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DuganA IPA - Avery Brewing Company

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DuganA IPADuganA IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,479 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,479
Reviews: 597
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 76
Gots: 120 | 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:
Beer added by: GarrisWH on 10-06-2009

Released twice annually in January and again in September.
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Photo of thagr81us
3.33/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a La Chouffe tulip. Pours a copper color with one-finger white head that lingers throughout. It maintains decent lacing. The aroma is comprised of hops, sour, and nutty notes. The flavor is of bland hops, some malt, and a nutty followthrough. It has a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a very smooth IPA that had nice notes to it, but could have used more intensity in those notes to be better. I would drink this brew if it was offered to me, but not go out and buy it most likely.

Photo of ahking
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I can smell the hops aroma in this beer in the glass about 10 inches from my nose! That says a lot about the commitment of Avery in making an IPA of this caliber. I can't even image the amount of hops used in a batch of this. Remarkably the flavor is very well balanced. There is a good malt backbone to this beer and the hops are not sharp, in fact they are soft and really round out in the middle and finish.

Pretty boozy, it almost tastes like I am drinking a cocktail!

Light to medium carbonation as you might expect from the style.

A very good imperial IPA offering, worth the price.

Photo of dqrull
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy coper with a big creamy head, slightly off white. Leaves alot of sexy creamy lacing on the glass.

Smells great, lot of citrusy and slightly floral hops! Mango, pineapple, passion fruit and honey melon backed up by a biscuity malt that really fits in well with the hop-mix.

Tastes is hoppy as well, as expected, with slightly more... piny hops, still some tropical fruits but they work together with pine-needles, slightly resiny. Malts work well with the hops, providing a moderate sweetness that tries to lift the hops, and is partially successful in that, making it a quite light drinking experience for the style. Finishes with a marked and fruity bitterness that lingers for a while.

Thick and lucious mouthfeel, really small soft bubbles, great carbonation.

Photo of bark
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The colour is deep amber, the liquid is almost clear. The three finger head is pale beige; it is firm and sinks very slowly leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is hoppy... Citric notes of lemons, lime peels, blood oranges. A somewhat metallic bitter flavour in the background. Some sweetness and flowery hints plus a note of hay. But it is not as bitter as one could have expected.

The taste, on the other side, is at first aggressively bitter. Lots of sweet honey and resin. But those flavours passes very quickly as they are replaced by a more APA-style sweetness and bitterness with lots of elegant citric flavours. The aftertaste got fine bitter notes, lots of dried and fresh exotic fruits, some raw sweet notes, alcoholic hints and a touch of meat. The finish is a bit dusty.

The carbonation is medium to strong, the fresh bubbles small. The liquid is mid-smooth and a bit sticky.

I enjoyed the start of the taste, but it faded too fast. Although it gives it high drinkability for the style.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer comes in a 65 cl brown long-necked bottle with black label with a pic of a hot babe in windy environment.

A: Pours hazy deep amber with a pretty large off-white head, a bit soapy. But the dissipation leaves great lacings when it sets after a while. Great crater. Lots of yeast-recidue in the bottle.

S: A bit sweet caramell malt, slightly roasted? Great well-balanced hops, both floral and bitter. Citric and piney. I can sense grapefruit, pineapple and orange sezt. A fantasticly well balanced smell.

T: At first very bitter, but almost instantly there is sweetness that balances it - great. Sweet caramell malt together with great bitter hops. There's also a very piney taste.

M: Aftertaste isn't as long as I would have liked it to be, but very bitter and sweet while it lasts. Body is medium to full and carbonation is moderate.

D: A beer to really enjoy. Pour it, kick back and enjoy!

Photo of Bitterbill
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle.

It pours a clear amber orange with a 2 finger head of fluffy foam.

It smells nice and hoppy and malty. Tropical fruitiness, grapefruits, good sweet note of caramel and a dusting of earth. A very nice nose.

The taste has that nice Bitter and sweet thing going on, the capital B for bitter as it just edges out the brilliantly used malts that bring so well of a balance, at least for a brew of the style known to sometimes go over the top for me.

Yummy. The finish is close to balanced too but the brew leaves a cool bitter aftertaste. Not a whole lot of warming going on either, despite the abv. I love it.

Medium bodied with the carbonation barely squeaking over into medium territory. Very good mouthfeel and the foam just never quits.

Drinkability? It's so tasty and the abv is sneaky so I'm drinking it quicker than I should but I can't help it. Avery has another winner here.

Photo of kwakwhore
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange amber pour into a SN hop tulip glass. Off white head with excellent retention and lacing.
Sweet malty perfume mixed with hops on the nose.
The flavor is more hoppy than I would have guessed from the smell. Hops are the first thing I notice, a good big shot of grapefruit, with malt definitely subservient to the hops.
Mouthfeel is pretty standard for the style, drinkability is slightly lower than it would have been because of some heat from the alcohol.
Another good double IPA from Avery. Given the choice I'd probably opt for the Maharaja, but this is pretty tasty.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, clear orange amber color. Poured a 2 finger smooth tan head with excellent retention. Lightly decanted. Generous, sticky lacing.

S: Lots of citrusy hops; orange and lemon. Sweet bisuity malt.

T: Floral hop right up front then lots of biscuity malt. Resiny bitter with lingering lemon rind.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. A little resiny in the mouth with a lingering bitter. Disguises the abv quite well.

D: Full malt and citrus flavors brought into balance with an even bitter. Very drinkable.

Photo of htomsirveaux
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle tried 9 Dec 2009.

Poured in a 0.5 L Adambrau becker. Very large lacy head. Lightly carbonated. Clear bright copper color. Aroma of pine and resin, very sweet and fresh. Flavors are similar but with a bit more caramel than pine or resin. Aftertase is a light lingering sticky bitterness. Medium body, slightly oily mouthfeel.

Well balanced, tasty.

Photo of jwc215
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours hazed orange with a creamy off-white head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of steely caramel, pine and citrus (orange, apricot, grapefruit).

The taste is of caramel and booze. Hoppy, but sweet. Pine and citrus with some perfume. Pine becomes domineering as it progresses.

It hits full-bodied and is pretty chewy.

A bit raw/harsh. Booze shows, slowing it down. On the sweet side with a piney/somewhat perfumy, character overall. An interesting sipper.

Photo of mntlover
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy golden with orange core, cream colored thumb sized head falls slow and laces very well.

Aroma is nice not big in your face really but wonderful soft sweet fruits blend with wonderful florals and are so damn inviting. Malt sweetness comes through in the nose to to wrap it all up. This is one of those beers i wish glad plugins had a sent for.

Taste is well not quit as good as the nose but still nice. Hops bitter citrus fruit dominating with some floral and minty notes trying to sneak in. Malt is toasted dry bread not as sweet tasting as the nose indicated. Finish is bitter and lightly dry. Over all a good I2PA was just expecting a touch more after having my nose stuck to the glass for so long.

Mouthfeel is good medium with nice level carbonation.

Drinkability is good enjoyable brew a pleasure to smell and pretty good going down also, cheers.

Photo of Lunch
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at ChurchKey in Washington, D.C.(05/01/10) in a 12oz. tulip glass at a desired temperature.

A: Pours a vibrant golden orange with a rich amber hue capped off with a creamy 1.5 finger head.

S: Strong aroma of tropical hops and a sweet, biscuit-like malt. some nice citrus tones as well.

T: Some tropical hop flavor hits the palate, a heavy dose of a semi-sweet biscuit malt follows. Some nice bitterness and layers of citrus are strewn about as well. Better flavor on-tap than out of the bottle.

M: A medium-bodied beer with appropriate carbonation. The 8.5% abv. is hidden quite well.

D: Certainly easy to drink and decent flavor, but I was hoping for a bit more in the hop department.

Overall this beer was certainly not a bad DIPA, but I just wish that the hops were kicked up a bit.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber without a freshness date pours a very hazy light copper color. Tan foam is dense and creamy while displaying very good retention. Lacing is pretty nice as well. Surprised by the lack of clarity though.

Nose is loaded with tropical fruity hops and even a little bit floral - hibiscus flowers. Malts are quite prevalent; the honey and caramel tones are huge. Alcohol is there aplenty and probably help boost the tropical aroma that this beer boasts. I do think I like the smell of Maharaja better though.

Hops are minty, floral and fruity. Malt backbone is strong and very reminiscent of honey. Has a resinous bitter aspect, whereas Maharaja seems to be more about hop flavor. This one is not subtle and plows through like a bulldozer; huge malt and big hops with plenty of alcohol. It's ok and I had no problem finishing a bomber, but not something I want to purchase again for $7 a bottle.

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first review in a while, but definitely not my first brew.

Just poured into my go to tumbler. Great head, took over 5 minutes to recede. Lacing has been nothing short of stellar throughout the session.

Tons of hops on the nose. Bit of grapefruit as well. If there aren't Cascade hops in this beer, I'll be a monkey's uncle.

Taste is slightly more subtle than the smell, but basically the same bad boys. Hoppy but smooth, with a serious presense of grapefruit. Still quite smooth.

I still don't know how to rate mouthfeel. My beer is pretty warm, so I'm sure that affects it somehow. Taste lingers, but it's an IPA so it should.

Bottom line: It's a subtle DIPA. Definitely glad that I tried it. I don't know if I'd reach for another one merely for myself, but for a fellow IPA/DIPA lover, I'd definitely share one with him/her if they had not yet tried it.

Photo of drpimento
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good beer. I'm glad that the grapefruit isn't so dominant as in many hoppy brews. This one poured with decent foamy frothy thick cream colored to light tan head, which lasted and some lace. Color is a cloudy medium amber. Aroma is caramel malt and hops. Flavor is like aroma plus some bitter sweetness, heavy on the bitter. Great mouth and carbonation. Finish is medium in length, clean, and like the flavor. Still prefer less cloying grapefruit and more earthiness, but this isn't bad. Don't know if I'd drink more than one.

Photo of david18
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My previous, draft, post: I had not heard of this beer before I saw it at the Amsterdam Ale House in New York City's Upper West Side. I guess at 8.5 alcohol by volume this is a low abv double ipa, which i think helps this beer. I prefer the stronger hops that come with double ipas but sometimes they have too much alcohol. This one is a very good balance and quite a drinkable beer.

In the bottle I feel the same way. Lower alcohol helps to bring out the hops a little better but this beer is none the less quite sticky for an 8.5 percent beer.

Photo of Rayek
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my favorite tulip.

A: Very hazy deep amber, with light carbonation. A dense and soapy cream cap has a strong beginning and slowly subsides to a 1/4 inch cap of foam that rides to the end of the glass. Leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Lots of grapefruit and pine dominate, but they thankfully don't bury the other aromas. A sugary caramel sweetness adds nice complexity. A very subdued whiff of alcohol rounds things out.

T: Not as bitter as I was expecting. I think my bottle has a bit of age to it, which has caused the bitterness to subside a bit. The beer is still dominated by hop flavors, but they aren't crazy powerful. Grapefruit, pine and pepper dominate the bitterness. Sweetness is there with a light fruitiness that I can't quite pin a specific flavor to. Gets a little metallic toward the end. Alcohol adds a light warmth, but its flavor is well masked.

M: The oily body is downright leafy. The carbonation feels about right.

D: This is a nice DIPA. It's not over the top bitter, which makes me a happy camper. It has a nice medley of flavors that held my interest. The alcohol at work is extremely well masked and adds a bit of a wallop if you drink this too fast.

Photo of BMoney575
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 4-25-10

Pours a very cloudy orange/brown color, with a nice white head that settles to a filmy layer. Lacing hangs forever in a thin film.

Smell is all hops, a little sweat sock and nicely bitter. Makes me thinks it's on the old side, but not in a bad way.

Taste is better than anticipated, strong hops, big malt and bitterness. Not overly complex, and more like a regular IPA, with more booze.

Mouthfeel is good, extremely thick to accent the hops.

Drinkability is good, hoppy and bitter but with a nice balance.

Overall, I've had many better, but it's still very worth a try.

Photo of claminat420
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- poured a slight transparent amber color with a slight off white head. heavy lacing.

S- just some light grapefruit scent but blended with some pine and caramel malt.

T- same as smell. must note alcohol is very well hidden.

M- light to medium bodied. good carbonation.

D- one or two of these 22oz and i'm good.

Overall- this isn't too shabby of an imperial to come out of avery. way better than the maharaja (spelling?) tho. wish more of an attack from the hops but what can ya do?? i totally would recommend any ipa fan to give this one a try.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - a little haze to the light caramel amber color. Ample white, creamy cover has a good amount of stickiness and lace, nice.

Aroma - juicy pineapple, grapefruit, and a resiny pine as well.

Taste - fair biscuity malt base, followed immediately by a stiff resiny smack of hops. Some hints of syrupy sweetness in there that could come out with time. For now this is intensely bitter with a resiny, somewhat medicinal edge. More fruitiness on the swallow, the citrus makes a valiant effort to come out. The aftertaste and finish are a mix of the sweeter citrue, which I like, and the harsh medicinals, which I don't.

Mouthfeel - a crisp beer, not as smooth given the hoppiness involved. About average wieght.

Drinkability - a little puckery for me, but worth a try.

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love hops as much as the next guy. What turns me off when it comes to hops is the over-the-top hop injection you get with Imperial IPAs and double (or triple) IPAs. Enough is enough. Where I live, I receive the pleasure of having top-notch breweries (Victory, Dogfish Head, Weyerbacher...) surrounding me, making excellent hoppy beers. I'm going to compare the Avery DuganA IPA to similar offerings from Dogfish Head, whose ultra-hoppy concoctions such as the 120 Minute IPA and Burton Baton have set the standard (on my tongue) for beers that feature a little too much hop juice, as far as I've experienced.

Knowing full well that Avery makes intense(ly) tasty, well-balanced beers, I expected this to be good. It was most surely. The curiously syrupy feel of ultra-hopped IPAs was feint and, therefore, appealing. A slight grapefruit note was also enjoyable. Very tasty and I'd go for seconds. Well-balanced and ideal for a double IPA. Recommended.

Photo of cooncat
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Live review: Bought this bomber for $6.99 at "Save-On" in Mentor, OH.

Poured at fridge temps into my SA glass, the beer is apricot in color with a stiff ecru head that leaves some nice splotches of lacing on the side of the glass. Head drops to a rim after a few minutes, but that sticks around to the end.

The nose is sort of middling ... half way between a regular IPA and a big IIPA. Lots of pine and citrus notes up front, with caramel and toffee way in the background.

The taste is similar to the nose in that the hops are first and foremost. Pine/spruce along with candied grapefruit and orange rinds dominate. I do detect the unmistakeable flavor of the chinook hops used here. Maltiness is mostly caramel, with a little toffee and slight dark bread notes. Alcohol is noticeable just in the warmth in the stomach ... no fusel notes detected. Mouthfeel is medium to full with a bit of reduced carbonation making that possible. I don't know about drinkability for a beer this big. I'll do the bomber myself, but won't be looking for anything after that .. very filling with plenty of hop burps. Finish is hoppy and slightly dry.

Conclusion ... a good solid IIPA; maybe not as big as some, but mighty tasty. Perhaps a "gateway DIPA" for those just venturing into the waters of hopilicious beers. Worth seeking out for any hop head.

Na Zdravje!

Photo of belgaridub
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It looks a menacing shade of light orange with a strong white head.

Very pine-y and resinous aroma. Smell is sharp and very heavy on pine with a small amount of floral notes. A little dank cheese aroma going on in there too.

Definitely a taste bud bruiser with the bitterness. There is a good malt background that makes the bitterness not too overpowering. As the beer has warmed up as I drink it I get more of that cheesy kind of flavor--I'm not that big of a fan of this effect that heavy hopping with some hops must bring, but it also has a little bit of spicy flavor to go along with the pine that is very nice. Some of the cheesy-offness could be because I have been sipping this beer over the period of an hour or so, so it has definitely warmed up a bit. At the perfect serving temp you might not get that.

Well carbonated and medium-full in the mouth. It's taking me a while to get through the bottle, but it IS a 93 IBU IPA. I don't think I could have two, but that's not really what this beer is made for. Excellent to sit and sip and enjoy.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My tulip glass fills with a big, tight, off-white 3" head that leaves tons of lace in patches and rings. Below is a clear bright dark copper beer that is eventually revealed from above, though the head remains as a pillow.

Strong ripe pineapple delights the nose, with a background of caramel. This is a good example of simplicity standing out.

The bitterness is off balance and caries well into the finish. High acidity is also a primary characteristic. Where the aroma is a fine example of simplicity, the flavors are less fall short of that accolade. Still this is a fine beer.

With a full body ,strong alcohol, and astringent quality, one hopes for only to be denied some relief from the carbonation which is soft at best.

DuganA is a fine one-off beer, but seems to be going for bitterness and palate throttling from the hops, rather than the flavors. In fairness, the aroma is quite good. Ultimately this beer will be great for people who prefer to beat the drum with a sledge hammer, it makes a good loud noise.

Photo of Kendo
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip. 2+ finger light khaki head over a slightly hazy orangey-amber body. Good rings of lace left behind.

S: Yummy. Brown sugar and grapefruit are the dominant scents, and they're pretty strong.

T: Follows the nose, with caramel malt, a hint of brown sugar, and loads of grapefruit. Lingering bitterness has a leafy, herbal quality to it as well. Finishes fairly dry. Almost gave it a 5.

M: Nice creaminess. Medium heft. All around clean and light -- refreshing for a DIPA.

D: Excellent.

Notes: Best new DIPA I've had in a long time. Not thrilled about the price tag (I paid over $9 for the bomber), but at least it turned out to be a top-notch beer.

DuganA IPA from Avery Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,479 ratings.