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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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744 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 744
Reviews: 363
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 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.

scruffwhor, Sep 07, 2008
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.

jbphoto88, Sep 07, 2008
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.

nem2006, Aug 27, 2008
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.

williamherbert, Aug 15, 2008
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.

tgbljb, Aug 10, 2008
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.

Gambrinus1184, Aug 09, 2008
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.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 01, 2008
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.

MrHungryMonkey, Jul 22, 2008
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.

Rayek, Jul 21, 2008
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.

orangemoustache, Jul 18, 2008
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.

almychristopher, Jul 18, 2008
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.

Gmann, Jul 06, 2008
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...

dacrza1, Jun 23, 2008
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.

Squelch, Jun 19, 2008
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.

generallee, Jun 15, 2008
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.

Hoagie1973, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of bluemoonswoon
2.68/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a coppery dirty penny amber with semi bubbly carbonation on the etchings on the bottom of the glass. One inch foamy light straw colored head, not much lacing to be seen at all.

S: Quite spicy but also seems to be lacking in the floral department and the citrus department as well, really is more maly than anything with a bit of mediciney spice backend of the nose.

T/MF: Just tastes off, the hops instead of being fruity or piny are the mediciny flavor only hinted at in the nose, the mouthfeel is loose and watery but dominated by the bitterness and astrigent hop flavor, tastes like a mouthfull of pennies.

D: Hops are out of whack, just tastes really too bitter, this honestly tasted better in the bottle.

bluemoonswoon, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of hungryghost
3.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up an hour ago because I was feelin sorta cheap after filling up the gas tank. Let me tell you I am pleasantly surprised, it's like...Good beer!
Pours clear copper colored and floats a decent head atop with a little lasting lace.
Smells slightly of hops with some malt, maybe a hint of pine.
Taste is of the pleasant hoppy, malty sort and like the aroma it has a hint of pine. As noted this is a pretty one sided beer, the hop flavor is really all that stands out but it would be a good session beer at some warm weather outdoor event, picnic ect.
Mouthfeel is sort of chewy maybe due to what seems like carbonation but not in an unpleasant way. There is no bad aftertaste.
If this comes out in a six I would buy it again on the way home from the gas station. Since others are posting the price, I shelled out $9 for the mixed twelve pack. Not too bad, unless the other flavors suck.

hungryghost, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of happygnome
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours a nice amber color with about a half inch of head that dissapears fast leaving a bit of sticky lacing around the edge of the glass as well as on top of the beer
s: a nice malt presence followed by distinct citrus, earthy, and floral hop bitterness. nice balanced aroma but as most ipa is heavier on the bitterness
t: pale malts followed by earthy, citrusy and floral hop bitterness a very nice balanced brew
m: medium to full bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, i enjoyed this beer came in a samplepack and i believe this is prolly the best of the pack

happygnome, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/golden color with a tan, bubbly/foamy head. It left patchy trails of lace.

S - It smelled very floral and citrusy. There was a little malty presence.

T - It tasted citrusy and of roasted malt. The hops provided a bitter kick.

M - It was very sharp and crisp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a highly underrated IPA. I was pleasantly surprised.

zeff80, May 29, 2008
Photo of apratsunrthd
3.98/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pleasant red with a light, foamy head. Some bubbles from the bottom. Very little lacing. Smell is very nice and light. Taste is right on target. While not very unique, solid for an IPA. Mouthfeel is nice --just the right amount of carbonation and not too thick. Drinkability is good.

apratsunrthd, May 22, 2008
Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this after buying a JW Dundee's Craft Pack for just $10.99. Pours a strong copper color with a foamy off white head. Smell is hoppy with subtle hints of fruit. The taste follows suit, but is not OVERLY hoppy for an IPA; a strong taste of orange peel/grapefruit is present. Slightly bitter but far from off-putting. For an IPA, the mouthfeel is rather smooth and the drinkability is good. Highly recommend this--especially for the price.

oldirtycaffrey, May 19, 2008
Photo of rye726
2.28/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A copper color with a frizzled tan head. The nose leads me to beleive that this may be a decent brew. It has aromas of mild malts and some good hops. The taste also has a good malt base complimented by bitter hops. A light body hurts the drinkability a bit. Overall not bad and one of their better beers.

rye726, May 12, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear orange/amber with a fluffy white head that fell to a layer, leaving lots of lacing.

S - bitter, earthy aroma.

T - bitter bite hits hard with a dry finish that leaves a certain sweetness on the lips.

F - crisp and refreshing.

D - easy to drink.

Final Note: 'American IPA' is a pretty broad style and basicaly a brewers interpitation of the style.
This brew has good hoppy bitterness and is a terrific 'mid-range beer' compared to some other brands at similar or slightly higher prices.

JoeyBeerBelly, Apr 30, 2008
Dundee India Pale Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 744 ratings.