Dragon Series Murasaki Dragon Double IPA - Alley Kat Brewing Company
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Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 5 | Display Reviews Only:
4.28/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
02-05-2014 06:11:26 | More by biboergosum
4.23/5 rDev +2.2%
A - clear bright golden, thumb of white head held at a thin cover, plenty of random lace blobs
S - fresh grass and citrus zest, and getting notes of light ginger and brown sugar, definitely pleasing and interesting aromas
T - starts with a burst of lemon zest then into grassy freshness, notes of bubble gum and buttery cracker malt, finishes with mellow lemon lingering, very tasty
M - crisp, clean, refreshing, with a pleasant amount of hop bitterness, finishing just slightly dry
O - there have been so many in this fantastic series so its hard to recall them all, but this stands out as one of my faves for sure, the Sorachi Ace single hopping works wonders here, thank you Alley Kat!
03-14-2014 01:30:55 | More by joemcgrath27
4.21/5 rDev +1.7%
Props to joemcgrath27 for giving me the opportunity to try the latest addition to the Double Dragon series.
A - Pours a clear golden colour, thumb of head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.
S - Peppery spice, earthy cedar, hints of pine and heavy grassy hop notes with a touch of caramel.
T - Much like the nose with the grassy hop notes dominating alongside a heavy dose of cedar and peppery spice, the finish is butter caramel alongside toasted grains and a touch of citrus rind.
M - Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly wet.
O - Nice bitterness level, solid flavour profile and certainly highlights the single strain hop nicely. Could be amped up a bit on the ABV level, but easily sessioned at 7.5%. Another winner to the best series around. Can't wait for the next installment.
04-05-2014 22:51:11 | More by andrenaline
4.05/5 rDev -2.2%
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
02-10-2014 06:25:52 | More by wordemupg
3.79/5 rDev -8.5%
What is a Murasaki you ask? Apparently the term refers to a hero in Japanese fiction as well as an antagonist type in Dragon Ball Z. OK, must have ran out of color descriptors. This is another notably light colored DIPA from Alley Kat's Dragon series, a dark apple juice gold with a copious quantity of thick white foam that retains its form well. This hop truly is a unique olfactory and gustatory experience and ought to be tasted alone at least once. Aroma evokes musty white grape juice, dill or fennel seed, fresh lemon rind/juice, subtle tropical lychee or gooseberry, and a bubble gum note that also makes me think of modelling clay for some reason. This concoction smells sweeter than it tastes. Although the overall spicy, herbal, and lemony vibe remains salient, there is a bitter melon rind or wormwood medicinal flavor that builds as you go, not exactly piney but aromatic and fresh just the same. Cilantro perhaps, steeped in a herbal tincture. Some tangerine or kumquat citrus notes peek through. Very faint brown sugar backbone and I struggle to taste much malt amidst the woody, oily, herbal, fruity cascade of flavor. Unripe peach as well? On the thin side for a DIPA and rather aggressive carbonation but tons of resin and oil on the mouth. Finishes dry and woody. Leaves a nice horizontal band of lacing on the glass. Another great showcase for hop flavor and a unique tasting variety on center stage. Cool and interesting and all that, but perhaps too medicinal for everyday quaffing.
03-29-2014 18:48:26 | More by CalgaryFMC
Dragon Series Murasaki Dragon Double IPA from Alley Kat Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.