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DuganA IPA - Avery Brewing Company

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DuganA IPADuganA IPA

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1,282 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,282
Reviews: 580
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 70
Gots: 70 | 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 femALEist
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The last beer we had in our tasting, was from Avery (one of our favorite breweries of all time) that our friend from Boulder, was so gracious to bring us a bottle. It was the dungaA- a double IPA- 8.5%. It is suppose to be an IPA that is between their Maharaja and their India Pale Ale....
It smelled fantastic-pine, grapefruit and a hint of toffee/caramel.It has a large hoppy flavor explosion with grapefruit and backed by a bit of sweet malt. Very nice. Very drinkable. Very not available in
California right now....boo! We await it's delivery....
And until then we will just rely on Brandon...

femALEist, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer seemed to be on tap almost everywhere I went in DC today. Anyway, had this on tap at ChurchKey today.

The beer pours a peachy oranage color with very good head retention and lacing. On the nose, the first thought that came to mind was "maharaja." There was the same dank earth, pepper spice and huge pine aroma that I get in the Maharaja, and there's no doubt that on the palate and nose, that's what I would have guessed I was drinking if it was served to me blind. While there is plenty of malt with a moderare sweet mid palate, the huge hop bill pushes what little sweetness there is aside, finsihing with a long, dry, hoppy, bitter finish. Drinkability is OK, but is not this beer's strong suit. The alcohol is definitely noticeable, and it detracts from this beer's drinkability just a bit. Still, this is another impressive effort from the folks at Avery.

John_M, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of BarrelO
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Reddish body with a nice big head.

S: Pineapple and pine. Incredibly luscious.

T: Dominated by hops, which are long-lasting, grassy, and bitter. The same peppery tastes that I noticed in Maharaja.

M: Pretty thick, slightly syrupy.

D: Avery clearly knows how to make quality IPAs. It's just missing that little something extra to make it soar, though.

BarrelO, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of homebrewhawk
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Poured a dark gold with a finger of white head. Nice piney hop aroma, some caramel malt present as well. Good balance with a solid malt base for the hops. Hop bitterness is there but not overpowering. Medium bodied. Drying finish from hop bitterness. This seemed very fresh and crisp. Very drinkable.

homebrewhawk, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours orange with a solid white head, lots of lace as I expect in a DIPA.

S: Yes, here it is, hop city. Fragrant as heck. Tropical fruit salad and grapefruit, just a great beer to smell.

T: Taste goes more back to the pine, cedar and base hop flavours. Very direct and sharp on the palate with the hop bitterness. A solid malt note is there but is just along for the ride.

M: Medium/full-bodied, resiny, thick with hop oil, very long aftertaste.

D: This is a strikingly good DIPA, filled with all the great hop qualities of the style. A must try for all Western hopheads.

Halcyondays, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of zeff80
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a cream-colored, bubbly, thick head of two finger high foam. It left some sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled great - citrus, grapefruit, bubbly gum and some pine. Some caramel aromas, too.

T - It tasted of bitter hops with flavors of pine, citrus and grapefruit. It had a toasty malt flavor with some sweet caramel kick.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a very nice Double IPA. Another tasty brew from Avery. Keep 'em coming!

zeff80, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of timtim
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Woah. Definitely a hop head wet dream. This burnt orange with a cream colored head brew just wreaks of hoppy goodness. To me it tastes and smells like piney pineapple pinecone encased in grapefruit flesh and wrapped in grapefruit rind with a touch of ginger and crunched up caramel coated cereal sprinkled on it. Intense. Hoppy. I would work on the body and balance a little bit on this one. Perfection isn't too far away here. Cheers. Go adam!

timtim, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of hosehead83
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a standard pint glass
Bright copper in color, with a big, two-inch head of foam
Aroma-Very fragrant,piney, citrussy hops
Taste-Big bold hops come at you and never let up-juicy grapefruit notes, and bitter grapefruit rind and resinous hops in a long puckering finish

hosehead83, Nov 09, 2009
Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a huge Maharaja fan, and it may impact my overall outlook on this beer. This is a brand new release from Avery. Here is my review.

A: Pours a nice golden amber color. Head is nice and creamy. Leaves very sticky lacing on the glass.

S/T: The aroma is very similar to the Maharaja. Very piney with a nice grapefruit aroma. Taste is also quite similar to the Maharaja, only with a slight flavor variation. Its not as piney, and a little heavier on the grapefruit. Grapefruit rind is also present along with a nice grassyness. A little bit of malty sweetness backs up the hops too. Very bitter as well. Very nice IPA, but The Maharaja is extremely hard to beat.

M/D: Medium bodied and nice and resiny in the mouth. Bitter and dry finish. Drinks very well. Not as intense as The Maharaja, but still favor flavorful and strong.

I can't help but make the comparisons with The Maharaja, but there really isn't enough to differentiate the two. If you love one, you will love the other. I was kind of expecting more of a Hopslam or Dreadnaught experience, not more of the same. But how can I complain when a beer is this good?

OldSchoolGamer, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of COBeerBuff
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22oz. bomber this afternoon at MassBev in Lawrence, KS.

Appearance: A fairly gentle pour yields a very clear orangish-amber liquid with a finger and a half of billowy egg-shell colored head. The head is composed of large and small bubbles, slowly receding leaving some lacing and a decent film on the top of this brew.

Smell: As the label suggests, the resinous scents are very prevalent in this beer. There's pine, juniper and other coniferous notes in the nose. As the beer warms, twinges of citrus and grapefruit also reveal themselves. In addition, a touch of pineapple and a smattering of sweet, sticky malts rounds out a nicely balanced nose.

Taste: This is a very bitter hop experience. The initial taste is all hoppiness, but it initially is sweet and inviting. The middle allows some of the sweetness of the pineapple and grapefruit flavors to fight their way through, but the hops tend to overwhelm here. The finale is all bitterness, and it's almost overdone. The aftertaste is interesting. It's a little bit of hops and a lot more malts.

Mouthfeel: At first sip, this strikes as a very crisp DIPA, but afterwards, this hearty brew becomes a sticky mess of hoppiness and malts. It's so sticky it almost begs you to take another sip. That's how sticky and dry your mouth feels.

Drinkability: This is a palate-wrecker, for sure. The bitterness of the hops, the resinous notes of the nose, and the stickiness of the aftertaste all serve notice that this will be your final beer of the evening.

COBeerBuff, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of saintwarrick
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tis the season for some new DIPA to come out. This brew is a dark gold with a foamy white head. Sticky lacing makes for a nice-looking pint of brew. Nose is strong with the hops, very floral with a lot of pine -- again, very thick. taste is spot on for a DIPA, lots of overwhelming hops, some citrus and earthy floral notes, but the aftertaste is really dominated by the hops. Lots of hop oils in the follow-thru leaves this brew a bit unbalanced. Reminds me of Ruination in that way, though this is a bit stronger. Some tylenol and lots of alcohol come through, so I wish this were a bit more balanced. Finish is very bitter and boozy.

This is a perfect brew for any crazed hophead, but I like more balanced hoppy brews most of the time. Still a well-made brew.

saintwarrick, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a crystal clear caramel-gold with a thin wet white head.

Big juicy aroma of pineapple and grapefruit along with pine, a floral spiciness and caramel malts.

The first sip was a big surprise. I swear it tastes like a watermelon Jolly Rancher. Grapefruit, pine, flowers, and caramel malts follow. It leaves a touch of bitterness in the finish and a warm buzz to the tongue with the 8.5% alcohol.

Medium bodied, sticky, and sharply carbonated.

This is a fresh and lively IIPA from Avery. Big and hoppy with a nice drinkability to it.

Monkeyknife, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of Pencible
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured clear gold with some white head. It smelled like pineapple and grapefruit and herbal hops, with some orange and honey and cream. It tasted like sweet oranges and mango and pineapple, with some grapefruit and lemon and herbal hops, and sweet honey malt. It was somewhat thick with a little carbonation, and had a lasting bitter aftertaste. Overall this is the definition of a hop bomb. It had every hop flavor possible, all delicately brewed together in harmony and balanced with the perfect amount of sweet malts. It had nice body too, and it hid the alcohol well. If you like hops, you should really try to get your hands on a bottle of this stuff. It's just phenomenal.

Pencible, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of DefenCorps
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Much thanks to waltonc for this extra! It looks like this beer is really fresh too, the oldest review is about 3 weeks old at this point

The pour is quite gorgeous, amber in color with a dense off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. Clarity is excellent as well.

The nose is dank, resiny hops with a pungent, pine bite and some grapefruit bitterness. Definitely sweet, there's a caramel-like sweetness that threads the nose. Mild citrus is present, with the combination of the sweetness and citrus reminding me of orange juice. Giving the beer a little time brings out the alcohol that adds a delicate spicy character to the back.

Opens pretty darned bitter with a pretty big pine bitterness dominating the palate. Big and juicy, there's some citrus as well, mostly grapefruit with orange rind character. Being as fresh as it is only helps this brew, because the freshness of the hops keeps the prominent malt backbone at bay. Sweetness is a little more apparent mid-palate, and the finish is long, bitter, resiny with some sweetness. There's a touch of alcohol on the finish, adding a bite. In the grand scheme of things, this leans heavily on the bittering hops, with the flavor additions being relatively low. As it warms up, the alcohol does burn a little bit, but I'm drinking this too fast to notice.

Medium-bodied with a moderate level of carbonation, this one is surprisingly good on the palate. This fresh, the hops are pretty much all this beer is about, dominating the finish. I just love the bitterness of this beer. Quite tasty, I'm polishing off this bomber with no trouble. However, given that I haven't eaten much today, and got out of work at midnight, I'm feeling a touch woozy already.

DefenCorps, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of SpecialK088
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-good clear amber color with a big 3 finger head that lingers with very sticky and thick lace.

S-crisp clean citrus and pine very earthy. Grapefruit is like a ruby red with some sweet notes.

T-ever sucked on a pine cone? This is the most piney beer I've ever drank. Hops are present I the middle along with a slight sweet citrus note.

M-mouth is medium bodied and pretty smooth. Not a real complex beer pretty much just straightforward. A little over carbonated but nothing to bad

D-it's not an overlly easy beer to drink tbh it's to piney and it makes it a major sipper for a beer that isn't really intended to be.

SpecialK088, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of naterock
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip. golden copper with huge rocky head.
smells of pine all day. some citrusy grapefruity sweetness.

tastes like a pine cone got stuffed into my mouth. huge piney flavor but i cant say im complaining.
mouth is oily and astringent. drinks fairly easy but its not easy to drink pine resin all that quickly

naterock, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange amber with thick, big bubbled white head.

Wonderful nose of fresh grapefruit, lemon/lime skin oils (lighter and less assertive than Pliny, Sculpin and other "hop heads" but nice). Some orange and yeast in the nose, a light corn tortilla character with lime.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with a "half and half" consistency.

Flavors of some underlying malt sweetness that is dominated by orange/grapefruit skin bitter with a grapefruit skin/pine resin hop finish. This is a bit of a "malty" charactered, well balanced IPA. Very hoppy and likely intended to be so but with a definite malt character.

This is a wonderful drink, full of big flavors and character and would be great with many food profiles.

GRG1313, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of mcallister
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper orange in color and filtered with a chunky white head that holds great retention and leaves a fabulous lace around the glass.

Grassy, herbal, than floral lots going on with the hops and I like it. Not much in way of malt prescence almost a english bitter malt aroma, wet n lazy.

Layers of hops in this not overy hoppy at first but then the bitterness just kinda lingers. Floral in the middle than grassy and perfumey on the finish, malt character shows slight toffee sweetness. Mouth could be creamier.

mcallister, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of hooliganlife
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour was a light orange copper with a big porous head that quickly gave way. decent lacing

HUGE floral and citrus hops just blast you in the face. lots of tangerine and pineapple blends.

the hops really come together and balance out. lots of floral notes compliment the light sweet citrus. lots of tangerine and sweet red grapefruit. big malts hold together.

fairly full, the malts really fill this out. moderate carbonation.

what an IPA, this may be my favorite Avery offering. Much easier to drink than its cousin, maharaja. far less booze flavor.

hooliganlife, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of jnn4v
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at CBX yesterday when Adam Avery was there. (side note: he commented on my Pliney the Elder shirt noting that it was one of his personal favorites, and that this beer was his best attempt to-date to satisfy his craving for intense hop flavor).

A: Copper / amber color. With a vigorous pour, about half the glass filled with very foamy, cream-colored head that took more than 5 minutes to die down. No sediment or haze.

S: Smells incredible. Very similar nose to a fresh bottle of Pliny the Elder or Pliny on draft. Peaches, citrus, and some resiny herbal scents on the first attempt. Later some tropical fruits and malty sweetness revealed themselves.

T: An onslaught of flavors with the initial sip. Wow! Lots of fruit flavors from the hops and some malty sweetness hit first, quickly followed by an intense bitterness. This gradually fades into a lasting, herbal / resiny / piney bitterness. If it weren't for the malts on the front-end of every sip, this would be like a glass of liquid hops. Almost reminds me of the Hopfather in that regard. Makes Maharaja seem relatively tame!

M: Good texture. Fortunately, all that foaminess on the initial pour wasn't foreshadowing for an over-carbonated beer.

D: So much intensity makes it very hard to finish the bomber. Similar problems to what I had with the Hopfather. However, the taste is very good, so it's hard to knock it too far.

jnn4v, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good looking, white, rocky head topping a copper/golden pour. Very sticky lacing all the way down.
Aroma is chalk full of pine. Just shy of Breckenridge's Small Batch IPA as far as piney hops go. Smidgens of citrus calm it down.
First sip hints at a syrupy, filmy brew, but it softens out as it goes. Pine and bitterness. The aroma balance of hops is here in the taste, too. Resiny,as the bottle suggests. A tight malt backbone gives it a smoothness. Making it easy drinking at 8.5. This is a good one.

Mebuzzard, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of HopHead84
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on 10/12/2009 on tap at Stone. The beer is dark golden with an enormous head from a hard repour into a larger glass. These 8 ounce glasses they give you at Stone are awful. The head seems to last forever, so I've dubbed it the head of eternity. The lacing left on the glass is in a spiral fashion. This is the nicest looking beer I've seen in quite some time.

The nose is bitter grapefruit and sugary caramel. It smells pretty great. The hops are very expressive in the nose, creating a floral bouquet. There's quite a bit of sugary sweetness in the nose, but it blends nicely with the hops. Alcohol becomes apparent with warming.

The tast is better grapefruit, sweet, sugary caramel, and alcohol. It's slightly astringent and the alcohol is strong. Sweetness is moderate for an IPA. The finish leaves alcohol and grapefruit lingering.

HopHead84, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of deereless
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Lots of sticky foam along the edge of the glass which holds to the side for the length of the taste, the color of a dark peach - 4.00, S: Tons of pine - easily the dominant smell in this brew, a touch of thick sweetness in the background - 3.75, T: As the aroma lead me to believe this beer is loaded to the gills with the taste of green pine needles, I also pick up grapefruit rind, extremely bitter, slightly on the side of resiny but all balanced with a solid malt backing, alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering - 4.00, M: Medium body - 3.50, D: A hophead's dream, quite drinkable, a very solid example of double IPA - 4.00

deereless, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

duganA IPA hits you immediately with a pungent, juicy hop aroma. The flavors are equally aggressive. Pine and caramel are followed by resiny hops. Notes of grapefruit, apricot, orange, pineapple; this is one big and juicy IPA. The finish is bone-dry and exceptionally bitter.

I really hope Avery makes this year-round, this would make an excellent addition to their portfolio.

BradLikesBrew, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of sml505
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nearly clear copper with frothy, creamy, beige head. Nice lacing

S - hop bomb of pine, citrus, resin. Light malt notes.

T - Follows aroma of pine, citrus, and resiny hop notes. Some caramel malt with a nice dry, bitter finish.

M/ D - Med mouthfeel and very drinkable. Great, strong hop flavors - almost sticky. A touch of alcohol warmth. A great add to the Avery line up!

sml505, Oct 18, 2009
DuganA IPA from Avery Brewing Company
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