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Dundee India Pale Ale - Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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Dundee India Pale AleDundee India Pale Ale

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Ratings: 712
Reviews: 357
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 15.64%
Wants: 2
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co. visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: John on 03-01-2005)
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Photo of frankhanner
2.95/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I went to this new place down the street that sells a multitude of IPA's and a decided to try this one out. "Bold and bitter" caught my eye.

The first sip was interesting. I was expecting a much more bitter beer, but instead it was very hoppy and earthy. At first there is not much taste, but the backend is very grassy/earthy. I wasn't impressed at all. After my initial reaction, I finished the rest. Needless to say I was disappointed. It's definitely drinkable, but I was expecting much more.

frankhanner, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of IPAescotch
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light lacing, but little head. Light pale color

S: Mild grassing hop scent

T: Quite carbonated, little eaarthy. Not too impressive.

M: Not even that light it's so carbonated. Kind of a theme among dundee beers. Not too ingteresting, not much hop flavor for an ipa.

D: Swalloeable, but not much to gloat about.

IPAescotch, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of russpowell
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this as part of a mixed sixer.

Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of pillowy cream colored head.Above average head retention & lacing

S: Leafy & floral hops

T: Leafy & floral hops, light pear flavor, slight honey malt sweetness up front. Leafy hops dominate as this warms, along with white grape & pear fruittyness. finishes with woody & leafy hop bitterness & just a touch of fruitty sweetness, plus some dryness. This seemed more like an EIPA...

MF: Medium bodied, semi-creamy with decent balance

Pretty easy to drink. Not in love with this one, but I had worse IPAs from many breweries with loftier reps

russpowell, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of soju6
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a clear copper color with a billowy head and lots of lacing.

S: Mostly a fresh grain aroma with just a bit of citrus.

T: Initially a tangy bite with mild malt & sweetness. Some citrus and a good bitter finish with a mild metalic taste that lingers.

F: Fairly light feel, the 6.3 ABV is well hidden.

D: Good IPA for a primarily regional brewer. Just a tad too much hop bite for me, still is worth a try.

soju6, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VII:

Look at Dundee, new labels and marketing. They're certainly not the new kids on the block, but this IPA jumped into the market about two years ago, sporting a true modern American-style hopping of Amarillo and

Bright and shiny copper hue, decent head retention with some sporadic stickage. Sweet and herbal hop aroma of mandarin oranges, freshly cut grass and faint powdered aspirin. A bit of sweet biscuity malt in the nose as well. Big on crispness with a fluffy medium body. Dull bitter hop bite from a broader hop flavor that throws thick herb (nearly aspirin-like), spearmint and leaf at the taste buds. Maltiness has a semi-restrained character with a mild sweetness throughout and a juicy kernel of toasted biscuit in the middle. Very clean palate here. The alcohol is a little bit warming with a quick punch of pepper spiciness. Finishes a little dry with more of that dull bitterness.

Bitterness is the star here, with the beer being so clean it might be letting the hops come through a bit too much, as they step all over the malt. Not to nitpick ... a little bit more maltiness to balance would not hurt, but regardless, it is certainly drinkable and within its style.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of Plokhooy
3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I say about this beer what I'll say about all of Dundee's beers: If you want to teach someone about beer, by some Dundee styles and train them on what are simple examples of the various styles. The nice part about this beer is that it is not over-hopped and is pretty balanced for an IPA. Compare to a Sierra Neveda Pale Ale, yet not as polished. The ABV took me by surprise.

Plokhooy, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of JimbobAlonymous
2.68/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Talk about average. I'm new to the world of reviewing beers and I've been wowed easily before but this one...I've got nothing.

A: Light brown, good sized head, but it dissapears in about 7 seconds.

S: not much of a smell, but hints at both bitter and sweet...again, it dissapated and was undetectable in just a minute.

T: little bit of sweetness on the front of the toungue that sneaks in with an overall bitterness and an unpleasant aftertaste. Definitely leaves you with a low-grade-bear aftertaste

M: first sip had carbonated feel, further in, fades like everything else good.

D: no. not for me. I think I know a couple people that would enjoy this, but I definitely don't want another one.

I would call it the most average and unimpressive IPA-labeled beer I've tasted. generally dissapointed after buying a box called "craft beer" pack and expecting something with a little more personality. well, I gave the points a little more generosity than my words, because I want to leave room for my inexperience reviewing, but I do not like this beer.

JimbobAlonymous, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
2.58/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip. I got a case for $8.99 (.37¢ a bottle is an amazing deal), I've never had anything by Dundee before, I knew it was Gennesse's craft brand so my expectations weren't too high.

Pours a nice deep amber with a good one fingered fluffy white head that fades real quick, leaving a bit of lacing. Nose is very tame, it's more malty than anything else, maybe a bit of grassy hops but that's it.

I'll expo what others have said, its more of a pale ale than an IPA but less hoppy and crisp than snpa. It's quite malty, actually pretty well balanced but I'd like a much more prominate hop note than this. I'd say it's more like an English IPA than an American IPA. There's a bit of an odd finish that's a bit vegital but there's a light caramel note that balances it quite well.

Mouthfeel is fairly good, it's light and sharp with good carbonation and fairly malty. It's pretty drinkable for what it is. If price isn't an issue, skip this, but at $8.99/case it's way better than most macro stuff.

kingcrowing, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: An dull, dirty orange pour produces a spongey off white topping, a finger high which slowly recedes to a whispy covering. Visible carbonation was a mixture of softly rising micro bubbles and random bursts of macro bubbles. Clarity was fair enough to see distinguishable objects through, while the lacing was slight and rather unimpressive.

S: Some light dry caramel grain sweetness with almost no signs of hops that I could muster. Comes off my malty sweet then bitter.

T: Sweet caramel upfront is quickly followed by some bittering citrus. The hops are lively and wet in delivery, with some sharp moments. The middle finds a toasty grain sweetness really coming through before a final offering of coarse hops of pine and citrus follow through on the finish. Some noticeable alcohol warming concludes things. A good deal of bitterness at times, but really nothing that seemed refined or blended, rather just hoppy for the sake of being hoppy and not really balanced or utilized as well as maybe it should of.

M :A decent crisp factor, as the label suggests a bold and bitter hop nature, especially on the hold which was highlighted by a creamy toasted caramel body of medium substance.

D: A bit warming, with some alcohol, fairly bitter but nothing that was really outstanding quality wise. May do in a pinch with some low level intentions and expectations but hardly worth seeking out or choosing over other commercially available options. In the end a quick cheap fix for hops, but not necessarily a quality one.

beerthulhu, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of rembrant
3.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

To get an idea of what this is...Think of a poor man's Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. It's $1 a bottle in the sampler 12 pack....SN Pale is about $1.50 a bottle,which is still low $ relative to Bell's Expedition (about $3) or Kentucky Breakfast Stout ($6+ for a 12 oz)

Looks...Looks like a Sierra, Gold/Amber, good 2 finger head

Aroma...smells like a less complex,less beefy Sierra PA,all you sniff is hops...and hey do resemble Sierra,but the scent is less.

Taste, again...less depth + finesse, very similar primary hops (a bit less of it) and the malt backup is a bit weak. Not at all bad for a "drinker",but not a beer you stop to ponder. That's the case for the whole case, the others in the craft pack are rather true to type but,aimed to be the bargain price craft beer.

Mouth...not bad. Decent body, proper Carb,hops linger.

Drinkable? Yes...refreshing and decent if a bit simple but THE PRICE matters. I can't drink a bunch of $3-$6 beers every day but having some Dundee's for "ballgame Beer" for "workin' on the car beer" etc, lets me splurge on some of the elegant stuff. For that...extra credit

rembrant, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of FickleBeast
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Reviewed on my droid.

Pours clear amber with two fingers of pillowy foam. Aroma is floral, perfumey.

Minerally flavor dominates. Not a huge fan. Some malty sweetness, but not enough hop flavor. Strikes me as /more as an APA. Drinkable but underwhelming.

FickleBeast, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of Natainos
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Dundee for me.

A: Murky cider to Carmel look, thick white to beige head and lacing. Looks like Dundee's hold an 1-2 inch head this is my the from the V-pack.

S: burnt caramel and hoppy smell

T: Bitter first taste, Strong hop taste.

M: very hoppy feel and last finish.

D: Not my fav. of the bunch, bitter taste, but has flavors.


Natainos, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of Jwale73
3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint. Poured a light, translucent copper with a loose, half-inch, off-white head. Not much going on with the nose a trace of aromatic hops and malt. Taste yields a little bit more hops - dull pine and citrus, and a little bit of acidity. Mouthfeel is light-medium with an even carbonation. A fairly simplistic IPA, but really quite drinkable for what it is.

Jwale73, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium amber color ale with an average size foamy head with OK retention and not much lacing. Aroma of dry and astringent English-style hops is somewhat bitter with dry caramel malt notes. Taste is also a mix between some dry caramel malt notes with astringent dry hops with a medium bitterness at the end. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad but a bit too dry for my own taste.

Phyl21ca, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of UncleRicoII
2.05/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Given to me as a gift:

Pours out nicely with above average head that can stick around awhile. Has a good amber appearance that presents itself nicely.

Aroma sets itself with light hops and floral smell with no stand out character.

Taste of hops are present though watered and bitter leaving the taste bids waiting for the next flavor and never quite getting it.

A nice gift but would recommend other IPAs for the more traditional IPA drinker. This could be pleasant for those seeking less hoppy IPAs.

UncleRicoII, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of RickS95
3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cross between copper and amber sitting under a thick pillow of white bubbles.

Smells like a bouquet of flowers.

While it's bitter, it doesn't overwhelm you. I could still pick up flowery notes.

This thing is a pale ale til the finish, then the hoppy bitter kicks in making it an IPA. Great lacing.

I tolerate IPAs but they aren't my first choice. However, this was a gentle IPA and I could definitely knock back several of these and enjoy it.

RickS95, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of Lauthaha
3.8/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a 4 ounce taster.

Appearance: Looks nice! Golden-yellow translucence speckled with light carbonation. Small head recedes quickly leaving little lacing. A clean looking ale.

Smell: Very subtle. A gentle hop tone supplemented by an almost honey-like scent. No alcohol detectable, which is (to me) characteristic of a good IPA. Can't wait to give it a sip.

Taste: Ahhh. :-) Much like the smell, there is a gentle bitterness accented by notes of honey. Beautiful malt flavor, though it's just a tad on the dry side for me. Nevertheless, to finish the bottle will be a worthwhile endeavor.

Mouthfeel: Round. Not too bitey, not too soft. The carbonation is just about right. For me, this is a beer better enjoyed at or near freezing. I have to admit, I am very pleased by this selection.

Drinkability: Well, it's a great beer; it really is. However, I wouldn't be able to do more than a pint or so during any given session. For me, this is a good middle-of-the-round beer.

I like it. It's a decent example of an American IPA, though I prefer the British style myself. Good color, good flavor, and it's accessible to those who may not be familiar with IPAs. Definitely a thumbs up for this one.

Lauthaha, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of bigdrewsmoove
3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First beeradvocate review.

Bought this at the grocery store on a Friday for something new. Not real impressed. Doesn't seem to have enough hoppiness for my taste. Poured nice with a lot of lacing. Smell, like I said, not much hops. Taste.. see Smell. For the price not a terrible beer, just not what I like out of an IPA.

bigdrewsmoove, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of DerekP
2.95/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a golden-honey look, pretty clear, still a tiny bit cloudy.

The nose greets a malty-sweet undertone, coupled with a faint presence of hops resin. A little disappointed in the nose category. Hardly any finishing hops are discerned. Smells a lot like a Maibock.

They went straight to the playbook for the taste. Cascade hops, pretty bitter, with a fair amount of astringency in the finish. The body is too thin for the level of bitterness. The brew even feels bitter and unfriendly.

Certainly not a gateway IPA. Luckily I know better, but be sure to keep this out of mind when trying to pull a friend into appreciating IPAs.

On a positive note, not a terrible brew, just not very good.

DerekP, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of Tballz420
3.45/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty clear with a slight haze from the chill copper colored brew. Very sizeable and fluffy cream colored head sticks all over. Scent is mostly sweet malt, a little hint of citrus from the hop. Taste is dominated by the sweet malt, biscuit, some hop bitterness. Very wet mouth and on the lighter side of medium bodied. This effort poured out impressive, but wasnt what i was hoping for. Certainly not bad, its tasty. Just could go a little further to get to the end.

Tballz420, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another beer got in the 24 pack variety case.

A - Well it looks like a standard IPA. Frothy white head. Nice amber hue. Nice.

S - Ehh... not sure. Nothing really jumps out as "hoppy in the smell" mostly of a faint piney smell.

T - Mildly aggressive pine taste with slight medicinal taste at the end finishing in a bitter bite. Finishes dry.

M - Medium bodied yet hops don't seem to be very balanced.

D - Is this an English IPA? Some tones seems to be what I am getting are similar to Arcadia's IPA. I don't really like this IPA seems very unbalanced and sways my opinion on how anyone can make a good tasting IPA. Pass.

DrDemento456, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of berpwillie
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a transparent copper color with large white frothy head that recedes at a moderate rate. good lacing and soft carbonation. piney citrus smell that follows through in the taste with lemon zesty hints as well. light body and a thin slick texture. average flavor duration that finishes moderately bitter. basically your everyday average ipa.

berpwillie, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of bundy462
2.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Amber with a frothy tan head, great retention.

S: Floral hops, not much else.

T: Lots of bittering hops, but overused to the point that it's unbalanced. You don't get anything else but bitterness. Not a very good IPA.

M: Thin.

O: Sort of a micro-brew want to be. Decent for the price, but just nothing great. Too bitter and unbalanced for a session.

bundy462, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an light amber/golden/orange color with a thin head that fades away fast, no lacing, very clear and filtered.

Smell is rather weak, mostly has a sweet malt aroma than a hop presence.

Taste is much improved over the other senses, starts off with a decent hop bitterness and then segues into some malt sweetness in the aftertaste, on the higher strength side of a "regular" IPA but you can't tell from the taste.

The hops aren't overly citrusy or piney, but for a budget IPA, you could do worse.

deltatauhobbit, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of Erish
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured the 12 oz. bottle into an English pint glass.

A: Amber/Orange, with a nice billowy, orange-cream colored head that lasts a long time.

S: Plenty of hops, of course, and some sweet malt.

T: Very sweet malt and plenty of grassy hops up front, along with an orange/citrus flavor, the middle erupts with more hops and some lingering sweetness, and the finish is dry, hoppy, and long-lasting.

M: Medium-bodied, good carbonation, slick on the tongue.

D: A very quaff-able brew, a good introduction to an American IPA that does not destroy your taste buds with insane levels of hops.

Erish, Jun 29, 2010
Dundee India Pale Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 712 ratings.