Avery duganA Double IPA

I found this beer at my local Stew Leonard’s Wine shop in Clifton NJ.  I bought this beer for two reasons, first I’ve never had an Avery IPA and second I didn’t have any IPA on my shelves at home.  No IPA’s on hand for a hop head is a problem; I seem to have every other style of beer at the ready.  The DuganA IPA is Avery’s Double IPA, which they proclaim to be “brutally bitter”.  Lets see just how this beer holds up!avery_duganA2

Avery describes this beer:

Lupulin Rapture Incarnate! As fervent  devotees of hops, we found ourselves on a quest to create a transcendental IPA capable of quenching our voracious lupulin desires. Our mantra became “unity of bitterness, hop flavor and aroma.” Enlightened, duganA IPA was born: A brutally bitter, dank, piney and resinous ale designed for those seeking a divine hop experience.



The beer poured out a crystal clear amber color with gold/orange highlights.  The head was fairly billowy for a couple of minutes before receding back into the beer.  Initially not much in the way of head retention,  a second pour out of the 22oz bottle lead to significantly more head retention.  I must have not have done a good job cleaning the glass.


Avery DuganA DIPA

Avery DuganA DIPA

At 93 Ibu’s listed on the bottle at 8.5% abv,  I’m expecting a big nose.  Thankfully, I was not let down.  The beer has a very deep piney, citrus aroma with hints of brown sugar.  it is a very pleasing aroma to me.  While I dig some IPA’s that have the floral bubble gum citrus flavors, I love the deep piney smell more like in this beer.


Although, the problem I usually have with the deep piney aroma I love, is the beers are usually to bitter for my palate.  Now, the bottle of Avery DuganA describes this as a “Brutaly bitter” beer. Well folks, it is just that!  It was a very bitter bitter.  There is a ton of caramel malt up that blasted by a citrus hop burst then a earthy lingering bitterness.  While a bitter beer, unlike a lot of others I’ve had, that bitterness didn’t compound on it’s self, but left you with a seriously hoppy beer.

Glassware: Tulip or narrow goblet

Calories:with an Original Gravity of 1.076 it would have fermented down to about 1.012 to achieve 8.5%abv, resulting in about 260 calories per 12 oz.

Overall Impression:

It was as the bottle describes, intensely bitter, dank, piney resinous ale.  If that is what you are looking for in a DIPA, then you have found your beer.  I felt the bitterness was intense, but didn’t cross the over that overbearing line (but not by much).  Also the aroma, was amazing, intense and piney… loved it!  Good beer, go out and try some if you can get it.


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9 Responses to “Avery duganA Double IPA”

  1. Deverie Says:

    This was my absolute favorite beer of 2009 – so good. I think they hit the nail on the head with “Lupulin Rapture Incarnate”! We wrote about a few more of our favorites here if you want to check it out: http://dcbeer.com/2009/12/17/2009-a-year-for-beer/

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  3. Simply Beer Says:

    Thanks for the link, I’ll check out your review. Like I said usually not a huge fan of brutally bitter, but I really enjoyed this one!

  4. nate Says:

    I had this a couple of weeks ago and loved it. I hadn’t bought hoppy beer in a while, but after my wife had the baby, she developed a serious taste for a well balanced IPA. I thought the Dugan was outstanding, and may buy a bottle for my cellar. I think you reviewed it accurately.

    I think I prefer the Maharajah though. You ought to give that a whirl!

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  5. Simply Beer Says:

    thanks Nate. If I see the Maharajah, I’ll be sure to get some.

    I’ve seen some pretty weird stuff in the captcha box, makes me laugh sometimes

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  7. Mike - MikeLovesBeer.com Says:

    I tried this at a local bar a month back and enjoyed it but definitely agree with Nate that I like Maharaja better.

  8. Simply Beer Says:

    well good thing I found a bottle last night!

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