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 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 dirtylou
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap, brouwers

Served in an unbranded snifter - this was really nice. Very smooth and delicate - a nice change of pace from tongue-destroying bitterness. Tangerine, lemon peel, citrus. Will definitely buy this in the future - Avery has some great rotational DIPA's

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Photo of teromous
3.69/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful gold and orange body that is very clear. The head is nice and thick, white, stands up quite well, and leaves very good lacing. It is picture-worthy.

S: Tangerine, a bit of lemon, and candy cotton. It's nice smelling.

T: It has a tangerine rind flavor. There is a bit of green fruit flavor like biting into a pear that isn't ripe which is a bit off-putting. It's not the most complex or freshest tasting, but it's still pretty good.

M: The mouthfeel is about medium and finishes dry. Good bitterness. There's just enough bitterness to keep me from drinking this beer down too quickly.

O: It's a good beer. There is an unripe fruit or plant-like flavor that is unpleasant but the rest of the beer is fine. If anything, that odd "green fruit" flavor adds enough strangeness to the beer to make it interesting enough to drink, but I don't think I could have more than a glass of it.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-medium amber color with a nice off-white head and decent lacing

S-bread dough, citrus, pine, slight herbal

T-bready malt, citrus, orange, hint of tropical fruit, pine, herbal, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and crisp

O-good DIPA, easy drinking for the ABV

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Photo of McStagger
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

C'mon Colorado. Show me an IPA that can hang with my favorite West Coast guys.
Brewed on August 21st (thanks Julian code!)

A: Pours a nice orange/red orange. Excellent clarity. One finger slightly off khaki head. Retention is good, lacing is decent.

S: Don't even need to get the glass to my nose. Huge hit of pineapple juice right off the bat. Other tropical fruit (mango) and juicy orange are also present in the nose. Not much grapefruit or pine at all in the nose. Touch of spicy mint, bit of pepper zing. Little bit of that savory onion/garlic that BGN likes to talk about. Big shot of malt sweetness in there as well. Smells very inviting.

T: Big tropical fruit mash up front. Hoppiness on the end, but surprisingly not bitter for the 93 IBU's. Slightly spicy and stone fruity, with the alcohol really accentuating the tropical notes on the finish. Some residual soapiness involved in the end, with just a touch of pine bitterness peaking through. Aftertaste has more of the piney/floral bitterness. Long, very drying.

M: Fairly light bodied considering the style. However, the alcohol does become noticeable as the beer warms.

O: Great, great beer. Definitely one of my favorites by this brewery.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't want to go too far with superlatives but ... This is a great ale. The best I have had in a while.

It pours a perfect IPA color, clarity (not perfectly clear) and head. The lace is good too. The aroma is pungent - a perfect balance of finishing hops.

The taste is a beautiful bitter plus malt plus yeast turned into alcohol - booze. It actually tastes a bit boozier than it is, but it is a great, well done taste.

The aftertaste is a perfect bitter that lingers a long time. All around, this is one of the best brews I have tried in months. I wonder how it is in bottles. I will try to get some more on tap before Save-on gives up the tap for something else.

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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 MCain04
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle for $7, 4 weeks old, poured into HF stemware.

Golden orange-amber body with off-white head, great retention and lacing.

Mango, pineapple, candy, pine resin, papaya, a sweet-smelling beer.

Taste is similar to the mouth but not quite so sweet. Tropical fruit flavors of mango and pineapple with piney resin. Bitter but not overly so (advertised as 93 IBU but not quite tasting that high).

Mouth is smooth and moderately carbonated, medium body, a very nice drink from start to finish, moderately dry finish.

Overall an outstanding DIPA and probably Avery's best IPA offering. Balanced and easy drinking with good flavor. Not world-class but great for the price and availability.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber, julian code suggest bottled August 8th. Less than a month old.

A: Gorgeous fluffy white head. Body has no haze. Kind of a light copper color. Awesome retention.

S: Piney, pineapple, other tropical fruit. Hoppy as hell and smells terrific. Not too hot for a double IPA. 8.5% is just where I want them.

T: Very similar hop profile as Ruination, which I am also drinking tonight. A boatload of "C" hops that punch your tongue immediately. Light malt backbone that lets the hops shine, like they do in the west coast.

M: Creamy, loads of carbonation.

O: I'm not even a big Avery fan, but this one is fantastic. Too bad it's not on regular rotation.

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Photo of screamking
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap poured into pint glass.

Pours apricot with a thin off white head. Very piney aroma, lots of earthy tones. Some stronger floral notes as well. Light citrusy grapefruit hiding in there as well. Taste is dank! Dank and bitter. Lots of piney bitterness right up front leads to more of a floral finish. Mouthfeel is heavier side of mediumn bodied, a little boozie for 8.5. This is better than the other brews I've had from Avery. I like the dank piney bliss this one delivers, I would like to enjoy this again.

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Photo of BB1313
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden with a fluffy eggshell white head that sticks around and leaves very sticky lacing and great retention. Awesome looking brew. The aromas are full of sweet mango, grapefruit, and pineapple. Pretty tropical. There are subtle hints of sweet malts as well. There's also some pine needles in the mix too. Flavors are full of sweet fruits. The malts are there, but they clearly take a backseat to the hops. There's some more pine resin, which is far from overboard. There's definitely a bit of a west-coast vibe going on with this one. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's light, but clearly and obviously full-bodied. The carbonation is moderate and creamy. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. This is dangerously drinkable.

This is a great brew. It's fun to drink and it's hitting on cylinders. It's not a mind blower, but there's really nothing to complain about at all. Well done.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into an Avery pub glass.
Appearance - dark gold, noticeable carbonation; bubbly, white head, that leaves adequate lacing.
Smell - floral, piney, grassy, just a hint of malt to balance!
Taste - hop forward and flavorful, with a subtle biscuity malt to balance the brew and hide the alcohol!
Feel - bitter hops, nicely carbonated for a DIPA!
Overall - very good beer, though the price point drags my rating down considerably.

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Photo of bennett_loves_good_beer
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured out of a bottle with no freshness date. Pours a nice copper orange with a massive off white head. Head sticks around for a long time. Decent lacing.

Smell: Piney and citrusy hops, sweet malt. Very dank and then the aroma finishes sweet.

Taste: Sweet fruity hops, pine, bite of alcohol, bitter hops and a good sweet malt backbone to balance it out. As it warms more tropical fruits complement the sweet malt finish. As it warms even more, a lot of piney, resiny dankness comes through and then clashes with the sweet malt and alcohol bite that gets stronger as well.

Feel: Big beer feel. Full bodied with the higher alcohol content.

Overall: A solid well balanced imperial IPA. A sweet malt finish balances out the strong hops. A little more sweet than a lot of big IPAs.

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Photo of DanforthPewter
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22oz bottle

Hazy orange appearance. Creamy head but not much retention. Plenty of sediment in there.

I cant put a finger on the smell, bas olfactory night i guess. My apologies.

Taste is dry, slight piney and bready.

Dry aftertaste on the palette.

Overall very good

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Photo of Jree261
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Beautiful orange brown color with eggshell foam out of the bottle.

S-Powerful red berries and oat aroma.

T-Earthy and rye, subtle fruit on the end.

M-Smooth full body with a long finish.

0-Overall another really good one from Avery. Heavy, but with a good finish, nice blending of flavors and an excellent aroma.

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Photo of schwemjw
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: a dark yellow with a one finger head. nice looking brew!

s : very malty for a dipa. I get a lot of biscuit. some grapefruit and pine. a bit of resin and sap. earthy. a good amount of citrus and lemon peel.

t: tastes similar to how It smells. a strong toffee malt bax
ckbone with a biscuit note. almost reminds me of a Belgian. nice citrus throughout. lemon and grapefruit interplay with earthy pine in a great way. while there is alot of hop flavor it defintely isn't a palate wrecker and the dry bitter finish stays on your tongue only fir a few moments.

m as stated it has a nice, quick dry bitter finish. no carbonation but it is not too heavy at all.

o this is a very good beer with high drinkability. it's well balanced and hits a ton of different tastebuds. I'll never turn this down. /88

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Photo of Kuaff
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured at cellar temperature from a bomber into a snifter. After decoding the date code on the bottle, I figured out that this beer is eight months old. Too old for an IPA, some may say. However, as I'm about to explain, this one has held up exceedingly well.

There is a sizeable two-finger head of delicate white foam. The liquid looks like unprocessed honey. It's got that golden amber hue and I can see lots of sediments floating in suspended animation throughout the beer. The appearance suggests that this beer obviously must have some serious substance to it!

The aroma is fairly simple, but nevertheless great. I'm tempted with the perfume of sweet citrus fruits, pine needles, and glorious hops. If you've smelled great imperial IPAs, then you know the scent.

The taste takes on the aspects of citrus and hops I detect in the smell, but there are other things here as well. Behind the tangy, delicious citric hop taste is some kind of exotic, zesty, spicy herbal character that transports me to IPA nirvana. There is a hot aftertaste that might be from the 8.5% ABV, but it FEELS like it's coming solely from the mysterious spiciness. A pleasant bitterness lingers long after each sip. The taste couldn't get much better than this.

It doesn't feel overly carbonated, which is perfect for letting the powerful and complex flavors shine through.

This is a fantastic double IPA. Thoroughly pleasurable to drink.

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Photo of SebD
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of grapefruit, piney resins, floral notes and some sweet toasty and caramelly malts

Taste: Like the aromas, it has grapefruit, some citrus, alot of piney resins with some toasty malts and some sweet caramel.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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

A - Honey apricot, nice near white head, leaves pretty quick. Lots of cling.

S - A little citrus and spice. Malt right behind it.

T - Spice, grapefruit, loads of sweet malt.

M - Medium body... chewy. Nice carb and balance.

D - Easy drinker despite ABV.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle purchased in the greater Washington D.C. area, unknown birth date (but according to the website brewed most recently in January) poured into a 3Fs Teku long-stemmed glass, drank 4/3/13 two hours.

A: 4.25 - goldenr-brown coloration, minimal clarity (can't see or read through...assuming due to hop haze), white one and a half finger head dissipates very quickly into subtle glass lacing, mild perceptible alcohol legs

S: 4.5 - wow, definitely classic Avery hop aroma after Maharaja...could probably also be classified as West Coast too...lots of dank pine, resin, grapefruit, lemon peel...

T: 4.75 - wallop of bitterness on the anterior tongue (definitely tasted the 93 IBUs but resolved on subsequent sipping)..again, .grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple flavors that was very dry at first, but, after warming, the biscuity sweet malts lingered, picking up alcohol tones consistent with 8.5%, lingering dank (but not cat pissy albeit I have little experience drinking that...) bitterness on the back of the tongue that is damn pleasant!

M: 4.5 - mild-to-moderate body and carbonation, juicy mouthfeel, I think that would go fantastic with a spicy Indian dish (maybe the logo planted that idea)

O: 4.5 - Maharaja's bad ass little sister; I am pulling out lots of Simcoe, Centennial, Chinook dankness, so I don't think that the recipe is all that different than its regal big bro; definitely worth hunting down when your local package store doesn't have Maharaja on hand or you want something a little bit lighter/less overwhelming on the palate

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Photo of ONUMello
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter
A: Burnt orange color with a one-finger head that settles to a nice lacing
S: Tons of grapefruit, some pine, florals and a hint of toasted malt grain. Intense and quite nice
T: Grapefruit again, a solid malt base, a touch of toffee, floral notes. Bitter but balanced
M: Medium+ bodied, hop bitterness but a nice malt balance, a LONG finish. One of the rare beers where the mouthfeel may just be my favorite part
O: Very well made, I will definitely make this a regular purchase if I see it on the shelves

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 Oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Pours a brilliant hazy orange color. A one finger of a white head and some alcohol legs.

S- Orange, grapefruit, pine, lemongrass all complimented by a sweet malty backbone.

T- A sugary sweet citrus bomb at first. This beer has massive orange and grapefruit tones as well as underlying pineapple and lemon. It's not quite as stingingly bitter as I expected as the thick sweetness of the beer balances quite well. The malts are sugary as well as plain an quite crisp leaving emphasis on the hop flavors. A very pleasant DIPA.

M- A good body to this beer and well disguised alcohol. A pleasure to drink.

O- One of Avery's best offering's. I enjoyed this beer more then their better known Maharajah. A Great DIPA.

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Photo of 510a
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from $7 bomber to oversize wine glass while watching the Denver playoff game.

A Cloudy, caramel colored body with little carbonation on a thin white head. Not quite translucent, but looks quite nice in the sunlight.

S Whoa yeah, strong floral and citrus hops in this lady. A slight earthy dankness and even a bit of sweet , like pineapple. OK must taste this NOW!

T BangaBang, its hoppy alright. A fleeting sweetness in the front becomes a rolling resiny bitterness that smacks your bitch up. Like it , like it allot.

M Medium to light body , and lightly carbonated with a dry bitter finish

I was happy to enjoy this excellent DIPA. Avery is readily available in my region and I will look to try others from them. Now to savor the last Pliny during the Packers defrocking of the Falcons .

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Photo of Seaba
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Copper color, little head but nice lacing.

Smells of grapefruit and pine, what I expect from a DIPA.

Taste is spot on with the smells, seems a little minerally as well.

Nice carbonation, medium bodied.

Overall a great DIPA, like it more than Maharaja which is a good representation as well.

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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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DuganA IPA from Avery Brewing Company
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