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Dragon Series Red Dragon Double IPA - Alley Kat Brewing Company

Dragon Series Red Dragon Double IPADragon Series Red Dragon Double IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

24 Ratings
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Ratings: 24
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.8%


Brewed by:
Alley Kat Brewing Company visit their website
Alberta, Canada

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Simcoe single hop Double IPA.

(Beer added by: wordemupg on 09-06-2011)
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IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a clear light, slightly ruddy copper hue, with a chunky frothy off-white head that retains about a finger's width.

Bready malt on the nose, some sweetness, and a good dose of very apparent Simcoe hops.

Bready malt joined with some sweet mandarin up front in the flavour, a spicy herbal character building in the middle, with a good whollap of earthy and citrus hops on the finish. A spicy, herbal kick builds slowly in the aftertaste and lingers on quite long.

On the fuller end of medium-bodied in the mouthfeel, smooth yet a little slick for the texture, low carbonation.

A solid single hop IIPA from Alley Kat, they're really showing their chops with this big bottle series, and I hope to see many of them (especially this brew!) make some return appearances down the road.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 04:07:26 | More by IronDjinn
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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden orange appearance with a small amount of bubbly head that slowly settles down leaving some lacing. Smell consists of citrus, toffee and various other fruit, has almost a smoky tinge to it.

Taste starts off with a strong taste of hops and malt, picked up the same citrus, tropical fruit taste as the smell as well as toffee, bread and herbs. Very strong overall and with no hint of booze. Strong bodied with medium carbonation. Aftertaste is dry with a lingering fruit taste.

As the label warns, this is an excellent beer if you’re a fan of hops. It's a powerful beer, but flavorful and with many good features. Definitely going to pick up a few more bottles of this.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 02:17:10 | More by CrazyMike
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from wordemupg, 650ml into a tulip. Best before February 21, 2022 on the neck of the bottle. A DIPA single hopped with Simcoe.

Poured a clear gold, with some orange highlights, bright whire bubbly head with sticky spider-web like lacing. Nose of orange, some tangerine and some berries. A bit of spicy hop notes, some earthiness, breads and caramel. A touch of stinkiness too, some Simcoe cat pee? Unoffensive however, and fairly nice. Taste has some orange, a touch of pine, more berries, caramel and some lightly sweet breads. Malt reigns over the hops here, although the hops still impart some good flavour. Finish and mouthfeel doesn't suggest the advertised 100IBUs, yet the hop profile remains balanced and flavourful. Touch of alcohol in the finish. Medium full feel, ideal for what I dig in the style. Soft and smooth, medium-low carbonation. Bitterness becomes a little more apparent near the end of the glass. Delicious DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2011 15:41:34 | More by liamt07
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evlu1441

Alberta (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was VERY excited when I found out that Alley Kat was doing a Double IPA for their Big Bottle series. They consistently put out great brews, and I'm sure this is no exception.

I'm a bit surprised by the colour. It's a fairly pale coppery colour. It's a lot less amber/red than many other IPAs. The head is nice and foamy. While certainly not the usual, it looks good.

The aroma is quite heavy on the malts. There is some caramel and vanilla sweetness alongside light hops. The hops aren't super intense like one would expect in a double IPA.

The flavour is quite malty, and the hops are noticeable, but not intense. Sweet, delicate, and slightly complex, this is a unique take on the style.

It definitely has a unique taste! Perhaps I'm not really familiar with simcoe hops. Worth checking out, but might not satisfy if you're looking for a crazy hoppy experience.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 06:41:09 | More by evlu1441
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andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours copper colour with an amber hue, finger of head with solid retention and some nice sticky lacing.

S - Spicy caramel, buttered bread and leafy green hops. Very unique for the style.

T - The bitterness from the hops is prominent, but its the caramel and buttered bread malts that dominate the palette. The hops, although subdued, linger on the tongue and add an earthy and leafy undertone. Sour dough, lemon iced tea, dark toffee and a touch of peat.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, and finishes with a lip puckering dryness.

O - A fantastic flavour profile that is both unique and memorable. A great addition to the Big Bottle series and so pumped to have gotten an opportunity to try.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 15:22:50 | More by andrenaline
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle - another double IPA from Alley Kat is always welcome! And one single-hopped with Simcoe at that.

This beer pours a clear, light golden copper hue, with two fingers of billowy, foamy, spongy off-white head, which renders some sparse streaks and specks of lace around the glass in its steady retreat. It smells of slightly under-ripe pineapple, bready, cereal malt, and a mildly caramel/vanilla sweetness. The taste is fairly bitter citrus and herbal hops, cloaked in a rather reserved in the sweetness department bready malt, the caramel toffee and boozy vanilla only present in near trace amounts, especially as the herbaceous character trends spicy towards the end, and more as it warms. The carbonation is on the light side of moderate, the body medium weight, and quite smooth, the hops' assertiveness not munging that up. It finishes with a touch more sweetness, some caramel malt adding heft to the mix-up with the zingy herbal, weedy hops.

An agreeable DIPA, the hop focus shifted significantly from the norm, what with the dependence on the singular Simcoe hop profile. That said, an equally transmogrified malt backbone - almost pastry-like - adds to the otherness that I feel as I freewheel through this bomber. And the somewhat big booze factor? Well integrated, with just a nice warming effect.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 23:05:18 | More by biboergosum
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours an amber hue with a finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell - Piney hops, tropical fruits, caramalts.

Taste - Nice hit of piney hops, followed along with the tropical fruits and caramalt flavours. Good bitterness level.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - I finally had a chance to sample this one (didn't get it the first time 'round). A good example of the style with nice bitterness. One of the better Dragons out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 04:08:24 | More by leaddog
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Dawkfan

Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- The appearance is quite appealing after the initial pour, the slightly off white head disapates quickly leaving some spotty lacing. A clear light golden color with some slight orange tinting.

S- Oh yeah this is definitely a simcoe single hopped DIPA. While it definitely has some citrus and grapefruit on the nose, I get some tropical fruits as well, papaya, tangerine, passionfruit. There's a sugary sweetness and a hint of the alcohol in here too.

T- Lots of hop flavor and bittering in this intertwined with soft earthy hops, bready malt and a residual sugary sweetness.

M- Carbonation is on the lower side, body slightly below medium. Seems thinner on the backend, it's starts a little fuller. Really smooth for the style.

O- I've picked up vegetal qualities in beers that use a lot of Simcoe before, but not this one! Listen up Alley Kat - Please continue with the big bottle series, you're our only local hope!!

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2011 18:18:04 | More by Dawkfan
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Torontoblue

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650mL bottle pours a brilliant golden amber color with large creamy white head which settles to a fine lacing.

Aroma is all fresh hop, cat wee, pine, grapefruit, gooseberry & wet wood (very earthy), with a hint of freshly baked bread.

Taste is a nice balance of hops & malt, with a drying bitter sweet finish.

The alcohol is far too well hidden.

Reminds me of a fresh hop ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 03:23:27 | More by Torontoblue
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - slightly hazy golden, fluffy white head retained very well with lots of sticky lacing
S - resiny herbal, orange citrus, peppery with light woodiness
T - strong hop notes of oily herbs, pine, and grapefruit, backed with some caramel malt and light peppery finish
M - light to medium body with solid carbonation, a definite hop bitter that stays somewhat juicy throughout
O - definitely for hop head with a flavour profile I haven't come across often in DIPA's, Alley Kat should seriously consider brewing this year round

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 03:36:44 | More by joemcgrath27
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks for another tasty prairie brew wordemupg!

Appearance. Pours a pretty clear orangy-gold with a finger of white head.

Smell. Big citrus hops and a little cedar and pine, some tropical fruits and toasted grains.

Taste. Big bitter hops, sweet tropical fruits, grass and pine sap, and some toasted grains and caramel. Very bitter finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. I only glanced at the bottle but did see something about this beer being intended for hop heads. Indeed. No shortage of hops here, and that's just fine with me.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 02:20:20 | More by Rutager
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DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a schooner; this one is hot off the presses so it's fresh!

A - clear amber beer with a fluffy tan one finger head and chunky lacing

S - slight caramel sweetness back with floral hops and earthiness

T - big grassy/tea leaf hops backing some solid bitterness, very big caramel and bready malt balances it out with some late sweetness but the nice bitterness coats the mouth

M - medium bodied, with a very slight oilyness that's cut with lots of sharp carbonation

D - nicely drinkable, for a hophead!

Nicely balanced DIPA - solidly bitter, but nicely underpinned with some delicious malt. Can't wait for this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 18:42:27 | More by DoktorZee
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into tulip 5/9/11

A clear golden liquid with bubbles popping up from everywhere and feeding a two finger head that quickly falls to an island leaving a fair bit of lace down the glass

S toffee and leafy teabag with a little tropical fruit both rind and flesh

T very earthy with wet wood, and more leafy hops, not as much toffee as I could smell, less tropical fruit and more citric rind, the booze is very well concealed I taste zero

M medium bodied with enough bubbles to cream it up a bit and a earthy aftertaste that just keeps going, pretty solid in this department

O the booze is well concealed and if you like an earthy brew this ones for you

I love single hopped brews because they expand my horizons and teach me a lesson, perhaps it's not Alley Kat's fault that I'm only moderately attracted to Simcoe. A well made brew with well hidden booze and I love Alley Kat's big bottle series and will wait for Olde Duet in a bomber forever (or at least until I die)

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 05:12:51 | More by wordemupg
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MAB

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I saw this I was expecting Alley Kat "Full moon" x 2, or Dogfishhead "90 minute...", but it wasn't.

Nice color. Clear and a lovely copper tone.
The alcohol is disguised very well by the hops; both aroma and bittering.
There is a real depth to the bitterness. It isn't the floral/ citrusy hoppy face-smash of most DIPAs. I'm impressed by this.
It feels great in the mouth. Perfect carbonation level.
With the better than average A/S knocking against the much better than average T/M,
I tipped my overall score towards the taste/ mouthfeel score.
Alley Kat has done it again. Nice job!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 16:00:32 | More by MAB
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice DIPA, understated in terms of bitterness impact, very though well malted down. A nice drinkability. Light orange body with generous off white head. Mildly orange hoppy aromas.orange citrus juiciness. I don't think this would check out at 100 IBU in the lab, so nice though not most representative of the style. Bomber thanks Presario.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 02:43:56 | More by Sammy
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Muhly

Alberta (Canada)

2.79/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from 750ml bottle into rounded beer glass. I believe this is a reissue of the series.

A-Pours a clear gold colour. About a finger of white head with ow retention. The glass ends up being partially covered with a bit of foam.

S-Some hops with a good whiff of boiled vegetable.

T-Getting some off flavours here with a bit vegetable and cardboard. Detecting hints of bitterness and some malt sweetness.

M-Moderate full mouthfeel that coats the tongue nicely. Hop astringency peels the top off your tongue a bit.

O-Hmmm...not sure what happened here. I've enjoyed a couple of the dragon series and was less found of others like the plaid, but they were all pretty clean. This seemed a bit off. Would consider grabbing one again just to see if the bottle was a bit of a mistake.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 03:48:25 | More by Muhly
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