Dragon Series Rainbow Dragon Double IPA - Alley Kat Brewing Company
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4.13/5 rDev +3.8%
650ml bottle, the latest Dragon Series DIPA, which given the name, and carrying on in the subversive 'tradition' of the Plaid Dragon, is made with five different hops. Get your own bottle if ya wanna know what they are. Curious that this one was released on the same weekend as the annual Edmonton Pride Week kicked off - just sayin'.
This beer pours a crystal clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and kind of bubbly dirty white head, which leaves splattered snow rime lace around the glass as things genially dissolve.
It smells of semi-sweet citrus (orange, lemon, and red Texas grapefruit), a further tropical fruitiness (pineapple, kiwi, and lychee), bready caramel malt, a touch of earthy yeast, pine needles and the leafiness of their surrounding flora, and a subtle hint of the 15-proof alcohol. The taste is more bittersweet, multifaceted fruitiness - yer typical grocery aisle citrus, and some of the wrinkly, dearly-priced exotic stuff farther towards the back of the produce section, grainy, somewhat biscuity caramel malt, and more piney, leafy, and perfume-tinged floral hoppiness.
The bubbles are decently active and persistently frothy, the body a pleasantly rounded medium weight, and generally smooth, a further oscillating 'is it clammy, is it creamy' dilemma arising as it warms. It finishes off-dry, the fruity yin of the hops edging out the bitter yang, while the drying (right before my tastebuds) malt, and pine-resin infused alcohol provide more than adequate countermeasure.
More like a standard recipe DIPA (in the best of ways), than the usual single-hop affairs that are typical of the Dragon Series offerings. The blend of hops creates a complexly bitter and fruity bomb on the palate, or more appropriately, a sedative that renders one more helpless to its whims, than any mere jacked-up booze quotient could ever clumsily aspire to. Worth seeking out, if you're into fruity, balanced versions of the style.
06-08-2014 06:03:31 | More by biboergosum
3.86/5 rDev -3%
650ml bomber poured into tulip 20/6/14
A clear golden liquid with just a few bubbles popping up, a short lived finger of foam leaves some polka dot lace
- second pour gives me the same finger but it hangs around for ages and leaves a few partial rings, a dirty glass first time around I'm assuming
S melon, papaya, lemon, orange, lots of fruit but I can't place everything, juicy fruit gum, spruce, lots of caramel and a little bread, smells a little sweet
T lemon peel, spruce and pine, still lots of caramel, some booze, its a little toned down compared to the nose, some fruits in there that I just can't place
M more bubbles then I'd guess after looking at it, quite slick inside the mouth but a little sticky on the lips, faint heat and herbal lemon tea on the finish
O another solid dragon, a little something I can't place, orange cream maybe? not a bad mix of hops and easy to drink for 7.5%
Another solid brew for Alley Kat but nothing to really set it apart from the others in the series other then the number of hops they used.
06-21-2014 01:46:38 | More by wordemupg
3.95/5 rDev -0.8%
Those Dragon Series DIPAs I have sampled to date have all been piney, citrusy, medicinally bitter concoctions, differing in the details but all striking the same basic "hop bomb" chords. Wasn't expecting this multifaceted take to be much different from the basic mold. The rather bitter medicinal herb finish notable in some of the others is rather apparent here, as are the grapefruit, lemon, and orange citrus heroics, although there is an almost creamy sweetness that characterizes the latter, a creamsickle effect if you will. Nice. Some rustic hop spice lurks in the background along with pine resin and toffee. More tropical notes on the nose than on the palate, mango and kiwi. I am digging that this gummy candy or Jello-like sweetness can co-exist right alongside a pretty heady bitterness, with both elements in synch. Getting more tropical on the palate as well, about half-way through, and a rising floral note as well. Maybe there is something to this mongrel "Rainbow Dragon" approach after all. The carbonation is brisk and somehow works with the rest of the package, tangy but not scouring the palate, and the body is on the thick side yet not syrupy. My mind and palate tend to link up Chinook with pine and earthy spices, Cascade with gooseberry and lemon and sometimes tangerine, Centennial with gummy candy and sweet citrus flavors, and Simcoe with more dank pine resin, bitter citrus, and red berry notes, and the gang's all here.
07-03-2014 02:11:04 | More by CalgaryFMC
Dragon Series Rainbow Dragon Double IPA from Alley Kat Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.