Mike Duggan #09 IPA | Duggan's Brewery

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Mike Duggan #09 IPAMike Duggan #09 IPA

Brewed by:
Duggan's Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Now being brewed by Cool Brewing.

Added by Derek on 04-04-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of kjyost
2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle #1 received through trade. Thanks TheSevenDuffs. Figured I should try this in a bottle after a mediocre shot at the cask challenge.

A: A very nasty start. Pours flat. Turn the bottle upside down. Still flat. WTF? What can I say that is good? Crystal clear amber-red. (EDIT: Was a 2, a later bottle had decent head and retention).

S: A musky earth atop a bit of crystal sweetness. No real substantial hop profile outside the earthiness.

T: This is new to me. An IPA without a significant bitterness. If this is an English IPA. A sweet crystal malt profile and a bit of bready yeast play into the taste. (EDIT: Was a 2, the later bottle had better bitterness and hop flavours, though still muted to my liking)

M: Thin and watery. No carbonation can't help. (EDIT: Was 1.5, but much better in the second bottle with carbonation. Bright in the mouth).

D: I have one more bottle. May it not be flat or I will never seek out a Duggan again as long as I can remember. (EDIT: was a 2 - much more drinkable though not exactly what I was looking for in an IPA)

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a clear medium brown color ale with a light foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of dry caramel malt with light bitter hoppy notes also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by some light caramel malt notes with a very subtle bitter hoppy finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. This is closer to an APA then an IPA and would benefit from having additional hops.

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Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Beerbistro (Toronto):

The beer appeared a dark amber color with nice white head that had decent retention that dissolved into a spotty cap. Some lacing was noted on the glass and the beer had noticeable carbonation flowing to the top of the glass.

The aroma was light, more hoppy than malty, but seemed to be well balanced, at least more so than some IPAs. Floral hops tended to dominate. Again, the aroma was lighter than I would have liked or expected for the style.

The taste of the beer is good. I felt that the taste was well balanced, but I was expecting more of a hoppy beer. Good malt and floral hops with a nice bitter aftertaste. The aftertaste seemed to last longer that the actual taste. The beer, in my opinion is more of a pale ale than an IPA, hence the score.

The beer has a much lighter feel to it than expected and given that it made the beer very easy to drink and I found the beer crisp and refreshing. Overall, a decent beer and one that I would probably try again.

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Photo of Ralphus
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On a trade from Derek. You are the man.

A well made local IPA is a wonderful thing. And with some anticipation I poured my bottle of #9 expecting something new, local and fresh. What I got however was something similar to tankhouse.

It looks good. A dark amber colour with a nice rocky head that left lacing down the side of my glass. It eventually subsided to a ring of foam. I like the colour.

The smell is good. Sweet berries mixed with hops. The taste is where the tankhouse resemblance really comes into play. Dark toasted malts with medium bitter hops come into the forefront quickly and continue to dominate. The fruit in the nose is missing and so is any balance. I can appreciate why some people would like it because I know some people really dig tankhouse - but this one was not for me.

Mouthfeel is soft and fairly smooth as a result of pin sized carbonation. Drinkability is not this beers strong suit. It comes in a small, 275ml bottle and I don't think I'd reach for another immediately after finishing the first.

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Photo of kelvarnsen
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of ludachris
3.34/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Three fingers of frothy beige head rest on top of a perfectly clear ruby amber body, coating the glass with puffy lace as it takes its time dissipating. The colour is unlike anything I've seen before in the style. What a great looking IPA!

I like my American version of this bitter style to be robust, tropical, and oozing with hops, and unfortunately, this meets none of my expectations. Delicate would be a nice way of putting it. This one's very malt forward with biscuit, caramel, and bready malts edging out the slight floral and earthy hop character. Some reassuring grapefruit and lemon peel can also be pulled out, but based on the nose, I don't expect much from this one.

Thankfully floral and grassy hops are more assertive in the taste, pinching the sides of the tongue before they roll to the back of the palate. Sweet and toasty bready malts come in smooth and creamy and do well at trying to equal the hop presence. The finish is more astringent and earthy with a good lingering quality.

Creamy and smooth but a tad light for its higher ABV. Dry in the finish with a refreshing quality to it. Not what I'm looking for in an IPA and that's why the drinkability is average at best.

I like supporting local breweries and because of that, I'd be more than happy to try Duggan's other offerings, but this one again? Probably not. A decent beer in general, but far from a good American IPA. As a side note, despite this not being my favorite beer, I wish he would package it in a standard bottle size.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

Pours a clear brown color with a white head. The aroma is not very strong, with some toffee and caramel malt. The flavor is toffee and biscuit malts with some biting hops. Certainly didn't expect that amount of bitterness from the aroma. High carbonation and thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of papat444
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bobsy for this one. Enjoyed on Sept. 14, 2010.

Poured from a slender 275ml. bottle.

Appearance: An easy 3 finger head that just won't quit with amazing retention and spider web-like lines crisscrossing in the glass. The body is a dark amber bordering on brown with a very hazy aspect.

Smell: Biscuity and piney with a bit of fruit.

Taste: Very malt forward with the bitterness coming more in the aftertaste. Some caramel going on here and a touch of sweetness though it leans more towards dryness. Seems more like an English IPA to me which knocks some points off otherwise it's pretty decent.

Mouthfeel: It is honestly a bit weak and watery. Though it isn't uncomfortable, it's not as strong as an IPA should be.

Drinkability: A smaller size and an unobtrusive ABV make it not bad but it's not something i would readily get again.

Overall: An average IPA. Nothing memorable stands out for me except the appearance. It's good but you can find a better IPA.

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

RATING REVISED: CASK is much better, had a Ontario IPA Challenge at Volo. Bitterness came through in flavour.

On-tap at Volo. Decent hop aroma, combined with some malt.Copper body, lots of lace appears after the head dissipitates.Taste is way over IBU, with malts and water thrown in. Its eventually drinkable, but its not a smooth beer by any means.Carbonation aggressive.Average beer overall.

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Photo of Wordslinger
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of ritzkiss
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First review on Duggan's in the bottle, newly bottled in the 12oz format, picked up at Cool Brewery store. We'll see how this transitioned.

Pours the standard #9 dark auburn/amber/chestnut maybe a finger of bone white foam, dies down to a thin layer of bubbles, light lacing.

Nose is fresh grapefruit though not as juicy as on tap or cask, some pine, lemons, toasty malt in there, hint of soapiness.

The bottle version is certainly toned down on the juiciness/liveliness of the hops. Light grapefruit, floral and pine notes mingle with a bold caramel and toasty malt base, not much bittering at all in the finish - tastes fresh though. Bright sparkly carbonation that is just perhaps a touch overdone, definitely too thin body, either needs some bulk in the malt or some hops to hide it - I would go with the hops!

This is probably the best bottles Ontario IPA at this point but that doesn't say too much. It's made the transition to bottles well but I have to say I enjoyed the kegged/casked versions better as the hops were more prominent and brighter. Still, worth trying, hopefully as Michael tweaks the recipe the hops take a slightly more forward role. Drinkable but I want more from an IPA.

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

On cask @ Volo

A - Dark amber, almost brown colour with a half finger of very thick creamy white head.

S - Mild nose. Slight bitter hops and some sweetness from the malts.

T - A nice sweet citrus hop profile with a sweet malt backbone.

M - Medium body, silky, smooth. A Guinness-like mouthfeel which is odd for a IPA but very good. My first cask beer so the mouthfeel caught me a bit off guard. I liked it thought!

D- An excellent IPA.

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Photo of biegaman
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There was a time. There was a time when bell bottoms were fashionable for men, a time when the Earth was believed to be flat, when white bread was only a delicacy of the rich. There was a time when rusty, dark amber coloured beers like this were considered 'pale'. And this one, with its pristine clarity, would have been considered phenomenally pale.

A suitably hopped (new-age) IPA should singe your nose hairs - this one leaves them swimming in a sugary serum. It's as if they boiled off excess to water to concentrate more of the malty flavours and forgot to increase the hops accordingly. These hops are tangy and fruity, sure, but only as much as the sun is ever really hot in wintertime.

Duggan #9 tastes an awful lot like Tankhouse Ale, a beer originally developed by Mike Duggan when he worked for Mill Street Brewing. Both are amber-style ales, abundantly malty with a liberal amount of C-hops. Both are fine, outstanding beers despite that neither ever seems sufficiently sassy, lavish or loose enough in the hop department...

What's come to be known as the 'West Coast' IPA is a brightly citric, zestfully fruity and profoundly one-sided beer that showcases hops in all their glory. An IPA like this, although relatively hoppy in its own right, muddles things up by grounding all those tangy, scintillating hops in a clammy, soggy maltiness that is full of heavier, more viscous flavours.

And while those flavours are tasteful, when I'm really in the mood for an IPA - a brimming, audacious American style IPA - I find gluey malts out of character, nutty light roast unseemly and the thick, chewy caramel to be altogether lumbering and ill-matched. I don't my want my palate lulled by sugars, I want my gums cut up on sharp, citric hops!

Both interpretations make quenching, delectable beers but if you're a die-hard hophead it shouldn't take long for you to become disillusioned with this more conservative, balanced rendition. If you're just one who appreciates toothsome, quality, well-rounded beers then #9 will accord quite well with you, as it does me (provided I'm not in hop withdrawal!).

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5/8/10 on tap at C'est What. Arrived to my perch at the bar in an imperial pint, nice deep red brown color with a thin tan head. Upon tasting this is a very balanced IPA. Nice hop bite in the opening that goes into a big malty backbone followed by a sweeter but tangy finish. Good mouthfeel, carbonation is evident after the initial hop blast. The carbonation gives a momentary snadpaper-like zest in the middle of the taste but then gets buried by the malt backbone. This is a solid brew, great for sessioning.

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Photo of mrnobody
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

275 ml bottle poured into a Wellington Brewery pint glass.

A: Pours a clear dark amber with two fingers of off-white head, some of which hangs around for the duration.

S: Smells of a little citrus hops, some malt, inviting but not overpowering.

T: This certainly has a lot more going on than Tankhouse, much hoppier but I'm still not sure it qualifies as an IPA.

M: Medium body with average carbonation.

D: I'd rate the drinkability fairly high.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a dozen of these at the brewpub last night - disappointed to see they've gone to a smaller 275 ml bottle; on top of that it seems the price went up.

In any event, pours a two finger foamy head with a gorgeous chestnut brown lustrous veneer. There are nicely dispersed small bubble streams spread about the glass for an attractive although it seems overly dark-hued IPA.

Nose is classic hoppy citrus aroma. Taste is sharp and hoppy, grapefruit, very bitter cleansing finish, huge malt bill, seems to be a bit of cloying molasses going on too. The finish is extremely long and bitter and frankly detracted a bit in the drinkability department. Similar to Mill St. Tankhouse Ale and I recall enjoying Magnotta's True North IPA more than this. Overall not a bad beer but I don't think this is an IPA I would want to drink a lot of.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice looking very clear dark burnished amber. Nice pale tan head enjoys sticking around, and is aided by the persistent yet fine carbonation. Nice and sticky lacings do stick around as well.

A decent enough nose as well, nice malts, bready pale malts and a nice touch of caramel. Hops are nice too, but somewhat restrained. However their floral and citrus character is quite nice.

Taste is pretty good, the malts are spot on. The bitterness is certainly there, just wish it wasnt so clean and came with a more fruity punch.

A nice almost creamy medium bodied ale. Malts have enough presence to stand up to some decent hop bitterness. Almost resinous with pine, just wish it had more of a grapefruit or tropical fruit balance.

A pretty good beer, and at only 10oz bottle its pretty easy to knock more than a few back. Thanks to Miguel, i really enjoyed this Canadian IPA, this is something i would recommend to any IPA fan to try. It is also something i would enjoy having again.

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

This review is an average of the bottled and cask versions.

Freshly tapped cask at Volo, which shows what an amazing format cask conditioning can be. A surprisingly dark oaken body (darker than the regular kegged version from the sounds of it) support a frothy white head. Good retention and lace. Not really what you'd expect from the appearance of an IPA though. Earthy, citrus nose, with sweet orange and tangerine.

Wonderful balance in the flavours, with the bitterness kept in check, and the flavours running wild. Lots of tangerine, some pine, caramel malt, and like Derek said, a hint of nuttiness. Really stellar stuff with huge drinkability. Also, as you would expect from a well-kept (good job Volo), freshly tapped cask, the body is exceptional, with a texture that's both light and full at the same time.

The Number 9 IPA advanced into the second round of Volo's cask IPA challenge, but if its anywhere near as good as it was tonight it has potential to go all the way.

Bottled: Flavours are far more in check. Toastiness is heightened and the bitterness is a bit more restrained. Pitched a bit more to the conservative market, but still a pretty decent IPA. Ideally I'd ask for more hop presence, but this is pretty sessionable for they style, and seeing its local would probably still be preferred over the imports. Definitely not as good as on cask, though.

Edited to add: It did go all the way - best cask IPA in Ontario.

Further edit: This isn't as good as it used to be, so I've adjusted a few scores downwards a touch.

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Photo of salvo
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich mahogany brown with hints of red. Light bubbles keep the half-inch head afloat for a while. Lacing is sticky and leaves pronounced notches marking each sip from the glass.

Smell is all pine: Christmas-fresh pine, balsam, spruce, sharp yet subtle. Malt adds sugarplum. Wondering how the draft compares to bottle.

Strong, bitter IPA that mellows to hop tartness. Hops are fresh pine sharp with little citrus except at the very end when the citrus begins to shine through just before the taste dissipates and I take another sip, renewing the pine. The mouth-feel is a little thin but appropriate. Nicely biting and bitter.

Thanks to @ herrorara and @ cratez for recommending Chancey Smith's in London, Ontario.

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Photo of batmanbach
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

To begin with, a few very minor gripes.

The name. #9. It gives the beer zero personality.

The label isn't really bad so much as bland and uninspired. Mike certainly didn't pay his designer overtime to whip this one up, that's for sure. Plus it makes me want to play snooker.

I have had this on tap several times and it seemed to vary to the point that I could never really get a bead on the taste and a few times it failed to strike me as anywhere near hoppy enough to be classed as an IPA.

All dickish nitpicking aside, let's get to the beer.

Pours a surprisingly dark chocolate color, clear and a dark ruby when held up to the light, topped by a nice white frothy head and splotchy lacing. Dies down to a thin film in the end.

The aroma is mild caramel underneath topped by some nice citrus hops. Very nice but restrained.

The taste is more bitter than I remember it being on tap or cask. The taste follows the aroma, with a dark chocolate and caramel backbone met by some grapefruit pith bitterness, some pine and floral notes as well, ending with a dry, almost chalky finish. The bitterness lingers long in the aftertaste. The malt profile of this on tap and cask seemed a lot more pronounced. Here it's drowned out by the bitterness to the point that it's lacking any real complexity or depth.

Mouthfeel is thin and a little overly carbonated.

This is a good beer. But my preference is for an IPA with hops flavor rather than just hops bitterness, a good malt backbone, and a dry hopped aroma, and this is lacking in a few key areas for me.

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Photo of kwjd
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this on cask and tap previously, but I finally decided to review this from a bottle. Pours an amber-copper colour with thick white head. Good head retention. Smells strongly of citrus hops and lots of sweet caramel malt. This tastes hoppier and bitter than it does on tap for some reason, which is good because I think on tap it can be more of a pale ale (similar to Mill Street Tankhouse). This is awesomely drinkable, and with the small bottles it doesn't take much effort to finish off a 6 pack.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle at Chancey Smith's in London. Served in a tulip glass.

A - One finger tan head that dissolves quickly and leaves attractive lacework. The body is one of the darkest I've ever seen for a single IPA - transparent dark coppery brown with a nice glow when held to the light. If this had better head volume and retention it'd be perfect.

S - Hop character seems like a mix of slightly dank Columbus hops and peachy Simcoe - maybe a bit of Cascade soapiness. This is definitely "East Coast" as it has a pretty strong malt backbone of caramel and bread. Reminds me a little of DFH90, but less boozy and aromatic.

T - There aren't a ton of flavoring hops, although the residual bitterness is quite pleasant and exposes their presence. There's some light floral and fruity notes on top of a highly present caramel malt base.

M - Light carbonation tingle, smooth, and a fairly resinous residual feel. Could use a touch more dryness in the finish, but otherwise no problems here.

D - This went down fast - nice texture and moderate bitterness make this a good session option. Glad to see a decent local IPA in Ontario - bring on the Imperial version!

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle of this at Terroni last night. It was nice to see this fine local beer at one of my favorite Italian restaurant.

Pours a deep brown color, this could pass for a brown ale. A small tan head clings tenaciously to the glass. Caramel malt and grapefruit show in the aroma. The taste is solidly bitter with a nutty, doughy, sweet malt profile. The hops are citrusy with a bit of pine character. Medium to light carbonation in the mouthfeel, on the lightbodied side overall. Moderate bitterness lingers in the finish.

This is a nice IPA. The robust malt profile stands up to the hops and then some. Its very enjoyable, though I like my IPAs a hoppier, with the malt subserviently in the background. I will seek this out again nonetheless. Its a very tastey quaffer.

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Mike Duggan #09 IPA from Duggan's Brewery
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