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Dundee India Pale Ale | Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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Dundee India Pale AleDundee India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by John on 03-01-2005

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Photo of Phillybomber
3.19/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank from the bottle with no freshness date. The label says, "Be Bitter." Not exactly one of the bitterest IPA's I have had. More of an English style IPA. No real citrus or grapefruit flavors. More of a dry hoppy flavor. A good amount of balanced malts. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth with only a limited amount of carbonated bubbles. Drinkable nature is only hindered by my personal preferance. This was a surprisingly good brew.

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Photo of stakem
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with more than 2 fingers of barely off white/yellowish head. Quite a bit of lacing on the glass. Nose is a fair balance of sweet malt, citrus, floral and pine hops. Taste is really lacking in bitterness where the aroma led you on. Honestly smells like you are in for a hop bomb but than doesn't follow through. Quite thin body with mild hop bitterness upfront and in the finish. I'm unsure how to score the drinkability. Sure it is easy to drink and enjoyable but it might not be for someone who is looking to enjoy the typical american style bitter IPA.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich golden color with a finger and a half of fluffy white head with a long retention. Beer looks incredibly carbonated from the sheer volume of bubbles rising from every surface of the glass. A good asmount of lacing is left behind in the wake of the head to boot.

S: Sweet fruitiness on the nose before it is hit by the wave of hops. Not much to smell beyond that.

T: Not a very interesting beer. Very simple (almost indescribably simple) malt flavor up front which is immediately swept away by a wave of hoppiness. This beer, to me, tastes like a very mediocre beer which they tried to make better by throwing in a lot of hops. Great hop characteristics, just nothing to back it up.

M: Medium bodied, pretty heavy on the carbonation, though not as heavy as the appearance led me to believe.

D: A drinkable beer. Hops are absolutely present, but not overwhelming, and there is nothing else to this beer. It's like a watered-down version of what an IPA should be. It's drinkable, but hardly worth drinking. Save your money and look for something better.

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Photo of rarevos
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a coppery-red with moderate-to-light carbonation. 1 finger of head dissipated quickly, leaving behind some good lacing and a few sticky trails.

S: Malty-sweet at first with some fruit underneath (grapefruit, pineapple). Aroma is very mild and I had to stick my nose pretty far into the glass to detect it.

T: Fruit up front with a caramel/molasses-type sweetness. Finish is dry with an odd aftertaste--is that metal? There's a perfumy bit to the finish as well, like fabric softener or dryer sheets. It's not as unpleasant as it sounds ("now featuring metal and fabric softener! Get yours now!") but it's still a bit odd. Oh, and by the way: where are the hops?

M: Light-bodied and crisp.

D: It's OK. As an IPA, it's not terribly representative. Not hoppy, not bitter, and not really embracing that style. But head into it thinking it's a flowery pale ale and you won't be disappointed. And, as others have pointed out, $4.99 sixers are tough to beat.

So, in closing: an IPA this is not, but what it is isn't that bad. Worth trying.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a iced tea amber with a fluffy almond head that retains well,lots of chunky circular lacing makes this a pretty nice looking treat.The nose is full of banana with some underachieving hop aromas and some lightly toasted malt sweetness.The taste is extremely balanced for an AIPA if thats what your looking for,I prefer the hops to KO my taste buds.This has some decent sweetness and slight hoppy bite.The body seems to be about right,it just not quite there when it comes to the finish,to clean for an IPA(even for a Americn IPA). Actually one of the better offerings from J.W.Dundee,an easy drinker that won't test the boundaries of the style,maybe good for those who like balance over substance.

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Photo of Thur123
3.17/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A fairly heavy pour of this yields a solid two fingers of fluffy white head over a clear and carbonated orange brew. The head recedes slowly. The smell is grassy hopness that reminds me of the hoping in BMC beers, only much stronger and with a larger malt character under it. Maybe it's the smell of the malt that's reminding me of BMC, there's a cereal smell going on.

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The flavor is...well watery, but with a APA hop profile providing bitter and lemon like hop flavor with a balanced and standard malt underneath. The idea behind this seems to be push some hop flavor to the front and let that impact people's perception, then have that flavor fade quickly. Overall this is a good gateway into the style, but a very fair (see meh) take on the style.

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Photo of Fitzy01
3.17/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of F22Chris
3.16/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Onenote81
3.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of the mixed 12-pack. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a crystal clear dark orange with a huge foamy off-white head on top. Retention was superb, leaving tons of sticky lace globs all over the glass. Looks nice. Scents of toasted grains, and light citrusy hops. Not much there.

The body is crisp with a moderate-high amount of carbonation. Light oily feel on the back end. Bitterness is definitely present in this one. But that's about it. Lacks complementing flavors that go with it. Finish is slightly boozy. Aftertaste is a little charring. Overall, this was better than I thought it was going to be, but if I'm getting a sessionable IPA, there are much better choices out there.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A dark golden color, reminiscient of woody beers. Aroma was better than expected, they didn't skimp on the Amarillos, nor did they dump tons of them either. I guess I'm saying this exceeded expectations given the other Dundee aromas (or lack thereof) I've come across.

Taste, the woody did come out, this beer was surprisingly bigger in every way. A true ipa. Balanced for American, not west coast, but not traditional British by any means. Earthy. Good introduction to the style.

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Photo of prototypic
3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clean copper to amber color. Head is about one and a half fingers. Better retention and lacing than I was expecting.

Smell: It citrusy and sweet smelling. Mostly grapefruit and orange, but it's not a strong citrus smell. It's subtle. It is hoppy, but again, not in an overpowering way. There's also hints of honey and it has a decent malt presence.

Taste: It's not near as sweet as it smells. Grapefruit and mild orange tastes are there. There is a slight malty taste, but once the hops kick in, it's pretty bitter from there on out.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied. Drinkability is okay. I wouldn't call it a session beer, but it's alright. Overall, decent offering. Probably one of the better from JW Dundee's. It's worth a try.

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Photo of avaccani
3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a deep golden yellow. Nice bright white head. Lacing was decent. Smelled pretty good. Not overpowering, but a decent hop aroma. Taste was meh, ok. I mean it could almost pass for a PA. Bitterness was subtle while the aroma was more pronounced. Tasted a little watered down, but carb. was good. Overall I'd pass on this one next time.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-nice transparent amber with a lot of bubbles and a thin white head that has little lacing

S-a good strength of herbal hops with a touch of citrus.

T-hits the tongue with a good amount of bitterness and spicy hops. the bitterness lasts with some butter taste. has a long lasting herbal after-taste. doesn't seem to use the best hops for an IPA.

M-medium to high carbonation with a dry finish

O-not an IPA for hop heads. this is way too herbal and uses a weird combination of hops. it really reminds me of a Sam Adams Latitude IPA. However, its really not a bad drinking beer overall, just a bad IPA. I'm not going to search this one out ever, but if i had more in my fridge, they wouldn't go to waste.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep golden color with a medium frothy head. Reduces to a nice foamy layer that hangs out till the end, leaving stringy lacing.
Smells a little spicy & floral, nothing overly complex.
Mostly malt flavor to start, which gives way to a hop character that's more bitterness than flavor. Touch of citrus rind maybe. Drying in the finish, leaving a little oiliness on the tongue.
Feel is crisp and fairly light to medium bodied.
Overall it's tolerable, but the hops are one-dimensional and lack flavor. Not undrinkable, but not a great example of the style.

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Photo of beertunes
3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a lightly hazy light golden-amber color with about 1/4 inch of off-white head that had low retention and light lacing.

The aroma had some piney hops at first, with some citrus notes coming in after and had some lightly sweet malts as a base. The flavors were fairly typical, citrus and pine hops mostly, with just a bit of base malts and a lightly tangy-bitter finish.

The body was about what you expect from the style, and perhaps (in a bit of a surprise) a bit fuller than a lot of examples. The beer was relatively smooth and had a nicely dry finish. Drinkability was pretty good, having a sixer of these a value beer in your fridge isn't a bad idea. Overall, for what it is, a pretty good brew. Worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of BierFan
3.14/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: One and a half fingers of light tan head on a clear amber body. Good head retention and lacing. This beer is off to a good start.

Smell: Very little aroma. Slight grapefruit. This is more what I expected from a Dundee beer.

Taste: Nice bitterness and some caramel flavor. Still lacking in the fruity hop flavors that American IPA's are known for. Bitterness and the malt make up for it, though. Prickly carbonation. Kind of has a spicy rye quality. Not sure what that's from.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.14/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle Inspection: Clear label gives up 6.3% abv., not much else

Aroma: Nice fresh hop nose! Pine, citric, bit floral, really nice.

Appearance: Amber glass with good clarity, thin off white collar that gives little lace.

Flavor: Bitter over the top, tea flavors, with a nice hop flavor finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium body

Overall Impression: Nothing too wrong here, but missing the “wow” factor. The bitterness is too high for the hop flavor payoff which while nice, just doesn’t come through.

Thanks to Pegasus for the sample

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Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nezelrac
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - pale copper/orange with an off-white head that fades quickly and leaves little lacing

S - indistinct floral and citrus hops; some sweet caramel/bread inflected malt backing up the hops

T - mild for an IPA; hops seem to lack focus; malt profile is lean and hints at under-attenuation; the bitterness, while low, maintains itself through the moderate finish and provides a nice edge to the beer

M - mid-weight with moderate CO2; malt almost gets a little cloying

O - just okay; not bad, but there are a lot of IPA's ahead of it; looking at older reviews, it would seem that quality has slipped or I got a bad serving

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Photo of loveingminor
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: poured a nice amber/golden color with little head.

s: i don't smell any hops. it just smells like... beer.

t: not overly hoppy, but not completely unpleasant. i guess i'm spoiled by the super-hoppiness of the stegmaier IPA. not what i'd expect from an IPA

m: feels crisp, not slimy.

overall: i wouldn't really consider this an IPA. Try again genesee.

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Photo of gpcollen1
3.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an attractive golden amber with a large, white fluffy head into my imperial pint - head slowly settles down. Hoppy aroma - pine - with a hint of sweetness.

Not much going on flavorwise here - a little bit of a dry and bitter finish. I guess I was not expecting too much here but still disappointed - barely average.

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Photo of cjl1209
3.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

"Bold and Bitter"

A - Pours a pretty copper color with an underwhelming off white head.

S - A lot of little things going on here: a nice floral touch, sweet hops, fruity notes, and hints of grass. Nice and subtle.

T - Herbal hop flavor along with citrus notes. No true hop bite shines through, just a modest bitter presence. Nice bit of caramel malt. Slight metallic taste becomes noticeable after several sips. The taste is more reminiscent of the traditional scents that come along with an IPA more so than the actual flavors.

M - Smooth with only a slightly lingering bitterness.

D - Easy to drink but a bit underwhelming. Not a bad IPA, just a feeble one. The overall hop experience just ended up being weaker than anticipated. Other reviewers have stated "IPA Lite" and "starter IPA" and that would precisely sum up my thoughts.

Overall: "Bold and Bitter" doesn't quite deliver.

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Photo of jwc215
3.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours bright orangish copper with a thin head that immediately becomes patchy before disappearing.f

The smell is of mild citrus with a touch of caramel backing. More of an APA than an IPA smell.

The taste is malty - almost clashing with the mild almost citric/piney hoppiness, which adds some bitterness, but not nearly enough for the style.

The feel is weak/understated. Not fizzy - just thin.

A cheap beer though - an affordable stab at the style, I suppose. Something flattish/blandish about it, though.

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Photo of gabedivision
3.11/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a SA snifter glass.

Pours a fine clear golden orange with a finger inch head that holds up fairly well and laces to the glass. This smells alright, very light for an ipa but its there. Faint sweet malts, sugary hop characters, back again to the malt. Sugary malt taste, with a nice bittering hop character on the finish. A nice light crisp feel, not overwhelming and not offensive. Sweet sugars pucker up the mouth and tasty hops bitter out the tongue. Overall this is a tough fight for Dundee. There are so many different and amazing IPA's that its hard to throw this beer in the ring with alot of them, though i do think its a good beer and enjoyable.

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Dundee India Pale Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.25 out of 5 with 810 ratings
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