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Red Dragon Ale | Cortland Beer Company

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Red Dragon AleRed Dragon Ale

Brewed by:
Cortland Beer Company
New York, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by WesWes on 12-31-2010

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 33
Reviews by NJBeer265:
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3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Photo of butters_mcgee
3.4/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
2.68/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured bomber into 34oz mug; cloudy ruddy brown with a fizzy white head that fades into nothing quickly, almost like a soda. Carbonation looks like a soda as well, this is a very effervescent beer. Smell is subdued caramel malts, no real hops in the scent except for some small herbal hints. Taste is pretty simple; earthy, slightly sour malt with some slight hops here and there. This isn't like any amber/red ale I've had before...seems way off the style. Mouthfeel is fizzy and medium-thick.
Overall this seems way off; needs better malt, more hops, and way less carbonation. It's still a drinkable beer though.

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Photo of BrewMaven
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Nice hazy deep amber hue. Smells like a belgian tripel with ripe fruit nose. Taste is not up to the aroma with just hints of ripe, tart fruit and the finish showing a hint of hops and alcohol. Medium bodied and mild carbonation. Bottle fermented? Not bad but not great.

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of rlee1390
3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Cloudy, burnt red/brown two finger head with some carbonation.

S-Caramel and malt. Some toffee, not much else though. Maybe a little honey.

T-Caramel, malt, more malt. Not much else. Bland and one dimensional, poor after taste, overly sugary. Not a good bled of flavors.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation.

O-It seems like this was left unfermented or something. Sweet and unblanced.

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Photo of DoubleMalt
4.17/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VanStrokin
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into mug from bomber. Reddish/brownish color. Nice head but fades quickly. Not very hoppy taste. Has a hint of caramel. Smells like it would have more of a hop taste. Alright malt smell. Bitterness last a little while. Not a bad beer. Goes down kind of smooth. Love trying anything from NY.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a pint glass from a 16oz tallboy can.

3.0 A: Partly cloudy deep orange amber color. Two fingers of frothy beige head. Retention is below average and no lacing is left.

3.0 S: Nose is quite muted. Toatiness is the strongest component with yeasty breadiness and caramel malts underneath. Not bad, but bland.

3.0 T: Taste offers more than the nose, but it's still pretty tame. Caramel malts and toastiness on the forefront. Bready yeast to follow.

3.5 M: Medium body. A tad chewy. Good moderate carbonation and easy to drink.

2.75 D: Not poorly made, but lacking strength of flavor and complexity.

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Photo of morrowd3
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of atr2605
2.88/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours a deep amber with pretty good head retention
S- sweet malt and a slight hint of hops. not a ton of aroma
T- little raisin, honey, subtle plum flavor. Kind of interesting flavors for a red ale, not quite as hoppy as I would have expected but still pretty balanced.
M-medium bodied, nice feel overall, very drinkable
O- not a bad brew, it was a little on the sweet side but still enough bitterness on the back end to make it a very drinkable beer. Not amazing beer but if the price was right I would pick up a few more.

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Photo of TheBeerNation
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of smurphy493
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of jdelano
3.58/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like reds and this is a local brewery so i thought i would try it despite the low reviews. I was pleasantly surprised. Not great but decent. I will have it again.

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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber/red color with a 1/2" off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a sweet, caramel scent along with a light to mild hop nose. The taste is decent as well. It has a rich, caramel malt sweetness along with a complimentary hop character. It's mildly bitter and well balanced. It goes down easy with a rich, almost syrupy caramel feel. The elevated alcohol level is well hidden. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good beer that seems like it could be better. It's balanced, yet seems a bit rich with too many unfermented sugars.

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Photo of rxthree
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of suspect
2.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Hazy brownish, copper color. Aggressive pour leads to a khaki colored 2 finger head. Lacing is pretty much non-existent.

S: Malt forward smell with some diacetyl tones as well. It's the malt that takes center stage here and they aren't great. Not terrible and certainly not complex.

T: Malts are still present and there are some hop notes and other smells here as well but they all add up to a kind of sloppy tasting beer.

M: Creamy feel, lots of bitterness causes me some pucker.

O: A very average red. I won't be seeking another out.

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Photo of MrFuster
3.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of prisdefer
2.25/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of cashmier
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of ClavisAurea
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Photo of lovindahops
3.85/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok second and final cortland brew for the evening at j ryans

A- pours a reddish amber body with some foam that quickly disappears leaving some lacing. The brew is actually slighly clear for the dark look

S- very faint sweet malt and sugar. The scent is a little light for my liking and not too much as far as a hop presence

T- sweet caramel and sugars are pretty widespread in this amber ale. The brew is tasty if you are into the sweet amber styles. I do like the attention to flavor

M- very crisp and literally whipping the mouth with sweet flavor

D- red dragon is a pretty good brew from CBC. Again, there are some sweet flavors that might not be for everyone. I like it though

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Photo of j0hnc2468
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Risenhower
3/5  rDev -7.4%

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Red Dragon Ale from Cortland Beer Company
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