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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
85
very good

46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.16%
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:
Formerly brewed by Duggan's Brewery.

(Beer added by: Viggo on 05-22-2011)
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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Photo of jsnoek
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev +7%

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 Stocean1
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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3.12/5  rDev -16.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of papat444
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%

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

Photo of spinrsx
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of SebD
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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 -1.6%
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 +5.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Long813
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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 +1.1%
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 -9.6%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +7%

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3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer that used to be one of my favourites before the current crop of American-style IPA's were released in Ontario. Had almost forgotten about this malt-forward brew after the Duggan's brewery closed, but pleased to grab a sample from the local LCBO. Amazing how the world has changed.

Pours a beautiful amber with decent cappuccino coloured head and lacing. This bottle has caramelized malts in the aroma along with an oxidation and metallic smell that I do not remember from earlier draught pours. Although the bottle was only purchased this afternoon, no idea how long it has been on the shelves or how it was stored.

Sweet flavour of caramelized malts followed by a decent hop bitterness, but few of the citrus or tropical fruit elements that I hope for in an APA. Finish lingers for an impressively long time.

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4.75/5  rDev +27%

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