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DuganA IPA - Avery Brewing Company

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DuganA IPADuganA IPA

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,274 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,274
Reviews: 580
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 70
Gots: 69 | 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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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

Bomber sent from fishbowled, thanks a ton man! No bottling date.

Pours a dark caramely, toffee color with a finger of creamy/yellow head, leaves some light lacing.

Light citrus hops (grapefruit, lemon) bordering on soapy mingle with a burst of pine resin, all backed by a sweet caramel. Color and nose tell me this is going to have a serious malt base to it!

Indeed the malt is hefty and emphasized but it never seem to overpower. Citrus and pine hops provide the entry, then a sweet caramel and toast malt kicks in, moderate bitterness follows into the finish. Seems creamy and drinks pretty well for a malt heavy DIPA. I generally dig a more heavy hop profile but this has got something going on, still lots of hops but a creamy (rather than sticky) malt base is a nice deviation from the norm.

Wasn't expecting too much from this one but was pleasantly surprised. Nothing too high on the 'Wow' factor but a nice solid, drinkable DIPA from Avery - probably more drinkable than most of their line-up!

12-12-2009 16:35:22 | More by ritzkiss
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sweetbrew82

California

3.68/5  rDev -11.5%

22 oz. into a snifter

P: Orangish copper with 2 fingers of light khaki-colored soapy foam that showed good retention before it settled to a thick sheet on top. Didn't leave a whole lot of lace behind to look at, though.

A: Some citrus fruits right upfront hit me first with impressions of the usual west-coast suspects: grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, etc. Riding up behind it is a healthy dose of pine hops, with some caramel malt underneath. Not explosive, but smells promising none the least.

T: The taste is almost the complete opposite of the nose in that the citrus fruits are nothing more than background flavors after their initial splash on the palate. They are quickly overtaken by a wave of resinous pine sap that turns it much more dank and bitter than the aroma would lead you to believe. Not explosively hoppy in the least, but I don't think that's what they're going for here. The caramel malt balances everything out while providing a little sweetness that almost takes the edge off the bitterness, but not quite.

M: This is a medium-bodied DIPA that features a CO2 level that allows it to get slightly creamy underneath the dry, sharp, prickly stabs that bite the tongue on the way down.

Notes: Personally, I prefer my DIPA's to lean more heavily towards the citrus fruit notes than this one does. But I can't knock it too much, its still a pretty good showcase for the piney hops to get some love. It's a little one-dimensional yeah, but a cool change of pace from the citrus hop bombs I'm usually drinking. Solid

12-12-2009 00:53:37 | More by sweetbrew82
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%

I have to face it, I am just a sucker for new IPA's and DPA's that I see. I had no intention of picking this up, but had to try it. I guess I have a question as to why they would waste time brewing this instead of making more Maharaja.. Oh well, let's see what it's all about.

Poured this into one of my imperial pint glasses. 3+ fingers of fluffy white head form with decent retention. This does settle to a ½ finger of foam that remains for quite some time. Spider web lacing sticks everywhere. Bright copper with excellent clarity

Aroma is quite strong and a mix of pineapple, sweetness and pine. I think I saw this mentioned in a thread about citrus focused IPA's. I have to disagree. Seems much more on the pine side of the spectrum to me. There is also a thickness to the aroma that clues you into the abv.

Fairly sweet, taste of alcohol, Lots of pine and fruit esters. Pineapple, nectarine and honey then the pine bitterness. What's interesting is that this grows on me as I make my way through the glass. The malt flavor is nice. Not bread, cracker or biscuit like, but perhaps crust. The lingering bitterness is very nice and spot on.

Almost syrup like, slightly sticky but not that thick..

More drinkable than I initially gave it credit for. The sense of alcohol slows you a bit but doesn't get in the way. Pretty good DPA, but they should just keep making Maharaja.

Having said that, this is a great example of why reviews should not be written based upon samples. I didn't think I liked this for the first 6 ounces, but it continued to grow on me. Do NOT drink this beer too cold.

12-11-2009 22:39:03 | More by Reagan1984
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.98/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

12-11-2009 21:54:21 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Raugupatis

California

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

The label on the bottle describes this one as being influenced by pine.

A more accurate statement would be that the whole tree was used. Imagine the Christmas Tree sap that gets stuck to your fingers and the resin that stays with you for days.

Now mix that with hops and you have DuganA.

This was an enjoyable experiment by Avery, but not something I could drink every day.

12-11-2009 18:47:34 | More by Raugupatis
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TheJollyHop

California

4.4/5  rDev +5.8%

The appearance is deep amber/ light brown and pours a thick one finger head. The color reminds you of a viscous, sweet syrup like maple. Nice lacing is left inside the glass; basically almost everything you could want in an appearance.

Aroma is full of floral notes with pine scents interspersed. Competing for attention also is a sticky, sweet malt aroma that is a prelude to the sweetness of this beer. The hop aroma is a little subdued but has some strength nonetheless.

My first thought was is this really a 90+ IBU beer? The front of the taste is packed with sweetness that is very well balanced by the hops, and not the other way around which is not ideal but it is delicious. The bitterness builds to a strong crescendo but is not harsh at all, and there is a subtle, sweet aftertaste. Caramel and biscuit comes to mind, with some tropical fruit undertones. Alcohol is very well masked as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and exceptionally smooth on the tongue. Just enough carbonation to really bring out the subtle flavors and soft mouth coating feel.

The great balance between hops bitterness and malt sweetness lends itself to a high drinkability; not to mention the lack of palate scraping further enhances this.

Overall this beer is a great example of a balanced American IPA. However it doesn't receive 5 stars across the board because it is a little too sweet. An IPA should showcase the hops primarily and be balanced by the malt. Also, the aroma was a little too subdued. Nevertheless, this beer is definitely worthy of a repeat purchase.

12-11-2009 15:16:13 | More by TheJollyHop
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Seanibus

California

4.93/5  rDev +18.5%

Oh my God, what a smell - smells like heaven. And the flavor is not far behind.

Pours a beautiful clear golden with a fluffy head that leaves great lacing.

The aroma is heart stopping - sweet, citrusy, and delicate yet assertive. It's like sniffing a musky hop candy.

The flavor follows through perfectly, with sweet, floral, citrusy, candy-like hops.

This beer is to hops what high quality candied ginger is to ginger.

Beware, however, because it packs a strong alcoholic punch, and if you can recover from the delirious blast of hops, you will feel that boozy warmth behind the flavor.

The mouthfeel is thin with a strong bite of carbonation.

This beer is as close to perfect as I can imagine. If I had to think of one criticism it might be that the alcohol burn is a little stronger than it should be. And yet even that may not be a fault, just in the way that sometimes the perfect accent to a good candy is a grain of salt.

12-10-2009 23:29:43 | More by Seanibus
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Telix

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

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

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

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

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

Cheers!

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

California

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

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

Florida

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

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

Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

12-09-2009 18:59:12 | More by BEERchitect
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jasonjlewis

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

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

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

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

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

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

Texas

3/5  rDev -27.9%

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.

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

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

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

California

3.28/5  rDev -21.2%

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.

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

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

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

Oklahoma

4.2/5  rDev +1%

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!

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

Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%

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

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

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

12-02-2009 02:23:42 | More by feloniousmonk
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

12-02-2009 00:48:58 | More by portia99
DuganA IPA from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,274 ratings.