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DuganA IPA - Avery Brewing Company

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DuganA IPADuganA IPA

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1,517 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,517
Reviews: 601
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 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

Photo of nrbw23
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a golden orange color with a frothy white head. Head has good retention and leaves some very nice lacing.

S- Smells of piney, citrus hops, lemon, orange and grapefruit. With just a bit of a nice malt back bone too.

T- Smacked right in the face with hops. A ton of citrusy hops, floral hops, and piney. A great mix of sugary, bitter and sweet all in one.

M- Nice and syrupy. Medium in body and a bit o the higher side of carbonation.

D- Quite a bit going on in this one. Very easy to drink and I enjoyed this one a lot. If you can find this one pick it.

Photo of WeedKing4
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a dark clear amber with a lot of foam in the sam adams perfect pint glass. Tastes very malty with a subtle hop and bitterness bite. This drinks down pretty smooth and is quite sessionable. Its not wowing me, but its pretty solid over all. Not a bad beer.

Photo of josefnewsong
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't reviewed in what seems like ages so here goes...

A - cloudy orange color with two fingers of off-white head that quickly becomes a ring, leaving little bits of lacing

S - hops all over, hints of grapefruit and orange peel

T - rush of hops at the beginning with a substantial amount of malt to add a bit of sweetness, then a lingering bitterness in the finish. Definitely grapefruit flavors, and a sweet bready flavor w/ a touch of grass in the back...not all that complex but enjoyable. alcohol appears as it warms.

M - medium-bodied and sticky with a good amount of carbonation. It's nice having a DIPA with some body to it, I could actually go for a bit more body but that might just be my mood.

D - definitely drinkable...bitterness and stickiness could be a bit much after a while but that's the style now isn't it. Doesn't leave me craving more however, not enough going on in flavor complexity

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

A - Somewhat hazy amber color with a large off-white head that slowly leaves lots of lacing.

S - Hoppy, apricot, grape, orange, hay, some pine, caramel malty tones.

T - Really hoppy at first and after a little while some malty tones appears, grape, orange, some pine, bit bready, caramel, slight hint of alcohol.

M - Medium body with lots of carbonation.

D - Would gladly drink it again.

Photo of cameraman
4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is poured a medium amber color, with hints of gold along the sides of the glass. A bit of haze is visible, while a inch high head forms that is off-white in color and laces down the glass slowly. A strong citric scent can be smelled several feet away, with touches of pine and grass in there as well. The taste of the malt brings a hearty bread and biscuit flavor to the party, but the party is crashed by the hops. The hops slam into the palate with citrus, pine, and grass flavors, that linger, no cling to the palate as if their little lives depended on it. The feel is heavy/medium texture and finishes with an arid tannin like dryness at the back end of the palate. A solid color with some haze though, an over the top aroma, that is enhanced by a blistering bitter hoppy flavor. The feel has more of the characteristics of stout than an IPA. But man is fun to drink, a hop heads delight.

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a nice orange color into the glass with beautiful head that last and lasts, incredible lacing.

S - Very floral and citrus with nice hops. A bit of caramel along with just a hint of alcohol.

T - Filled with hops and pine, nice aftertaste of caramel and grapefruit.

M - Very nice all around. Well carbonated, big flavor that lingers nicely.

D - Really glad I found this one. I am an IPA junkie and this one was right up my alley. Will drink it again and recommend you do the same!

Photo of harlanhu28
3.81/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy orangeish color, with a good white head that settles to a thin layer.

Smells of slight hops a little sweat bread.

Flavor is better than aroma, strong hops and allot malt. More complex on the mouth feel side..

Has a noticeable bite to it..

Drinkability is good, hoppy and bitter but with a nice balance slite sweet lasting tongue..

It is a good effort.. At the price they could have done a bit better.. For a company that likes alot of malt this is a B+

Photo of beer2day
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep honey gold color with 2 finger thick cream head. Nice retention, even towards the bottom of the glass. Thick, dense lacing.

Lots of citrus and floral hops. Definite apricot and tangelo balance. Malt profile present to back up the sweetness in the aroma.

Definite bite up front with very tart dry fruit. Creamy smooth texture with just the right balance of carbonation. Nice hop burn at the end and a nice presence of alcohol to remind you of the abv.

While the abv and the hop burn in the end bring this one down a bit, this is a very good beer and one well worth trying.

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aggressive and denser than I had expected. Rich hop and beta carotene dense flavors. Apricot is there, as well as tangerine.
Some dense, roasted bitter flavor is there. Coffee and dandelion coffee come to mind.
Avery's Maharaja strikes me as a better essay on the double IPA but this has a place.

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

Great pour, incredible amount of foam that dissipates into a great little elevated foam plateau in the middle of the beer. Excellent. Light murky golden brown color.

Pretty well balanced IPA, has more of a fruity quality than most DIPAs I have had, very nice bitterness sticks around for a while after taking the sip. My only complaint is there is a hole in the middle of the sip for me, it starts out good, and then it goes straight to bitterness with not alot in the middle. Seems like there should be more of a malt/piney presence in there somewhere. All in all still a very solid beer, but there is something missing in it for me. Great for hop heads and those who like the dry/bitter DIPA. Has almost an apple juice like quality to start off.

Definitely worth a try, probably would go with another given the choice but I still like this. Could only do 2 beers max in a sitting.

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

A nearly clear amber brew, an off-white big head, lots of lacing!

The smell is full of citric notes, grape-fruit mainly, some sweet pine and fresh grass.

Tasting upfront of biscuit with toffee, grape-fruit and Seville oranges, and of course lots of bitter nuances in the finish and very long aftertaste.

Medium high carbonation, smooth and warm, the finish is dry and almost coarse.

This is a top notch American (double) IPA.

Photo of thagr81us
3.35/5  rDev -19.1%
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
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
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
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
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
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
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
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
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
3.6/5  rDev -13%
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
4.15/5  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.

DuganA IPA from Avery Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,517 ratings.