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

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370 Reviews

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Reviews: 370
Hads: 786
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 2
Gots: 67 | 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 Jp7010
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured golden amber into a nonic, with a half-inch of creamy white head. A sniff revealed exactly what you would expect from an IPA: Hops, hops, and more hops. A very earthy tone to the hop aroma. The taste was heavy with bitterness and earthy hops. While that was expected, and pleasant of the style, the astringent aftertaste was unwelcome. This brew had a gritty feel to it in my mouth. This is probably the best of the ones I picked out of the J.W. Dundee mixed pack, but in the end, it just seemed like a more intense version of their pale ale. (549 characters)

Photo of whynot44
3.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear bright ambver color with a very decent light tan head that hangs around reasonably well and manages a bit of lacing.

The aroma is mild citrus, pine needles and some bready malt.

The taste starts with ruby red grapefruit then a light sweet maltiness crops up, finishes with a piney aftertaste, all fairly moderate and mellow, no shocking bitterness.

Light/medium bodied, smooth and very easy to drink. A bit thin and mild for an IPA, but well worth a try and refreshing. (481 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale amber color with an ample head. Aroma is very nice and hoppy, a bit grassy as well. Taste is mainly hoppy upfront that fades into a sweet malt backbone with a mild bitterness at the back of the tongue. Bready and again, somewhat too sweet. Not a bad attempt at the style but I would put this more in the pale ale category (even more so than the actual Pale Ale from JW Dundees). (391 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a burnished amber with decent clarity, a spot of chill haze perhaps. Two fingers of rocky foam, yellowish tan in color. A smattering of lacy dots and speckles as the head slowly falls back, heavier sheets and rings as the beer level lowers.

Aroma - nice piny hop aroma. Modest but fresh.

Taste - a light biscuity, caramel malt flavor. The hops are equally light but they have a nice flavor to them. The citrus is shallow, the piny bitterness is better defined. Just the right amount of flavor was extracted from the hops without going over board and turning the beer harsh or medicinal. The finish has a prickly bit to it, leaving the mouth dry and tingly. The finish is pretty nice, grapefruit with a warmth in the belly. This is lighter for an IPA but would turn heads as a pale ale. It's tasty though, the best so far from the Dundee line, IMO.

Mouthfeel - crisp, a light smoothness which could be improved upon. The thinness is also a detraction but doesn't ruin anything.

Drinkability - absolutely sessionable. A smart abv, reasonable taste for an IPA, great job High Falls! (1,102 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fairly decent beer that offers some intrigue, but slacking a bit on quality. The aroma suggests a firm balance between spicy, citrus hops and sweet maltiness. But, the flavors are dominated by the hops, which take on citrus flavors, solvents, and a metalic taste. The lighter body also accentuates the hop spiciness and dryness. Finishes a bit bite-ey and astringent, but the hop character easily hides such flaws. Certainly a drinkable brew, but cannot compete with the Stones, Rogues, and Sierras out there. (509 characters)

Photo of jdmorgan
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my 4th of the craft pack, and it poured a dark gold with a medium head.

The smell had some grassy hop aromas to it and a bit of malt. The taste had a medium malt body with a medium hop profile that was distinguished by grassy and citrus flavors. For an IPA, I thought it was a bit lacking in the hop flavor department. Just my opinion. There's another flavor there too, but I just can't put my finger on it. The carbonation is moderate and this beer has a medium/thin consistency.

Overall, I thought it was a decent beer, but a bit thin for an IPA. Definately a good intro IPA though. It wasn't too aggressive and I could have maybe one or two more. (660 characters)

Photo of matty
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber colored beer with aroma of citrus and caramel.Taste is caramel with a metallic bitter finish.This is the fourth bottle in a six pack of JW Dundee's craft pack and so far my least favorite.It's not horrible but it's nothing I would spend money on again!! (259 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear deep copper color, with a modest white head, slight carobation, and thin, fine lacing.

Aroma: Understated pine tar hops and mild sweet caramel.

Taste: Sweet caramel flavors at the open, soon followed by harsh pine tar hop notes, these carry throughout the taste. Finishes with a lingering bitter hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth and fairly full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A rather nondescript example, not particularly representative of the style. (469 characters)

Photo of animal69
3.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i figured i'd pick up a sampler from our local macro, High Falls, my first was the IPA; pours a nice reddish-gold w/ a creamy white head, good lacing; nice florally citrus hop aroma w/ some malty undertones; good hop flavor, initially, a little thin for the amount of hopping, though, really interesting hop flavor; light-med body w/ a little to much carbonation, once again a little light on the palate; still a drinkable IPA, though, i'd definitly get a sixer of this for a session... (486 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours from 12oz bottle a clear medium gold with a large head of foam that sticks around for the entire session as a solid layer with some lacing.

The smell is of citrus and grass.

The taste has a grassy flavour that dominates during the initial sip. A few more sips in and I'm getting some grapefruit as well but it's on the light side. The malt character is pretty weak...just a touch of sweetness and some earthy notes in the background. Ok, after a few more sips the sweetness becomes more apparent but not in a good way for me. Overall, this is a pretty bitter IPA but the hops aren't injecting any real energy into the flavour. Drinkable, yes. Worth seeking out again. Probably not. (699 characters)

Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.58/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear golden brass hue, with a dense and creamy snow white head reaching three fingers and holding well. Decent specs of lacing remain on the sides of the glass. Light caramel and faint buscuit notes in the nose, but no hop aroma to speak of!!! I understand this beer is dry-hopped with two of my favorite varietals- but the only background aroma I can detect is a vauguely tropical fruit scent that may well be an ester. Slightly grainy two row sweetness at first sip; mild but agreeable. Pale caramel and faint dextrin round out the malt profile and dry the palate quickly. The aftertaste has a hint of apple ester and some ghost-like citric hop flavor if you really pay attention. The bitterness is far too light to balance, even for the English version of IPA and I have a hard time beliveing this has 60 IBU's. Light in body with an medium-even carbonation, the mouthfeel is airy and dry enough to dispell any chance of residual sugars. Some extra mild minty and floral hop tones finally develop in the finish, but are too tame to be noteworthy behind the malt, and even that is on the lighter side of the spectrum. I guess JW Dundee has suceeded in making a beer for people who don't care for bitterness or hop character of any sort that they can call an IPA and try to feel trendy or sophisticated. (1,321 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.14/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle Inspection: Clear label gives up 6.3% abv., not much else

Aroma: Nice fresh hop nose! Pine, citric, bit floral, really nice.

Appearance: Amber glass with good clarity, thin off white collar that gives little lace.

Flavor: Bitter over the top, tea flavors, with a nice hop flavor finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium body

Overall Impression: Nothing too wrong here, but missing the “wow” factor. The bitterness is too high for the hop flavor payoff which while nice, just doesn’t come through.

Thanks to Pegasus for the sample (550 characters)

Photo of musicjustintime
2.85/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not at all my favorite style...but came in the Brewmaster's Sampler. Not bad, though. HOPPY AS HELL, but that's what it's supposed to be, right?! Actually, for the amount of hoppiness...it's not that bad. Kinda finishes sorta smooth. If you're a hophead...you'll like this. Not too mouth-puckering bitter...but a "good" hop taste. Decent, but again, not my thing. You like hoppy ales???...you'll LOVE this! And for only 20 bucks for a case...you can't go wrong! CHEERS MY FRIENDS!!!! (483 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
3.8/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper with a one inch head. Laces nicely, but only average retention.

S - Grapefruit dominated nose, but with an underlying metallic tone and maltiness. Some fruit as well.

T - Flavour is malt-heavy, backed up with a solid hoppiness and bitterness. Still, the bold malt keeps coming back with some dark fruit and toasted graininess. Aftertaste is all hoppy bitterness though.

M - Nice carbonation level, seems to be smooth enough but nothing special.

D - Not in-your-face fresh hoppiness expected from an A-IPA, but as a heavier, maltier beer, it's certainly worth trying and I think it fair to treat it as such. Smooth, and maybe more complex than the average IPA, and with much more balance. (716 characters)

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle as part of their multi 12-pack. Translucent copper body with virtually no head. Grapefruit and pith dominate the aroma. Caramel malt mixes rather equally with grapefruity pithy flavors. Medium in body. Relatively drinkable. A decent attempt at the style, but not their best beer, nor the best IPA out there. (319 characters)

Photo of GnomeKing
2.74/5  rDev -18%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

IPAs have hops, right? Hops impart bitterness and contribute to lacing and head, if I'm not mistaken. Well, there's very little lacing or head on this one, and the only bitterness is in the disappointment this tepid brew creates.

It's not bad or undrinkable, but there's just so little flavor. A tinge of sweet, bready malt is all I detected. It's a pleasant enough taste, but hardly inspiring or interesting. It's not even up to a pale ale's standard of hoppiness and flavor. (479 characters)

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear golden color with a thin head – tight bubbles. The smell was initially of malt followed by a nice hoppy aroma. The taste was bitter from hops with just a touch of the malt showing through. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and this beer seems to finish dry and crisp. Overall, this isn’t a bad offering, but it does seem a bit one dimensional – that being said, it is fairly easy to drink. (414 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.87/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of a $10 mixed 12-pack, this beer pours a clear bright walnut color with very little head. Nose is pleasantly hoppy, with a resinous character. Moderate toasty malt flavor with a high bitterness, and more pine-resin hop flavor. Very neutral yeast character. Dry finish. Neutral, crisp texture, medium body.

I've always found to JW Dundee's beers to be the best of the really inexpensive, downright cheap beers. This fits that profile well. Among the dozens of excellent IPAs available, it doesn't stand out, but in its price range, nothing beats it. Not complex, but very drinkable. (589 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was included in the mixed 12 pack. $7.99, how can you pass that up?

12 oz brown long neck bottle poured into a standard pint. The beer is a nice copper with a large beige head. This beer has really nice lacing.

The aroma is of citrus & pine. There is not much malt action going on.

The taste is bitter and a bit sour. There is some grapefruit notes and pine all underlined with malts. After you work through a quarter of the beer, it sweetens and becomes more balanced. I think if they upped the malt bill a smidgen, they would have a real winner.

Still, the mouth is pleasantly oily with good carbonation levels. I would have no problem having this one again. (679 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very hoppy as you would expect from an IPA with a strong background of caramel & citrus.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with a nice hops bitterness bite and complimentary sweetness from citrus and caramelized malt. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good representation of style, I could certainly drink a few of these. Even though it's not the greatest IPA, I wasn't really expecting much from this beer, but I was very pleasantly surprised that this was a pretty good beer. (812 characters)

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Pours with a medium, pale white head, lasts quite some time. Beer also appears a delicious deep amber color.

Smell- Strong hints of hops, wheat, and just a tang of spice.

Taste- Hits you first with a strong emphasis on the hoppiness, follows this up with a milder flavor of bread, and then finishes with a spicy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Clean on the palate, leaves no residue.

Drinkability- Due to strong flavor and distinct hoppsy spicyness, you wouldnt want more than one or two at at ime. (514 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

AP: clear, pale-amber color with many large bubbles displaying good carbonation and supporting a rather tight and foamy off-white head that seems to have really good retention. Leaves some impressive clumps of lacing behind.

nose: Sweet honey scented malt, herbal and citrus hop notes, raspberry and banana way down deep.

flavor & feel: The Key word to this full-bodied feeling IPA is HEARTY. There's a smooth, sweet and buttery malt flavor that is only outshined by a big herbal, wheaty, and mildly bitter hop that finishes with a honey sweetness and then a bitter, green hop with a rather hefty but crisp feel.

DA: I think this is an excellent representation of the style and i found it very easy to drink. (717 characters)

Photo of prototypic
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clean copper to amber color. Head is about one and a half fingers. Better retention and lacing than I was expecting.

Smell: It citrusy and sweet smelling. Mostly grapefruit and orange, but it's not a strong citrus smell. It's subtle. It is hoppy, but again, not in an overpowering way. There's also hints of honey and it has a decent malt presence.

Taste: It's not near as sweet as it smells. Grapefruit and mild orange tastes are there. There is a slight malty taste, but once the hops kick in, it's pretty bitter from there on out.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied. Drinkability is okay. I wouldn't call it a session beer, but it's alright. Overall, decent offering. Probably one of the better from JW Dundee's. It's worth a try. (771 characters)

Photo of macster
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent amber-orange color creating a dense, frothy and pillowy head. Decent head retention and intricate lacing throughout the glass.

Good aromatic balance between the malts and hops with reserved notes of citrus rind and cut grass along with toasted bread and caramel. Definitely not the typical assertive NW hop grapefruit/pine nose here.

Mouthfeel is quite full and slightly syrupy with an understated carbonation.

Taste starts out a bit metallic followed by a slightly harsh hop bitterness. Eventually as the beer warms some carmel candy and crystal malt sweetness comes to the rescue to somewhat tame the harshness. Finish is bitter and dry with a bit of astringency noted.

Even though I’m a big IPA fan I think their Pale Ale is a better balanced beer. Not bad but a bit more malty sweetness in the flavor department would help. (864 characters)

Photo of jackorain
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-clear amber brown, varibly bubbly with large bubbles mingling within the more dense head. Retention was decent. Lacing was alos quite impressive

s-Clean biscuit malt and green hops. not a strong or comlex aroma though

T-Biscuit and sweet carmel malt followed by gree hops with a mild but lingering bitterness. well balanced but at the same time not very deep in flavor or complex, I suppose this is approachable for the BMC folks looking to move to craft

M-Nice carbonation. Light but a little creany body.

D-very drinkable unoffensive beer

Overall-for the price, 16.99 case, it is quite impressive. But this seems more like an APA. But I am impressed for the proce point and the brewery (704 characters)

Dundee India Pale Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
77 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.