Zombie Dragon
North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery

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IPA - American
3.87 | pDev: 8.79%
North by Northwest Restaurant & Brewery
Texas, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 21 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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acmurphy696 from Georgia

3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another Florida beer that my cousin got me. It had a favorable appearance and smelled good. It tasted balanced and would definitely get a repeat from me.

May 11, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

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

Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a dark golden amber color with a one finger head of billowy white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of some tropical fruit smells of tangerine, pineapple and mango, but also has a rather decent showing of some lemon and grapefruit citrus as well. Along with these smells comes a little bit of pine and a touch of herb.
Taste – The taste is much as may be expected from the nose, beginning with a tropical fruit base malt flavor that has some light caramel and a good showing of grapefruit and pine hop right from the start. As the taste advances the pine gets slightly stronger all while the sweeter tangerine citrus increases a bit, but is balanced by a light lemon and herbal hop taste. These flavors take the taste to the end, where one is left with a somewhat crisp, but still sorta fruity and sweet, but nicely hopped taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew was on the thinner and crisper side with a carbonation level that is slightly higher. For the mix of flavors and hops the feel is quite nice and makes for an easy sipping brew overall.
Overall – A rather tasty west coast style IPA. Easy drinking and flavorful.

Aug 11, 2019
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured from can to pint glass.

A: floaters lightly pepper this lightly hazy but mostly clear marigold gold body. produces a large, bright off-white damn-near champagne-bubble foam head with minimal retention which settles on down to a foamy bubble island ring around the glass. light bubble lacing present
S: punchy fruit-juice tinged pine hop at the nose backed by a zesty lemon biscuit kicker
T: lemon and earthy pine hop, lush fruit juice midway thru for a sweet and welcome break, finishing off with a light biscuit malt which gently fades right back into the hoppy bitterness.
F: on the lower end of medium carbonation, medium body, and a solid balance of lush-to-dry finish, which coats the mouth and tongue.

Overall (personal opinion):
a mellow affair best suited for those who are interested in lemon, hops, with a tad of malt interaction. nothing flashy, and maybe a little too pine-hop-heavy for the "day-tripping" fan of IPAs, but a solid entry into a crowded and often less than noteworthy brew style.

Jul 17, 2019
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Grabbed a can while in Austin. Recommended at WhichCraft.Nice juicey NEIPA style. Very smooth body. Very well made.
Enjoyable if not particularly distinguished.

Oct 02, 2018
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HardTarget from Texas

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very hazy glass, but that's how the "East Coast IPA / Hazy IPA" goes. Gold to amber glass holds a solid quarter finger of bright white foam that laces the glass.

Aroma: Heady levels of hops, Citric and pine, which I would peg as West Coast, but, whatever. Slight catty note.

Taste: Lemon, pear skin, with an earthy hop, tonic water aspect. There's a little sweetness in the middle, clean and slightly grainy.

Mouthfeel: Slightly gritty, low carbonation, sudsy texture, medium body.

Overall: Tasty, darn tasty even. It's all punchy in the nose and fairly mellow in the taste, I can see why the style is popular. I like it too, and have always enjoyed NXNW's upscale brewpub experience. First taste of their cans, I'll be looking for more.

Sep 13, 2018
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Jugs_McGhee from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brief initial gut reaction after opening my first can:

Damn drinkable, with a mellow juicy hop profile that doesn't foray too far into tropical territory like many entries in this Johnny-come-lately substyle.

I predict this will bring a lot of attention to NXNW, a brewery that hasn't really been given their due in the Austin beer scene in part because for so long they've been draught-only. For my money, this rivals most of Pinthouse Pizza's IPAs, and it's as drinkable as Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I basically inhaled the first can and had to run to my fridge for a second just to finalize this rating.

High B- (3.50) / WORTHY

Apr 12, 2018
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