DuganA IPA | Avery Brewing Company

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DuganA IPADuganA IPA

Brewed by:
Avery Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Released twice annually in January and again in September.

Added by GarrisWH on 10-06-2009

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Reviews: 612 | Ratings: 1,640
Photo of rodbeermunch
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well that's just a pretty beer. Orange and amber, always looks good, solid 1" head and retention. Aroma is citrusy dry hops.

Taste is phenomenal, lots of citrus and green hop notes, plenty of caramel in the body but it doesn't have the excessive bitterness that so often accompanies that kind of malt bill. There's some sweetness and thickness, but the hops are so varied and flavorfull, it kind of forgives the malt bill.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber orange color. Promises a big flavor.

Clean smell, not bold, at least not out of a cold fridge.

Big, round flavor, almost like dry currants. Mixed with classic IPA hoppiness. Hop profile halfway between DHF90, and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (?!).

Mouthfeel is fantastic. Rich, finely textured, not over carbonated.

Finish is quite bitter.

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Photo of donspublic
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap into sniffer, half finger creamy head, nice lacing. Not much to the nose, my issue not the beer. Nice malt sweetness on the front end, getting mango, citrus and a little caramel sweetness. Has a great finish, not too dry or too sweet, minimal bitternes. Nice balanced beer

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a fairly hazy amber orange with a perfectly respectable head. The aroma of the beer is dominated by tropical notes of sticky sweet mango and very ripe pineapple. There is also a background note of onion and grassy funk. The flavor leads with mango and a touch of tangerine juice, followed by some pine, grass, and a fair amount of caramel. The mouthfeel is very full with a large amount of spikey carbonation. Overall this is a very flavorful beer, perhaps a touch to sweet for my tastes, but well done none the less.

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Photo of Altrurian
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a slightly hazy deep amber. Pretty a head as you'd ever want to see: a multiplicity of bubble sizes comprise a deep meringue, with world-class cling. The mild aroma is grapefruity and piney. The taste is that of surprisingly refined, understated, but forthright, hoppiness. This is a dignified IPA to be reckoned with (and enjoyed!).

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip

Appearance: dark golden with a light hue of copper and beautifully bright. Head is a minimal, very light tan with only a thin lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malt and hops, but the hop aroma is much less than what is standard for the style. There is more malt than hops in the aroma.

Flavor: quite tasty. Very pleasant hoppiness without being overpowering. Some light citrus and light pine, but really no distinctive flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium. Spot on. I could easily put back two bombers without getting full. This in no way implies that this beer is thin; it is not.

Overall: Much better than I recall. This beer is light and well balanced. Job well done. You could easily drink several without getting weighed down. This is much less sweet than Maharaja. I should compare the two side by side.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into pint glass
pours golden orange with a moderate head that faded somewhat quickly
smells of fruit and hops, then somewhat boozy but mostly sweet a little perfume
taste sweet piney floral with a sweet aftertaste as well
feel medium body and somewhat viscous
overall very good although a little sweet for my taste
prefer avery Maharaja

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Photo of StevesBitter
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

There isn't much to add to all the previous reviews; however most of them were for bottles (bombers) and I was lucky enough to find it on tap at the Winter Park Pub. Served in an Avery snifter, it really impressed me. Just what a double IPA should be, in my view: abundant floral hops well balanced by a solid malt body with subtle caramel/butterscotch sweetness. A real winner!

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Photo of Bfarr
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy red amber and frothy white head with great retention. Sharp, deep dank pine. Mellow hop bitterness to begin with biscuit malt backbone finishing very strong with a nice long linger. Light alcohol and semi-dry finish. Sticky, resinous, fuzzy feel.

The late hop slap in the face is quite an enjoyable experience. A delayed enamel stripping experience with enough malt to make the savoring last awhile.

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Photo of hreb
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in wine glass. Beer pours medium golden amber in color, relatively clear, with little to no head. Aroma is somewhat hoppy and floral, but mostly, this smells quite sweet. At 93 IBUs and 8.5% ABV that could be a good thing. Flavor has a really piny flavor that rolls all over my tongue, while, as I'd hoped, the pungent bitterness is balanced out with residual sugar from caramelized malt. This is good, and deceptively drinkable (if surely hangover-inducing). I'm just not having a transcendental hop experience here.

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Photo of SublimeZero
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer will reward you with tremendous east cost IPA taste and feel. I am not an east coast IPA fan but this one is surprising. Very hoppy and a full body feel with a fantastically bitter finish.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: A bit of sediment at the bottom of the bottle worries me a lite. The cloudy body is light amber in color, and bears a thick head of straw-colored foam. Spotty lacing gets left on the glass.

Smell: The initial scent alternates between nectarine and funky Belgian yeast. A shot of spiced rum soon comes forth, and joins up with butterscotch, peanut brittle, and pine needles. A nice complex perfume, with a forewarning of inebriation.

Taste: An even mix of tropical and citrus fruit mixes well with plenty of caramel malt and resinous hops. A shot of coconut milk and a sprinkle of white pepper feel either nicely exotic, or annoyingly our of sync. The weirdo in me doesn't care which is which. This is a tasty beer, regardless. The medium hop bitterness could be just a tad higher, but it's still fine as is.

Mouthfeel: A creamy, medium body is a must for supporting the apparent alcohol and complex flavor profile. In this sense, the beer does well. The carbonation, on the other hand, could rise up a notch. This beer feels like a sipper, but tastes like it could pass for something more lively.

Overall: This beer possesses the things I love about Avery: its complex layers would delight any party. The malty sweetness, the hop bitterness, and the curious esters all come together to create a complex, yet balanced crowd pleaser. Nevertheless, this specimen is not my favorite of the brand. The harmony is so similar to other Avery beers, except it's not as tight. I'm not sure what this beer, while good, has to offer that other Avery productions don't.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a copper color with good clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Herbal, grassy, spicy hops followed by toasted and caramel malts. Some alcohol in the rear.

Taste: Same as above. A little chewy, bitterness, and booze in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, light bitterness, and slight alcohol.

Overall: Pretty nice DIPA. Wouldn't mind try I ng a fresher bottle or draft to see of there were any hop glavor differences.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

- orange with not very good cup lacing but still looks great
- smell is all pine and some citrus hops
- taste is the smoothest ipa i have had however i do prefer a little more bite alot of pine and citrus hops
- feel is not carbonation at all this is one of the smoothest well balanced ipas i have had
- overall a great buy and will buy again!

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into an Avery tulip glass after cutting the lawn the first time this season.. Great double IPA. Sure wish I had another. Definitely NOT a "lawnmower" beer. Get some.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

$7 bomber poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. My first from Avery since a couple years ago when I had their mediocre White Rascal.

Appearance: Pretty sexy. Very slightly hazy burnt orange color with two fingers of a creamy head on top -- dies down to a thin layer, but there's lots of lacing. Great looking IPA.

Smell: Pretty herbal and floral with quite a big dash of rye, to my nose -- slight citrus as well to brighten it up. A bit maltier than I was anticipating, but it's very nice/pretty unique.

Taste/feel: Almost identical to the smell: floral/herbal hop flavors, some rye spiciness (with quite a lot of rye flavor), and a nice citrus peel sort of vibe. A unique tasting IPA, for sure -- I'm surprised so few people mention rye, because this could be a RyePA in my book. Aftertaste is a fantastic combination of juiciness, rye spiciness, and bitterness, and is definitely my favorite part about Dugana. One of the best finishes I've had in awhile. The feel is just about perfect: medium bodied, a little silky, and a moderate carbonation.

Excellent beer. I guess it's a *little* pricey per ounce, but who can complain when the beer's this good? I wouldn't make it a beer I'd have often (just because I don't like rye tasting beers constantly), but it doesn't change the fact it's a must try for IPA and rye beer fans alike.

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Photo of KMey3434
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pine taste is very prevelent and distict. Almost no head and very crisp. Pine and malt linger for the perfect amount of time in my opinion. Not too strong and goes down nicely. Very flat for a double ipa but it makes for a quick drink if you're in a hurry :)

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are excellent. Has a piney, caramel aroma. Nice smooth malt to hop transition Floral resin with a caramel aftertaste. Does hide alcohol well. Astringency at the end is a little much but good nonetheless.

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Photo of spacecake9
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my IPA glass...
A - Pours a golden orange color with large head that leaves plenty of lacing.
S - Smells piney, citrus, earthy.
T - Flavors of citrus (but not too much) caramel, honey and resin with plenty of bitterness.
M - A little sticky, medium body, low carbonation.
O - Very good beer, sorry I waited so long to taste it.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving: 1 pint 6 oz bottle poured into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Bright, clear golden orange. Tall, sudsy head of white foam; leaves clumpy lace.

Smell: Pine, mint, and citrus rind with light honey sweetness and dank hops.

Taste: Plenty of citrus: orange and grapefruit zest, as well as some tropical fruit, pine resin and caramel sweetness. Balanced, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body and moderate carbonation with a slightly oily feel.

Overall: Hop forward DIPA, but stays balanced enough to highlight citrus and herbal notes.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Short Review. This was a very nice DIPA, the hop profile was great, it tasted and smelled like pineapple orange juice and while it was pretty bitter it never got to overwhelming. I really like this beer and I need to track down a bottle to review.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear golden orange with a one-finger creamy white head. Tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma of sweet orange, mango, grapefruit, and sweet caramel malts.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Lots of juicy orange, mango, and grapefruit with a strong caramel malt backbone. The hops really shine in the finish producing a lingering bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very creamy mouthfeel with a sticky finish.

O - This is an awesome DIPA. Very drinkable with lots of juicy flavors. Definetly recommended.

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Photo of hardy008
3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a one finger foamy white head, with good retention and lacing. The aroma has a lot of caramel malt, along with some tangerine and grapefruit.

tastes much like it smells with caramel, tangerine, and grapefruit. There is not a lot of hop taste at first sip, but there is a pretty strong bitterness at the end.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Not bad, but not a top DIPA in my opinion.

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Photo of dorosjim
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer has some of my favorite hops in it and Avery balances the 3 incredibly. Solid malt foundation provides an excellent base, rich hearty and full bodied, touch of sweetness with faint notes of caramel and burnt sugar. The heavy body plays off the Chinook really well bringing out fruity berry notes and sugared fruit bowl. Columbus has a big assertive bitterness on the back end which lingers along with alcohol warmth and a touch of the malt sweetness. Centennial pulls the beer together, providing citric rind and pine flavors that merge the super fruity chinook presence and the intense columbus flavors.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass]

A - 3.5 - Poured a golden honey color, a tad bit on the light side. Formed a finger of slightly off-white, yellow-tinged head. Medium head potential and retention. Soapy lacing left on the walls of the glass.
S - 4.25 - Nice and bright. Notes of peach, sweet hops and a lot of fresh orange.
T - 4.75 - Decently sweet oranges and light touches of peach and mango upfront, finishes on a slight malty as well as hoppy bitterness. Well balanced, the ending bitterness does not overpower but rather rounds off the initial upfront sweetness. Has a very clean, crispy and refreshing, fast finish. Not a huge amount of bitterness lingers after the swallow.
F - 5 - Rated feel a five because this IPA has a quite foreign creaminess to it to me that works very well with this particular brews and is quite welcome.
O - 4.75 - A damned fine IPA. This beer, while not advertised, drinks like a Belgian styled IPA to me with its clean and crispy characteristics. The creamy mouthfeel of this is unique for the style making it a unique IPA that I recommend giving a try if you come across it.

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