, citrus and grapefruit. It had a toasty malt flavor with some sweet caramel kick.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a very nice Double IPA. Another tasty brew from Avery. Keep 'em coming!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 21:58:09 | More by zeff80
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4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big frothy soapy head, 2 fingers, sticky lacing, crystal clear amber orange color.

Nose lots of earthy hops on the nose, nice candy bar like hop sweetness and light fresh hop resin, nice toasty malts and a nice strong malty base.

Taste brings a strong malty almost barleywine like flavor, slight booze but not much, toasty medium roast malts, slight tingly booze, then lots ofhops, earthy hops, light fresh musty, sweet candy like hop flavors, light peppermint, little sticky and hop oils, fairly bitter. Finishes a bit drier, evenmore bitter as it grows, more peppermint, light malty sweetness lingering.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, bit of warming and tingly booze, decent carb. Light oily mouth feel.

Drink is decent, some booze, light sticky feel, little oily.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2011 03:41:35 | More by jlindros
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4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled November 2009
A solid pour produces a thick three finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a rich, red-copper hue that shows a brilliantly clear, bright copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is thick with hop notes, and while not necessarily noticeable at first there is some malt notes noticeable in the background. Floral, fruit, a touch spicy, with a solid herbal note, the hops remind me also of tangerine, lychee, orange scented pine needles, and bright citrus oil. The malt provides soft notes of sweet tea and some cracker like notes though truthfully the hop character does a real good job of drowning these notes out. I like that the aroma is focused on the fruity and floral hop aspects but still has significant, though supporting, herbal and pine aromatics.

Bitter and herbal as it first hits my tongue. As the beer flows past my tongue the texture is mucked up a bit by a touch too much fizzy carbonation, but luckily some vigorous swirling removes this. After this the body becomes softer and a touch creamy, but it is still bitingly bitter tasting with an almost green hop astringency. There is a solid tropical and citrus fruit character that plays balancingly with the bitter and herbal notes; the herbal notes also leans towards pine-needle notes, a touch of green hemp oil and menthol. The beer finishes with lingering, aggressive bitterness.

This is definitely an aggressive, West-Coast styled Double IPA, that maintains a lighter bodied, easy quaffability that I really appreciate in anything that has IPA on the label. I am always a sucker for floral tropical fruit notes in a hopped-up beer and this has enough other, more aggressive hop notes to keep things from becoming cloying. Definitely a nice example that needs to be drunk super fresh like any hoppy beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 16:27:08 | More by Gueuzedude
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4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 02:31:32 | More by Knapp85
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3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours hazed orange with a creamy off-white head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of steely caramel, pine and citrus (orange, apricot, grapefruit).

The taste is of caramel and booze. Hoppy, but sweet. Pine and citrus with some perfume. Pine becomes domineering as it progresses.

It hits full-bodied and is pretty chewy.

A bit raw/harsh. Booze shows, slowing it down. On the sweet side with a piney/somewhat perfumy, character overall. An interesting sipper.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 15:26:55 | More by jwc215
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DuganA IPA from Avery Brewing Company
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