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DuganA IPA - Avery Brewing Company

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DuganA IPADuganA IPA

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1,515 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,515
Reviews: 600
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 78
Gots: 130 | 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 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.

Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a really attractive peach tinged, golden color. Very radiant with some cloudiness in the liquid. About half an inch worth of white foam, that disspates to a ring not long after pouring. Quite a few fine streams of bubbles can be seen trailing the sides of the glass.

This beer smells straight up fruity. Extremely aromatic with sweet notes of grapefruit and a smorgasbord of tropical flavors.

The first taste was fairly suspenseful. As it washed over my palate, it led into a sweetness which made me think it would be malty, but no, it just explodes into juicy, fruity flavors of pungent grapefruit, mango, and passion fruit. All of this is followed up by a really pleasant, mellow bitterness. Absolutely phenomenal.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, and the carbonation is a bit on the higher side which really complements the flavor profile of this beer well, in my opinion. Finishes somewhat dry and leaves me wanting more.

This is a really big beer, yet it's extremely drinkable. I've had no problem quaffing this bomber over the course of an hour. I'm glad I picked up another bottle for a later time, because this is an extremely good beer that will leave any hop head wanting more.

Photo of generalnotsew
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coloring is a bit weak being on the lighter side of the usual amber but I did get a good head with the pour. Smell is very strong pungent tropical hops. Great deal of spicy bitterness in the nose. Pretty cold but still smell sitting away from me. Very much bitter upon drinking. The bitterness really carries thru to the end with a bit of malty sweetness in the background. It has everything going on here. Piney, earthy, fruity, bitter and juicy hops. Mouthfeel is spot on and not too aggressive. Top it off with a very easy drinking beer and we have a winner.

Photo of plaid75
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at TAPS, Petaluma, CA.

Poured a Light to medium copper hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a balmy oily hop with a moderate sweet malt.

The taste consisted again of a balmy heavy hop spice coupled with a full sweet malt.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty full bodied DIPA.

Photo of AgentZero
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy amber color with a decent size head that popped up. Not a ton of retention, but some nice stick on the sides.

S - Nice sweet citrus with a decent dose of pine that is more complimentary than dominant. Bit of resin on the end, all part of a good hops profile. This is a great smelling brew.

T - Sweet caramel malts and citrus hops with a nice bitter pine twist on the end. Wouldn't call it piney so much as it is resiny. This is a very good tasting beer.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied, good carbonation, but a little bit oily.

D - Didn't realize this was 8%, it is quite drinkable. A good brew I could happily drink.

Photo of jrallen34
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Paramount Room into a pint glass...Clear copper with orange tint, off white head, not even a finger of head and its gone right away...A over the top malty aroma, tons of caramel, some grapefruit acid tries to break it up unsuccesfully. Light hops, especially for a dipa...Taste is more balanced, hops come though better along with the grapefruit. Easy to drink, much better than the Hop Czar which was had at the same tim.

Above average dipa, worth trying if on tap but don't bother buying or trading for.

Photo of jacobseyb
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter a golden orange clear with ample white head that left a great lacing till finish. Smell is not quite as present as expected, though it does bring some citrusy grapefruit along with a hint of malts. Taste brings more piney bitterness, along with the citrus. Feel was slightly flatter than expected, though was somewhat oily. Great flavors and overall a very drinkable IIPA.

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

bomber shared with a friend poured into pint glass

The DuganA pours hazy golden orange with a huge pillowy 2 finger head that lines the glass. Smell is full of citrus fruits, hops, and floral notes. Taste is delicious. Nice balance of hops and sweetness. Nice bitter aftertaste. Even with this bottle not being fresh is taste really good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. This is a smooth, not overpowering DIPA that I will look to buy in the future.

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It's cloudy yellowish amber in color; a thin off-white head quickly faded away but left lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrusy and piney hops in the nose.
T: The flavor is very intense - there are moderate amounts of bitter citrus, pine resin flavors and notes of caramel malts. The bitterness is not overpowering.
M: The beer feels medium-bodied on the palate, slightly sticky and has a light amount of carbonation.
D: This is a beer that really needs to be sipped because the alcohol will quickly catch up to you.

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange colour with some off-white head. A good drinking DIPA. Big pineapple fruitiness, IBU is high but very well managed and its fruity more than malty. Orange peel and some lemon peel. Apple notes, even a little cocoa.A little zesty, pepper, spice. Very good drinkability.

Photo of nickhiller
2.38/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: amber, light dusting of head, decent bubbles
S: grass, sweet malt and floral hop notes
T: bitterness, gasoline, hoppy bitterness totally out of proportion with malt, bitterness is all I'm left with.
M: acidic, well carbonated, but bitterness contends with ease of drinking
D: it's far far far to bitter with little complexity, I did not like this one

Photo of NCSUdo
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Clear copper body under a big white head. Great retention and lace. Excellent looking beer.

S: Very nice blend of some caramel malt and big pine and citrus hops.

T: Citrus, tangy hops with some hints of caramel malt. Pretty big bitterness but overall balance is fine.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation is medium. Drinkability is pretty good. Overall a simple, but very solid DIPA.

Photo of JeremyHB
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Saw this beer on sale at my local store S. Lyndale on sale a buck off at 5.99 for a bomber bottle, thought that was a great bargain and picked up a few.

Avery is a Boulder, Colorado brewery I had heard about when at Busters on 28th in Minneapolis, they had an IPA on tap there on a recent visit that the bar manager turned me on to - though I think this is a different IPA thus the surname in the title DuganA (which I have no idea what is but I assume is some type of Indian iconography).

Poured it at about 50 degrees and it had a beautiful color: Amber, getting more intensely orange down the core of the glass. It had a nice head to start, not overbearing maybe an inch. The half-life on the head is excellent, I even let mine sit a few minutes after the pour noticing excellent retention.

Nose not quite as fragrant as I would have hoped. Got a lot of Orange and citrus, some toffee notes. Much like you would expect from an 'American' IPA. I thought I've brewed one much like this before with Chinook hops to bitter and a medium dose of Centennial hops near the mid and end for aroma.

EXCELLENT LACING! I could have made a pair of underwear out of the lace this brew left behind. I'll try and include a picture later. The real high notes of this beer are its excellent drinkability while holding an above average ABV for an IPA of this type (8.5%, 1.076 SOG)
93 IBU to me indicates the finish which is a relatively long pleasantly bitter pucker that gets pretty heavy on the grapefruit. This to me says Centennial hops all over it.

The malt profile is typical of an Amer. IPA with a little caramel backbone: This is usually Crystal malt, and lots of it. Usually USIPA has a solid Pale Ale lineage and the high amounts of Crystal and Caramel malts can really extract a lot of that "Pale Malt" sugar and give IPS of this type the caramel malty body that is so typical of this style. All of that is true here, and though 'unexceptional' I think that this really embodies a reliable drinkable IPA, is next year when I get one it remains consistent I think they have a solid go-to IPA in their repertoire over at Avery in Boulder.

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

Appearance: A dark orange with a one inch foamy head with good retention.

Aroma: Many fruity flavors here, orange and grapefruit aroma stand out. Some maltiness is in there too.

Taste: Similar to aroma, first a lot of sweet caramel malt, then bitterness comes out with pine and citrus flavor. Good balance of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Good for such a big beer.

Drinkability: Good drinkability for the abv.

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a three finger head that leaves gobs of dancing squiggles around the pint glass

Smell: Although the aroma has a lot of pith, pine and hemp elements, there is also quite a bit of caramel malt balance

Taste: Opens with the caramel malt but by mid-palate, the pith and pine of the hops bursts into the profile; after the swallow, the malt adds a bit of stickiness to the profile and the finish provides a somewhat sweet balance to the hoppy bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Wasn't too sure where this would slot in next to the Maharaja but I have to wonder why Avery needs to have another DIPA to fill the gap between that beer and its regular IPA

DuganA IPA from Avery Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,515 ratings.