Duggan's #9 IPA | Cool Beer Brewing Co.

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Duggan's #9 IPADuggan's #9 IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cool Beer Brewing Co.
Ontario, Canada
coolbeer.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Now produced here: http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/38011/

Added by Viggo on 05-22-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
56
Reviews:
17
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
13.11%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 56 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of Pmicdee
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johanschmidt
2.26/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

The summary section says this isn't produced any more, but I bought it today and have seen in consistently in the LCBO (and it seems to be restocked often) so I think it is still produced.

Anyways, the colour is a deep red, somewhat atypical of an IPA, carbonation seems pretty low. The smell is primarily wheat, though there are definitely some hops.

When it comes to taste, I'm not a fan. It's bitter, but without the characteristic bitterness of hops. I don't taste anything besides that bitterness and wheat, and honestly it seems pretty one dimensional. I'm a fan of both IPAs and non-hoppy beers of all types, but this doesn't really taste good in any category. Maybe for some people this would be good, but to me it just seemed boring.

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Photo of WeissBoy
2.58/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Photo of mark_mla
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice offering. Only had on tap at the Sip Club, numerous times...

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Photo of barflybastard
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of dfuls
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of atsir
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JahTurbo
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ChrisCage
2.71/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3

A- Pours a hazed bronze color with some noticeable carbonation bubbles rising in many fine looking columns. The head is decent.....it is off white and a marshmallow like texture, although it becomes thin after a short time. The lacing is weak, leaving behind a patchy, watery film. Nothing special but nothing offensive to look at overall.

S- For an IPA, this smells weak. It actually leans more to the sweeter, maltier side of things that reminds me more of what an EPA would smell like. There's yeasty/biscuit like aroma that is pleasant to my nose as well. Hop aroma profile is mild at best....not what I expected overall.

T- Hmmm....this is a very bland tasting IPA! This really has no qualities of the style flavor wise in my opinion. Very malt forward and while there is a slightly lingering bitter hop finish, it's not even close to making me pucker. There are some citrus and/or piney flavor happening but it is more like the essence of rather than bold, forward taste.

M/O- I will say that this is incredibly smooth and velvety on the palate...it's quite nice in that regard! It's medium bodied with tap like carbonation, and I really like that aspect too....it's like I'm at the pub consistency wise. This is actually a highly drinkable beer that I think would appeal to the masses, as it's quite mild in all the main categories, plus the alcohol is hidden very well. I don't think that it's a great example of the style but I don't hate it either.....may give this a chance sometime in the future if given the opportunity to buy it but most likely will pass....unless it's on tap at a random pub!

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Photo of lgmol
2.74/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of thehyperduck
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

473 mL can picked up at the LCBO; no packaging information. For one of the first big IPAs to be released in this province, I'm shocked at how long it took me to find a sample of this. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a deep, clear copper-amber colour, topped with roughly two fingers' worth of resilient, creamy off-white froth. Retention is quite good; it takes over five minutes to wilt down into a more manageable half-cm cap, with gobs of lacing left clinging to the glass. This is a nice-looking beer, but the aroma is decidedly average - caramel malt sweetness is quite prominent, with additional notes of earthy pine sap and candied citrus. Appropriate for the style, I suppose.

Duggan's #9 has been on the market for years now - it is a product of an earlier time, and the malt-forwardness of this IPA really accentuates that fact. The malt backbone is dominated by caramel and biscuity sweetness, with a slight pineapple vibe coming through mid-sip. The hops surge forth toward the tail end, providing hints of pine sap and orange citrus. An earthy, leafy bitterness concludes the profile; combined with the sturdy malt bill, it leaves a bittersweet aftertaste behind on the palate. Medium-bodied, with restrained carbonation levels that provide this brew with a rather smooth, silky sort of feel in the mouth. Easy to knock back for the abv, but not something I'd want to stick with all night.

Final Grade: 3.67, a B grade. Duggan's #9 IPA is not a particularly interesting example of this style, but it's definitely a serviceable one. This stuff was probably a godsend back in 2010, back before most OCBs had ever bothered to brew an American-style hopped ale - but it just doesn't quite cut the mustard these days. Ontario's brewing scene has moved past this beer, but #9 would still make a good introduction to the style for anyone curious - the hops are strong but not overpowering, and the overall flavour profile is very approachable. English IPA fans would also likely appreciate this one. Give it a shot, but don't expect a home run.

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Photo of jaxray8
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of mjacquard
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473 ml can served cold into a Keith's pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for $2.75 CDN.

Appearance - dark amber color, with brown hues. Topped by close to a finger of off white head. Quite clear and few visible bubbles. Poor head retention.

Smell - some light citrus smell, pineapple namely but dominated by the malty aroma. Caramel and butterscotch show up large here.

Taste - a bit fruity like overripe pineapple and mango. Blended in with sweet caramel malts.mild bitterness throughout. Reminds me of railway city's dead elephant.

Mouthfeel - smooth, full bodied yet the taste is a bit thin. Moderate carbonation.

Overall - not a bad IPA, but in my mid one of the weaker ones in Ontario. For those liking a bigger malt bill and overripe fruit flavor, this is definitely one for you.

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Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Purchased at the LCBO as a single. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- 4.25- Opens well and pours small head that is gone in no time. Nice dark amber. Nice!

S- 4.0- Tons of malt. Goodly amount of hops but the malt overpowers. Caramel as typical

T- 3.75- Lack of substantial dry hopping here. The malt clearly shines though. APA all the way

M- 3.75- Rather good but a touch heavy for the flavor.

O- 4.05- Pretty good beer. Enjoyable as a starter for one before moving on to something else.

Food Pairing

This nice little APA went well with........ Dynamite Sushi Roll

Enjoy!

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Photo of schnarr84
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of ThinkAgain
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of headstash
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of valianes
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of TerryW
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Lots of malt and burnt brown sugar up front, plenty of hops at the backend. Drinks at two extremes, sturdy, big presence across the board. Good looking beer, coppery with a big long-lived head. Plenty of lace. Nose dominated by malt and sugar.

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Photo of papat444
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%

Alright, bit too biscuity, hops are present but leans towards malt.

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Photo of hunterjames
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of woody1138
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

Photo of Cramshawbar
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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Duggan's #9 IPA from Cool Beer Brewing Co.
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