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Dragon Series Orange Dragon Double IPA - Alley Kat Brewing Company

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Dragon Series Orange Dragon Double IPADragon Series Orange Dragon Double IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

16 Ratings
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Ratings: 16
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 5.74%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Alley Kat Brewing Company visit their website
Alberta, Canada

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: biboergosum on 10-04-2012)
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Reviews by IronDjinn:
Photo of IronDjinn
4.29/5  rDev +7%

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a clear light copper hue, with a short loose creamy white head that retains to a thin cap. Intermittent stratus of lacing left behind.

Cakey, bready malt on the nose, some spicy hops with notes of clementine and tropical fruit. Great balance for the aroma.

Sweet bready malt blends with spicy hops that also possess characteristics of white grapefruit rind and pith, accompanied by an aftertaste that is dry and somewhat astringent. Comes across as more complex than it is while delivering an impressive balance. Reminiscent to the Red Dragon in that sense.

On the lighter side of heavy-bodied mouthfeel, as drinkable as this stuff is it's also a bit of a mouthful, delivering a full creamy texture, and mediate carbonation.

I'd have to say this is certainly one of my favourites of the Dragon DIPA series so far, lining up with the bar set by Red Dragon, if not slightly surpassing it in quality and enjoyment. While balanced it packs a bit more punch for being around the 70 IBU range, and I'll confess I've downed a fair share of these before finally hunkering down to review a bottle, I've been enjoying them that much.

IronDjinn, Feb 03, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%

650ml bottle, the latest hue on the colour wheel in the Dragon DIPA series, this time given the Summit hop treatment.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of densely foamy, frothy ecru head, which leaves a decent specked wall of peeling paint lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bready, doughy malt, sharp orange and tangerine citrus peel, mild forest floor pine needles, and some somewhat perfumed floral notes. The taste is bitter citrus rind, with echoes of blood orange and lemon, an equally culpable leafy pine astringency, and some further herbal liqueur essence.

The bubbles are a tad edgy, but keep it friendly for the most part, the body a swaying medium weight, and generally rather smooth. It finishes off-dry, the baker's malt still up for a tustle with the lingering bitter citrus, herbal, and floral hop gang-pile-on.

An agreeable DIPA, the Summit varietal doing well to distinguish itself from its forebearers in this series, while still giving us the goods in the realm of big-ass west coast bitter hop goodness. And I won't even quibble about the salmon-tinged 'orange' label...

biboergosum, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%

Orange hops, bold aloma and taste, is it Summit? Orange body and very lacey. A big IBU and big bitterness. Medium mouthfeel, hops backed by malt liquor flavour.Dry finish. Some palate erasing. Drinkable in limited quantity.Reasonable for style. Bottle from Presario.

Sammy, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of joemcgrath27
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

Another from the greatest series in beer EVER, and my favourite colour to boot
A - clear bright golden orange, solid fluffy head retained very nicely with fairly consistent lacing all around
S - an rich aroma mix of butterscotch, tropical fruit, some grass, and some late honey that lingers, definitely pleasant
T - starts with fruits and fresh cut grassy hops, some buttery bread and sharp grains, earthy and very light peppery finish
M - light an buttery smooth, mild bitter and dry with a bit of juicy balance
O - a very mellow and easy drinking DIPA, the hop flavours are distinct but the beer balanced and almost velvety smooth, a nice addition to the series that may appeal to more than just the hop heads

joemcgrath27, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of Voonder
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

Alley Kat Orange Dragon Double IPA - 650 ml bottle. Purchased at Willow Park in Calgary for 5 and change.

A - golden / amber in colour with one finger cream head which dissipated relatively quickly. Normal stuff for the style, but it does look good.

S - on a sweet side - fruity, very bright grapefruit, some pine on the back, some floral notes. Different, a lot sweeter and fruitier than most beers of the style. I do like it a lot though.

T - not as bitter (but it is not very high alcohol), hoppy, citrusy, pine is now definitely there, finishes with bitter grapefruit. Pretty good.

M- Velvety, very well balanced and pretty smooth, a bit too crisp for my liking, but still within tolerance.

Overall, it is very decent DIPA, balanced, very enjoyable and as hoppy as it should be. Nose is unbelivable, makes this brew very attractive. Alley Kat does very good job, the best brewery in Alberta IMO, this is my first Dragon Series but definitely not the last. Good stuff.

Voonder, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of andrenaline
4.33/5  rDev +8%

Another treat from joemcgrath27... Absolutely loving this series, so storks to get another from the series.

A - Pours a nice golden colour, finger of head with some retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Nose is uniquely sweet with some orange citrus rind hops and a solid creamy caramel malt profile with a buttered bread finish.

T - Here's where this one takes off, sweet pineapple and sugary mandarin citrus hop profile, solid bitterness with the buttery caramel notes coming through alongside some cotton candy and marshmallows.

M - Medium bodied, smooth an a touch of dryness.

O - My favourite of the series to date. The sweetness offered up a bouquet f flavours that were nicely balanced with a solid lingering bitterness. Highly recommended brew, well done Alley Kat.

andrenaline, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of Kmat10
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%

A- Very clean copper with little carbonation, two fingers of white head that stayed around, big bubbles in the head

S- Very fruit, citrus, little apple

T- Little sweetness to it, fruity citrus, very bitter but not overwhelming

M- Medium bodied, little sweet at start but finishes bitter

O- A well balanced double IPA the little sweetness makes it different and interesting

Kmat10, May 23, 2013
Photo of leaddog
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%

Appearance - Pours an orange-gold with a finger width of bubbly foamy head.

Smell - Earthy hops, caramalts, tropical fruit, tangerine.

Taste - Bitter earthy hops along with the caramalts and the tropical fruit/tangerine flavours. Long bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - The best DIPA of the Dragon Series by Alley Kat. They got the right flavour combination in this brew. I quite like the tangerine in the aroma/taste. A nice bitter DIPA.

leaddog, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

650ml bottle poured into tulip 8/10/12

A clear golden copper with slow bubbles throughout, thumbs width of dense off white foam that sits around long enough to leave a few partial rings of lace

S the nose seems familiar yet I can't place from where, sweet toffees, tropical notes, floral honey, and some faint pine. some melon comes out as it warms, smells different but great and the booze is non-existent

T some lime rind and a little leafy earthy thing going on, slightly sweet and almost has a soapy thrills gum flavor but its better then it sounds

M medium bodied with a bitter bite but mellow for 70+IBU's, a little slick on the finish and enough bubbles to fluff it up a bit but stops before being creamy, nice citric rind on the finish

O not a bad DIPA from Alley Kat and one of the better from the Dragon Series, interesting hop with just a little everything, very easy to drink for how strong it is

I rather liked this one all around and the nose was even better, there's room for improvement but adding other hops would defeat the purpose of the single hop series

wordemupg, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of shagal
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

shagal, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of jmdr
4.25/5  rDev +6%

jmdr, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of Muhly
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%

Poured from bottle into the big beery beer glass.

A-Pours with about one to two fingers of off-white head. Head is foamy with some big bubbles. Retention isn't great, but it does manage to retain a layer of foamy head after a minute or so. Colour is a very clear amber/copper with what looks to be minimal carbonation.

S-Quite fruity. A bit of orange citrus and some apple/pear notes as well. I get some sweet maltiness.

T-A really interesting mid-range kind of sweetness, which I assume owes to some of darker malts in this beer. As with the aroma I get a bit of fruity citrus and I think some pear notes. The bitterness rolls in and packs a good wallop, but doesn't destroy the palate. A pretty clean tasting beer with no discernable yeast or off flavours (to my admittedly limited palate.)

M-Seems like it's going to finish sweet, but the dryness creeps in in the end and surprises you. Though there is a touch of lingering sweetness. Not much in the way of carbonation. Mouthfeel isn't terribly heavy, but it is round.

O-Yeah, I like this guy. You expect the bitterness from a double IPA, but the sweet maltiness definitely stands up on its own as well. Well balanced with some interesting fruit aromas from the hops to boot. Cool stuff. Will try to grab some more before it disappears completely.

Muhly, Feb 05, 2013
Photo of Scrylol
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

Pours a bright orange colored body with a one finger pale white head that disappears quickly.

Earthy notes backed by juicy tropical fruit aromas. Smells great.

Label on the bottle says it is single hopped with Summit hops, and is 70+ IBU. Big, strong hop bitterness present. Big earthy notes on the tongue. Despite having a big presence in the aroma, there is only a slight hint of tropical fruit taste. Leaves a long, dry, bitter aftertaste.

Medium body, although it's a bit more watery than chewy. Decent carbonation.

A nice DIPA from Alley Kat.

Scrylol, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of DoktorZee
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%

Poured from a bomber into a schooner; the next in Alley Kat's Dragon series, this one is single-hopped with Summit and listed as 70+ IBUs

A - golden/yellow appearance, clear with a fluffy light-tan head that leaves stringy lacing on the glass.

S - slightly unusual nose showing a sweet and sour grassy hops character with just a hint of citrus and floral hops in the background (much less citrus than I would have expected)

T - very solid and smoothly bitter from the initial attack right through the finish. Fairly light malt profile such that the bitterness truly dominates and isn't reined in by the malt. The taste has a very strong orange peel character and this coats the entire mouth. It never quite overpowers but it really dominates.

M - medium bodied with medium carbonation; it definitely has some weight to it and finishes pretty juicy without any booziness.

Overall this is a very solid DIPA but lacks a touch of balance. It's definitely a major hop bomb, but it might have been even better with a little more malt to balance things out.

DoktorZee, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of hopspiller
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

hopspiller, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of schnarr84
4.25/5  rDev +6%

schnarr84, Nov 10, 2012
Dragon Series Orange Dragon Double IPA from Alley Kat Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.