Dragoon IPA | Dragoon Brewing Co.

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Dragoon IPADragoon IPA

Brewed by:
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 Fee
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great all around IPA. Strong hop presence but not too bitter. This one would be great to drink with just about anything. If you like west coast style IPAs this is a must try!

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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 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 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 Hyptochrons
4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

nice looking brew, minimal lacing. pretty aromatic on the nose and very smooth on the palate. dank weedy notes, light floral, grapefruit, pine, orange, mint, some soft nectarine. in contrast to some of the other reviews, i found the feel to be slightly creamy, medium-light bodied. Its light but definitely not watery in my book, and I think they struck a nice balance between a lush creamy feel and a lightness that keeps it easy drinking. overall I was pretty surprised and impressed by this one, very enjoyable.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 redleaves
5/5  rDev +20.5%
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 HenryCrow
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint on tap. I agree with deScription, for the most part. Golden yellow color, bright, good lacing, no head. It’s a scuttlebutt, tho. Light aroma, a little grainy. Cheap isn’t the right word, but modest, maybe. Very dry taste, I think I like the creamier, fuller, IPAs I’ve had more than this one. Pilsener drinkers will like this better than me. Not bad, though.

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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 AgentMunky
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a pint glass. From notes. Reviewed 26 February 2016.
Brief lived head. Clear amber.
Smells dank and hard candyish. Grapefruit.
Tastes like weed. And citrus. Yum.
Thinnish. mouthfeel.
Classic and delicious West-style IPA.

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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 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 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 Miller138
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is a little different from Dragoon's typical IPA, which is outstanding. This one is on cask @ Tap & Bottle and was dry hopped with Aurora & Mandarina Bavarian hops. More balanced than their standard IPA. Softer carbonation from cask is helping to bring out the malt. Dry hopped for brilliant aroma. Get to T&B if you can when in Tucson or Dragoon's tap toom

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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 breadwinner
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great, well-attenuated West Coast-style IPA, good and bitter, and with a punch of citrusy and savory, almost weedy (or, if you prefer, cat piss) hops. I know the latter aren't everyone's favorite, but I think they work well here. Tasty stuff.

(Edit: this is now in cans, and I think my appreciation of it grows with each popped tab. This is like über-fresh Torpedo with a splash of Blind Pig and maybe some Hop Stoopid too, piney, grapefruity, herbal/savory, floral even and with enough bitterness to make you cry uncle. Clearly, in this age of tropical smoothie IPAs and the like, this sort of brew probably won't win any popularity contests, but for those of us who enjoy them good, pungent, bright, and bitter, this is the bees knees.)

(Latest update 4.4.16: I'm just gonna keep updating, because my opinion of this beer continues to evolve, and in the best possible way. 3.10.16 canning, almost a month in the can now, and this beer hasn't let off the gas one lick. Still dank, pungent hops, grapefruit and pine, like someone grabbed a handful of hop cones and squeezed their nectary oils into the can. Utterly tremendous, to the point that, outside of a few staples like Union Jack and the like, I'm not sure I need to drink any other IPAs.)

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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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Photo of Auraan
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
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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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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