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DuganA IPA - Avery Brewing Company

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DuganA IPADuganA IPA

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1,361 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,361
Reviews: 582
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 74
Gots: 88 | 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 Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear coppery amber, with 2 rigid fingers of smooth looking brite-white head. Man, this stays extremely rich and creamy, just slathering the sides of the glass with heavy sticky lacing. The aroma has plenty of floral hops and spice up front but tropical fruits just dominate this, with big juicy notes of mango, orange, and (especially) grapefruit. Some toasted graininess runs along the back, giving the hop flavors something to sit against. Bit of warmth sits under the flavors as well. Nice full flavors here in the nose.

The hops are bitter, resinous, and spicy in the taste. The tropical fruits are a touch more mellow than they were in the aroma, allowing more of that roasted graininess from the malts to come out and give the hops something to bounce off of. The citrus does still had a nice juicy sweetness to this however, with spice and pine sticking to the tongue in the finish with a warm feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a mellow and softer feel to the carbonation that then gets a touch pricklier underneath. There is a definite heat element here that is just borderline distracting at times. It's mostly noticable as a heavy warmness on the tongue.

It's nice to see Avery enter the market with a big IPA in bottles. Good bit of strong hop character here (of both the bitter and sweet kind) but that larger ABV tended to show itself a little too much for my taste at times. Definitely worth a look but this is a good one to share with a friend.

Kegatron, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz. bottle with cool art on the bottle.

A - Pours a beautiful dark amber with orange hues with an off white 1.25 inch head that is very dense, with tight little bubbles. As the head slowly recedes it leaves some nice sticky lacing on the sides of the tulip. When the head recedes completely down to a film it leaves lacing all the way to the top of where the head was.

S - As it poured there were some sweet orange hints that I perceived. Avery strong candy like sweet smell that is mixed with sweet orange and sweet grapefruit hints. Hints of pines and some grassy notes as well. Good hop nose.

T & M- Very smooth and sweet caramel/candy like flavor from the malt. Oily mouthfeel that is smooth and appetizing. Very attractive floral and piney hop character that mixes with the nice citrus character. There is a nice hop dryness at the end that isn't too overwhelming but just right. I must say I believe this beer to be underrated according to my fellow BA's. Its not the hoppiest of DIPA's but its definitely well balanced and all the flavors mold well together. There are some mild alcoholic esters as it warms as well. This DIPA and Maharaja are 2 of my faves. Avery does well again.

D - Exceptional drinkability for such a extreme style of beer. higher ABV though.

JoEBoBpr, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours out a hazy mahogany color, great head tension and killer ass lacing. Couldn't ask more out of the appearance than what's given.

S: Pine of the bat, then some mild citrus notes come into play. Aroma is present and lets you know what exactly your getting yourself into.

T: Lots of hops in the front then rounds of with earthy tones of the malt. No contest here though, the hops are the show and they're not hiding behind the curtain. The best part of the brew and not a bad category to be in I might add.

M: Medium body, great carbonation, sticky some, ABV comparable to other Imperial IPA's (noticeable without harm).

D: Stellar Dipa no doubt, glad I picked it up. When it comes to IPA's Avery will never let you down, and for that.... this one comes recommended. Enjoy!

BuffaloTapHugger, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of katan
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the saucer

a- a slightly hazy orange color. Strong just slightly off white head. Not much for carbonation appearance.

S- very rich floral and fruity hop notes. Very much orange like. Super sweet nose- unusual for the style.

T- starts off extremely hoppy, grassy and earthy. Mid stream is all bitter. Finishes with a hop bomb so bitter, so floral, it's almost sweet. Grapefruit comes through on the aftertaste.

M- a combination of creamy beer and massaging beer bubbles. Very smooth. Leaves behind a thick coat of hop oils.

D- scary drinkable. Well hidden Abv. Not filling. While being a hop bomb, I don't have pallette fatigue.

This beef is amazing.

katan, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of jujubeast6000
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 11/13/2009 (draft @ Flying Saucer, Houston, TX):

Pours a clear ruby red broenish color body, with a big foamy whitish head, lasting. Strong pine aroma, somegrapefruit, and some balance. Green. Sweet taste, slightly hoppy. Sweet aftertaste, light fruit, maybe pineapple. Smooth taste. Hoppy and bitter.

jujubeast6000, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Wilbur's in Ft. Collins. Around $7.

First review of 2010! Cheers!

A: Copper in color with an extremely dense rocky off white head, nice clarity on the initial pour, great head retention and big sticky gobs of lacing. Really a nice looking beer.

S: Dank resinous hops, earthy hops, piney, has some other fruity notes, but not quite citrusy, maybe peach? Fairly subdued maltyness, but its there. Very nice smelling beer.

T: Big hops but not incredibly bitter, fairly pronounced malt profile of caramel and sweet fruits. Pine needles and hops, just lots of flavorful hops and a substantial malt backbone. Slightly soapy. Slight little alcohol note. Pretty tasty.

M: Medium body, slightly warm alcohol, fairly low carbonation but still decent. Nice here, but a little more body would be perfect.

D: Pretty easy to drink beer, definitely a good choice for a hop fix. Will probably get this again. Nice work Avery!

pokesbeerdude, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of jampics2
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pint at the Beer Engine on X-Mas day.

Orange with a tight head.

Smells of peaches and pine. Really big hop nose, both tropical and earthy at the same time.

Taste is obviously super hoppy, but the bitterness is balanced with sweetness from the malt and the peachy hop flavor. It lingers but never truly takes over or decimates the palatte.

Nice carb, tad watery. A bit too light in mouthfeel.

Overall a great beer from Mr. Avery!

jampics2, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of avalon07
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a growler to a tulip glass. Had a rich amber and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was an inch of foamy,long-lasting head and some excellent lacing.

S: A big aroma of hops, citrus and a piney quality.

T: Tasted of hops, citrus (grapefruit, etc.) and pine. Nicely balanced and not overly harsh.

M: Lots of carbonation with a dry, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: A very drinkable beer, on par with Avery's Maharaja IPA.

avalon07, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of dannyhipps
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. Bomber into an Imperial Pint glass.

A- Deep amber/dark orange beauty with a good 2+ fingers of manilla head, excellent retention, and decent lacing. A beauty.

S- Subdued, but pleasing hybrid blast of pine and citrus delights the nose. Hints of rye toast and yeasty citrus esthers floating in the background.

T- A wonderfully balanced blend of moderately bitter hops, honey-graham malts and spicy hop notes! ( in that order) The hops make sweet dominate love to the malts here, and of course prevail, but that's the name of the game, right? I'm blown away by the spicy hop notes mingling with the bitter in the aftertaste, the sweet malts in the middle completely forgotten, instead of overstaying their welcome in swamp-like fashion, which has been the Achilles heel in so many DIPA's IMHO. I'm also AMAZED at how well the alcohol is hidden in this gem of an IIPA. Freakin beautiful.

M/D- This is a big brew and although nice and creamy, loses points here, as it's a little too flat. Carb could definitely be upped here, but thanks to the superior hops/malt profile, drinkability isn't ruined.
All-in-all, I'm very impressed. Avery hits it out if the park with this one. Awesome to enjoy that malt sweetness that shows up in an Imperial IPA, but kept in perspective and playing second fiddle to the fantasmic bitter and Spicy Hops in this wonderful elixir. Cheers!

dannyhipps, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delightful color, just what you want a great ipa to be. A lil bit hazy, amber orange in color, good head retention, amazing hop aroma. More orange, this time in terms of the citrus aspect.

Tastes like heaven too. Not many, maybe Pliny, better than this. Phenomenal balance for an extremely hoppy beer that doesn't rock you with the alcohol. Avery sure can make a hoppy beer, single, double, porter, whateva.

Very good mouthfeel, may even get better down the bottle, makes you want more. If this stuff was cheap, I'd buy a case.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of natelocc787
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first i agreed with what Buckeye said: "Tastes like 15-20 other double IPA's I've had. Yeah I got that too-at first. As I made my way through the bomber however I realized that even though it is similar (why not-same style right?) it was different and it was GOOD! Dark crimson color to the body with a foamy beige cap. Lots of hops in the aroma giving an earthy, floral and citrus character. The taste is heavenly, complex, dark IPA, bitter pithy grapefruit, candied orange peels, spruce buds and a caramel malt bill akin to that of an amber ale. I definitely enjoyed this more as I drank it down. Nicely balanced.

natelocc787, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a goblet at stubs

Served with a finger of off white head. Fades down quick. Leaves splattered lace. Color is an orange copper.

Aroma: tons of floral hops and citrus notes. Grapefruit and caramel notes. A very fresh smelling beer. Not to bad.

Taste: very hoppy with a big floral taste, but balanced with bready malts. I get a lot of grapefruit and pineapple notes. Some caramel in the background.

Mouthfeel: bitter and more bitter. A little creamy with a touch of heat. Medium bodies with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends weedy and a little sticky.

Overall this is one agressivily hopped ipa. It is good but right up in your face from the beginning. A goblet is a good serving for this beer.

mothman, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Mora2000, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of CMW
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden, hazy yellowish orange color with a bright white head that does not disappear for some time.

S - Super hop as you might expect and there is a very distinct grapefruit flavor rather than pine. No malt or other flavors to speak of.

T - Pretty on target with the nose, sour grapefruit flavors dominate and this thing finishes bitter with the alcohol well hidden.

M - Carbonation was a little less than expected.

D - This goes down much smoother than other IPAs with similar profiles. Definitely not complex, but it does not need to be.

CMW, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of tr4nc3d
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1pint 6fl oz bottle poured into my mug

The color consist of a mix between medium copper and a slight hazy orange. Overall I would say a medium hazy orange color. Very frothy slightly off white three inch head with islands. Great head retention that last throughout the beer and leaves scattered lacing everywhere on the sides of my glass like cobwebs. Besides the hazy color, I have nothing to complain about the appearance.

Huge smell of citrus fruits are noticeable in the nose. I get that of pineapple, orange peel, lemons, grapefruit. Toasty biscuit like malts can be noticeable along with the yeast.

Taste upfront consisted of with a slight pine bitterness with some citrus notes combined. Slight pineapple with some grapefruit and then that toasty biscuit taste takes hold. Slight yeast like flavor was present along with a soapy like taste? Overall pretty decent and clean.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Clean and refreshing taste.

Good DIPA that I have bought on more the one occasion. The 8.5 clearly does not show in the taste. Recommended to try.

tr4nc3d, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of TheNapkin
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden brown, tea-colored, little to no head after an aggressive (read: not down the side of the glass) pour

S - thick and resinous, rich and musty, caramel, strong pineapple aroma, aroma similar to Lagunitas Hop Stoopid

T - slight sweetness after the initial hop oil blast. Juicy hop balance and strong bitterness (Stronger bitterness than the Hop Stoopid even though the IBU advertised here is about 10 points lower), a little bit of pineapple in the taste

D - Goes down easily and with gusto. This beer is solid, a double IPA that is pretty similar to the Stone Double Bastard and the Hop Stoopid, though with more aggressive bittering than either of those. A side by side comparison between the three would be interesting.

M - bubbly, slippery

TheNapkin, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of Brent
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Worth the price of the beer just for the label. The brewery was going for an over-the-top hop monster, and certainly achieved the goal. Massive herbal hops invade and dominate right from the start, with a pungent bitter finish. Great smooth head and lacing. The sweetness of the malt tried to go toe-to-toe with the hops, but never had a chance. Overall, the level of sweetness seemed a bit high and detracted a little from the overall flavor profile.

Brent, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of DogFood11
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a small tulip it formed a small off white head. Body is light copper.

Sharp hops and pretty much one sided. Love a beer that has a goal and sticks to it. This is a masterpiece. Overloaded with citrus and orange zest.

This is a lively brew. Sharp at every corner. A must have.

DogFood11, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of brauseboof
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought this bomber as a Christmas present to myself. Ho, Ho, Ho.
I poured into my usual tumbler and was met with a hefty white foamy head which hung around for a while. Has a very nice nose... floral, yeasty, bready.
The grapefruit bitterness hits up front, but is followed with some sweet, complex flavors, and a reasonable amount of malt. The bitterness is quite intense, but not in a bad way.
This is a very smooth, drinkable ale.

brauseboof, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy auburn orange with good head and sticky lace around the glass. A sharp piney citric hop smell that follows with a piney, citric, heavy fruit like grape tasting beer that is medium-bodied, even a little juicy. Has a great balance so the sweetness pokes through and finishes dry but not overpowering. Great DIPA.

clayrock81, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of Wespatrick
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this is the best new DIPA to come out this year. Now that I got that out of the way, I will tell you why I think so.
Pour was a nice light orange color and the head was substantial enough to hang around for a while. Aroma is intriguing mix of resinous pine and more pineapple that grapefruit citrus. There is some alchohol in the nose as well. Taste is well balanced, but not too sweet like many DIPA's that try to overcompensate for the high hop flavor with too much malt sweetness. Finish is quite dry and enjoyable, not at all cloying or muddled. There is some alchohol in the aftertaste, but it is not overwhelming or off-putting. Drinkability is great. I polished off a growler without a wing man and I am feeling no ill effects. Avery says they will brew this beer whenever they feel the need and I hope that is more fequently than once or twice a year because I think it is a great DIPA at a very fair price. Highly reccomended!

Wespatrick, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of chaz410
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this beer on tap at the flying saucer.
Pours a yellowish amber body with finger width white head.
The smell is what hop heads live for. It's full of citris, piney and spicey hops. Not much malt, just smooth high end hop flavors dancing throughout your nose.
Taste starts out wiht some caramel and hop notes, then turns into a blindingly bitter hop blast. Not much flavor here before the swallow, mostly pine and bitter. At the end of the swallow though you find a great sweet pineapple hop flavor accompanied by nice citris spices.
Not a very drinkable beer, but just because of the hop intensity,i do love it though!

chaz410, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of allengarvin
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Bernardus chalice, this is a rather hazy old-copper color. with a fading head and excellent lacing. Plenty of hops in the nose, with very resinous pine and ripe citrus notes; sweet caramel malt also lurks around the edges. DEE-lish taste--lots of bitterness makes for a really dry experience. Hop flavor mirrors the nose, though perhaps more piney than citrus. Malt offers a tad bit of sweetness, but is really in the backseat, flavor-wise. Very dry, lingeringly bitter finish. Warming at the end as well.

Excellent offering from Avery.

allengarvin, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of magictrokini
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap @ Pizza Port C-bad. Poured hazy orange-gold with a short white head. Good lacing. Heavy pine and herb in the nose with lesser white grapefruit. Nice carbonation with a crisp feel. Sharper, bitter flavor with sour grapefruit and sticky resin. Kind of veggie, but in a good way. More of the English IPA bitterness, almost as if Avery was going to do a Majaraja with English leanings. Well balanced with a long finish. I hope this one finds a permanent place in the Avery lineup.

magictrokini, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 11/7/2009. Bottle. Pours a clear deep orange with a thick off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit, grassy hops, and orange zest. Flavor of caramel/cookie malt, grassy and garlicky hops. It was ok--just not my style for a IIPA- too sticky and the hop combination wasn't right for me.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 19, 2009
DuganA IPA from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,361 ratings.