Mike Duggan #09 IPA | Duggan's Brewery

Mike Duggan #09 IPAMike Duggan #09 IPA
41 Ratings
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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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 36
Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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 biegaman
3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
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 Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -18.9%
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 Mora2000
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
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 MasterSki
3.81/5  rDev +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 BigBry
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another pint enjoyed with bobsy at C'est What.
Slightly darker gold color than Big Al's, thick white head. Better head and lace than I was expecting from a high hopped beer. Earthy, piney hops. Lots of bitterness, but still balanced and not too one dimensional. Good body, another pint that disappeared too quickly.

I believe I read that this won the Toronto Vask Fest, glad I got to try it as well.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bobsy for this IPA.

A: Caramel looking beer, very clear. The head is soapy. Could be associated to clouds too. Seems to stick very well to the glass.
S: Grapefruits hops with faint notes of citrus. I do get some caramel/toffee notes that are from the malts.
T: Very nice taste. Hops (grapefruits, citrus). Starts with grapefruits to move on with citrus. The after-taste is all bitterness. Bitterness starts small but finish big. In the 2010, a little metallic taste but nothing too annoying. It lingers in the mouth for a good amount of time. Very nice.
M: Medium body, mellow (slightly round) in the mouth.
D: Easy IPA to drink. A very well balanced IPA. Again, I do class this IPA in easy to drink.

Thanks Bobsy for a good beer. Liamt07 sent me another one on september 2010. Just updated my review based on this 2010 version.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
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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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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 cratez
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle at Chancey Smith's. Now called "Duggan's #9 IPA." Pours a deep, dark amber with brown hues and a thin layer of off-white film. Small amount of stringy lacing on the glass. Looks more like an English Strong Ale than an IPA. Smell is fruity and aromatic perfume, a mixture of toffee/caramel and pine/hop notes come through. Big punch of tangerine, bitter white grapefruit, and floral, cedar-like hops in the taste, as the toasted biscuit and caramel flavours take a back seat. Medium-bodied mouthfeel is juicy, tangy, and well-carbonated, with a dryly bitter finish and lingering citrus flavours. Recommended.

EDIT: this is much more balanced on-tap, with the malt coming to the forefront. I like the bottled version better. With IPAs, more hops are always a good thing!

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Photo of bobsy
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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 ritzkiss
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
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 biboergosum
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at C'est What.

This beer appears a clear dark amber hue, with a few fingers of creamy off-white head, which leaves a bit of lace as it recedes. It smells of caramel malt, and soft citrus hops, very inviting. The taste follows through on the promise with a solid caramel malt backbone, balanced with some nice orange and grapefruit hop essences. The carbonation is quite mild, the body smooth and soft, and the finish is dry and softly hopped.

A very good, and drinkable, Yankee-style IPA, which is seemingly hard to find around these here parts...

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Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had quite a few pints of this at Volo.

Pours a clear dark reddish orange, almost mahogany, thick off white head forms, good retention, very thick and chunky, nice lacing. Smell is good, nice malts in the background, caramel and bread, some light citrusy/grapefruity hops, some floral, light fruitiness, not over the top hoppy but well balanced. Taste is similar, clean malts, caramel sweetness, some light biscuit, grapefruit, floral, some berries, citrus, nicely balanced, but could use some more hopping, nice bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. A pretty good and drinkable IPA, very balanced, easy to put down some pints.

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Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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 Derek
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper-amber, light tan head, some retention, excellent lacing.

S: Tangerine, grapefruit & peppery spice.

T: Tangerine, nectarine and grapefruit with a little grass & pepper from the hops. Some caramel and a hint of nut from the malts. Good bitterness.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a dry finish.

D: Quite drinkable.

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Mike Duggan #09 IPA from Duggan's Brewery
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