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 Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange colour with some off-white head. A good drinking DIPA. Big pineapple fruitiness, IBU is high but very well managed and its fruity more than malty. Orange peel and some lemon peel. Apple notes, even a little cocoa.A little zesty, pepper, spice. Very good drinkability.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange amber with thick, big bubbled white head.

Wonderful nose of fresh grapefruit, lemon/lime skin oils (lighter and less assertive than Pliny, Sculpin and other "hop heads" but nice). Some orange and yeast in the nose, a light corn tortilla character with lime.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with a "half and half" consistency.

Flavors of some underlying malt sweetness that is dominated by orange/grapefruit skin bitter with a grapefruit skin/pine resin hop finish. This is a bit of a "malty" charactered, well balanced IPA. Very hoppy and likely intended to be so but with a definite malt character.

This is a wonderful drink, full of big flavors and character and would be great with many food profiles.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Barbara's At The Brewery in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy orange-beige head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a slightly herbal finish. There is a medium hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is baller, possibly better than the maharaja. well, i shouldnt say that, its very different but equally powerful as a high priest of hops. it pours a relatively unassuming, mostly clear orange tinted brassy color, with a tall but airy white head. it smells like straight resin. its big oily west coast hops and the essential oil semisweet component trumps the bitter in the nose. not so in the taste though, as the bitterness really comes to the fore. its like grapefruit rind, fresh cut hay field, and english tea biscuits. the hops though, gives this beer a unique mouthfeel. its made heavier by the oil content, which is way way up there, but the lively carbonation makes it not feel quite so dense. i dont think its as beastly as the maharaja in terms of drinkability, but it definitely compares as far as raw hop intensity goes. this is an outstanding beer, harder to find than it should be i feel like, but one i will undoubtedly buy again. its a massive ipa with a light malt profile that really lets the chemistry of the hops do the leg work. one of my favorite big ipa's in awhile. yum!

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Photo of Knapp85
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured out as a deep copper color with a thin white hea on top. The lacing was scattered and the retention was light. The smell of the beer is loaded with grapefruit, pine and other fruity citrus aromas fro all the hops in there. The taste of the beer is great, lots of big hop flavors. The mouthfeel is oily, slick and nicely carbonated. Overall it's a great IPA. Worth drinking again.

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Photo of metter98
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: It's cloudy yellowish amber in color; a thin off-white head quickly faded away but left lacy patterns of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrusy and piney hops in the nose.
T: The flavor is very intense - there are moderate amounts of bitter citrus, pine resin flavors and notes of caramel malts. The bitterness is not overpowering.
M: The beer feels medium-bodied on the palate, slightly sticky and has a light amount of carbonation.
D: This is a beer that really needs to be sipped because the alcohol will quickly catch up to you.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer captures the delicate yet bold identities of both East and West Coast IPA's.

Its hops smack you up front with the sharp and bitter taste of 70+ ibu's. But the beer tethers the edges of bitterness with a soft and consistent fade into citrus (orange peel and grapefruit) and resins (pine and fresh cut grasses). This halmark dominates the beer from nose to finish.

Malt profiles are softer, relying on lightly kined pale malts for a color that is light golden and somewhat straw. Crisp maltiness never really pushes into caramel or toffee, but settles into a cracker-like (almost pilsner-like) character with clean, fresh-bakes bread crusts.

While the malts give a non-confrontational structure to the beer, the malts fade in the end, allowing for a dry, minty, clean finish. A great beer that rides along side of Harpoon Leviathan IPA for a recent comparison.

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

22oz gold-foil capped bottle.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden copper hue, with three fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and somewhat rocky off-white head, which leaves a stellar array of layered, sudsy banded lace around the glass as things duly sink away.

It smells of post-rainfall pine forest, pithy orange, lemon, and grapefruit, clammy caramel/toffee malt, a bit of candy sugar, and further dank herbal floral hops. The taste is semi-sweet bready caramel malt, herbal pine and musty citrus rind notes, a flinty hard water minerality, spicy tropical fruit, one ingrained with a certain soapy character, and a touch of warming alcohol.

The bubbles are generally low-key, and mostly frothy, the body a decent medium weight, and actually quite smooth, with a hint toward an airy creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the touched caramel and dank, yet still rather bitter hops dancing that path less taken, for the style.

A pleasant enough, more earthy and musty version of a DIPA, but tasty and enjoyable all the same, especially from this brewer. I'm still not clear on the name, though - clearly additional research is required.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a three finger head that leaves gobs of dancing squiggles around the pint glass

Smell: Although the aroma has a lot of pith, pine and hemp elements, there is also quite a bit of caramel malt balance

Taste: Opens with the caramel malt but by mid-palate, the pith and pine of the hops bursts into the profile; after the swallow, the malt adds a bit of stickiness to the profile and the finish provides a somewhat sweet balance to the hoppy bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Wasn't too sure where this would slot in next to the Maharaja but I have to wonder why Avery needs to have another DIPA to fill the gap between that beer and its regular IPA

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Photo of kojevergas
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-draught into a Leffe goblet at The Daily Pint in Santa Monica, California. Cost was $9.50 + tip. Ouch. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a one finger beige colour head of nice cream and thickness. Good retention. Body colour is a vibrant orange-copper. Very appealing. Hazy. Nontransparent. Bright. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Orange peel and lemon citrus notes, varied floral notes, some hop bitterness, and vague pine. Grapefruit. Appealing but nothing stands out. Average in strength. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T: Floral hops join grapefruit and orange citrus esters for a pleasant effect. Flavourful. Balances the hop bitterness nicely; I like it. Clean and tasty. Complex and intriguing. A solid beer in the style, with sufficient body to back the hops. Some lavender comes through. Malts are not at the forefront here.

Mf: Crisp and clean. Nicely coarse and wet. Good presence on the palate. Suits the flavours well.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. Well executed for the style. Another solid offering from Avery. The grapefruit in particular is quite well executed. I'd have this again. Hides its ABV well. The hop bitterness could be better balance. Refreshing. I look forward to trying it at a better price in Colorado.


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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a bright orangey color ale with a huge creamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of lupulin with nice citrus notes and some subtle light piney notes. Taste is also very nice with great notes of lupulin and citrus with some balanced bitterness and a nice caramel malt backbone. Body is above average with nice creamy texture and good carbonation. Very well done and one of the best beer I have tasted form this brewer.

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Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright golden orange, frothy whitecaps on top, sticky ring of lacing around the edges. Some visible trails of carbonation emanating from within.

Bitter citrus pith, sticky sweet and hoppy, lightly floral, something almost tropical in there to keep things interesting. Grapefruit figures largely into the aroma also.

Unmistakable pink grapefruit flavor, alternately bitter and sweet from the sustained hop onslaught. Bittersweet, pine resiny, slick hop oil feel. Lighter for a DIPA, easily sipped. Alchol is present though not especially noticeable. Some pale malt is there to balance, and the bitterness is well in check. A hop delivery vehicle if I ever tasted one.

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Photo of zeff80
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a cream-colored, bubbly, thick head of two finger high foam. It left some sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled great - citrus, grapefruit, bubbly gum and some pine. Some caramel aromas, too.

T - It tasted of bitter hops with flavors of pine, citrus and grapefruit. It had a toasty malt flavor with some sweet caramel kick.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a very nice Double IPA. Another tasty brew from Avery. Keep 'em coming!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this bottle up at Rick's in Alexandria. Served in a tulip.

Pours a medium golden orange color with a good white head and some nice lacing as it falls down the glass. The nose brings forward loads of tropical and citrus hops. Really overpowering and quite lovely. The taste hits the same high notes with loads of hop flavor as well as a substantial level of bitterness. The body is nice and dry, though suffers a bit from being a bit too boozy in the finish. Really quite enjoyable. Probably the best non-sour beer I've had from Avery.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a goblet at stubs

Served with a finger of off white head. Fades down quick. Leaves splattered lace. Color is an orange copper.

Aroma: tons of floral hops and citrus notes. Grapefruit and caramel notes. A very fresh smelling beer. Not to bad.

Taste: very hoppy with a big floral taste, but balanced with bready malts. I get a lot of grapefruit and pineapple notes. Some caramel in the background.

Mouthfeel: bitter and more bitter. A little creamy with a touch of heat. Medium bodies with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends weedy and a little sticky.

Overall this is one agressivily hopped ipa. It is good but right up in your face from the beginning. A goblet is a good serving for this beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always on the lookout for new DIPA's,I grabbed this.Poured into a small tulip glass a clear rich bronze, with a great one finger sticky white head that left multiple broken rings of lace behind as it settled into a creamy mass.Aromas were suprisingly muted,the hop profile of pine resin and citrus showed thru but really were light.Big resiny hop flavors with a bit of caramel/biscuit dominate the flavor profile,I wouldnt say its brutally bitter like the label says but it is quite bitter.This is good but not great,to me it doesnt quite pack enough punch.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/9/2014. Pours fairly crystal clear golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange zest, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of juicy citrus/pine hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly sticky, and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellence DIPA style. All around great balance and complexity of bright citrus/pine hops and moderate malt sweetness; and very smooth and fairly crisp to drink for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big frothy soapy head, 2 fingers, sticky lacing, crystal clear amber orange color.

Nose lots of earthy hops on the nose, nice candy bar like hop sweetness and light fresh hop resin, nice toasty malts and a nice strong malty base.

Taste brings a strong malty almost barleywine like flavor, slight booze but not much, toasty medium roast malts, slight tingly booze, then lots ofhops, earthy hops, light fresh musty, sweet candy like hop flavors, light peppermint, little sticky and hop oils, fairly bitter. Finishes a bit drier, evenmore bitter as it grows, more peppermint, light malty sweetness lingering.

Mouth is a bit heavier bodied, bit of warming and tingly booze, decent carb. Light oily mouth feel.

Drink is decent, some booze, light sticky feel, little oily.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap.

A: Pours a clear darkish orange with a half-inch white head which leaves splotchy lace.

N: Pine and citrus with floral and herbal notes.

T: Pine resin, some citrus zest, mint, heavy malt slightly over the hops.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Dry, bitter and malty finish.

O: Solid, basic malty DIPA.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear coppery amber, with 2 rigid fingers of smooth looking brite-white head. Man, this stays extremely rich and creamy, just slathering the sides of the glass with heavy sticky lacing. The aroma has plenty of floral hops and spice up front but tropical fruits just dominate this, with big juicy notes of mango, orange, and (especially) grapefruit. Some toasted graininess runs along the back, giving the hop flavors something to sit against. Bit of warmth sits under the flavors as well. Nice full flavors here in the nose.

The hops are bitter, resinous, and spicy in the taste. The tropical fruits are a touch more mellow than they were in the aroma, allowing more of that roasted graininess from the malts to come out and give the hops something to bounce off of. The citrus does still had a nice juicy sweetness to this however, with spice and pine sticking to the tongue in the finish with a warm feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a mellow and softer feel to the carbonation that then gets a touch pricklier underneath. There is a definite heat element here that is just borderline distracting at times. It's mostly noticable as a heavy warmness on the tongue.

It's nice to see Avery enter the market with a big IPA in bottles. Good bit of strong hop character here (of both the bitter and sweet kind) but that larger ABV tended to show itself a little too much for my taste at times. Definitely worth a look but this is a good one to share with a friend.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, floral hops and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a strong burst of piney hops bitterness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. The hoppiness remains dominant. The after-taste is likewise hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice 2IPA hop bomb worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clear, golden-copper body with a moderately-sized, white head that thins out fairly soon after pouring.

Smell: Toasted barley grains, a quick pass of sweetish caramel, and then on to the bolder, more effusive notes of pithy citrus peelings and angry, distilled resins, along with green, moist, leafy herbs and dried bitter herbs.

Taste: Faintly toasty, bready barley malts with a fleeting sweetness of candied caramel. However, in an instant, a strongly pithy, sharply herbal, heavily resinous hop character and aggressive bitterness slaps the sweet maltiness away like a harmless butterfly. Tangerine and grapefruit essential oils, maybe washed down with swizzle of quinine. Bitterness, resins, and alcohol on the back half, a bit like sipping down some varnish stripper. Finishes about the same, really.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Some oiliness to the overall mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Boldly bitter, restlessly resinous and, well, it's a Double IPA, alright.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear medium copper to light amber in color with a light amount of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy off-white head that slowly reduces to thick film with a moderate amount of large bubbles in it covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of grapefruit/citrus hops with moderate aromas of mango/tropical hops and some lighter notes of pine/resin hops.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate amount of caramel malt sweetness. That is followed by an explosion of hop flavors - grapefruit/citrus, mango/tropical, and pine/resin. Lighter notes of bitter orange rind in the finish and light to moderate amounts of bitterness that fade slowly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky.

O: Pretty well balanced between the caramel malt sweetness and the bitterness of the different hop flavors and the alcohol is well hidden which makes this a pretty easy to drink beer but I would recommend sipping it since it could easily sneak up on you with the 8.5% ABV. Really enjoyable!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Polished persimmon with golden rum colored highlights along the edges. No less than four full fingers of parchment colored foam appeared on the pour. The head is hugely sticky and is starting to plaster the glass with thick sheets of cheese grater-like lace. What a looker.

The nose isn't as incandescently hoppy as expected. That said, it's mucho enjoyable if you like the little green cones. The lineup includes Simcoe, Columbus, Centennial and Chinook. There's a wee bit of caramel beneath the candied citrus fruit. Orange, spruce and a whiff of spliff are more prominent than grapefruit.

DuganA IPA is exhibit 'A' with respect to the type of American DIPA that is really more of a hoppy barleywine than a true 'San Diego Style' (D)IPA. Still, it isn't as far out on that limb as say... The Maharaja. Adam Avery has said that this beer was created to be 'a more sessionable Maharaja'. With an ABV of 8.5% and 93 IBUs? Okey dokey.

Compared to the bigger beer, this offering is slightly less caramel malty and is less sweet. It's also less boozy (natch), although it still has a solvent-like quality that keeps the next highest taste score from being considered. Besides, it isn't hop flavorful enough, despite being less than two months in the bottle. In the end, they're equally good... not great.

Flavors include toasted bread, toffee, candied orange peel, candied grapefruit peel, pine sap and a small splash of Stolichnaya. Sweet and bitter fight to a virtual draw for most of the mouthful, with alpha acids pulling slightly ahead of sugars on the finish. It seems that I've had at least 15-20 DIPAs that tasted just like this.

The mouthfeel has that wonderful combination of chewiness, glassy smoothness and hop-fueled rasp. The carbonation is well-buried, which makes all the difference.

My hope was that Avery was going to change those things about The Maharaja that would have turned good beer into great beer. Unfortunately, it didn't happen that way. DuganA is a pretty good (American barleywine-like) DIPA. Then again, pretty good (American barleywine-like) DIPAs aren't that hard to find these days.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to forgetfu for this bottle!

A: Pours a hazy orange with a white one finger head. Decent lacing.

S: Nice hoppy aroma with some fine citrus, also a hint of pine. Some bready/caramel malts round it out.

T: Lots of hops, not as much malt as I was expecting based off the aroma. Lots of floral/citrus flavors; some oranges, grapefruit, and some pine. A little bit of malt just to keep some of the hops in check.

M/D: Lighter than expected. Very easy drinking, has a clean/crisp finish, not very bitter. A solid IPA.

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DuganA IPA from Avery Brewing Company
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