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 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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Photo of vespahulb
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They put this one on tap at my favorite watering hole and hot-damn, I was impressed.

First off, it's a gorgeous looking beer. Bright orange, shiny, a little haze, but clear.

First whiff, a pleasant aroma of orange blossom, a bit of malt, grapefruit, crushed pine needles and peachy aromas. In the mouth, an impeccably balanced bomb! Is that in oxymoron? Not anymore in American craft brewing, IMO! Really aggressive hoppiness. But the bitterness is quite contained. Heavy orange, floral, pineapple flavors intermingle with a tight maltiness. I was thoroughly impressed with the mouthfeel, having drunk this following a couple of pints of Ruination IPA! Avery always seems to impress me out of nowhere. I really need to give them more opportunities to do so.

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Photo of Duff27
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Bright orange beer with a one inch white head. Small floating sediment and lots of effervescence. Good lacing and head retention.

S- Faint orange/citrus.

T- Bittersweet hops. Slightly boozy but great citrusy taste.

M- Slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

D/O- My favorite part about my favorite style, boozy citrus from a DIPA. Avery nailed it here. A bomber of this would leave most buzzed with joy.

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Photo of brotherloco
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber. My second DIPA from Avery in the last couple of weeks. Gotta enjoy these beers before they disappear from NoCal.

Typical orangish golden color of a DIPA, finger of foam settles to thin white head. Beer is a little hazy w/ some tiny suspended particles.

Hops on the nose. Grapefruit, pineapple, and orange citus notes, but also quite dank. Wet pine needles. Weed. Malt very much in the background.

Taste is a little sweeter than the nose indicated. Bitter tasty hops hit you quick. Finish and aftertaste get a bit too floral for me, I'd say that's the weakest part of the flavor as the lingering bitterness is a tad harsh. The best thing is that the sweeter caramel malt aspects properly take a back seat to the hops, letting them shine.

Not too thick and quite drinkable. A little alcohol flavor in the finish and the heat catches up to you, but 8.5% is a great level for this style.

Best of luck Avery, hope you make it back to our market in the future.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz poured into Duvel Tulip.

A- Light orange with a nice egg shell colored head with large bubbles. Good retention and lacing.

S- This smells great. Grapefruit, orange, very strong.

T- Citrusy/Pine combo, slight pine bitterness.

D- A mouthfull here, especially for an IPA. Very nice balance between hops and malts.

O- I liked it. A very nicely balanced IPA. I like the Hop heavies, but this was a nice balanced IPA.

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Photo of BierSchuler
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into an oversized glass beer mug with a 1-1/2 inch thick head, bright color and outstanding aroma.

given a few moments to settle, the flavor is an IMMENSE and HUGE and citrus-like IPA.

the only weakness of the beer, in my opinion, is that the beer hangs on the tongue in a slightly oily way.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to trying this, if its any bit like Maharaja I'll be very happy.

Appearance-A hazy orange, with an off white head that leaves a ton of nice lacing. Very nice looking.

Smell-Instantly pick up loads of malt. Took a while, but was able to pick up the pineapple, and some bitter grapefruit as well. Some piney hops as well. Definitely was expecting more citrus aroma.

Taste-Caramel malt and some molasses off the bat. Followed by a huge piney hop burst. Finishes off with some more bitter hops lingering along with some citrus. A good amount of alcohol is detectable, a little too much. EDIT: After beers been sitting out for about 10-12 minutes definitely mellows out and alcohol and bitterness isn't so strong.

Mouthfeel-Pretty full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall-Took a few sips for it to go down easier, and enjoyed it more after about 6 oz. in. Reasonable bomber, great brewery, not bad.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into wine challice. Purchased at Pinocchio's in Media, PA. No bottle date listed. 93 IBUs and 8.5% ABV are on label.

A: Hazy, cloudy, yellowish color. One finger white head that sticks around a while. Nice lacing. Good carbonation.

S: Loved the smell on this one. Tons of fruity: citrus, grapefruit, grape...hop notes. Very pronounced.

T: Citrus hop flavor is awesome. Maybe a little more malt balance is needed, but I loved the crisp bitter finish to this one.

M: Nice coating hoppy goodness. What I like from my west coast IPAs.

O: I really enjoyed this one. First ever offering from Avery and I look forward to more. I would definitely buy this one again.

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Photo of emerge077
4.17/5  rDev +1%
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 Alieniloquium
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a couple of pint glasses.

Appearance - Pours a deep golden color with a white fluffy head. The head lingers a bit leaving substantial lacing.

Smell - Wonderful aroma. Very fresh and hoppy. Citrusy and a bit piney. Nary a hint of malt.

Taste - Disappointing, but not bad. Doesn't hold up to the aroma. The hop flavor isn't as pronounced. It's not overly malty, but the sweetness is just a bit too much. The aroma led me to believe it would be a wonderfully hoppy beer and the taste is kind of a letdown.

Mouthfeel - Good body for a DIPA. Not too syrupy and not too light. The carbonation gives it a creamy feel, which is delicious.

Overall - A good IPA. If it were hoppier with a bit less malt flavor, it would be fantastic. I put away the bomber easily.

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Photo of RickS95
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden copper hazy liquid with a large cloud of huge bubbles. Nice retention with lacing as the bubbles pop.

Fastastic scents fill the nose as pine and citrus explode from the top of the glass. The citrus seems to be grapefruit and pineapple.

Most of the smells carry over into the taste. The pine was prevalent and there was some citrus in the background. Also, in the swallow bubble gum made a cameo.

There's obviously some bite with all the hops, but it's a gentle bite, nothing too aggressive. The citrus provides some sweetness to help offset the hops, but in the swallow it's all bitterness.

It's hard to tell it's an IPA until deep in the swallow. Up to that point, it's an almost sweet pale ale. Overall, I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of philbertk
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Avery Brewing Company--duganA IPA India Pale Ale--2011 22 oz. Bottle. 8.50% ABV. 93 IBU's. (4.75 / 5.0) IPA--Imperial. Thick pour. Dense lacy small rocky light orange head. Tight small bubbles of rich fizz cloud bright pretty orange gold color. Rich floral grapefruit pine herbal earthy hop front. Rich creamy mild sweet cloying resinous malty bitter hop pine mild fruit ester chewy earthy body. Big balanced clean rich hop spice smooth refreshing end. Wonderful rich nourishing dangerously drinkable DIPA. Sampled 3/27/2011. Purchased for $7.49 @ The Ballard Market, Seattle on 2/28/2011.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.97/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a medium copper w/ off white 1 finger head. Not much carbonation at all. Head goes away relatively quickly. Nice lacing on the glass.

S- Lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, hops. Very sweet smelling. Smell of pineapple/grapefruit is well blended sweet/sour balance. Nice smelling IPA.

T- Wow- I just got punched in the fact by hops! The taste of this beer is dominated by hops, but I really like it. Everything else is secondary. I don't really get the pineapple in the taste, but the grapefruit comes through. Very crisp, but smooth at the same time. This is a really nice IPA.

M- Actually very smooth, until the aftertaste, when the bite of the hops kicks in. After that dies down, the fruit lingers for a bit. Leaves a bitter, though not unpleasant aftertaste.

O- Nice IPA, and one of the most hoppy I remember having. Definitely glad I got to try this beer.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet. Slightly hazy orange with a thick off-white head that dies quickly, leaving plenty of lace behind.
Smells like hops to me! Pine resin, tulips, pineapple, fresh dirt, all followed by a sweet, country white bread background.
The taste is heavy on resinous hops, pine, earth and dried apple all well balanced by the malts. Wow. The resin sticks around a bit long in the mouth. Other than that, no complaints.
Hell yeah for Colorado! This is one badass DIPA. Stands up as King Pliny's Second in Command (just in front of Sir Sculpin the Great). I'll go back for more tomorrow.

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Photo of crvcac
4.67/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hands down, one of my top favorite double IPAs. Had this on tap from the Tap Room in PB. Massive grapefruit and citrus/ pine in the nose. Taste was quick follow with the most appropriately balanced bitterness I've ever experienced. Two thumbs up for this beer, I will be most definitely seeking it out in the near future.

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

A: Nice foamy off-white, eggshell head tops a dark golden carmel colored beer. Little visible carbonation, but the lacing on the glass is really nice.

S: Smells of pineapple, mango, papaya, and other tropical delectables. It has a good malt base too, little hints of sweet malt.

T: Big blast of bitterness right up front and lingers too, especially felt down the throat. The major flavor is grapefruit citrus here. It's almost cheek puckering.

M: Light to medium bodied beer, I almost wish it had a tad more body to it. Good carbonation and you get that lip-smaking puckering sensation.

D: At 8.5%, it's hard to say this is drinkable, but I love this beer and could easily be persuaded to have another, and another.

..and another.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$6.99 for a 22oz bomber @ BevCo. OG=1.076, 8.5% ABV, 93 IBU's. Evidently brewed with Simcoe, Columbus, Centennial and Chinook.

Pours out to a hazy orange, forming a creamy off yellow head with average retention and good lacing. mild to moderate carbonation. The aroma is of fresh hops...grapefruit, tangerines, oranges, mango, grapefruit and pine. Mouthfeel is creamy, bone dry, with a dense rich body. The taste opens with grapefruit skin, then pine, then skunk weed, sitting on a pale malt base with suggestions of honey and vanilla. Finish is a little toasty. Moderate strong bitterness. No preceptible off flavors or aromas.

I would be interested in comparing this side by side to their IPA. This is a good IPA, but the bitterness could be turned down a notch to make it more drinkable...but then again, who drinks a DIPA for a session beer? Try it!

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Photo of kevinv
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a pint glass. No freshness dating was noted on the bottle.

A - Pours a hazy amber color with a moderately frothy white head. Decent lacing and head retention. Visible carbonation.

S - Sharp piney hops and a light caramel malt sweetness are present.There's a hint of grapefruit aromas, but it's fairly subdued.

T - Big hop forward flavors up front with a biting bitterness. Very juicy flavors. The finish leaves your mouth dry. Nice malty notes of caramel and toffee as well as a candied fruit taste. Bitter, but not "brutally bitter." Alcohol is hidden pretty well and only comes through as the beer warms.

M - The mouthfeel is a light, but still smooth. Medium carbonation - a good amount for the style. Slight oiliness with a drying finish.

D - Very enjoyable DIPA, but I still prefer Maharaja. I guess it's good that this is a rotating release because at the $8.99 I paid for the bomber, I couldn't see this being a regular with so many great DIPA's out there.

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Photo of CMB2012
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, coded 11038B6, no date. Poured into 16oz stemless snifter. Served slightly above fridge temp and warmed as drunk.

A- Pours a hazy golden copper, heavy on the gold. There are some very tiny particles suspended in the beer, but I didn't let this one sit in the fridge for long. Thin white cap that leaves quick and leaves a bubbly ring with some lacing.

S- Very strong citrus hop character- grapefruit, orange, and melon. Pine, bubble gum, some toffee malts and slight alcohol pepperiness.

T- Sweet, juicy melon... caramel and toffee malts... pepper. Some woody, earthy flavors follow the initial complement. Fruity and tight up front, this brew mellows out in the middle and ends with a sharp bitterness. The alcohol is present, but not overwhelming, maybe a tad too noticeable for my likes, but this is a strong beer.

M- medium to medium/full body this brew is fairly viscous and sticky. The carbonation is not intense, which works with the highly bitter ending.

O- I like it, but not as good as Maharaja. Not as complex and less balanced. The malts are well done and the fruit characteristics of the hops are nice, but dare I say too biter on the finish? For the price I say try it, but not my favorite. I also suggest keeping this one cold, as it warms I do not enjoy the unfolding of flavors so much.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, citrusy pine hops. In the taste, pine hops and ends with a small citrus hop, a nice dry maltiness all the way through. A bitter hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Nice hop presence and mixture of pine to citrus. Quite nice and drinkable.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Liquor Stop
San Marcos, CA

A clear, bright, and stunning gold. A touch of hazy sediment running throughout the beer as I swirl it. Persistent head. Lots of lacing. Very pretty.

An initial burst of tart and sweet citrus notes with a touch of warm alcohol. There's a bit of sweet caramel and some earthy notes as well. All around delightful; as the beer warms the citrus notes become particularly orangey and it smells fantastic!

A relatively balanced DIPA. Hop bitterness and citrus notes are present backed up by a considerable amount of sweet, caramel, and bready malts. The warm alcohol does make its presence known. There's also an earthy, spicy bite which is nice. Tasty stuff.

Easy to drink. Medium mouthfeel. Nearly perfect.

A fantastic and balanced DIPA. I enjoyed this beer from start to finish and would be happy to have it anytime. After drinking DuganA, I'm surprised and dumbfounded as to why Avery's Maharaja gets the attention it does. After having both fresh, this one towers above Maharaja in every facet.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Avery Dugana, growler filled at The Pony Bar, Hell's Kitchen, NY.

Appearance: Served on my Sierra snifter, Dugana pours hazy and mellifluous, like cider. Barely a finger of head, very white and carbonated. A very good retention ensures that a white mantle, bubbles and a rim around the glass remain and linger. Color is dirty orange, like grapefruit juice.

Smell: Very complex, enticing and delicious, with bitterness and sweetness. Biscuit, buttery cookie, caramel, pineapple, lemon zest. Key lime pie, cake. Some resin and pine sap, again I'm reminded of the pine trees of Assateague Island.

Taste: Follows nose, with a more pronounced hop aroma. Tart, dry finish. Some butterscotch-like sweetness, a caramel feel accompanies the bitter-dry finish. Canned pinneaple juice and carbonated cider. Very West Coast-y!

Mouthfeel: Sticky, lingering, a bit chewy but not as much as other Double IPA's. Almost full flavor, medium carbonation and body. Well balanced, booze is never too present.

Overall: I didn't expect Dugana to be this good. With so many DIPA's in the market, you just don't know what to expect anymore... but Dugana fits the bill and delivers. Very drinkable (the Wife and I polished a growler in little time) and enjoyable, never too hoppy or citrusy or out of whack. ABV will sneak up on you, though!

Overall: A beautiful, well-crafted

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Photo of cokes
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange bodied, lightly hazed with a tight crop of bleached tan suds that sags quickly but leaves decent lacing.
Honeycomb sweetened cereal maltiness hits the nostrils, a splash of white grape juice, then a bludgeoning spike of tangerine, roses, lilics, apricot, spruce, starfruit, and orange rind. There is a bit of juniper-y gin-like ethanol, but the hops act as a smoke screen.
It enters the mouth with a basic canvas of biscuity, bready malts. The turn towards hops happens nearly immediately, with an initial sweeter surge of apricot and tangerine and apple juice, then the bitterness grabs hold, adding pine resin and white grapefruit and an intense florality. The alcohol that was held in check in the aroma is given more room to flail around here, and not to a good end. It ends acridly boozy, somewhat sour, with residual hop resinous bitters.
Full in feel, fluffed with a steady, low CO2. The noticeable ABV strips the texture, giving it a glassy, glazed-over feel.
The promised hops show up here, but the booziness shuts things down. Even though this is realitively average strength per the style, it is a major issue, and drinkability starts to lag.
It's like a fruity/floral IPA spiked with Gin.

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

On tap at blue dog chalfont.

A- comes to me with two fingers of off white very tight head that holds nicely even after the first sip before slowly receding and leaving a solid coating of sticky lace the whole way around the glass. Hazy light copper orange in color with a golden yellow glow when held to light.

S- loads of very crisp and bright citrus hops with grapefruit taking the lead. Some tropics as well but to a lesser extent. Malts play way in the back and just bring a hint of honey sweetness.

T- bitter grapefruit and under ripe pineapple up front with the bitterring really leaving a lasting impression. Malts are very subdued and just do enough to bring a touch of sweet balance. Long bitter lasting finish.

M- on the lighter side of medium in body which surprised me from a beer with that high of an abv. Carb is very crisp and makes this brew exceptionally refreshing. Not a bit of the abv showing.

O- this is a great beer and one I'm glad I got on draft. So crisp, I know I keep saying that but its what really stands out for me. I could session with this bad boy.

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Photo of NWer
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into my 21st Amendment chalice.
Nice body small bubbles nice effervescence. Nice lightly golden one inch head retains well.
The aroma is very pronounced from the get-go filling the nose with pine.
Taste is a bitter, piny hop bomb that doesn't come up short on flavor.
DuganA fills its niche beautifully. Not flowery like some not balanced like some. The focus is clearly hops.
Great job Avery - looking forward to your next offering.

On the neck of the bottle:
Whatever that means. I can guess that it was bottled on the 34th day of 2011 which makes it pretty fresh.

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DuganA IPA from Avery Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 1,643 ratings