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DuganA IPA - Avery Brewing Company

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DuganA IPADuganA IPA

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BA SCORE
93
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1,361 Ratings
THE BROS
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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 prototypic
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DuganA is copper in color. It's clear and almost looks a little orange with backlighting. A cream colored head sits on top and rises to over two fingers in depth. It dissipates slowly and leaves thick, sticky chunks of lace clinging to the glass. This is a good looking beer.

The nose is very impressive. It's chock full of citric hops. Grapefruit, orange, and pineapple scents are abundant and resonate throughout. It smells sugary sweet and has a 'candied' scent to it. There's some caramel malt present, but it doesn't smell like it interferes with the hops much. I like that. Hops seem to resurge toward the end bringing a bit of pine into the mix. Alcohol is noted, but isn't overly strong.

The flavor doesn't quite live up to the nose. It's good. Perhaps very good. It's sugary and sweet up front. Almost a little too sweet for my taste. Caramel malt is more prevalent here than on the nose. It gives it a decent enough base, but seems to interfere with the hops more than I'd hoped. There's still quite a bit of grapefruit, orange, and pineapple flavor here, but it doesn't seem very bitter. There's a hint of pine that does its best, but it still doesn't quite get there. Perhaps more bitterness was lost than the actual hop flavor. There's enough of the delicious hop flavor here to keep things humming along, but I can't help but wonder what could've been. Alcohol is blended well and isn't all that noticeable. It finishes sweet with a nice hop flavor.

DuganA has a light-medium body that's smooth and goes down easy. Carbonation feels light and restrained. It has a nice feel, but would be better with a bit more body. Drinkability is good. Overall, I like DuganA. It has a nice flavor and is pretty drinkable for an 8.5% abv beer. There's better choices out there in the DIPA category.

I wasn't sure what to expect with this Avery release. I'm very tempted to compare it to Maharaja and probably should, but it's been way too long since I've had Maharaja. I recall Maharaja being more resiny and bitter, but that's about it. I don't recall liking it more or less than DuganA. This one would easily improve with more of a bitter flavor, but it's not a bad DIPA by any stretch. I'm actually enjoying it, but see a tweak or two making it dramatically more enjoyable.

prototypic, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of LittleDon
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

8 oz pour at the Stone Brewery.

Amber with no head and little visible carbonation. Predominantly grapefruit in the aroma. Grapefruit with a hint of cherry in the front and middle. The hopping disguises the alcohol very well. Some bitterness in the back end. Overall, very well balanced. Another excellent beer from one of the countries best and most consistent brewery.

LittleDon, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a 2" head that lingrs around a while. Spotty lace develops.

Smell: pine and grapefruit are most notable. Softer caramel sweetness lingers in the background.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, pine, green grapes, pears, and a big oily bitterness makes up a nicely balanced DIPA. Alcohol is warming here.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Light crispness to start, smooth and lightly dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long as the bitterness lingers on the tongue.

Drinkability: this beer was easy to quaff despite the high alcohol level. Worth seeking this one out.

Gavage, Dec 16, 2009
Photo of TexIndy
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. Great artwork on the label. No dating info (c'mon Avery - start putting on some dates!) but new release so it's fresh. It was a slightly hazy orange amber color with large carb fountain in center from the etching. It had a large foamy off-white head that slowly settled into a constant foam. Great lacing.

The aroma was really good but more subdued that I expected. Pine, grapefruit, resin, oily and dank. Good hop aroma but short of a hop bomb. The taste follows the aroma. Really good but more subtle than expected. This is a hops only show after a small taste of caramel malt right at the stop. The hops quickly ramp up to a really bitter, but not overly bitter, finish. I tend to like the less overly bitter ones and this is at the border. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation and a slightly oily finish.

Overall, a welcome addition to the Avery lineup. High recommend especially if you like the really bitter ones. Rotation - avail here as an every so often release. Probably get it every so often and see how my palate for really bitter develops. This is a good trainer for that.

TexIndy, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found this one on tap at Barleys yesterday and just had to dive right in. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/12/2009.

The pour was spot on for the style. Rich amber in color with a nice head of white coming up and over the top. Nice touches of carbonation bubbling up to the surface now as well. Aroma was sharp, nice grapefruit and pineapple lead the charge here with a huge hop bomb aroma, warming brings out a subtle balance, but not much. A bit lighter then I would have liked, but still well done as the puckering hop bite kicks you in the teeth from the very first sip, nicely done indeed. Crisp, clean with a long dry finish that wreaked of orange and grapefruit, it was a classic DIPA.

Overall I would not mind trying this one again anyday. Very well done.

mikesgroove, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of DrKnoskelson
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this 22 ounce bottle at Joe Canals in Lawrenceville NJ.

The beer pours a golden brown, almost caramel color. Vey nice head with great retention throughout the session. The aroma has notes of pine, citrus, and grapefruit.

The taste is not as bitter as I'd imagine it would be. Resinous pine, very dank, medium carbonation. Great flavor.

The body is all about the hops. The malt plays only the suportign role in this brew. Slight alcohol taste as the beer finishes, with a slight bitterness.

Extremely drinkable. No cottonmouth with this beer. Great IPA.

DrKnoskelson, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange color with a nice white head that forms easily, retains well, and leaves nice lacing.

Nose is pretty WC centric with big citrusy hops and a resinous malt sweetness lurking.

Taste follows. A pretty nice WC style IPA. Grapefruit and pine like hops dominate, but are every so slightly subdued by the tiny bit of age here. The malt presence is right where it should be, lurking in the background while providing backup vocals. There is a slight dirtyness to the hop profile that im not sure i like, but its not incredibly noticeable.

Mouthfeel is solid, right where it should be for the style as far as viscosity, carbonation is perfect, not alot to complain about here. Pretty durned dry.

Drinkability is solid...for those of us that like hops anyway. Could easily rock two bombers of this alone.

Overall, actually a pretty nice DIPA from avery. Nothing they make has ever even come close to rivaling fresh maharaja, but this one is a great effort. If you like WC style DIPA, then give this one a shot.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always on the lookout for new DIPA's,I grabbed this.Poured into a small tulip glass a clear rich bronze, with a great one finger sticky white head that left multiple broken rings of lace behind as it settled into a creamy mass.Aromas were suprisingly muted,the hop profile of pine resin and citrus showed thru but really were light.Big resiny hop flavors with a bit of caramel/biscuit dominate the flavor profile,I wouldnt say its brutally bitter like the label says but it is quite bitter.This is good but not great,to me it doesnt quite pack enough punch.

oberon, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange-amber, big head.

Smell: Resiny grapefruit.

Taste: Pithy grapefruit, a little orange taste, relatively balanced. Piney bitterness, but not lasting bitterness.

Drinkability: Quite tasty, a nice "treat" beer.

Picked up a bomber at the suggestion of one of the local beer stores, this is a tasty DIPA, bitter but "balanced". I prefer Maharaja from Avery but this is pretty close.

Mdog, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of alexgash
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle.

Mostly clear, dark golden orange. Couple fingers of whipped, dense, super-lacy, light beige head. Big citrus and pineapple hop nose. Drenched in mandarin orange, grapefruit, and fresh pineapple. Sugary malt-cookie background. A hint of alcohol. Toasted grain and herbal hop bitterness greet the tip of the tongue before getting blown away. Huge pine sap, orange peel, and pineapple flavor backed with substantial bitterness. My mouth is dry after 2 sips! Tropical fruit malt with fleeting sweetness is barely noticeable. Lingering aspirin bitterness mixes with citrus rinds and pine sap in the finish. Full-bodied, with a creamy feel. One of the hoppiest/bitterest beers I've ever had.

alexgash, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of Gyle41386
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

Orange amber pour with three fingers of rich, creamy foam on top. Very plush, sticky head. Tons of lacing on the glass. Perfection.

Aroma certainly isn't as over the top hoppy as I'd expect from an Avery DIPA, but it's definitely pleasant. Sweet citrus is the first thing I smell, followed by a kind of spruce-y Christmas tree kind of scent. Smells like there's a pretty solid amount of caramel malt underneath.

The flavor doesn't quite deliver like I expected, but I do like the balance between sweet and bitter. One thing I loved about Maharaja was the great hop flavor...DuganA has more of an "empty" bitterness. That's not to imply that there's no flavor, as there seems to be an abundance of citrus peel, but there doesn't seem to be much depth to the flavor, and I honestly don't taste a whole lot of the pine that was in the nose.

Medium-full body. Light carbonation level. Very smooth, creamy drinker. The alcohol is pretty well masked. Despite the hoppy astringency, I'd still say this is much more sessionable than a lot of DIPA's.

Gyle41386, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of bobsy
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by ritzkiss - cheers Eric!

Pours a deep copper with a tan head that left some good lace on the glass. Aroma is fairly toasty with caramel notes, and the hops come through with pine resin and grapefruit.

Certainly maltier than your average imperial IPA, but not overly suffering for it. The malts bring a large amount of toastiness, as well as some decent caramel that helps balance out the moderate bitterness from some citrus and piney hops. The flavour profile and bitterness places it more in line with a regular IPA than a double, but its certainly very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

This is a very nice beer, but misses the mark for an imperial IPA slightly. More hops and less malt would be better suited, but you can't complain when a beer is well made.

bobsy, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of ritzkiss
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber sent from fishbowled, thanks a ton man! No bottling date.

Pours a dark caramely, toffee color with a finger of creamy/yellow head, leaves some light lacing.

Light citrus hops (grapefruit, lemon) bordering on soapy mingle with a burst of pine resin, all backed by a sweet caramel. Color and nose tell me this is going to have a serious malt base to it!

Indeed the malt is hefty and emphasized but it never seem to overpower. Citrus and pine hops provide the entry, then a sweet caramel and toast malt kicks in, moderate bitterness follows into the finish. Seems creamy and drinks pretty well for a malt heavy DIPA. I generally dig a more heavy hop profile but this has got something going on, still lots of hops but a creamy (rather than sticky) malt base is a nice deviation from the norm.

Wasn't expecting too much from this one but was pleasantly surprised. Nothing too high on the 'Wow' factor but a nice solid, drinkable DIPA from Avery - probably more drinkable than most of their line-up!

ritzkiss, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of sweetbrew82
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. into a snifter

P: Orangish copper with 2 fingers of light khaki-colored soapy foam that showed good retention before it settled to a thick sheet on top. Didn't leave a whole lot of lace behind to look at, though.

A: Some citrus fruits right upfront hit me first with impressions of the usual west-coast suspects: grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, etc. Riding up behind it is a healthy dose of pine hops, with some caramel malt underneath. Not explosive, but smells promising none the least.

T: The taste is almost the complete opposite of the nose in that the citrus fruits are nothing more than background flavors after their initial splash on the palate. They are quickly overtaken by a wave of resinous pine sap that turns it much more dank and bitter than the aroma would lead you to believe. Not explosively hoppy in the least, but I don't think that's what they're going for here. The caramel malt balances everything out while providing a little sweetness that almost takes the edge off the bitterness, but not quite.

M: This is a medium-bodied DIPA that features a CO2 level that allows it to get slightly creamy underneath the dry, sharp, prickly stabs that bite the tongue on the way down.

Notes: Personally, I prefer my DIPA's to lean more heavily towards the citrus fruit notes than this one does. But I can't knock it too much, its still a pretty good showcase for the piney hops to get some love. It's a little one-dimensional yeah, but a cool change of pace from the citrus hop bombs I'm usually drinking. Solid

sweetbrew82, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to face it, I am just a sucker for new IPA's and DPA's that I see. I had no intention of picking this up, but had to try it. I guess I have a question as to why they would waste time brewing this instead of making more Maharaja.. Oh well, let's see what it's all about.

Poured this into one of my imperial pint glasses. 3+ fingers of fluffy white head form with decent retention. This does settle to a ½ finger of foam that remains for quite some time. Spider web lacing sticks everywhere. Bright copper with excellent clarity

Aroma is quite strong and a mix of pineapple, sweetness and pine. I think I saw this mentioned in a thread about citrus focused IPA's. I have to disagree. Seems much more on the pine side of the spectrum to me. There is also a thickness to the aroma that clues you into the abv.

Fairly sweet, taste of alcohol, Lots of pine and fruit esters. Pineapple, nectarine and honey then the pine bitterness. What's interesting is that this grows on me as I make my way through the glass. The malt flavor is nice. Not bread, cracker or biscuit like, but perhaps crust. The lingering bitterness is very nice and spot on.

Almost syrup like, slightly sticky but not that thick..

More drinkable than I initially gave it credit for. The sense of alcohol slows you a bit but doesn't get in the way. Pretty good DPA, but they should just keep making Maharaja.

Having said that, this is a great example of why reviews should not be written based upon samples. I didn't think I liked this for the first 6 ounces, but it continued to grow on me. Do NOT drink this beer too cold.

Reagan1984, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Polished persimmon with golden rum colored highlights along the edges. No less than four full fingers of parchment colored foam appeared on the pour. The head is hugely sticky and is starting to plaster the glass with thick sheets of cheese grater-like lace. What a looker.

The nose isn't as incandescently hoppy as expected. That said, it's mucho enjoyable if you like the little green cones. The lineup includes Simcoe, Columbus, Centennial and Chinook. There's a wee bit of caramel beneath the candied citrus fruit. Orange, spruce and a whiff of spliff are more prominent than grapefruit.

DuganA IPA is exhibit 'A' with respect to the type of American DIPA that is really more of a hoppy barleywine than a true 'San Diego Style' (D)IPA. Still, it isn't as far out on that limb as say... The Maharaja. Adam Avery has said that this beer was created to be 'a more sessionable Maharaja'. With an ABV of 8.5% and 93 IBUs? Okey dokey.

Compared to the bigger beer, this offering is slightly less caramel malty and is less sweet. It's also less boozy (natch), although it still has a solvent-like quality that keeps the next highest taste score from being considered. Besides, it isn't hop flavorful enough, despite being less than two months in the bottle. In the end, they're equally good... not great.

Flavors include toasted bread, toffee, candied orange peel, candied grapefruit peel, pine sap and a small splash of Stolichnaya. Sweet and bitter fight to a virtual draw for most of the mouthful, with alpha acids pulling slightly ahead of sugars on the finish. It seems that I've had at least 15-20 DIPAs that tasted just like this.

The mouthfeel has that wonderful combination of chewiness, glassy smoothness and hop-fueled rasp. The carbonation is well-buried, which makes all the difference.

My hope was that Avery was going to change those things about The Maharaja that would have turned good beer into great beer. Unfortunately, it didn't happen that way. DuganA is a pretty good (American barleywine-like) DIPA. Then again, pretty good (American barleywine-like) DIPAs aren't that hard to find these days.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of Raugupatis
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label on the bottle describes this one as being influenced by pine.

A more accurate statement would be that the whole tree was used. Imagine the Christmas Tree sap that gets stuck to your fingers and the resin that stays with you for days.

Now mix that with hops and you have DuganA.

This was an enjoyable experiment by Avery, but not something I could drink every day.

Raugupatis, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of TheJollyHop
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is deep amber/ light brown and pours a thick one finger head. The color reminds you of a viscous, sweet syrup like maple. Nice lacing is left inside the glass; basically almost everything you could want in an appearance.

Aroma is full of floral notes with pine scents interspersed. Competing for attention also is a sticky, sweet malt aroma that is a prelude to the sweetness of this beer. The hop aroma is a little subdued but has some strength nonetheless.

My first thought was is this really a 90+ IBU beer? The front of the taste is packed with sweetness that is very well balanced by the hops, and not the other way around which is not ideal but it is delicious. The bitterness builds to a strong crescendo but is not harsh at all, and there is a subtle, sweet aftertaste. Caramel and biscuit comes to mind, with some tropical fruit undertones. Alcohol is very well masked as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and exceptionally smooth on the tongue. Just enough carbonation to really bring out the subtle flavors and soft mouth coating feel.

The great balance between hops bitterness and malt sweetness lends itself to a high drinkability; not to mention the lack of palate scraping further enhances this.

Overall this beer is a great example of a balanced American IPA. However it doesn't receive 5 stars across the board because it is a little too sweet. An IPA should showcase the hops primarily and be balanced by the malt. Also, the aroma was a little too subdued. Nevertheless, this beer is definitely worthy of a repeat purchase.

TheJollyHop, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of Seanibus
4.93/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh my God, what a smell - smells like heaven. And the flavor is not far behind.

Pours a beautiful clear golden with a fluffy head that leaves great lacing.

The aroma is heart stopping - sweet, citrusy, and delicate yet assertive. It's like sniffing a musky hop candy.

The flavor follows through perfectly, with sweet, floral, citrusy, candy-like hops.

This beer is to hops what high quality candied ginger is to ginger.

Beware, however, because it packs a strong alcoholic punch, and if you can recover from the delirious blast of hops, you will feel that boozy warmth behind the flavor.

The mouthfeel is thin with a strong bite of carbonation.

This beer is as close to perfect as I can imagine. If I had to think of one criticism it might be that the alcohol burn is a little stronger than it should be. And yet even that may not be a fault, just in the way that sometimes the perfect accent to a good candy is a grain of salt.

Seanibus, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of Telix
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep apricot with a nice head and good carbonation. Very clear, pretty much has to be filtered.

S: Sweet, hoppy, resinous, floral, with a mild orange citrus.

T: A good sweetness, with mild hoppiness, some effervescence. It's smooth, controlled bitterness, and finishes clean, with very little alkaline flavors on the tongue. There is a bit of citrus fruit, with a creamy, banana-like flavor coming through - maybe pineapple?

M: Nice. Creamy, thick, good. It supports the style.

D: Not sure I could down a bunch of these, but the bomber drinks quickly. An enjoyable beer, but I prefer Maharaja by a large margin.

Telix, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of TheSarge
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DuganA pours beautifully for a 2.5 finger thick off white head, with great retention. The body is copper in color and is cleanly filtered.

Aroma is grassy, piney, and lemony. Not in the way of malt too much, but all together is a bit perfume in character.

The taste upfront is toffee and is kicked to the side quickly by grapefruit and orange rind.

This feels a bit prickly up front, but delves into an oily smoothness.

This is a good hop bomb with most of the complexity coming from the hops, but malt character is a bit more detectable than I expected.

TheSarge, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of woosterbill
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Roadhouse into a small (10oz maz) goblet.

A: Clear, light-to-medium amber body; one finger of fine white foam; average retention and moderate, minute lacing. Pretty average looking.

S: Floral hops up front, backed with richer citrus aromas. Very light and fresh.

T: Thoroughly hoppy, with bitter floral esters in the forefront, followed by some even more bitter grapefruit pith. Finishes with a wave of pine. No malt anywhere in this one, but the intense bitterness is well-melded with an array of intricate flavors. Challenging and rewarding.

M: Sticky medium body with an assault of fine effervescence. Very nice.

D: A little too thoroughly bitter to be quaffable, but not bad at all for its strength.

Notes: I'd like just a hint of balance, but can't complain too much. Great beer, as I've come to expect from Avery.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of drink1121
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Typical copper IPA color with pretty good head retention and decent lacing.

S- Good hops smell - slight grapefruit, mostly pineapple/melon with a failry big malt backbone. Glad this is fresh.

T- Very close to the smel,, which is a good thing. Refer to smell.

M - Good IPA mouthfeel, slightly slippery, which I kinda like.

D- This kind of reminds me of Pliny the Elder for some reason. Similiar abv%, I could have anohter, but not 3 because of the thick IPA malt. Good stuff though, I would recommend to at least try t the very least.

drink1121, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of kfsv034
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Typical copper IPA color with pretty good head retention and decent lacing.

S- Good hops smell - slight grapefruit, mostly pineapple/melon with a failry big malt backbone. Glad this is fresh.

T- Very close to the smel,, which is a good thing. Refer to smell.

M - Good IPA mouthfeel, slightly slippery, which I kinda like.

D- This kind of reminds me of Pliny the Elder for some reason. Similiar abv%, I could have anohter, but not 3 because of the thick IPA malt. Good stuff though, I would recommend to at least try t the very least.

kfsv034, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer captures the delicate yet bold identities of both East and West Coast IPA's.

Its hops smack you up front with the sharp and bitter taste of 70+ ibu's. But the beer tethers the edges of bitterness with a soft and consistent fade into citrus (orange peel and grapefruit) and resins (pine and fresh cut grasses). This halmark dominates the beer from nose to finish.

Malt profiles are softer, relying on lightly kined pale malts for a color that is light golden and somewhat straw. Crisp maltiness never really pushes into caramel or toffee, but settles into a cracker-like (almost pilsner-like) character with clean, fresh-bakes bread crusts.

While the malts give a non-confrontational structure to the beer, the malts fade in the end, allowing for a dry, minty, clean finish. A great beer that rides along side of Harpoon Leviathan IPA for a recent comparison.

BEERchitect, Dec 09, 2009
DuganA IPA from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,361 ratings.