Dragoon IPA | Dragoon Brewing Co.

Dragoon IPADragoon IPA
BA SCORE
4.14/5
236 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#2,217
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
236
pDev:
9.9%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
60
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 236 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of MasterRigger
2.5/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Rfm4000
2.6/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ive had it many times in tucson and each time its been good and always a little different than before

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Photo of snilsen13
2.82/5  rDev -31.9%
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 curlybird
2.96/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of newbeeraday
3/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Ryannotbryan
3.13/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.32/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GoffmanvsDuffman
3.33/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of PSanger
3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

purchased a four pack of cans while in Tucson. Asked around and this was the most well known IPA from the most well known brewery in town. I have to be honest i didn't get a ton of citrus smell, i mostly get malt and some pine. I unfortunately got nothing in regards to taste. I lived in Tucson for a long time and honestly wanted to really like this beer, but the malt and alcohol overpowered any true citrus flavor/smell i wanted to get.

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Photo of renaveg
3.46/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sachie23
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Phelps
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
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 birchstick
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of KimberleyD
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of GatorCoop
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of bambam2517
3.54/5  rDev -14.5%
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 -13.5%
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 -13.3%
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 StoutSnob40
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MA08
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmdrpi
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
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 -9.7%
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 Lone_Freighter
3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance was a nice looking hazy orange to amber color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light lacing trickling along the glass. The smell had a floral and citrus hoppiness up front letting some light caramel malts try to balance but still the hops are on the main stage. The taste was a very nice bittersweet floral to citrus flavoring with a delicate light extra fruitiness. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat sharp but placed itself on the harshness as it rolled over my tongue. Overall, I say this was a pretty good AIPA well worthy of having again.

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Dragoon IPA from Dragoon Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 236 ratings
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