Dragoon IPA | Dragoon Brewing Co.

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Dragoon IPADragoon IPA

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Dragoon Brewing Co.
Arizona, United States

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.

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Photo of snilsen13
2.82/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

From a can. I've drank four of these on four different nights trying to figure this beer out. At 88 IBU and 7.2% it seems like they know how to use these scales. Very very bitter, like uncut espresso bitter. It is drinkable, but not strong enough to merit sipping. The hops hit like a brick wall of piny resin and long bitter aftertaste. There is no maltiness to appreciate after this hop load. This is amateur craftsmanship and should be called out.

The nearest neighbor to this beer, in terms of flavor, is Cone Flakes. I liked Cone Flakes more, but I'm biased to support CT brewers. Neither beer is very drinkable and both are way over-hopped. This is just pandering to the extreme-hop-heads who make up a just a sliver of the hop-heads, who are just a small segment of all beer-drinkers.

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Photo of Phelps
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a half-pint at Papago.

Very clear and pale gold, almost like a pilsner. One finger of frothy, white head deposits globs of lace.

Fairly standard aroma. Mild citrus, tangerine and mango. A savory, yeasty note in the background is very subtle.

Standard flavor as well, with sweet tangerine meeting dank weed and some tropical sweetness. Backing it up is a strange, mildewy quality that reminds of old, toasted saltines. It gets tangier as it warms. Good hops; weird grain.

Moderate massaging carbonation is peppery on the tongue. Thin, medium-light body. Lingering mild bitterness and wet grain.

Something is off here, though it's hard to say exactly what.

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Photo of bambam2517
3.54/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

64oz growler pulled off tap at Total Wine in Gilbert. WTF is up with the proud pricing of growlers at these stores? I was going to fill mine with Santan beer, but nixed that when I realized I could get a fill at the brewery and it would cost less and be closer to my house! Ah well, that introduced me to this little hop-bomb...

A - Innocent looking, pale orange in color and watery up top. Carbonation looks good however. No lacing to speak of.

S - Spring flowers and grass, hops abound! Its so hop-forward though that theres a tinge of that bitter tomcat piss smell, off-putting I know but its the most precise way I can say it.

T - Thank goodness, no Tomcat here! Very grassy, crackery taste with a little sour citrus zing. Pretty good stuff!

M - Very bitter but even finish, warming alcoholic presence but its leveraged in nicely.

O - Hey, in my experience this is Arizona's best done West Coast IPA! Not ready to throw down with Cali yet, but keep em comin...

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Photo of MickeysGrenade
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Having recently moved to Arizona, it was in my nature to start seeking out local craft beer. This was the beer that drew first blood.

A: A nice looking beverage with a middle of the road yellow body, and nice foam. The pint glass it was served in had a little excess water in it, which effectively killed the head, but I have faith that this was situational.

S: The beer smells like an IPA, which is a good start based off of the name. To be completely fair though, I can't get the full aroma of a good beer when I am drinking in a bar. Something about Apple-tini's in the near vicinity kills my sense of smell.

T: A nice bitter IPA, that leaves the mouth slightly dry.

M: Prickly, like a cactus, only more enjoyable.

O: The overall first impression of this beer was a good one. I would drink this beer again, and as person that appreciates locally made goods, I will seek it out again.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on my trip out to Tucson for Thanksgiving 2013. At the taphouse.

Pours the usual yellow with 2/5" white head. Aroma has some hops, but it doesn't seemed like they went with the aromatic variety. Like they dry hopped with bittering hops.

Taste has lots of grapefruit like bitterness going on. Pale caramel malt in there. Substantial prickly carbonation. ABV over 7 is fully there. Hop flavors are dank at times, no doubt the Summit, which I like.

This is a good beer. Not as good as locals say, but still good and one of the better hoppy beers I've had in Arizona for sure.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On draft

Pale yellow with white head, some lacing. well rounded hop aroma. Not much malt flavor to balance the hop flavors, mildly bitter. Thinner bodied.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber golden in color with very lively carbonation. An inch thick head of foam rests on the top. Intense grapefruit like hop aroma greets me and beckons me to taste. Creamy and slightly chalky mouthfeel. The flavor is strong on the grapefruit hop flavor. It intensifies on the back of the palate.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter.
A - Pours a clear amber with a thick soapy head.
S - Aroma is dank and a bit piney.
T - Malty sweetness followed by plenty of bitterness.
M - Medium carbonation, mouth feel is a little creamy.
O - This is a very good IPA but not great. Now if I lived in AZ I might feel differently.

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid ipa. On tap at ohso. Very fresh and very drinkable. Orange colour. Medium mouthfeel. On cask dry hopped with dr rudy and 721 at the source is even better.

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Photo of tucson_brewson
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Typically drank on tap at nearly every bar/restaurant in town. But picked up a pint can from the fine folks at Plaza Liquors as it was on sale for $3.

L - Pours a nice deep, clear amber color with about an inch and a half of off-white foam that dissipates and leaves a thicker lacing than expected.

S - Typical pine and citrus of most IPAs, maybe some vodka slipped in because it's a bit medicinal/alcohol-like too. Like the description, dank with flowery hops that stand out so you know it's going to be bitter.

T - Strong hoppy bite up front, citrus rind, some grain alcohol, not much malt to balance out the bitter but there's a very slight fruity tang at the end to make it not so overpowering.

F - Thin to medium body, prickly carbonation, with a dry, slightly sticky finish.

O - This IPA is offered at almost every establishment in Tucson. It's a popular IPA and Dragoon's flagship. It's a very solid west coast IPA that I can enjoy one or two of. The high alcohol content definitely hits quick and warms you up. A very solid IPA.

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Photo of fenixtx423
3.84/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A little too much summit hop flavor (onion + garlic) for my taste. A little bit goes a long way with summit. Also surprisingly mild aroma for drinking an IPA fresh at the brewery. They have the light body and mouthfeel nailed down for a strong IPA.

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Photo of matcris
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very clear, amber. Bubbles screaming up the glass, and a white, finger of soapy head that settles to a thin layer. Spotty lacing. The aroma is big on the dank hops, with some caramel malt. Same exactly for the flavor. Everybody perceives brews a little differently. I think a lot of people would get the onion/garlic vibe from this, but, to me, just lots of weed! Above average carbonation, very dry, and medium body. A nice departure from the usual WC IPA's, and a nice building bitterness, too.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to DblDiamond for sending this one in my NFL Confidence Pool box! Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Cigar City goblet.

A: Clear gold, with a two-finger white fluffy head that has good retention. A good bit of visible carbonation. Quite pretty.

S: Citrus rind, dank, light resin, tropical fruits, and a touch of melon. All over very light cracker malts. Pretty damn decent!

T: Tropical fruit, resin and a citrus flavor that's somehow creamy up front. Less dank than on the nose but still there. Light cracker malts. Finishes with citrus rind and a modest bitterness.

M: The body is a touch on the light side. Good carbonation sensation, and the alcohol is noticeable but not obnoxious.

O: Good flavors, good bitterness. There's a wateriness or lack of "punch" right at the swallow...I can't find the words to explain it better than that, but it's missing something. I wouldn't seek this out if it was effort, but if it were local it'd be in rotation in the refrigerator, especially since it's available in cans. Glad to have tried it!

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Photo of ZionNation
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this is in the top five Arizona beers and a worthy IPA. had it several times - on tap at Whole Foods in Tucson and Whole Foods in Scottsdale. Consistent with California IPAs, big hoppy beer with pine and citrus notes. Currently this is only available on draught, hopefully they will start to bottle it soon.

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Photo of Dynobolt
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it here at the dragoon brewery on tap. Not quite up there with the Cali top ipas. Still a very good tasty IPA. They are on to something here in Tucson. Nice pub and atmosphere, plain and simple.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deliciously bitter IPA. Tons of hops and tons of bitterness. Also a good balance of sweetness in there which makes it stand out. Love when I can find a great local beer.

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Photo of DaverCS
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear Amber color. 1 1/2 fingers of a frothy head. Great lacing.

Aroma is all about grapefruit pith and pine. Bright and citrusy.

Taste is of citrus pith. Primarily bitter grapefruit pith but orange and lemon is also present. Rather dry. Some more pine. A touch watery during the middle of the sip.

Overall, this is a classic west coast ipa. Reminds me a bit of stone IPA, but a bit more toned back in terms of citrus. I see this pairing well with papas bravas. It gets a 80/100.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. pint on tap at O.H.S.O. Eatery and Nano-Brewery in Phoenix, AZ; unknown bottling/packaging date; poured into a standard pint glass and drank over 30 minutes

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Photo of velosuds
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best IPA in a can I have had. Perfect compliment to room service dinner after an unseasonably warm February day in the Sonoran desert. The aroma was the only underperforming attribute of this solid beer.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at a local brewpub, this is one seriously bitter hop forward beer right here. Wow...

Beer is amber / orangish with a little haze, a nice stiff white head that is fed from aggressive carbonation, lots of retention.

Aroma is fruity and sweet with a lot of hops.

Beer is medium in body and chewy from the hop resin, earthy and floral with a lot of bitterness at the back, a very nice IPA and I'd have it again.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Deep gold to a light rust color in the glass, this beer also forms a large, frothy head as it is poured. The body of the beer is bright and clear, and the head hangs around for what seems like a decade.

S- Huge cedar and light citrus hop notes hit the nose first and provide a consistent smell for the entire length of the drink. The back half of the drink really show off the citrus in the form of a mandarin orange that comes through. Not much else in the smell except for the hops.

T- The same hops from the scent burst onto the tongue in the initial taste, but this time the focus is much more weighted towards the pine, cedar, and earthy bitterness. From front to back, the piney hops bitterness dominates, with only the slightest bit of citrus bitterness increasing at the back end of the drink. Right in the middle, you can get just the slightest touch of the pale caramel malt that provides the lightest sweetness possible. Long lingering, big, resinous pine is the remaining taste on the tongue.

M- Smooth, thick, and a medium weight as far as the alcohol goes, this one drinks just on the heavy side of the IPA style.

Overall, this is a very solid IPA that shows off just the right amount of both earthy and fruity bitterness from the hops. The biggest compliment that I can give this beer is that it drinks great alone, but is also a phenomenal pair with the sharp, white cheddar cheese that is suggested on the can.

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Photo of gregcordle
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A fresh can brought back by Jay from Ameristop. Thank you Sir!

L: a very clear, copper color with a thin off white head.

A: Wow, fresh earthy, dank hops punch you right in the nose. Earthy, spicy and a little floral with a small amount of sweet honey-like malt come through.

T: pretty amazing IPA. Puts me in mind of classics like Sucks and Bodhi. Hops hit you then some sweetness followed by a blast of hop bitterness.

F: A bit thin is my only complaint. I wish it had a little more malt to stand up to the hoppiness. Very astringent,dry finish.

O: Really great beer. If I didn't live near Columbus and have Bodhi so close at hand I might seek it out more. A standout in a sea of average IPAs. I definitely enjoyed it though.

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Photo of joeworrall
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

not familiar with Dragoon Brewing before tonight (even thought it's from Tucson, AZ), this was served as part of a tasting flight at Whole Foods in a 4 oz. tasting glass...

tonight, I am compaing it with some other IPA's on tap at Whole Foods: Four Peaks Hop Knot IPA, Ballast Point Sculpin IPA, Mother Road Lost Highway Black IPA, and the standard for double IPA's Dogfish Head 90. I will also pour a Stone IPA from a bottle before the evening is over...

color and appearance are a medium honey yellow with a head that settles down to a thin lacey cap

smell is nice, Dragoon uses a single pale caramel malt and hops from the northwest US

taste is similarly balanced, malt and hops do not overwhelm each other, but complement and result in a very pleasant mouthfeel... very easy to drink with a pleasant aftertaste

In my search for the perfect IPA, this one is definitely in the top 20.

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Photo of MonkeyBread
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap a few times but found it in cans at a Whole Foods recently. Described as a west coast IPA it actually pours a light amber orange color. Smell is of white onion, dank pine, earthy spice, citrusy grapefruit rind. Taste follows with a lot of centennial lending garlic, onion, evergreen along with a resiny, bitter, dankness. A very unusual earthiness and heavy spice note is present. This definitely creates some differentiation from the hundreds of other IPAs out there. Not much malt or sweetness. Quality ale.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear gold draft pour with white head. Orange juice nose. Fresh cut grass and hoppy citrus flavor. Resinous tongue coating yet still juicy. I thought strong grassy hops a bit overpowering - still, quite good for this west coast style.

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