DuganA IPA - Avery Brewing Company

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DuganA IPADuganA IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

601 Reviews
THE BROS
94
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Reviews: 601
Hads: 1,572
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 7.99%
Wants: 83
Gots: 155 | 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 PeterParker
4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
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! (1,088 characters)

Photo of mjstacker
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (343 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (949 characters)

Photo of ocelot2500
4/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (465 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
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 (508 characters)

Photo of minterro
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
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). (1,194 characters)

Photo of micromaniac129
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (682 characters)

Photo of Twal
2.75/5  rDev -33.4%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (590 characters)

Photo of jhartley
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
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! (766 characters)

Photo of Beer_Seer
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Just as a 2x IPA should be. Not the light orange of a 1x IPA but a deep copper color that draws you back for another sip. The lacing is not so much that wedding night lace but a hot teenage garter belt waiting to be spun around your finger.

S - Sweet and tangy nose not unfamiliar for this style of beer. Off of the tap it screams, "Sip me!"

T - Nice tart citrus notes that land like migratory geese on the front palate and gently settle to the middle palate. Bitterness that lingers long and deep in layers.

F - Medium to heavy mouthfeel. With a swish or two there is a huge fuzzy head that forms in the mouth.

O - There is something about this brew that calls back memories of the past. I enjoyed it and the happy goodness that melded with the "Imperial' end of the maltiness. This makes for a brew that is worthy of any respectable IPA drinker. (855 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Review taken end of September 2013.

Brown bomber bottle with typical Avery art. Pretty cool artwork it is. Gold foil around the neck. Poured into a stemmed tulip.

A - golden orange to light amber reddish coloring. Head has excellent size and is of a white color. Great stick to the glass.

S - a real dank hop aroma. Grapefruit that's overly ripe and slight pine. A real funky hop character to the aroma with some sweet malts.

T - hop notes consist of grapefruit, pine, earthy, fruity and dank. Very good hop profile with a soft spice intertwining the mix if hop notes. Sugary sweet caramel malt does its job to balance duganA to perfection. Finish it bitter with more earthiness to the final note.

M - smooth and perfectly balanced. Good hop flavors with the malt to set things up for an overall easy drinker. Smooth and flows lovely from start to finish.

O - first time having this and I must say it was quite the treat. One of the better 1st time IPA's I've ever had. Avery do a great job with most of their stuff, and this is right up there with some of their best offerings. duganA is a tasty American treat, and ill have it again if available to me. (1,164 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

In a dimly lit bar, appears a brilliant golden copper with minimal cream head.

Sweet, honey-like malt, floral hops, resin, catty hops, and citrus form the aroma. Fairly well balanced in hop aroma profile. Citrus dominates as it warms.

The initial flavor is reminiscent of juicy fruit gum, with grapefruit and tangerine eventually dominating and shifting to resin and piney bitterness mid palate. There's a solid bready malt backbone. Floral hop complexity emerges late. Pine tends to dominate the finish.

Body is moderate to full, with moderate carbonation, and alcohol warmth that is fairly subtle.

Not overly bitter, not overly sweet, and a good range of hop flavoring. Great balance between hop flavoring and bittering, and spans a good range in the flavor spectrum. But nothing really stands out. (804 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz gold-foil capped bottle.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden copper hue, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat rocky off-white head, which leaves a stellar array of layered, sudsy banded lace around the glass as things duly sink away.

It smells of post-rainfall pine forest, pithy orange, lemon, and grapefruit, clammy caramel/toffee malt, a bit of candy sugar, and further dank herbal floral hops. The taste is semi-sweet bready caramel malt, herbal pine and musty citrus rind notes, a flinty hard water minerality, spicy tropical fruit, one ingrained with a certain soapy character, and a touch of warming alcohol.

The bubbles are generally low-key, and mostly frothy, the body a decent medium weight, and actually quite smooth, with a hint toward an airy creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the touched caramel and dank, yet still rather bitter hops dancing that path less taken, for the style.

A pleasant enough, more earthy and musty version of a DIPA, but tasty and enjoyable all the same, especially from this brewer. I'm still not clear on the name, though - clearly additional research is required. (1,135 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap, brouwers

Served in an unbranded snifter - this was really nice. Very smooth and delicate - a nice change of pace from tongue-destroying bitterness. Tangerine, lemon peel, citrus. Will definitely buy this in the future - Avery has some great rotational DIPA's (267 characters)

Photo of teromous
3.69/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful gold and orange body that is very clear. The head is nice and thick, white, stands up quite well, and leaves very good lacing. It is picture-worthy.

S: Tangerine, a bit of lemon, and candy cotton. It's nice smelling.

T: It has a tangerine rind flavor. There is a bit of green fruit flavor like biting into a pear that isn't ripe which is a bit off-putting. It's not the most complex or freshest tasting, but it's still pretty good.

M: The mouthfeel is about medium and finishes dry. Good bitterness. There's just enough bitterness to keep me from drinking this beer down too quickly.

O: It's a good beer. There is an unripe fruit or plant-like flavor that is unpleasant but the rest of the beer is fine. If anything, that odd "green fruit" flavor adds enough strangeness to the beer to make it interesting enough to drink, but I don't think I could have more than a glass of it. (895 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-medium amber color with a nice off-white head and decent lacing

S-bread dough, citrus, pine, slight herbal

T-bready malt, citrus, orange, hint of tropical fruit, pine, herbal, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and crisp

O-good DIPA, easy drinking for the ABV (301 characters)

Photo of McStagger
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

C'mon Colorado. Show me an IPA that can hang with my favorite West Coast guys.
Brewed on August 21st (thanks Julian code!)

A: Pours a nice orange/red orange. Excellent clarity. One finger slightly off khaki head. Retention is good, lacing is decent.

S: Don't even need to get the glass to my nose. Huge hit of pineapple juice right off the bat. Other tropical fruit (mango) and juicy orange are also present in the nose. Not much grapefruit or pine at all in the nose. Touch of spicy mint, bit of pepper zing. Little bit of that savory onion/garlic that BGN likes to talk about. Big shot of malt sweetness in there as well. Smells very inviting.

T: Big tropical fruit mash up front. Hoppiness on the end, but surprisingly not bitter for the 93 IBU's. Slightly spicy and stone fruity, with the alcohol really accentuating the tropical notes on the finish. Some residual soapiness involved in the end, with just a touch of pine bitterness peaking through. Aftertaste has more of the piney/floral bitterness. Long, very drying.

M: Fairly light bodied considering the style. However, the alcohol does become noticeable as the beer warms.

O: Great, great beer. Definitely one of my favorites by this brewery. (1,214 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't want to go too far with superlatives but ... This is a great ale. The best I have had in a while.

It pours a perfect IPA color, clarity (not perfectly clear) and head. The lace is good too. The aroma is pungent - a perfect balance of finishing hops.

The taste is a beautiful bitter plus malt plus yeast turned into alcohol - booze. It actually tastes a bit boozier than it is, but it is a great, well done taste.

The aftertaste is a perfect bitter that lingers a long time. All around, this is one of the best brews I have tried in months. I wonder how it is in bottles. I will try to get some more on tap before Save-on gives up the tap for something else. (669 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap.

A: Pours a clear darkish orange with a half-inch white head which leaves splotchy lace.

N: Pine and citrus with floral and herbal notes.

T: Pine resin, some citrus zest, mint, heavy malt slightly over the hops.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Dry, bitter and malty finish.

O: Solid, basic malty DIPA. (322 characters)

Photo of MCain04
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle for $7, 4 weeks old, poured into HF stemware.

Golden orange-amber body with off-white head, great retention and lacing.

Mango, pineapple, candy, pine resin, papaya, a sweet-smelling beer.

Taste is similar to the mouth but not quite so sweet. Tropical fruit flavors of mango and pineapple with piney resin. Bitter but not overly so (advertised as 93 IBU but not quite tasting that high).

Mouth is smooth and moderately carbonated, medium body, a very nice drink from start to finish, moderately dry finish.

Overall an outstanding DIPA and probably Avery's best IPA offering. Balanced and easy drinking with good flavor. Not world-class but great for the price and availability. (694 characters)

Photo of hoppytobehere
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber, julian code suggest bottled August 8th. Less than a month old.

A: Gorgeous fluffy white head. Body has no haze. Kind of a light copper color. Awesome retention.

S: Piney, pineapple, other tropical fruit. Hoppy as hell and smells terrific. Not too hot for a double IPA. 8.5% is just where I want them.

T: Very similar hop profile as Ruination, which I am also drinking tonight. A boatload of "C" hops that punch your tongue immediately. Light malt backbone that lets the hops shine, like they do in the west coast.

M: Creamy, loads of carbonation.

O: I'm not even a big Avery fan, but this one is fantastic. Too bad it's not on regular rotation. (664 characters)

Photo of screamking
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap poured into pint glass.

Pours apricot with a thin off white head. Very piney aroma, lots of earthy tones. Some stronger floral notes as well. Light citrusy grapefruit hiding in there as well. Taste is dank! Dank and bitter. Lots of piney bitterness right up front leads to more of a floral finish. Mouthfeel is heavier side of mediumn bodied, a little boozie for 8.5. This is better than the other brews I've had from Avery. I like the dank piney bliss this one delivers, I would like to enjoy this again. (514 characters)

Photo of BB1313
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden with a fluffy eggshell white head that sticks around and leaves very sticky lacing and great retention. Awesome looking brew. The aromas are full of sweet mango, grapefruit, and pineapple. Pretty tropical. There are subtle hints of sweet malts as well. There's also some pine needles in the mix too. Flavors are full of sweet fruits. The malts are there, but they clearly take a backseat to the hops. There's some more pine resin, which is far from overboard. There's definitely a bit of a west-coast vibe going on with this one. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's light, but clearly and obviously full-bodied. The carbonation is moderate and creamy. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. This is dangerously drinkable.

This is a great brew. It's fun to drink and it's hitting on cylinders. It's not a mind blower, but there's really nothing to complain about at all. Well done. (922 characters)

DuganA IPA from Avery Brewing Company
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