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The Avery Dugana Double IPA, Smuttynose IPA, & Oskar Blues Gubna Imperial IPA

Avery Gubna Double IPA 300x300 The Avery Dugana Double IPA, Smuttynose IPA, & Oskar Blues Gubna Imperial IPABy Matt Goldstein & Pat Smith

During a weekend of absolute debauchery in Atlantic City with all you can eat and drink comps, ringside seats at the fight, hot rocks at the craps table and insidious bar hopping and the March Madness Beer Championship, we unselfishly took the time out to review a few beers.  The Avery Dugna Double IPA and Oskar Blues Gubna Imperial IPA certainly have an interesting take on America’s top craft beer style. 

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The Avery Dugna Double IPA

The Dugna Double IPA is made with Chinook, Centennial and Columbus hops and malted with Two-row barley, dark aromatic and caramel malts.  The Avery philosophy behind creating this beer was “unity of bitterness, hop flavor and aroma.”  Well, that philosophy certainly hit the mark.  This complex and refined double IPA is gold in color and has a strong bitterness character with a solid grapefruit flavor.  Dry and bitter with a good hop flavor with a good bite, the Dugna is a solid all around IPA.  The Avery Dugna Double IPA is a must try!  For food pairing, Avery eating creamy, cheesy dishes such as pasta carbonara, fettucini alfredo or pepperoni pizza.   OG: 1.076  ABV: 8.5%  IBUs: 93

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oskar blues gubna imperial ipa 300x137 The Avery Dugana Double IPA, Smuttynose IPA, & Oskar Blues Gubna Imperial IPAOskar Blues Gubna Imperial IPA

Made with German Dark Munich Malt, Rye Malt and North American 2-row barley, the Gubna Imperial IPA is an absolute wild taste for an IPA.  Hopped once with Summit Hops, the Gubna is sweet, malty, with notes of honey and a thick mouth feel.  Again, this is a wild and awesome taste for an IPA.  The Gubna is a thick sweet and oily beer.  Oskar Blues does it again and again.  10% ABV, 100 IBUs

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smuttynose ipa 281x300 The Avery Dugana Double IPA, Smuttynose IPA, & Oskar Blues Gubna Imperial IPASmuttynose Finestkind IPA

The Smuttynose Finestkind IPA won gold medal at the GABF in 2004 for the best American beer.  Craft beer  has changed a lot over the last few years but the Smuttynose IPA is still solid.  Dry hopped and unfiltered, the Smuttynose IPA has a solid grapefruit flavor and is sweet with great bite.  It’s dry and full flavored with a great finish and notes of malts, and bitter hops.  6.5% ABV, 65 IBUs 

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