Dulachan | Lavery Brewing Company

very good
34 Reviews

Brewed by:
Lavery Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of puck1225
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Cloudy yellow color with a briefly lived head and good lacing. Pleasant citrus smell and taste. Strong grapefruit taste and nice bitterness. Good beer!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pretty beer, a little brassy color to it, great clarity, and a huge frothing expanding white head with fine retention and lace. it smells lovely too, an oily hop profile, west coast in that it has some sweetness there, lots of residuals, but also in its piney complexion, pungent and fresh, more northwest than northeast in aroma and appearance. the flavor is nice too, more of that heavy pine hop, wet wood, spruce, honey, and a little toast to the malt base that gives it some structure and some balance. mild sweetness serves to balance the bitter finish. some slight tropical notes in here late too, maybe pineapple, the hops are very dynamic and robust on the whole. carbonation is there at first, but it quickly evacuates my glass, which leaves the back half feeling a little heavy, even for a brew this low in abv. i liked this a lot overall, and have enjoyed the handful of lavery beers i have had all quite well. thanks to my man back east for sending this one out in a really nice box of regional brews from up there. a classic flavor profile for the style, very fresh, very well done.

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Photo of Jason
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

Mild haze in the dull golden color, lots of sudsy action. Rind, pith, and zest in the nose with hints of grain, yeast, & faint esters. Smooth and crisp, lots of pith and bitterness from the hops. Some grain and yeast but the hops dominate here, more a rind and a bit of zest in the middle. White tea, leafy, dry. Hint of alcohol. A pretty aggressive IPA for 5.5%. All in all, good drinking.

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Photo of biegaman
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dulachan is an unusual, funny sounding name but there's nothing odd looking about this IPA. As expected, it has a yellow-golden colour and a lightly hazed yet near-glowing complexion that gives it a more characterful, much bolder look than standard ales (even if at 5.6% it's not actually any stronger).

The brewery's Irish motif is especially appropriate for this offering - it's painted green top to bottom. Forest-y ganja pungency in the nose, tropical green mango notes in the flavour, or the leafy, markedly parsley-like finish, this IPA is brought to you by the colour green (and the number 70, as in IBU).

For something named after the headless goblin referred to as the 'Irish Grim Reaper', this is surprisingly friendly and likable. For that you can thank a blend of pale, cara-vienna and biscuit malts that creates a bready, agreeably sweet maltiness to cushion all those simcoe, citra, amarillo and columbus hops.

Make no mistake, however, this profile is dominated by those resins and tropical and citrus fruit flavours to the point of it feeling pulpy or like fresh juice was blended in. I don't care where Pennsylvania is located on the map, Lavery is clearly West Coast (or at least the brewer spent some time there).

It's no folklore, the great scores for Dulachan are real. This may indeed be one of the best IPAs in the state, if not the region. A blend of tropical island fruits and emerald isle green, this mix of pith and pungency is remarkably drinkable and impeccably balanced. I've found my new lucky charm!

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Photo of Mikus
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting, and unique IPA. We'll crafted. Some big pine and floral notes when I smelled and tasted this brew at their taproom. Nice NWPA collaboration. Worth a go. They sell bottles if you aren't near Erie.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Capone's.

Sunny orange body, mild haze, quarter inch white collar. Aromas of pine, fleshy citrus, malty backbone. Biscuity, bready, mild hop sweetness. Resinous and earthy. Medium bitterness. This is ok.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.24/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

on draft, amber in color, white head. solid, but unspectacular IPA. the hop flavor just didn't stand out enough for me.. so I wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of Boto
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draught: This one pours a clear golden color. There was about a finger of an off white head. It has a good hop nose, mainly pine and citrus. A touch astringent. The taste is good. A bit bitter. A decent beer.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I thought this was a nice little IPA, ironically kinda cutting edge these days to do an IPA at just 5.5%, but they pull it off well. Lots of citrus in the nose, grapefruit and tangerine perhaps, maybe a touch of pine, good and present bitterness on the palate and a body that just stands up to the hop punch. In cans too? This would be a great candidate for one of those beers you always have around.

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Photo of EraDehops
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Dulachan is Good!
Overall: Bangin' for a local Erie beer, best one around for sure (IPA wise) with a close second being Good Vibes down in Meadville from VooDoo.. At 5.6% There is a huge, hoppy hit and a great cloudy, frothy mouthful. Dunno why it's avg is <90, because it's danky! Definitely a sessionable IPA and makes things feel like a sunny Irish day. No stand up to Heady Topper, but I am sure glad it's here to be had!
A: Beautiful haze, golden summer sunset appearance, unfiltered does the trick.
S: Nice grapefruit, citrus waft
T: Really a smack of lemon malt, with tingly spicy finish, does not linger and leaves a crave for more.
M: Again unfiltered, so very filling in the mouth. Able to swish and turn to foam before guzzle. Awesome and hefty ipa. Very satisfying drink.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%

A-Cloudy yellow orange, two finger head that leaves some lacing.

S-Lots of citrus, some mild grass flavors with a little floral as well.

T-Starts with a good deal of citrus, pleasant floral notes along with a tad bit of grass.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation and some hop resins.

O-A good local IPA that I got in a trade. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of CabbageA19
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Better than average IPA. Had it the past two Saint Patricks days- really the only good green beer I've ever had.

They have any interesting complex beers but the IPA is pretty darn straightforward. A tad too bitter in my estimation for an IPA to make not a session IPA but drinkable for sure.

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Photo of Jennymonster
4.82/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Categorized as an American IPA, I would venture to call this Erie PA's rendition of a West-Coast IPA. Without a doubt, Dulachan can compete with the likes of Green Flash and Lagunitas. However, weighing-in at a respectable 5.6% A.B.V., Dulachan is sessionable to the point whereby it must be considered the premiere picnic beer for the craft crowd tending to the responsibilities that come along with adulthood.

A pillowy head forms when poured into a glass--and little is lost when you crack a can (concealed) on Presque Isle. The head dissipates rapidly, but let's just call that Mother Nature and Father Time's way of encouraging you to drink-up.

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Photo of jbwimer
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Have had this one several times, and figured I should review (I've also been ticking too much due to shares and am hoping to break that trend). Poured from a can into the 2014 KBS tulip.

A- Pour results in a finger of white head that has decent retention. Fades to some lingering carbonation on top and some lacing on the glass. Dull, somewhat hazy orange in color.

S- Beautiful bouquet on this beer. Quite dank, smelling of a freshly cut lawn, with some piney resin, and grapefruit/orange aromas. Sweet citrus with a hint of caramel from the malt. Love the nose in this one.

T- Not quite as impressive as the aroma, but lovely, nonetheless. LOTS of hop bitterness that fortunately has a good malt presence to balance it out. Getting mostly grapefruit and grass on the taste. The bitterness really lingers, too, which I always like.

M- Medium carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. The level of carbonation is just right. If there were more, this beer would be hard to drink. Love the way the hops linger. This beer is deceptively smooth.

O- Lavery is an up and coming brewery that is doing many things well, including this beer. Low ABV with huge aromas and flavors, without sacrificing the mouthfeel. Try their beers if the opportunity presents itself.

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Photo of Omnium
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can &gt; Alpine Spring bow-tie glass.

A - Cloudy gold with some yeast floating around, big fluffy off white two finger marshmallow head, patches of thick lacing.
S - Dank grass, pine and earthy scents, fresh lemon and lime juice, some white grape, orange juice, light bread malt.
T - Excellent balance of malt, hops, sweetness. Definitely get those dank qualities, lots of citrus juice in the middle, crisp lemongrass, light bread malt.
M - Clean and bright, lighter on feel, easily drinkable.
O - One of my favorite session beers as of recent, this dominates All Day IPA by a long shot. This paired with Southern Tier Live, and Terrapin RecreationAle, are my top 3 session beers.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can from a locals swap with a great trader. Pours a hazy light copper with a two finger fluffy off white head. Big grapefruit aroma with plenty of toffee malt backing. Flavor is bitter up front with pine and grapefruit, then toffee and caramel malts follow on the palate with the sweetness lingering. Prickly carbonation, slightly dry on the finish. Full of flavor, definitely an easy coast style. Solid brew and my first from Lavery.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a hazy golden-yellow color with a nice two-finger foamy white head, great retention long after the pour

S- big leafy and floral hop aromas with some orange zest, tropical fruity notes of pineapple and mango with a hint of mint, very nice

T- tropical fruity flavors stand out up front with lots of mango and pineapple, a nice sugary sweet maltiness mid-palate, followed by some floral hop flavors finishing dry

M- medium body and carbonation lead to a foamy mouthfeel with a crisp finish, very drinkable

O- a nice balance is achieved with some great tropical and floral hop flavors being complimented by a sweet malty backbone. High drinkability makes this one go down too easily

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale copper slightly hazed body with a big bubbled white head, forms thick chunky banded lacing for nice appearance. Aroma has straight up citrus peel and pineapple notes it's tropical fruit mélange of love of the hops. Flavors up front bitterness balanced with pale biscuit malts this beer drinks effortlessly dead on body with even keeled carbonation slick oily feel poured from a can I'm looking for a case of this stuff soon. Definitely worth it especially while it's as fresh as this sample is!!!

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.27/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

- can. unfiltered.

A: Tarnished orange pour has a bready textured head off white in color that was soapy and bubbly, especially around the glass walls. Healthy dose of carbonation within, with some soapy patches on the vessel remaining for lace with a high rate of coverage appeal. Not to much signage of the unfiltered nature, clarity was rather good and distinguishable.

S: Sweet and fruity exit from the can showed some fresh fruitiness of mangos. In the vessel dry grains dominated, the hops settling down a bit the aroma didnt seem as enticing or fresh and exciting as first opened.

T: Toasted grain, bread, light dry warmth of comforting citrus. Bit of orange-pine hops, even toned bitterness, floury grains with a leave of lemony toastedness.

M: Mouthful was smooth, slippery and lightly syrupy with a moderate awareness of carbonation.

O: Overall a even toned bitterness, not to dry, not to bitter, good balance of malts and hops. The flavor was ok, a bit laid back, nothing that would jump and grab your attention. Could of benefited from a bit more complexity for multiple drinking sake, as it stands ones not enough to encourage a second offering. A middle of the road safe play in the tough and competitive field of ipas that would hardly get noticed.

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Photo of jonB
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a can into a tulip glass to get a bright amber body with a half inch of head, which faded with little lacing. The beer had a strong juicy hop smell with a citrus nose, but a dry piney finish. It is well balanced and has a medium mouthfeel. It is a sessionable IPA and is very good for the style.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Built like an IPA but with the weight and power of the more modest American Pale Ale. But its that undeniable dominance of citrus hops that cry otherwise.

Honey-gold in color, the ale is nearly bright except with a mild dry-hop haze. A tall column of foam extends upwards to meet the rim. It's bone-white and shows off its long-lasting retention with mostly loosely knit bubbles. It's a terrific looking IPA.

Bright citrus aromatics deliver a burst of grapefruit and oranges. Its fresh juicy scent is of the squeezed juice of citrus fruit along with a side note of fresh-sawn pine and herbal botanicals. Backed by light caramel, the malt character is mild- careful not to tread on the hops. Its otherwise a clean and error free scent.

To taste, the crisp malt of caramel and sun kissed grain frame the underpinnings of the ale. But its the ripe grapefruit and orange flavor that takes center stage. Its boastful hop character commands the taste from the time that the sweetness fades until the resinous pine bitterness closes the ale with sharpness and briskness throughout. Its more earthy taste is light but does provide a mild stemmy bite.

Early creaminess floats above the tongue, but the ale turns dry after its carbonation recedes and its malt sweetness begins to dissolves. It's fast to dry, finishing with strong bitterness, stemmy wood astringency and deceptive alcohol warmth.

In fact is fades so cleanly and crisply that it leaves the palate wanting a bit more. Its hop content and character promises a creamier and smoother but the lightness can't deliver. Its a remarkably drinkable and refreshing Pale Ale in an IPA suit.

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Photo of Max_B
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer made me finally sign up for beer advocate to write a review! Here goes:

Poured from a can into a wide mouth HopDevil pint glass.

Appearance: Looks like it ought to. Golden unfiltered goodness. The head is just off-white, pours one to two fingers before settling nicely into a thin layer on top which retains til the last drop and clings to the glass like it knows it's fate.

Smell: YUM. Big west coast-style hops up front. As others have written below, they're hitting on both tropical and piney flavors all at once. I think they claim Amarillos, Simcoe, Citra, and Columbus hops. Sounds about right!

Taste: More of the nose. Pineapple and citrus fruits meet pinecone resin at the perfect halfway point. Almost reminds me of the now infamous Heady Topper. It doesn't bite you on the sides of the tongue like an imperial would, which is a welcome change for me. The grain profile is interesting; despite the fact that it is entirely overshadowed by the hops, it doesn't feel lacking in the malt department the way some west coast IPAs can. It tastes "balanced" as far as the (disproportionately over-hopped) style (which we all love) goes.

Mouthfeel: This is where this beer really, truly reminds me of Heady Topper. I'm sure many of you will disagree, but this thing just goes down perfect for a 5.5%er. It's creamy, smooth, not overly carbonated, "soft." It's a well made, inviting beer that beckons you to come back for another sip. Highly sessionable.

Overall: Maybe I'm biased, but dang! I'm sure glad they're shipping this stuff to Philly. I'll shell out 40$ for a case week old cans of this stuff any day. Too bad it's the last pallet of the year! The first time I had this beer was on tap at Prohibition Taproom in Philly. I was anxious about the canned release because I wasn't sure if it could live up to the beer I had on draft. Boy was I relieved. It's like it gets better every time they brew it. Coincidence? I think not. Stay on the lookout for this one, folks. Another tiny brewery bringing the ruckus. Despite the fact that some of their other beers weren't quite such shining examples of their respective styles (read: imperial red, leopard oir,) Lavery's clearly got something to offer. I'm eagerly anticipating their Madra Alta IPA, which was just released on draft this month.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this one and I immediately was anxious to try it. Lots of pine on the nose. Flavor had it too, but it's fairly even-keeled. Honestly, I think I've had pale ales that were a lot like this. Smooth feel. This is nice. It's definitely fresh. That's for sure. Try it as soon as you can.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Swirls of microgunk further tarnish the clarity. Very hazy. A dark honey mustard color. Nice sticky and sudsy white head. Creates lacing, too.

Leafy green hops, tart tropical fruits, lime, hop pellets, and herbal aromas. All hops in the nose. Hard to distinguish what the malts are doing, but it's not much. Light crackery fluff. Very hoppy. Notes of pine and citrus rind are also evident.

Lots of C hops, but somewhat light on the citrus. Very leafy and green (the color of the can is perfect as a premise for how this beer tastes). More lightly tart, but supple, tropical fruit notes. Unripe papaya, bitter greens, herbs, pine, tangerine rind, canteloupe rind, and hints of lime. Pretty impressive stuff. Lots of hop flavor. Bitterness is moderate, but quite relenting. Pale malts are barely sturdy, and very clean. No distractions of toast, caramel, or sweetness. Excellent.

Light to medium-bodied. Quite oily. Has a delicate smoothness. Carbonation creates just enough gruff to matter. The way it feels counts for a lot, actually. Not as rich and bristly as is sometimes appropriate for an easily quaffable hoppy IPA, but close.

My expectations were small (no offense, Lavery). This is a phenomenal IPA. I want to send this to all my peeps out of state to try out. When in PGH, find some.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a shaker pint.

Hazy gold with a short white head that dissipates quickly.

Passion fruit, peach and tangerine.

Passion fruit, pink grapefruit and tangerine zest. Thin grainy backbone. Honeydew melon, drops of lemon juice and a pinch of pine needles.

Medium bodied, crisp and dry.

The passion fruit flavors make this IPA unique. Sessionable, dry and refreshing.

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Dulachan from Lavery Brewing Company
3.94 out of 5 based on 181 ratings.
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