DuganA IPA - Avery Brewing Company

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DuganA IPADuganA IPA

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1,418 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,418
Reviews: 587
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 77
Gots: 101 | 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:
Released twice annually in January and again in September.

(Beer added by: GarrisWH on 10-06-2009)
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Photo of paulginva
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Poured from the tap into a pint glass, this beer produced a 1/4" fizzy off-white head with good lacing that dissipated quickly. There was almost no carbonation in the clear, deep amber body.

AROMA: Hops all the way -- grass and pine in the main, but tropical fruits as well.

TASTE: Mmmm ... much more interesting than the aroma. Still hops all the way, but much more clear. Again dominated by grass and piney resin, plus a good but not overpowering hit of orange, citrus and grapefruit, plus a very light taste of alcohol. Not bad for a potent 8.5% alcohol DIPA. Not bad at all. While I didn't really taste the malt, I knew it had to be there simply because the hop flavor were moderated so well as to not be overpowering but to be complex and balanced instead

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body with a smooth texture; no carbonation that I could see; thin body lacing that dissipated quickly. The initial flavor was a heavy, but not overpowering, bitterness that moderated to an invigorating lighter bitterness at the end of a short finish, leaving a light, pleasant bitter aftertaste.

DRINKABILITY: This beer is very easy to drink I wouldn't drink more than two of these at a sitting unless I had a designated driver with me. This beer is memorably consistent with the profile of a DIPA, has a terrific price to value ratio and is definitely one that I would buy again -- as a matter of fact, I'd buy several extra to age.

Photo of russwbeck
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Churckey in DC Avery Tap Takeover. $3 for a 4oz pour.

The pour is clear yellow with a huge white head, great retention, and phenomenal lacing. The aroma has big citrusy notes, grapefruit and orange, and a floral hoppiness. The smell isn't overly dry, but it also isn't that mind blowing. The taste is like biting into a grapefruit. The fruitiness is wonderful, and is balanced by some grassiness and a dry finish. Crisp, light body with very good carbonation. The drinkability is far above average. The glass disappeared quite quickly. Delicious hops, easy drinking fruits, dry finish. Couldn't have asked for more.

Photo of pperez38
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Mtnbeerman
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of freduardo
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ummswimmin
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into a snifter to hold in the hoppy aroma. This kept in the citrus and sweetness in the bouquet.

The flavor was wonderfully balanced and complex. You get a ton of citrus balanced with some floral hop. There is just a ton of hop presence. I really enjoyed the heavier body in this beer. Surprisingly the bitterness is not very present... it's there, but it is not as much as you would think based on the smell.

This is another great offering from Avery. They do a great job over there.

Photo of SRossman
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Kevin79
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Orange copper with 3 fingers of head and tons of sticky lace all over the glass, impressive!

S - Hopssss! Wow, overwhelming. Smells excellent.

T - Starts out malty, and then the hops explode in your mouth! Mostly citrus hops, delicious

M - Full bodied and medium carbonation

O - An excellent double. Love it.

Photo of kristenrae8
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a great compliment to a spicy chilli on a cold winter day.

A: Nice hazy orange, creamy off-white head, decent lacing on glass.

S: Pine, grapefruit, fruity esters, mild carmel

T: Nice balance between pine and grapfruit and notable carmel maltiness.

M. Excellent. On second sip, tingled toungue and pine contrasting with grapefruit

O: I'll buy this again. It was enjoyable.

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of jbertsch
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of mhenson42
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of PhatAtUT
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of StoneTSR
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARENCE: Good looking, crystal clear, light orange beer. The head is about a quarter-inch thick and dissipates quickly. Lacing is decent.

SMELL: The smell isn't as strong as I would like it to be, but what little there is consists of crisp, clean grapefruit with a small hint of flowers.

TASTE: The grapefruit in this beer is strong. It is nice and bitter with some of that floral smell manifesting itself in the flavor as well. Avery's description of this beer says that the DuganA is bitter, piney and resinous. I would agree with bitter, but piney and resinous, no way. It is a much cleaner, crisper DIPA than I expected it to be.

MOUTHFEEL: Again, the theme is crisp and clean (for the most part). This is certainly a palate cleanser, but at the very end, the acidic qualities of the beer seem to leave a touch a funky aftertaste.

OVERALL: Not bad, but the DuganA seems stuck somewhere between IPA and DIPA.

Photo of kjkinsey
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Kevlee722
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BeTheBall
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at BBC Walpole. Mostly transarent orangy copper in color, with little head in the pint glass I was served in. Smell was fruity and piney at the same time, with much citrus to it. Taste was bitter, but not overly so, with a very interesting combination of citurs and fruit flavors, such as orange rind. Mouthfeel was good, but nothing special. Maharaja is more bitter, but this one has more citrus tastes going on.

Photo of funkel81
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of twelveinches
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of richkrull
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of csiewert
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Crossmd
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 48 degrees into a bourbon glass. No born date.

Pours a lucid orange with a nice finger and a half eggshell head with gorgeous lacing ringing perfectly, even falling all the way around the circumference of the glass.

Smells of some faint sour orange or tangerine, a hint of slight wheatiness? This is faint though, and I could be smelling things. Not well projected either way.

Taste is an herbal citrus hop rush that's as intense as it is complex. Layering of grapefruit, tangerine, a touch of dry grass/herbs on the finish that cleans up nicely. The mouthfeel is surprisingly low on carbonation, gliding over the palate and into the finish.

This is unique I think in terms of it's aim. The flavor profiling is one that is remarkably intense, and unabashedly so. The mouthfeel is markedly smooth though, almost as if it tries to rip your tongue out of your mouth with sheer hops, and then make up for it afterward. Never have I really experienced something like this in a beer. Some will call it unbalanced, but I believe it to be intentional, even a positive thing after a while. I think I'd rather have the Maharaja over this one, but it's close to a toss up for sure.


Photo of dlepeau
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of AgentMunky
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a stemmed, flaring glass at Michael's in Charlottesville. From notes. Reviewed 15 November 2011.

A: Light head, good lacing. A clear copper-amber colour.

S: Magnificent! Huge hops, lots of citrus, some spice or herb that I can't place.

T: A damn good IPA. Perhaps not the best (as my friend here claims) but it's still quite impressive. Lots of herbal hops and bitter grapefruit.

M: Highly carbonated/spicy. GOOD.

O: An excellent beer than comes highly recommended. I would have it again. And again.

DuganA IPA from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,418 ratings.