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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Ratings: 1,643 |  Reviews: 613
Photo of SpecialK088
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-good clear amber color with a big 3 finger head that lingers with very sticky and thick lace.

S-crisp clean citrus and pine very earthy. Grapefruit is like a ruby red with some sweet notes.

T-ever sucked on a pine cone? This is the most piney beer I've ever drank. Hops are present I the middle along with a slight sweet citrus note.

M-mouth is medium bodied and pretty smooth. Not a real complex beer pretty much just straightforward. A little over carbonated but nothing to bad

D-it's not an overlly easy beer to drink tbh it's to piney and it makes it a major sipper for a beer that isn't really intended to be.

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

poured into a tulip. golden copper with huge rocky head.
smells of pine all day. some citrusy grapefruity sweetness.

tastes like a pine cone got stuffed into my mouth. huge piney flavor but i cant say im complaining.
mouth is oily and astringent. drinks fairly easy but its not easy to drink pine resin all that quickly

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Photo of GRG1313
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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 mcallister
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper orange in color and filtered with a chunky white head that holds great retention and leaves a fabulous lace around the glass.

Grassy, herbal, than floral lots going on with the hops and I like it. Not much in way of malt prescence almost a english bitter malt aroma, wet n lazy.

Layers of hops in this not overy hoppy at first but then the bitterness just kinda lingers. Floral in the middle than grassy and perfumey on the finish, malt character shows slight toffee sweetness. Mouth could be creamier.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour was a light orange copper with a big porous head that quickly gave way. decent lacing

HUGE floral and citrus hops just blast you in the face. lots of tangerine and pineapple blends.

the hops really come together and balance out. lots of floral notes compliment the light sweet citrus. lots of tangerine and sweet red grapefruit. big malts hold together.

fairly full, the malts really fill this out. moderate carbonation.

what an IPA, this may be my favorite Avery offering. Much easier to drink than its cousin, maharaja. far less booze flavor.

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Photo of jnn4v
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at CBX yesterday when Adam Avery was there. (side note: he commented on my Pliney the Elder shirt noting that it was one of his personal favorites, and that this beer was his best attempt to-date to satisfy his craving for intense hop flavor).

A: Copper / amber color. With a vigorous pour, about half the glass filled with very foamy, cream-colored head that took more than 5 minutes to die down. No sediment or haze.

S: Smells incredible. Very similar nose to a fresh bottle of Pliny the Elder or Pliny on draft. Peaches, citrus, and some resiny herbal scents on the first attempt. Later some tropical fruits and malty sweetness revealed themselves.

T: An onslaught of flavors with the initial sip. Wow! Lots of fruit flavors from the hops and some malty sweetness hit first, quickly followed by an intense bitterness. This gradually fades into a lasting, herbal / resiny / piney bitterness. If it weren't for the malts on the front-end of every sip, this would be like a glass of liquid hops. Almost reminds me of the Hopfather in that regard. Makes Maharaja seem relatively tame!

M: Good texture. Fortunately, all that foaminess on the initial pour wasn't foreshadowing for an over-carbonated beer.

D: So much intensity makes it very hard to finish the bomber. Similar problems to what I had with the Hopfather. However, the taste is very good, so it's hard to knock it too far.

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

A good looking, white, rocky head topping a copper/golden pour. Very sticky lacing all the way down.
Aroma is chalk full of pine. Just shy of Breckenridge's Small Batch IPA as far as piney hops go. Smidgens of citrus calm it down.
First sip hints at a syrupy, filmy brew, but it softens out as it goes. Pine and bitterness. The aroma balance of hops is here in the taste, too. Resiny,as the bottle suggests. A tight malt backbone gives it a smoothness. Making it easy drinking at 8.5. This is a good one.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on 10/12/2009 on tap at Stone. The beer is dark golden with an enormous head from a hard repour into a larger glass. These 8 ounce glasses they give you at Stone are awful. The head seems to last forever, so I've dubbed it the head of eternity. The lacing left on the glass is in a spiral fashion. This is the nicest looking beer I've seen in quite some time.

The nose is bitter grapefruit and sugary caramel. It smells pretty great. The hops are very expressive in the nose, creating a floral bouquet. There's quite a bit of sugary sweetness in the nose, but it blends nicely with the hops. Alcohol becomes apparent with warming.

The tast is better grapefruit, sweet, sugary caramel, and alcohol. It's slightly astringent and the alcohol is strong. Sweetness is moderate for an IPA. The finish leaves alcohol and grapefruit lingering.

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

A: Lots of sticky foam along the edge of the glass which holds to the side for the length of the taste, the color of a dark peach - 4.00, S: Tons of pine - easily the dominant smell in this brew, a touch of thick sweetness in the background - 3.75, T: As the aroma lead me to believe this beer is loaded to the gills with the taste of green pine needles, I also pick up grapefruit rind, extremely bitter, slightly on the side of resiny but all balanced with a solid malt backing, alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering - 4.00, M: Medium body - 3.50, D: A hophead's dream, quite drinkable, a very solid example of double IPA - 4.00

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

duganA IPA hits you immediately with a pungent, juicy hop aroma. The flavors are equally aggressive. Pine and caramel are followed by resiny hops. Notes of grapefruit, apricot, orange, pineapple; this is one big and juicy IPA. The finish is bone-dry and exceptionally bitter.

I really hope Avery makes this year-round, this would make an excellent addition to their portfolio.

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Photo of sml505
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - nearly clear copper with frothy, creamy, beige head. Nice lacing

S - hop bomb of pine, citrus, resin. Light malt notes.

T - Follows aroma of pine, citrus, and resiny hop notes. Some caramel malt with a nice dry, bitter finish.

M/ D - Med mouthfeel and very drinkable. Great, strong hop flavors - almost sticky. A touch of alcohol warmth. A great add to the Avery line up!

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Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After much anticipation Avery Brewing Company in Boulder, CO has finally released the Dugana IPA after two years of experimentation, many test batches and countless tasting sessions. This beer was created for those who enjoy their Maharajah Imperial IPA but wanted a similar tasting beer that could be drank on a more regular basis. Many craft drinkers believe that the market is currently flooded with quality IPAs, and they are right, however the guys down at Avery say that they are just beer lovers that can't themselves from making new beers. This IPA has loads and loads of flowery hop aromas just leaping out of the glass. After smelling it I expected it to be a crazy hop bomb, but was pleasantly surprised that the palate was very well balanced with touch of that caramel flavor found on most Imperial IPAs. Finishes bitter, dry and incredibly long.

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

Pours a 2.5 finger tan head over a nearly clear light copper liquid. Smells piney and citrus from hops. Lemon, pineapple, bubblegum, and oranges predominate. A grassy character in the hops makes me think of Columbus hops.

Tastes wet malty with noticable hop flavor and bitterness, but not such that it rips my mouth apart. Malt cleans off the tongue in the end due to a clean alcohol (mild alcohol sting). Hop flavor is strong pine with citrus (lemon and pineapple). The piney combines with the alcohol in a way I'm not fond of...like a soured edge. Hop bitterness is quite clean and consistent (ie, works well) with the clean alcohol zip. Aftertaste is oranges and gentle retro-nasal alcohol with flat hop bitter on the back flat of the tongue.

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Photo of rye726
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium brown with a silky beige head. Nice lacing and retention.

Nose has floral and citrus hops, caramel malts and a touch of booze.

Taste is well balanced between the bitter hops and bready malts.

Medium body is very well carbonated. Tasty IPA from Avery. A bit boozy, but still quite nice.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled from a foil topped bomber into a pint glass. The beer has a nice coppery color and great clarity for a DIPA. Thick white head slowly settles to a rocky top with thick lacing left behind.

Aroma is super hoppy with citrus and pine. Obviously big on dry hopping at Avery and this one is really pleasant.

Flavor is definately hop bomb all the way. Lots of great citrus with orange zest and grapefruit but it doesn't stop there. Resinous pine and earthy grass flavors add to the complex hop profile. Just enough sweetness from the malts and a touch of caramel.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and moderate carbonation. It sticky and very bitter but not so far off the hop deep end that it loses balance.

This is a great DIPA from Avery and shoots to the top of my favorites for the style. I like it far better than the Maj. It would be interesting to see the recipes side by side.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
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 essie
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Karmeliet tulip, this has a beautiful, crystal clear reddish-amber color with a creamy white head.

Smells piney and floral, with a hint of malt presence.

Taste is similar to the smell, but more complex. Lots of hoppy goodness here, with just enough malt to balance it out. The finish is surprisingly clean, which I like.

Mouthfeel is fantastic - thick, smooth and creamy.

Drinkability is pretty good for the style, though the bitterness does build up after a little while.

Overall, I think this is a fantastic beer that's up there with Pliny the Elder. Definitely recommended for hopheads.

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Photo of GarrisWH
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a slightly hazed golden-orange with a two finger, creamy off-white head. Great retention and lacing.

S - Fresh hop aroma apparent on pouring, consisting of citrus, pine, and floral notes. Just a hint of sweet malt in the background, letting the delicious hop aromas dominate.

T - Nice, bitter hop kick up front with a citrus character, a bit of white grapefruit and tangerine in there. The sweet, caramel malt comes through a bit in the middle, lending just enough balance to keep things in check. Finish is dry and bitter and leads into a rather resinous, piney aftertaste. Not much alcohol apparent in the flavor. Very nice, crisp, hop-heavy flavor. I like.

M - Medium bodied with a crisp carbonation. Quite resinous and bitter. Really fits the style well.

D - For 8.5% ABV, this beer is very drinkable. Nice combination of flavors and would surely please most hop-heads.

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