Dragoon IPA - Dragoon Brewing Co.

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Dragoon IPA
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Reviews: 20
Hads: 111
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 14
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
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Dragoon Brewing Co. visit their website
Arizona, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 04-19-2012

This is a true West Coast IPA–it is pale in color, with with bracing bitterness, high alcohol content (about 7.4% abv) and a fruity/floral/citrus hop aroma. It is made from a simple malt bill: North American base and pale caramel malt. We use copious amounts of Northwest hops (Summit, Columbus, Magnum and Zythos) all throughout the boil, with most of it going in within the last 15 minutes. After fermentation is complete, we dry hop it with approximately 1 boatload of each of the same hop varieties.
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Reviews: 20 | Hads: 111
Reviews by Drtfinelli:
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber golden in color with very lively carbonation. An inch thick head of foam rests on the top. Intense grapefruit like hop aroma greets me and beckons me to taste. Creamy and slightly chalky mouthfeel. The flavor is strong on the grapefruit hop flavor. It intensifies on the back of the palate. (296 characters)

Photo of joeworrall
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

not familiar with Dragoon Brewing before tonight (even thought it's from Tucson, AZ), this was served as part of a tasting flight at Whole Foods in a 4 oz. tasting glass...

tonight, I am compaing it with some other IPA's on tap at Whole Foods: Four Peaks Hop Knot IPA, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, Mother Road Lost Highway Black IPA, and the standard for double IPA's Dogfish Head 90. I will also pour a Stone IPA from a bottle before the evening is over...

color and appearance are a medium honey yellow with a head that settles down to a thin lacey cap

smell is nice, Dragoon uses a single pale caramel malt and hops from the northwest US

taste is similarly balanced, malt and hops do not overwhelm each other, but complement and result in a very pleasant mouthfeel... very easy to drink with a pleasant aftertaste

In my search for the perfect IPA, this one is definitely in the top 20. (892 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear amber body with abundant bubbles and a foamy white head that receded to a foamy cap of lace. Overall impression of appearance is of a very nice IPA, quite enticing. Scents of grapefruit, earthy, vegetal hops with an onion quality, tropical fruit particularly guava and mango, spicy hop aromas, a hint of sweet malt backbone and notes of pine resin. Overall impression of aroma is of the perfect West Coast IPA, I have found few that can touch the balance and depth on display. Flavor begins wonderfully hoppy, with notes of earthy, dank, vegetal hops, imparting that nice oniony flavor, along with abundant notes of grapefruit rind, pine resin and light notes of tropical fruit. Middle continues these flavors but increases hop bitterness from medium-high to high and increases the intensity of grapefruit and pine resin. Finish is dry with notes of pine resin, earthy, dank, vegetal hops, grapefruit peel and pith, pine resin and a nice hop spiciness and a very light balancing caramel malt backbone. Aftertaste is nicely bitter with notes of pine resin, grapefruit peel and earthy, dank, vegetal hops. Overall impression of taste is of a fantastic West Coast IPA. Again a perfect balance of hop flavors is reached, creating a wonderful whole and one of the finest examples of the style I have tasted. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with medium carbonation and a sticky, resinous mouthfeel. Again, near perfect for the style, nothing at all to fault. Overall this is one of the finest West Cost-style American IPAs I have had. It has a near perfect aroma, flavor and mouthfeel, representing the best of the style and showing that the best Arizona breweries can easily compete with the California big boys. (1,723 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Phaedrus
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Delicious... best brew in AZ? (29 characters)

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great, well-attenuated West Coast-style IPA, good and bitter, and with a punch of citrusy and savory, almost weedy hops. I know the latter aren't everyone's favorite, but I think they work well here. Tasty stuff. (212 characters)

Photo of DonDirkA
4.87/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I don't have one in front of me to review right now, but this is a great IPA and I have always been satisfied with it. Tonight (Sept. 21, 2012) they won the "Best Overall Beer" category at the First Tucson Beer Cup and I figured they earned the right of letting people know about it. (283 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

Also fantastic on cask (22 characters)

Photo of kwc017
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an amazing IPA. Wonderful smell, hops, a bit of pine but mostly just fresh hops. Taste is just awesome. Clean, fresh hops, not much malt which makes sense since this is their take on the West Coast IPA, which is my favorite style. I put this up there with the Cali big boys. My personal fav is Green Flash West Coast IPA but this is very, very close behind. You have to try it if you like the style, you will not be disappointed. Cheers! (445 characters)

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Dragoon IPA from Dragoon Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.