DuganA IPA - Avery Brewing Company

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DuganA IPADuganA IPA

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1,418 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,418
Reviews: 587
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 77
Gots: 101 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Released twice annually in January and again in September.

(Beer added by: GarrisWH on 10-06-2009)
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Photo of Mistofminn
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale amber color, pretty clear with only the slightest haze. A huge, 1-to-1 beer-to-head ratio on the first glass. Head is light tan in color with decent retention and leaves tons of sticky lace.

I love the smell of a freshly cracked IPA. Immediately after the cap is cracked for the first time, all the citrus and floral hops rush to get outside of the bottle, and the concentrating of the bottle nose effect makes them that much more intense. This bottle is no different, as soon as the cap is cracked, citrus and floral hops stream out of the bottle. Once in the glass, the citrus and floral hops take a back seat to spicey hops and sweet malts.

The citrus and floral hops I got in the nose are all but gone in the taste, replaced by dry resiny hop bitterness. A sweet malt backbone comes in to balance it out nicely. Finishes with an almost mint, spicey hop character. Lingering bitter aftertaste.

About medium in body, with a crisp carbonation and a light bitter bite. Drinkability is great.

Overall, a pretty good DIPA. Alcohol isn't noticeable at all, and it has some good hop flavors. I enjoyed it and I'll have it again.

Photo of jmz62565
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear honey/amber with a gigantic tan foamy head. The head is huge and lasts forever while leaving great lacing. The smell is strong with bread yeast,alcohol,and citrus and pine hops. The taste is very good with a strong "bisquity" flavor along with alcohol,pine hops,and a peppery flavor. The m/f is medium with all the flavors mixing well. This is one Damn good beer.

Photo of yemenmocha
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a luminous pale amber with enormous rocky head. Nose has generous candied citrus notes. Palate has prickly grapefruit hop bitterness with some candied flavors. Malt gets a little lost in there. Finish is a little Dry, chalky with pine hop flavors.

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

Served on tap into a 12oz hurricane glass.

A - Beautiful, slightly hazy, honey color. The two-finger, white head consists of very fine bubbles and leaves a lot of lacing. Head retention is excellent. There is at least a quarter-inch white head at all times.

S - Strong floral and pine hops aroma that dominates a slight, sweet malt smell.

T - Taste follows the smell. Hops are spicy and peppery, providing quite a punch. The sweet caramel malt is strong enough to hold its own, but not strong enough to distract you from the hops.

M - Medium body and carbonation. It leaves a sticky feeling due to the resinous hops and double malt. Slight heat from the alcohol.

D - Delicious and very drinkable considering the 90+ IBU and 8.5% ABV. Avery designed this Double IPA to be a more drinkable version of their Imperial IPA (Maharaja), and I think they succeeded.

Photo of icetrauma
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured the 22oz bomber contents into a pint glass.

Poured a hazy deep amber color. Topped off with a 1 finger thick tan head.

Initial was of hoppy delight. Big pine scent with a touch of grapefruity citrus. A small scent of peach was detected on really deep inhalations.

Taste was much of the same. Big grapefruit and piney oilyness coated the palate. Smooth pine bite in the end.

Mouthfeel was med.at best. Not as full as the east coast IPA's but typical of west coast IPA's.

The more I drank this brew the better it got. Not a session brew due to the alcohol content but it would be good to split with a friend at the start of a session.

Photo of aubuc1
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured in to a goblet.

Pours a deep orange with a thick bright white head. Looks very good.

Smell is a sweet, bitter, biscuity malt. Light fruit.

Taste is a big, bitter, dry, and rich, buttery biscuit. Not as boozy as most barleywines, but not as bitter as huge dipa's. A nice mix.

Very good mouthfeel and very good drinkability. Booze is not present at all.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy amber/orange color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is mostly citrusy (grapefruit, pineapple) and piney hops, with some caramel malt and honey noticable too. Taste is similar to the aroma, with the pine and citrusy hops flavors being strongest, but the caramel malt flavor isn't totally overpowered. Good lingering bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and a bit slick with good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and enjoyable to drink. I think it's a good overall DIPA, and it's definitely worth a try.

Photo of WhiteOak
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Avery Dugana IPA

A- Slightly hazy amber-yellow. Huge, rocky, lacy head.

S- Big aromas of grapefruit and Fir bud resin. A wet earthiness was apparent, as was old honey.

T- Big, juicy, bittersweet grapefruit attack. Mid-palate of simultaneously dusty earth, Pine needles, and slightly sweet malt. The finish of bitter grapefruit nearly obscures the caramel malt.

M, D- Forward with its big bitterness and a delivering a significant tongue-stomping, this beer still invites further drinking - but I still strongly prefer the magnificent Maharaja.

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

Pours a lovely amber color, fairly clear with a decent off-white head and lots of luscious lacing. The aroma speaks of nutty pine hops, bordering on that bubblegum sweetness. Very enticing. The flavor hits you with big hops, citrus and pine all in one. Big and pretty much full bodied with a ton of earthy hops. Just a beautiful brew. Needs no complicated interpretation. A high quality mouthful of hop goodness! Much more drinkable than it should be.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale orange amber color with a big loose off white head that fades slowly, leaving a good amount of Belgian lacing behind. The smell is an intense sort of 'candied' pineapple citrus that's both sweet and tangy. Nicely carbonated, the mouth feel is full bodied and creamy. Full flavored the taste is mirrored from the nose and complimented nicely by the texture and piney after notes. The 8.5% ABV presents a slight warming feel but is not at all distracting...a real fine drinker!

Photo of puboflyons
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is from the 22 fl. oz. bottle sample on February 8, 2010. No expiration/bottling date or lot code on the label. The pour is a cloudy copper-amber tone with considerable pillowy yellowish-off-white head that never entirely goes away but does diminish. The aroma tickles the senses with fresh hops, evergreen, and fruity notes. The mouthfeel is medium to heavy with a creamy texture. The taste is incredible with its balance of bitter hops and juicy apple-like sweetness. This is a high quality brew and one I would like to enjoy often. A mouthwatering delicacy.

Photo of andrewm190
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yes. One of the better in a line of great beers from Avery. Poured a very delicious and eye catching golden yellow with a massive head. The smell of hops rang true, as did the taste. Well balanced, notably hoppy with slight tinge of some citrus or other sweetness. Not overwhelming at any one particular end; just good clean fun. Finished clean and inviting. One of the finer IPA's to cross my palate. Absolutely recommended.

Photo of brewcrew76
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper, amber with a few fingers white head and a streak or 2 of lace.

S - Juicy tropical fruits, mango, grapefruit with some graininess. There is a light resiny hop aroma that comes across as stale cheese or foot funk.

T - Resiny hops, pine and grapefruit with a touch of sweet caramel and bready malts.

M - Medium mouthfeel with soft carbonation. A bit sticky.

D - Alcohol is noticeable causing a bit of palette fatigue mixed with the hops.

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

Definitely in need of a good hop fix, hopefully this will do the trick...

Appearance: A rough pour into my Mad Elf glass shows this beer to be a cloudy, dull copper colored brew. There's a good inch worth of off white bubbly head floating on top that fades slowly into a nice thin layer of bubbly goodness. There's plenty of thick soapy lacing adhering to the glass.

Smell: Plenty of bitter, citrusy hops in the nose. Not really picking up much sweetness, which is just how I like my IPA's. This is definitely one of the finer smelling DIPA's that I've had.

Taste: Here's where the beer makes its money... A big blast of citrusy hops right off the bat. There's also the perfect amount of an almost fruity sweetness at the end. This beer really reminds me of eating a ripe grapefruit. Outstanding.

Mouthfeel: A nice medium body with plenty of carbonation and a nice crisp finish. Very nice.

Drinkability: A top notch DIPA. The hops are abundant but not over the top, not enough sweetness to "balance out" the hoppy bitterness, and easy to drink. A very tasty beer that I will seek out again.

Photo of CHSLBrew
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Slightly hazed copper-amber beer. Light tan head was very fluffy and cloud-like in appearance, with strong retention. Some lacing.

S-Thick with resinous hops, piney tones. That's pretty much it, but there may be a slight sweetness underneath.

T-Oh, boy. Pine-resin-slightly-citrus hoppiness. Bitterness is also huge. It only allows through a little bit here and there of the semi-sweet malts. This beer was described to me as a "sessionable" Maharaja (it's all relative). I think that this description quite adequately describes its taste and relative drinkability..

M-Moderately heavy body, slick and oily. Carbonation is medium-low, providing an enjoyable quality to the beer. A small bit of heat peeks through on the back of my tongue.

D-Extreme hoppiness makes this one very tasty, as that is exactly what I wanted out of it. Even with its size, it is indeed a relatively drinkable beer.

Picked this one up at Heritage Liquor's Beer Geek Christmas 2009.

Photo of Daniellobo
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nicely pleasing DIPA a bit on the subtle and sweet side with a nice hoppy range.

Presentation: 22 oz bottle. Somewhat tacky and a bit tired label design around the illustration of a sensual Indian dancer/goddess. Side narrative notes the intent to craft an extraordinary hoppy brew. Lacks date of bottling or freshness, shows OG (1.076), IBUs (93) and Alc. by Vol. (8.5%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Pale to deep amber pour with a good frothy head, nice retention and rich lacing throughout.

S - Nicely aromatic nose with a sweet hoppy range, pine/citrus and caramel take front seat.

T - A nice balanced hoppy feeling with a substantial malt backbone. A sweet malty bite permeates the hoppy profile.

M - Medium to full body with good carbonation and a sticky texture.

D - Tasty DIPA with a softer punch than other Avery offering.

Notes: It does not reach what they achieve with the Maharaha but makes for a solid offering nevertheless. A bit short on the nose to make it truly memorable, and the smooth sweet balance almost makes one long for a touch of a more assertive note.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Gingerman in Ft Worth, from notes.

A - Bright bronze with a darker gold around the edges. Thick dirty white head that has excellent retention and sticky lacing on the glass.

S - C-hops dominate the nose with lost of citrus coming through. A light caramel backing. As the beer warms hints of candided fruit come through.

T - A touch sweeteer than expected up front with hints of caramel and shortbread cookies. Citrus fruit quickly comes through with hints of orange and grapefruit. Pine tastes are also present. Leans toward the more b-wine category of double IPA.

M/D - Medium bodied with a sticky, resinous mouthfeel. Very enjoyable sipper but not my favorite take on the style.

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

hazy orage/yellow-orange body, topped by a big softball size dollop of just-off-white foam. Terrific lacing.

Big pine aroma is enough to clear my nose of my allergies.

A quick splash of lightly sweet malt barely hits the tongue before it is fireballed out of existence by an intense wall of bitterness which cleaves all in sight. There are some juicy fruits - oranges, apricots, mangos - squirting out the sides. But bitter is the star here.

Solid mouthfeel is hair away from syrupy but holds its ground.

Drinkabiliity is good if you like aggressively bitter, if not, your mileage will vary.

Not a classic but worth a try.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours bronze with just a hint of garnet. A huge, fluffy yellowish cap rose to fill half the snifter and settled super slowly, revealing huge chunks of lace along the edges as it retreated.

Not as bold on the hops as I would have hoped. Candied tangerines and spruce tips over a hearty bed of caramel malt. Some herbal hops also poke in and out, giving a bit of a cannabis like aroma at times.

Not as sweet as its brethren, but more of a balancing act between the candied grapefruits and pine needles, with the bitterness just pulling ahead in the finish. A medicinal like astringent nature makes me pump the brakes a bit.

Chewy and creamy with that hop astringency factoring in.

This is a decent addition to the Avery lineup, nothing groundbreaking but another DIPA to add to the shelf.

Photo of pinotboy007
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear amber with two fingers off-white head that dissipates to a thick, sticky collar leaving some lace.

S - Semi-sweet citrus hops w/blood orange, grapefruit, pine, and fresh grass. Has a bit of a malt twinge going on there, too.

T - Delicious! A lot like it smells with the citrus and pine taking over, but it doesn't punish your palate. Pine and grass on the finish.

M - Nice w/medium carbonation and a refreshing swing. There is some heat thown in there given its ABV, but it doesn't really detract.

D - Surprisingly so, especially since I just enjoyed one with my wife after shoveling snow. Nice stuff that's probably food friendly.

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

On-tap at The Blue Palms on Hollywood Blvd.

Looked really light for a DIPA. You could tell that this wouldn't come of as too balanced with the almost complete lack of caramel malts. The aroma was dank and herby. Taste was a hop explosion with an incredibly sharp acidic bite in the end. Nice balance on the carbonation. A good effort from Avery.

Photo of ryanonline
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a light clear amber with a huge foamy white head. nice lacing.

potent grapefruit, piney hoppy scent.

taste is the same but with sort of a lack of malt presence. just hoppy and resiny.

kind of creamy, with a bitter finish, not much else going on here.

kind of filling and a little clumsy on the mouth, not really drinkable.

at least the chick on the label is hot...

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

Enjoyed this beer on tap at Eureka Burger in Redlands... it was their beer of the moment... rotating tap. Could be a regular it is that good.

Appearance: Golden Bronze very rich color.
Smell: Great Hoppy Nose, with excellent floral
Taste: Classic Double IPA Big Flavor

Very Drinkable... probably not a lunch time beer to go back to the office after a couple.

Photo of Chambic
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

01.20.10 at City Beer Store

A: beautiful, hazy light bronze

S: something spicy, reminds me of soppressata. It inspired me to order the Creminelli Salami Piccante, which really did play up the spiciness

T: yummy, yummy, spicy, and malty

M: nice, full body, rolls around nicely in the mouth

D: would love to try this on tap!

I love Avery! When Maharaja comes around again, I'd like to have them side by side.

Photo of nickd717
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at City Beer. Had this once before on tap, but out of the bottle it was really great.

Clear amber color with a medium white head that fades to a ring and leaves some good lacing.

Aroma is nice sweet malt, caramel, and citrus/pine hops, mostly citrus. Hops really jump out on the nose.

Flavor is nice caramel malt with some pale malt thrown in, but more hops than malt on this one, as you expect from an IPA. Citrus dominates in this one, with pine playing a supporting role as well as some grassy/earthy. Pretty solid.

Medium-full body, just a hint of syrupiness, with some hop resin lingering on the palate.

Really drinkable, and an amazing DIPA overall. Had this right before Pliny the Elder that day, and it didn't fall far short.

DuganA IPA from Avery Brewing Company
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