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

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769 Ratings

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Ratings: 769
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 2
Gots: 56 | 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:
Beer added by: John on 03-01-2005

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Photo of jt31914
2.77/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle:

A: Nice color for certain. Very clingy foamy head; about 1 inch after a typical pour. Nice amber/pale melded color typical of style.

S: Not good. Very cidery and sugary to me. Not much in the way of hops, just an odd cider/citrus aroma that is not too pleasant. Kind of reminds me of Woodchuck mixed with your favorite adjunct brew.

T: A bit better. There are definitely hops in the taste, but the brew is a bit watery and lacks any malt complexity. It is still way to sickly sweet/sugary, and you'd expect the bite of the hops to give it a bit more kick. It's like what Hanson was to pop music - simple and somewhat interesting, yet in a way that leaves you feeling used and embarrassed.

M/D: Not malty enough feel; too slick and sweet, but it is certainly drinkable.

Underwhelming, why did I buy the cheap stuff???? WHY???

Photo of tapman
4.13/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Standard good looking IPA; medium orange body with a one finger head of nearly white foam that proveds a decent sticky lacing. Hints of red also appear in this one so a little darker than some others I've had lately.

Lots of toffee with a big, subtle (if that makes sense) smell of English hops, or at least a similar American low-cohumulone hop.

Lots of toffee and a little caramel followed by spicy hops giving of notes of cinnamon, light pepper and finishes with a little green vegetation. Much better than I expected, I am happy to report.

Quite smooth with enough carbonation to give it a light crispiness in the middle of the sip.

Coming from the honey-brown people this is a decent English style IPA, a style that I am not usually a fan of. I get thrown off by the toffee in these brews and much prefer the west coast style IPAs, but the hops in this one are delicious and I am humbled a little for attempting to judge this book by its cover.

P.S. After reading the BA Mag review I think that it is the very reason that the hops step all over the malts is why I like this one. I could see how that is not great for the style, but I like them clean and this one is certainly that.

Photo of wmtxbb
2.96/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Finger sized head, clear gold body, lots of carbonation that finds its way to the top. Not too bad.

Smell: Woody and citrus hops. A little bit of malt smell

Taste: Spicy hops up front with a little bitterness mixed with some malt flavor. More malt and more hop flavor would make this beer better. Just a bit more. The hop flavor isn't complex enough for me to give this beer more credit and this beer doesn't fit the style of an IPA. It's somewhere in between a pale ale and an IPA. The hops seem flat almost and kind of weak but still present. There is a nice dryness at the end that is due to the alcohol level and the ending is kind of like tasting a tire.

Drinkability: Meh, this is an okay beer. A higher level of malt added with some complex hops and this beer would be drinkable. There is also some off flavors that might be due to inferior malts and hops. If I were the master brewer at Genesse I think I would just scrap this beer and start over. I hate that I bought a whole sampler pack of this and now I have to drink it.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A dark golden color, reminiscient of woody beers. Aroma was better than expected, they didn't skimp on the Amarillos, nor did they dump tons of them either. I guess I'm saying this exceeded expectations given the other Dundee aromas (or lack thereof) I've come across.

Taste, the woody did come out, this beer was surprisingly bigger in every way. A true ipa. Balanced for American, not west coast, but not traditional British by any means. Earthy. Good introduction to the style.

Photo of BrewStoutMagic
3.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is another fine beer Dundee has thrown in a great inexpensive sample pack. As soon as you pop the top you can smell hops. The taste is bitter but enjoyable.The flavor of the hops stands out boldly.As for color I honestly can't say because I'm drinking it from the bottle.I sure did enjoy that.Thanks Dundee for this cool sample 12 pack.Enjoy

Photo of Lukafer
3.37/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vigorous pour yields three fingers of off white head that leaves good lacing. Beer is a medium/dark gold, and there's surprisingly a lot of sediment. Smells are spicy hops and a touch of alcohol. Taste are some bitter hops followed by some malts, bitter finish. Not the best IPA, but at $6.99 a six pack I could drink this often.

Photo of Mosstrooper
2.82/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Hard Rock Cafe branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Golden-orange color with a large white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind a lot of lace in a ring with some spots as well.

Smell: A lot of caramel sweetness, with some flowery hop in the background.

Taste: Begins with a good amount of sugary and almost herbal sweetness, finishing with balanced bitterness and some toastiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: A very average IPA, but definitely not bad. This probably won't satisfy the majority of beer geeks, but could make for some good sessioning or as a starting point for beginners.

Photo of orlandomag
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked when someone below explained this beer as a good introduction beer.

My girlfriend knows I love IPAs so one day when she was shopping she grabbed these due to their cheap price tags. When she got home we cooled them down in an ice bath to drink on the back porch that night.

The first thing you notice when you take a sip, especially if you know anything about IPAs, is the lightness of body and flavor. You don't get any of the high-alcohol percentage feeling that you would get with more IPAs because this beer does not have a high ABV at all. Yes it's more than most domestic/light beers but no where near the ABV you are used to associating with most IPAs on the market.

So like someone said before, this is a good introduction beer to IPAs for someone you want to sway into the fold. It's not amazing, it's not horrible, and it's nice and light for easy drinking and won't catch up on you like a stranger in the alley like most IPAs will.

Photo of frankhanner
3.04/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of IPAescotch
3.08/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.66/5  rDev +12.6%
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

Photo of soju6
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of Plokhooy
3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of JimbobAlonymous
2.7/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of kingcrowing
2.57/5  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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.01/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of rembrant
3.29/5  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

Photo of FickleBeast
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of Natainos
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
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.


Photo of Jwale73
3.41/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of UncleRicoII
2.13/5  rDev -34.5%
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.

Photo of RickS95
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of Lauthaha
3.8/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Dundee India Pale Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 769 ratings.