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DuganA IPA - Avery Brewing Company

DuganA IPADuganA IPA

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1,219 Ratings
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Ratings: 1219
Reviews: 582
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%

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 harrymel


3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled: unk

Pours a nice apricot ale with a solid sheet of light soapys. Smells piney, resiny, grapefruit, vitamins, some sweet malts and a good dose of BO. I like the nose. Taste is bitter, grapefruit again, resin and pine. A heavy dose of malts counter the hops well. Medium bodied with sharp carb and a dry finish. Good beer, wish there was a bottle date.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 07:24:23 | More by harrymel
Photo of Hatchman


4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from Total Wine, poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy dark tangerine, no bubbles, very thin head creamy with little lacing.

S: Piney, citrus, caramel malt, little dank.

T: First thought was I poured juice instead of beer. This is the most citrus I have ever tasted in an IPA, very different, and not what I expected from a Double IPA. Hops are there, very piney. Very light booze flavor, expected more. As it warms, the malt comes out, sweet and caramel. A little biscuit there too.

M: Medium mouth fill, high carbonation/fizzy compared the very light head.

O: Great beer, would buy again. Hoped for more considering Avery IPA is one of my favorites, and hoped this Double IPA would be twice as good. Instead, I'd rather have a regular Avery IPA and hold out for a Maharajah.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 20:55:19 | More by Hatchman
Photo of YouSkeete


4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber/orange hue on the pour. Very short off-white head with weak retention. Pungent aroma with lots of fresh dry hops, creamy malts, pine, caramel and orange zest. Rich hop bite and smooth caramel sweetness on the first sip. Orange rinds, roasted nuts and pine compose a lot of the body. Drier, hoppy, zesty finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 00:46:32 | More by YouSkeete
Photo of vickersspitfire


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

Poured into my holy grail ok, ok, it just my Chimay snifter Vicki Foxx drank out of….poured out a nice burnt gold color filled with small particles, you might call fermentation but I call dinner. It’s very inviting and simply says, “I rock”. It’s topped off with a light and fluffy white head that dissipates rather quickly, but leaves its mark, a nice lacing that seems to keep the glass at bay just so you drink it up! Go Lacing! Mild carbonation, but boy do those bubbles carry an aroma to your nose. I smell apple, grapefruits, mild lemons, caramel, wait, wait, is that a Christmas tree I smell in the background…get out of here it a Starburst filled with beer! My nose has left the face and is headed for Colorado. My first sip, I swish it around, not very impressive, but I can detect a medium to heavy mouth feel, a mild favor on the tip of my tongue, it’s a hopped filled world after all folks. I do pick up some mild wheat here and there, some bready flavors (without the butter) but clean over all. Not bad for 93 IBU and it goes down pretty well, just like a well lubed PSL54C!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 04:29:22 | More by vickersspitfire
Photo of macrosmatic


4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a TBBC pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy dark gold, moderate visible carbonation with a thin white head.

S: Citrus and pine hops, with bready & caramel malts.

T: Follows the nose. Citrus hops, then sweet and bready malt flavors with some boozy character. Finishes fruity sweet with a bit of booze heat. Hang is hop bitterness with a little attenuation from the booze.

M: Medium to slightly heavy body, a slick mouthfeel, and medium alcohol presence for style.

O: A good beer, but not outstanding for style. I would drink another if offered.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 11:07:18 | More by macrosmatic
Photo of Teleweizen2

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a cloudy gold color verging on amber. Thick fingers worth of very tightly packed pearly white foam. Thick lacing coats the glass.

S - the nose is nothing but bright american hops. Tons of citrus and tropical fruit character. Notes of sweet orange peel and grapefruit pulp sprinkled with sugar dominate while hints of pineapple and mango give the nose a juicy roundness. Hints of pine and resin add an overall freshness reminiscent of the woods in fall.

T - crisp bread crust flavor on the front. Sweet orange peel and grapefruit rind battle for prominence mid palate. Piney notes prickle the back end which follows into a medium finish of citrus and pine.

M - medium to full bodied yet surprisingly crisp texture which might be due to the tight bubbles of the high carbonation.

O - this is my kind of ipa. Bright tropical fruits and lots of pine. Crisp texture just clinches it.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 03:39:28 | More by Teleweizen2
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3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-draught into a Leffe goblet at The Daily Pint in Santa Monica, California. Cost was $9.50 + tip. Ouch. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness. Good retention. Body colour is a vibrant orange-copper. Very appealing. Hazy. Nontransparent. Bright. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Orange peel and lemon citrus notes, varied floral notes, some hop bitterness, and vague pine. Grapefruit. Appealing but nothing stands out. Average in strength. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T: Floral hops join grapefruit and orange citrus esters for a pleasant effect. Flavourful. Balances the hop bitterness nicely; I like it. Clean and tasty. Complex and intriguing. A solid beer in the style, with sufficient body to back the hops. Some lavender comes through. Malts are not at the forefront here.

Mf: Crisp and clean. Nicely coarse and wet. Good presence on the palate. Suits the flavours well.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Well executed for the style. Another solid offering from Avery. The grapefruit in particular is quite well executed. I'd have this again. Hides its ABV well. The hop bitterness could be better balance. Refreshing. I look forward to trying it at a better price in Colorado.


Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2012 23:52:55 | More by kojevergas
Photo of williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled served in a weizen glass

A - clear copper amber with 2 finger white fluffy head with good retention and good lacing

S - pine resin, caramel malts, touch of grass, hint of booze! Citrus notes esp. Grapefruit rind.

T - a piney hop forward DIPA with a nice balance of sweet malt but with a fairly bitter finish and an appropiate presence of booze.

M - medium body moderate carbonation, chewy

O - pretty darn bitter, though well balanced with the malt and booze, I'd drink this when I've got a hankering for an ipa

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2012 13:18:24 | More by williamjbauer
Photo of IronLover


4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber yellow in color with good clarity. Poured with a thick white foam that slowly reduced to a thick cap leaving sticky lacings on the glass. Slightly pungent citrus grapefruit hop aromas with pine hops and sweet caramel malt beneath. Hop pungency increases as this warms along with the introduction of slightly boozy notes. On the thinner side of medium bodied with slightly subdued carbonation that creates a delicate creamy feel. A fabulous combination of tangy citrus and pine hops which is a rarity. Finishes crisp and dry with a light lingering pine bitterness and lighr boozy notes.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 23:48:23 | More by IronLover
Photo of SkeeterBoganski


3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on draft at the brewery:

solid golden hues; small head; good solid lacing; delicious pine smell; very noticeable grapefruit flavor; love and taste the 93 IBUs; subtle hop nuance that makes it accessible to non-hopheads; still big and danky; well-hidden ABV; lighter in 'hop-punch' than Avery's Maharaja; great balance here

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2012 02:19:21 | More by SkeeterBoganski
Photo of VelvetExtract


4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours mostly clear with a large, fleecy head. Head leaves light freckles of lacing along the glass. Head also retains quite well.

S-The nose starts off with a fruity-hop festoon. Tropical fruits and then… pine all over the place. Malt is simply an augmentation for the hop aromas. Malt adds some sweetness to the fruity hops and balances out the pine a bit.

T-Hop forward. Exotic fruit begins the hop expedition. The fruit morphs into a full stage of bitter and oily pine. The pine is followed by a remarkably articulate grassy finish. Bitter, clean, fresh, green grass. Caramel and sweet biscuit malt is more noticeable here than the aroma. The transition between the hoppy flavors is exact.

M-Goes down easy for an 8.5% ale. All the flavor drowns the booze. Moderate to high bitterness. My glass emptied itself with extraordinary efficiency.

O/D-I must say, I think I liked this more than their Maharaja. Less syrupy and surprisingly more hop-stressed. I really enjoy both duganA and Maharaja. This leans more towards my preferences of the style. I have wanted to try this for a couple years now. Finally!

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2012 14:29:18 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of EgadBananas


4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a coppery colour, with a beige head. Nice lace. Aroma is piny, with touches of sweetness and citrus, nice resin notes. Nice bitterness, assertive but not over-done, resinous pine notes and some nutty malts. Slick and oily, full.

A nice dank IPA!

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 03:14:04 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of AllenChaney


4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite IPA's. Such a resinous beer, like drinking a beer in a ganja shop! Spicy pine flavors with a biting bitterness that shocks the conscience. I've had it on tap and bottled and both are fantastic. Avery knows how to hop the shit out of a beer!

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2012 00:32:46 | More by AllenChaney
Photo of zachary80


4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

September '12 release, 85 IBU.
Accidentally erased the first draft of this so this one will be shorter.

Orange body, white head with impeccable lacing.

Huge tangerine, lemon, citrus hop aroma leads off. Subtle pineyness is noticeable. Light sweetness.

Pure hoppiness. Tons of pine in the flavor, very high bitterness that lingers for a while. Great balance from the malt, but it is clearly just here for support.

Medium-full bodied, low-to-moderate carbonation, light alcohol bite on the finish.

Overall an excellent, mostly balanced DIPA. Warming this up brings out the malty side.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 01:46:51 | More by zachary80
Photo of TheFugitive


3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. orange cooper color with a single finger white head

S. hoppy, fruity, some carmel notes and some yeast

T. the balance is on point, hops are present so is the citrus the alcohol is also present but faint for the ABV

M. medium body with adequate carbonation

Dugana is very drinkable, possibly Averys best beer IMO. I look forward to this twice a year.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 04:56:18 | More by TheFugitive
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear medium copper to light amber in color with a light amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy off-white head that slowly reduces to thick film with a moderate amount of large bubbles in it covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of grapefruit/citrus hops with moderate aromas of mango/tropical hops and some lighter notes of pine/resin hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate amount of caramel malt sweetness. That is followed by an explosion of hop flavors - grapefruit/citrus, mango/tropical, and pine/resin. Lighter notes of bitter orange rind in the finish and light to moderate amounts of bitterness that fade slowly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky.

O: Pretty well balanced between the caramel malt sweetness and the bitterness of the different hop flavors and the alcohol is well hidden which makes this a pretty easy to drink beer but I would recommend sipping it since it could easily sneak up on you with the 8.5% ABV. Really enjoyable!

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 00:28:30 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of LegalBrew87


4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite IPAs and is consistently good from year to year.

A: Pours a nice murky, burnt orange with a fairly small head. Nice amounts of lacing and noticeable legs with the 8.5 ABV.

S: The smell is dank overripe fruit, citrus, floral notes and some caramel sweetness.

T: citrus and dank hop flavor. There is a nice sweet middle that is chased away by a balanced bitter finish. This reminds me of a heavier, slightly more malty Duet.

M: perfect carbonation but maybe a touch on the heavy side to be labeled as an IPA, but what do I know?

D: Drinkable at 8.5% but the heavier body makes this a very filling IPA and the ABV does come out as the beer warms up.

O: A fantastic beer that I wish I could get year-round. I would definitely love to try this on tap. Must try.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 05:52:40 | More by LegalBrew87
Photo of gtermi


4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark orange body with a finger thick white head, that quickly fades and leaves a bit of lace on the glass.

S: There is a nice amount of spicy hops and some sweet grain. For some reason it has a sweet and sour sauce smell if you really look for it.

T: There is a strong amount of pine flavor from the hops and sweet grain as the beer lingers.

M: This beer has a nice fully body with a tad bit of crispness on the back of the throat as the beer goes down.

O: This is a very nice beer. Has a strong hoppy flavor and a fantastic fully body. I also like how the beer lingers for a long time without getting old.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 05:06:54 | More by gtermi
Photo of Hopdaemon39

New York

3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at whole foods Columbus circle- pours a very clear golden color with very little head, very little retention and nice swathes of lacing. I think there would've been more head had the bartender poured a little better.

Nose is not particularly strong- light sweet caramel, a little bit of lemon hops, some yeast.

Taste is a little more complex- slight bitterness up front with a little lemon, followed by caramel notes, then some earthy yeast mixed with the lemon hops.

Mouthfeel is nice- quite drinkable for a DIPA but maybe too mild. Light body, full carbonation, a tiny bit of resin. This is a good drinkable beer but in my estimate, not really a DIPA and more like a high ABV pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2012 21:02:10 | More by Hopdaemon39
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a recent trade with mmapes. Many thanks!

A 22oz bottle with no visible date. I'm still puzzling over the meaning of the name - I get the impression it relates to India but it's hard to tell. The label states that this contains 93 IBUs - clearly an intense brew!

Poured into a Duvel tulip (twice). A rich, hazy orange-amber hue with visible sediment and good carbonation. Produces a huge head of creamy white foam that hangs around for a while before reducing to a surface layer. An overwhelming hop aroma makes love to the olfactory senses - superb! Notes of grapefruit, orange, peel, citrus, pine, resin; a smorgasbord of hop notes to distract you. This is underpinned by a hint of caramel malt and dry yeast - understated but enough to provide balance. The alcohol is well hidden. Fantastic!

Tastes of intense aromatic hops with a spicy, fruity character and a bone-dry bitterness on the finish. Notes of pine, resin, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus, subtle caramel and a hint of earthy yeast. Slightly sweet, with a hint of brown sugar in the background. Very dry and exceptionally bitter. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and unusually spicy - the sensation on my tongue reminds me of a good chilli. Full-bodied and nicely carbonated. Highly astringent - dries the palate thoroughly. A powerful aftertaste of bitter aromatic hops.

Wow - what a brew. The perfect balance of hops, bitterness and malt is something that US brewers do so well - if only there were more beers like this over here. A truly magical experience; I can't praise this beer enough. If you are lucky enough to have a chance to try this, don't pass it up. Superb.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 01:04:17 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pale orangish amber with a great, short, white head

S - grapefruit with some faint bread

T - red grapefruit, faint bread, heavy piney bitter finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, a bit heavily carbonated

This beer was delicious. The malt and hops have great balance. It's sweet but also has an intense bitterness to it. It's was simplistic but deep. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 08:13:24 | More by tdm168
Photo of bamadog


4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a fresh growler of this at my nearest Whole Foods. Review is from notes taken on 9/29/2012 and poured from the growler to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a solid copper color with some nice golden glow to it; starts with a short 1/2 finger, slightly off white head that fades quickly to a thin, incomplete skim floating on the surface; body is very clear and shows moderate carbonation; plenty of lacing is left behind in spots and swaths.

Smell: Very nice and hop forward as it should be -- plenty of sweet citric hops are pouring out of this -- definite some juicy orange, possibly grapefruit; faint, grainy maltiness in the background. Very solid.

Taste: Pretty much just like the nose -- the hops are up front and they start out sweet and juicy, but as the beer lingers on the palate, a bit more of the oily hop resiny bitterness sneaks in; well balanced with some of the grainy maltiness, but essentially a hop forward America Double.

Mouthfeel: Body is just a little lighter than medium in terms of weight; carbonation is good, not too sharp, but the body, for some reason, is just a touch watery; a thin, sticky coating is left all over the palate and belly is left just a touch warm.

Overall: A very solid beer - super refreshing and doesn't quite weight you down like some of the bigger DIPAs will do. Well worth the bones for the 64 oz. growler, and it won't be a problem to finish it off over the course of the weekend.

Serving type: growler

09-30-2012 00:58:57 | More by bamadog
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4.33/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Barbara's At The Brewery in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy orange-beige head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a slightly herbal finish. There is a medium hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2012 09:24:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.98/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This IPA is the standard by which I judge all others. Not excessively hopped and true to its heredity, it offers a perfect balance between full body and rounded, clean flavor that is very pleasurable to drink and thirst-quenching. In my opinion, the perfect flavorful brew for hot weather. It doesn't get any better than this as an IPA, and stand's up well against any other ale as well. In fact, any time I had this available for friends, they'll drink me out DuganA before drinking any other.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 17:33:17 | More by foss69lh
Photo of denver10


3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a firey orange with a nice thick, foamy off white head. Nice lacing. Alright, now I am getting those tropical fruits. Wonderfully sweet and piney. Wonderful tropical fruits like I hoped to find, some bitter pine in the tail end. Think I can sense a little malt hiding underneath everything, but definitely finding it to be hop forward. Flavor brings me back to what I have come to expect from Avery and their IPA's with a bitter musky earth and pine identity. This time, though, I do get the tropical fruits in this. The malt underbelly is there in the flavor too, and needed to counter the bitterness of the hops to a degree. A nice creamy, fuller mouthfeel with good activity. Overall, definitely my favorite IPA I have tried from Avery. Glad I gave it another go around to find what I was missing from it initially. That said, I still find myself not to be too drawn to Avery's approach to IPA; they are good at what they do, just not a fan of the bitter profile they guys do.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2012 22:15:20 | More by denver10
DuganA IPA from Avery Brewing Company
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