Tuesday, December 15, 2009

168. Avery duganA IPA

This is our second beer from Avery Brewing Company, which is in Boulder, CO. Our last beer was their 16th Anniversary Ale, which was delicious.

duganA has a hoppy piney malty caramelly nose; it does develop some grassy aromas as it warms. Colorwise, duganA is a clear copper with a white head that laces the glass a bit. The bready malt and caramel front gives way to a big hop bitterness in the middle, with spicy & resin hops flavors leading the way into a sweet and bitter finish, both of which linger on the palate. duganA has a medium to heavy body; there is some warmth and stickiness in the mouthfeel, as well as a little tongue curling from the heavy hop load. The warmth seems to be a combination of hops and alcohol—there is a warming astringent characteristic in the beer, as well as a good dose of heat felt in the chest after swallowing the beer. A good beer, but nothing particularly stands out. For Elli, there is way too much malt going on. As she observes, “I understand the hoppy impulse, but why ruin it? The big sugary malt load makes me not want to drink it.” I’m less cynical about the lack of balance—my criticism would be that this is too much of a DIPA and not enough of an IPA. The bigger sweetness to carry the increased hop load also reciprocally limits the effectiveness and potential subtlety of the larger hop load.

From the bottle: “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.”

From the Avery website: “Limited release. Inaugural batch was released in early October '09. Brewed whenever we have a little extra tank space and a desire for dank hops!”

ABV: 8.5%
OG: 1.076
IBU: 93
Hops: Chinook, Centennial & Columbus
Malts: 2-row, Dark aromatic, & Caramel


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