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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by John on 03-01-2005

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Reviews: 380 | Ratings: 810
Photo of kevinjosephlee
1.46/5  rDev -55.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into a glass

A: a clear, golden copper with large head that recedes quickly. Lacing is moderate but also fades down.

S: moderately high malty aroma with (surprisingly) very little of hops piney- or citrus smell. Has a skunky wafting of garbage and perhaps some DMS.

T: Unacceptably low hops for this style. No caramel flavors but the malty sweetness is overbearing and out of place.

M: Moderate carbonation and a finish that is rather unpleasant because of the high sweetness of the malt and low hoppy complement.

D: Not very drinkable.

Overall: This beer was purchased in a variety pack and the only explanation that I have as to why it was so out of character was that the IPA label was put on the wrong style.

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Photo of tj4288
1.94/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

not a very good american ipa at all imo. slightly to pale in color, very little lacing. but the smell is a very strong perfumy almost toxic. taste slightly like dish soap... (yes i make sure my glasses are very clean and dry) not entirely horrible but deffinately something i will avoid.

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Photo of Coagulater
2/5  rDev -39.6%

IPA? More like a barley wine if anything.
Most prominent smell and flavor is barley alcohol.
Thin overall body and feel.
A poor attempt at an IPA
Not a very good beer no matter what you call it.
The best thing about this beer is it proves "You get wait you pay for". Oh well.

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Photo of MorningDove
2.06/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I've had this beer many times because Dundee's variety pack is generally a good bargain for what you get.

However this is not one of those beers, that is, if your someone who likes IPA's.

Perhaps its because of the underwhelming hoppiness of this beer, or some hint of flavor that I still can't make it after drinking one on at least half a dozen occasions. There is something odd in the taste of this beer that doesn't feel quite right.

I will say that it is easy to drink, but tends to leave a dissatisfying taste in the back of your mouth. Also the Dundee Pale Ale, tastes far more like an IPA than this beer.

Its affordable and easily picked up in a variety pack at your local costco, so worth a try, if for no other reason than to compare with a decent IPA.

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Photo of UncleRicoII
2.13/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Given to me as a gift:

Pours out nicely with above average head that can stick around awhile. Has a good amber appearance that presents itself nicely.

Aroma sets itself with light hops and floral smell with no stand out character.

Taste of hops are present though watered and bitter leaving the taste bids waiting for the next flavor and never quite getting it.

A nice gift but would recommend other IPAs for the more traditional IPA drinker. This could be pleasant for those seeking less hoppy IPAs.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.27/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: pours a deep clear gold, dense white head, plenty of lacing, nice retention

S: nose comprises of wet cardboard, earthy hops that smell very bitter, not much malt, kind of spicy. Something smells off...

T: starts off with mellow sweetness and some caramel malts, this gives way to the bitter hop profile that has a metallic and harsh character, very dry on the finish, terrible balance...leaves bad taste in the mouth

MF: medium body, high carbonation

O: not too impressed by this, tastes like some of the first IPAs I homebrewed (which weren't very good). Lacks balance and character..

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Photo of PintOHops
2.28/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Glass - Pint

A - Amber/penny like color, lite Co2 can be seen and it produced a 1-2 finger head, retention was under par. A couple spots left on the glass, no real lacing.

S - Very biscuity, not much hop in the nose, in fact it's more like an Amber/Red ale! Way off for the style, I got some mild buttery notes with subtle pine, and a little dryness. Very disappointing for the style it claims to be.

T - Very bisciuty upfront with some layers of caramel & molasses, some soft citrus notes follow. Finishes with some lingering biscuit malt flavors and a bit of alcohol. Kinda like an English style IPA, no American pine/grapefruit/rind/intense bitterness here, just very malty. A little metallic as it warms, yuck!

M - Lite crispness, smooth, almost chewy, around medium bodied.

D - I don't like this at all, it's kinda like a shot at the English IPA style, nothing like a traditional American IPA, at all. Maybe a beginner IPA? I don't know, but I'm not buying this one again for sure, I could drink a few I guess, but for the style it says it is, no I'll have something else.

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Photo of rye726
2.3/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A copper color with a frizzled tan head. The nose leads me to beleive that this may be a decent brew. It has aromas of mild malts and some good hops. The taste also has a good malt base complimented by bitter hops. A light body hurts the drinkability a bit. Overall not bad and one of their better beers.

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Photo of TheMadJack
2.31/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12oz Bottle into Pint Glass

Pours a warm, bright, clear coppery brown with active carbonation. One finger of off-white head that settles to half a centimeter. Moderate lacing.

Citrus zest and slight pine to the hops. Sweet, bready malt aromas. Do my senses decieve me, or do I smell a touch of ammonia lingering back there as well? Wierd, and not the most appetizing thing I've encountered in a beer.

Flavor is bready malts with a touch brown sugar. Bitterness comes in the form of pine wood. A hint of grass and asparagus. Mostly clean finish with some lingering bitter.

Mouthfeel is the strong suit here. That breadiness carries through here to create a firm but not heavy beer. It's actually quite a bit lighter than the flavor lets on. Good amount of carbonation, which I think the brewers relied on overmuch to create the illusion of a more bitter beer.

Drinkability is a toss-up here: Do I give it high marks for not being a high-IBU powerhouse, and therefore easier to drink? Or do I give it low marks because if I'm ordering an IPA, I want to drink a bloody IPA? Finally settled on a moderate low score based on the underwhelming flavor and odd aroma.

I got this beer in a 12 beer sampler, 2 each of 6 different Dundee brews, and was able to try this one direct out of the bottle as well. That certainly helps mitigate some of the smells that prove a little more distracting when the glass puts them right in your face. Would not buy this on it's own, and if I decide to get another of these samplers I'll probably be giving away the IPA's.

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Photo of nrbw23
2.34/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Pours a nice slightly hazy golden orange color with a good tannish colored head. Head had pretty good retention and left some nice layered lacing. Thats where it all ends though for this one.

S- Very biscuity, not to much hops here, and I also got this odd metallic smell too. Not what I expected or wanted.

T- Very bisciuty, way too malty, almost buttery, where in the world are the hops and then there is the metallic taste. Not good at all.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

D- Wow I don't think I'll ever try this one again.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
2.36/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into becker pint glass (from a twist-off bottle...shows what audience they're catering to); clear golden orange with a minimal white head that fades to a ring of foam almost instantly. Smell is toasted cereal malts, almost no hop smell present. Not a good start to an IPA...let's press on. Taste is just as weak as the smell; thin cereal grains are the malt flavor which dominates, no hop flavor at all except for a mild bitterness which is nearly pushed aside in the aftertaste by a corn-like flavor. Lacing is pretty nice...but otherwise this is a mess of a beer. Genessee should stick to the tasteless light lagers they know, because they are way out of their depth with any more respectable style.

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Photo of sulldaddy
2.38/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I sampled this brew at room temp in a pint glass.
The beer pours a light amber color with a creamy off white head foaming up and receding slowly.
The Aroma is mostly floral hops and fairly sugary and sweet. A bit of caramel mixes in. First sip reveals a lite body with mild spacious carbonation. Flavor is mild with husky grain and some caramel with a bit of grassy hops that come through on the finish. The beer is lite and easy to drink, but is also not very interesting or flavorful. I wouldnt really return to this one.

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Photo of Reldain
2.4/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Amber colour with a light head, has a very light pine smell. Taste is of light pine and citrus notes. This beer is much lighter than most IPAs I've tried. Not a good beer would not buy again.

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Photo of budgood1
2.43/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pours out a ruby hued dark amber colour with a fairly frothy head that seems to stick for a bit and leaves some respectable lace. hoppy aroma; mostly a balanced combination of spruce and citrus, with an underlying toffee maltiness...with hints of fruit and spice. after being pleased with the look and aroma, the taste lets me down with more of the same sweetness (malt) deficiencies that plagued the regular PA. grainy, husky, herbal, but shallow and hollow...although amplified to a degree to where the respectable hop profile can't cover it up. i like the hopping in this one...resiny enough to coat the tongue and bitter enough to satisfy the artificial sweetness like malt profile. it's medium bodied for an IPA, with a harsh and hollow mouthfeel. again, it finishes too dry with a somewhat pleasant lingering bitterness. drinkability isn't real good in comparison to all the incredible IPA's available.

if only this had some constructive maltiness to back the lackluster but respectable hoppiness. it feels cheap and forced. not recommended.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
2.47/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The looks are by far the best part of this beer. It poured a clear gold/amber with great white head and lacing.

The smell is a little piney but mostly of malt.

The taste fairly unimpressive for the style. A strange bitterness along with a good more than healthy amount of malt.

I would suggest skipping this one.

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Photo of alleykatking
2.48/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a nice deep golden amber color. With a hard pour I was able to get a 1 finger fluffy white head that seemed to hide as soon as it came out to play. Some light lacing is left on the sides of the glass. Alright looking beer. Nothing to write home about. Pretty average I might add in the IPA catagory.

S- A slight bitterness comes through (piney if that) but the backbone of this beer is the huge malty upfront of this beer. Almost a sweet cotton candy sell to this. I have a bad feeling about the taste from the smell. For an IPA this should smell a lot more hoppy than malty.

T- This is a terrible beer for the style. Watery all the way through the taste of this beer to start off with. Big huge malty sweetness right from the get go with this beer. What bitter hops they used in this beer gets covered up by the malts almost right away. Big metallic hint to the taste of this beer. All in all this is a terrible tasting IPA. This might have to actually be the worst tasting one I have ever had. Not a fan of the rancid taste in my mouth right now.

M- Light mouthfeel to this. Carbonation is lacking and makes this beer drink much slower than it normally would. I think they do it this way to make you torture your palate through this beer. Acts like water over the palate and doesn't do much else. Leaves a sickly sweet malt tone all over the palate with a hint of bitterness to it.

D- If you enjoy craft beers then I think you might not really care for this beer and just move on before you try it. If you are a BMC drinker on the other hand you might think this is a perfect drinker that is exciting and new to you. I can't drink more than one of this crap...but once again that is just me.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.48/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I will review 1000 American IPAs, and to achieve this goal I have to revew some bad ones, purchased a single for 1.29 at Villiage Pump in College Park, MD. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a DC Brau "pig" mason jar glass. Not quite the character limit, damnit, OK I'll describe the beer too.

Amber, clear, big off white head, some lacing, moderate carbonation, particulates are floating in it.

Aroma is grainy, sweet, complete lack of hops.

Beer si medium in body and gritty on the palate, sweet and a little dry with a bad aftertaste, not giong to subject myself to this any longer, next.

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Photo of bnes09
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Orangish copper color with good clarity. Weak head on the pour yet descent retention and some lacing present as well.

Fresh biscuits and leafy, pine-like hop aroma.

Unfortunately the flavor does not match the smell. Rough, gritty malt flavor. Medicinal, almost metallic hop bitterness. Sour aftertaste. Poor balance.

Light to medium bodied; lighter than anticipated. Carbonation is somewhat weak and is not consistent throughout the drink. On the drier side but leaves a course texture on the tongue.

Overall, a subpar IPA. Luckily I only got one bottle of this in a mixer-sixer. I have been avoiding trying this brand of beer for a while. Somehow I just instinctively knew it wasn't good, not sure how. Avoid this and go for a better IPA. Two-hearted and SN Torpedo are good options.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.53/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz into a glass.

A: Coppery-gold, fluffy head, moderate lacing.

S: Mainly in the initial puff: herbal hops, malty undertones. The beer itself loses smell when poured.

T: Herbal hops, sweet malts. No real aftertaste or finish to speak of.

M: Full bodied, carbonation is satisfactory.

D: Not bad. Better than what I was expecting. Could down a couple of these.

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Photo of gtermi
2.55/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I love IPAs. They are one of my favorite styles of beer and I was super excited about trying this beer. When I poured the beer into the glass, I thought this beer was going to taste awesome because the color was a nice golden color and the head fades away fast. The taste on the other hand was not good. It really doesnt scream IPA to me other than the after taste. The mouthfeel is nothing special either. Just like a basic boring beer to me. Overall I am not impressed.

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Photo of kingcrowing
2.57/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip. I got a case for $8.99 (.37ยข a bottle is an amazing deal), I've never had anything by Dundee before, I knew it was Gennesse's craft brand so my expectations weren't too high.

Pours a nice deep amber with a good one fingered fluffy white head that fades real quick, leaving a bit of lacing. Nose is very tame, it's more malty than anything else, maybe a bit of grassy hops but that's it.

I'll expo what others have said, its more of a pale ale than an IPA but less hoppy and crisp than snpa. It's quite malty, actually pretty well balanced but I'd like a much more prominate hop note than this. I'd say it's more like an English IPA than an American IPA. There's a bit of an odd finish that's a bit vegital but there's a light caramel note that balances it quite well.

Mouthfeel is fairly good, it's light and sharp with good carbonation and fairly malty. It's pretty drinkable for what it is. If price isn't an issue, skip this, but at $8.99/case it's way better than most macro stuff.

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Photo of ruckus232
2.58/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Light amber color with fluffy off-white head

Smell: There is a malty sweetness to the smell with a little alcohol smell in the background

Taste: If this wasn't supposed to be an IPA it might be a little bit better. It starts with a little alcohol bitterness that quickly fades into a sweetness that also fades quickly. After that the taste all but disappears and there is no hoppy bitterness or anything.

Note: Not good for an American IPA but even not taking that into account it is still lacking in any really nice flavors. It is just OK and nothing more.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.58/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear golden brass hue, with a dense and creamy snow white head reaching three fingers and holding well. Decent specs of lacing remain on the sides of the glass. Light caramel and faint buscuit notes in the nose, but no hop aroma to speak of!!! I understand this beer is dry-hopped with two of my favorite varietals- but the only background aroma I can detect is a vauguely tropical fruit scent that may well be an ester. Slightly grainy two row sweetness at first sip; mild but agreeable. Pale caramel and faint dextrin round out the malt profile and dry the palate quickly. The aftertaste has a hint of apple ester and some ghost-like citric hop flavor if you really pay attention. The bitterness is far too light to balance, even for the English version of IPA and I have a hard time beliveing this has 60 IBU's. Light in body with an medium-even carbonation, the mouthfeel is airy and dry enough to dispell any chance of residual sugars. Some extra mild minty and floral hop tones finally develop in the finish, but are too tame to be noteworthy behind the malt, and even that is on the lighter side of the spectrum. I guess JW Dundee has suceeded in making a beer for people who don't care for bitterness or hop character of any sort that they can call an IPA and try to feel trendy or sophisticated.

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Photo of Wamesit
2.62/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a bright amber with a thick white head that gives way to thick lacing.

S - Light aroma. Biscuity malts. Some citrus hops.

T - Strong grassy hops bittering. It is difficult to find the biscuit malts, or any malts for that matter, in the mix. Finish is peppery and a touch minty. A broader hops flavor and some more balance would serve this IPA well.

M - Medium. A little bit too much carbonation, esp. in the finish.

D - The lack of direction and/or achievement in this IPA does not leave me wanting another.

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Photo of skenyon1811
2.63/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Golden with a little haze. About a 1/2 inch head that disappears very quickly. Hardly any lacing.

S: An earthy smell during the initial pour, other than that not much aroma

T: Hoppy and a tad sweet. Ending with an alcohol taste.

M: Light mouth feel and carbonation. Dry finish.

D: It's light enough to have a couple in a row, however I would not order more than one if I was out.

It is a generic IPA that lacks in the aroma area. Dundee did not take any risks with this one. Worth trying if on sale or in a mix pack.

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