Dragoon IPA | Dragoon Brewing Co.

Dragoon IPADragoon IPA
BA SCORE
89.7%
Liked This Beer
4.14 w/ 233 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:
#2,211
Reviews:
49
Ratings:
233
Liked:
209
Avg:
4.14/5
pDev:
9.66%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
59
Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 233 |  Reviews: 49
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 Noelito76
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tbone1384
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SDRedDevil
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of macrosmatic
3.89/5  rDev -6%
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 +2.2%
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 einman
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thirstygoat
4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hophead717
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of treybrownv212
4.79/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of tucson_brewson
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
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 Chucker17
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Duderino24
4.69/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of spacecake9
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
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 DblDiamond
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of THSmusicman
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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 hophead7117
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jcflorian
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dragoon IPA from Dragoon Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89.7% out of 100 with 233 ratings
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