DuganA IPA - Avery Brewing Company

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DuganA IPADuganA IPA

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Ratings: 1,418
Reviews: 587
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 77
Gots: 102 | 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 FosterJM
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

345th review on BA
bottle to tulip
22oz bottle.

App- Big fluffy two finger head with a vibrant orange color. You can see the sheet of cling as this falls.

Smell- It's a 50/50 mix of spicy hops and a little malt sugariness. Mix in some sweet citrus

Taste- A bigger DIPA with nice flavoring. Not the best I have had but still good. Nicely sweetened but not overly so. Grapefruit caramel and quite a kick on the backend.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carb level. Malty grapefruit and a slight hop after taste

Drink- Not bad at all, Having had maharaja 1st I really feel this is a good little sibling to that monster of beer.

Photo of claytong
3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this either right before or right after the maharaja and thus it got maybe a little demoted in my mouth. it was a good imperial ipa no doubt, but it wasn't nearly as complex and balanced as the maharaja. so im giving it a tough break side by side.

Photo of theboozecruise
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into an imperial pint glass. Picked up at Spec's in Houston.

It's a hazy faded orange color, two fingers of frothy white head. Great retention and lacing.

Hoppy as expected, but it's tough to place the exact hop profile. There are floral notes, a little honey even.

A little lingering bitter taste, but pretty good mouthfeel.

I guess my overall impression is that it's a good but not great IPA.

Photo of GarrettMD
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark copper with a half finger of white lacing that stays around around. Lacing is good. Lots of visible carbonation rising up.

S - Pineapple, grapefruit, overall citrus aroma. Very sweet smelling. A little alcohol tingles the nose.

T - Big malt base, very unexpected since it wasn't at all noticeable in the aroma. Bready, caramel malts blend well with earthy and citrus hops. Bitterness is very well represented, and equally balanced.

M - Very smooth. Sweet, but not sticky. Bitterness coats the mouth, the finish is sweet and slightly dry with hints of lemon and grapefruit.

O - Love it. Very well balanced, finish is amazing, perfect for the price range.

Photo of greenmonstah
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into DFH snifter

A - Pours a light copper, almost amber, with a half finger white head. Good lacing and plenty of carbonation.

S - Tropical fruity hops. Grapefruit and a little pineapple. Sweet and very good.

T - Tropical hop show! So delicious. Everything I love about DIPAs. Definitely a west coast style IPA. Hops are on display, almost entirely tropical fruit like grapefruit and pineapple. Sweet with only a touch of bitterness. Sweet caramel malt accentuates the hop. Slightly bready sweet in the finish.

M - Medium body, wet throughout, with a slightly drying finish. Carbonation is light, which I think is spot on.

O - A fantastic DIPA. Very very tasty with a nice feel. The strong hop flavors meld perfectly with the sweet caramel, making this a damn good DIPA. It's no Pliny, but it's damn delicious.

Photo of wvsabbath
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Burnt orange/golden yellow, looks like grapefruit juice. Not much head, some lacing

Smell - Major hop and malts. Plenty of citrus fruits. Some alcohol and sugars sneak through. Wow, this smells intense.

Taste - Very hoppy and malty. Right on the boarder of being a double ipa. Lots and lots of orange, grapefruit, lemon and pine. Malts add some flavor and hide the booze in this beer. Still, smooth and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel - Hoppys cover mouth, tingle tounge, mess up palette. Not a crusher but enough to make you need water or food if you want to drink anything else. The malts keep this from being bitter, the finish is smooth and light but you will taste hops for abit.

Overall - Very nice, i liked this moreso then there double ipa cause this wasnt such a hop crusher. Dangerously drinkiable at 8.5%, and well done. Hopheads and ipa fans all should check this beer out.

Photo of mickmantle
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Does this beer stink of weed a bit more than most IPA's or is it me?? Could be me.
Anyway nice work Avery! Had on draft and found a nice copper pour adorned my glass, piney/marijuana/hoppy smell, pretty hoppy in flavor as well as fruity a touch of malt and sweetness. Good lacing mediocre head retention..
Good beer!

Photo of julian
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: glorious copper color with excellent clarity (just a bit of haze) and lasting frothy thick white bubbly head.

S: Lots and LOTS of intense pine and dank hoppy resin. Excellent!

T: A huge atomic blast of bitter, dank resinous hop oil up front. There is definitely some malt in the background to HELP balance it but in no way is this balanced. This is not for the uninitiated. This is pro league IIPA shit. If you've got the palate for it though, it's wonderfully delicious.

M: Smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel, rolls off the tongue with ease. Slightly earthy resinous finish.

Photo of crossovert
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber. It ours a light gold with hues of orange. The head is foamy and white and leaves some nice lacing. The smell is surprisingly mild to me. It is very fruity with a hint of maltiness. The flavor is nice, if a bit sweet. It has osme sicy and iney ho flavors along with a huge blast of malts, and some tropical fruit thrown in there. I preferred the Maharaja form this brewery.

Photo of arizcards
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine in late January for $7.99.

Beer poured an amber-orange with a solid white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is floral hops, aroma becoming more pungent as it warms.

Taste is a big pale and caramel malt base well balanced by a load of resinous citrus hops.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth. Makes the finish very satisfying.

Overall this is a nice solid ipa2, very drinkable!

Photo of heysuz
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Intro: 22 oz. bottle in a tulip glass. Shared with a friend.

Appearance: Pours with a half finger head with lacing that clings. Nice orange amber color but slightly hazy.

Smell: Fruity smell first followed by a subdued hoppy aroma.

Taste: Crisp and dry with a good hop taste that lingers and hints of sweet citrus notes and some malt. Not as bitter as the 93 IBU indicates.

Mouthfeel: No aftertaste, oiliness or bitterness a refreshing dryness that leaves the mouth clean

Overall: Goes down smooth with a crispness that makes it easy to drink.

Conclusion: Another respectable offering from Avery. I'm a fan of IPA's/DIPA's and I wouldn't pass this up if I found it on store's shelf. I put this in my top 10 list of DIPA's.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is SERIOUSLY hoppy and evergreen with a firm undertone of grapefruit and just a whisper of sweetness. It couldn't be any better! It pours a clear amber with a thick, fluffy, persistent off-white head and leaves some respectable lacing. Flavor is decidedly hoppy, very much like drinking a pine tree, with a grapefruit undertone and minimal bitterness - quite tasty. Smooth texture is a little on the thick side and nice and rough on the edges, leaving a hoppy and persistent tingle. I recommend this to all IPA lovers!

Photo of Kelly88
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the dilly deli, served in a 10oz snifter.

A- cloudy honey colored brew with lighter shades of orange on the bottom. Initially a nice solid white head with dripping lace. Head disappeared fairly quickly and recedes to a halo of head around the glass.

S- lots of tangy citrus in This one with a decent amount of hop resin. Very fragrant

T- has a nice bitter taste. Starts out very juicy, grapefruit and lime, then the hops are in full effect. Very bitter finish that is semi dry.

M- real nice for a ipa. Coats well with out being too heavy and the medium carbonation is perfect. A Tad try but it just makes you want to drink more.

Overall a very good ipa. I love the bitterness, its bitterness that has flavor. The appearance looks great and a very sniffable beer. Well done Avery!

Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of nniicckkww
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a snifter. I would have preferred a pint glass or belgian chalice. The snifter was filled full and did not let any head come about. Oh well. Amber rust color. Clear with slight haze. Aroma of fresh pine hops with a bit of dank catiness.

Fairly crisp IPA. Lots of pine and dank sticky hops. The aroma is complimented with an ever so slight caty hop finish. Not off-putting though. This is a great hoppy beer and the sample is fresh.

Thank god it's not a malty mess. The abv. is nicely masked by delicious hop flavor and aroma. I would have another, but it was time to call it a night. Fairly drinkable. Much better on-tap than in the bottle in my experience. Perhaps this keg is just fresher.

This is a good, maybe almost great IIPA.

Photo of beagle75
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Draft service into a shaker pint at Beachwood BBQ.

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of white foam head. Heavy sheets of lacing remain on the glass. The appearance of this beer is as close to the ideal of the style as any yet seen.

S: Initial pungent pine, floral and grapefruit citrus hops fade somewhat over the course of the drink, revealing more pale malt and even some sulfurous onion. No alcohol is detected in the smell.

T: Begins off-dry, with assertive piney hop aromatics and mild caramel alongside restrained acidity. The hop character turns toward grapefruit peel into the middle, while some sour butter and scallion shoots also emerge as this beer warms. The finish features ester-infused pale malt and robust bitterness that dries out slightly, with some floral notes lingering. Faint alcohol notes are detected in the middle and the finish.

M: Medium viscosity, sticky on the plate, with moderate carbonation.

D: The DuganA is a fully realized and fairly approachable double IPA when dispensed from the keg. The onion character encountered in the smell as well as the flavor was unexpected since there was no hint of it in the obviously-faded bottle that I had over a year ago, but it was merely a footnote to an otherwise enjoyable and worthy representative of the style. This is one of those DIPAs that adeptly presents robust elements of hops and malt that are in lock-step balance with one another. The frequent whiff of ethanol reminds the drinker of the respectable, but not unusually high, abv.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Pete for this one! 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No freshness date...lame.

Hazy dull gold-amber with some creamy off-white head. Aroma is immediately recognizable as an Avery IPA that's a bit past its prime (would be helpful if there's a date...). Rich pale caramel malt and some aged dry hops. Pine more than citrus.

Palate is fat, but snaps dry immediately. Pale caramel malt and pine pollen like herbal notes. Bitterness is gripping but the hop flavor is lacking. Mouthfeel score suffers for what seems like age. (I wish there was a date on this thing so I could know for sure.)

Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This bottle has been in my fridge for a while. I couldn't find any dates on the bottle. I poured it from a bomber into a Sierra Nevada German Becker, my favorite glass for IPAs other than tulips. The pour produced a beautiful, foamy white head that receded slowly leaving lots of nice lacing. The ale is a slightly opaque orange. It would be hard to beat this one for looks. A tall redhead with long legs and a little jiggle when she walks. No one could stand not checking her out. Even if you prefer something darker she would still catch your eye.

The aroma is sweet, with citrus and piney, resiny hops coming through. The foam holds the aroma in, but if I tilt the glass and expose a non-foamy surface I get some stronger, great smelling tangerine and orange. The flavor is solid, but not nearly as bitter as advertised. It says 93 IBUs on the bottle, but I'm not getting all that. The sweetness is balancing things out in a good way, and I'm a certified hop head. This is a a tasty IPA. The finish is bitter and I suspect other hop heads will not be disappointed either.

The mouth feel is solid as well, about medium with lower than average to average carbonation. Quite drinkable, as I'm moving through this big beer with no trouble while I wait for a gourmet pizza to be delivered.

As duganA IPA warms things only get better. The aroma changes slightly and the flavor smooths out when I pour the rest of the bottle into the glass. I see lots of yeast and other particles suspended. I'm partial to unfiltered IPAs and this caught me by surprise and added to my enjoyment. I will comment that the yeast toned down the bitterness, so if you want a more bitter experience you might want to decant more carefully than I did.

A most impressive DIPA. I've been drinking a lot of Hop Slams and Double Troubles lately and I'm not let down by duganA at all. I would love to try this on-tap and will definitely seek out more of these.

Photo of CuttDeez
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice orange crimson color, Large bubbly head from a strong handed pour that stuck around.
S - Fresh hop hits your nose right away. As you explore the nose you can find pine resin, light citrus (orange mostly), mint, and hints of other woody herbs.
T & M & D - Very well balanced bitter hoppiness. It is actually a very nice level of bitter. Then it opens up to sweet caramel notes and citrus on the tounge. The pine resin comes through very nicely. There is a slight warmth from the alchohol near the end but it is overlooked by the nice taste on your palate.

Very aggresive hop level that is pulled off well. Great job avery I will pick up some more.


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.

Photo of Mages64
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from a bomber into Duvel tulip. chilled.

A: a BEAUTIFUL dark gold, light amber color. timid carbonation and zero head. slight covering of bubbles on the top and clinging lacing.
S: WOW! oranges, satsuma, pineapple, sweet pine, cane sugar
T: dry, attackingly bitter, pecans, yellow grapfruit, christmas tree, sap, with a long citrus finish.
M: shocking almost like pins and needles w/ carbonation. very big mouthfeel and finish feels burning... like a watered down whiskey.
D: The smell was SO good and the taste was such a let down, that im having a hard time finishing. However the finish is lasting and tasty so I'd say this is a sipper. It tastes super fresh which adds to its appeal.

Overall a better than average IPA(DIPA?) but maharaja still is my true love:)

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

Poured from 22oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Freshness date 10266 (September 22, 2010)on bottle neck. Purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.

A: Raw amber with 2-3 finger tightly bubbled, craggy off-white head with good retention and crusty lines of lacing down the glass.

S: A seamless melding of wonderful hops aromas including pine, resin, and grapefruit. The malt component is very substantial with caramel and toffee and woody aspects. Alcohol provides a light cherry presence.

T: The flavors are very sweet and barleywine-like with a decided grapefruit and solvent alcohol finish. The caramel and brown sugar fall away into a papery maltiness that doesn't hold up as well as it should.

M: Very creamy and coating with low carbonation and full body.

D: A pretty good brew with a even mix of sweet maltiness and complex hoppiness that is a bit lessened by the too-strong solvent alcohol qualities. It fits the "balanced" DIPA category, and fits in well.

Photo of dmsohyea
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

2/27/11 Bottle served at Pizza Port Bottle shop, mini pint glass.

A: Pours a deep golden yellow with one finger off-white head, some lacing.

S: Even after several aggressive pours from the bottle I wasn't getting ANY nose. Very slight pine scent, otherwise nothing to smell here. It's possible I had an old bottle.

T: Taste is average for a double IPA, nothing too impressive. Bitter grapefruit and pine followed by a very dry and slightly sweet finish. Malt character is strong, almost too much for my liking. Some alcohol on the finish.

M: Mouthfeel is very nice. Very creamy and moderate carbonation. Spot on.

D: I finished the bomber, but I certainly didn't want another afterwards. Too much alcohol and malt for me to drink more than one.

Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date: 27 February 2011
Glass: Sierra Nevada XXX snifter
Type: 22fl oz bottle

Poured somewhat aggressively, royal 2-finger head, slowly reduces to a short bubble film, lacing is rather sticky, color is a typical clear IPA orange-gold.

Aroma fills the air with fresh hops. It's difficult to tell what is more prominent at the beginning of the glass -- pine or citrus. The only other thing I can smell is a touch of spice on the nose. As the beer descends, pine is extremely fragrant and pairs well with tropical fruit.

Taste is just as beautiful. Lots of pine and orange peel, with moderate to heavy bitterness. Hop oils embed themselves on the tongue -- happens rarely for me. The 8.5% ABV is well hidden, and this beer is a great after-work sipper.

An associate from Total Wine & More in McLean, VA suggested that I would like this brew if I were a serious hophead. I'm not sure why this beer doesn't have higher marks. If this beer had a more clear bottling date (can't understand the current code), then I believe this would get higher marks, as people tend to rate IPAs/DIPAs based on freshness. I must have gotten this extremely fresh!

Photo of mlazzaro
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber color with an off-white head.
Smells more American IPA-like than the flavor. Really appealing citrus - floral hoppy aroma. Flavors and mouthfeel are really more like a American barleywine. Malty, bitter, and boozy. Lucky, I love barleywines. Piney hops work really well in this beer. Satisfying ABV. It was a bit pricey for what it is, but definitely good beer from a good brewing company.

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