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 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 Dave128
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz twistoff bottle into a unibroue tulip.

A - A rigorous pour yields a pretty weak fizzy head that dissipates quickly. There are a few spots leftover in the very thin disk that remains. Color is dark amber which is slightly cloudy. Lacing is slight but not great.

S - Don't really get anything on the nose of this one. Just faint hops and amber malt.

T - Not as bad as I expected. It actually has some pretty strong flavors despite its lack of smell. It is nice and sweet up front from the amber malt but then there is a pungent bitterness which brings no flavor with it. Its as if the alpha acid is put in as an additive to this beer rather than boiling with hops.

M - A little too heavy on the carbonation but pretty crisp considering the lighter body.

O - Not one I would reach for again - especially when put up in the same category as SN Torpedo.

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Photo of tut2528
3.36/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a light orange/peach color, with a nice 2 fingers worth of cream white head formation with very nice lacing.

S: strong piney hops, slight orange peel and lemon zest aroma compliment the hops but they are mild at best. not really getting much else in the nose here

T: plain and basic. has a slight malt backbone that holds orange peel and piney hop bitterness. slightl bready/biscuit notes are also picked up.

M: on the lighter side of medium, nice carbonation and decent bitter after taste that is left on the palate.

O: not much to really talk about here. this is as basic off an IPA as you can get, but with that being said, it is quite drinkable and pretty well balanced.

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Photo of BonzoTour
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In the glass a moderate amber with a 1-finger head and good lacing.

A citrus-piney aroma with a hint of grain.

The well-balanced taste started with slightly sweet caramel moved to malted grains and finished with the hops aspect that was less bitter than I expected.

A crisp, medium body beer feel with some carbonation and no excess alcohol overtones.

I could drink more than one of these at a setting.

For an IPA the bitterness is adequately balanced out by the caramel overtones. I thought it could use a little more carbonation. Overall I enjoyed this beer more than what I thought I would considering the price and where it came from.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

absolutely the worst beer ever. So bitter that bitter beer face doesn't describe it. So nasty it doesn't even deserve to be called beer. Maybe it is the green label on the label that makes it so unappealing. However this brewery does have one good quality. Honey Brown. The total opposite of India Pale.

not a bad beer this one took awhile to get the flavor to speak to me.

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Photo of Kulrak
3.67/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coppery gold color with 2cm of creamy white head that's slowly fading away. Smells of hops, citrus and yeast, just about right for an IPA. The taste is very hoppy and bitter, with a sour aftertaste. Not much in the way of sweetness or maltiness, but again, it's just about right for an IPA. Mouthfeel is very light and creamy. Overall, it's a very nice IPA with lots of hops. Could use a little malt to go with it, but it's not bad for an IPA.

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Photo of beertunes
3.15/5  rDev -4.8%
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 biggred1
3.26/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coppery golden with a creamy ecru cap that leaves some spotty, fine lace on the glass. The aroma is the weak part of this beer to me personally, light toasted grain and a mild whiff of citrusy hop. Light, caramel and toasty grain flavors with just enough fruity hops to balance. This beer is not really bitter at all, just slightly dry in the finish. Medium light bodied with fine carbonation. A good beer but not anything a hardcore "beer geek" would want. Refreshing lawnmower beer, currently 104 degrees in Indy!

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Photo of SmashPants
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Pretty funky label, at least it's different. Good quality 355mL brown bottle.

Appearance: clear amber colouring. I expected more haze. Decent frothy head with good retention.

Aroma: sweet citrus aromas with plenty of hops - lots and lots, per the style.

Taste: sweet malts and light grains, light orange, lemon and a little candy before a bitter finish.

Aftertaste: certainly brings the bitterness through, not much of the flavours left, but you get a good bitter kick

Mouth feel: somewhat lower carbonation, with a medium body. Surprised there isn't more carbonation to carry more hop flavours through.

Overall: grains and malts with citrus overtones. Very strong, per the American IPA style. I think this one might be a good one to use as a stepping-stone into the world of heavily hopped beers.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another taste trip to the states, and I must admit the yanks know how to brew a robust craft beer with dominant gob smacking hops and fresh flavour, I'm sure this IPA will be no exception and I'm looking forward to trying it out, at $16 a six pack it's a bargain (yes; we do pay too much for alcohol in Australia).

Poured from a 355ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: This brew presents with a cloudy almost coppery body and a foamy slight beige head which when left to sit for a moment dissipates down to a 5 millimetre lacing, alright.

S: More noticeable than the hops is a toasted biscuit base, it's almost like a biscuit (or 'cookie' for US readers) that's come straight out of the oven... much more biscuity than the ANZAC Biscuit beer I tried last year. There are some faint spicy hops on the nose. Interesting this aroma is more what you would expect from an English IPA.

T: Sweet caramel malt mid palate followed by a little sharp twang of some spicy bitter hops. There is an interesting mix here: a caramel and biscuit malt base with some light tasting hops that seem to somewhat trash the taste buds with bitterness at the end, I like bitter beers but I think the balance could be better with the hops and malt base having a touch more intensity.

M: Very standard IPA mouthfeel; mid to heavy body with light carbonation, quite decent here.

D: It's good... with a caveat: the bitterness is a bit of a session spoiler. Can I handle it? Sure, but your average beer drinkers might be turned off by this and overall I like to rate between the average of my tastes and the tastes of the general population, in this instance it is a thumbs up for me but a probable thumbs down for others.

Food match: Again this is where the bitterness makes it difficult to cater to, my choice would be strong and fresh flavours; Thai and Vietnamese are good picks.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a balloon glass. The beer is a nice deep copper, rusted orange comes to mind. A foamy tan head recedes to a wisp but there's loads of sticky lacing. The beer smells fragrant, but not overly so. Citrus rind is really what i get the most, with a nice grassy, floral undertone, very mellow and not as bitingly sour and harsh as some can be. The taste is very pleasant. Certainly enough hoppy bitterness to know what you're drinking, but also a smooth mellow component as well. Very well balanced. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry finish.

Overall, a tasty IPA. Not as "Bold and Bitter" as the bottle suggests, more smooth and well defined. Tasty, and easily drinkable.

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Photo of MrKennedy
2.79/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle from Woolworths Liquor, West Ryde, poured into a Golden Monkey tulip.

Old gold colour, decent clarity, top foam retention and some spotty lacing.

Smells like oldish sweaty pine, slight metallic aroma. Bready malt comes through as well.

Plenty of bready malt here to work from, but not much working off it. Metallic, like beer soaked coins to a small extent. Have i raided a tip jar? Its really the malt that this is all about though.

Slightly thin up front, the malt kicks in and then some slight bitterness, metallic bitterness, at the end. Not great in this department.

Really nice, consistent malt profile in this. Shame that there's nothing else to get you going back for more.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a golden color with a billowy off white head. The head has a fairly good level of retention but eventually fades to give a medium amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is sweet and malty. A caramel and bready aroma are the heaviest. These are mixed with lighter citrus and floral notes. A nice sweeter aroma, but a little lacking on the hoppy aromas for an IPA.

Taste – Starts out with a more busicity malt flavor. There is a very light caramel in the tongue at the start, but it is much lighter then would have been anticipated from the nose. After the initial biscuit (which is a base throughout the taste) flavors of citrus come to the tongue. It’s is a medium to light level of hoppiness. At the very end some of the caramel sweetness that was detected in the nose comes into the taste and mixes with the citrus hop flavors bringing the taste to its finish.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation level of this brew is slightly below normal with the body being just a tad above normal thickness. The body accentuates the flavors well and the lower carbonation does the same. Not bad.

Overall – It has some nice flavors, but is lacking in one of the key components of an India Pale Ale – a nice hop presence. If looking for a light hopped affordable IPA this is one to go for.

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

A= copper-gold with fairly nice white head.

S= bready malts, nice hops.

T= thick malts followed quickly by green malts and a good measure of hops and bitters.

M= clean, slightly bready, slightly astringent from what is probably the hops bitters.

O= a rather nice surprise.

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Photo of MrOH
2.71/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear copper with a finger of white foam. Quick to recede. Splotchy lace.

Floral and spicy hops, rich caramel hops on the nose. A touch of grapefruit.

A nice, subtle blend of floral, spice, and citrus hops over a sturdy caramel malt backbone. I'm guessing that this is a throwback to the 90s IPA, Willamette and Cascade over 2row with mid-range caramel malts. Not bad at all, and proof that the American IPA had solid footing to begin with.

Medium bodied with lowish carb. Suits the beer.

Definitely not my favorite IPA, not by a long shot. But drinkable, flavorful, and enjoyable.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass

A: golden-amber colored body with a thin head that dissipates instantly, barely any lacing

S: fruity leaning closer to a lemon aroma, floral with some light notes of pine as well

T: lemon/fruitiness to it and hops

M: light to medium, strangely sessionable, decent amount of carbonation felt, no aftertaste, bland finish

O: not a bad IPA, not the greatest, but decent. I would have this only on tap again.

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Photo of wages
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4/5 - slightly hazy copper color and a one finger white head that quickly disappears.

smell - 4/5 - strong malt aroma followed by a subtle hop aroma

Taste - 3.5/5 - fairly sweet/malty followed by a mineral type of flavor (from the water?) and earthy hops. I find the mineral and earthy flavors a little off putting.

Mouthfeel - 3/5 - moderate carbonation, maybe a little light. A strange aftertaste is left behind.

Overall - 3.5/5 - overall, its not bland but it seems that way. Perhaps its just not my taste.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.02/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Crystal clear amber body, beneath a finger of white foam. Light lacing follows.

S - Light on hops, sweet caramel.

T - Very mild hop flavour and bitterness, some apricot and caramel malt.

M - Watery thin, low carbonation.

O - Pretty piss weak IPA, but I suppose it may work OK as an introduction into craft for macro heads.

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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 blakelive784
2.83/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a pint glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a nearly transparent copper color with meek looking, tan one finger head. Retention is poor. Pretty generic.

S - Heavy, heavy caramel. The balance is surprisingly biased towards the malt. Light grassy hops notes are there, but definitely are not the focus. It's simple and imbalanced (and not the normal IPA imbalanced).

T - The balance is far better than the nose predicted, but it's still very simple. A crystal malt overload precedes a semi-bitter finish. The hops are very light, grassy and floral. I actually like whichever hops variety was used quite a bit, and wish there was more of it.

M - Medium bodied, and oddly thick.

D - It's not bad though it's largely unremarkable and forgettable. I'd pass on it in the future. I've yet to be impressed by a beer from Dundee yet.

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Photo of mulder1010
2.79/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip
Odd little find at Dan Murphy's in Eastwood when was sent off to go buy wine for the Girlfriend.

A-- Poured a clear golden amber color. Lots of little carbonation bubbles on the sides of the glass. One finger off white head that rapidly went to film. Good head retention on swirling. Swirled two fingers worth. Left spongy, web like lacing on fading back t,o film. Not bad looking.

S-- Fresh cut grass smell, mixed with some floral notes and a it of metal. Not a real impressive nose at all.

T-- Bread, grass, white pepper, metallic, and floral. Little bits of lemon in the front. Decent sized malt backbone. Meh.

M-- Grassy, metallic feel with slight bits of bread and a metallic lemon citrus finish. Gets really heavy as it warms up and at times too sweet.

O-- More English style than US style and still not that great. Commercial version of a IPA.

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Photo of PolarBear3
3.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a orange/amber in colour with light frothy white head that dissipates slowly.

S - Very sweet citrus aromas , orange with sweet malts.

T - Sweet malts and light grainy notes with orange and some lemon and a little candy before a slightly bitter finish.

M - Medium body with med to high carbonation

O - A very refreshing beer that goes down fairly well but there are definately better IPA's out there.

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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 Cylinsier
2.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz.

Pours an amber orange/gold color, white head dissipates slowly.

Smells of floral hops, strongly, and of some lighter malts and grains.

Taste is sweet floral hoppy, maybe a hint of honey as well, and the malts are buried a bit. It's borderline cloying.

Feel is moderate, bubbly carbonation throughout.

Not bad, but somehow too sweet, which I can't believe I'm saying. Not an IPA I could drink a lot of because of this, but perhaps worth trying once or twice.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Dundee sampler has no business having an IPA this good. It has a good floral taste.Not much is going on aroma wise, and the look is just above average (a little flat, but OK lace and nice color).

The taste is a bit off, with a metalic overtone and after taste. But it is still good. You should never refuse one of these, but don't buy them expecting top tier stuff, it is not.

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Dundee India Pale Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
3.31 out of 5 based on 810 ratings.
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