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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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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 dgilks
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark copper colour with a creamy, light tan head. Good head retention.

Moderate caramel aroma with a light grapefruit and mango aroma.

Bright, citrus, mango and pine aroma with an earthy floral note as found in some English hops. Very crisp malt despite the colour. Nicely hoppy and deliciously complex.

Medium light body with very crisp moderately-high carbonation. Really good.

A great, moderately hoppy IPA. Slightly restrained and a, dare I say it, "Canadian" IPA. Really nice on a hot day.

Photo of tbeckett
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dark copper with a one finger creamy white head. Mild carbonation. Bright. Nice stringy lacing with a good half finger of retention.

S - Earthy, citrusy hops with some caramel

T - More caramel and earthy notes with citrus being pushed back alot. Bready also. Hops are still present and nice though. Very balanced.

M - Nice mild bitterness with a little sweetness. Appropriate carbonation with a medium-full body.

O/D - A simple, yet very drinkable IPA. Well balanced. Tame, yet good enough.

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Jeffo
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle at the LCBO this past summer.

From a 275ml bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, off-white head with good retention. Dark, burnt orange with next to no carbonation. Head fades to a thin film. A splotchy wisp remains leaving some dots behind.

SMELL: Toffee, butterscotch, some bubble gum and light floral notes. Bold enough for sure.

TASTE: Follows the nose. Toffee, butterscotch with light floral bitterness at the swallow. Bold aftertaste with malty sweetness, caramel, toffee, floral notes and some well measured bitterness lingering at the swallow. This is a well balanced English IPA for sure.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes dry on the palate. Good feel. Creamy and full for the style.

OVERALL: This is actually a really good English style IPA, with the malty sweetness of an ESB and more lingering bitterness after the swallow than your average English bitter. Really well balanced, well executed, and flavorful all around. Good beer and recommended to fans of the style.

Photo of Molson2000
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of DaPan
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of schnarr84
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of papat444
3.27/5  rDev -11.4%

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

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 TerryW
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Lots of malt and burnt brown sugar up front, plenty of hops at the backend. Drinks at two extremes, sturdy, big presence across the board. Good looking beer, coppery with a big long-lived head. Plenty of lace. Nose dominated by malt and sugar.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of yancot
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of irishkyle21
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
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 ThinkAgain
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of lgmol
2.74/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

Photo of valianes
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of WillAndSarah
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of wizo
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Long813
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
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 EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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