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DuganA IPA - Avery Brewing Company

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DuganA IPADuganA IPA

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,261 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,261
Reviews: 580
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 69
Gots: 68 | 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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modalnails

Colorado

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another great beer made by avery
Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: smells more or less how it tastes, citrus with hops

T: a balance of hop and sweetness

M: smooth with very defined flavors that blend together to make an amazing beer

D: tastey and can drink more than one in a sitting (if only it was a little cheaper)

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 16:47:16 | More by modalnails
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Fatehunter

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass. A cloudy-golden color with a half inch white head.

S - Very floral and citrusy. Grapefruit and mandarin.

T - Bitingly bitter. Some pine and grapefruit flavors. It is almost like putting a bunch of dry hops into your mouth. That is a good thing.

M - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

D - Very good. A great IPA, perfectly complex and bitter.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 01:43:45 | More by Fatehunter
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, floral hops and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of piney hops bitterness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The hoppiness remains dominant. The after-taste is likewise hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice 2IPA hop bomb worth drinking for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 03:55:11 | More by TheManiacalOne
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stephens101

Oklahoma

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Haven't had a new Avery brew in quite a while, so expectations are riding high.

Reddish orange with a medium-sized tan head off a hard pour. The head stays alive for a few moments and quickly fades. Thin lines and small dots of lace cling to the circumference of the tulip. Some large bubbles laze around on the top of the brew.

A big hell-yeah to the nose with striking oily and citrusy hops. Earthy/piny hops layer on the tongue with subtle malt notes, grapefruit and spice and a vein of alcohol heat. Big with a heavy mouth-feel that demands sipping.

Without a doubt one of the best Avery brews I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2010 01:11:24 | More by stephens101
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stakem

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 12/1/10. On tap at Al's of Hampden.

Poured into a pint, this brew appears a polished clear orange copper color. A thin film of white sits across the top with barley any retension despite rising bubbles.

The aroma of this brew displays a display of hop scents and almost nothing else. Scents of flowers, herbs, grass, spice and citrus rind all are included with a tingle of the alcohol in the nose.

The taste is herbal with spice and toasty caramel malt. It has a clingy bitterness that hangs on the tongue tasting grassy and earthy with a notion of the alcohol being evident.

A medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. Quite good but would be even more drinkable with a bit more sweetness or malt character.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2010 17:40:02 | More by stakem
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours a clouded copper with golden hues. A really nice, fluffy head bubbles up with incredible retention and copious rings of lacing.

Scents of piny citrus, rind and fruit alongside malty tones and a hint of alcohol.

Blast of pine hops up front with a smash of grapefruit. A full malt backbone adequately balances the beer with some breadiness. Hops are really pronounced throughout the profile with some lighter fruit sweetness. Finishes long and bitter with alcohol warmth.

Medium body, decent carbonation, dry and sticky. Drinks nicely and the alcohol is masked pretty well although it's a bit more apparent than some other DIPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2010 01:14:09 | More by xnicknj
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RichScherle

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Beautiful orange/amber. nice level of floaties (which i like). Head is lush and lumpy

Smell - lush caramel sweetness combined with a slight whiff of piney hop. More malty on the nose than hoppy.

Taste - nice malty note on the front end (though a bit cloying, with a earthy and piney hop middle(not so much citrus) - possibly a slight passion fruity note. Finish is moderately bitter but not extreme (like i like in an ipa) but is quite long with a lingering but restrained hop taste and mild sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Came across as just a tad cloying. needs to be drier on the front end with a little more hop aroma/bitterness to balance it out. Possibly a lower mash temp would help that out.

Drinkability - average. it comes across as a tad sweet and I wouldn't want more than one.

Conclusion - its bigger brother (the Maharaja) is much much better. It just seems to lack the extreme juicy hoppy character and it is a bit cloying on the front end. Its enjoyable but not mind blowing. Enjoyed the piney notes but every time I get this beer I'm left slightly wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 22:21:06 | More by RichScherle
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Axic10

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a light, slightly hazy golden with a finger or fluffy white head.

Smell: As soon as I cracked the cap on this one, I got a strong whiff of strong tropical fruits (pineapple, mango, tangerine). Nice hoppy nose but the sweetness on this is really nice.

Taste: Bitter hops, sweet pineapple, mango, tangerine and grapefruit. A very nice West Coast DIPA. Very sweet, but not overly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Very surprised by this, it's almost closer to light bodied than it is to medium and very crisp, clean and smooth.

Drinkability: Move over Maharaja, this might be my new favorite Avery DIPA, if I didn't know better, I would think this is a very well made IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 23:35:30 | More by Axic10
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PDXHops

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. See-thru light amber body with a fluffy 3-finger light cream head. Good retention, lazily connected patches of lacing.

Big hoppy nose of resiny pine and grapefruit, yet quite sweet at the same time. Medium bodied and full of caramel and brown sugar, but a steady stream of bitterness cuts through it. Juicy with citrus up front, but it's pine and a certain dankness that linger in the end.

Overall impression: Sort of a barleywinish DIPA in terms of maltiness, but quite solid.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 19:12:06 | More by PDXHops
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CaptCleveland

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber ($6.99) from local Whole Foods poured into SA glass.
Thin, off-white head atop honey-colored liquid and boy do the hops come wafting strong from the pour.
Piney, earth tones, grand hop aroma.
Minimal citrus leaves for strong hop bitterness which tingles the buds throughout.
First taste to last this is a fine DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 01:51:53 | More by CaptCleveland
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StlHopHead77

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a pale,hazy orange with a proud two finger,creamy white head that showed good retention and left stringy,sudsy lacing.

S-Bright,fresh floral hops initially with tangy,rain-soaked pine and citric peel notes.Toasty,biscuit malt,slight brown sugar and a herbal quality were also present in the nose.

T-Tart citrus,perfumey and flowery hops and slick,biting pine.Brown sugar and wildflower honey from the malts.

M-Not overly sweet with medium body,a slick mouthfeel and dry finish.

D-An extremely drinkable IIPA and another high quality beer from Avery.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2010 12:25:09 | More by StlHopHead77
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tbrown4

Maryland

2.98/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My first impression from the pour through the end was that this was exceedingly average. Very middle of the road, average. I would definitely drink it again as it was not terrible.

Pours with 1/2 finger head. Very even malt/hop balance. I prefer a little more hop flavor for an IPA. Not a ton of character here. The taste it self is very round and even. It almost tastes under-developed, like a home brewer's early attempts in the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 21:57:40 | More by tbrown4
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jera1350

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden orange color with a rich head that produces some crystally lace.

Fresh, sweet and hoppy nose. Stone fruit like apricot and peach, bright citrus hops and malt sweetness.

Citrusy hops, some pine, apricot, lots of bitterness with only a light malt sweetness. Good complexity.

Excellent feel. Velvety soft feeling all around.

A high quality IPA with nice complexity. Plenty of hoppy bitterness and drinks quite easily.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 03:50:51 | More by jera1350
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours an amber bronze with a huge 3 finger rocky head. Some sticky lacing left behind.

S - Herbal perfume hops, loads of fresh earthy pine and sharp grapefruit citrus. Candied caramel malt.

T - Sweet caramel malt floods the taste buds and is infused with honey and herbal floral hops that are full of flavor but seems to be tame on the bitterness. The finish is green pine needles that turns to a sharp grapefruit rind citrus at the very end.

M - Full bodied. Glassy smooth.

The malt profile is delicious! The hops provide lots of flavor but are low on bitterness much less than the average Imperial IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 03:33:26 | More by StaveHooks
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btorsdog

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW...Thought it was going to be good ,but turned out it was REALLY good! Poured a beautiful semi murkey golden orange with tons of carbonation bubbles keeping things alive at all times.Decent head and a good amount of bright white lacing.
Smeeled pretty weak actually with an orangish scent going on in the background with some sweet type malts in the front not bad just sub-dued!
Tasted absolutely wonderful, orange/fruity bitterness coming thru in waves and a rounded out carmel sweetness keeping everything in check, quite delightfull!
Medium mouthfeel with a slight sting of hoppiness,pure joy!
Drink was superb ,This Avery Co. shure knows how to put together some fine tasting DIPA's!!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 22:44:32 | More by btorsdog
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found notes from a trip to Birreria Paradiso.

A: Amber Color body with a pinky of frothy head and pretty good lacing.

S: Awesome! Huge tropical citrus hops, with a beautiful sweetness as well. Pine notes and just a great balanced DIPA smell that would make any hop head thirsty.

T: The smell comes through in the taste nicely but with much more malt character and though the hops are definitely there and are nice and juicy, its dialed down a little from the smell. Nice balance, just some hop bite and complexity away from being a 5.

M: Smooth, creamy and great carbonation.

D: Great and easy drinker. Totally solid beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2010 22:41:30 | More by Dreadnaught33
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a medium orange color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Nose has floral, citrus hops, caramel

T: Big grapefruit,. caramel, booze, orange peel, a few hints at pineapple

M: Medium body is very well carbonated. Lots of hop oils

D: Very good.

Serving type: growler

11-27-2010 02:06:07 | More by barleywinefiend
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Magpie14

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap a Butch's Dry Dock in Holland, MI

A: copper and yellow hues reign, with a nice sparkling quality. The barman left just a thin layer of fuzzy foam on top. Lacing is leaving a hefty mark. Nice vibe and looks par for the course

S: some pretty stiff hop smells in the way of candied citrus and pine. Tough bread-like caramel notes in the mix as well. Hops are kinda spicy to the nose. Very delicious smelling

T: Hops are the driving force. It is not as malty or sweet as my nose detected. My taste buds register plenty of hop flavors; honeyed oranges, pine/spruce, candied grapefruits, and just enough malts to keep the hops in check. I should also add that the hops have enough pungent oils to beat any tongue up. This is a nice all around beer

M: slightly sticky, smooth, and polished. Way to easy to drink

D: one of my favorites for the style. Avery is a sick brewery

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2010 01:14:27 | More by Magpie14
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #34 (Nov 2009):

Pale orangey color with a mild haze, solid crowning of head from a stiff pour. The aroma is so hoppy that citric and mint hold the nose hard. Smooth medium body drops a deep smoothness, malt stays strong with bready and biscuit flavor to start ... then the hops come. Bitterness rides that fine line between aggressive and simply being on top as it lets the malt flavors through yet slowly pummels the palate with a carefully gauged bitterness of citric peel and wildflowers. Sure, there is a touch of heat in the throat from the alcohol, even some ripe tropical fruit, but it does not rise above the hops. Orange peel, peaches and passion fruit on the palate. Finishes bitter with a breath of alcohol and mint from the hops.

My oh my, Avery has found the true path of hop brilliance.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2010 21:57:31 | More by BeerAdvocate
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice three finger head with and awesome thick foam retention down to the last of this 22 oz. bottle. The color is a golden copper, very clear but lots of good bubbling.

The aroma is ha heavy pine, green peppercorn, and orange skin mix. Hard to notice any malt aromas.

The palate feels oily from the start. The taste is ots of cooked peppercorns and orange peels and zest. The middle has a more resiny mouthfeel. Plus the hops get a little break from being bitter and let a little toasted caramel try to balance the flavor profile out a bit. The finish is a citric zest and earthy hop finish with homemade white bread crust malts and some alcoholic heat for warmth.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 03:34:31 | More by scruffwhor
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BreworFerment

Oregon

4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at Bruery Provisions in Orange, Ca. Poured a copper orange with loose lacing and not much of a head.

On the nose there was a LOT of barnyard, feet, armpit, Bret smelling. There was more barnyard in this one than other IPA's I've had that were purposefully inoculated with Brettanomyces. It gave it a depth that I really liked. Musky with some pine of course.

Taste was more barnyard, followed by barnyard dirt, musky, pine. I really enjoyed this beer as there were many layers to peel back. My only complaint was there was a little too much carbonation

Serving type: on-tap

11-12-2010 03:28:07 | More by BreworFerment
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OhSoHoppy

California

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From bottle to glass
This beer was a slightly dark golden beer, (color didn't seem to match taste) the head was strung out and yeasty bubbles. Smells exactly like an IPA should-lots of hops. Taste was not dry but bitter, very enjoyable but not your generic IPA. noticeable malts and undertones of some kind of fruit. feels smooth and not very carbonated. but by no means a light feel. I recommend as a better than fair beer for you IPA lovers but not as memorable as many other UNIQUE IPAs I have had in the past

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 00:10:06 | More by OhSoHoppy
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MetalHopHead6

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Avery DuganA IPA is citric and bitter with a roasted nut finish.

It poured pale with a short white head; however it left a good amount of lace. The smell popped with citrus and the flavor had a subtle citric beginning that gave way to a dry-roasted nut quality as the ale warmed. The feel had an aggressive bitter bite and a very dry finish.

DuganA is thick, bitter, bready, and complex. It's fantastic when warm and a great cool-weather hoppy ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 22:32:11 | More by MetalHopHead6
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billab914

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. It poured a clear amber color with a rocky and thick white head to it.The head settled down but left some great lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma shows a hoppy, tropical fruit like flavor to it. Pineapple and grapefruit mix with some pine. Very nice hoppy aroma overall.

The taste has a bright citrus hoppiness to it with peach, pineapple and grapefruit all present. It has a very nice almost tropical fruit like hoppiness to it that I usually love. It has a dry bitterness that starts to come through in the finish and also lingers for a while after. Excellent hoppiness to it overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, I really liked the citrusy hoppiness it brought. Very flavorful and easy drinking IPA overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 21:42:17 | More by billab914
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100floods

California

4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap almost a year ago and loved it., now I'm taking on the bomber.

Pours an almost clear golden-yellow hue and a finger of white bubbly head. Through the foam I smell mostly floral and grapefruit while the first sip shares a similar flavor. Lots of nice earthy/pine notes. The body feels light and the the finish is rather quick. There's a brief bitter aftertaste, but it's gone shortly after. It's very quick to the point. I'm very pleased with the use of hops and the smaller role of the malt. This is a pleasing contrast to the Maharaja DIPA. Still full of hop flavor, just not so much concerned with size. I can't quite put my finger (or tongue) on it but this beer is familiar, but different at the same time. The execution of the flavors as a whole and the mouthfeel make is what sets this apart. Excellent use of hops (as far as taste goes). I think this beer, in general, is leaning on the line between IPA and DIPA which makes it a little exciting.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 19:55:40 | More by 100floods
DuganA IPA from Avery Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,261 ratings.