Monday, May 9

Beer Review: Avery Brewing Dugana IPA

Saw this at Belmont Station today. Had to try it. I have read a little about it, and saw nothing by good reviews.


As usual, a fancy package with a very fantasy-like artful image on the label. Reminds me of the old Rowena, Boris, and Ploog cards I used to collect a lot of.

The beer ranks in at 8.5% Alc. by Vol. which pretty much puts it into double IPA category. Bottle states 93 IBU's. Here we go...

Look: (3.5)
- Pours a clear new penny copper color with a light & bright white foam that quickly leaves but a ring of bright white creamy head, and some scattered traces floating about. Subtle yeast floaties, just a dusting floating about.

Smell: (4.0)
- Big fruity blast, earthy and grassy hops, wet hops, wet dog, grain, caramel, sweet fruit salad, and a roasted candied touch. A little nutty Waldorph's salad in there.

Taste: (4.0)
- Smooth caramel, roasted caramel, candy, fruity hops, and bitter pine and dry-hopped madness. All melded together extremely well. This tastes so clean. Like a new heated steel tank, deflowered with fine beer. Well made, and slightly sweet.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Overall it is a medium bodied, slightly syrupy brew. Slightly chewy and drying. Sweetness keeps the palate dripping and begging for hops.

Overall: (4.0)
- A very well made beer, and very true to the style of an imperial pale ale. This certainly isn't a west coast IPA by any means, but a very well made hoppy beer from Boulder, Colorado. Worth seeking, and having a few!

B+ / 3.98

(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)

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