DuganA IPA - Avery Brewing Company

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DuganA IPADuganA IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,570 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,570
Reviews: 610
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.42%
Wants: 82
Gots: 149 | 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 beergoot
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Unique bottle label data: none noted

Brilliant, crystal clear, deep gold colored body with a dense, rocky, white head. Solid wall of pine and citrus aroma. Warm, mildly caramel malt flavors quickly give way to a massive hop bitterness. Medium bodied, leaning towards the heavy side of things; residual sugars but with a very dry character.

A well-balanced, gently sweet but with a kicking bolt of hop bitterness throughout.

Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle on New Years Eve, unique bitterness, good beer

Photo of Kgoldsbe
3.92/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pleasantly hopped, very drinkable, the 8.5% ABV sneaks up on you. Citrus notes are bitter orange.

Photo of DrewShalvoy
3.3/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not a huge fan. Found it a bit oniony.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No date, 22oz bottle, shared with friends, served in a clear plastic cup.

Appearance: Clear orange amber. Thin white foam across the top with some fine strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Fresh cut citrus and tropical fruit. A little bit of sweetness under it all.

Taste: Very hoppy and bitter. Quite aggressive hoppiness with citrus rind and pine dominating. Some malt backbone which was cracker like. Finish was strongly bitter as well, almost wrecked my palate.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation but not fizzy. Very sticky.

Overall / Drinkability: A good IPA, but powerful. Not very drinkable in that one is enough. A very strong hoppy IPA, and maybe with the right glass to concentrate the aromas and the right type of food to pair with it I might have gotten more out of this. So it is a good DIPA, but not a great one because I find it unbalanced for me.

Photo of BobJude
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good IPA. Great piney noise and taste. Bitterness on the back end is intense, but in a good way. Seems to be a very true to style IPA.

Photo of TheDoctor
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Service: Bottle


A:
Pours a clear golden-orange honey color with a little chill haze and 2.5 fingers of airy beige head that settles to a solid layer that gets beat up as you drink it. Very good retention; evenly sticky, scummy lacing. (4.25)

S:
Lots of citrus. Spiced citrus, candied oranges,sap, grapefruit pith, juniper. (4)

T:
Piney pith. Sappy, resinous, pith, citrus zest, soft bready backbone. (4)

M:
Light-medium body with lots of small bubbles and a soft, delicate feel overall, very drinkable, short finish. (4.25)

O:
Excellent IPA.
This beer is a really nice drinker with a lot of hops (but not too much) and a lot of malt (but also not too much).
Pours lovely with a great, substantive head. The aroma and flavor are both piney with citrus, though citrus seems more pronounced on the nose. There is a varnish-like hop resin character to it, but it stops just short of sticking around in the finish; it is really well-balanced with the bready malt and kind of stops it from doing anything beyond asserting itself.
Very drinkable, very enjoyable, bold but restrained.
Would have again; worth finding if you like IPAs. (4.25)

Photo of Brenden
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dugana is a bright medium orange with a flaming copper in the body. The off-white head is creamy and frothy, topping at a finger and a half that sits like a crown and falls only slowly. It retains its firm substance and drops a whole lots of chunky lacing that sticks in plenty on the glass.
This IPA puts out nice hops aroma and flavor in good strength with honey sweetness while citrus contributes both sweet and bitter aspects. There's also something mildly dry and some juice along with plenty of pine.
Dugana has a very crisp and smooth texture, flowing and biting simultaneously and working well together in a medium body. A semi-dry finish lingers well.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/9/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange zest, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of juicy citrus/pine hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly sticky, and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellence DIPA style. All around great balance and complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth and fairly crisp to drink for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Starts with big graham cracker aromas seasoned with resin, a hint of mint, and slight grass aromas with a suggestion of fruit. It pours brilliant amber under a slightly off-white 1” slowly receding foam cap. The palate is melon with tropical fruit over graham cracker, seasoned with fruity hop bitterness throughout and concluding with a hop drying finish. It drinks very creamy and smooth with medium body and carbonation.

Photo of neurobot01
3.87/5  rDev -6.5%

This is a decent DIPA, but with all the claims about hop-worship, I found the taste a little sweet. The first sip was almost peanut-butter malt, and even though that backed off, it's present throughout. Moderate piney bitterness, some tropical/floral flavors, but all in all, doesn't stand out in a crowded field. Bottle was exactly 2 weeks old.

Photo of joeseppy
4.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mango colour with a generous two inch head. Substantial lacing that makes me wipe my finger in the glass to peel out every last crust of sea foam.

Aroma is bigger malt on the front with a mellifluous tropical floral arrangement. Of course we can't forget Mr. Pine. Caramel wafting among biscuity components.

Hopped up bitterness blended well with the denser tropical fruits creating a desired dankness. The malt sweetness quickly balances the entire taste experience.

Full bodied like the Sabrina sultress laying the debut on the label. Oily hop resin with floral hop in the nose. Layered almost impeccably. Long dry hop finish. A nice sticky dryness. I love the fact that this is not toot sweet yet sticky enough in other words not a palate wrecker.

Fantastic double IPA with a comforting unobtrusive ABV. Great balance, a quality craft and great marketing label. Stands with the best of them. Well done craft at 95 IBU. I will buy again.

Photo of reebtaerG
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured 22oz bomber into New Belgium globe

A-Pours clear golden amber with rising fizzy three finger white head. Great lacing.

S-Aroma is toasted and caramel malts, intense floral hops, light grass, light herbs, and some pear.

T-Flavor is fresh hops forward with some toasted malts, light caramel sweetness, and grapefruit esters; dry finish with lingering hop bitterness.

M-Wonderful mouthfeel that has a medium body and low carbonation.

O-overall a great DIPA very smooth and tasty. No date on bottle but tasted fresh.

Photo of brureview
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brew date : August

Poured at first in a Stone snifter. Later, as the beer warmed up- in a tulip.
The tulip is my choice for DIPAs and it was a better choice for this beer.

The beer was a lighter copper color with a 1f head.

With the snifter there was very little aroma- light vanilla. As the beer warmed in the tulip , more tropical fruit, some sweetness, and vanilla. Very mellow aroma for a DIPA.

Mouth feel is very carbonated, possibly too much for this DIPA.

Taste: in the snifter, some tropical fruit- but not pronounced. With warming in the tulip- the flavors began to open up, mellow tropical fruit, vanilla and mild sweetness.

Overall a very good DIPA. Not west coast in style- less pungent, and far less citrus than other DIPAs with comparable ABV.

Most DIPAs are better enjoyed 50-55F. Warmer temps work with this beer.
The highlights of this beer would be brought out at a fresher brew date.

Photo of PeterParker
4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This is my first Avery ever, I am thoroughly excited.
Poured into a tulip glass.

Crystal clear, golden orange. Much more clear than your usual IPA.

Sweet malt overshadowed by bitter grapefruit scent. Smells like a great West Coast IPA.

Taste is similar to the smell. Hops hit hard, but they hit right on the mark. Sweet, then dry west coast hops. Aftertaste of grapefruit lasts all night. Really amazing.

A little thin, but in my opinion does not take away from the beer, it just tastes too good.

Overall I think one of the best IPA's I've ever had. Right up there with Sculpin, a definite homerun.

Photo of sommersb
3.91/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 01-03-2014
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Single from Wish You Were Beer, Huntsville AL

Not sure when this was bottled exactly, but the Avery website says it is released in September, so I suppose this is between 3 and 4 months old now.

Pours as a murky, honey colored (yellow-orange) beer. The small head is white and doesn't last long, but does leave a very nice lacing in the glass.

The smells are a great cornucopia of hop aromas -- tropical fruits, citrus/grapefruit, and also floral notes. Some breadiness of malts makes a small appearance as well.

The taste is all about hops and bitterness in this beer. There's a big grapefruit-like bitterness and acidity that is a bit off-putting. It's just a very strong and bitter beer, without a lot of malts to counter. Body seems to be medium, with a finish that is dry, resiny, and bitter.

I liked this beer, but it could use some more malt backbone in my opinion. As it is, its like drinking grapefruit juice. Avery succeeded in making an homage to hops here!

Photo of mjstacker
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a 22 0z. bomber into a snifter. Appearance was nice, dark orange with some haze. Smell wasn't ideal for me, really boozy with no real fruit of any kind. My thoughts on taste are exactly the same as smell, all i get out of this beer is a lot of booze . The carbonation level was nice. Overall, i'll leave this one for the imperial-heads.

Photo of scotorum
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought on sale last week. Couldn't see a date on it at the time, but later through light the code suggests it was bottled on August 26th 2012, so this is definitely an oldie, probably with some hops strength lost.

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Sierra Nevada IPA glass.

a: Clear dark gold with a two inch white head which receded slowly to heavy surface foam and fine dense lacing.

s: Citrus and resin.

t: Tasty pine hops forward over a medium malt base. Some lingering bitterness but not that powerful. Higher ABV is pretty well covered.

m: Medium, silky smooth.

o: Highly drinkable and tasty DIPA. Less sippable than it was probably meant to be. More like 60 IBUs than 93, so age on the bottle is more suspect. Still, as is, an exceptional brew. Just not worth what I paid compared to what else is out there. Another experience which will make me wary of sales of out-of-season brews, especially at the store at which it was purchased.

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden orange with a frothy, white head that leaves chunks of lacing.

Smells of citrus and pine hops.

Tastes of a wave hops with a solid malt backbone. Hops lead off with citrus, pine, and herbal notes, however, it isn't particularly bitter. Hops give way to some caramel malt with toasted bread. Finishes fairly dry with a bit more hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a good DIPA worth a try.

Photo of Sludgeman
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle filled on Sept 1, 2013. 22 oz purchased for $8.99. Poured into a chalice.

A well balanced DIPA. A big hoppy beer – all of its 90 IBUs. Lacks the sweetness (for me) to make this a top of the line DIPA. 3.75

A – Pours a clear nice amber with a one-finger rocky off-white head. Good lacing. 4

S – Sweet, piney, fruity/citrusy – grapefruit. 4

T – Malty start with a bitter/resiny finish that lasts in the mouth, but no sweetness. 3.75

MF – Some creaminess, medium bodied, dry finish. 3.75

Photo of minterro
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Went to Avery today pick this up as we left. I though this beer would be fresher when I bought it, I believe it was made sometime in Sept.

22oz bomber poured into my greenbush pint glass. Had some chex mix between tastes.

A&S: piney and skunky/dank hops come through but overall the hoppyness is more in the background then I would want, more malts than I would expect. Lively transparent orange colored beer. Great retention on the head, pours at a finger, stays at a half finger. Columns of lacing.

T&M: After the smell I was mildly surprised by a well represented hoppyness in the taste. A clean alcohol taste is present, but not overwhelming. I'm getting a fair amount of citrus in the taste, which I didn't get at all in the aroma. Semi-bitter to pretty bitter (but not as much as I would expect from the 93 ibu), fairly clean finish. Medium bodied, mediumish carbonation.

Overall: Pretty good, I was impressed, but my mind wasn't blown. Even though it was under 3 months old, I would still want to try this stuff super fresh, maybe next rotation. Wouldn't buy all the time, I think there are other DIPA's out there that give you this quality for less money (about 10 bucks for 22oz).

Photo of micromaniac129
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The aoma was very hoppy with plenty of citrus and tropical notes. I picked out pineapple notes and later some grapfruit as the beer warmed. Fresh smelling too.
The appearance is an orange amber color. The head is off white and dense. Plenty of gloppy lacing is left around the glass.
The taste is slightly weak in flavor and finishes dry and bitter.
There isn't as much hop flavor as what the nose suggested but still plenty of thick tongue coating resinous hops. I get maybe some pine in the taste. The malts are light and finish with a cracker taste.
Drinks fairly easy with no signs of any alcohol.
For a DIPA it's very flavorfull and has a nice aroma too. Plus the chick is hot.

Photo of Twal
2.75/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Had a pour from the brewery and I have to say I was highly unimpressed!
I would have to guess this is an off batch (or at least I hope so...
All I can say is this beer had an enormous (for the style) nutty /nut husk character going on (Victory malt ?),hops and nuts don't go together that well in these proportions.
Dry chalky finish...
The beer was really quite poorly brewed.

Photo of dar482
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a clear golden orange.

The aroma has a huge amount of citrus of orange, citrus, grapefruit, papaya, some mango, and then onto a piney note.

The flavor follows being a grapefruit bomb with lemon, tangerine, candy sugar sweetness. There's then a light floral note and herbal and piney hosp on the finish. The malt is a very light crackery malt with the hops being the showcase and thus the light body. There's a large amount of bitterness throughout, but it falls out quickly for drinkability.

A really well made DIPA with a great nose and keeps inviting one in for more.

Photo of jhartley
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an oversized wine glass. Beautiful label art as usual from Avery.

A golden orange body with a thick white seafoam head. Leaves a ton of lacing on the inside of the glass! A constant stream of bubbles comes up to the top from the bottom of the glass.

Immediate smells of oranges, papayas, grapefruit and dank pine!

Tastes of citrus fruits and a strong bitterness with a nice clean malty sweetness on the end. A decent dry finish, makes is hard not to gulp this down!f Abrasive without being overly aggressive.

Overall another great brew from Avery! A nicely crafted DIPA with a deep dankness but is sweet enough to be balanced on the palate. Will definitely seek this out again! If you like an aggressive DIPA this one is for you!

DuganA IPA from Avery Brewing Company
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