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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of nickhiller
2.38/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: amber, light dusting of head, decent bubbles
S: grass, sweet malt and floral hop notes
T: bitterness, gasoline, hoppy bitterness totally out of proportion with malt, bitterness is all I'm left with.
M: acidic, well carbonated, but bitterness contends with ease of drinking
D: it's far far far to bitter with little complexity, I did not like this one

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Photo of BDLbrewster
2.66/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a golden straw color with violent carbonation. Super chunky, stiff head that will not dissipate and tons of sticky lacing.

The smell is heavy with perfume like floral hops, almost like potpourri. I also catch some citric orange, light pine and some notes of hay.

Bang pow!! Aggressive bitter pine right off the jump. There is a toffee like sweetness in there, but it is greatly overshadowed by the astringent gin-like pine bite that couples with the apparent alcohol nips at the sides of your tongue. As it warms the malts start to emerge a bit revealing more of a toasty molasses sweetness and more alcohol, but the stand out characteristic is the violent pine.

The mouth is on the thin side while remaining very sticky feeling. Even though there is champagne like visible carbonation, very little comes through in the mouthfeel.

Overall, high on the boozy scale and I know it's a DIPA, but this brew comes off a little too one dimensional for me. This beer tastes like watery tanquery. I will struggle to polish off this bomber.

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Photo of Twal
2.75/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Had a pour from the brewery and I have to say I was highly unimpressed!
I would have to guess this is an off batch (or at least I hope so...
All I can say is this beer had an enormous (for the style) nutty /nut husk character going on (Victory malt ?),hops and nuts don't go together that well in these proportions.
Dry chalky finish...
The beer was really quite poorly brewed.

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Photo of tbrown4
2.95/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My first impression from the pour through the end was that this was exceedingly average. Very middle of the road, average. I would definitely drink it again as it was not terrible.

Pours with 1/2 finger head. Very even malt/hop balance. I prefer a little more hop flavor for an IPA. Not a ton of character here. The taste it self is very round and even. It almost tastes under-developed, like a home brewer's early attempts in the style.

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Photo of champ103
3.01/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a clear orange color. A large two finger white head forms with good retention. Some lace is left behind.
S: Oily, resiny, soapy hops. Bitter grapefruit. Nothing else. Pretty standard DIPA aroma.
T: Again, oily, resiny and bitter grapefruit hops. Kind of boring.
M/D: A medium body and crisp carbonation. The hot alcohol and bitterness makes this hard for me to drink.

I could have reviewed this without even trying it. The typical American DIPA with to much bitter hops. Hop heads will love it, but I am disappointed. There is nothing else for balance, and boring IMO. Avery makes some really interesting beers, this is not one of them.

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Photo of SPThirtyThree
3.13/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Crystal clear orange with a one-finger, nonpersistent head that fizzes down to a mackerel sky and then a lace ring around the goblet edges.

S: Overwhelming dank pine smell. Lemony citrus and slight nutmeg spice.

T: BAM! Bitterness. Pine that somehow reminds me of juniper berries. Tangy. Hard to taste anything other than hops.

M: Puckeringly astringent.

D: Very low from the extreme bitterness of this beer. A definite hop bomb. Great if you're into that sort of thing.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.16/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasting notes from 1/3/11.

Couldn't find any freshness dating on this bottle, which is unfortunate because after comparing my review to others, I think I likely have an old bottle.

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Dark orange/amber colour with one finger of foamy off-white head.

S - Sweetness comes through initially with caramel and toffee notes. Some bitterness is evident as well but it definitely the secondary smell. Overall, very sweet and malty and apparently unbalanced.

T - Follows the nose. Sweet caramel malts dominate the palate. The hops are noticeable but nowhere near the 95 IBU level that the label states. There is some bitterness, especially in the finish and some very light floral notes, but overall the hops don't contribute much in terms of flavour to this beer.

M - Medium body, light carbonation. Sticky and oily.

D - Too sweet. Possibly an old bottle but if a brewer wants the benefit of the doubt they should bottle date.

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Photo of Spider889
3.22/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Had this on tap at Mad Mex, review from notes.

Crystal clear garnet color, glows in the dim bar light. Served in a snifter with a frothy, yet extremely silky head on it. Left an admirable lace blacketing across the back of my glass. Not much more I could possibly ask for.

Smells of sweet pine resin and crisp winter needles. There's also bitter grapefruit and a grassiness to the hops.

Definitely a sipper. The alcohol is apparent and the hops are quite bitter. Nevertheless, the beer initially drinks quite smoothly. There's loads of pine and a mild oakiness as the beer goes down.

Medium bodied, very dry, with stinging hops on the tip of the tongue as it goes down. Quite warming for an IPA.

A commendable brew worth trying. But the huge hop bite and the strong alcohol limited me to one glass. The price seemed steep as well.

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Photo of charlzm
3.23/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed June 21st, 2011 in a standard pint glass, poured from a bottle labeled "1103886 / 12:00:260".

Pours a very clear dark honey color. Head is two fingers tall with a color somewhere between off-white and light yellow. Leaves almost no foam on the sides of the glass.

Aroma is all hops: grapefruit and pine.

Flavor: this is one bitter beer. A slight caramel/crystal malt character is buried almost instantly beneath an avalanche of rude hops. Grapefruit, pine and a hint of pepper. Very one dimensional.

Mouthfeel is slightly thick and a little oily. Slight carbonation prickliness.

I did not enjoy drinking this lopsided hop bomb much, though I did finish the bomber.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.27/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Pete for this one! 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. No freshness date...lame.

Hazy dull gold-amber with some creamy off-white head. Aroma is immediately recognizable as an Avery IPA that's a bit past its prime (would be helpful if there's a date...). Rich pale caramel malt and some aged dry hops. Pine more than citrus.

Palate is fat, but snaps dry immediately. Pale caramel malt and pine pollen like herbal notes. Bitterness is gripping but the hop flavor is lacking. Mouthfeel score suffers for what seems like age. (I wish there was a date on this thing so I could know for sure.)

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Photo of Overlord
3.31/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours orange with a bit of a golden glow. Three or four inch white foam head that died down to a quarter inch white foam crust. Actually, quite attractive. If only the rest of the beer matched its looks ...

Smells faintly of floral hops, but mostly of dank pine. That's right, dank. It's like pine needles soaked in pine resin then left to steep in a tepid bog. Dank.

Dankness carries through into the flavor. Wow. Some malt, citrus-y sweetness to it, but this is mostly a blast of resin-y, dank-y, pine. Not overly appealing, frankly. In fact, I'm going to have a hard time finishing the bottle.

Decent syrupy mouthfeel. Will not be revisiting. Sad I chose this over the three beers adjacent to it, Pliny the Elder, Hop Stoopid, and Sumpin Extra.

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Photo of dmsohyea
3.32/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

2/27/11 Bottle served at Pizza Port Bottle shop, mini pint glass.

A: Pours a deep golden yellow with one finger off-white head, some lacing.

S: Even after several aggressive pours from the bottle I wasn't getting ANY nose. Very slight pine scent, otherwise nothing to smell here. It's possible I had an old bottle.

T: Taste is average for a double IPA, nothing too impressive. Bitter grapefruit and pine followed by a very dry and slightly sweet finish. Malt character is strong, almost too much for my liking. Some alcohol on the finish.

M: Mouthfeel is very nice. Very creamy and moderate carbonation. Spot on.

D: I finished the bomber, but I certainly didn't want another afterwards. Too much alcohol and malt for me to drink more than one.

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Photo of claytong
3.33/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this either right before or right after the maharaja and thus it got maybe a little demoted in my mouth. it was a good imperial ipa no doubt, but it wasn't nearly as complex and balanced as the maharaja. so im giving it a tough break side by side.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.35/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a La Chouffe tulip. Pours a copper color with one-finger white head that lingers throughout. It maintains decent lacing. The aroma is comprised of hops, sour, and nutty notes. The flavor is of bland hops, some malt, and a nutty followthrough. It has a medium feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a very smooth IPA that had nice notes to it, but could have used more intensity in those notes to be better. I would drink this brew if it was offered to me, but not go out and buy it most likely.

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Photo of HoosierInOhio
3.37/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber/Tan sticks to glass nicely. Good retention, 3/4 inch head.

S - Hops but more malty to my nose. Big Aroma though, no reaching for smells

T - Bitter first, taste seems more hoppy than malty which is opposite of what I was smelling, although to overly hoppy, malts kick in just in time.

M - OK, not too sticky, somewhat bitter aftertaste

O - Decent but not too memorable.

Couldn't find a bottle date and I know I bought it some time ago so that could be a factor.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

a - Pours an orangish/copper color with about an inch of head and little carbonation.

s - Smells mostly of citrus and hops. A little bit of pine smell as well as some sweet malts.

t - Bitter bitter hoppy taste to it. Some citrus and pine again,as well as a little bit of malts, but they are overpowered by the bitterness.

m - High carbonation with medium body. Carbonation stings the tongue because it's so prevalent.

d - Overall this beer was ok, but not that great. I have had much better DIPAs, as well as much better beers by Avery. I thought the bitterness was just too overwhelming and muted some of the other tastes. The high carbonation hurt it too. I probably wouldn't buy this again and would stick with another DIPA.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from bomber to pint glass.

A - The beer poured a solid amber-orange color with a hazy tint and fair amount of particles suspended throughout. Poured a nice 2 finger head with good retention.

S - Not nearly the hop character I expected only a bit of piney/earthy aromas from the hops. Much more prevalent was the caramel malt which offered a distinct sweetness.

T - Similarly to the aroma, not much hop character up front, in fact the front of the beer was entirely the caramel malt flavors. The flavor transitions to a mild hop profile of the piney/earthy flavors. Not much fruity or citrus hop character detected. The beer finishes with a medium bitterness which lingers for a fair amount of time.

M - Adequately carbonated though I also found the beer a bit cloying. I would like to see a bit more dryness in the front and better balance with the malt/hops.

D - Drinkable.

Overall, DuganA is a decent IPA though i found it to be far too sweet with an offering lacking of hop character. I am glad to have tried it but won't be coming back.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-24-2011 14:51:22

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.41/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARENCE: Good looking, crystal clear, light orange beer. The head is about a quarter-inch thick and dissipates quickly. Lacing is decent.

SMELL: The smell isn't as strong as I would like it to be, but what little there is consists of crisp, clean grapefruit with a small hint of flowers.

TASTE: The grapefruit in this beer is strong. It is nice and bitter with some of that floral smell manifesting itself in the flavor as well. Avery's description of this beer says that the DuganA is bitter, piney and resinous. I would agree with bitter, but piney and resinous, no way. It is a much cleaner, crisper DIPA than I expected it to be.

MOUTHFEEL: Again, the theme is crisp and clean (for the most part). This is certainly a palate cleanser, but at the very end, the acidic qualities of the beer seem to leave a touch a funky aftertaste.

OVERALL: Not bad, but the DuganA seems stuck somewhere between IPA and DIPA.

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Photo of Finatic
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a chilled Cigar City pint glass.

A: Pours a golden, yellowish color with a nice white, frothy head that slowly recedes.

S: Lots of sweet malt and very little hops in the nose.

T: Tastes like it smells with a sweet syrupy malt taste overpowering the palate. Little to no hops for a DIPA.

M: Not enough balance between hops and malt for my liking.

O: Not nearly hoppy enough for my liking, an average DIPA with what's available these days.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - a light brown/almond color brew with a big billowy light tan head and moderate visible carbonation

S - strong citrus and piney hop aromas, some floral hints as well, some brown sugar style sweetness that i note in many quality IPA/DIPA's

T - the sweetness adds some punch in the flavor, the hops are still the main foicus of the taste, still grapefruit and piney, but the borwn sugar sweetness largens and gets a near raisin like element that battles to balance said hops

M&D - medium bodied, and easy drinking, enough hops to turn off bitter beer face sufferers, but not even close for hophead or most BA's, a nice balanced straight forward palate, nice IPA, avery knows what theyre doing

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.46/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at whole foods Columbus circle- pours a very clear golden color with very little head, very little retention and nice swathes of lacing. I think there would've been more head had the bartender poured a little better.

Nose is not particularly strong- light sweet caramel, a little bit of lemon hops, some yeast.

Taste is a little more complex- slight bitterness up front with a little lemon, followed by caramel notes, then some earthy yeast mixed with the lemon hops.

Mouthfeel is nice- quite drinkable for a DIPA but maybe too mild. Light body, full carbonation, a tiny bit of resin. This is a good drinkable beer but in my estimate, not really a DIPA and more like a high ABV pale ale.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.46/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark gold orange tinge with a 2 finger white head. A bit of lacing down the glass.

Sweet malts and a little bit of citrus in the nose.

Starts off with a touch of citrus. Pretty caramel malty then rounding into a lingering pine finish. A touch of oxidation.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are average.

A little more malt forward than I prefer my DIPA's, but not too bad.

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Photo of Ego
3.47/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

more snow ? ? ? ... well, might as well rate some beer...

frothing angry white head rumbles up to a three finger stance, soapy and audible, the head settles down leaving small lace work down the glass, slightly burnt orange hazy hue, carbonation is at work at a good pace, a pretty good looking brew

mild, not sharp grapefruit tones, bright and fresh hop aroma like northwest US hops, if hops were a jolly rancher candy they would smell like this... nice.

taste etc...
coats the tongue with a thin syrup (not overly thick like some DIPAs), the carbonation seems a little low, pretty bitter but not killer, the flavor is somewhat... lacking. It is not that it is bad per se but something seems missing. the acidity level seems pretty high but the right hop flavor is just not there for me.

eh, with the flood of really good DIPAs around this is a skippa

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle $6.49. Nice golden color, clear, sticky lacing on the glass. It smells dank. Piney, herbal, grass, and dank aromas, nice but then oddly stinky like a cat box. The flavor starts out as more of the same and exactly what was promised on the label, brutally bitter, piney, good at first but then it shows a bit of pepper and garlic, parmesan cheese. I get the same flavor from Green Flash DIPA and I just can't dig it. This is definitely a hop-bomb but the profile is just not for me.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 11/7/2009. Bottle. Pours a clear deep orange with a thick off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit, grassy hops, and orange zest. Flavor of caramel/cookie malt, grassy and garlicky hops. It was ok--just not my style for a IIPA- too sticky and the hop combination wasn't right for me.

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DuganA IPA from Avery Brewing Company
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