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Duggan's #9 IPA - Cool Beer Brewing Co.

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Duggan's #9 IPADuggan's #9 IPA

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BA SCORE
83
good

48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cool Beer Brewing Co. visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Viggo on 05-22-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Now produced here:  http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/p ... ile/38011/ 
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Reviews by Molson2000:
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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Photo of jsnoek
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Purchased at the LCBO as a single. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- 4.25- Opens well and pours small head that is gone in no time. Nice dark amber. Nice!

S- 4.0- Tons of malt. Goodly amount of hops but the malt overpowers. Caramel as typical

T- 3.75- Lack of substantial dry hopping here. The malt clearly shines though. APA all the way

M- 3.75- Rather good but a touch heavy for the flavor.

O- 4.05- Pretty good beer. Enjoyable as a starter for one before moving on to something else.

Food Pairing

This nice little APA went well with........ Dynamite Sushi Roll

Enjoy!

Photo of ChrisCage
2.7/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3

A- Pours a hazed bronze color with some noticeable carbonation bubbles rising in many fine looking columns. The head is decent.....it is off white and a marshmallow like texture, although it becomes thin after a short time. The lacing is weak, leaving behind a patchy, watery film. Nothing special but nothing offensive to look at overall.

S- For an IPA, this smells weak. It actually leans more to the sweeter, maltier side of things that reminds me more of what an EPA would smell like. There's yeasty/biscuit like aroma that is pleasant to my nose as well. Hop aroma profile is mild at best....not what I expected overall.

T- Hmmm....this is a very bland tasting IPA! This really has no qualities of the style flavor wise in my opinion. Very malt forward and while there is a slightly lingering bitter hop finish, it's not even close to making me pucker. There are some citrus and/or piney flavor happening but it is more like the essence of rather than bold, forward taste.

M/O- I will say that this is incredibly smooth and velvety on the palate...it's quite nice in that regard! It's medium bodied with tap like carbonation, and I really like that aspect too....it's like I'm at the pub consistency wise. This is actually a highly drinkable beer that I think would appeal to the masses, as it's quite mild in all the main categories, plus the alcohol is hidden very well. I don't think that it's a great example of the style but I don't hate it either.....may give this a chance sometime in the future if given the opportunity to buy it but most likely will pass....unless it's on tap at a random pub!

Photo of Stocean1
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally bit the bullet and grabbed a sixer of this stuff from the LCBO (hate buying six when unsure of a brew). Poured a one finger bubbly off white head upon a semi-clear amber body with crimson highlights. Not a lot of retention or lacing, reducing to a thin collar. Appears to be well carbonated.

Scent is grapefruit and resinous pine, plenty of sweet malt.

Taste is leafy, earthy pine, grapefuit and papaya, caramel malt, a little sweet. Well balanced.

This is a medium bodied brew with plenty of carbonation, semisweet and dry it has a well balanced bitterness on the back end.

A good brew and definitely worth another go.

Photo of ThinkAgain
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of WillAndSarah
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of irishkyle21
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of papat444
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%

Alright, bit too biscuity, hops are present but leans towards malt.

Photo of spinrsx
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

275ml Bottle

Appearance - Clear dark copper colour with an average size frothy beige coloured head. There is low amount of carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel/toffee, hops, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of caramel, hops, and malts. There is also a bit of a grapefruit flavour, but this beer seems more like an english IPA than an american one. It ends with a caramel sweet and bitter hoppy aftertaste.

Overall - I wonder why the bottles have to be so small. It's an okay beer, but for the price there are better/larger options available.

Photo of jaxray8
3.8/5  rDev +3%

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of SebD
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a golden/amber color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of piney hops, some citrus and roasted caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has caramelly malt character but stronger than I expected, piney, earthy and citrusy hops follow.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

473 mL can picked up at the LCBO; no packaging information. For one of the first big IPAs to be released in this province, I'm shocked at how long it took me to find a sample of this. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a deep, clear copper-amber colour, topped with roughly two fingers' worth of resilient, creamy off-white froth. Retention is quite good; it takes over five minutes to wilt down into a more manageable half-cm cap, with gobs of lacing left clinging to the glass. This is a nice-looking beer, but the aroma is decidedly average - caramel malt sweetness is quite prominent, with additional notes of earthy pine sap and candied citrus. Appropriate for the style, I suppose.

Duggan's #9 has been on the market for years now - it is a product of an earlier time, and the malt-forwardness of this IPA really accentuates that fact. The malt backbone is dominated by caramel and biscuity sweetness, with a slight pineapple vibe coming through mid-sip. The hops surge forth toward the tail end, providing hints of pine sap and orange citrus. An earthy, leafy bitterness concludes the profile; combined with the sturdy malt bill, it leaves a bittersweet aftertaste behind on the palate. Medium-bodied, with restrained carbonation levels that provide this brew with a rather smooth, silky sort of feel in the mouth. Easy to knock back for the abv, but not something I'd want to stick with all night.

Final Grade: 3.68, a B grade. Duggan's #9 IPA is not a particularly interesting example of this style, but it's definitely a serviceable one. This stuff was probably a godsend back in 2010, back before most OCBs had ever bothered to brew an American-style hopped ale - but it just doesn't quite cut the mustard these days. Ontario's brewing scene has moved past this beer, but #9 would still make a good introduction to the style for anyone curious - the hops are strong but not overpowering, and the overall flavour profile is very approachable. English IPA fans would also likely appreciate this one. Give it a shot, but don't expect a home run.

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3.96/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Long813
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark copper body with one finger of white head. Some retention and lacing.

S: Notes of caramel, some citrus fruit and hops. Interesting mix of aromas.

T: Good front of citrus fruits mixed with loads of bitter hops. The hops is almost to overpowering.

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation. The texture is crisp and water like with a strong bitter hop aftertaste.

O: Good IPA, very pleasing to drink. The hops I feel are a little overpowered and the fruit and malt could some through more.

Photo of bryehn
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found a 6 pack of 275 mL bottles in Toronto on July 16, 2011. It appears Mr. Duggan is now a part of Cool Brewing Inc.. Also listed on BA as "Mike Duggan #09 IPA"

Pours a nice rusty amber colour with a small, tan-coloured head that gets retained as a collar, but leaves very little in the way of lace.

Nice citrus hop tang to the aroma along with a sweet, roasted malt backing. Bit of a lake water smell I could do without.

Tangy at the front of the tongue before a solid chocolaty malt backing kicks in. Citrus appears at almost the same time as the malts, creating a neat chocolate-orange flavour.

Very easy-going with little to no trace of its ABV until you actually feel it. Goes a bit thin on the back-end before a nice bitter after-taste takes over.

Hoping to see this outside of Toronto now that it's being made by a company with wide distribution. I'm not sure that I care for the under-sized bottles, but it's what's inside that counts, right?

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can served cold into a Keith's pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for $2.75 CDN.

Appearance - dark amber color, with brown hues. Topped by close to a finger of off white head. Quite clear and few visible bubbles. Poor head retention.

Smell - some light citrus smell, pineapple namely but dominated by the malty aroma. Caramel and butterscotch show up large here.

Taste - a bit fruity like overripe pineapple and mango. Blended in with sweet caramel malts.mild bitterness throughout. Reminds me of railway city's dead elephant.

Mouthfeel - smooth, full bodied yet the taste is a bit thin. Moderate carbonation.

Overall - not a bad IPA, but in my mid one of the weaker ones in Ontario. For those liking a bigger malt bill and overripe fruit flavor, this is definitely one for you.

Photo of lgmol
2.78/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can purchased at the LCBO in Woodstock, ON. Did not check for a canning date or a best before date but I suspect it may have been on the old side. Almost no aroma and a malt led taste. Not at all what I expected. I am an outlier here so perhaps it is worth another try.

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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Duggan's #9 IPA from Cool Beer Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.