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

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Ratings: 770
Reviews: 369
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 15.69%
Wants: 2
Gots: 55 | 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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Ratings: 770 | Reviews: 369
Photo of Minkybut
3.03/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 50 degrees. The beer was a very nice bright golden color. It had an odd tan head that was tremendous with really big bubbles. The was malty and slighly hoppy smelling with great amounts of lacing. It was just average tasting and I really did not care for it.

Photo of thespaceman
3.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Included in Dundee Variety pack.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Beautiful amber in color, nice bubbles from the carbo, a nice frothy head that left behind some nice lacing.

Smell: A blend of citrusy notes paired with some other fruit offerings, a tinge of apple and plum in there. A mild acidic aroma comes out as well? Might be from the bottling.

Taste: A good citrus bite in the front, a bit of peppery spice is prevalent. A strong oily hop presence makes this one pretty pleasing. Not as bitter in the finish as I like my IPA's but a good amount of carbonation makes this one better.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, again the bitterness isn't all there but it's kept up from good carbonation and a nice body. Pretty velvety for an IPA.

Drinkability: For my first beer out of the pack, it didn't blow my socks off but it is definetley an enjoyable IPA that has good hop character and a astringent malt character. Good session beer as well.

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

Regular 12oz brown glass bottle with a twist-off cap. Label and cap are green and shows a ship in a bottle.
Clear copper honey body with low carbonation. Good lace and decent retention.
Nice mild hoppy scent with a touch of pine, biscuit and licorice.
Hoppy flavor with nice spice and bitter aftertaste.
Medium body with light coating and a bit of residual sugars.
Good drinkability and easy to enjoy.


Photo of NJpadreFan
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dundee- IPA

A- Golden copper orange with a thick heavy lacing head.
S- Tangy grapefruit and pine hops with a caramel malt body.
T- Sweet light caramel malt with weak doses of citrus hops. Orange and grapefruit appear but are subdued. Slight oily pine hop residue in the end lends a thick slight bitter finish.
M-Light with mellowed flavors. Hops give off a slight metallic flavor and feel. Malt dominates.

Overall- The sweet malt and the weak citric/pine hop presence make this a lackluste IPA.

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

Pours a clear amber color. 2/3 inch head with good retention and decent lacing. Smell mainly of hops with a strong malt backbone. Barely fits the style. The hops flavor is lacking and the malt is too strong. The hops that are present are weak and not very bitter. The brew is crisp and smooth. There is low carbonation. Overall, not worth trying because it is a bad example of an IPA - a better red ale.

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

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a nonic.

Dirty copper with a shade of amber; plenty of active carbonation. Foamy, white head that recedes to a somewhat porous quarter-inch. Densely strong, ringed lacing that is plastered to half of the nonic's sides.

Bright floral hops with a healthy dose of citrus and tropical fruit. Notes of rounded alcohol that blend well with the melon, pear, and cantelope; honey sweetness. Well balanced aromatics.

Biscuity toasted malt with a lingering, perfume-driven hop character. Bland, burnt floral hops add minimally to a static, grain-driven base: wheat, rice, corn. Notes of metal throughout. Faint red apple and grape. A filmy texture creeps in through the finish, as a result of the off-flavored floral hops. Not quite unpleasant, but not what I would consider an American IPA, or even an English IPA.

Medium bodied; grainy that becomes increasingly filmy as the sip progresses. Texturally out of balance; floral-film heavy.

A promising brew from the onset of the aroma, that quickly heads South starting from the first sip. Out of balanced, grain-oriented, and quite filmy. Tastes more like a Pale Ale, given the inconsistent waves of hop oils/flavors.

Photo of yesyouam
3.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

JW Dundee's India Pale Ale is a deep golden ale; cloudy, with lots of particles in it. It has a dimpled, foamy, yellowish off-white head that leaves great sheets of lacing on the glass. It looks dirty! It has a sweet aroma of brown sugar and flowers. It made my nose run. It is medium bodied and pretty smooth. It is not incredibly bitter, but the balance is good. The hops seem herbal and leafy with a touch of pine. The grain flavor is smooth and solid. It kind of reminds me of Hazed and Infused.
(rated Jul 22, 2008)

Photo of Arbitrator
2.53/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz into a glass.

A: Coppery-gold, fluffy head, moderate lacing.

S: Mainly in the initial puff: herbal hops, malty undertones. The beer itself loses smell when poured.

T: Herbal hops, sweet malts. No real aftertaste or finish to speak of.

M: Full bodied, carbonation is satisfactory.

D: Not bad. Better than what I was expecting. Could down a couple of these.

Photo of Bockrules
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a nice coppery-gold color with a two-finger fluffy head. Head stays intact all the way down the glass. Leaves behind moderate lacing.

S - Big smell of herbal hops upon opening the bottle on a malt background. What I look for in an IPA, good. Unfortunately, upon pouring, much of the smell goes away.

T - Herbal hop presence up front. The body has excellent balance , with a strong herbal hop taste riding on top of sweet malts. The finish was surprisingly lacking in hop flavors and reminded me of the finish I would expect from a cream ale. Hop bitterness shows up meakly in the aftertaste then disappears leaving an oily aftertaste on the tongue.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation, suits the beer very well.

D - Much better than the highly disappointing APA from Dundee. This tastes very natural and is quite drinkable. The hop bitterness is very much lacking for what I would like to see in an American IPA, but I believe this brew works great as a traditional European IPA. The $11 Dundee sampler may yet be salvaged...

Note - old mouthfeel score too generous. Knocked down half a point after resampling (9/16/12)

Photo of WakeandBake
2.93/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle. Light amber to medium orange pour - faint white head. Floral/ sprucey aroma, clean, but faint. Fresh mildly bitter citusy flavor. Some citrus accents and a hint of caramel as well. Mouthfeel is solid - pleasantly surpised
Part of the Craft sampler pack. Not the best IPA but will do in a pinch.

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

Out of a bottle this beer was an orange/amber color with a two-finger head of sandy-color foam. The head fizzed out quickly and left only scattered lacing. The aroma was surprisingly malty for an IPA, crystal malt in particular, behind which the herbal and piney hops lurked. The flavors were similar. Too much caramel malt seemed to sit on top of the hop flavors which were quite green and rather astringent. The mouthfeel was also a little off, too much carbonation made the medium body a little rough. This was an ok beer, but not a good example of the style.

Photo of seedsofchaos
2.97/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Headed over to the next town over from mine after hearing the possibility of a decent liquor store with craft beers just a few miles away. When I talked to their staff and asked what type of craft beer options they had, they pointed out the Dundee craft beer sampler... I went ahead and picked one up, figuring I'd give this a whirl...

A: Nice coloring. It has hues of orange and gold and the carbonation of this bottle made it very active in appearance in a pint glass. When poured, I was very excited about the lovely frothy head that began to appear... Only to be disappointed as it quickly disappeared to virtually no head before I had even taken my first drink.

S: Loving hoppy beers, the smell actually impressed and excited me. Very sweet smelling hops: floral and citrus.

T: The first sip promoted the smell... Every other sip proved to be disheartening. Every beer I've had from this company thus far has a peculiar habit of having a delicious first sip and then suddenly just turns into your run-of-the-mill beer on every taste thereafter. This IPA quickly turned into just another ale very quickly.

M: Decent mouthfeel. Carbonation, although looking very active in the glass, is pretty spot on. Medium body. No complaints here.

D: Meh. It's a decent beer if you've never had a decent IPA before. Definitely might be an alright introductory IPA or something of that nature. Not a beer I would want to drink regularly.

Photo of Clydesdale
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an orange-copper color with a medium, creamy white head with good retention. Lacing is very good.

S: Mostly floral hops, perhaps some citrus with mild biscuit and caramel-type malts. Light but pleasant.

T: Caramel malt with some biscuit/doughy notes, followed by a solid bite of citric/floral hops. Notes of orange/lemon peel.

M: Very smooth and creamy at first, with a nicely balanced drying bite from the hops. Carbonation is tight and tingly.

D: It's really not in the same style as the mega-hopped IPAs that are in such vogue currently, but that doesn't mean this isn't a well-crafted brew. Its balanced nature is noteworthy.

Photo of clayrock81
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Compared to other crappy beers from this brewer I was not expecting anything, so imagine my surprise when I got a decent IPA. A light copper color with a good, two-finger head that stuck around a little and left some lace. Mild smell of citric hops, floral and piney, and hints of sweet malt and spice. A pleasing and easy-going, if not hop-bomby, IPA. Hops prick the tongue but don't dive-bomb them, and there is some mild sweetness in there to make a smooth, somewhat creamy body. Not a great IPA, but a good one anyone can relax with.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While not particularly hoppy, it's certainly not "not hoppy". In the nose it delivers floral and citrusy hops along with a note of apple, and some softly sweet caramelish and biscuity malt. The same characteristics follow in the flavor, backed by a very firm bitterness, and with perhaps a touch of grassiness. It's clean, and superbly balanced, finishing dry with a fairly short finish. It could be argued that perhaps a few more hops, and even some more malt, would enhance it, yet at the same time there's already more malt and hops here than in many IPA's on the English market. Have we Americans become jaded by all of the remarkably full flavored beers being produced here in the US? Does every beer need to be in your face? Certainly not. This is an easily accessible beer that's drinkable, and with enough character to keep it interesting. I do think that it will eventually become lost in a sea of similar beers, but for now I welcome it, and hope that it helps more than a few people to expand their taste for interesting and exciting beers.

Photo of thain709
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a copper color with fluffy white head...light lacing

S - The smell of hops was not very prominent for an IPA

T - Mild hoppiness after the disappointing nose...silky smooth taste

M - Decent...once again not your typical IPA

D - A good try...nice balance...we'll say it's drinkable

Photo of beeragent
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle:

A - Deep medium copper with a 1 inch tan head. Medium spots of lace on the glass.

S - Good hop aroma is detected immediately, followed by a slightly weaker malt aroma.

T - Large hop presence in the front, consisting of a nice piney citrusy taste, followed by a smooth caramel malt finish.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation.

D - Good flavor from the hops and malts. Definitely similar to the Dundee Pale Ale, just with slightly more hop character. Not a bad brew though.

Photo of flaminghomer
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice bitter beer that is not overwhelming on the hops end of things. Pretty strong too, at 6.3 abv. Color, smell, and taste is representive of the style but a bit watered down, which is okay sometimes. Head retention and lacing leaves something to be desired. This is a quality beer. I know some will not consider anything highfalls brewery makes a quality or craft beer, but they know what they are doing and brew fine beers, just a little watery, that's all.

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
3.83/5  rDev +17.8%
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
2.81/5  rDev -13.5%
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
3.85/5  rDev +18.5%
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
2.67/5  rDev -17.8%
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
3.09/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Dundee India Pale Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 770 ratings.