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DuganA IPA - Avery Brewing Company

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DuganA IPADuganA IPA

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1,283 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,283
Reviews: 580
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 70
Gots: 70 | FT: 0
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 philbertk
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Avery Brewing Company--duganA IPA India Pale Ale--2011 22 oz. Bottle. 8.50% ABV. 93 IBU's. (4.75 / 5.0) IPA--Imperial. Thick pour. Dense lacy small rocky light orange head. Tight small bubbles of rich fizz cloud bright pretty orange gold color. Rich floral grapefruit pine herbal earthy hop front. Rich creamy mild sweet cloying resinous malty bitter hop pine mild fruit ester chewy earthy body. Big balanced clean rich hop spice smooth refreshing end. Wonderful rich nourishing dangerously drinkable DIPA. Sampled 3/27/2011. Purchased for $7.49 @ The Ballard Market, Seattle on 2/28/2011.

philbertk, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a medium copper w/ off white 1 finger head. Not much carbonation at all. Head goes away relatively quickly. Nice lacing on the glass.

S- Lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, hops. Very sweet smelling. Smell of pineapple/grapefruit is well blended sweet/sour balance. Nice smelling IPA.

T- Wow- I just got punched in the fact by hops! The taste of this beer is dominated by hops, but I really like it. Everything else is secondary. I don't really get the pineapple in the taste, but the grapefruit comes through. Very crisp, but smooth at the same time. This is a really nice IPA.

M- Actually very smooth, until the aftertaste, when the bite of the hops kicks in. After that dies down, the fruit lingers for a bit. Leaves a bitter, though not unpleasant aftertaste.

O- Nice IPA, and one of the most hoppy I remember having. Definitely glad I got to try this beer.

jayhawk73, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet. Slightly hazy orange with a thick off-white head that dies quickly, leaving plenty of lace behind.
Smells like hops to me! Pine resin, tulips, pineapple, fresh dirt, all followed by a sweet, country white bread background.
The taste is heavy on resinous hops, pine, earth and dried apple all well balanced by the malts. Wow. The resin sticks around a bit long in the mouth. Other than that, no complaints.
Hell yeah for Colorado! This is one badass DIPA. Stands up as King Pliny's Second in Command (just in front of Sir Sculpin the Great). I'll go back for more tomorrow.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of crvcac
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hands down, one of my top favorite double IPAs. Had this on tap from the Tap Room in PB. Massive grapefruit and citrus/ pine in the nose. Taste was quick follow with the most appropriately balanced bitterness I've ever experienced. Two thumbs up for this beer, I will be most definitely seeking it out in the near future.

crvcac, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of tlazaroff
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice foamy off-white, eggshell head tops a dark golden carmel colored beer. Little visible carbonation, but the lacing on the glass is really nice.

S: Smells of pineapple, mango, papaya, and other tropical delectables. It has a good malt base too, little hints of sweet malt.

T: Big blast of bitterness right up front and lingers too, especially felt down the throat. The major flavor is grapefruit citrus here. It's almost cheek puckering.

M: Light to medium bodied beer, I almost wish it had a tad more body to it. Good carbonation and you get that lip-smaking puckering sensation.

D: At 8.5%, it's hard to say this is drinkable, but I love this beer and could easily be persuaded to have another, and another.

..and another.

tlazaroff, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of Mitchster
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$6.99 for a 22oz bomber @ BevCo. OG=1.076, 8.5% ABV, 93 IBU's. Evidently brewed with Simcoe, Columbus, Centennial and Chinook.

Pours out to a hazy orange, forming a creamy off yellow head with average retention and good lacing. mild to moderate carbonation. The aroma is of fresh hops...grapefruit, tangerines, oranges, mango, grapefruit and pine. Mouthfeel is creamy, bone dry, with a dense rich body. The taste opens with grapefruit skin, then pine, then skunk weed, sitting on a pale malt base with suggestions of honey and vanilla. Finish is a little toasty. Moderate strong bitterness. No preceptible off flavors or aromas.

I would be interested in comparing this side by side to their IPA. This is a good IPA, but the bitterness could be turned down a notch to make it more drinkable...but then again, who drinks a DIPA for a session beer? Try it!

Mitchster, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of kevinv
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a pint glass. No freshness dating was noted on the bottle.

A - Pours a hazy amber color with a moderately frothy white head. Decent lacing and head retention. Visible carbonation.

S - Sharp piney hops and a light caramel malt sweetness are present.There's a hint of grapefruit aromas, but it's fairly subdued.

T - Big hop forward flavors up front with a biting bitterness. Very juicy flavors. The finish leaves your mouth dry. Nice malty notes of caramel and toffee as well as a candied fruit taste. Bitter, but not "brutally bitter." Alcohol is hidden pretty well and only comes through as the beer warms.

M - The mouthfeel is a light, but still smooth. Medium carbonation - a good amount for the style. Slight oiliness with a drying finish.

D - Very enjoyable DIPA, but I still prefer Maharaja. I guess it's good that this is a rotating release because at the $8.99 I paid for the bomber, I couldn't see this being a regular with so many great DIPA's out there.

kevinv, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of CMB2012
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, coded 11038B6, no date. Poured into 16oz stemless snifter. Served slightly above fridge temp and warmed as drunk.

A- Pours a hazy golden copper, heavy on the gold. There are some very tiny particles suspended in the beer, but I didn't let this one sit in the fridge for long. Thin white cap that leaves quick and leaves a bubbly ring with some lacing.

S- Very strong citrus hop character- grapefruit, orange, and melon. Pine, bubble gum, some toffee malts and slight alcohol pepperiness.

T- Sweet, juicy melon... caramel and toffee malts... pepper. Some woody, earthy flavors follow the initial complement. Fruity and tight up front, this brew mellows out in the middle and ends with a sharp bitterness. The alcohol is present, but not overwhelming, maybe a tad too noticeable for my likes, but this is a strong beer.

M- medium to medium/full body this brew is fairly viscous and sticky. The carbonation is not intense, which works with the highly bitter ending.

O- I like it, but not as good as Maharaja. Not as complex and less balanced. The malts are well done and the fruit characteristics of the hops are nice, but dare I say too biter on the finish? For the price I say try it, but not my favorite. I also suggest keeping this one cold, as it warms I do not enjoy the unfolding of flavors so much.

CMB2012, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, citrusy pine hops. In the taste, pine hops and ends with a small citrus hop, a nice dry maltiness all the way through. A bitter hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Nice hop presence and mixture of pine to citrus. Quite nice and drinkable.

OWSLEY069, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Liquor Stop
San Marcos, CA

A clear, bright, and stunning gold. A touch of hazy sediment running throughout the beer as I swirl it. Persistent head. Lots of lacing. Very pretty.

An initial burst of tart and sweet citrus notes with a touch of warm alcohol. There's a bit of sweet caramel and some earthy notes as well. All around delightful; as the beer warms the citrus notes become particularly orangey and it smells fantastic!

A relatively balanced DIPA. Hop bitterness and citrus notes are present backed up by a considerable amount of sweet, caramel, and bready malts. The warm alcohol does make its presence known. There's also an earthy, spicy bite which is nice. Tasty stuff.

Easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel. Nearly perfect.

A fantastic and balanced DIPA. I enjoyed this beer from start to finish and would be happy to have it anytime. After drinking DuganA, I'm surprised and dumbfounded as to why Avery's Maharaja gets the attention it does. After having both fresh, this one towers above Maharaja in every facet.

ehammond1, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Avery Dugana, growler filled at The Pony Bar, Hell's Kitchen, NY.

Appearance: Served on my Sierra snifter, Dugana pours hazy and mellifluous, like cider. Barely a finger of head, very white and carbonated. A very good retention ensures that a white mantle, bubbles and a rim around the glass remain and linger. Color is dirty orange, like grapefruit juice.

Smell: Very complex, enticing and delicious, with bitterness and sweetness. Biscuit, buttery cookie, caramel, pineapple, lemon zest. Key lime pie, cake. Some resin and pine sap, again I'm reminded of the pine trees of Assateague Island.

Taste: Follows nose, with a more pronounced hop aroma. Tart, dry finish. Some butterscotch-like sweetness, a caramel feel accompanies the bitter-dry finish. Canned pinneaple juice and carbonated cider. Very West Coast-y!

Mouthfeel: Sticky, lingering, a bit chewy but not as much as other Double IPA's. Almost full flavor, medium carbonation and body. Well balanced, booze is never too present.

Overall: I didn't expect Dugana to be this good. With so many DIPA's in the market, you just don't know what to expect anymore... but Dugana fits the bill and delivers. Very drinkable (the Wife and I polished a growler in little time) and enjoyable, never too hoppy or citrusy or out of whack. ABV will sneak up on you, though!

Overall: A beautiful, well-crafted

DoubleSimcoe, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of cokes
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange bodied, lightly hazed with a tight crop of bleached tan suds that sags quickly but leaves decent lacing.
Honeycomb sweetened cereal maltiness hits the nostrils, a splash of white grape juice, then a bludgeoning spike of tangerine, roses, lilics, apricot, spruce, starfruit, and orange rind. There is a bit of juniper-y gin-like ethanol, but the hops act as a smoke screen.
It enters the mouth with a basic canvas of biscuity, bready malts. The turn towards hops happens nearly immediately, with an initial sweeter surge of apricot and tangerine and apple juice, then the bitterness grabs hold, adding pine resin and white grapefruit and an intense florality. The alcohol that was held in check in the aroma is given more room to flail around here, and not to a good end. It ends acridly boozy, somewhat sour, with residual hop resinous bitters.
Full in feel, fluffed with a steady, low CO2. The noticeable ABV strips the texture, giving it a glassy, glazed-over feel.
The promised hops show up here, but the booziness shuts things down. Even though this is realitively average strength per the style, it is a major issue, and drinkability starts to lag.
It's like a fruity/floral IPA spiked with Gin.

cokes, Mar 31, 2011
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4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at blue dog chalfont.

A- comes to me with two fingers of off white very tight head that holds nicely even after the first sip before slowly receding and leaving a solid coating of sticky lace the whole way around the glass. Hazy light copper orange in color with a golden yellow glow when held to light.

S- loads of very crisp and bright citrus hops with grapefruit taking the lead. Some tropics as well but to a lesser extent. Malts play way in the back and just bring a hint of honey sweetness.

T- bitter grapefruit and under ripe pineapple up front with the bitterring really leaving a lasting impression. Malts are very subdued and just do enough to bring a touch of sweet balance. Long bitter lasting finish.

M- on the lighter side of medium in body which surprised me from a beer with that high of an abv. Carb is very crisp and makes this brew exceptionally refreshing. Not a bit of the abv showing.

O- this is a great beer and one I'm glad I got on draft. So crisp, I know I keep saying that but its what really stands out for me. I could session with this bad boy.

oglmcdgl, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of NWer
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my 21st Amendment chalice.
Nice body small bubbles nice effervescence. Nice lightly golden one inch head retains well.
The aroma is very pronounced from the get-go filling the nose with pine.
Taste is a bitter, piny hop bomb that doesn't come up short on flavor.
DuganA fills its niche beautifully. Not flowery like some not balanced like some. The focus is clearly hops.
Great job Avery - looking forward to your next offering.

On the neck of the bottle:
Whatever that means. I can guess that it was bottled on the 34th day of 2011 which makes it pretty fresh.

NWer, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of MrTopher
3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a Pint Glass.

A: Vibrant orange color with a decently small white head. One word description would be; average.

S: There is a good citrus/fruit hop to this beer, no pine sent at all. There is a sweet malt smell also, good to balance out the hop smell.

T: Even balance of malt and hop, this is iconic of a third coast beer. The hop is very citrus/fruit (orange, grapefruit) and the malt is sweet, but give it a good character.

M: Medium in thickness which is nice for a draft DIPA, don't want something to thin or to thick. And the carbonation is perfect.

O: Had to be freshly taped because I've had this in bottle before and hasn't tasted this good before. All in all, above average, but not epic.

MrTopher, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

345th review on BA
bottle to tulip
22oz bottle.

App- Big fluffy two finger head with a vibrant orange color. You can see the sheet of cling as this falls.

Smell- It's a 50/50 mix of spicy hops and a little malt sugariness. Mix in some sweet citrus

Taste- A bigger DIPA with nice flavoring. Not the best I have had but still good. Nicely sweetened but not overly so. Grapefruit caramel and quite a kick on the backend.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carb level. Malty grapefruit and a slight hop after taste

Drink- Not bad at all, Having had maharaja 1st I really feel this is a good little sibling to that monster of beer.

FosterJM, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of claytong
3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this either right before or right after the maharaja and thus it got maybe a little demoted in my mouth. it was a good imperial ipa no doubt, but it wasn't nearly as complex and balanced as the maharaja. so im giving it a tough break side by side.

claytong, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of theboozecruise
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into an imperial pint glass. Picked up at Spec's in Houston.

It's a hazy faded orange color, two fingers of frothy white head. Great retention and lacing.

Hoppy as expected, but it's tough to place the exact hop profile. There are floral notes, a little honey even.

A little lingering bitter taste, but pretty good mouthfeel.

I guess my overall impression is that it's a good but not great IPA.

theboozecruise, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of GarrettMD
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark copper with a half finger of white lacing that stays around around. Lacing is good. Lots of visible carbonation rising up.

S - Pineapple, grapefruit, overall citrus aroma. Very sweet smelling. A little alcohol tingles the nose.

T - Big malt base, very unexpected since it wasn't at all noticeable in the aroma. Bready, caramel malts blend well with earthy and citrus hops. Bitterness is very well represented, and equally balanced.

M - Very smooth. Sweet, but not sticky. Bitterness coats the mouth, the finish is sweet and slightly dry with hints of lemon and grapefruit.

O - Love it. Very well balanced, finish is amazing, perfect for the price range.

GarrettMD, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of greenmonstah
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into DFH snifter

A - Pours a light copper, almost amber, with a half finger white head. Good lacing and plenty of carbonation.

S - Tropical fruity hops. Grapefruit and a little pineapple. Sweet and very good.

T - Tropical hop show! So delicious. Everything I love about DIPAs. Definitely a west coast style IPA. Hops are on display, almost entirely tropical fruit like grapefruit and pineapple. Sweet with only a touch of bitterness. Sweet caramel malt accentuates the hop. Slightly bready sweet in the finish.

M - Medium body, wet throughout, with a slightly drying finish. Carbonation is light, which I think is spot on.

O - A fantastic DIPA. Very very tasty with a nice feel. The strong hop flavors meld perfectly with the sweet caramel, making this a damn good DIPA. It's no Pliny, but it's damn delicious.

greenmonstah, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of wvsabbath
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Burnt orange/golden yellow, looks like grapefruit juice. Not much head, some lacing

Smell - Major hop and malts. Plenty of citrus fruits. Some alcohol and sugars sneak through. Wow, this smells intense.

Taste - Very hoppy and malty. Right on the boarder of being a double ipa. Lots and lots of orange, grapefruit, lemon and pine. Malts add some flavor and hide the booze in this beer. Still, smooth and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel - Hoppys cover mouth, tingle tounge, mess up palette. Not a crusher but enough to make you need water or food if you want to drink anything else. The malts keep this from being bitter, the finish is smooth and light but you will taste hops for abit.

Overall - Very nice, i liked this moreso then there double ipa cause this wasnt such a hop crusher. Dangerously drinkiable at 8.5%, and well done. Hopheads and ipa fans all should check this beer out.

wvsabbath, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of mickmantle
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Does this beer stink of weed a bit more than most IPA's or is it me?? Could be me.
Anyway nice work Avery! Had on draft and found a nice copper pour adorned my glass, piney/marijuana/hoppy smell, pretty hoppy in flavor as well as fruity a touch of malt and sweetness. Good lacing mediocre head retention..
Good beer!

mickmantle, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of julian
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: glorious copper color with excellent clarity (just a bit of haze) and lasting frothy thick white bubbly head.

S: Lots and LOTS of intense pine and dank hoppy resin. Excellent!

T: A huge atomic blast of bitter, dank resinous hop oil up front. There is definitely some malt in the background to HELP balance it but in no way is this balanced. This is not for the uninitiated. This is pro league IIPA shit. If you've got the palate for it though, it's wonderfully delicious.

M: Smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel, rolls off the tongue with ease. Slightly earthy resinous finish.

julian, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of crossovert
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber. It ours a light gold with hues of orange. The head is foamy and white and leaves some nice lacing. The smell is surprisingly mild to me. It is very fruity with a hint of maltiness. The flavor is nice, if a bit sweet. It has osme sicy and iney ho flavors along with a huge blast of malts, and some tropical fruit thrown in there. I preferred the Maharaja form this brewery.

crossovert, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of arizcards
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from Total Wine in late January for $7.99.

Beer poured an amber-orange with a solid white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is floral hops, aroma becoming more pungent as it warms.

Taste is a big pale and caramel malt base well balanced by a load of resinous citrus hops.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth. Makes the finish very satisfying.

Overall this is a nice solid ipa2, very drinkable!

arizcards, Mar 19, 2011
DuganA IPA from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,283 ratings.