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Stronghold Session Ale | Dragoon Brewing Co.

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Dragoon Brewing Co.
Arizona, United States | website

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Gueuzedude on 04-29-2012

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 23
Photo of busternuggz
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

10 oz pour served in a small tulip. Described as "a cross between an American brown and an English mild".

Dark reddish brown, clear. Nice khaki 1/2" head with good retention.

Nice aromas of toasted wheat bread, mild chocolate, English hops, slightly earthy. Very nice.

The taste comes on with bread and bitter chocolate, some moist earth, if you will. Nicely balanced. English and American hops both show up nicely. Starts a little malty, ends dry and clean. Fairly long finish of earthy bitter hops.

Great texture, light bodied and smooth. Ends clean.

One of the first beers they had here and still one of my favorites. A unique combination of styles that works well. Well crafted and interesting.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from tap into pint at 1702 Tucson. Pours a deep brown amber with nice creamy bead. Not much aroma here...some slight sweet malt and bitter hop with a bit of roastedness. Taste is really nice. Almost coffee roasted malts and sweet malts nicely balanced with some hop bitterness. Really smooth and definitely a session brew. Nice job and a good representation of the style...especially for being this far from England and in the desert.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh growler picked up this evening. Rich, brown colored beer that's very transparent up to the light. The tan foam is thick and long-lasting, leaving a smidgen of lace. Doughy malt nose, with suggestions of milk chcolate and toffee.

The flavor has a pleasant, lightly roasted character, only mildly sweet with a subtle hop balance. The bitterness at the back is perhaps a bit sharper than expected, yet enjoyable nonetheless. As anticipated, the alcohol is well kept in check. Medium thick body, with a very decent level of carbonation for style.

I've been waiting a long time for someone to brew a Dark Mild around here, and while it's not quite the ideal strength (around 3% ABV), I think it'll do just fine. Looking forward to drinking more of this as well as anything else this fine new brewery has to offer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.19/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A steady pour from my growler produces a fairly dense, initially two finger thick, pale brown tinged, tan colored head in my New Belgium globe glass; the head leaves a regular, layered lacing pattern on the sides of my glass as I drink this down. The beer is a concentrated brown color that shows a brilliantly clear, deep cranberry red hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of husky, toasted grain, ample brown bread notes, sweet caramelized malt and then a rich mix of cocoa and fruity berry notes. Everything together somehow makes me think of a vanilla scented, sweet, moist whole grain bread or perhaps even cake in some way. A really deep draught of the nose has me noticing a lot more dried hay and brown cracker like malt character.

The beer has a light sweetness to it up front and towards the finish it dries out with some touches of roasted malt, perhaps a hint of herbal hop bitterness, some dried hay and cracker like dry maltiness. The lingering finish sees the chewy, dense malty sweetness come back out again, though ultimately a dry, roasted character lingers on the palate with just a touch of astringency. The last sets one up nicely to take another sip. The body on this beer feels huge for a low gravity beer; this is definitely chewy, somewhat viscous and has a heft to it that belies its strength. Still, this is all within the context of a lower alcohol beer as this beer is eminently quaffable & I feel like I could drink quite a few pints of this beer and be quite happy. I also like that despite its body, the beer is not overly sweet; it could perhaps be a touch more dry (though I wouldn’t want this beer to be actually dry), but I also wouldn’t want this to get any higher in alcohol than it already is. There is a solid supporting fruitiness to this beer, this is accentuated by the fruitiness, and has a berry sort of character to it; this is offset / balanced by a light herbal character that seems to be hop contributed, though this is most certainly a malt dominated beer; some of the fruit character, perhaps just a smidge, seems to be accentuated by the subtle, soft hop character. The roast character here is quite light (especially when compared to a porter and stout), quite appropriately so of course, but does contribute a roasted edge, a touch of burnt astringency (though without a real focus on the roasted character). This really has a creaminess to it that is quite lush, especially in my second pour of this beer; this is a beer that would be ripe for cask conditioning and dispensing (Tucson definitely needs some real, true cask condition serving joints; hint, hint).

The chewy texture, ample malt flavor, balance between dark malt and sweetness, and quaffability make this a great beer for pairing with food. I could wish for something closer to 4% in strength (in fact I always prefer my own milds to be under 4%), but I could see the low alcohol perhaps being a harder sell for your typical craft beer drinker. In truth though, I am really quite enjoying this beer & I won’t mind in the least that I have a couple pints of this. I really wish this style of beer was a lot easier to get; I really hope this does well here in Tucson, it would be nice to have this as an easy option when going out to dinner around town. I will always have soft spot for milds as they were one of those styles that I had to brew myself in order to actually try the style for the first time.

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Stronghold Session Ale from Dragoon Brewing Co.
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