Dragon Series Jade Dragon Double IPA - Alley Kat Brewing Company
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Reviews by IronDjinn:
4.1/5 rDev -1%
From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a bright light orange hue, slightly hazed, with a tall frothy white head that slowly settles.
Bready malt on the nose that offers a solid backbone, with an assertive hop presence that displays notes of lemon, tangerine and grapefruit.
Grainy, bready malt up front in the flavour, whereas the hops present notes of citrus rind and pith, a combination of lemon and grapefruit, with some oily, sticky astringency that sticks to the palate. Citrus rind seems to build in the aftertaste before eventually subsiding. This one will walk around with you for a while!
Medium-bodied mouthfeel, texture is full and smooth, with a somewhat brisk carbonation maintains some balance overall.
As a whole one of the most successful--or perhaps scratch that--most enjoyable of the Dragon DIPA series thus far, however Citra hops are nearly a sure thing anytime, they are what they are and typically deliver the goods. In this case they do just that and work well with the malt base of this particular series. Within the top 3 of the Dragon series thus far, the Red Dragon Simcoe still holding top spot in my opinion.
06-29-2013 19:15:29 | More by IronDjinn
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3.94/5 rDev -4.8%
650ml bottle. The current shade of Dragon is single hopped with Citra.
This beer pours a clear, quite bright medium golden yellow hue, with two fingers of puffy, cushioned, creamy eggshell white head, which leaves some billowing smoke lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.
It smells of bready, biscuity malt, that bread lightly buttered, with some muddled orange and lime citrus, a bit of underripe pineapple, slightly musty kiwi, and a hint of stale uric acid. The taste is more fruity up front than in the aroma, the tropical nature bolstered by pineapple, dry lychee, and guava notes, while the grainy, lightly toasted caramel malt does well to provide a suitably enveloping backdrop. That cat piss from the nose has thankfully burned off.
The carbonation is rather lolling and gentle, the body a decent medium weight, with a wee tackiness marring an otherwise pedestrian smoothness. It finishes off-dry, that bready, somewhat yeasty Alley Kat malt sweetness contending ably with the lingering musty tropical fruit hoppiness.
Another good offering in this single-hop series, this time the Citra hop seems more than capable of shouldering the load. However, the one unintended consequence as I've surfed through the various hop incarnations is a keenly sharpened awareness of the base beer's malt character. Perhaps I should be tasting the subsequent Dragons alongside each other, but that's what stands out to me here. That, and the feeling that this still straddles the line between IPA and DIPA, and it's starting to bug me.
05-19-2013 02:03:28 | More by biboergosum
4.16/5 rDev +0.5%
A - clear bubbly golden, big thumb of head held its own leaving plenty of spikes of lacing
S - fruity, bubble gum, grassy, with light pale grains
T - tropical fruits with touches of bubble gum, mint, and fresh grass, with a pale grainy backbone, this is very fresh and refreshing
M - light and well carbonated, juicy and fresh through the middle with a pleasant dry finish
O - this is somewhere between a IPA and DIPA in terms of bite, but its so deliciously fresh and drinkable that it overcomes my penchant for palate testing hoppiness, another big winner from the best IPA series out there
06-05-2013 02:40:48 | More by joemcgrath27
British Columbia (Canada)
4.16/5 rDev +0.5%
S: Wonderful citra aroma, really dominates this beer.
T: Doesn't dissapoint, with hoppy pineyness, yet floral and fruity
M: IPA like!
Overall: First Alberta DIPA, but fills the role prefectly. east meets west, with pine and fruity/floral, with west coast winning out. Being simgle hop, I am a Citra fan.
Great beer! Going to get some more.
05-23-2013 04:27:00 | More by Boozecamel
4.16/5 rDev +0.5%
Props to joemcgrath27 for keeping me up to date on the Double Dragon series...
A - Pours a slightly hazy golden colour, finger of head with decent retention and some nice spotty lacing.
S - Sweet lemon citrus, sugary caramel, bread crusts, bitter citrus rind, and a sweet malted caramel finish.
T - Much like the nose, sweet citrus, lemon, sweet pine and cedar, candied caramel, bready malts, sour citrus rinds, and a buttery finish.
M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.
O - Another winner in the double dragon series, hops are bright, vibrant, and fresh. Superb flavour and super glad to have had the pleasure of trying it.
06-03-2013 00:41:49 | More by andrenaline
4.28/5 rDev +3.4%
Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy topaz yellow with a finger width of bubbly white head. Nice lacing.
Smell - Citra hops, caramalts, tropical fruits.
Taste - Citra hops are predominant. Balanced with malts and tropical fruits. Good high level of bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall - The best of the Dragon series (IMHO). The Citra hops add the 'oomph' that I have been looking for in the previous entries.
06-02-2013 01:59:44 | More by leaddog
4.21/5 rDev +1.7%
650ml bottle poured into tulip 7/5/13
A clear golden yellow with a couple streams of tiny bubbles floating up to a thumbs width of tight foam that sticks around for a few sips and leaves lots of random lace
S tropical fruity notes, passion fruit, guava, candied pineapple, lychee, lime, about what I expect form citra, faint catty notes and sweet malt work well
T maybe just a little spruce I wasn't smelling but it mimics the nose quite well, has a hop candy thing working for it, just a little citric rind but I can't quite place
M leaning towards full, no heat and just a little sticky, carbonation takes a second to cream things up and a nice bitter bite, citrus rind lingers on the finish
O one of, if not my favorite Dragon so far, I've almost drank the whole bottle already and I haven't been typing that long, I might call it an IPA and a half not quite double in my eyes but a solid beer
Citra's one hop I think can hold its own on its own, pretty solid brew that I'd drink again and I'm stoked Alley Kat keeps pumping them out
05-08-2013 04:59:01 | More by wordemupg
4.14/5 rDev 0%
Bottle thanks to strang.
A - Nice bright light golden colour with good carbonation coming up. Solid, thick and creamy two finger off white head. Great lace rings all around with a film of retention.
S - Tons of juicy hops. Melon, mango, pineapple. Gummy candies. Natural fruit sugars.
T - Light, bright, juicy hops. Strong passionfruit and something that reminds of syrupy fruits. Not exactly canned peaches, but a sugary syrup covered mango. I imagine this is what hop candies would taste like. Not much malt to speak of.
M - Good tingly carbonation, medium body. Pineapple core and mild alcohol in the finish with a noticeable bitterness.
O/D - This was a pretty solid IPA. Not quite the strength for 'double' territory, but it held its own. Complex and drinkable. Very hop forward and a good showcase of Citra.
05-23-2013 22:42:09 | More by tbeckett
4.36/5 rDev +5.3%
Pours a bright golden color with a one finger off white head, lots of bubbles. Nice, smooth appearance.
Aroma consists of juicy, tropical notes. Smells very nice. Smells like sweet orange, guava, lychee, pineapple. Slight piney note to it. It is very good, but it would be perfect if it was a little bit stronger.
Tropical fruit flavor on the tongue, followed by a nice bitter finish with some piney, earthy and bready notes. It's pretty bitter, but not tongue smashing bitter. Just right, and makes the drinkability pretty high. Could use a bit more tropical notes to it, but it's still good.
Nice smooth, medium body to it. Decent amount of carbonation and just feels very nice in the mouth.
A very nice Citra hopped DIPA from Alley Kat's Dragon Series. Perfect for the summer.
05-28-2013 04:20:27 | More by Scrylol
Dragon Series Jade Dragon Double IPA from Alley Kat Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.