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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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751 Ratings
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Ratings: 751
Reviews: 365
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 2
Gots: 44 | 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 evilkalla
4.03/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into an ale glass.

A: Clear, pale copper with an inch of head and lots of carbonation. Head has remained and there is lots of lacing to be seen.

S: Piney and resinous. Expected for an IPA.

T: Quite bitter up front but this immediately gives way to a decent level of maltiness. Somewhat bitter on the finish. Overall, very well balanced.

M: Has a fairly hefty mouthfeel and body to it. Very nice.

O: Very well balanced, drinkable IPA. I would drink this one all night.

Photo of Mora2000
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear orange color with a small white head. The aroma is some grassy and citrus hops with some bready malt. There is also some soapiness in the aroma. The flavor is heavy on the bready malt with some perfume and floral hops. There is also some toffee and citrus mixed in, but overall the bready and flowers dominates the flavor. Not offensive, but nothing too good about the beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. There are better far better IPAs out there.

Photo of Looneybiz
2.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass and its a nice golden hue with a 2 finger frothy head that sticks around for a while and leaves some nice lace.

Smell was very fient of hops.

Taste was pretty much your typical American made IPA. Nothing really special. The hops hit you right away and stay with you for a while but the flavor isnt overpowering or anything. A nice bitter finish.

I'd drink it again and the price was really nice for a stronger flavored beer.

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.9/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Purchased as part of a 12-pack sampler. What I believe is a Julian-style date code is on the bottle neck.

Pours a clear, deep gold. Head patches the glass nicely. Dundee beers really look nice. Smell is surprisingly malty for an IPA. A bit of sweet, candy-ish hops too. Taste sorta kicks off with some mild, cool, grapefruit hops. Twists into a solid, toasted, grainy malt backbone. Really nice, and unexpected from an American IPA. Finishes a bit hot, dry, and pleasantly bitter - the candy hop taste returns. Easy to drink IPA, and way more mellow and "round" than most of its style. Impressive!

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dundee India Pale ale, 6.7% alcohol poured into a dogfish goblet.

A- Pours a golden copper hued fluid that produces a light head that sinks to a tightly bubbled top. Some lacing sticks to the sides of the glass but not much for style.

S- Subtle hops (Citrus, grass and pine) show in the nose with a little malt sweetness.

T-M- Upfront is a clean and crisp bitter bite that smoothes it's way over the tongue easily.
Doesn't linger very long or give as big of a bite as any other ipa i've had, but clean at that. Hops are charactorized as grassy and lightly piney. Alcohol heat is appearent but not offensivly. Smooth and watery for a 6.3%
alcohol beer but interesting at that, very drinkable.

I could drink this on tap for a cheap happy hour price.

Photo of loveingminor
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: poured a nice amber/golden color with little head.

s: i don't smell any hops. it just smells like... beer.

t: not overly hoppy, but not completely unpleasant. i guess i'm spoiled by the super-hoppiness of the stegmaier IPA. not what i'd expect from an IPA

m: feels crisp, not slimy.

overall: i wouldn't really consider this an IPA. Try again genesee.

Photo of avaccani
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep golden yellow. Nice bright white head. Lacing was decent. Smelled pretty good. Not overpowering, but a decent hop aroma. Taste was meh, ok. I mean it could almost pass for a PA. Bitterness was subtle while the aroma was more pronounced. Tasted a little watered down, but carb. was good. Overall I'd pass on this one next time.

Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in pint glass.

Pours with ample head, but this is short lived, turning into a mere ring of foam over a clear copper liquid.

Balance of malt of hops in both aroma and taste. Too balanced for an IPA, with a shortage of hops that is less obvious in the aroma than in the flavor. Piney and citrus notes dominate in the hops. The mouthfeel is also a little disappointing, being a bit watery. Some aromatics indicative of a higher ABV brew.

{Light revision with re-tasting on 5/26/2011)

Photo of DaveBlack
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich golden color with a finger and a half of fluffy white head with a long retention. Beer looks incredibly carbonated from the sheer volume of bubbles rising from every surface of the glass. A good asmount of lacing is left behind in the wake of the head to boot.

S: Sweet fruitiness on the nose before it is hit by the wave of hops. Not much to smell beyond that.

T: Not a very interesting beer. Very simple (almost indescribably simple) malt flavor up front which is immediately swept away by a wave of hoppiness. This beer, to me, tastes like a very mediocre beer which they tried to make better by throwing in a lot of hops. Great hop characteristics, just nothing to back it up.

M: Medium bodied, pretty heavy on the carbonation, though not as heavy as the appearance led me to believe.

D: A drinkable beer. Hops are absolutely present, but not overwhelming, and there is nothing else to this beer. It's like a watered-down version of what an IPA should be. It's drinkable, but hardly worth drinking. Save your money and look for something better.

Photo of droomyster
4.05/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper with fingers of off-white head with good retention. Aromas are predominantly hoppy, with sweet caramel malts also weighing in. The hoppy aroma is characterized by orange citrus, floral, and piney notes; strengthwise, they are considerably more subdued than those of other IPAs, but good nonetheless. The flavors are consistent with the nose and again, are not as overwhelming as those of many other IPAs, but tasty just the same. The medium body is extremely smooth. Finishes with orange zest lingering long. A highly drinkable beer. Easily the best of the Dundees.

Photo of G2Brew
3.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured at 45 degrees from a bottle into a chilled beer mug. No "best by" date.

A - Medium amber with an orange-ish tint (right out of the BJCP) with rising bubbles early, about a finger of yellow-white foam with average persistence, and some nice lacing. Good clarity. Nothing bad, nothing exceptional.

S - Light aroma: some sweet and biscuit malt under floral, grassy, citrusy hops.

T - This flavor profile is textbook IPA, right out of the BJCP. I've found that to be true of all the Dundees I've tasted. Nothing unexpected, not exceptional, but solid and true to type. This beer leans toward the English rather than the American IPA profile. Citrusy, herbal, floral hops is forward of light malt flavors, slightly toasty, and a little caramel.

M - Medium body and medium-high carbonation give a smooth, yet crisp mouthfeel. Less body than is typical of an American IPA, but about right, I think, for an English-style IPA.

D - The IPA is my favorite Dundee, but Dundee is far from my favorite IPA. That said, this is a good, drinkable beer, and for the money, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better IPA. Very straightforward, and a good example of what an English IPA ought to taste like. I'll buy this to share, because of the price and the relative lightness and crispness that will allow one to drink several bottles over the course of a hot afternoon. But don't mistake me: this is not an "IPA light." It's the real deal, just not as heavy as some.

Photo of Duff27
2.73/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- One-fingered white head on top of a lighter amber beer. Looks like some sediment and plenty of carb bubbles. Pretty good lacing and head retention. Fine looking beer.

S- Slighty grassy.

T- First sip tasted like McDonalds fries. Seriously, that was my first thought. Hops seem muted but there's no way to tell how old this is.

M- Tad under carbonated it seems. medium to light mouthfeel.

D/O- This hovers the line between highly drinkable and something I'd want to drink a lot of. Overall it's a little light on the flavor side so I'd probably decide to go with another IPA.

Photo of industrialswill
3.95/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

She's got a dark walnut hue, thin head and pretty well carbonated.
The smell and taste reminds me of fruitcake. There is just enough of a hoppy bite to satisfy my expectations for an IPA. Each sip is boozy enough to remind me of home brewed country wine.
Quite alot going on here for an 89 cent beer!

Photo of woodychandler
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Another bottle, courtesy of my local trade partner, tone77, who wants to see me keep my bottle count in line with The CANQuest (TM). Oakle doakle!

From the bottle: "Sometimes, it's ok to be bitter. When they stick you on a ship and send you to India without any good ale from home, it's ok to be bitter. The result was India Pale Ale - the high point in bitterness history. When your team goes 0-16. When you don't make it past the ladies' tee. Or when you want an ale with as much oomph as a steak, a burrito, or a Vegas bachelorette party. Be bitter. People will understand."

I had not even finished my aggro pour when I caught that first musky whiff of hops! The two fingers of tawny head head beckoned like a Siren from the shore. The color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber and my mouth was watering nearly uncontrollably. The nose was pine-y with a caramel sweetness underneath. As the head feel, a thick, sticky lacing began to appear. Mouthfeel was about as full as I have gotten from a non-draft beer and the hops went immediately to work at scrubbing my tongue. The hops were bitter, but slightly off and I am unsure whether it was due to freshness or brewing process as there was no date on the bottle. Finish was initially bitter, giving 'way to a light caramel sweetness at the extreme finish. Worth a try, especially if you CAN be guaranteed of its freshness.

Photo of curasowa
3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden yellow color with 1 finger of head that fades with chunky lacing

Aroma: Earthy hops over toasted, caramel malt

Taste: Grassy, earthy hop bitterness up front over a nice, medium body before the carbonation prickles the tongue in the middle. Goes out with a more piney, sharp hop bitterness into a lingering finish.

The Rest: Body is medium, and almost creamy and drinkability is good. An different hop profile than most IPA's, with more of an earthy-hop feel up front. I do appreciate that they didn't try to play the hoppiest IPA game.

Photo of BatDaddy
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another from the Dundee Mixed 12 pack...

A - Deep golden amber hue with a decent sticky looking head. Nice lacing with a small layer sticking around the whole glass.

S - Smell is oddly faint for an IPA, but is mostly some light herbal hops. Slight flowery presence as well.

T - Not bad... herbal resiny hops mostly. Bitter, but not a punch to the tongue. Everything's kind of mild here. Touch of pepper, and some biscuity malt.

M - Medium bodied and a little prickly on the tongue.

D - Decent. Some nice bitter flavors, but nothing very assaulting.

Not a bad beer, but certainly not a great one. Hop heads would probably be disappointed in this one.

Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a small head. Smell is strong of hops. Taste is also hoppy, some citrus notes, a touch of bitterness, good malt balance. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall this is a pretty good beer.

Photo of thebrood1987
3.85/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this beer fresh before and it can get a pretty good bitter bite to it but this recent 6 pack I've had is less fresh so I'm just gonna go by the beer as a whole. You can definitely smell the grassy hops right away with citrus and some sweet malt in the back. You also get like one other reviewer had said this wet-stone mineral like smell. You can taste the crystal malts which add an almost salty unfiltered taste with those grassy citrus hops leaving some bitterness in the after taste. It reminds me of Cricket Hill IPA but a bit more bitter when its fresh so I like this one better. It's only 5.99 for a 6 pack so I way rather by this over the big 3. If you want the cheapest IPA you could find with some pretty good hop flavor (when fresh) then this is the beer for you.

Photo of greenmonstah
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass

A - Pours a light copper with nearly 2 fingers of cream colored head. Actually looks quite attractive. Nice lacing on the glass.

S - Malty and grassy. Mostly bitter grass and a very crisp cleanliness.

T - Strong bitter grassy hop with a long-lasting malt character. The hop profile is a bit too one-noted and strongly bitter. I love hops, but this is a bit too one-noted. There's a bit of biscuity malt that is pleasant. Definitely drinkable, but also definitely not delicious.

M - Medium body with considerable dryness in the finish. Starts very wet feeling and ends a bit dry.

D - Not a bad IPA for the price, perhaps my second favorite from the Dundee label. Easy to drink and fairly pleasant. If you don't like bitterness you will not be able to enjoy this beer.

Photo of HotHands
3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle in to a nonic.

A - pours a light copper color with a white frothy head. Good lacing on the sides.

S - smell is of grassy and floral hops, with hints of fruitiness and biscuity malt.

T - follows the nose of hop flavors plus a toasty malt presence. It's pretty good, though a bit different from most American IPAs because of the hop profile. Bitterness is moderate, but slightly below average for the style.

M - average carbonation and feel. Finish is clean, doesn't linger much.

D - Quite drinkable for an IPA. It's nothing special but it gets the job done and there's nothing off-putting to complain about.

Photo of Wamesit
2.6/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a bright amber with a thick white head that gives way to thick lacing.

S - Light aroma. Biscuity malts. Some citrus hops.

T - Strong grassy hops bittering. It is difficult to find the biscuit malts, or any malts for that matter, in the mix. Finish is peppery and a touch minty. A broader hops flavor and some more balance would serve this IPA well.

M - Medium. A little bit too much carbonation, esp. in the finish.

D - The lack of direction and/or achievement in this IPA does not leave me wanting another.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear copper body with a two inch eggshell head. The head is frothy and sticky. It looks like meringue.

S - Citrusy hops.

T - Citrus and leafy hops. Very little to note in malt character.

M - Wet mouth with a mildly coarse feel on the tip of my tongue and on my lips.

~ This is a nice IPA. It offers a better than average flavor with an easily drinkable ABV. This isn't a beer I'd seek out but it is a beer I would drink if i were on tap at a local establishment.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.73/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid, thick, snow-white head that lasts a long while and remains firm and strong. Lots of bubbles aid in its retention. Color is a very clear pale sunset orange. The complete lack of shading or haziness make it look almost like a lager. Nice lace stickage.

An earthy nose, having hints of mineral and a kind of lightly wet stone-like smell that reminds of a basement...along with the expected/desired presence of breezy clean hops that easily bring to mind citrus rind. Malt presence if pretty laid back, distant even...

No big surprises in the taste, as the hops stay front and center, and are still all about citrus rind, with a twisted kind of bitterness in the finish. Twisted as in salt + citrus rind, though not a tongue-ripper or anything of the more deviant sort. Some stone/mineral too, although this would have been much better had they thrown more malt at it. Clearly they've used a pretty clear grain with which to brew this, but there should have been more of it.

A good balance, texturally, between carbonation-driven sharpness and a softness that becomes even nicer with some of the chill off.

As I sum it up, the citrus peel bitterness is still riding out in the finish after every sip. So it's quite good, and one that needs several meetings to appreciate (didn't like it much on first visit a couple days ago). It's way easy to drink and quite enjoyable for what it is. I just wish they would have bulked it up a bit with a heftier malt presence to offset the pleasing but one-dimensional citrus rind character.

Photo of JDFish
4.1/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass:

A: dark golden color and a good amount of white fizzy head that leaves a few minutes of lacing

S: Lite citrus, piney grains, and hops

T: Simply delicious. I appreciate Dundee's simple approach to brewing. Like their other offerings, nothing fancy or complex, but just a quality tastey brew. Strong crisp hoppiness that is clean on the palate.

M: A very pleasant experience. Moderate body, I feel my self-esteem rise when I drink this. Very clean and crisp, light to mid carbonation

D: Awesome! So good, I can drink more than a few of these. Excellent value. Their 12-pack mix is very fun. A delicious simple sweet stout, the pale bock, and the IPA are all very drinkable.

Photo of Bulldog88h
2.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Alright, it's not Flower Power, Founder's Centennial, or Two Hearted, but after a couple of those, this is an easy-drinkin IPA. Not a big hop flavor, but faint enough that you'd still call it IPA. Depending on it's price, a sessionable IPA. Credit goes to Dundee for trying.

Dundee India Pale Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 751 ratings.