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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

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

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Photo of cooch69
4.12/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's been a while since I've had an IPA so I got in the mood for this one when I saw it was left over from a party.
Pours a light copper with a thin bubbly film.
Nose was very attractive. Not strong but very nuanced and tasty. Bright floral aromatics with pine, black pepper and some lemon zest.

Taste is once again very citric with mostly grapefruit and pine notes coming from the hops. A slightly sweet biscuity maltiness finished coarse and dry.

All in all this is a superbly drinkable IPA. I have'nt had this style much lately and I still did'nt get a real lot of hops from it.

If your looking to get somebody introduced to a light drinkable IPA here it is.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
2.65/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy dark golden with very little head. Smells somewhat malty, but tastes surprisingly bitter, but without a lot of hop character. There is a touch of grainy sourness as well in the nose underneath the bitterness. The taste has a buttery taste to it along with the indeterminate hops, and there is a metallic element lurking as well. Somewhat of a mess, and not the most enjoyable IPA I've ever had by a long shot. I've actually been surprised that some of their other beers are pretty decent in a pinch, but this one misses the mark.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.71/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice appearance. A little cloudy for an IPA but copper color with good 2 finger head.

Smell - Not too much hop or other scents for that matter.

Taste - very well balanced for an IPA. Hoppy presence but very little bitter aftertaste that does not linger long at all.

Mouthfeel - good

Overall - This is a good IPA and worthy of a sampling or take it if offered in restaurant or party. Not exactly world class but one of the better Dundee offerrings I tried.

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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 bayougutter
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden amber color with a one finger head, good lacing on the side of the glass. Not totally clear. Smell was of resiny pine, citrus,floral, semi sweet malts. Nothing outstanding but nothing offensive. Taste was better and bolder than smell with the hop taste and bitterness upfront then malts for some balance then back to the hoppy tastes. Mouthfeel was pretty good, a little high on the carbination for me. Overall a decent ipa, not outstanding but not bad.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Looks clear amber in color. Sudsy off-white head that fizzles away quickly. There are patches of sticky lacing around the glass. Looks ok. Head retention could be better.

S - Smell is of piny and floral hops with malts sweetness. Picking up some fruit as well. Picking up pineapple, grape, and some semi sweet cherry. Not as much citrus as there should be but there is some.

T - Bitterness is upfront and disappears towards the middle to go into to some fruit flavors. Apples mainly with a little peach. Finish is bitter with a citrus bite.

M - Medium bodied with crisp carbonation.

O - Though none of the aspects were mind blowing they were all very good. This is a highly drinkable IPA.

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Photo of shand
2.92/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic.

At the very least, this is a great looking brew. A slightly reddish amber and a massive head that retains very well and leaves sheets of lacing. The aroma is a fairly smooth, generic maltiness. The taste basically follows the nose. It's a very malty IPA, but still retains some hop character. It's not full hop cones or hop extract, but is more of a leafy, almost medicinal character. I wouldn't honestly peg this as an IPA from tasting it, and it's wholly possible I have an old bottle due to lack of codes. That said, it's still fairly good tasting, so I can't mark it off too much.

The mouthfeel is nice, it's medium-bodied and farily highly carbonated. The drinkability is rather good. Overall, this was an alright beer but not too much of an IPA. I'd be willing to try it again if I knew it'd be fresh.

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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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Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear amber/copper color from a 12 oz bottle with no ABV or freshness date I could see. One finger head that dissipates to a thin film of a head.
Aroma is definitely more on the malty side, no hint of any hops coming through in the aroma.
Taste is hoppy upfront with a malty backbone. Feels more like an English IPA than an American IPA, but that's my perspective.
Great lacing and carbonation though on this IPA.
Overall, I wouldn't say this is an IPA I would go out of my way looking for, but it does have potential to be a good sessions beer.
Worth a try.

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Photo of wallaceandvomit
3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- pale amber color with a moderate head that lasted for a short while
s- a slight malty taste with a hint of piney hops
t- moderate piney hop kick up from with a kinda bland malty aftertaste
m- average ipa mouthfeel, mediumthick
d- pretty decent beer but not one i would search for. great for $12/12 beers

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Photo of evilkalla
4.03/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle into an ale glass.

A: Clear, pale copper with an inch of head and lots of carbonation. Head has remained and there is lots of lacing to be seen.

S: Piney and resinous. Expected for an IPA.

T: Quite bitter up front but this immediately gives way to a decent level of maltiness. Somewhat bitter on the finish. Overall, very well balanced.

M: Has a fairly hefty mouthfeel and body to it. Very nice.

O: Very well balanced, drinkable IPA. I would drink this one all night.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.36/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear orange color with a small white head. The aroma is some grassy and citrus hops with some bready malt. There is also some soapiness in the aroma. The flavor is heavy on the bready malt with some perfume and floral hops. There is also some toffee and citrus mixed in, but overall the bready and flowers dominates the flavor. Not offensive, but nothing too good about the beer. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. There are better far better IPAs out there.

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Photo of Looneybiz
2.82/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass and its a nice golden hue with a 2 finger frothy head that sticks around for a while and leaves some nice lace.

Smell was very fient of hops.

Taste was pretty much your typical American made IPA. Nothing really special. The hops hit you right away and stay with you for a while but the flavor isnt overpowering or anything. A nice bitter finish.

I'd drink it again and the price was really nice for a stronger flavored beer.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Purchased as part of a 12-pack sampler. What I believe is a Julian-style date code is on the bottle neck.

Pours a clear, deep gold. Head patches the glass nicely. Dundee beers really look nice. Smell is surprisingly malty for an IPA. A bit of sweet, candy-ish hops too. Taste sorta kicks off with some mild, cool, grapefruit hops. Twists into a solid, toasted, grainy malt backbone. Really nice, and unexpected from an American IPA. Finishes a bit hot, dry, and pleasantly bitter - the candy hop taste returns. Easy to drink IPA, and way more mellow and "round" than most of its style. Impressive!

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dundee India Pale ale, 6.7% alcohol poured into a dogfish goblet.

A- Pours a golden copper hued fluid that produces a light head that sinks to a tightly bubbled top. Some lacing sticks to the sides of the glass but not much for style.

S- Subtle hops (Citrus, grass and pine) show in the nose with a little malt sweetness.

T-M- Upfront is a clean and crisp bitter bite that smoothes it's way over the tongue easily.
Doesn't linger very long or give as big of a bite as any other ipa i've had, but clean at that. Hops are charactorized as grassy and lightly piney. Alcohol heat is appearent but not offensivly. Smooth and watery for a 6.3%
alcohol beer but interesting at that, very drinkable.

I could drink this on tap for a cheap happy hour price.

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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 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 chinchill
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
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 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 droomyster
4.05/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper with fingers of off-white head with good retention. Aromas are predominantly hoppy, with sweet caramel malts also weighing in. The hoppy aroma is characterized by orange citrus, floral, and piney notes; strengthwise, they are considerably more subdued than those of other IPAs, but good nonetheless. The flavors are consistent with the nose and again, are not as overwhelming as those of many other IPAs, but tasty just the same. The medium body is extremely smooth. Finishes with orange zest lingering long. A highly drinkable beer. Easily the best of the Dundees.

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Photo of G2Brew
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured at 45 degrees from a bottle into a chilled beer mug. No "best by" date.

A - Medium amber with an orange-ish tint (right out of the BJCP) with rising bubbles early, about a finger of yellow-white foam with average persistence, and some nice lacing. Good clarity. Nothing bad, nothing exceptional.

S - Light aroma: some sweet and biscuit malt under floral, grassy, citrusy hops.

T - This flavor profile is textbook IPA, right out of the BJCP. I've found that to be true of all the Dundees I've tasted. Nothing unexpected, not exceptional, but solid and true to type. This beer leans toward the English rather than the American IPA profile. Citrusy, herbal, floral hops is forward of light malt flavors, slightly toasty, and a little caramel.

M - Medium body and medium-high carbonation give a smooth, yet crisp mouthfeel. Less body than is typical of an American IPA, but about right, I think, for an English-style IPA.

D - The IPA is my favorite Dundee, but Dundee is far from my favorite IPA. That said, this is a good, drinkable beer, and for the money, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better IPA. Very straightforward, and a good example of what an English IPA ought to taste like. I'll buy this to share, because of the price and the relative lightness and crispness that will allow one to drink several bottles over the course of a hot afternoon. But don't mistake me: this is not an "IPA light." It's the real deal, just not as heavy as some.

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Photo of Duff27
2.74/5  rDev -15.7%
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 industrialswill
3.94/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

She's got a dark walnut hue, thin head and pretty well carbonated.
The smell and taste reminds me of fruitcake. There is just enough of a hoppy bite to satisfy my expectations for an IPA. Each sip is boozy enough to remind me of home brewed country wine.
Quite alot going on here for an 89 cent beer!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.57/5  rDev +9.8%
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 curasowa
3.76/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden yellow color with 1 finger of head that fades with chunky lacing

Aroma: Earthy hops over toasted, caramel malt

Taste: Grassy, earthy hop bitterness up front over a nice, medium body before the carbonation prickles the tongue in the middle. Goes out with a more piney, sharp hop bitterness into a lingering finish.

The Rest: Body is medium, and almost creamy and drinkability is good. An different hop profile than most IPA's, with more of an earthy-hop feel up front. I do appreciate that they didn't try to play the hoppiest IPA game.

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Dundee India Pale Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.25 out of 5 with 811 ratings
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