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Stronghold Session Ale | Dragoon Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Dragoon Brewing Co.
Arizona, United States

Style: English Dark Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Gueuzedude on 04-29-2012

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of tucson_brewson
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into an imperial pint glass.

L - Pours a dark, reddish cola brown. A good inch of foamy tan head that dissipates to a thin lacing with good retention. Looks like a nice brown ale.

S - Not strongest on the nose, but a balance of burnt cocoa, coffee, bread, and earthy English hops.

T - A very toasty biscuity malt, freshly-baked bread, light caramel sweetness, dark fruit, with a slightly spiced hoppy finish. I'm a fan of beers that let the bready malt flavors stand out, and this is no exception.

F - Medium bodied, light carbonation, smooth and creamy, slightly dry finish. Very drinkable.

O - This session ale comes across as a lighter English brown ale. A nice balance of caramel malts and complex dry hops. Another great ale from a brewery whose flagship IPA is one of the best and available everywhere. Will definitely try again and hope to see more on tap around town.

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Photo of Nat1975
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superwho24
4.74/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75


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Photo of WilliamBrasky
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No idea how to rate this beer other than for what it truly is. When you see the word "Session" in this game your mind thinks of one thing only...but why not, let's screw with the psyche even though it clearly states otherwise on the can.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Dragoon Brewing

A: Pours chestnut brown with a frothy khaki head that settles to a light layer and laces nicely.

S: Toasty roasty malt, earthy, floral, a bit fruity, and a touch of burnt sugar.

T: Toasty slightly roasty malt, floral, lightly spicy and earthy, a bit of dark fruit, and a touch of toffee and burnt sugar.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: The world needs more beers like this. It's no 4x dry hopped imperial barrel aged wild whatever, just a really nice flavorful session brew.

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Photo of Fee
3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Described at Dragoon as "smooth like toasty bread" this American mild is just that. The taste is even a bit reminiscent of a stout - but just the slightest.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a brew. In a craft world of trend chasing and complete disregard for originality, much less nuance, here is Dragoon's Stronghold Session Ale. They've been making this since they opened it seems, and it's just such a, dare I say, inspirational beer. Imagine a brewery fixing to make a flavorful sub 5% beer, but in lieu of a hackneyed session IPA, they create what is, basically, an Americanized mild ale. Hops are present, to be sure, differentiating it from it's delicate English counterpart, but the attention to the malt profile is fantastic, dry cocoa mixing with dark crusted bread, light touches of dark fruit and leather, alongside a consistent earthy hoppiness. Deep mahogany body with a superb layer of cream-colored foam, excellent body for a beer of this size, thanks in part to the addition of oats. This is a brewer's beer, one of thoughtfulness and intention, and I sure as hell wish other brewers would follow suit.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Pours a medium to dark brown in color with a very bright body. A small head retains for a good long while and then laces pretty well. Looks like an American brown ale in the glass.

S- Somewhere between a chocolate brown ale and a schwarzbier, this one displays a toasty, somewhat sweet scent with a bit of hop balance in there as well.

T- The front end of this one displays a solid, chocolatey backbone right up front. Next comes the traditional brown ale components of a bit of caramel malt and toasty malts. The back half of the drink displays a lightly hoppy taste profile after the darker, sweeter front half to balance it all out.

M- Relatively thick, this one drinks smooth, yet pretty easily. The balance between malt and balancing hop is recognizable as the beer goes down easy with great balance.

Overall, this is a great table beer, just as the label claims. I'm sad I only grabbed a single, but I'm glad that I can go back and grab a four pack,

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Photo of mkh895
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beerucee
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

My kind of brown! Not too sweet. Perfect with Reds BBQ.

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Photo of Dave2234
3.76/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BarkBrewing
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of BigAl18
3.4/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of teraflx
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nhoelzen
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Azpittil57
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Little_Joe
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chilly_E
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of UlfAndreas
5/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of Harvey98
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of trevorpost
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of busternuggz
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

10 oz pour served in a small tulip. Described as "a cross between an American brown and an English mild".

Dark reddish brown, clear. Nice khaki 1/2" head with good retention.

Nice aromas of toasted wheat bread, mild chocolate, English hops, slightly earthy. Very nice.

The taste comes on with bread and bitter chocolate, some moist earth, if you will. Nicely balanced. English and American hops both show up nicely. Starts a little malty, ends dry and clean. Fairly long finish of earthy bitter hops.

Great texture, light bodied and smooth. Ends clean.

One of the first beers they had here and still one of my favorites. A unique combination of styles that works well. Well crafted and interesting.

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Stronghold Session Ale from Dragoon Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 35 ratings
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