This American-style IPA from Cool Beer Brewing Company Incorporated in Toronto, Ontario pours a clear, rusty amber colour with a small, tan-coloured head that gets retained as a collar and leaves a small amount of lace. Duggan’s No. 9 IPA (formerly brewed by Duggan’s Brewery) has a nice citrus hop tang to the aroma, along with a sweet roasted malt and dark caramel backing.
Duggan’s No. 9 IPA tastes tangy at the front of the tongue before a solid chocolaty malt backing kicks in. Citrus appears at almost the same time as the malts, creating a rather unique chocolate-orange flavour. This strong beer is very easy-going, with little to no trace of its ABV until you actually feel it. It goes a bit thin on the back-end before a solidly bitter aftertaste takes over.
The packaging of Duggan’s No. 9 IPA uses a black, white and yellow colour scheme and hard lines to create an almost industrial look. The logo is simply the number nine inside a capital D printed on the slightly undersized 275 mL bottle. There is no freshness dating or ingredients list, but the sleeve does have a brief description of the beer and the now-defunct brewery from which it originated.
I’m really hoping to see Duggan’s No. 9 IPA outside of Toronto-area LCBO stores now that it’s being brewed by a company with a wide distribution chain. Cool Beer Brewing Company Incorporated was lucky to secure Mike Duggan as brewmaster, because frankly this is the best beer they produce and it’s leagues beyond their other offerings like Millennium Buzz Beer.
Type: American IPA
Region: Ontario, Toronto
Brewery: Cool Beer Brewing Company Incorporated
Format Purchased: 6 x 275 mL
Alcohol Content: 6.2%