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DuganA IPA - Avery Brewing Company

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DuganA IPADuganA IPA

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1,413 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,413
Reviews: 586
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 77
Gots: 101 | 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:
Released twice annually in January and again in September.

(Beer added by: GarrisWH on 10-06-2009)
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Photo of Ryan011235
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 11/27/09

A - Deep amber color; slightly cloudy but not much. ¼ inch head thins out quickly. Swirling revives a thin layer throughout. Splotchy lacing.

S - Nice display of pungent pine hop aroma. A bit juicy with some citrus & floral undertones. Hints of sweet bread rounds it out. Something in here portends a murkiness could follow.

T - Big pine bitterness hits upfront & is pretty consistent from start to finish. Pine seems to dominate this one. Hints of floral hops but not much in the way of citrus. It is murky, indeed, which I think helps relegate the malts to a supportive (almost negligible) role. Dark breads & hint of sweetness blend in nicely.

M - Rather full-bodied for an IPA. Carbonation is decently zesty; it seems lower though, as the carbonation appears to be working overtime to keep up with the weight of the beer. It's plenty resinous with ample grit. Seamless transition from liquid to lingering bitterness - bold & of great duration. Most excellent.

D - On the whole it's pretty good. Some aspects are better than others, but it's solid. One is sufficient for me. The bottle suggests a "divine hop experience." It's a hop experience for true. Divine? Maybe not so much.

Photo of farrago
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gigantic head formed through the pour, settles into a consistent three fingers of dense, dimpled foam, just off-white, big stripes of lacing as well. Only mildly hazy, there's a metallic rust, copperish cast to the color, holds hue depth nicely through to the rims. The nose presents a deceptively strong maltiness of caramel, toffee and butterscotch underneath the effusive pink grapefruit, tangelo citrus, pretty damn strong pine, rose petals and nectarine, pineapple, papaya fruit too, remains thick in your nostrils for some time. Full-bodied with a stickiness which increases its mouth presence. More of a bitter hoppiness noticeable from the start, the pine and herbaceous elements tighter, more punch to them. Additionally, more sour pucker to the white grapefruit, orange citrus. Thankfully, the carbonation has a fluffy, expansive feel which ameliorates some of the bite. The nectarine, peach, pineapple, yellow apple fruit can be edgy at times, relaxed at others. Caramel, brown sugar, licorice play a much more supplementary role here. Some biscuit, dinner roll breadiness. Shows a credible ability to stay within itself even though its built to make an impression.

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz into stout glass at around 40 degrees.

Massive, billowing rocky head that leaves a hearty film and ton of lacing. Body is a hazy dark brown/orange.

Aroma is full of pungeant chinook and resiny cascade hop qualities.

Thick, slightly cloying in the mouth, with dull citrus depth, touch of sweet pine, and some rye bread crust. Sharp in the finish... it begs you to come back for more.

This is definitely one of the more drinkable DIPAs out there... i.e. I could find my way thru 2 bombers in an evening.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear red-orange color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is very hoppy. It has a nice balance of citrus and pine, with no real malt characteristics. It is strong, but lacks any sort of complexity. The taste is like the aroma...strong, bitter, but again very simple. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a velvety texture, and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer, but there are a lot better DIPAs out there. I can't see myself drinking this again.

Photo of smanders
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hadn't heard of this but when I saw it in Argonaut, I had to go for it. Avery is top shelf!

Appearance - clear copper with a creamy head. Nice lacing.

Smell - explosion of citrus.

Taste - just like it smells! One of the smoothest DIPA I have had the pleasure to sample.

Moutfeel - medium mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Very drinkable! A little pine, a little sweetness; how can you go wrong!?!? Avery has come up with another winner.

Photo of SPThirtyThree
3.08/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Crystal clear orange with a one-finger, nonpersistent head that fizzes down to a mackerel sky and then a lace ring around the goblet edges.

S: Overwhelming dank pine smell. Lemony citrus and slight nutmeg spice.

T: BAM! Bitterness. Pine that somehow reminds me of juniper berries. Tangy. Hard to taste anything other than hops.

M: Puckeringly astringent.

D: Very low from the extreme bitterness of this beer. A definite hop bomb. Great if you're into that sort of thing.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My one splurge this last weekend as Brenda reminded me that we're still broke. Picked up at Brewforia. Poured into my Delirium goblet.

Beautiful foamy white head left behind tons of draping lace... the brew is a slightly hop hazed orange.

Nose has bunches of pithy citrus and some oily smelling pine hoppiness... lite pale malts move the hops forward.

Pretty big bitterness up front moves quickly into a well integrated hop monster ... good pale malt sweetness ... and again citrus zest and a bit less pine needle.... oily hoppiness throughout and finishes .. nice medium/full body with plenty of creamy everpresent carbonation.

This is darn good... Glad Rick is scoring the Avery stuff... Now go forth and bring me Black Tot.


Photo of dedrinker
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looked a bit hazy and drowsy, like it had just woken up.

Nice hop aroma and flavor, but let me get right to the point here. This beer tasted like a diminutive version of Hog Heaven meets Maharaja. Both by intensity of flavor and body. I couldn't shake the feeling that it was an experimental version of one of the two, but just using less malt and hops.

It tasted good, but coming from a brewer that makes two beers so similar flavor-wise, yet so much better impact-wise, I found it hard to choke down the big price tag on this. I would recommend they shelve this recipe and stick to the better two beers DuganA tastes like, but can't compete with, and yet costs more than.

Photo of GeezLynn
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gorgeous orange color with an impressive billowing white head. Great retention.

Big pink grapefruit aroma. Nice floral scent with some pine and a little caramel malt.

Flavor is hop heavy, with lots of resiny pine. Lighter malts provide a toasted biscuit flavored base. Finish is lengthy and very bitter. The flavor didn't quite live up to the promise of the aroma, as I didn't pick up the sweet grapefruit I was anticipating.

Medium-bodied, but very smooth with fine carbonation.

A good DIPA as expected. Very resinous and bitter. I would still choose Maharaja as the more flavorful option from Avery on account of a more complete hop contribution, although the label art on duganA is quite nice.

Photo of WesWes
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a killer malt profile that boasts of pale, bisquit, and caramel malts. It's sweet with some excellent breadiness. The hop aroma is great as well. It's quite bitter with a piney character that really balances the complex malt bill. The taste is awesome! It has an intense hop flavor that hits you up front and balances nicely with the bready, caramel malt taste. It's incredibly bitter with some excellent piney notes. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn fine DIPA. It's malt forward with loads up hops to balance.

Photo of meatyard
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A fine, 3-finger fluffy, whitish head, body is not as hazy as others report and I can clearly see the moderate amount of bubbles rising to the top. Color is an amber/red and retention is decent with good amounts of lacing.
The smell is mostly grapefruit for me with some hints of pine.
The taste is has more pine hop flavor than the smell but it's subdued, even from the aroma. There is a big bitter dose and some light caramel flavor to balance.
Mouthfeel is a solid medium and pleasantly smooth.
The bitterness without much hop flavor takes this down for me as well as the low sweetness level.

I assume this is from the early October release and so is nearing the point where the hops fade which is what seems to have happened here. Fresh I can see that this would be a solid IIPA but still could bump up the sweetness a little. Just one more time where I can be irritated that so many brewers refuse to put bottle dates on their beer.

Photo of number1bum
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle of this with mymrnngjckt and then picked up another myself. Pours a hazed amber color with a pretty dense two fingers of off white head. Keeps a very full, creamy lace and leaves a couple of rings of stick on the sides.

Smells of resiny, piney hops, with a bit of grapefruit as well. A splash of pineapple as well. There is some caramel sweetness here too.

Taste begins with the pineapple and grapefruit flavor, then gives way to more piney, resiny hops. Good amount of hop flavor in this one. There is enough caramel sweetness and a biscuity, almost lightly toasted malt background to provide some balance as well. Good amount of hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a creamy medium-full body, quite slick and oily. Dry in the finish with the hop bitterness lingering on the palate.

This is a very solid DIPA. Maharaja is such a great beer that it doesn't really approach that level, and I'm not sure that there's anything else about it that really makes it stand out in such a crowded category, but it's quite tasty. Both of those assessments are probably unfair though, because this is just a well crafted beer, plain and simple.

Photo of phillipzayas
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - VERY VERY VERY HAZY. I know dry hopping and not filtering make a hazy beer, but this was so hazy I couldn't see anything through it. Most imperials you can still see something, but not this one. Good head retention, but it doesnt make up for the haziness which is slightly acceptable in this style, but not at this level at all.

S - Has a very nice piney citrusy aroma which is very well balanced. The aroma stays with you in your nostrils for a while after first smelling. Strong aroma helps to accent the flavors.

T - Very nice. I think this is the first beer by Avery that has actually gotten above a 2.5 rating from me as far as taste. Well balanced hoppy flavors. Finishes pretty dry. Hop flavor stays with you nicely.

M - Nice mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Finishes pretty dry.

D - Nice drinkable beer. You wouldn't think it just by the look of it, but it is. The appearance really needs to be worked on, but otherwise I really really enjoyed this beer.

This is seriously the first beer by Avery that I have enjoyed. It has a good balance with the hop flavor. Good job to Avery. Definitely the highest rating I have given them.

Photo of cvstrickland
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Attractive scantily-clad lady label art; gold foil-wrapped neck and crown; classy-looking example of packaging. The chilled bomber bottle of DuganA pours clear and persimmon-tinted copper in color and sports numerous streamers of fine internal carbonation feeding a glossy, two finger-thick, ecru-toned eggshell-colored cap of foam. The head retains stubbornly at a rocky cloudlike wallop, and as the encounter passes, fine-grained droopy rings of lacing adorn the innards of my miniature shaker-shaped Foothills taster glass. Ensuing repours into the small vessel fluff up the creaminiess of the bubble-factor and increase the lace-sticking capacity to an unbroken glass-coating sheet, boosting my scoring opinion by an additional half an appearance point.

The aroma is nutty-sweet and lightly toasty with a fruity edge of ripe mango and juicy orange. A sweet floral note laced with green herbs and a bit of raw pinesap add to the olfactory experience.

The taste is citrusy and bitter pine-sticky with a backing of lightly-toasted nuts. A note of semisweet caramel and dry, mellow woodiness complicate things further, but pleasantly so. As the beer warms a touch, sweeter, tangier citrus-fruity notes emerge, as does a dab of creamy spun honey. The finish is drying with a little hoppy pucker, but the beer lingers grassy and sweet on the palate awaiting another sip.

The drink is on the fuller side of medium-bodied with extremely fine and proportionate carbonation. Drinkability is very high, especially so considering the 8.5% ABV denoted on the label.

Photo of cjgator3
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark amber color with an off-white head.  

S- The aroma has a touch of malt but is dominated by the piney resinous hops. 

T- The taste shows a bit more balance but the focus like the aroma is centered around the buttering hops in the finish. Very nice!

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is yet another fantastic brew from Avery. They are definitely one of the more consistent breweries out there. Recommended!

Photo of JayQue
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good solid DIPA. Pours an orange/amber hazy color with a good size fluffy white head and strong lacing.

Strong smell of floral and piney hops. Tastes very good, mostly strong presence of floral hops but slightly oily and pine resin presence also. Balanced a bit with caramel malt, but this one features hops.

Mouthfeel is crisp and a little oily. Drinkability is very good. Enough balance to be accessible to the less than fanatic hophead but still a hoppy beer.

Photo of babaracas
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It would be nice if Avery would label this with some kind of batch indicator as they do with Maharaja. Is this from Oct? I don't know. Well, at least they put a large breasted (and nippled) northern Indian (presumably) lady on the label. Pours a slightly hazy orange, fine sediment, cream colored head that settles and leaves little clumps of lace. Smell: majorly resiny and a little leafy, pineapple, grapefruit, big dose of caramel in the back. Taste: lots of sweet caramel upfront, pineapple, leafy, orange citrus, fading to a spicy hop with toffee backing, finishes sticky and mildly boozy. I liked this quite a bit, whether or not it's getting close to 4 months old. Would love to have fresh duganA and Maharaja head to head.

Photo of MOB210SA
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 finger creamy fairly dense head receeds leaving some good looking lacing. Cloudy somewhat merky deep brownish amber.

A pretty impressive DIPA. Generous hoppiness that is slick and lingering but not overly bitter.

The nose is a nice pretty stong floral hoppy aroma- some piney and some citrus, really great.

Mouthfeel is good but nothing spectacular. Was pleasant.

Drinkability, two would of been nice but pretty drinkable and overall enjoyable

Photo of Vonerichs
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dugana starts out strong in the visual category. It has everything consistant with a quality IPA: a pale orange/red and slightly hazy body, a tall spongey white head, and bounteous sticky lacing.

The scent is sweet and juicy like fresh citrus fruits- orange, grapefruit, and a slice of lemon zest. There is a light caramel malt that's submissive to the hops.

The taste starts with a toffee and caramel sweetness but soon gives way to a citrus hop profile, finished by a resinous touch like chewing on pine needles.

Mouthfeel is sticky with moderate carbonation. It's very fresh and clean with a dry finish. There's a slight alcoholic burn, but it's forgivable.

Drinkability is about right for 8.5% abv, and it's delicious from start to finish. This is a very well brewed DIPA that I'll certainly revisit.

Photo of riored4v
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 12/7/09

Poured with a 1 finger, rocky, off-white head. Clear, copper colored body that yielded good lacing.

Smell was a burst of hop aroma upon opening the bottle. Caramel sweetness, fruity and citrusy hop aroma. Nice grapefruity presence as well.

Taste had a good balance. Nice mild maltiness w/ a strong enough backbone to allow the brew to not be overly bitter. Great citrusy flavors accompanied by floral hops. Mild bitterness that lingers in the finish. Slight caramely flavors. Some resiny and piney stickiness. Mild hint of biscuity malts.

Mouthfeel was medium/light. Slightly sticky in the finish with good carbonation.

Drinkability was good. No alcohol presence and had a good balance.

Overall this was a very good beer. Good balance with a great tasting and smelling hop profile. Very much like Maharaja.

Photo of sholland119
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at Tap and Table, 1/8/10.

A-Pours a clear honey amber with an off white head and good sticky lacing.

S-Strong blast of citric hops and booziness.

T-Hot, hot, hot! Citrus hops with a modest malt backbone and a hot, boozy finish.

M-Rather thick and heavy bodied despite medium caronbation.

D-This one needs time, I think. Does not drink easily.


Photo of albern
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one will be a place holder review until I can spend more time with this beer. My first impressions are positive, but I wouldn't say this is by any means a brilliant beer. It pours a nice orange amber color with a thick creamy off white head, good retention and lacing. The nose is good but not specific, lots of piney hop notes.

The taste was a bit tart and acerbic for my preference. It had a biting citric hop character that didn't balance off quite as much as I would have liked with the malty bottom of the beer. The biting hop, the lemony citric acid really defined this beer. I want to give this one another go to add to the review.

Photo of Gehrig
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I hadn't been to the local Piccadilly in some time so, on the way to grab provisions to beat the intense cold (well below zero every night for a week) and some gas for the carriage, I caved. So glad I did, for I saw that Avery had released a new DIPA, DubanA, that might not be the perfection of an IPA that I had hoped Avery would release. Yet it is a fine contribution to the growing body of excellent IPA/DIPA family among great American brewers.

Cloudy copper-gold body is topped by two and one-half dense fingers of off-white head. The color is terrific, but the lacing on the tried-and-true Duvel tulip and head duration make for a tremendous presentation; outstanding. Very good nose but shy of great, a good initiation into the complex hop offering--Chinook, Columbus, and Centennial--with a strong leaning toward Chinook with the funky, somewhat bitter aroma base.

Nice taste, plenty of citrus--tangerine, orange peel, a hint of lemon, but one that could be a bit maltier for my tastes. There is a distinct bready component, which I like. Definitely hop-skewed flavor. Love the mouthfeel, especially with the Chinook content that makes DuganA particularly resiny. Some might be turned off by this, but I am very fond of it.

Avery might have some fine-tuning to perform on this, Maharaja, and any other IPA Avery deigns to produce. The flavors could be more prominent, without question--the biggest drawback of the beer, to me. Yet Avery has done wonders with the ramped-up hop content, both for smell and mouthfeel. Another excellent offering from Avery, one of my top three breweries in the US.

Photo of PatrickJR
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Huge, light tan, 3 finger head rises after pouring. Retention is great; foam sticks around on the order of minutes before subsiding to a persistent moderate cap. Sheets of lacing. Slightly hazy light amber in color.

S - Big hops aroma, lots of stuff going on here. My first thought is "cologne," in a good way. Alcohol definitely factors into the aroma, but it's mostly subdued in the background. Flowers, lemons, grapefruits, and indistinct stone fruits are all give that initial perfumey characteristic. Pine and earth dominate the undercurrent, with suggestions of pepper, common Italian seasonings (basil, oregano, etc.), and green tea. Some sweetness is evident but it's difficult to pin down. Sort of like a faint oatmeal raisin cookie.

T - A lot of flavor really slams the tongue right away. Modest base of toffee and caramel flavors are overshadowed by massive hops in the pine/grapefruit range. Mid palate the toffee is almost nonexistant and the herbal aspects of DuganA become very apparent. Lots of leafy herbs in the Italian seasoning vein with a good dose of earth, scallion, bitter grapefruit/lemon pith jumping in and out, hints of tea and mint, as well as a slightly salty/briney characteristic that I often seem to pick up in grapefruits. Late palate/finish has a very herbal/earthy finish. A strange sort of mushroom "dirtiness" hits me along with major tea-like bitterness. There's a grapefruit-ish overtone but mostly the taste is dominated by an interesting mixture of savory spice and mud/bark. Bitterness is approaching scathing with little bits of toffee and caramel lingering around sheepishly. Alcohol becomes increasingly prevalent as the brew approaches room temperature.

M - Medium to heavy body with medium-high carbonation. Quite sticky, but a little prickly at the same time. Just a smidge too prickly for my tastes. A little more sweetness would do the trick. Minor complaint.

D - DuganA certainly gets props if for nothing else than being much less abrasive than it's caustic cousin "Maharaja." Still, a nicely done DIPA hitting somewhere in the middle between the hoppy dry beers of the west coast and the more balanced, sweeter brews in the east. Probably a little rough and bitter for my tastes, though this bottle has gone quicker than I anticipated. Great representation of the hop spectrum with generally minimal malt interference.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Thanks to thehand for grabbing this for me.

Pours a nice, hazy, light amber color, with nice light ruby tinting. Almost two full fingers of thick, craggy, off-white colored foam make the head. Retention is great and the lacing is in thick strands and quite sticky.

The nose is like eating a grapefruit while walking through a forest of pine trees and discovering a grove of pot plants. Then you look down, only to discover that your new caramel shoes are completely covered in all of this bitter stuff.

The taste follows the nose fairly well. The only difference is that you've taken your caramel shoes off, to protect them from further damage. As a result, you are left with the light traces of caramel that have stuck to your feet. These traces are getting covered in grapefruit, pine and dank.

This body is on the high end of medium. The carbonation level is medium-to-high, which creates a touch of creaminess and a touch of sharpness, as well.
It is smooth, but overall it is a touch lighter than expected.

As hoppy as this one is, it's by no means a 'palate shredder'. It's not really balanced either, as the sweetness is quite low profile. It is fairly drinkable though. Hopefully it stays around.

DuganA IPA from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,413 ratings.