Dragoon IPA | Dragoon Brewing Co.

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Dragoon IPADragoon IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dragoon Brewing Co.
Arizona, United States
dragoonbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is a true West Coast IPA–it is pale in color, with with bracing bitterness, high alcohol content (about 7.4% abv) and a fruity/floral/citrus hop aroma. It is made from a simple malt bill: North American base and pale caramel malt. We use copious amounts of Northwest hops (Summit, Columbus, Magnum and Zythos) all throughout the boil, with most of it going in within the last 15 minutes. After fermentation is complete, we dry hop it with approximately 1 boatload of each of the same hop varieties.

Added by Gueuzedude on 04-19-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
220
Reviews:
44
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
9.66%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
57
For Trade:
2
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of finstick
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Bonesaw1127
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of RockAZ
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my perfect beer. It is available all over my town but not many other places, and only on draft. Really hoppy, can be smelled from 5 feet away. Sweet, but a bitter wash on the the mouth feel leaving me ready for more. And the last three batches have had an incredible aroma of that freshly harvested hop that gives it the grapefruit/peach/lemon/idunno scent that I really like a lot.

And I have had 4 barrels of it in my home over the last year and still ask for it when I am out dining. What else can I say except I hope you have a brewery near your town that makes these small batches of wonder that don't travel far - I am looking at you Minnesota with your Surly beers!

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Photo of redleaves
5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Smells of pine, like sap pine. Like what I clean off my cars white pine. Taste is slight pine but big juice, tangerine, grapefruit and lime zest. Velvety viscous mouthfeel but doesn't linger. Inhale after has grapefruit and pine. Clear but tasted like a cloudy Vermont/Maine beer. This is really fantastic, smooth and huge hop style IPA.

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Photo of searsclone
4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of DonDirkA
4.87/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I don't have one in front of me to review right now, but this is a great IPA and I have always been satisfied with it. Tonight (Sept. 21, 2012) they won the "Best Overall Beer" category at the First Tucson Beer Cup and I figured they earned the right of letting people know about it.

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4.87/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.79/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I'm a Dogfish Head regular however, this beer has my attention. An absolute must try !!
I visited the Dragoon Brewery here in Tucson and had the great fortune to meet the owners and brewmaster. All are very excited about their great beers. After giving them a look around, I told them that they are in the same position right now that Redhook Brewing in Seattle, WA was 20 years ago. They beemed at the thought !!
Watch these guys. I believe they are going places...

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4.69/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Little_Joe
4.69/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kwc017
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an amazing IPA. Wonderful smell, hops, a bit of pine but mostly just fresh hops. Taste is just awesome. Clean, fresh hops, not much malt which makes sense since this is their take on the West Coast IPA, which is my favorite style. I put this up there with the Cali big boys. My personal fav is Green Flash West Coast IPA but this is very, very close behind. You have to try it if you like the style, you will not be disappointed. Cheers!

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4.61/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of dgardner16
4.59/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Auraan
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear amber body with abundant bubbles and a foamy white head that receded to a foamy cap of lace. Overall impression of appearance is of a very nice IPA, quite enticing. Scents of grapefruit, earthy, vegetal hops with an onion quality, tropical fruit particularly guava and mango, spicy hop aromas, a hint of sweet malt backbone and notes of pine resin. Overall impression of aroma is of the perfect West Coast IPA, I have found few that can touch the balance and depth on display. Flavor begins wonderfully hoppy, with notes of earthy, dank, vegetal hops, imparting that nice oniony flavor, along with abundant notes of grapefruit rind, pine resin and light notes of tropical fruit. Middle continues these flavors but increases hop bitterness from medium-high to high and increases the intensity of grapefruit and pine resin. Finish is dry with notes of pine resin, earthy, dank, vegetal hops, grapefruit peel and pith, pine resin and a nice hop spiciness and a very light balancing caramel malt backbone. Aftertaste is nicely bitter with notes of pine resin, grapefruit peel and earthy, dank, vegetal hops. Overall impression of taste is of a fantastic West Coast IPA. Again a perfect balance of hop flavors is reached, creating a wonderful whole and one of the finest examples of the style I have tasted. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with medium carbonation and a sticky, resinous mouthfeel. Again, near perfect for the style, nothing at all to fault. Overall this is one of the finest West Cost-style American IPAs I have had. It has a near perfect aroma, flavor and mouthfeel, representing the best of the style and showing that the best Arizona breweries can easily compete with the California big boys.

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4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Delicious... best brew in AZ?

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Dragoon IPA from Dragoon Brewing Co.
4.14 out of 5 based on 220 ratings.
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