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: 752
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:
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(Beer added by: John on 03-01-2005)
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Photo of beachbum1975
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The marketing people at Dundee's created some really snazzy new labels for their beers... I picked up a variety 12 pack for $10.99. Classy, almost art deco celadon label depicting India Pale Ale. Let's see what this looks like...

Pours a crystal clear, brow to reddish amber color with a white fuzzy head that dissipates quickly leaving minimal to no lacing. After the drink has settled in my tulip, I see a small ring of or white around the edges and some scattered foam leftovers in the middle. Nice color on this one.

Not much of the nose short of some lightly sweeten malts and the faintest amount of citrus hops.

Tastes much like the nose. Light amounts of sweetened malts following by a floral hops presence. As I swallow, there's the slight amount of bitterness. Not complex, rather light and bittersweet.

Mouthfeel is light-bodied, lightly flavored, crisp and dry with an abundance of carbonation. Too light for me to even consider sessionable, but on a hot summer day, I see how this can be enjoyed.

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

12oz to flare pint, pours a nice shade of slightly reddish amber brown with a cream colored head that retains nicely, good carbonation bubbles stream upwards

smells of biscuity malt, earthy hops

taste is of primarily malts until the hop presence kicks in, very nicely balanced which i find to be odd for the style as most american ipa's are hop bombs where the malts hide in the back. Biscuit/caramel malt, spicy grassy hops, carbonation is good, not bad!

mouthfeel is crisp, bitter, good balance and flavors, not a typical american ipa, very easy to session.

Photo of midaszero
4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll admit I wasn't expecting much out of this beer but was pleasantly surprised.

A - Clear amber with a little orange mixed in. 2 fingers of tan head

S - Sweet malts, some citrus hops and pine. very pleasant but not what I was expecting out of an IPA

T - Good hop flavor not much for bitterness. I was expecting it to be a little more malty sweetness from the nose but the taste is more in line with the style

M - Medium body with medium carbonation, good feel

D - Actually pretty solid example, easy to drink and enjoyable

Photo of mothman
2.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date into a pint glass. Nice fluffy head, but very little lacing. The color was a brownish peach color.

The smell is very nice, but no where near what a regular ipa smells like. It is enjoyable, but it doesn't fit the category. The taste is similiar to the smell; it is pretty good, but where are all the hops. Definately had a floral/grassy taste to it, just not to the extremes like a regular ipa.

Carbonation wasn't to impressive and the mouthfeel was average.

Overall, this was a decent tasting beer, but it unfortunately wasn't a typical ipa.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.84/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a mixed 12 pack of Dundee's ($8.99/12).

Wow, I was surprised by this one! A very hoppy, well balanced IPA for such a cheap price... this is certainly a gem. Has a higher ABV than the usual IPA out there but it isn't noticeable at all and goes down nice and smooth. By far the best beer in this brewery's line up.

Photo of Seanibus
2.65/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours amber with a thin head. Smells grainy with strong but slight sour floral hops. The Taste is sour, with that distinctive Dundee house taste that is sour and slightly unpleasant. The mouthfeel is thin with an acidic aftertaste. This is not an actively offensive beer, but it is hardly a worthy entry into the great American IPA category.

Photo of GilGarp
3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. It has a redish-orange amber color, great clarity, good head with retention, and decent lacing.

Aroma is hoppy but not as much as an IPA should be. It's there and it's fairly fresh smelling but it's not of American IPA quality.

Flavor is average but really, considering what most breweries are puting out these days, it falls sub-par. There's bitterness but IBUs are probably well less than 50 maybe even less than 30. It just doesn't have the oomph. It would make a good pale ale but it's lacking for an IPA.

Mouthfeel is good but nothing special. Drinkability is good but I wouldn't reach for another unless it was the last beer I had.

Photo of clemtig76
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle part of the variety pack. Pours a dark amber/copper color with a nice rocky head. Sticky lacing rings the glass after every sip. Aroma is of piney hops with some sweet malt. I was expecting a little more in the taste department. Some hop bitterness with a little biscuity malt, more like a pale ale than an IPA.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper wit light amber highlights topped with a mediocre head that demtes itself to a half ring of foam. No bubbling at all!
The aroma is sweet bready malt and oolong tea hops with a spritz citrus zest. The taste starts with some citrus zest and breaqd crust, then softens a little to an herbal pepper and tea hop leading to a skewed hop and caramel malt flavor combination in flavor of the hops. Pretty uneven yet herbal palate that loves to linger in the middle of the tongue. Once again, I underestimated this breweries beer.

Photo of jbphoto88
2.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber crystal clear beer with a light head that fades fast.

Scent is slightly grassy and herbal with a hint of malts and charcoal. Not a big nose like you would expect from an American IPA.

Taste is bland and piss poor. This one isn't even a solid pale ale or Brit IPA. There is a nice astringency and bitterness but not really a hop taste you would associate with an IPA.

Fizzy fuzzy but not big and buzzy. A disappointing beer. It has some decent mouthfeel and an average drinkability but this is not an IPA. The label says " be bitter people will understand." I understand and I am now bitter from trying this beer.

Photo of nem2006
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured a clear, amber color with a nice head, but very little carbonation was visible in the glass.

The smell was crisp with floral hints. Not much surprise there.

There was a heavy hoppiness to it, but not overpowering. It was smoother than most IPAs I have tried. It was best before it warmed toward room temperature.

Photo of williamherbert
3.98/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is a thick, pillowy head. Sits atop a hazy, glowing orange. Carbonation looks like bats escaping a cave. Looks like a goddamn BEER.

A really nice flowery hop in the first sniff. Sweetish pine-hop. Some tangy pale malt, with a small hint of citrus fruit.

The flowery estery hop is the signature flavor. The pale malt shows up fashionably late. The malt has hints of tobacco and raisin.

The feel is creamy and chewy, moreso with the temperature rising. Thick and foamy. IT's a terrific, flowery IPA. Not overwhelming but really nice. A summery (!) IPA.

Photo of tgbljb
3.95/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep amber color with moderate slightly off-white creamy head.

Smell is very light with some modest notes of citrus hops.

Taste has a nice citrus hop character, with a touch of malt in the background.

Finish is a bit thin with little taste retention.

While not overly flavorful, it is easy to drink. An above average beer.

4.05/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my first IPA when i began sampling different beers. When i took my first taste of this beer, i thought my mouth was going to explode. I've never tasted anything like IPA's before and was truly surprised.

Within no time, I was hooked on IPA's and seldom drink anything but.

I gave this one high marks simply because it was my first IPA and I still like it after several others.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Long Trail pint glass.

A: Poured a slightly cloudy amber body with orange hues against the sides of the glass. A thin veil of tight carbonation sat on top with minimal lacing.

S: Smell is just a little oily, with most hop aromas being of citrus origin. The rest is a little stale grainy malt.

T: Taste is not overpowering with hops at all, rather it begins with a semi-sweet malt flavor, quickly ushered out with a dry bitterness and citric hop finish. Not that great, but at least the taste is uniform and a little creamy.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy at times, as mentioned above.

D: At 6.3% ABV and flavors withstanding, it's not the best to pick for a session. It's the most outstanding of the Dundee mix pack, but that's not saying much, again.

Not a great IPA, and the hops feel a little forced here. I dunno who does the buying or brewing for Dundee, but they should taste their own beer, and then another moderate-good version of the style they try to recreate before firing up the brew kettle.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.95/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours an amberesque body with a small, white head.

Smell: Plain pale malts with a backing of citrus fruitiness and a faint, faroff note of grain.

Taste: Pale maltiness with a restrained sweetness. Touch of grain astringency. Light citrus flavor paired with an herbal, tea-like component and a medium bitterness. Flourish of carbonation on the dry, lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation, slightly fizzy.

Drinkability: Best so far of the JW Dundee's Box of Horrors, but that's not saying much.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
2.75/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Quite malty like a dense Amber Ale. Some chocolate and other deep roast. No hops, really.

Deep amber/copper color, good clarity, little head with poor retention. Suspended in the head is a hair, about an 1-1/2" long. I'm 95% sure it's not mine, as most of mine are longer and lighter than that. Sorry, that docks the appearance down from the average ~ less-than-average range.

Starts kind of watery and builds with more amber malt and hop-less bitterness. A fairly well-defined malt character comes into better focus to show more chocolate and rich roast. Still, almost no hop flavor. The bitterness has risen to a light roar.

The Verdict
Bitter, yes. Hoppy? Not in the least. This is a poor excuse for an IPA It would make a pretty good Amber Ale, maybe even a hoppy take on an Amber, but no IPA. Sorry.

Photo of Rayek
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up as part of a sampler 12-pack.

A: Looks good. Pale amber color has fairly active carbonation. Rocky white head has nice retention and leaves lots of lace.

S: Lemon, grapefruit and cloves, plus a faint pine aroma.

T: Very mild for an IPA. Toasted malt comes first. A quick burst of grapefruit and lemon bitterness follows. Finishes fairly clean, with little lingering flavor.

M: Medium body feels slick. A little too much carbonation.

D: I'm conflicted over this one. A really nice session beer that stands well on its own. Compared against other IPA's, this beer lacks the requisite bitterness of the style. It drinks more like an APA than anything else.

Photo of orangemoustache
3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a iced tea amber with a fluffy almond head that retains well,lots of chunky circular lacing makes this a pretty nice looking treat.The nose is full of banana with some underachieving hop aromas and some lightly toasted malt sweetness.The taste is extremely balanced for an AIPA if thats what your looking for,I prefer the hops to KO my taste buds.This has some decent sweetness and slight hoppy bite.The body seems to be about right,it just not quite there when it comes to the finish,to clean for an IPA(even for a Americn IPA). Actually one of the better offerings from J.W.Dundee,an easy drinker that won't test the boundaries of the style,maybe good for those who like balance over substance.

Photo of almychristopher
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a light amber color with a nice head that fades to heavy lacing. the aroma has a decent amount of hops present, but nothing overly noteworthy. the taste continues with a that piney hop flavor that was present in the nose, once again not as hoppy as I would like, but combined with the decent mouthfeel and even better price tag I'd say this a pretty drinkable beer.

Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber color with a fairly dense cream colored head that dissipated into a sparse cap. The aroma is of grassy hops and some citrus, orange and grapefruit. Overall the smell is a bit weak for the style. The taste starts off with a grassy hop which is quickly cut by a smooth honey malt. It is actually pretty tasty but is on the lower range of IPAs for hoppiness. The feel is light and fizzy and finishes very smooth and not very bitter. From a flavor standpoint this is a pretty good beer, from a style standpoint it kind of misses. This is probably a good starter IPA for those new to the craft beer game.

Photo of dacrza1
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Soft brownish-red body with a white head that evokes lacing in a perfect balance--a half-inch head sits comfortably and sternly... spruce and hops abound, with fitting hints of malt--this could be a pleasant surprise! Smooth--too smooth?--for an IPA; warms the whole mouth with its medium-bodied presence... malts are present, as are citrus hints and a warming herb or two... not bad--slacks off as the glass drains still, a long way for Honey Brown's maker! A strange taste when exhaled, though... A pleasant, nonthreatening IPA--an American IPA that you don't need a toothpick or a toothbrush after imbibing... overall, I could drink this again, and with regard to the sampler, the next best thing to the Brown...

Photo of Squelch
2.73/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Copper with an offwhite head that stays a little bit and provides a nice lacing

Smell: No noticable hop aroma. Perhaps the head won't allow the aromas to come through. Not impressed

Taste: tastes like an APA. Not bad, but not to style. Slight hop bitterness and a little more evident flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is nice. Fits style nicely

Drinkability: A drinkable beer but not great within the style. Let it warm up a bit before you dive into this one as the hop flavors need higher temps to present themselves to your palate.

Photo of generallee
3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has nice amber color with good clarity and a thin foamy head that is off white in color.

Smell: The aroma is light with a pleasant citrus hop scent over a faint malt note.

Taste/Mouth feel: It has a mellow pine and citrus hop tone balanced by a thin malt presence. The palate has a smooth mouth feel with a light to medium body and mild carbonation.

Notes: Basic, smooth, and safe. It has a simple, never over the top flavor that is enjoyable but not one that you would say I need to get more of that.

Photo of Hoagie1973
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep golden color with a medium frothy head. Reduces to a nice foamy layer that hangs out till the end, leaving stringy lacing.
Smells a little spicy & floral, nothing overly complex.
Mostly malt flavor to start, which gives way to a hop character that's more bitterness than flavor. Touch of citrus rind maybe. Drying in the finish, leaving a little oiliness on the tongue.
Feel is crisp and fairly light to medium bodied.
Overall it's tolerable, but the hops are one-dimensional and lack flavor. Not undrinkable, but not a great example of the style.

Dundee India Pale Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 752 ratings.