Dragonmead Juggernaut Double Red Ale | Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Dragonmead Microbrewery
Michigan, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by sopor on 01-23-2006

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 14
Photo of chewy6935
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of goast8127
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of docoman
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Had this draft at friends house and honestly didn't know it was a double red, thought it was a blended beer from Dragonmead... good nonetheless... not great, but good.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served on tap at Dragonmead in Warren, Michigan. It arrived in a standard glass, glowing a ruddy burnt auburn coloring. It held a half finger tall head of decently creamy tan foam that held on for a nice retention. Blebs of lacing were left around the glass. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be moderate. The nose gave amber and raw barley maltiness, syrupy sweet red cherries and plum fruitiness, granular white sugar, phenolic plastics, hints at fusel booziness, burnt caramel grain, and faint brushes of skunky but pleasantly citrusy and piney hops. The flavoring opened with that same densely fruity graininess that was showcased in the aroma. Notes included vanilla bean, crispy caramel, pale, amber, and caramel malts, white flour, raw barley, rye metallics, vinyl plastics, red apple and maraschino cherry fruitiness, white corn, bittering and vinous hoppiness of piney, citric, and herbal varietals, lightly hot booziness, and green grassiness. The body was solidly medium, and the carbonation was medium. The mouth was left foamed and covered, but this quickly thinned and dried into a lazy astringent streak. Slurp, smack, cream, and froth were all only marginally contributory. The abv was appropriate, and the beer sipped back easily for something they call a “double”.

Overall, this was a nice offering from Dragonmead. You don’t encounter a lot of “double red ales”, so this was a treat for that, if for nothing more. The ingredients were bold and wholesome, with nice representation from both the hop side and the malt side. The latter won the battle a little bit, as the big grain bill blunted the freshness of the hops. This was true of the big fruitiness of the beer as well, making it seem a bit more skunked than perhaps it otherwise might have. The hops were much more clearly defined in the flavor than the nose, which is where most of these issues arose. Again, the beer otherwise lives up to its name and its label, and is worth a try if you’re in this type of mood.

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4.12/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of MichiganderHB
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of SerialTicker
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on-tap at Dragonmead.

Appearance: A fairly deep red color. Clear. No head on it. No lacing, really. I like the color though.

Smell: Hops. Looking for this beer on this site, I'm surprised that this is said to be a strong ale, but sure, why not. Smells like a red IPA to me. Plenty of piney and grapefruity freshness in Juggernaut. Some sort of malt character, but this is no doubt a hoppy beer.

Taste/feel: The biggest disappointment I found with Juggernaut was without a doubt the feel. Almost no carbonation, and a little on the thin side. Then again, this is said to be a strong ale. I've only had one strong ale (Stone's Arrogant Bastard) and the feel was similar now that I think about it, so that could just be my ignorance. Hoppy, bitter, and quite red IPA-esque. Not a great beer in my opinion, but it's still a very nice and tasty option.

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Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-red amber color with a decent off-white head and good lacing

S-caramel malt, citrus, pine, light fruit

T-caramel malt, fruit, little citrus, light pine, mild to moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-I enjoyed this beer, solid example of the style

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Photo of RyanCFriedrich
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Morakaton
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, my first review in a series of many to come from the Dragonmead Brewery in Warren Michigan. While Dragonmead is well known for making great Belgian, English, and German beer, my favorite still is the Juggernaut Double Red, an American Imperial Red Ale. Something about this beer just really stands out as being special for me, and is always a staple everytime I go to the brewery (except the few times it's not on tap ;( ).

Served into a pub pint glass on tap at the brewery itself.

For starters, it has the most beautiful appearance of an unmolded ruby, it's a bit cloudy but a very attractive and somewhat deep red color. It always pours with a nice 2-3 finger head that slowly dissipates into foamy ring. The beer is well carbonated with a small amount of bubbly activity going on as the beer sparkles in the light.

It smells of hop aroma, citrus, and some malts, particularly cascade. The taste definitely derives from the smell, as the delicious citrus taste is accented with a not too overbearing hoppy bite, that finishes a bit bitter and slightly creamy, but it works so well here. In the mouth, it's a bit thick, but feels consistent and strong. The ABV is well hidden for a beer with 8% ABV, and I could easily be deceived by the alcohol content if I didn't know better.

Overall, this is still my favorite Imperial red ale. I've had many in that subcategory, and while they're usually quite excellent, I think Juggernaut is the most well balanced between it's bitter flavor and hops, with the tangible sweetness in the initial taste. Sadly, this beer is not yet bottled by Dragonmead, and is usually not one of the beers Dragonmead distributes to other bars and pubs in Michigan, meaning you'll either need to visit the brewery, or know someone who can send you a growler to try it.

Until next time, stay thirsty!

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Photo of HarmonMW
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Bernardkowalski
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely one of my favorite beers!! honestly can go good with anything, but you are better off enjoying this beer by itself. it has so much too offer, such great combination between the yeast and malt's making this an outstanding brew. you can put this on my list of top beers.

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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at the brewery, review is from notes from two weeks prior. Aroma is caramel malts, citrus/earthy hops and pine. This is a double red but the malt presence barely rivals a standard red ale. This is a trend among these beers which seem to be "under malted". So many double reds also have a betetr hop profile, this one is lacking this element. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Paul_Kraft586
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of chasisthedevil
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Calculat0r
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of MasterSki
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Dragonmead. Served in a taster glass.

A - Hazy reddish orange body. White foam settles to a near-complete cap, thick collar, and a few splotches of lace.

S - Typical sweet red ale - cotton candy, sugar malts, a hint of orange hops, and a hint of alcohol. Aroma is a bit understated.

T - More caramel, red fruits, burnt sugars, and juicy oranges. Some mild bitterness but not much hop character otherwise. Slight vegetal note in the finish and a hint of alcohol too.

M - Smooth, medium body. Light warming alcohol, and a dry, toasty texture.

D - It's a solid Double Red, but nothing worth seeking out. Could use more hop aroma, but I'm not sure how fresh this batch was so it may have just been faded.

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Photo of Goldfoot
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of nickadams2
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had from cask at Dragonmead.

A_Beautiful bright red with a thick off white head that lasted forever. Very impressing looking beer.

S_Tart fruit, caramel malt,and bitter hops.

T_Sweet caramel malt and fruit up front.Nice bitter finish. Little boozy.

M_Thick, creamy,and full bodied.


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Photo of gordavidson
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A deep ruby red with some orange highlights. A massive off white head with amazing retention. The beer is ever so slightly hazy.

S- Very fruity with a candy like aroma. I get cotton candy and red licorice with some orange rind and caramel. There is a buttery aspect as well. Very appealing, but just a tad too sweet.

T- Sweet up front with a strong bitterness that kicks right in. The same as the aroma, but a bit stronger. This is sweet and beastly, but enjoyable.

M- Smooth and dry with a nice hop oiliness. A slightly sticky aftertaste.

D- Sweet, flavorful, and enjoyable. A little on the rich side, but it is enjoyable. One of the better beers from Dragonmead.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 4-10-09
Bottled on 4-4-09

Pours a mostly clear and super thick red/brown color, with an immense off-white head that lasts an inch above the surface of the beer.

Smell is cotton-candy sweetness, with hop earthiness to back it up. Very cool, but the sweetness does get a little old after awhile.

Taste is strong hops right away, slightly buttery with sizable bitterness at the end. A little bit of roasted malt comes through in the aftertaste, with very well moderated alcohol. Extremely tasty.

Mouthfeel is good, very creamy and great with the hops.

Drinkability is very good, I'm going to have to be careful with this growler.

Overall, a great beer that is very well made. I'd love to be able to get it more often.

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Photo of hopdog
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Dragonmead Brew Pub.

Poured a deeper amberish color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of lots of hops. Pine, citrus and earthy. I would have guessed IPA or IIPA on this. Tastes of the same hoppiness with caramel, and toasted malts. Alcohol content well hidden.

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