Dragon Series Murasaki Dragon Double IPA - Alley Kat Brewing Company
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Reviews by wordemupg:
4.05/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
650ml bomber poured into tulip 9/2/14
A clear bright golden yellow with a dense two finger foam that has great retention but only leaves a few patches of lace
S lemon, sweet orange peel and lemongrass, almost woody with some thrills chewing gum, that soapy bubblegum for those who don't now, sweet malt with some soft caramel round things out
T herbal notes I didn't smell, not quite as intense as the nose with just a little less going on, not as much bubblegum and lemon flesh is more focused towards rind, just a hint of spruce
M full for the color, bubbles cream it up a little, slick after the fact with some herbal rind lingering
O interesting brew with some odd notes here and there but everything worked well together, no mention of booze at any point says something, went down fast for 7.5%
another solid addition to the Dragon series, I always like something different and this hop offers that
Serving type: bottle
02-10-2014 06:25:52 | More by wordemupg
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4.28/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
650ml bottle. Not having run out of colours just yet for the Dragon DIPA series, Alley Kat has nonetheless gone with a little language play in naming this one, as Murasaki is the English representation of the Japanese word for 'purple', in apparent homage to their exclusive use of the Japanese-bred Sorachi Ace hop here.
This beer pours a crystal clear, pale golden amber hue, with two fingers of restrained foamy, rocky dirty white head, which leaves some Chantilly lace, erm, lace hanging around the glass, like it's about to suddenly attack, as it slowly and evenly subsides.
It smells of warm lemon juice, gritty grainy pale malt, a further subtle bready caramel sweetness, a bit of hard water minerality, mild earthy yeast, and a soft grassy, leafy hop bitterness. The taste is a big ol' smack to the palate of lemongrass acridity right up front, followed closely by a nice bready, crackery, and cereal-esque maltiness, more watery stoniness, orange bitters, and leafy, earthy, and slightly musty hops.
The carbonation is soft and agreeably frothy, the body a sturdy medium weight, and mostly smooth, that peppy lemon astringency having a minor say here. It finishes off-dry, the bready malt holding fast, while the leafy and citrusy hops dance around a lingering tart lemon fruitiness.
There have been other Dragon Series offerings where the single hop on display was readily identifiable, for better or for worse, but none was as obvious, and splendiferous, as the Purple Dragon's Sorachi Ace guest star is, in all its lemony, grassy goodness. The base Alley Kat DIPA is indeed present and accounted for, performing its regular duty and all, but, well, it's really all about the (particular) hop with the Murasaki. Give this one a try if perhaps you've started to lag somewhat in your enthusiasm for single-hopped IPA experiments.
Serving type: bottle
02-05-2014 06:11:26 | More by biboergosum
Dragon Series Murasaki Dragon Double IPA from Alley Kat Brewing Company
- out of 100 based on 9 ratings.