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Dragoon IPA | Dragoon Brewing Co.

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4.18
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Brewed by:
Dragoon Brewing Co.
Arizona, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of tucson_brewson
3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Typically drank on tap at nearly every bar/restaurant in town. But picked up a pint can from the fine folks at Plaza Liquors as it was on sale for $3.

L - Pours a nice deep, clear amber color with about an inch and a half of off-white foam that dissipates and leaves a thicker lacing than expected.

S - Typical pine and citrus of most IPAs, maybe some vodka slipped in because it's a bit medicinal/alcohol-like too. Like the description, dank with flowery hops that stand out so you know it's going to be bitter.

T - Strong hoppy bite up front, citrus rind, some grain alcohol, not much malt to balance out the bitter but there's a very slight fruity tang at the end to make it not so overpowering.

F - Thin to medium body, prickly carbonation, with a dry, slightly sticky finish.

O - This IPA is offered at almost every establishment in Tucson. It's a popular IPA and Dragoon's flagship. It's a very solid west coast IPA that I can enjoy one or two of. The high alcohol content definitely hits quick and warms you up. A very solid IPA.

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Photo of snilsen13
2.82/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

From a can. I've drank four of these on four different nights trying to figure this beer out. At 88 IBU and 7.2% it seems like they know how to use these scales. Very very bitter, like uncut espresso bitter. It is drinkable, but not strong enough to merit sipping. The hops hit like a brick wall of piny resin and long bitter aftertaste. There is no maltiness to appreciate after this hop load. This is amateur craftsmanship and should be called out.

The nearest neighbor to this beer, in terms of flavor, is Cone Flakes. I liked Cone Flakes more, but I'm biased to support CT brewers. Neither beer is very drinkable and both are way over-hopped. This is just pandering to the extreme-hop-heads who make up a just a sliver of the hop-heads, who are just a small segment of all beer-drinkers.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter.
A - Pours a clear amber with a thick soapy head.
S - Aroma is dank and a bit piney.
T - Malty sweetness followed by plenty of bitterness.
M - Medium carbonation, mouth feel is a little creamy.
O - This is a very good IPA but not great. Now if I lived in AZ I might feel differently.

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Photo of redleaves
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smells of pine, like sap pine. Like what I clean off my cars white pine. Taste is slight pine but big juice, tangerine, grapefruit and lime zest. Velvety viscous mouthfeel but doesn't linger. Inhale after has grapefruit and pine. Clear but tasted like a cloudy Vermont/Maine beer. This is really fantastic, smooth and huge hop style IPA.

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Photo of HenryCrow
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint on tap. I agree with deScription, for the most part. Golden yellow color, bright, good lacing, no head. It’s a scuttlebutt, tho. Light aroma, a little grainy. Cheap isn’t the right word, but modest, maybe. Very dry taste, I think I like the creamier, fuller, IPAs I’ve had more than this one. Pilsener drinkers will like this better than me. Not bad, though.

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Photo of gregcordle
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A fresh can brought back by Jay from Ameristop. Thank you Sir!

L: a very clear, copper color with a thin off white head.

A: Wow, fresh earthy, dank hops punch you right in the nose. Earthy, spicy and a little floral with a small amount of sweet honey-like malt come through.

T: pretty amazing IPA. Puts me in mind of classics like Sucks and Bodhi. Hops hit you then some sweetness followed by a blast of hop bitterness.

F: A bit thin is my only complaint. I wish it had a little more malt to stand up to the hoppiness. Very astringent,dry finish.

O: Really great beer. If I didn't live near Columbus and have Bodhi so close at hand I might seek it out more. A standout in a sea of average IPAs. I definitely enjoyed it though.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a pint glass. From notes. Reviewed 26 February 2016.
4/4.5/4.5/4/4
Brief lived head. Clear amber.
Smells dank and hard candyish. Grapefruit.
Tastes like weed. And citrus. Yum.
Thinnish. mouthfeel.
Classic and delicious West-style IPA.

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Photo of DaverCS
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear Amber color. 1 1/2 fingers of a frothy head. Great lacing.

Aroma is all about grapefruit pith and pine. Bright and citrusy.

Taste is of citrus pith. Primarily bitter grapefruit pith but orange and lemon is also present. Rather dry. Some more pine. A touch watery during the middle of the sip.

Overall, this is a classic west coast ipa. Reminds me a bit of stone IPA, but a bit more toned back in terms of citrus. I see this pairing well with papas bravas. It gets a 80/100.

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Photo of velosuds
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best IPA in a can I have had. Perfect compliment to room service dinner after an unseasonably warm February day in the Sonoran desert. The aroma was the only underperforming attribute of this solid beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid ipa. On tap at ohso. Very fresh and very drinkable. Orange colour. Medium mouthfeel. On cask dry hopped with dr rudy and 721 at the source is even better.

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Photo of Miller138
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is a little different from Dragoon's typical IPA, which is outstanding. This one is on cask @ Tap & Bottle and was dry hopped with Aurora & Mandarina Bavarian hops. More balanced than their standard IPA. Softer carbonation from cask is helping to bring out the malt. Dry hopped for brilliant aroma. Get to T&B if you can when in Tucson or Dragoon's tap toom

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Photo of Dynobolt
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it here at the dragoon brewery on tap. Not quite up there with the Cali top ipas. Still a very good tasty IPA. They are on to something here in Tucson. Nice pub and atmosphere, plain and simple.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

(Edit: this is now in cans, and I think my appreciation of it grows with each popped tab. This is like über-fresh Torpedo with a splash of Blind Pig and maybe some Hop Stoopid too, piney, grapefruity, herbal/savory, floral even and with enough bitterness to make you cry uncle. Clearly, in this age of tropical smoothie IPAs and the like, this sort of brew probably won't win any popularity contests, but for those of us who enjoy them good, pungent, bright, and bitter, this is the bees knees.)

(Latest update 4.4.16: I'm just gonna keep updating, because my opinion of this beer continues to evolve, and in the best possible way. 3.10.16 canning, almost a month in the can now, and this beer hasn't let off the gas one lick. Still dank, pungent hops, grapefruit and pine, like someone grabbed a handful of hop cones and squeezed their nectary oils into the can. Utterly tremendous, to the point that, outside of a few staples like Union Jack and the like, I'm not sure I need to drink any other IPAs.)

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear gold draft pour with white head. Orange juice nose. Fresh cut grass and hoppy citrus flavor. Resinous tongue coating yet still juicy. I thought strong grassy hops a bit overpowering - still, quite good for this west coast style.

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Photo of Auraan
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of fenixtx423
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A little too much summit hop flavor (onion + garlic) for my taste. A little bit goes a long way with summit. Also surprisingly mild aroma for drinking an IPA fresh at the brewery. They have the light body and mouthfeel nailed down for a strong IPA.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. pint on tap at O.H.S.O. Eatery and Nano-Brewery in Phoenix, AZ; unknown bottling/packaging date; poured into a standard pint glass and drank over 30 minutes

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Photo of MickeysGrenade
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Having recently moved to Arizona, it was in my nature to start seeking out local craft beer. This was the beer that drew first blood.


A: A nice looking beverage with a middle of the road yellow body, and nice foam. The pint glass it was served in had a little excess water in it, which effectively killed the head, but I have faith that this was situational.

S: The beer smells like an IPA, which is a good start based off of the name. To be completely fair though, I can't get the full aroma of a good beer when I am drinking in a bar. Something about Apple-tini's in the near vicinity kills my sense of smell.

T: A nice bitter IPA, that leaves the mouth slightly dry.

M: Prickly, like a cactus, only more enjoyable.

O: The overall first impression of this beer was a good one. I would drink this beer again, and as person that appreciates locally made goods, I will seek it out again.

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Photo of kwc017
4.68/5  rDev +12%
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!

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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.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of ZionNation
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this is in the top five Arizona beers and a worthy IPA. had it several times - on tap at Whole Foods in Tucson and Whole Foods in Scottsdale. Consistent with California IPAs, big hoppy beer with pine and citrus notes. Currently this is only available on draught, hopefully they will start to bottle it soon.

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Photo of ckollias
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer on tap at in downtown Tucson out a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a copper hue with a thick white head that slowly dissipates leaving a nice trail and ending in a solid lace.

S: Hoppy bitter aroma with some citrus scents.

T: Extremely bitter and tart IPA.

M: Medium carbonation and medium body.

O: Excellent IPA – nice and hoppy just the way it should be.

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Photo of bambam2517
3.54/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

64oz growler pulled off tap at Total Wine in Gilbert. WTF is up with the proud pricing of growlers at these stores? I was going to fill mine with Santan beer, but nixed that when I realized I could get a fill at the brewery and it would cost less and be closer to my house! Ah well, that introduced me to this little hop-bomb...

A - Innocent looking, pale orange in color and watery up top. Carbonation looks good however. No lacing to speak of.

S - Spring flowers and grass, hops abound! Its so hop-forward though that theres a tinge of that bitter tomcat piss smell, off-putting I know but its the most precise way I can say it.

T - Thank goodness, no Tomcat here! Very grassy, crackery taste with a little sour citrus zing. Pretty good stuff!

M - Very bitter but even finish, warming alcoholic presence but its leveraged in nicely.

O - Hey, in my experience this is Arizona's best done West Coast IPA! Not ready to throw down with Cali yet, but keep em comin...

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm compelled to write a review for this beer. If you are a "hop-head" and love Summit hops, this is an absolute must for your mouth and your senses. Aroma that oozes from the glass and it's almost hard to decide if you want to keep the flavor lingering in your mouth or swallow for a fresh, new taste. MUST TRY FRESH.

Arizona has few beers to be proud of and this is the top beer made here in the state! A definite West Coast IPA that has a perfect balance of little malt and bitter with a smell that will keep your face buried in the glass. Not really bursting with fruit or pine but has a super dank Summit taste and aroma thanks to a very hearty dry hop. I could drink this IPA until it puts me out!

Well done Dragoon, well done.

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Dragoon IPA from Dragoon Brewing Co.
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