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DuganA IPA - Avery Brewing Company

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DuganA IPADuganA IPA

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1,310 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,310
Reviews: 580
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 71
Gots: 76 | 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 tempest
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Tap and Table in Emmaus, PA. In a sea of great IPA's I can't say this stands out, but it's still a tasty, tasty beer and worth trying for anyone that loves hops. The aroma and flavor have a huge and smooth citrus character with a rich resiny floral character to back the fruit up. There's a big, satisfying bitter bite, finishing off a big, well-made DIPA.

tempest, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler glass at the Brass Rail.

A: The DIPA is a brilliant copper color, translucent and bright. The view is interrupted only by the steady stream of carbonation floating through the center of the glass.

S: The nose is piquant, spicy with pleasantly strong hops. Citrus fruits, exotic and tropical, release a sweetly bitter aroma that, coupled with a touch of pine, is appetizing.

T: My notes say, simply, 'very hoppy.' Appropriate but lacking in necessary detail. As in the nose, the hops drench the body with citrus sweetness. Peach and mango, nectarine and grapefruit, damn near every citrus flavor makes an appearance. The malt body, pale as it is, doesn't get in the way of the hops. On the plus side, booziness is at a minimum, surprising for such a highly-hopped ale.

M: The mouthfeel is delicious, sweet and sugary while bitter. The flavor profile, all hop-driven, is intense. The peach and mango seem to be a recurring theme in bigger IPAs and DIPAs and I like it.

D: At 8.5%, this is no slouch. I do like the bitterness of the hops though, so I'd happily belly up to another pint.

akorsak, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of biophiliadude
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

tap to brandy snifter.

A: orange amber

S: flowers and cake!

T: Bitter, caramel. Hops very noticeable.

M: Foamy over the tongue.

D: very flowery and hoppy. Hop heads check this out for sure, just not balanced enough for me.

Recommended. This is a good DIP but not near the best.

biophiliadude, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of bonsreeb85
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

DuganA is a gorgeous looking beer. It spills out with a tall 3 finger sized foam head with okay retention the body color is of the see-through copper variety.

Big bad nose on this beast. Piney and floral hops with lots of citrus and tropical fruits, lusious and juicy. Also present are some cake like scents with candy apple hidding behind the hop assault.

Initially this hop monster delivers a tongue-numbing-in-your-face sting of grapefruit hop bitterness. Very different from it's cousin the Maharaja(had to compare). The dicator is some much more sweet and balanced. This beast is a hop bomb!

The feel is spot on. Lusicious and full bodied. Well carbonated and rolls down with a creamyness that never gets sticky or too oily. This is just an absolute joy to savor each sip as it lingers in my pie-hole.

Hopheads rejoice! bitter, sharp and refreshing this highly quaffable brew is a welcome addition to the already stellar Avery Lineup.

bonsreeb85, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of LewBrew
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium to medium body with golden honey to pale amber appearance. Off white head. Medium-heavy piney hops predominating and slight grapefruit hop aroma. The flavor is remarkably well balanced between piney hops and malt backbone. Faint notes of grass, malt sweetness, with a peppery finish. A classic IIPA that is not over-the-top hopped.

LewBrew, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of BDLbrewster
2.63/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a golden straw color with violent carbonation. Super chunky, stiff head that will not dissipate and tons of sticky lacing.

The smell is heavy with perfume like floral hops, almost like potpourri. I also catch some citric orange, light pine and some notes of hay.

Bang pow!! Aggressive bitter pine right off the jump. There is a toffee like sweetness in there, but it is greatly overshadowed by the astringent gin-like pine bite that couples with the apparent alcohol nips at the sides of your tongue. As it warms the malts start to emerge a bit revealing more of a toasty molasses sweetness and more alcohol, but the stand out characteristic is the violent pine.

The mouth is on the thin side while remaining very sticky feeling. Even though there is champagne like visible carbonation, very little comes through in the mouthfeel.

Overall, high on the boozy scale and I know it's a DIPA, but this brew comes off a little too one dimensional for me. This beer tastes like watery tanquery. I will struggle to polish off this bomber.

BDLbrewster, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of jsh420
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours clear amber orange with a big pillowy 2+ finger head that left lacing all down the glass

smells of strong grapefruit and pine a true west coast ipa

taste is much the same - a strong bitter salty pine/grapefruit upfront that mellows

mouthfeel is medium body and very smooth and creamy

drinkability is good - solid flavors across the board

jsh420, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of bearcamp
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one sitting in the fridge for a few weeks. Poured into my Chimay glass. Nice hop aroma right off the bat. Appearance is a ruby read. Nice Froths head that laces the glass. Taste is very good. Very piney and resiney. Mouthfeel if very thick. This is a very drinkable IPA and would pick this one up again.

bearcamp, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of OlieIPA
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased a fresh bomber of this from Total Wine in Tustin, CA. Poured into a pint glass and served around 50 degrees.

A: A deep amber/copper colored body that supported a thick and foamy light cream hued head. This beer appears to have a good amount of body.

S: Piney and ester aroma upfront with a sweet malt body backbone. Alcohol is present in the smell as well.

T: Was expecting a more Russian River type of DIPA, based on the aroma, but the first sip depicted a much bigger and robust malt body. You can tell the grain bill is very similar to their other DIPA...Maharaja. The hop flavor is still there, but again...the malt body and alcohol presence takes on most of the characteristics of the flavor profile.

M: Very oily, medium to full body, and mild carbonation.

D: The flavor profile is nice, not great....kind of wish this beer was less sweet. I'm not sure whether I'd want another glass of this beer, but could down one if I wanted to without any complaints.

Overall: The little brother to Maharaja...that basically sums it up. A try it beer. Cheers!

OlieIPA, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of Beaver13
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a huge creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet melon and peppery hops with some caramel malts and resin in the background.

The flavor is some sweet fruit that is quickly dominated by a huge resiny almost tarry hop bitterness that lasts in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with good carbonation - slightly spritzy.

Overall, a monster one-dimensional hop bomb. I prefer a little more balance in the hop flavors (more fruits or pine), and don't care for the tarry dominating bitterness as much. The bitterness just sits on the tongue - I feel like the Keystone commercial guy.

Beaver13, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of JEdmund
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper and clear, producing a light and fluffy head that settles down to a light covering

This aroma explodes out of the glass like a DIPA should! Big floral and citrussy hops tantalize me to take a sip and quit wasting time sniffing. Notes of candied orange, raisins, caramel.

Taste & Body
A stinging bitterness coats the tongue and hangs around long; upfront is a deliciously sweet blast of doughy malts that quickly move out of the way for the rushing mob of hops. Hop qualities exhibit floral, citrus, and pine traits. Carbonation level is fine and the body manages to feel light for its size. There's an overriding bitterness, which starts to get in the way after a while, making me wish they'd cut back a bit on the bittering hops.

Mouth-coating hoppy goodness is what this beer is all about. It's up there with Maharja, Hog Heaven, and their IPA in craftsmanship, though not quite as impressive as an overall beer. Still, very pleased with this one.

JEdmund, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of WYVYRN527
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden-amber hue with a frothy white head that settles very slowly. Lacing is decent, and carbonation is fine, but lively.

S: Sweet caramel-like malt lingers in the foreground, but is soon engulfed with citrusy, piney hops.

T: Floral and fruity, the hops smash the palate with hints of pine and grapefruit, along with some cedar and moss. The malt takes a back seat, balancing the beer with notes of caramel and fresh bread.

M: Medium to full-bodied, the resinous hops coat the palate, resulting in a very pleasant long lasting finish.

D: This might be one of my favorite beers from the guys at Avery. A well done DIPA that is very easy to drink, even with it's higher ABV.

WYVYRN527, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of cpetrone84
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-a relatively translucent redish copper color with two fingers of decent white head leaving a nice lace on the glass

S-good hop smell, there is a lot of grapefruit and some pineapple, hint of citrus

T-very good and very unique. Big tropical fruits blended with pine and caramel all melded together very well to create a unique flavor. I get a lot of grapefruit and pineapple with a light caramel malt backbone, there is some pine and bitter in the middle then back to the grapefruit and pineapple.

M-smooth and thick, has a slight syrupy texture with a nice dryness in there as well

D-this is a solid beer and what I keep calling pineapple gives it a unique flavor of a slightly balanced; but still hop crazy beer, if that makes any sense. I like it...I like it a lot.

cpetrone84, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of jimiv73
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmmm this is a tasty beer! I got it @ a pubhouse in redondo beach California! Najas place 88 beers on tap! This beer poured off a beautiful amber color and a small light tan head! The smell was so inviting I could not wait for it to settle! Citrus and hops filled my mouth and I had NO problem drinking this one down quickly! I could actually drink these refreshing beverages all day and into the hot cool nights! Okay now the killer part! The price ugh! 8 bucks a pint ouch! Guess that's the beach for ya!

jimiv73, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 ounce bomber into Unibroue tulip (thank you to Edmund Wilson for sending me this awesome treat). Vigorous pour yielded a one inch layer of foam, very soft, porous and soapy. Aroma is of grapefruit, grass and pine. Taste follows suit with beautiful bitterness and citrus flavor. Slight maltiness in the background but the hoppy foreground dominates, as expected. Alcohol is masked incredibly well for 8.5%. I hope Avery will continue making this gem.

KickbacksSteve, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of hckyfn9999
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt orange color with a huge, slightly peach tinted, white head. Aroma is full of citrusy, piney, and slightly floral hops along with some caramel.

Taste is full of hops too as one would expect from an IIPA. Citrusy grapefruit along with a piney finish is present. There is pleny of toasted and caramel malt; enough to help balance out the beer and provide some sweetness. Medium-full bodied with a good carbonation level. Overall a good IIPA from Avery.

hckyfn9999, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of cthulu81
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My goodness, is it possible for this beer to be even sexier than the Eastern Goddess depicted on the wonderfully artistic label? Short answer-YUP. And here's why...This brew simply explodes out of the glass. Honestly, from a good 2 feet away I can clearly pick up juicy, candied grapefruit and tangerine rinds on a bed of sticky, wet, dank grass. And buddy, that is a heavenly scent for any lupulin-lover. Come on AXE, make a body spray that even comes close to this and you will have yourselves a whole new market open up. That juicy, dank goodness percieved by the nose faithfully carries over to the tongue which is simply not ready to wrap itself around the multitude of orgasmic flavor components presented by the first sip. WHAMMY! It is simply a rush of pungent, resinous, citrusy ninja warriors that race through your mouth, tossing ninja-stars of bitterness at your teeth, gums and tongue. But then the Yakuza show up and lay waste with thier malt-spewing submachine guns; about 30 rounds per second if I had to guess. What a riot! BUt almost as quickly as it starts, it is finished, with both parties slipping back into the shadows with suprising grace and nobility. If that poorly structured metaphoric scene didn't make much sense, here is the utilitarian translation: this is a magnificant beer that is brimming with everything an IPA drinker could want while remaining incredibly drinkable pint after pint. I should know, it is on-tap right now in my kegerator. Yeah, I ain't going to be too productive this week. Thank you again and again Avery, and please keep this beer in your portfolio.

cthulu81, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - a light brown/almond color brew with a big billowy light tan head and moderate visible carbonation

S - strong citrus and piney hop aromas, some floral hints as well, some brown sugar style sweetness that i note in many quality IPA/DIPA's

T - the sweetness adds some punch in the flavor, the hops are still the main foicus of the taste, still grapefruit and piney, but the borwn sugar sweetness largens and gets a near raisin like element that battles to balance said hops

M&D - medium bodied, and easy drinking, enough hops to turn off bitter beer face sufferers, but not even close for hophead or most BA's, a nice balanced straight forward palate, nice IPA, avery knows what theyre doing

sinstaineddemon, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of TaddyPorter
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one stood out to me on the shelf at the Beverage Source the other day, and I just had to give it a try--an IPA from Avery, so what could go wrong? The only drawback is that it took the Maharaja's spot on the Source's limited shelf space...hope that's not a permanent removal. From the label: "...we found ourselves on a quest to create a transcendental IPA capable of quenching our voracious lupulin desires." My lupulin desires are only getting more voracious as the years (and these written lines) go on...so let's crack 'er open!

A foamy, fluffy finger-and-a-half head soon rests into a layer of larger bubbles and froth. It has a roasty golden look, plenty inviting. Sticky lacing stays and stays.

Floral, clovery, and sweet like honey. Rebe stands by "a dusty bleu cheese and honey smell." It's the aromatics of the hops that are playing with the olfactory on this one. It seems to have every possible facet of hops, like if Chartreuse was a beer and its infinite herbs were just hops. Danker and resiny in the finish, but in no way unpleasant and very nicely balanced with just enough roasty malt scent. I can't believe that, having written all this so far, I still haven't taken a sip--the aroma is complex and satisfying enough to keep the palate entertained and *almost* enough to quench the thirst for beery goodness.

Pretty darn close to overpowering with the hops, if such a thing can exist for a hophead. It's tempting to sip it like a shot of whisky, or again the Chartreuse of hops--the flavor is to be savored, though it's far too complex and overwhelming to gulp down. Hop oil floats overtop of the whole thing, letting the roast of the malt peek through the middle but then laying down another slam of bitter, bitter piney hops to dominate the sides and back of the tongue. Lingers and lingers and lingers with its sappy resin.

A quintessential slow sipper, the light carbonation awakens the taste buds enough to truly enjoy the nuances of the flavors when sipped little by little. Not watery, not syrupy, just light and smooth, very easygoing. It's the one thing that's tame about this beer.

It is the Chartreuse of hoppy beers. Definitely drink it, and definitely take time to enjoy it.

TaddyPorter, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Review #200, a relatively unimportant milestone but a milestone never-the-less. Beer served on draft at a local beer bar.

Beer is clear and amber / orange in color. Thin diffuse white head and low carbonation. Head gravitates toward the glass and leaves some lacing on the walls.

Sweet pine aroma, that's about it.

Full bodied beer, high bitterness in the back of the mouth, some sweetness at the front of the mouth. Lots of pine character in this beer. Drinkability moderate and the mouthfeel is really good. THere is a lot of flavor connectivity and it is much appreciated to have such a full bodied IPA.

drabmuh, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of hoplover82
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

WOW! Is my first impression of this wonderful beer! The smell is so good, but we'll get to that later. :)

A-Pours a beautiful, crystal clear rich amber color with a huge off white head when poured into a sniffer glass. The head has excellent retention and strong, beautiful lacing. Very appealing appearance.

S-the smell is of bright citrusy hops, like orange and lemon zest with a huge floral acsent and a perfect balancing caramel sweetness in the nose.

T-The flavor is much of the same with loads and loads of bright citrus hops first and then some floral hops in the back, a nice clean bitterness and some caramel sweetness underneath it all. Beautiful indeed. I also detect some alcohol flavor which is to be expected, and it is slightly fusal.

M-The body is full and creamy. The sweet maltiness coating the mouth well but is definatley not cloying due to the clean but pungent bitterness.

D-This beer goes down very smooth indeed. I highly suggest this beer to anyone who loves hops. Thank you Avery Brewing Co.

hoplover82, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of spratmi
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear amber/orange color with a rich, bubble filled one finger head that slowly faded into a nice lace filled cap.
S: Initial strong notes of pine followed by orange candy and malty sweetness. There is a citrus hop presence in the middle of all other notes.
T: A well balanced blend of pine and citrus bitterness with malty sweetness. Slight notes of candied oranges appear in the front, but the citrus and pine hops dominate the finish.
M: Decent carbonation with a medium, though slightly creamy, body. Rich and oily on the finish.
D: Very drinkable and refreshing. I would have no problem drinking a few.

spratmi, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of rajendra82
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Typical DIPA appearance, with an ultra clear , pale golden body, and large and durable head consisting of rather gigantic bubbles. The smell of hops was apparent even before I tried to bring the glass close to my nose. The aroma was very piney and citric, as it should be for a DIPA. The taste was a showcase for the hops as the spicy, resinous, and citric qualities of the hops were apparent from the moment the beer passed the lips. The malts were in the background imparting a butterscotch hard candy like sweetness. The mouthfeel was very sticky and the resulting tongue coating made of a long lasting hop aftertaste. A hophead's wet dream, and the scantily clad Indian beauty on the label isn't half bad to look at either :)

rajendra82, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of FutureCowboy
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber, poured into a chilled Goliath tulip.

a: Not as bright neon orange as I expected. Maybe even some shades of yellow in there. Dense 1/4" white head which dissipated in a couple of minutes, already lacing.

s: Really dense resiny hop aroma, the regular grapefuit & pine but very concentrated. Comes off like a real hop bomb.

t: Hop bomb, very up front & assertive, but after the first wave there are some bready malt tones in there. This is not unbalanced at all.

m: Smooth, some chewy resin feel but not overwhelming. Maybe more in the back.

d: Drinkable, but the warm fuzzy feeling in my belly indicates the ABV. Not too much, and not very evident in the taste, but this guy doesn't come off as a session beer.

FutureCowboy, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of Reaper16
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle served into a globe glass

Pours a light shade of orange relative to most imperial IPAs I've had lately. The head is pretty much pure white and is tightly contained to one finger in size, perhaps a little bit larger. Nice notches of lacing in similarly tight lines improve the look. I must note that the lady on the label art has very little covering her tits. If 3 Floyds is the Alpha King, then Avery must be the Alpha wench.

If there's one thing to say about the aroma is that is is not overblown. Its a nice, compact blend of tropical fruit -- mango, starfruit -- with a small touch of danker lupulin smells. It stays within itself and doesn't try to be the end-all-be-all of hoppy beers like a lot of IIPAs try and be.

After the first sip I could have sworn that this was Avery's Maharaja. Not that such a comparison is bad (I really enjoy Maharaja on-tap) but you don't expect an ostensibly different recipe to taste so similar. More sips reveal some slight differences. This is a sweeter beer than Maharaja. The sweet malts play more of a factor in the flavor of this beer than in Avery's other IIPA. That is not to say that this isn't really hoppy. It totally is. If you love your IIPAs bitter and astringent with alpha acids then this is right up your alley. Its much less fruity on the tongue than the nose would indicate. That fruit shows up in flashes, but the majority flavor in duganA is the pungent, floral type of lupulin. Imagine an entire garden's worth of flowers blended together with a sample of pineapple husk -- that's what duganA tastes like. Sound good? It is. I do have to say that some of the sweetness is coming from the alcohol, which is very much a part of the flavor profile (just like it was with Maharaja).

duganA is pretty solidly in the medium-body category. Its a happy middle ground between providing body and intensifying the hop flavors. Drinkability suffers a tad bit from the alcohol taste, but the whole bomber is going to be just enough regardless.

Ultimately, Avery seems to have played it safe with this release. I do think that its a slight improvement upon Maharaja, but only a slight improvement because they taste pretty much exactly alike. If you love hops or were a fan of Maharaja get a hold of a bottle of duganA while its still very fresh. This is a solid bomber purchase (but I'd just as soon pick up a fresh six pack of Sierra Nevada Torpedo for just about the same price).

Reaper16, Nov 14, 2009
DuganA IPA from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,310 ratings.