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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Reviews: 380 | Ratings: 810
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

more of summer ipa to me. this one pours clear light amber in color with an inch of white head that dies down quickly. this is a bitter ipa, and the nose tells you that straight away. lots of hops, a simple bill of american barley and english caramel malts, and some delicate floral aroma that is also present in the dundee pale ale. the flavor is bitter hops all the way through, not offensively bitter, but very brisk and assertive. i usually think dundee beers are good transition beers for people not usually inclined to drink craft, they are all rather approachable, but this ipa i think is beyond that level. its well balanced, but it really highlights how bitter the hop can be, and as such may not be the most appealing brew to craft newcomers. it does finish clean and crisp, which makes it pretty sessionable, and they mouthfeel is pretty good. very tingly carbonation on the tongue and the body is just barely medium, not heavy or light. a decent ipa overall, but id like it better with more fruity or piney notes to the hop complexion, its just a bitter bomb.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew poured out as a copper colored liquid with a foamy white head on top that has a light retention to it. The smell of the beer was lightly hopped, nothing too explosive on the nose here with some sweet malt in there. The taste of the beer could have used a little more bitterness I think but I understand that this is supposed to appeal to the more common beer drinker. The mouthfeel is pretty light bodied. Overall this beer is average to me. I wouldn't have to go buy it again but if it was being offered I'd drink it.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a mixed 12 pack of Dundee's ($8.99/12).

Wow, I was surprised by this one! A very hoppy, well balanced IPA for such a cheap price... this is certainly a gem. Has a higher ABV than the usual IPA out there but it isn't noticeable at all and goes down nice and smooth. By far the best beer in this brewery's line up.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fairly decent beer that offers some intrigue, but slacking a bit on quality. The aroma suggests a firm balance between spicy, citrus hops and sweet maltiness. But, the flavors are dominated by the hops, which take on citrus flavors, solvents, and a metalic taste. The lighter body also accentuates the hop spiciness and dryness. Finishes a bit bite-ey and astringent, but the hop character easily hides such flaws. Certainly a drinkable brew, but cannot compete with the Stones, Rogues, and Sierras out there.

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Photo of brentk56
2.77/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a magnificent head that leaves a streaky pattern of lace

Smell: Grainy aroma, with a hint of citrus

Taste: Biscuity, up front, with a growing aspirin-like bitterness that becomes all encompassing though it relents, just before mid-palate to let the malt come through again; after the swallow, the flavors are in balance though the hops leave a bitter, medicinal aftertaste in my mouth

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I don't care for the hop profile at all - not recommended

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a medium amber color ale with an average size foamy head with OK retention and not much lacing. Aroma of dry and astringent English-style hops is somewhat bitter with dry caramel malt notes. Taste is also a mix between some dry caramel malt notes with astringent dry hops with a medium bitterness at the end. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not bad but a bit too dry for my own taste.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.76/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Big long lasting off white head covers a hazy golden amber colored beer.

Light citrus style hops aroma with some honey accents.

More of the light citrus style hops in the taste drowns out anything else that might want you to take notice.

Light bittering on a dry aftertaste with just a bit of the hops tastes remaining behind with this medium bodied beer.

I like the light bittering and dryish aftertaste on this IPA.

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Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/golden color with a tan, bubbly/foamy head. It left patchy trails of lace.

S - It smelled very floral and citrusy. There was a little malty presence.

T - It tasted citrusy and of roasted malt. The hops provided a bitter kick.

M - It was very sharp and crisp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a highly underrated IPA. I was pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of mothman
2.81/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date into a pint glass. Nice fluffy head, but very little lacing. The color was a brownish peach color.

The smell is very nice, but no where near what a regular ipa smells like. It is enjoyable, but it doesn't fit the category. The taste is similiar to the smell; it is pretty good, but where are all the hops. Definately had a floral/grassy taste to it, just not to the extremes like a regular ipa.

Carbonation wasn't to impressive and the mouthfeel was average.

Overall, this was a decent tasting beer, but it unfortunately wasn't a typical ipa.

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Photo of nickfl
2.85/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - 1.5 fingers of slightly tanned white foam with good retention and lace. Clear, slightly reddish-copper color.

S - Citrus, grapefruit and orange. Peppery, a little bit of caramel - but not much.

T - Assertive, orange - citrus, hop flavor. Strong lemon and pepper notes. Not much malt presence.

M - Medium body, somewhat high carbonation, and fairly astringent.

D - Reasonably drinkable, but the pithy astringency really cuts down on enjoyment for me. I would have expected that the flaw in this beer would be a lack of hop character, but in reality it is quite the opposite. There is a fairly strong hop presence, but it is not well balanced by malt character and it isn't particularly pleasant hop character.

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Photo of oberon
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hmm Amarillo and Simcoe hops eh my favorite,poured a clear light golden with a thinner white head that left spotty lace behind as it settled quickly.The hops are there in the nose but they need a little push to really come out the piney/grassy notes are there and are appetizing but not real assertive., a toasty lightly sweet caramel bas is there as well.Pretty ho hum beer for a beer at 60 IBU's and dry hopped in storage a lighter piney hop character slightly resiny a sweetish malt base is just as big as the hop character,somewhat bland.I didnt have real high expectations but this isnt far from being really good just a little "push".

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 12/9/2014. Pours lightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, honey, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/earthy hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, honey, toasted biscuit, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/herbal/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange zest, pine, caramel, honey, toasted biscuit, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, balance, and robustness of citrus/earthy hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good American IPA. All around good complexity, balance, and robustness of citrus/earthy hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. This seemed to have some English style influence in flavors, but still felt like an American IPA overall. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

While not particularly hoppy, it's certainly not "not hoppy". In the nose it delivers floral and citrusy hops along with a note of apple, and some softly sweet caramelish and biscuity malt. The same characteristics follow in the flavor, backed by a very firm bitterness, and with perhaps a touch of grassiness. It's clean, and superbly balanced, finishing dry with a fairly short finish. It could be argued that perhaps a few more hops, and even some more malt, would enhance it, yet at the same time there's already more malt and hops here than in many IPA's on the English market. Have we Americans become jaded by all of the remarkably full flavored beers being produced here in the US? Does every beer need to be in your face? Certainly not. This is an easily accessible beer that's drinkable, and with enough character to keep it interesting. I do think that it will eventually become lost in a sea of similar beers, but for now I welcome it, and hope that it helps more than a few people to expand their taste for interesting and exciting beers.

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Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in pint glass.

Pours with ample head, but this is short lived, turning into a mere ring of foam over a clear copper liquid.

Balance of malt of hops in both aroma and taste. Too balanced for an IPA, with a shortage of hops that is less obvious in the aroma than in the flavor. Piney and citrus notes dominate in the hops. The mouthfeel is also a little disappointing, being a bit watery. Some aromatics indicative of a higher ABV brew.

{Light revision with re-tasting on 5/26/2011)

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very hoppy as you would expect from an IPA with a strong background of caramel & citrus.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with a nice hops bitterness bite and complimentary sweetness from citrus and caramelized malt. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good representation of style, I could certainly drink a few of these. Even though it's not the greatest IPA, I wasn't really expecting much from this beer, but I was very pleasantly surprised that this was a pretty good beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.95/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours an amberesque body with a small, white head.

Smell: Plain pale malts with a backing of citrus fruitiness and a faint, faroff note of grain.

Taste: Pale maltiness with a restrained sweetness. Touch of grain astringency. Light citrus flavor paired with an herbal, tea-like component and a medium bitterness. Flourish of carbonation on the dry, lightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation, slightly fizzy.

Drinkability: Best so far of the JW Dundee's Box of Horrors, but that's not saying much.

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Photo of russpowell
3.66/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this as part of a mixed sixer.

Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of pillowy cream colored head.Above average head retention & lacing

S: Leafy & floral hops

T: Leafy & floral hops, light pear flavor, slight honey malt sweetness up front. Leafy hops dominate as this warms, along with white grape & pear fruittyness. finishes with woody & leafy hop bitterness & just a touch of fruitty sweetness, plus some dryness. This seemed more like an EIPA...

MF: Medium bodied, semi-creamy with decent balance

Pretty easy to drink. Not in love with this one, but I had worse IPAs from many breweries with loftier reps

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Photo of smcolw
2.87/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold color with a slight chill haze. Minor head which settles to a single minute bubble layer. Leaves a single ring of lace from the initial pour

Stale and earthy smell. There's also a medicinal, band-aide odor of phenol.

Strong caramel flavor, reminds me of Drambuie. There's a definite lack of bitter hop. The aftertaste has a harsh, nondescript bitterness that is tempered by a caramel sweetness. Good body for the style.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.57/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Another bottle, courtesy of my local trade partner, tone77, who wants to see me keep my bottle count in line with The CANQuest (TM). Oakle doakle!

From the bottle: "Sometimes, it's ok to be bitter. When they stick you on a ship and send you to India without any good ale from home, it's ok to be bitter. The result was India Pale Ale - the high point in bitterness history. When your team goes 0-16. When you don't make it past the ladies' tee. Or when you want an ale with as much oomph as a steak, a burrito, or a Vegas bachelorette party. Be bitter. People will understand."; "Bold and Bitter" depicting the S.S. Dundee as a ship in a bottle atop its ship's log. Ha!

This served as a reminder that they use screw-top caps on their bottles, so no Pop! was to be heard. I had not even finished my aggro pour when I caught that first musky whiff of hops! The two fingers of tawny head head beckoned like a Siren from the shore. The color was a slightly hazy orangish-amber (Revised M, 15 Feb 2016 - Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity) and my mouth was watering nearly uncontrollably. The nose was pine-y with a caramel sweetness underneath. As the head feel, a thick, sticky lacing began to appear. Mouthfeel was about as full as I have gotten from a non-draft beer and the hops went immediately to work at scrubbing my tongue. The hops were bitter, but slightly off and I am unsure whether it was due to freshness or brewing process as there was no date on the bottle. Finish was initially bitter, giving 'way to a light caramel sweetness at the extreme finish. Worth a try, especially if you CAN be guaranteed of its freshness.

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Photo of stakem
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
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 WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper hue bright white head forms fine speckled lacing down the sides of my chalice. Aroma has some herbal/floral/citrus notes with a bit of a metallic edge...semi sweet biscuit/caramel blends of malts to balance things out. Again a slight metallic character found/could be Rochester water. Flavor has a nice rolling bitterness built on hop pellets for sure, but this is something for a small regional brewer to actually use hops. I don't mind this one either nice floral/citrus/bittnerness coming on a bit. Anyway it goes this is a nice beer from a large reginoal brewer, nice to see an IPA or something hoppier than a glorified pale ale hit the shelves. Not bad at all, a decent hoppy brew that I wish to drink a couple of. Medium bodied hoppy ale out of Rochester.

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Photo of jwc215
3.12/5  rDev -5.7%
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 Billolick
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle no freshness info offered. Pours pretty bland looking amber with a long lasting tan head that leaves plenty of sticky, thick lacing. Sweet malt dominant nose, this is pretty dull flavor wise for an American pale ale, more British in style to my taste buds. Lacking any real hop attack. Just some late resiny bitterness picked up in the finish. I wasn’t expecting much and that’s what I got. Decent at best or if in a pinch for anything better then BMC.

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Photo of Duff27
2.74/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- One-fingered white head on top of a lighter amber beer. Looks like some sediment and plenty of carb bubbles. Pretty good lacing and head retention. Fine looking beer.

S- Slighty grassy.

T- First sip tasted like McDonalds fries. Seriously, that was my first thought. Hops seem muted but there's no way to tell how old this is.

M- Tad under carbonated it seems. medium to light mouthfeel.

D/O- This hovers the line between highly drinkable and something I'd want to drink a lot of. Overall it's a little light on the flavor side so I'd probably decide to go with another IPA.

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Photo of Tone
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color. 2/3 inch head with good retention and decent lacing. Smell mainly of hops with a strong malt backbone. Barely fits the style. The hops flavor is lacking and the malt is too strong. The hops that are present are weak and not very bitter. The brew is crisp and smooth. There is low carbonation. Overall, not worth trying because it is a bad example of an IPA - a better red ale.

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