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DuganA IPA - Avery Brewing Company

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DuganA IPADuganA IPA

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1,529 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,529
Reviews: 602
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 79
Gots: 135 | 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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Ratings: 1,529 | Reviews: 602
Photo of wolfinthemirror
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a really attractive peach tinged, golden color. Very radiant with some cloudiness in the liquid. About half an inch worth of white foam, that disspates to a ring not long after pouring. Quite a few fine streams of bubbles can be seen trailing the sides of the glass.

This beer smells straight up fruity. Extremely aromatic with sweet notes of grapefruit and a smorgasbord of tropical flavors.

The first taste was fairly suspenseful. As it washed over my palate, it led into a sweetness which made me think it would be malty, but no, it just explodes into juicy, fruity flavors of pungent grapefruit, mango, and passion fruit. All of this is followed up by a really pleasant, mellow bitterness. Absolutely phenomenal.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, and the carbonation is a bit on the higher side which really complements the flavor profile of this beer well, in my opinion. Finishes somewhat dry and leaves me wanting more.

This is a really big beer, yet it's extremely drinkable. I've had no problem quaffing this bomber over the course of an hour. I'm glad I picked up another bottle for a later time, because this is an extremely good beer that will leave any hop head wanting more.

Photo of generalnotsew
4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Coloring is a bit weak being on the lighter side of the usual amber but I did get a good head with the pour. Smell is very strong pungent tropical hops. Great deal of spicy bitterness in the nose. Pretty cold but still smell sitting away from me. Very much bitter upon drinking. The bitterness really carries thru to the end with a bit of malty sweetness in the background. It has everything going on here. Piney, earthy, fruity, bitter and juicy hops. Mouthfeel is spot on and not too aggressive. Top it off with a very easy drinking beer and we have a winner.

Photo of plaid75
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at TAPS, Petaluma, CA.

Poured a Light to medium copper hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a balmy oily hop with a moderate sweet malt.

The taste consisted again of a balmy heavy hop spice coupled with a full sweet malt.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a tasty full bodied DIPA.

Photo of AgentZero
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy amber color with a decent size head that popped up. Not a ton of retention, but some nice stick on the sides.

S - Nice sweet citrus with a decent dose of pine that is more complimentary than dominant. Bit of resin on the end, all part of a good hops profile. This is a great smelling brew.

T - Sweet caramel malts and citrus hops with a nice bitter pine twist on the end. Wouldn't call it piney so much as it is resiny. This is a very good tasting beer.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied, good carbonation, but a little bit oily.

D - Didn't realize this was 8%, it is quite drinkable. A good brew I could happily drink.

Photo of jrallen34
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Paramount Room into a pint glass...Clear copper with orange tint, off white head, not even a finger of head and its gone right away...A over the top malty aroma, tons of caramel, some grapefruit acid tries to break it up unsuccesfully. Light hops, especially for a dipa...Taste is more balanced, hops come though better along with the grapefruit. Easy to drink, much better than the Hop Czar which was had at the same tim.

Above average dipa, worth trying if on tap but don't bother buying or trading for.

Photo of jacobseyb
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a snifter a golden orange clear with ample white head that left a great lacing till finish. Smell is not quite as present as expected, though it does bring some citrusy grapefruit along with a hint of malts. Taste brings more piney bitterness, along with the citrus. Feel was slightly flatter than expected, though was somewhat oily. Great flavors and overall a very drinkable IIPA.

Photo of abrand
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bomber shared with a friend poured into pint glass

The DuganA pours hazy golden orange with a huge pillowy 2 finger head that lines the glass. Smell is full of citrus fruits, hops, and floral notes. Taste is delicious. Nice balance of hops and sweetness. Nice bitter aftertaste. Even with this bottle not being fresh is taste really good. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation. This is a smooth, not overpowering DIPA that I will look to buy in the future.

Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It's cloudy yellowish amber in color; a thin off-white head quickly faded away but left lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrusy and piney hops in the nose.
T: The flavor is very intense - there are moderate amounts of bitter citrus, pine resin flavors and notes of caramel malts. The bitterness is not overpowering.
M: The beer feels medium-bodied on the palate, slightly sticky and has a light amount of carbonation.
D: This is a beer that really needs to be sipped because the alcohol will quickly catch up to you.

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange colour with some off-white head. A good drinking DIPA. Big pineapple fruitiness, IBU is high but very well managed and its fruity more than malty. Orange peel and some lemon peel. Apple notes, even a little cocoa.A little zesty, pepper, spice. Very good drinkability.

Photo of nickhiller
2.38/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: amber, light dusting of head, decent bubbles
S: grass, sweet malt and floral hop notes
T: bitterness, gasoline, hoppy bitterness totally out of proportion with malt, bitterness is all I'm left with.
M: acidic, well carbonated, but bitterness contends with ease of drinking
D: it's far far far to bitter with little complexity, I did not like this one

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

22 oz bottle

A: Clear copper body under a big white head. Great retention and lace. Excellent looking beer.

S: Very nice blend of some caramel malt and big pine and citrus hops.

T: Citrus, tangy hops with some hints of caramel malt. Pretty big bitterness but overall balance is fine.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation is medium. Drinkability is pretty good. Overall a simple, but very solid DIPA.

Photo of JeremyHB
4.39/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Saw this beer on sale at my local store S. Lyndale on sale a buck off at 5.99 for a bomber bottle, thought that was a great bargain and picked up a few.

Avery is a Boulder, Colorado brewery I had heard about when at Busters on 28th in Minneapolis, they had an IPA on tap there on a recent visit that the bar manager turned me on to - though I think this is a different IPA thus the surname in the title DuganA (which I have no idea what is but I assume is some type of Indian iconography).

Poured it at about 50 degrees and it had a beautiful color: Amber, getting more intensely orange down the core of the glass. It had a nice head to start, not overbearing maybe an inch. The half-life on the head is excellent, I even let mine sit a few minutes after the pour noticing excellent retention.

Nose not quite as fragrant as I would have hoped. Got a lot of Orange and citrus, some toffee notes. Much like you would expect from an 'American' IPA. I thought I've brewed one much like this before with Chinook hops to bitter and a medium dose of Centennial hops near the mid and end for aroma.

EXCELLENT LACING! I could have made a pair of underwear out of the lace this brew left behind. I'll try and include a picture later. The real high notes of this beer are its excellent drinkability while holding an above average ABV for an IPA of this type (8.5%, 1.076 SOG)
93 IBU to me indicates the finish which is a relatively long pleasantly bitter pucker that gets pretty heavy on the grapefruit. This to me says Centennial hops all over it.

The malt profile is typical of an Amer. IPA with a little caramel backbone: This is usually Crystal malt, and lots of it. Usually USIPA has a solid Pale Ale lineage and the high amounts of Crystal and Caramel malts can really extract a lot of that "Pale Malt" sugar and give IPS of this type the caramel malty body that is so typical of this style. All of that is true here, and though 'unexceptional' I think that this really embodies a reliable drinkable IPA, is next year when I get one it remains consistent I think they have a solid go-to IPA in their repertoire over at Avery in Boulder.

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.

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DuganA IPA from Avery Brewing Company
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