Dragoon IPA | Dragoon Brewing Co.

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Dragoon IPADragoon IPA
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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.

Added by Gueuzedude on 04-19-2012

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
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 kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a throwback to the beginning of American beer culture claiming the hop bomb that has become synonymous with contemporary IPA, the west coast style finds a comfortable home at Dragoon Brewing Company.

Coppery golden and cast with a faint translucent haze, Dragoon IPA pours with a frothy eggshell froth and a bold bouquet of citrus, herb, grass and pine. A light granola scent translates to a soft and sweet early palate of caramel, honey and a mild toasty nuttiness to suggest a granola taste as well.

In true west coast form, the bulk of sweetness lifts from the middle palate and ushers in a host of hop flavor. Sharp grapefruit and orange peel lead the way but a rounded taste of apricot suggest a more tropical character. A piquant flavor of fresh cut grass, leaf and stem are dryly vegetative with a gripping bitterness in the back of the throat.

Medium bodied but trending lighter and drier, the strong hop resins and drying malt both aid in the beer's refreshment and drinkability. A hint of alcohol spice provide an evaporative cooling effect on the late palate to suggest a taste of mint or basil before a long and bitter aftertaste that's redolent of dry hemp and chive.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.74/5  rDev -9.4%
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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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Famous Sam's, Tucson, AZ:

Pours golden with a frothy white head. Thin rings of lacing stick.

The smell is of citrus - esp. grapefruit.

The taste is of juicy citrus with grainy/bready malt holding it together. Refreshingly bitter finish.

Alcohol relatively well-hidden.

A classic example of a juicy/citric "west coast" American IPA! Very enjoyable!

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Photo of Gavage
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy yellow in color with a 1/2" head that falls quickly. Some lace develops.

Smell: some dank bitterness is detectable by the nose.

Taste: caramel, tropical fruit sweetness, some dank bitterness and a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout. A bit dry at the finish.

Overall: another fine IPA from Arizona. Solid offering.

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Photo of StoutSnob40
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CharlesK
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drabmuh
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
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 rodbeermunch
3.59/5  rDev -13.1%
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 rudzud
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice crystal clear honey hue with a big two finger creamy white head that fades slowly to leave thick rocky lacing and a dense creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of lightly caramel malts, some light dank hops, little bit of pine and bready malts. Little bit of sweetness.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Fair amount of sweeter caramel and bready malts. Very strong west coast bitterness, good pine aspects here. Little bit of citrus and light floral notes but make no mistake about it this is a bitter pine bomb!

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, crisp, alcohol hidden rather well.

O - Overall this was a very solid West Coast style IPA. Excellent usage of bitter hops. Fun to try!

Serving Type: Can

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3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled Time Market, Tucson AZ; April 2012
Arrives from the tap with a one-finger thick, pale tan colored head, nice and creamy; the head leaves some nice, layered lacing on the sides of my pint glass. The beer is a brilliantly clear, light copper color that has gold highlights to it. The aroma has a huge tropical fruit note to it; lychee, pineapple, and kumquat zest plays a huge role. After taking a couple sips, I can notice some touches of cracker like malt, and perhaps a hint of biscuit character. Surprisingly the herbal side of the hop character is quite muted here (as opposed to the flavor). I really like the super-hop-fruit character / focus that the nose has.

A lightly biting bitterness as it first hits the palate, the beer soon gets more aggressively bitter as if flows across the palate, even picking up some green, hop astringency that melds into a lingering long lasting bitterness in the fininsh. The fruity hop notes play a secondary role in the first sip, and the beer is a bit cold as well, which likely down-plays the fruit character. Quite herbal, with notes of woody pepper, tobacco and a definitely dank, “hemp” like hoppiness plays a bigger role than the fruit in the flavor. There is just a touch of pine character here, most of the flavor is definitely herbal in character. The body has a medium’ish heft to its lightness; this is most definitely a quaffable IPA; in fact the fruity hop flavors are likely sacrificed a bit to the alter of drinkability. There is a nice level of prickly carbonation to this beer, not overly gassy, and definitely lively enough, and just about perfectly carbonated for a kegged IPA. After my palate has adjusted to the hop onslaught the malt character starts to peak through just a bit with notes of whole grain (though not brown) crackers, and perhaps a touch of biscuit / crystal malt character; this last is fairly subtle and I really like that this is kept focused on the hops. Fruit character really starts to come out as the beer warms up (just as I expected); there is an explosion of lychee, pineapple, candied kumquat zest, and a really big floral sort of fruitiness.

This is most certainly a west coast, hop focused, interpretation of the IPA style. At one point in my beer journey, I would likely have labeled this as scathingly bitter, especially given that this beer, the first batch ever from the brewery I might add, is only in its second day of being out in the world, my hop-head / saturated palate though now finds this pleasingly biting in its bitterness. An incredible first offering from this brewery. Get it fresh to enjoy the aggressive hop focus. I can’t say I am surprised, but damn, it is nice to see a brand new brewery nail their first beer ever right out of the gate. Consider me a full on happy homer. My biggest complaint is that this beer is being served out of a pint glass; this is a huge disservice to this beer (and any IPA), as much of the hop nuances are quite lost in this format, I can’t wait to have this fresh out of something that helps focus the aroma. The fact that the hop fruitiness starts to come out, in a big expressive manner, as the beer warms up, makes this that much better; the dank herbal and fruit become evenly matched & the flavor achieves a purely hop focused balance that the best IPAs need to achieve to approach perfection.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
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 Hohnbaum
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of crobinso
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Dragoon IPA from Dragoon Brewing Co.
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