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DuganA IPA - Avery Brewing Company

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DuganA IPADuganA IPA

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1,529 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,529
Reviews: 602
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 79
Gots: 135 | 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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Ratings: 1,529 | Reviews: 602
Photo of Axic10
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a light, slightly hazy golden with a finger or fluffy white head.

Smell: As soon as I cracked the cap on this one, I got a strong whiff of strong tropical fruits (pineapple, mango, tangerine). Nice hoppy nose but the sweetness on this is really nice.

Taste: Bitter hops, sweet pineapple, mango, tangerine and grapefruit. A very nice West Coast DIPA. Very sweet, but not overly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Very surprised by this, it's almost closer to light bodied than it is to medium and very crisp, clean and smooth.

Drinkability: Move over Maharaja, this might be my new favorite Avery DIPA, if I didn't know better, I would think this is a very well made IPA.

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

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. See-thru light amber body with a fluffy 3-finger light cream head. Good retention, lazily connected patches of lacing.

Big hoppy nose of resiny pine and grapefruit, yet quite sweet at the same time. Medium bodied and full of caramel and brown sugar, but a steady stream of bitterness cuts through it. Juicy with citrus up front, but it's pine and a certain dankness that linger in the end.

Overall impression: Sort of a barleywinish DIPA in terms of maltiness, but quite solid.

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber ($6.99) from local Whole Foods poured into SA glass.
Thin, off-white head atop honey-colored liquid and boy do the hops come wafting strong from the pour.
Piney, earth tones, grand hop aroma.
Minimal citrus leaves for strong hop bitterness which tingles the buds throughout.
First taste to last this is a fine DIPA.

Photo of StlHopHead77
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a pale,hazy orange with a proud two finger,creamy white head that showed good retention and left stringy,sudsy lacing.

S-Bright,fresh floral hops initially with tangy,rain-soaked pine and citric peel notes.Toasty,biscuit malt,slight brown sugar and a herbal quality were also present in the nose.

T-Tart citrus,perfumey and flowery hops and slick,biting pine.Brown sugar and wildflower honey from the malts.

M-Not overly sweet with medium body,a slick mouthfeel and dry finish.

D-An extremely drinkable IIPA and another high quality beer from Avery.

Photo of tbrown4
2.95/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My first impression from the pour through the end was that this was exceedingly average. Very middle of the road, average. I would definitely drink it again as it was not terrible.

Pours with 1/2 finger head. Very even malt/hop balance. I prefer a little more hop flavor for an IPA. Not a ton of character here. The taste it self is very round and even. It almost tastes under-developed, like a home brewer's early attempts in the style.

Photo of jera1350
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden orange color with a rich head that produces some crystally lace.

Fresh, sweet and hoppy nose. Stone fruit like apricot and peach, bright citrus hops and malt sweetness.

Citrusy hops, some pine, apricot, lots of bitterness with only a light malt sweetness. Good complexity.

Excellent feel. Velvety soft feeling all around.

A high quality IPA with nice complexity. Plenty of hoppy bitterness and drinks quite easily.

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

A - Pours an amber bronze with a huge 3 finger rocky head. Some sticky lacing left behind.

S - Herbal perfume hops, loads of fresh earthy pine and sharp grapefruit citrus. Candied caramel malt.

T - Sweet caramel malt floods the taste buds and is infused with honey and herbal floral hops that are full of flavor but seems to be tame on the bitterness. The finish is green pine needles that turns to a sharp grapefruit rind citrus at the very end.

M - Full bodied. Glassy smooth.

The malt profile is delicious! The hops provide lots of flavor but are low on bitterness much less than the average Imperial IPA.

Photo of btorsdog
4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW...Thought it was going to be good ,but turned out it was REALLY good! Poured a beautiful semi murkey golden orange with tons of carbonation bubbles keeping things alive at all times.Decent head and a good amount of bright white lacing.
Smeeled pretty weak actually with an orangish scent going on in the background with some sweet type malts in the front not bad just sub-dued!
Tasted absolutely wonderful, orange/fruity bitterness coming thru in waves and a rounded out carmel sweetness keeping everything in check, quite delightfull!
Medium mouthfeel with a slight sting of hoppiness,pure joy!
Drink was superb ,This Avery Co. shure knows how to put together some fine tasting DIPA's!!!!

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found notes from a trip to Birreria Paradiso.

A: Amber Color body with a pinky of frothy head and pretty good lacing.

S: Awesome! Huge tropical citrus hops, with a beautiful sweetness as well. Pine notes and just a great balanced DIPA smell that would make any hop head thirsty.

T: The smell comes through in the taste nicely but with much more malt character and though the hops are definitely there and are nice and juicy, its dialed down a little from the smell. Nice balance, just some hop bite and complexity away from being a 5.

M: Smooth, creamy and great carbonation.

D: Great and easy drinker. Totally solid beer.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a medium orange color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Nose has floral, citrus hops, caramel

T: Big grapefruit,. caramel, booze, orange peel, a few hints at pineapple

M: Medium body is very well carbonated. Lots of hop oils

D: Very good.

Photo of Magpie14
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap a Butch's Dry Dock in Holland, MI

A: copper and yellow hues reign, with a nice sparkling quality. The barman left just a thin layer of fuzzy foam on top. Lacing is leaving a hefty mark. Nice vibe and looks par for the course

S: some pretty stiff hop smells in the way of candied citrus and pine. Tough bread-like caramel notes in the mix as well. Hops are kinda spicy to the nose. Very delicious smelling

T: Hops are the driving force. It is not as malty or sweet as my nose detected. My taste buds register plenty of hop flavors; honeyed oranges, pine/spruce, candied grapefruits, and just enough malts to keep the hops in check. I should also add that the hops have enough pungent oils to beat any tongue up. This is a nice all around beer

M: slightly sticky, smooth, and polished. Way to easy to drink

D: one of my favorites for the style. Avery is a sick brewery

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #34 (Nov 2009):

Pale orangey color with a mild haze, solid crowning of head from a stiff pour. The aroma is so hoppy that citric and mint hold the nose hard. Smooth medium body drops a deep smoothness, malt stays strong with bready and biscuit flavor to start ... then the hops come. Bitterness rides that fine line between aggressive and simply being on top as it lets the malt flavors through yet slowly pummels the palate with a carefully gauged bitterness of citric peel and wildflowers. Sure, there is a touch of heat in the throat from the alcohol, even some ripe tropical fruit, but it does not rise above the hops. Orange peel, peaches and passion fruit on the palate. Finishes bitter with a breath of alcohol and mint from the hops.

My oh my, Avery has found the true path of hop brilliance.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice three finger head with and awesome thick foam retention down to the last of this 22 oz. bottle. The color is a golden copper, very clear but lots of good bubbling.

The aroma is ha heavy pine, green peppercorn, and orange skin mix. Hard to notice any malt aromas.

The palate feels oily from the start. The taste is ots of cooked peppercorns and orange peels and zest. The middle has a more resiny mouthfeel. Plus the hops get a little break from being bitter and let a little toasted caramel try to balance the flavor profile out a bit. The finish is a citric zest and earthy hop finish with homemade white bread crust malts and some alcoholic heat for warmth.

Photo of BreworFerment
4.84/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at Bruery Provisions in Orange, Ca. Poured a copper orange with loose lacing and not much of a head.

On the nose there was a LOT of barnyard, feet, armpit, Bret smelling. There was more barnyard in this one than other IPA's I've had that were purposefully inoculated with Brettanomyces. It gave it a depth that I really liked. Musky with some pine of course.

Taste was more barnyard, followed by barnyard dirt, musky, pine. I really enjoyed this beer as there were many layers to peel back. My only complaint was there was a little too much carbonation

Photo of OhSoHoppy
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From bottle to glass
This beer was a slightly dark golden beer, (color didn't seem to match taste) the head was strung out and yeasty bubbles. Smells exactly like an IPA should-lots of hops. Taste was not dry but bitter, very enjoyable but not your generic IPA. noticeable malts and undertones of some kind of fruit. feels smooth and not very carbonated. but by no means a light feel. I recommend as a better than fair beer for you IPA lovers but not as memorable as many other UNIQUE IPAs I have had in the past

Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Avery DuganA IPA is citric and bitter with a roasted nut finish.

It poured pale with a short white head; however it left a good amount of lace. The smell popped with citrus and the flavor had a subtle citric beginning that gave way to a dry-roasted nut quality as the ale warmed. The feel had an aggressive bitter bite and a very dry finish.

DuganA is thick, bitter, bready, and complex. It's fantastic when warm and a great cool-weather hoppy ale.

Photo of billab914
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. It poured a clear amber color with a rocky and thick white head to it.The head settled down but left some great lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma shows a hoppy, tropical fruit like flavor to it. Pineapple and grapefruit mix with some pine. Very nice hoppy aroma overall.

The taste has a bright citrus hoppiness to it with peach, pineapple and grapefruit all present. It has a very nice almost tropical fruit like hoppiness to it that I usually love. It has a dry bitterness that starts to come through in the finish and also lingers for a while after. Excellent hoppiness to it overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, I really liked the citrusy hoppiness it brought. Very flavorful and easy drinking IPA overall.

Photo of 100floods
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap almost a year ago and loved it., now I'm taking on the bomber.

Pours an almost clear golden-yellow hue and a finger of white bubbly head. Through the foam I smell mostly floral and grapefruit while the first sip shares a similar flavor. Lots of nice earthy/pine notes. The body feels light and the the finish is rather quick. There's a brief bitter aftertaste, but it's gone shortly after. It's very quick to the point. I'm very pleased with the use of hops and the smaller role of the malt. This is a pleasing contrast to the Maharaja DIPA. Still full of hop flavor, just not so much concerned with size. I can't quite put my finger (or tongue) on it but this beer is familiar, but different at the same time. The execution of the flavors as a whole and the mouthfeel make is what sets this apart. Excellent use of hops (as far as taste goes). I think this beer, in general, is leaning on the line between IPA and DIPA which makes it a little exciting.

Photo of Boto
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber: This one pours a fairly clear, dark golden/amber color. There was quite a bit of an off-white head that was quite frothy. It leaves a bit of lacing. Big nose of piney hops, with some citrus scents hiding underneath. It has a pretty good piney hop bite, but a bit of caramel sweetness coming through also. Somewhat, but not completely smooth. Pretty nice. I'd come back for another.

Photo of glid02
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cask at the Brick Store.

Pours a hazy copper color with a one-finger cream-colored head. The head eventually settles into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth caramel malts with hints of lighter pale malts, all overshadowed by pine hops. Moderate amounts of citrus hop aromas also waft in and out.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although not quite as smooth. Sticky caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by loads of pine hop flavors. As with the smell, citrus hops make an appearance, this time midway through the sip. The flavor profile turns slightly bitter with the addition of a more earthy hop flavor before carrying through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a smooth thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I thought the flavor profile wasn't impacted much by the cask-conditioning however the mouthfeel was thickened up nicely. Worth a shot in whatever serving type you can find.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Huge, creamy, off-white head towers over a stunningly clear, amber colored body

S- Delicious, fruity, piney, spicy, dank ass hops have control over this brew. The malt aroma is mellow and lets the hops shine

T- Massive candy flavor begins with sweet orange and pineapple that carries into a sort-of tropical, banana flavor with a distinct bitterness that tingles the tongue

M&D- A bit too bubbly for my tastes but the high carbonation does make for a LOVELY head that sticks all over the glass. The body is very nice- chewy and juicy

Photo of mithrascruor
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a nice, fairly dense, off-white head. Good retention.

Smell: Fresh and nice aroma of grapefruit, but without too much bitterness. There's some floral notes in there too.

Taste: Grapefruit and mild hop spices, but with a bit of sweetness. Pretty mild overall, with minimal bitterness and some floral hints. The flavor is, in a way, a bit too mild. After a while some hints of alcohol become apparent in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light- to medium-bodied. Extremely minimal carbonation.

Drinkability: Almost a bit too light in the flavor/body, and a bit too much alcohol in the aftertaste.

Fairly good, but nothing too special, and definitely not memorable. For about the same price, I'd get Avery's Maharaja IPA instead.

Photo of chumba526
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appears a light orange color with a small white head.

It smells strongly of grapefruit, orange and lemon. There is a very strong citrus flavor to the beer. I also smell a nice herbal greasy smell to the beer as well. There is also a slight sweetness to the smell as well.

The beer tastes initially is comprised of an orgy of citrus flavors. I get an orange, lemon and grapefruit taste. Following the citrus flavor is a pleasant grassy and piney flavor. A strong hoppy bitterness round off the flavors of the beer. This is a very unique IPA it seems to highlight a lot of the different flavors of hops.

The carbonation is moderate; I would say it is medium. The beer goes down smooth.

The drinkability is not bad but it is a rich and flavorful brew. If I was at a bar I would order two glasses of this at max.

Overall this is a complex and tasty IPA. There is really much more to say about this beer. Worth getting.

Photo of ectomorph
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber with no freshness dating served in a Moon River tall mug.

A - Deep golden body, great clarity, with a huge eggshell head 3 fingers thick of dense foam. Great retention and patchy lace.

S - Big up front hops presence of pineapple, mango, sweet floral hops, and a faint malt bread as it warms. This smells fresh and clean, delicious.

T - Upfront bitterness smacks you in the chops. Citrus and pine hoppiness with tropical fruits as well. This has to have Summit hops, as it has that dank almost onion hops flavor that I LOVE. Some alcohol is noted, but is in no way harsh or abrasive.

M - Medium bodied, good carbonation, creamy head and dry finish. Very well thought out brew.

D - While the alcohol and hops are both here in spades, for a IIPA this is a tasty treat.

Photo of hophead247
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an orange amber in color with a one finger off white head that retained well. Aroma has some sweet citrus, resins, orange zest, and caramel malt. Plenty of carbonation and a somewhat chewy mouth feel. Flavor is a little more bitter, citrus, resins, caramel, and some alcohol on the finish. A nice balanced IIPA.

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