DuganA IPA | Avery Brewing Company

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DuganA IPADuganA IPA
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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 dleemiller
4.79/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I absolutely love this beer. This is what dry-hopping is all about. This beer comes with a big floral and citrusy hop taste, aromatic freshness and just the right malt body. It's also a whopping 8.5%, though you certainly wouldn't know it.

I tried this at the fantastic Avery taproom, where each visit is a chance to try something new and fantastic. The boys do their job well, and don't slack at their craft. I sampled this along side of 2 of their other IPAs: the Maharaja (an excellent imperial) and a cask version of their standard IPA. Overall, this was my favorite with the Maharaja closely following.

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Photo of charlzm
3.23/5  rDev -21.8%
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 evilkalla
4.64/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bomber into an ale glass.

A: Pours a cloudy, copper-yellow color. About a quarter inch of head on it that dissipatted pretty fast. Leaves quite a bit of lacing on the glass though.

S: Sweet, piney, resinous hops. I give this a 5/5 because I didn't even have to pick the glass up - the smell was strong enough to drift across the table.

T: The malts take a back seat to the hops on this one. And there is a LOT of hops in this one. Very bitter up front, with a slight malt sweetness in the background. Leaves a pretty bitter finish as well. Alcohol is not really that noticeable. Great.

M: Exceptionally strong, thick mouthfeel. It coats the entire mouth and stays there for a while. I don't usually notice mouthfeel too much, but this one really shines.

O: This is very, very good IPA. The amount of hops they managed to pack into this one, while keeping it balanced, is pretty impressive.

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Photo of Rutager
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours out a clear, amber gold with a finger of white head that doesn't last too long.

Smell. Toasty grains, pink grapefruit rind, oranges and a little caramel.

Taste. Toasty, grains and caramel, resiny pine sap and citrus rind hops, a little booze and herbs.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with medium carbonation. A little warm booze.

Overall. Great dipa. Dry and piney. A little boozy

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Photo of emmasdad
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap after trying it in the bottle initially. Poured a good amber color with a big, somewhat fluffy, white head. Very hoppy on the nose, citrus, grapefruit, pine, grass. On the palate, light to medium bodied, with a light malty flavor and lots of hops.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnished amber colour. Head is off-white and dissipated to a thin cloud, but lovely cascading bubbles when it's swilled or moved. Haze is damn nice too.

Smell is lovely and hoppy. Lots of citrus tang with lemon, sherbet, and floral lavender notes, pine, sawdust and even some coconut lingering at the back. Nice complex hops, good malt base supporting.

Taste is also a pleasant affair. Good malt foundation upfront with rich caramel, toffee and honey-oat notes, quickly turns hoppy with a big citrus-forward bitterness, lemon rind and grapefruit on there, touch of rye and also some lemon sherbet. The lifted flavours don't quite last long enough, though, and the resounding finish is quite resinous, bitter, and just actually not as resonant as it could be. Good, not great.

Enough body to carry the bitterness, but smooth and light enough to drink. A winning texture and very impressively done for 8.5%

Good beer, very enjoyable, but where it might have shone, it instead goes with the flow a bit and becomes slightly pedestrian.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Before anything I have to note how aromatic this beer is. Wow! Cloudy amber and a minor white head. Flavors are bready malt and strong herbal hops for an effective balance. The toasty malt flavors really linger. Aromas are all malt breadiness. Can definitely sense the alcohol, and hiding behind that I quickly had a sense that I was chewing on either raw hops or bud...i'll call it "floral". Crisp and tons of bitterness left behind. Nice lacing down the glass.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in the US for @LaitueGonflable, who wanted me to get as many Avery beers as I could before they start closing down their distribution.

Pours a pleasantly hazed golden orange colour with a fine white head that sinks to a film disappointingly quickly. Lacing is speckled, but the body is very fully and gelatinous. Looks chewy. I approve.

Nose is crisp and slightly resinous, with green hops forming the basis. A little bit of buttered bread coming through, but that's no doubt the very heavy body making itself felt. Very decent aroma.

Taste is probably even better, with that same buttery sweetness lending itself for a very smooth and supple canvas on which to paint hoppy goodness. Here, the hops form a crisp and enlivening dance of sweet lemon, mellow nuttiness and a slightly herbal finish. Feel is very slick and thick, but still, the buttery character lends smoothness.

A very nice IPA. Perhaps not the freshest and most robust example I've had, but very tasty and very sinkable. It's almost evil in how drinkable it is.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Solid...Solid DIPA. One word for this 8.5% beer surprisingly enough...refreshing. Bought from City Beer SF, 5 days after receiving their shipment. Bottle reads 1103 so not sure if it was bottled on the 110th day of 2011 or the 103rd day of 2011. Regardless, this beer is near the 2 month old mark. Freaking "A" beer without question, so I wish I could have tried this fresher...

A- Cloudy sunshine orange. Almost looks unfiltered.

S - Good, lemon rind and bitter hops. A aggressive swirl brings out tons of Pineapple forward lemon rind. Very good and potent.

T - Gets much better as it warms. Tons of dry Pineapple and lemon. This beer I would say is pretty bitter but pleasantly so. Dry at the finish begging for another sip. The lemon flavor makes this refreshing. Yum. Without a doubt this is an imperial version of their standard IPA and much better I might add....

M - Fantastic...crisp, clean, not too danky or oily, just a crisp finish that asks for more. A wee-bit over carbonated but there is no real complaint about it. Seriously...this is a sessionable 8.5% as the ABV is masked extremely well and the flavor is so damn refreshing! Crisp, clean dry and fantastic finish.

O - Very very good. I'd never turn one of these down. Highly recommended.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle of this at Fat Heads for 5.95.

A-Pours lighter than most DIPA's like a light amber color with an inch of foamy white stuff. Interesting lacing.

S - Not a hop overload mostly light citrus and playful floral hops.

T - You can taste the ABV but it's really balanced in the flavors as it coasts over the bitter pine then creamy malt characters. The finish isn't that bitter at all which makes me love this beer with just a slight twag of citrus bite.

M - Medium bodied very smooth.

Overall damn I enjoy this DIPA. Must stack against Pliny in terms of refreshment. Wish I had someone to verify it being a very drinkable hoppy brew...

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Photo of gpogo
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Large off white head. Clear light orange body with a nice amount of carbonation.

A- Floral hop aroma.

T- Wow. Great hop flavor throughout. Slight bitter aftertaste. Body wasn't as weak as many IPAs are. Finished slightly on the sweet side.

M- Medium body, moderate carbonation.

D- This is a great beer. With the color I really expected a weak body, but I am very impressed with the taste.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.66/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at basement temp in short glass

A: blonde orange, small head; not much carbonation or lacing
S: lovely floral, hoppy aroma
T: outstanding IPA, moves from grassy to grapefruity; very bitter, highly complex
M: silky, smooth

Outstanding! Would be superb with a steak.

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Photo of stercomm
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

A - Hazy light orange/amber appearance, nice head with excellent lacing and retention, almost ocean surf frothy.

S - Citrus, menthol on the front, malts kick in on the end of the sniff.

T - Lots going on here, get citrus and hops up front, some chewy malt with a minty/menthol finish. Hops are ever present.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Very nice very flavorful profile with a nice long finish, good bitterness with a weaving sweetness throughout.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.56/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in a snifter.
no freshness info. (grr...)

pours a slightly cloudy, bright orange/amber shade yielding a good 1" of frothy off-white head; very solid retention and great lacing.

nose is headlined by a nice citric/tropical hoppiness with a touch of pine, but then a big malt showing - the kind of distinct, perhaps too much maltiness that suggests a past-its-prime IPA/DIPA. not a good omen.

the latter element is confirmed in the taste. the hops all pull through, but almost serve as a backdrop, superseded by a strong caramel maltiness. not bad, but i'm pretty sure this would be much better fresh.

medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation; has a slight syrupy element.

overall this is a reasonably tasty brew, i just wish avery would date all their beers individually (not just seasonals/limited releases).

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Photo of SHODriver
4.62/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep yellow to a light orage with a white head. gorgeous looking beer
S: It's a literal orgy of hop aromas with pine and citrus, a bit herbal, there's also some pineappley smells and all around sweetness as well.
T: Delicious hoppyness with pine dominating with a hint of citrus, some herbal qualities toward the back end and pineapple flavor hitting on the swallow. The malt never shines through but keeps everything in check.
M: very smooth and silky carbonation isn't overpowering or too light
O: One of my favorite Double IPAs that I look forward to the release of twice a year. It saddens me that they no longer distribute to my home state and my current state of residence so I'm not sure how I'll acquire it in the future.

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Photo of smbslt
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bomber into a pint glass
a - orange with butterscotch highlights; stable, creamy head that left good lacing;
s - Piney with traces of grapefruit.
t - straightforward hops strong and steady, a bit more complexity would have bumped into the A range; resinous, bitter finish but not astringent
m - very good mouth; clinginess helps sustain the finish
o - very drinkable, got as a gift so as a value can't say, but as a gift ...

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Photo of Retsinis
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this twice now, on draft, and both at Instant Replay.

A: Served in a tulip glass, the beer pours a semi-cloudy light orange with a golden yellow hue, and a good inch in a half of fluffy white head, that very slowly recedes, leaving great lacing.

S: Scents of layered tropical fruits, orange, lemons, citrus hop oils and some hearbal hop aromas. Also get a healthy backbone of caramel malt

T: The flavors match the nose beautifully, with layers of popping citrus hops up front, then some floral hops in the middle, finishing with a nice clean bitterness and some caramel sweetness to wrap it all together. Tasty. The alcohol is there, but mild, and not distracting.

M: Medium to full bodied, with medium carbonation. A bit chewy and oily, with a lingering flavor on the palatte.

O: Good stuff, and well balanced. Just enough hops, malt, and alcohol.

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: burn orange with yellowing gold hues at the edges, moderate carbonation with 1/2 inch head and slight lacing, the color shifts like the paint scheme on a TVR speed 6. you know, speed 6.

S: orange zest, lemon wedge, forest dampness, wet bark, and an underlying pine

T: it is direct and to the point with the first notes of sweetness that fade into a resolute mild bitterness. It is similar in character to the other exceptionally balanced IPAs like PLiny the Elder and Sculpin. The hops are bittering with a faint grassiness but they dont boss you around and set up Hoover camps or effagies of your tongue to torment. Again, like the other exceptional IPAs, this has exceptional balance and is akin to being a Subaru WRX of ipas, not the most overboard, but a bit of pep that is enjoyable and practical

M: The mouthfeel is right on the mark with a slight wateriness at the inception that finishes into a moderate coating at the end to support the drying aspect. Lick your teeth, reset the pins, taste it again. It continues to impress. Again, not exceptional for any one lopsided reason, but exceptional in its balance, like the taut body of a 7 year old Chinese gymnast entered into the adults competition due to lack of birth certificate, it is questionably good.

D: For being 8.5% and having 93 ibus evenly dispersed across the board, this is exceptionally drinkable. This could be the classic bait and switch beer that you enter your savage blue moon drinking friends into the fold with. Crack one of these open while playing Marvel vs. Capcom, see if your friend doesn't start picking Servobot. Very delicious and utlizes an Occam's razor to parse out the needless aspects of an ipa. Sure they still have Maharaja and Hoptimum to scratch that crazy itch, but this is a Ty Cobb, consistent long after those other lose their luster, it still delivers .400 without being offensively racist.

Narrative: They told me I could never do it, what with my having type II diabetes and bustling waistline, they just readily assume that I wouldn't be a decent chimney sweep? That's where they underestimated old Michael Jarvis, they didn't know that I was born with superperceptive inner ear membranes that provide me with expcetional poise and balance. I can caress the roofline and tiles with fleeting agility as I pieroette and gracefully balance upon the brickwork of chimneys. Let's see those dullards at the public house do that. I would love to see the fittest of their men compete against my 280 lbs frame as I amble the boards with Geckoesque grip and control. It is not about being the strongest, or the most memorable chiney sweep, it is about getting the job done. Post-victorian England isn't going to unsoot itself and my poise and grace will win chimneys over one by one, if not for a lingering memory, for the sheer efficacy of my work and style. I dont need them to call the name of Michael Jarvis from the rooftops, the balance of my work is clamour enough upon the straining ceiling tiles.

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Photo of zaphodchak
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tin half-finger head from a small, standard pour, translucent golden body, nice lacing.

Smell is hoppy, but once you get over that, there's some pineapple and a trace of peach.

Taste is a hoppy apricot, with even a bit of wheat on the front, but the aftertaste is all hops.

Mouthfeel is standard,nothing exceptional.

Overall, hoppy. If you don't love hops (I don't), this isn't going to convert you. Still worthwhile and interesting, sort of a more emphatic 'Nugget Nectar.'

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Photo of Docer
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: (3.5)
- Pours a clear new penny copper color with a light & bright white foam that quickly leaves but a ring of bright white creamy head, and some scattered traces floating about. Subtle yeast floaties, just a dusting floating about.

Smell: (4.0)
- Big fruity blast, earthy and grassy hops, wet hops, wet dog, grain, caramel, sweet fruit salad, and a roasted candied touch. A little nutty Waldorph's salad in there.

Taste: (4.0)
- Smooth caramel, roasted caramel, candy, fruity hops, and bitter pine and dry-hopped madness. All melded together extremely well. This tastes so clean. Like a new heated steel tank, deflowered with fine beer. Well made, and slightly sweet.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Overall it is a medium bodied, slightly syrupy brew. Slightly chewy and drying. Sweetness keeps the palate dripping and begging for hops.

Overall: (4.0)
- A very well made beer, and very true to the style of an imperial pale ale. This certainly isn't a west coast IPA by any means, but a very well made hoppy beer from Boulder, Colorado. Worth seeking, and having a few!

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Photo of jIsh
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the first review of several aged IIPAs that I have in my cellar. I have had this beer fresh many times and it is one of my favorite IPAs around.

This bottle is labeled with one of the older style Avery labels that doesn't have a date stamp on it. I can deduce that it was brewed at least a year ago as I have had it for at least that long.

When the bottle is opened foam slowly begins to rise out of the ale. The sweet, malty smell is intoxicating. This no longer smells like the hoppy, resinous beast I am used to. Instead, it reminds me of a sweet, balanced barleywine. Closer inspection of the aromas yield a faint hop smell still present.

The poor yields a nice amber color accompanied by two fingers of white head that coats the sides of my glass like oil. The taste is very different than when fresh. The sweet, malty backbone is much more pronounced. The hops, instead of dominating the palate, play a more subdued role in closing out the beer with subtle bitterness.

The obvious complexity and depth of this beer is a testament to Avery's masterful grasp on the art of craft beer. What seems like nothing more than a hop-bomb is actually an incredibly complex ale capable of evolving wonderfully with age.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Slightly cloudy copper color. Very nice white head, accompanies with great lacing. 4.5/5

Smell- Earthy hops slightly muted by a heavy malt backbone. Some caramel and bread notes as well. 4/5

Taste- Big pine and earthy hop bitterness. Lots of malt to make it sweet. The bitterness really stays with you. The alcohol comes to the surface as it warms. 4/5

Mouthfeel- A little too thick for my taste. I like my DIPAs a little drier and thinner. 3.5/5

Overall- This is a good beer, but one that I might leave on the shelf, unless I am looking for a big, sweet, bitter beer. I haven't had much of Avery, but may take a look at some others at some point. 3.5/5

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Photo of shand
4.69/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sierra Nevada Hop Tulip. I would have really liked to drink this one sooner, but real life and school got in the way of me enjoying a nice huge bottle of a DIPA.

Anyhow, on with the show. This one pours a very hazy orange color crested with one and a half fingers of head that retain and lace beautifully. Some larger floaties in here are apparent. The aroma is absolute hop perfection. Hops, hops and more hops on the nose, along with some nice citrus aspects. The taste is just downright dank and juicy. Nice, very oily and dank hops pair with juicy citrus. Just a bit of alcohol and malts make themselves known on the backend. It's straight-forward, but if it tastes this good it can be as straight-forward as it wants.

The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and fairly oily, the hops stick around for quite some time. The drinkability is just great, I want to drink this delicious nectar all night. The low-down here? Avery knows their double IPAs. This was just overall a great double IPA that doesn't get carried away with the booze. I really enjoyed both DuganA and Majaraha, and their releases are sure to be some of my most anticipated over the next few years.

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Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Belmont Station, tasted during Avery IPA event, $5 for 3 4 oz. pours, 4.17.11.

Clear deep gold body, minimal visible carbonation, 1/2 finger white head resulted in good lacing. Tropical, mango, with citrus pushed to background, grapefruit, not too much pine resin notes. Caramel malt added to above aroma notes in the taste profile, got a bit resiny as it warmed. Medium mouthfeel, above average effervescence. Got pretty bracingly bitter once it fully warmed, not for the faint of heart. Worth a try.

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Photo of afksports
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Better than maharaja. Pronounced hop taste covered by smoothly malts that finishes dry. A little too drying, but I can respect it because that damn malt profile is so so sweet. Nose is a touch subtle, malts are the cleanup hitter, and the hops carry it thru making you aware you're drinking an ipa.

I've had this on type a few times at my neighborhood bar Washington Commons and can soundly say this beer kicks ass on draft. It's hazy copper color might not be the dexiest but damn it's a good dipa.

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DuganA IPA from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 1,642 ratings