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DuganA IPA - Avery Brewing Company

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DuganA IPADuganA IPA

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1,326 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,326
Reviews: 581
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 71
Gots: 78 | 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 feloniousmonk
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed, brilliant amber/bronze cast, slim off-white head.

Vibrant aromatics, blistering pine, lively citrus notes, lemon and orange, ...everything you want in an IPA .

All that and more in the mouth, with a blazing path blown across the palate. Medium to full body, with a plump hoppy juiciness, accompanied by potent hop bitterness. Gets more intense, and more pleasurable, for this hop-head, the further we go in the glass.

Chinook, Centennial, & columbus hop, bright and citrus-y, plentiful bitterness, 2-row barley, dark aromatic, caramel malt provides a sturdy base. Zesty stuff, custom made for a hop addict like me. I don't think I'd agree with Adam A. about it's sessionability (8.5%, really), in fact, I'd really enjoy this at about 2% less alcohol.

Thoroughly enjoyable IPA. "Dank, brutally iber, resinous" is right. If they could do this in 6-packs of 12 ounce bottles, I'd be even happier.

feloniousmonk, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of portia99
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a chill hazed orange amber color with a creamy off white head, about 1 finger high. Head dies quickly leaving a reather thick coating on the surface and a nice collar that clings to the side of the glass and leaves pretty lacing.

S - Has a heavy citrus aroma - grapefruit mainly. Nice piney aromas too and some grapefruit and a touch of mango too. Pretty good malt backbone, bready and sugary sweet.

T - Rich and full flavored. Good and hoppy - nice, bitter but not overly bitter, citrusy grapefruit and pineapple. Good malty backbone, caramelly, bready and a touch sweet.

M - Full bodied. Nice malt presence and some resiny aspects from the hops. Carbonation is light to medium and has a creamy feel to it. Good overall impression.

D - Pretty drinkable double IPA at 8.5%. Alcohol presence is hidden pretty well. Full of hop flavor and nicely bitter. A hop lovers beer. Really good double IPA. Not my favorite, but a very good example of the style.

portia99, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of corby112
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark orange/amber color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy light yellowish beige head. Pretty good retention only slowly settling into a lasting cap that leaves streaks of lacing behind.

Sweet citrus floral hop aroma with a lot of dank oily hops and a nice caramel malt backbone with hints of graham cracker and biscuit. Slightly piny but is more sweet smelling with hints of mango, grapefruit and orange peel.

Chewy resinous medium body that is very hop forward with a nice balance of dry piny bitterness, sweet citrus notes, malt backbone and alcohol warmth. The pine presence is most prominent up front providing a nice dryness that lasts throughout that is nicely balanced by the sweet citrus notes that follow. Hints of mango, orange peel and grapefruit as well as a pretty strong caramel malt backbone with hints of graham cracker and biscuit. Strong alcohol presence comes through mid-palate adding to the sweetness. Pretty dry and hoppy but the malt backbone is a bit too strong for my liking and there is a bit too much of an alcohol presence hurting the drinkability.

corby112, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of beveritt
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Had on tap at Brews Cafe in Granville, OH. Arrived in a standard Shaker pint.

Appearance: Arrives with 1 1/2 finger of light tan head. This settles to a ring around the glass and a few spots of foam here and there. Beer itself is orange amber in color and perfectly clear.

Smell: Strong honey aroma with floral hints.

Taste: Sweet malt, once again reminiscent of honey. Medium hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Very good body.

Drinkability: The strong honey in this one is very nice. A little high in the ABV department to se a session beer, but I would certainly grab one of these if afforded the opportunity.

beveritt, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of froghop
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear amber-orange with a small off-white head, and good lacing.

smell is of light grapefruit, caramel, citrus, and a touch floral.

taste is crisp, grapefruit, some caramel, a bit of malt, and some pine, end is dry and bitter.

overall a very good double IPA.

froghop, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of jaxon53
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always excited to try a new Avery IPA. Served this slightly chilled, in a pint glass, from a twenty two ounce brown bottle.

Appearance: DuganA IPA pours out a beautiful amber color with some copper highlights around the edges. Beer was just slightly hazy. A rather easy pour yielded a solid finger of nearly white, creamy head. Head hung there for quite a while, leaving trails of thick lace behind on the glass. Noticed a bit of tiny carbonation bubbles floating to the top of the glass.

Smell: A classic, hop heavy aroma- West Coast style. Strong floral hop aromas up front, quickly followed by a blast of lemon and grapefruit peel. Subtle hints of pineapple carry nicely into some short bursts of pine. Hops are knocked down a bit by some biscuity malt. Touches of spicey yeast close out the nose nicely.

Taste: Big bitter, resiny hops smash the tongue first. Plenty of citrus fruit just like the nose. Sweet doughy malt backbone on which this beer is built, gives it some balance. Slightly peppery and yeasty. Finishes dry with another bitter surge of hops. The 8.5 percent ABV is well hidden.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied mouthfeel that is somewhat oily. Moderately carbonated.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable. Another winner from Avery.

jaxon53, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of mjl21
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Comes in at 93 IBUs and 8.5%. No bottling info is given.

A-Pours a crystal clear amber with visible orange highlights. It has a one finger off white head that dissolves to a nice all encompassing layer. Leaves some decent lace.

S-Pine and citrus, particularly pineapple, dominate the nose. There is a touch of booze and some sugary sweetness. As it warms it becomes a lot more dankish.

T-A lot of pine and some raw, resiny hop bitterness hit fast. Pineapple also is apparent. It is a tad boozy midsip along with some sweetness that momentarily halts the bitterness. The raw hop bitterness returns at the end. It is quite dry.

M-The body is on the upper end of the medium spectrum. It has good carbonation.

D-It has a nice level of bitterness and is very West Coast DIPA in style. The noticeable booze does help limit this guy.

I really enjoyed this beer. It was recently released so this is a fresh bottle. I prefered this over the Maharaja.

mjl21, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of Vancer
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man, if this beer is as good as the label is sexy, it should be a winner!!

Great pour, semi-hazy amber into the diamond encrusted snifer, tons of thick and rich ivory head which leaves sheets of lace.

Grapefruit and citrusy bubblegum in the aroma, my mouth waters from the smell alone. Darn thick and rich quaff of orange mixed with the malt and hops, oily finish reminds one how much hops are in this one.

Lip smacking great west coast style IPA, another top notch brew from the boys in Colorado.

Vancer, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of Intimidtor
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has this one at Buckeye Beer Engine in Lakewood OH. Served in a 12 oz snifter.
A: Poured a light reddish color with 1/2 inch of white head.
S: Smells a strong pine hop aroma.
T: Hop kick straight to the nuts (great). Lingering flavor and rich. I liked it but could use a little more malt balance. Alcohol taste is clearly evident.
M: Crisp and dry finish. Nice thick feel from the foam. MMM!
D: I enjoyed this beer but couldn't drink more than one.
Summary: Glad I had the chance to drink.

Intimidtor, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of RustyDiamond
4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Striking glass of beer. Filtered apple juice in appearance with a big ole off-white thick frothy head. 3 fingers of wavy milky way. A little over carbonated perhops? Aroma of fresh, young, aromatic pine tree. And piney flavor right off the bat. Luscious up front, very perfumy with a nice chunky bitterness. Tart grapefruit subtleness in the middle of this piney madness. Really good and super easy drinking.

RustyDiamond, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of lonestar4lunch
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoying this one in my Real Ale goblet. Pours a huge 2 finger head that has a great aroma of grapefruit, sweet fruit and hops. Wow, that 1st sip was huge. Starts off with a sweet shot then the bitterness takes over. It wakes your ass up like a shot and your taste buds are trying to figure out what just happened. Hops and hops along with a strong finish. The aftertaste is like a bitter melon I had in Hong Kong a couple years ago, don't remember the name but that doesn't matter, it's not bad. This is like a pissed off 471 but still very drinkable. You like hops, you'll dig this.

lonestar4lunch, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of smcolw
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Initial two finger head with a lasting quarter inch lace throughout the tasting. Ring lace left after each sip. Clear and dark gold color.

Strong grapefruit hop aroma. Light alcohol in the background.

Mild malt that disappears immediately to the strong (almost harsh) hop flavor--it lasts through the swallow and the long, long aftertaste. The alcohol is muted. Not a balanced beer, but it is a DIPA. The body is slightly oily with a lower carbonation. In all, a really nice, hoppy DIPA.

smcolw, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of Harvster
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very citrus hop smell, tiny bit harsh. Smells like a top shelf: perrfect, drinkable, lively IPA. Thought of Mojo Risin first, but cleaner. Smells of big hops..citrus../piney? (blend?) awesome. Tastes (more smell) some ethanol, not hot (other alcohols) though, just big alcohol, at 8.5 abv. Completely balanced in the taste though. Big IPA. but, not over the top (>100+IBU) but right where it should be (opinion 80-105 IBU)..I guessed 100! (it's actually 93) Very citrus, some sweet, straight west coast, all very balanced. Bright flavor. Hops (guessing:) Simcoe, cascade, centennial (could be wrong on any account w/ exact hops) Basic orange color... but special. Bright, clear, evervescant. Mohagany/red notes. Incredible head retention. Basically, a very solid, tasty, citrus, kick-ass, big 'merican IPA. I bought 4 bombers, and it surely isn't enough. Another solid(+)/awesome beer from Avery. Thanks, Adam!


Happy Thanksgiving.

(Drink good beer (time and a place for all beer..but drink awesome always!!), don't rate much, here's the first post..ever! I'd say the beer inspired me to do it!! ...Majaraja (another avery solid), Hop Stoopid, Mojo (and 'Risin), Hoperandus moderali (ska), Ska Decadence (!) Pliney, (both or 'em), blind pig, Dogfish..., are all right there(good job everyone), to be classified with Dugana..good luck, good adventures ;) drink good beer (good ppl..hunter..etc...

Harvster, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of cbutova
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow-orange color with a huge head that dies to two fingers and retains very, very well. Leaves thick lacing as I drink this one. Smells and tastes of huge piney hops, some sweet fruits, light malts and wood. The nose is a bit weaker than the taste but both are definitely good. There is a residual sweetness in the taste that goes nicely with the hops. Orange zest hits the tongue also. Mouthfeel is a bit light for the huge taste, carbonation is medium and appropriate and a pretty big layer of hops is left on the tongue. Drinkability is good, good taste, price is a bit much, one time only on this one. Just a straight up solid DIPA. 8% ABV is hidden very well.

cbutova, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of far333
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orangey copper colored with streams of tight bubbles racing skyward. An inch high head of fluffy dimpled off-white oily meringue sits atop in a firm cap. Aroma of grainy hops, full of citrus and pine.

Rich and pungent flavor of marmalade rind, grapefruit pith, light brown sugar, and spicy cinnamon, all punctuated with a semi-sweet honey malt backbone. Notes of ripe fruit and toffee linger.

Rich and full and creamy mouthfeel, slight warming of the cheeks, subtle vapors rise up the back of the nose. Very tasty and drinkable beer.

far333, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of gatorbreath
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a syrupy duracell copper color with a frothy 2 finger head that leaves some decent lacing after dissipating slowly. The smell is resiny hoppy and very little malty backbone. The taste is hoppy, bitter, resembling maharaja, resinous and slick on the mouthfeel. The drinkability is great as this bomber has not yet snuck up on me.

I have read someone's reference to this brew as the lil' brother of maharaja, that would be something I would agree with.

Happy thanksgiving!

gatorbreath, Nov 26, 2009
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
DuganA IPA from Avery Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,326 ratings.