Dragonmead Juggernaut Double Red Ale - Dragonmead Microbrewery
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Ratings: 21 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by MDDMD:
4/5 rDev +0.5%
A-red amber color with a decent off-white head and good lacing
S-caramel malt, citrus, pine, light fruit
T-caramel malt, fruit, little citrus, light pine, mild to moderate bitter finish
F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth
O-I enjoyed this beer, solid example of the style
03-24-2014 04:32:04 | More by MDDMD
More User Reviews:
4.43/5 rDev +11.3%
Had from cask at Dragonmead.
A_Beautiful bright red with a thick off white head that lasted forever. Very impressing looking beer.
S_Tart fruit, caramel malt,and bitter hops.
T_Sweet caramel malt and fruit up front.Nice bitter finish. Little boozy.
M_Thick, creamy,and full bodied.
07-04-2010 14:30:12 | More by nickadams2
4.1/5 rDev +3%
On tap at the Dragonmead Brew Pub.
Poured a deeper amberish color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of lots of hops. Pine, citrus and earthy. I would have guessed IPA or IIPA on this. Tastes of the same hoppiness with caramel, and toasted malts. Alcohol content well hidden.
01-03-2009 03:36:03 | More by hopdog
4.5/5 rDev +13.1%
Ah, my first review in a series of many to come from the Dragonmead Brewery in Warren Michigan. While Dragonmead is well known for making great Belgian, English, and German beer, my favorite still is the Juggernaut Double Red, an American Imperial Red Ale. Something about this beer just really stands out as being special for me, and is always a staple everytime I go to the brewery (except the few times it's not on tap ;( ).
Served into a pub pint glass on tap at the brewery itself.
For starters, it has the most beautiful appearance of an unmolded ruby, it's a bit cloudy but a very attractive and somewhat deep red color. It always pours with a nice 2-3 finger head that slowly dissipates into foamy ring. The beer is well carbonated with a small amount of bubbly activity going on as the beer sparkles in the light.
It smells of hop aroma, citrus, and some malts, particularly cascade. The taste definitely derives from the smell, as the delicious citrus taste is accented with a not too overbearing hoppy bite, that finishes a bit bitter and slightly creamy, but it works so well here. In the mouth, it's a bit thick, but feels consistent and strong. The ABV is well hidden for a beer with 8% ABV, and I could easily be deceived by the alcohol content if I didn't know better.
Overall, this is still my favorite Imperial red ale. I've had many in that subcategory, and while they're usually quite excellent, I think Juggernaut is the most well balanced between it's bitter flavor and hops, with the tangible sweetness in the initial taste. Sadly, this beer is not yet bottled by Dragonmead, and is usually not one of the beers Dragonmead distributes to other bars and pubs in Michigan, meaning you'll either need to visit the brewery, or know someone who can send you a growler to try it.
Until next time, stay thirsty!
11-14-2013 17:52:19 | More by Morakaton
4.25/5 rDev +6.8%
Sampled on 4-10-09
Bottled on 4-4-09
Pours a mostly clear and super thick red/brown color, with an immense off-white head that lasts an inch above the surface of the beer.
Smell is cotton-candy sweetness, with hop earthiness to back it up. Very cool, but the sweetness does get a little old after awhile.
Taste is strong hops right away, slightly buttery with sizable bitterness at the end. A little bit of roasted malt comes through in the aftertaste, with very well moderated alcohol. Extremely tasty.
Mouthfeel is good, very creamy and great with the hops.
Drinkability is very good, I'm going to have to be careful with this growler.
Overall, a great beer that is very well made. I'd love to be able to get it more often.
04-10-2009 20:58:51 | More by BMoney575
3.78/5 rDev -5%
A-Deep copper with a red tinted thin light tan ring. Left no lace.
S-The faintest of sweet malt aromas and nothing else. Not sure what to think about this.
T-Sugary sweet and smooth with a nice spicy hoppy kick. Nice combo.
M-Medium body with a great smoothnes. Feels very "slick".
D-Good hop bite with very healthy malt backbone. The impressive smoothness makes this one easy to drink.
09-26-2008 08:36:54 | More by Deuane
4.03/5 rDev +1.3%
A- A deep ruby red with some orange highlights. A massive off white head with amazing retention. The beer is ever so slightly hazy.
S- Very fruity with a candy like aroma. I get cotton candy and red licorice with some orange rind and caramel. There is a buttery aspect as well. Very appealing, but just a tad too sweet.
T- Sweet up front with a strong bitterness that kicks right in. The same as the aroma, but a bit stronger. This is sweet and beastly, but enjoyable.
M- Smooth and dry with a nice hop oiliness. A slightly sticky aftertaste.
D- Sweet, flavorful, and enjoyable. A little on the rich side, but it is enjoyable. One of the better beers from Dragonmead.
04-11-2009 00:30:35 | More by david131
4.4/5 rDev +10.6%
According to Larry @ Dragonmead, Double Red Ale is the style, which is a new one for the 2006 world beer cup. (http://www.beertown.org/events/wbc/competition/reg_info/style_descr.html)
Thanks to Smittysguinness for the trade!
Brilliant dark ruby red with a thick tan/offwhite head. Small bubbles rise lazilly to the surface and the head retains and laces well.
Smells mostly of sweet grains with a hint of butter, and maybe... cocoa butter?
WOW! Tastes start out syrupy sweet candied fruity esthers, raisins and canned pears, touched with molasses and caramel. Grainy malt steps up to the plate to lead the way into a balanced (read: decently strong) bittering of hops. Alcohol is well hidden, but by the buzz, strong! (later confirmed over 8%). Hints of diacetyl sneak through, adding a hint of butterscotch to a wonderful sweet treat! I don't care if the WBC says "no diacetyl" on this style, I think the hint that was here added the perfect amount fo butterscotch.
Pleasantly smooth, moderate body with light carbonation. Wow this is some good stuff, not going to be sessionable at 8% but damn tasty and very drinkable for ebing as potent and flavorful as it is!
01-23-2006 15:13:05 | More by sopor
5/5 rDev +25.6%
Absolutely one of my favorite beers!! honestly can go good with anything, but you are better off enjoying this beer by itself. it has so much too offer, such great combination between the yeast and malt's making this an outstanding brew. you can put this on my list of top beers.
02-17-2013 00:26:38 | More by Bernardkowalski
3.8/5 rDev -4.5%
On-tap at Dragonmead. Served in a taster glass.
A - Hazy reddish orange body. White foam settles to a near-complete cap, thick collar, and a few splotches of lace.
S - Typical sweet red ale - cotton candy, sugar malts, a hint of orange hops, and a hint of alcohol. Aroma is a bit understated.
T - More caramel, red fruits, burnt sugars, and juicy oranges. Some mild bitterness but not much hop character otherwise. Slight vegetal note in the finish and a hint of alcohol too.
M - Smooth, medium body. Light warming alcohol, and a dry, toasty texture.
D - It's a solid Double Red, but nothing worth seeking out. Could use more hop aroma, but I'm not sure how fresh this batch was so it may have just been faded.
12-31-2011 19:02:12 | More by MasterSki
3.78/5 rDev -5%
Had on-tap at Dragonmead.
Appearance: A fairly deep red color. Clear. No head on it. No lacing, really. I like the color though.
Smell: Hops. Looking for this beer on this site, I'm surprised that this is said to be a strong ale, but sure, why not. Smells like a red IPA to me. Plenty of piney and grapefruity freshness in Juggernaut. Some sort of malt character, but this is no doubt a hoppy beer.
Taste/feel: The biggest disappointment I found with Juggernaut was without a doubt the feel. Almost no carbonation, and a little on the thin side. Then again, this is said to be a strong ale. I've only had one strong ale (Stone's Arrogant Bastard) and the feel was similar now that I think about it, so that could just be my ignorance. Hoppy, bitter, and quite red IPA-esque. Not a great beer in my opinion, but it's still a very nice and tasty option.
04-07-2014 01:26:05 | More by Alextricity
3.18/5 rDev -20.1%
Enjoyed at the brewery, review is from notes from two weeks prior. Aroma is caramel malts, citrus/earthy hops and pine. This is a double red but the malt presence barely rivals a standard red ale. This is a trend among these beers which seem to be "under malted". So many double reds also have a betetr hop profile, this one is lacking this element. Medium body and moderate carbonation.
08-21-2012 23:24:52 | More by kylehay2004
Dragonmead Juggernaut Double Red Ale from Dragonmead Microbrewery
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