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duganA India Pale Ale by Avery Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA
8.50 % ABV

Review by Ricarrdo on 02/28/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 17 5 8 0
Pleasantly surprising beer from Avery. And while it says it is highly hopped, the hops, once again, are overwhelmed by the malt – not too much as in some other beers (like the Dreadnaught IPA). The pour is from a 22oz. bottle - a nice dark golden amber to light red with not a big head. The initial nose is of a bit of grapefruit, but is sweet and malty. First taste, at least for me, is a knockdown of the malt sweetness and then some nice hop bitterness. The finish is a bit weak, given the alcohol level, but still a nice beer. What never ceases to amaze me is the temerity of brewers and reviewers who claim a beer like this is hoppy – while it may very well be – certainly I can taste hops, but the hops are so overwhelmed by the malt (one would assume to raise the alcohol level?), that it takes away from the experience – at least for hop heads. Russian River and Alpine seem to be able to get the alcohol high and the hops plentiful w/out ruining the beer with malt. I am beginning to think that many breweries and reviewers can’t really taste the malt…

Price: $7.99 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 12/07/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 2009
Orangified peachy color, almost copper, clear in body. A small, finger high, thickly placed capping of spongey, cream colored foam that flattens out slowly to a thick skim. Lots of lacing coats the glass with a decent sheeting.

Aroma is quite juicy and pungent with one large and in charge tropical citrus fruityness with peachy orange juice and mango laced pink grapefruit. Ahh nosey nose of juicy fresh hops, how nice are thee to escape my glass with glee.

Taste has a fairly big toasted grazing within the meld of hoppy tropical citrusy fruits as it stays more atuned to a milder mix of pineapple and peach fuzzy buzz and a grapefruity drying bitterness that slips into the finish as it maintains a well-rounded sweet caramel malt backing and mango in the mid range. Finishes with lots of hoppy buzz, zip, and zing as a touch of lemon and lime intensify the forward power of crunch and crisp in its finishing tones.

Feel is pretty big and lively with lots of hoppy citrusy action and a big engaging body that really lasts as it dazzles the palate with all sorts of hoppy citrified sizzle and tone. The balance of the malts does its job very well in the middle, then allows the hops back in at the finish to allow for all sorts of complex citrusy stuff to play around.

Quite a nice Dbl IPA by Avery here. Enjoyable to the fullest as its balance and tone is fitting and easy enough for a finely displayed hoppyness of citrusy fun and fuzzyness. I also like the classy, artistic label with the whimsically erotic, fantasy-like women floating within her sheeted-like clothing.

Price: $7.00 Served In: Pint Glass

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