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DuganA IPA - Avery Brewing Company

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DuganA IPADuganA IPA

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1,267 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,267
Reviews: 580
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 69
Gots: 68 | FT: 0
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 Telix


4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep apricot with a nice head and good carbonation. Very clear, pretty much has to be filtered.

S: Sweet, hoppy, resinous, floral, with a mild orange citrus.

T: A good sweetness, with mild hoppiness, some effervescence. It's smooth, controlled bitterness, and finishes clean, with very little alkaline flavors on the tongue. There is a bit of citrus fruit, with a creamy, banana-like flavor coming through - maybe pineapple?

M: Nice. Creamy, thick, good. It supports the style.

D: Not sure I could down a bunch of these, but the bomber drinks quickly. An enjoyable beer, but I prefer Maharaja by a large margin.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 20:14:25 | More by Telix
Photo of TheSarge


4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DuganA pours beautifully for a 2.5 finger thick off white head, with great retention. The body is copper in color and is cleanly filtered.

Aroma is grassy, piney, and lemony. Not in the way of malt too much, but all together is a bit perfume in character.

The taste upfront is toffee and is kicked to the side quickly by grapefruit and orange rind.

This feels a bit prickly up front, but delves into an oily smoothness.

This is a good hop bomb with most of the complexity coming from the hops, but malt character is a bit more detectable than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 17:05:44 | More by TheSarge
Photo of woosterbill


4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Roadhouse into a small (10oz maz) goblet.

A: Clear, light-to-medium amber body; one finger of fine white foam; average retention and moderate, minute lacing. Pretty average looking.

S: Floral hops up front, backed with richer citrus aromas. Very light and fresh.

T: Thoroughly hoppy, with bitter floral esters in the forefront, followed by some even more bitter grapefruit pith. Finishes with a wave of pine. No malt anywhere in this one, but the intense bitterness is well-melded with an array of intricate flavors. Challenging and rewarding.

M: Sticky medium body with an assault of fine effervescence. Very nice.

D: A little too thoroughly bitter to be quaffable, but not bad at all for its strength.

Notes: I'd like just a hint of balance, but can't complain too much. Great beer, as I've come to expect from Avery.


Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2009 12:05:29 | More by woosterbill
Photo of drink1121


4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Typical copper IPA color with pretty good head retention and decent lacing.

S- Good hops smell - slight grapefruit, mostly pineapple/melon with a failry big malt backbone. Glad this is fresh.

T- Very close to the smel,, which is a good thing. Refer to smell.

M - Good IPA mouthfeel, slightly slippery, which I kinda like.

D- This kind of reminds me of Pliny the Elder for some reason. Similiar abv%, I could have anohter, but not 3 because of the thick IPA malt. Good stuff though, I would recommend to at least try t the very least.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 06:39:16 | More by drink1121
Photo of kfsv034


4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Typical copper IPA color with pretty good head retention and decent lacing.

S- Good hops smell - slight grapefruit, mostly pineapple/melon with a failry big malt backbone. Glad this is fresh.

T- Very close to the smel,, which is a good thing. Refer to smell.

M - Good IPA mouthfeel, slightly slippery, which I kinda like.

D- This kind of reminds me of Pliny the Elder for some reason. Similiar abv%, I could have anohter, but not 3 because of the thick IPA malt. Good stuff though, I would recommend to at least try t the very least.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 04:45:41 | More by kfsv034
Photo of BEERchitect


4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
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
Photo of jasonjlewis


3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Exceptional 2 finger head with great retention and a nice orange color.

Smell is of dank hops with a slight hint of grapefruit and pine, slight malt and a hint fruity esters.

Taste is of pretty harsh hops. Chinook and columbus in excess in this one IMO. I like the centennial aspects, but the dank hops and harshness of the flavor doesn't manifest itself into a big enough grapefruit citrus flavor that I expect.

Mouthfeel is crisp with a little underlying sweetness.

The hop schedule is fine, but it's less than ideal. I think that the hop schedule should bring out more citrus and less dank/harshness from the current hop selection. Not bad though.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 04:57:20 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of alkemy


4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange/copper pour with a fluffy head that clung all the way down the glass. Hops are grapefruit and orange at first then fade into the pine. Caramel malts are also there in smell and taste. This is pretty balanced stuff. Lots of citric hops evened out by a bready, caramel sweetness. Nice resiny mouthfeel. Quite drinkable, even at 8.5% it's not noticeable. I like Maharaja better, but this is very good.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 21:12:39 | More by alkemy
Photo of tavernjef


4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orangified peachy color, almost copper, clear in body. A small, finger high, thickly placed capping of spongey, cream colored foam that flattens out slowly to a thick skim. Lots of lacing coats the glass with a decent sheeting.

Aroma is quite juicy and pungent with one large and in charge tropical citrus fruityness with peachy orange juice and mango laced pink grapefruit. Ahh nosey nose of juicy fresh hops, how nice are thee to escape my glass with glee.

Taste has a fairly big toasted grazing within the meld of hoppy tropical citrusy fruits as it stays more atuned to a milder mix of pineapple and peach fuzzy buzz and a grapefruity drying bitterness that slips into the finish as it maintains a well-rounded sweet caramel malt backing and mango in the mid range. Finishes with lots of hoppy buzz, zip, and zing as a touch of lemon and lime intensify the forward power of crunch and crisp in its finishing tones.

Feel is pretty big and lively with lots of hoppy citrusy action and a big engaging body that really lasts as it dazzles the palate with all sorts of hoppy citrified sizzle and tone. The balance of the malts does its job very well in the middle, then allows the hops back in at the finish to allow for all sorts of complex citrusy stuff to play around.

Quite a nice Dbl IPA by Avery here. Enjoyable to the fullest as its balance and tone is fitting and easy enough for a finely displayed hoppyness of citrusy fun and fuzzyness. I also like the classy, artistic label with the whimsically erotic, fantasy-like women floating within her sheeted-like clothing.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 23:12:32 | More by tavernjef
Photo of champ103


3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear orange color. A large two finger white head forms with good retention. Some lace is left behind.
S: Oily, resiny, soapy hops. Bitter grapefruit. Nothing else. Pretty standard DIPA aroma.
T: Again, oily, resiny and bitter grapefruit hops. Kind of boring.
M/D: A medium body and crisp carbonation. The hot alcohol and bitterness makes this hard for me to drink.

I could have reviewed this without even trying it. The typical American DIPA with to much bitter hops. Hop heads will love it, but I am disappointed. There is nothing else for balance, and boring IMO. Avery makes some really interesting beers, this is not one of them.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 22:28:33 | More by champ103
Photo of wenkalman


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was another beer that I had the night before I completed the review, but I thought this one was so good....I needed to get it on paper.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Appearance was nice. I got a good amount of head from the poor, and it stuck around for awhile. When it did die off, it left nice sticky lacing. This beer had a wonderful smell, full of citrus and earthy notes. Good grapefruit and pine. Much like the Southern Tier Gemini I reviewed earlier, the taste picked up where the smell left off. Very well balanced beer. But with this one, it had a real bitter back end which I loved. You could tell the IBU's were in the 90's on this one. Mouthfeel was good and the drinkability was surprising considering how bitter it was. Reminded me of a Stone Ruination (one of my favorite IPA's). Would highly recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 13:13:18 | More by wenkalman
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

Pours a transparent orange hue with a large foamy off white head. Fresh, floral hop nose, fruity with a rich dank bitterness about it. Hop bitterness and mild waves of alcohol in over top of a less than impressive malt structure, no true depth or complexity here. Very thin in the mouth with very light carbonation. Feels more like a draft offering than something from a bottle that released a pop a loud as this one did. Not a bad beer, just not what i was expecting, it seems more like an ode to the hop, which is fine with me.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 03:41:39 | More by ATPete
Photo of Overlord


3.28/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours orange with a bit of a golden glow. Three or four inch white foam head that died down to a quarter inch white foam crust. Actually, quite attractive. If only the rest of the beer matched its looks ...

Smells faintly of floral hops, but mostly of dank pine. That's right, dank. It's like pine needles soaked in pine resin then left to steep in a tepid bog. Dank.

Dankness carries through into the flavor. Wow. Some malt, citrus-y sweetness to it, but this is mostly a blast of resin-y, dank-y, pine. Not overly appealing, frankly. In fact, I'm going to have a hard time finishing the bottle.

Decent syrupy mouthfeel. Will not be revisiting. Sad I chose this over the three beers adjacent to it, Pliny the Elder, Hop Stoopid, and Sumpin Extra.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 06:09:31 | More by Overlord
Photo of jwinship83


4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle drank from my hop tulip glass.

A- this one pours out a clear copper colored body with lots of visible carbonation. a finger of eggshell colored head. the head falls fast leaving behind a wall of lacing.

S- caramel and toffee malts. lots of citrus and exotic fruit hops with a little bit of pine. pineapple and grapefruit.

T- the taste is a lot like the smell. lots of caramel malt followed by hops a plenty. resiny pine, grapefruit, and pineapple. not too different than hop stoopid (not a bad thing).

M- medium bodied with a strong bitter aftertaste. leaves the mouth dry. nicely carbonated.

D- easy to drink and enjoyable. the only catch is that its a randomly released beer thats very much like hop stoopid but costs about 25% more. for the most part ill stick with that.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2009 06:02:18 | More by jwinship83
Photo of russpowell


4.2/5  rDev +1%
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
Photo of ScarletLady


4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap
A - deep gold/amber color with a not quite white generous head. great lacing all the way down

S - ahh hops. fresh citrus from the dry hopping :) Cascade predominate?

T - woo hoo! explosion of fresh hops on the tongue. Good carbonation keeps it going. Nice bitterness. No balance here... all hops all the time

M - good I think, too distracted by the hoppy goodness

D - again not balanced but a fanastic beer.

A new favorite for me. Unfortunately there was a bit of a buzz at the bar and everyone started ordering it. The pin keg blew in the first hour I was there so I only got to have one. Looking forward to trying it in a bottle

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2009 03:29:12 | More by ScarletLady
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
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
Photo of portia99


4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a chill hazed orange amber color with a creamy off white head, about 1 finger high. Head dies quickly leaving a reather thick coating on the surface and a nice collar that clings to the side of the glass and leaves pretty lacing.

S - Has a heavy citrus aroma - grapefruit mainly. Nice piney aromas too and some grapefruit and a touch of mango too. Pretty good malt backbone, bready and sugary sweet.

T - Rich and full flavored. Good and hoppy - nice, bitter but not overly bitter, citrusy grapefruit and pineapple. Good malty backbone, caramelly, bready and a touch sweet.

M - Full bodied. Nice malt presence and some resiny aspects from the hops. Carbonation is light to medium and has a creamy feel to it. Good overall impression.

D - Pretty drinkable double IPA at 8.5%. Alcohol presence is hidden pretty well. Full of hop flavor and nicely bitter. A hop lovers beer. Really good double IPA. Not my favorite, but a very good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 00:48:58 | More by portia99
Photo of corby112


3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark orange/amber color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy light yellowish beige head. Pretty good retention only slowly settling into a lasting cap that leaves streaks of lacing behind.

Sweet citrus floral hop aroma with a lot of dank oily hops and a nice caramel malt backbone with hints of graham cracker and biscuit. Slightly piny but is more sweet smelling with hints of mango, grapefruit and orange peel.

Chewy resinous medium body that is very hop forward with a nice balance of dry piny bitterness, sweet citrus notes, malt backbone and alcohol warmth. The pine presence is most prominent up front providing a nice dryness that lasts throughout that is nicely balanced by the sweet citrus notes that follow. Hints of mango, orange peel and grapefruit as well as a pretty strong caramel malt backbone with hints of graham cracker and biscuit. Strong alcohol presence comes through mid-palate adding to the sweetness. Pretty dry and hoppy but the malt backbone is a bit too strong for my liking and there is a bit too much of an alcohol presence hurting the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 07:11:12 | More by corby112
Photo of beveritt


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Had on tap at Brews Cafe in Granville, OH. Arrived in a standard Shaker pint.

Appearance: Arrives with 1 1/2 finger of light tan head. This settles to a ring around the glass and a few spots of foam here and there. Beer itself is orange amber in color and perfectly clear.

Smell: Strong honey aroma with floral hints.

Taste: Sweet malt, once again reminiscent of honey. Medium hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Very good body.

Drinkability: The strong honey in this one is very nice. A little high in the ABV department to se a session beer, but I would certainly grab one of these if afforded the opportunity.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2009 21:06:34 | More by beveritt
Photo of froghop


3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear amber-orange with a small off-white head, and good lacing.

smell is of light grapefruit, caramel, citrus, and a touch floral.

taste is crisp, grapefruit, some caramel, a bit of malt, and some pine, end is dry and bitter.

overall a very good double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 05:37:04 | More by froghop
Photo of jaxon53


4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always excited to try a new Avery IPA. Served this slightly chilled, in a pint glass, from a twenty two ounce brown bottle.

Appearance: DuganA IPA pours out a beautiful amber color with some copper highlights around the edges. Beer was just slightly hazy. A rather easy pour yielded a solid finger of nearly white, creamy head. Head hung there for quite a while, leaving trails of thick lace behind on the glass. Noticed a bit of tiny carbonation bubbles floating to the top of the glass.

Smell: A classic, hop heavy aroma- West Coast style. Strong floral hop aromas up front, quickly followed by a blast of lemon and grapefruit peel. Subtle hints of pineapple carry nicely into some short bursts of pine. Hops are knocked down a bit by some biscuity malt. Touches of spicey yeast close out the nose nicely.

Taste: Big bitter, resiny hops smash the tongue first. Plenty of citrus fruit just like the nose. Sweet doughy malt backbone on which this beer is built, gives it some balance. Slightly peppery and yeasty. Finishes dry with another bitter surge of hops. The 8.5 percent ABV is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied mouthfeel that is somewhat oily. Moderately carbonated.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable. Another winner from Avery.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 21:44:49 | More by jaxon53
Photo of mjl21


4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Comes in at 93 IBUs and 8.5%. No bottling info is given.

A-Pours a crystal clear amber with visible orange highlights. It has a one finger off white head that dissolves to a nice all encompassing layer. Leaves some decent lace.

S-Pine and citrus, particularly pineapple, dominate the nose. There is a touch of booze and some sugary sweetness. As it warms it becomes a lot more dankish.

T-A lot of pine and some raw, resiny hop bitterness hit fast. Pineapple also is apparent. It is a tad boozy midsip along with some sweetness that momentarily halts the bitterness. The raw hop bitterness returns at the end. It is quite dry.

M-The body is on the upper end of the medium spectrum. It has good carbonation.

D-It has a nice level of bitterness and is very West Coast DIPA in style. The noticeable booze does help limit this guy.

I really enjoyed this beer. It was recently released so this is a fresh bottle. I prefered this over the Maharaja.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 04:29:13 | More by mjl21
Photo of Vancer


4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man, if this beer is as good as the label is sexy, it should be a winner!!

Great pour, semi-hazy amber into the diamond encrusted snifer, tons of thick and rich ivory head which leaves sheets of lace.

Grapefruit and citrusy bubblegum in the aroma, my mouth waters from the smell alone. Darn thick and rich quaff of orange mixed with the malt and hops, oily finish reminds one how much hops are in this one.

Lip smacking great west coast style IPA, another top notch brew from the boys in Colorado.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 21:18:07 | More by Vancer
Photo of Intimidtor


3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has this one at Buckeye Beer Engine in Lakewood OH. Served in a 12 oz snifter.
A: Poured a light reddish color with 1/2 inch of white head.
S: Smells a strong pine hop aroma.
T: Hop kick straight to the nuts (great). Lingering flavor and rich. I liked it but could use a little more malt balance. Alcohol taste is clearly evident.
M: Crisp and dry finish. Nice thick feel from the foam. MMM!
D: I enjoyed this beer but couldn't drink more than one.
Summary: Glad I had the chance to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2009 16:53:34 | More by Intimidtor
DuganA IPA from Avery Brewing Company
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