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B.A.D. Amber | Dragoon Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Dragoon Brewing Co.
Arizona, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Gueuzedude on 01-10-2013

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours from the growler with a two finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is a concentrated amber color that shows a lightly hazed, light orange-amber hue with gold highlights when held up to the light. The nose has a concentrated hop fruitiness to it that smells of ripe tangelo juice, super candied citrus fruit, lychee, juicy fruit bubble gum, and, once you really dig for it a back drop of toasted, caramelized, whole grain maltiness

The flavor is much more malt focused than the nose, but the hop character is still the dominant note. The hops in the flavor are much more focused on pine, herbal, and even a touch of minty notes, but these are quite smooth and there is not much astringency here. The beer has a clean bitterness, that melds into the rest of the flavors of this beer. The hop character does provide quite a bit of fruit character here, even if it plays a subordinate role to the other hop flavors; lightly tart tangelo, touches of lychee, lots of kumquat notes, and perhaps some guava. Hints of tobacco, and a light hoppy woodiness melds well with malt notes of toasted, nutty whole grain, lots of dry caramelized malt character, perhaps a hint of something bitter that is not as dark as roasted malt, but provides a similar bit, if only a hint. The beer is actually fairly dry, despite having a good amount of toasted, and caramelized malt character; the dryness that this beer has, despite being an amber, is really quite elegant and nice. Much of the bright fruit character becomes more noticeable as the beer warms up; lots more tangelo, kumquat and tropical fruit falvors come out, but almost more as an oral-nasal type effect than anything.

Quite interesting that the aroma was so much more herbal in its hop focus, and much more malty in character when I had it fresh on tap. This growler that is only a day old, has a completely different focus with a super fruit character playing the dominant role, and much of this might be due to the New Belgium Globe glass rather than the imperial pint glass used at the brewery; I definitely like this version much better (despite coming from the same keg, is it the growler, or is it my palate being in a different spot today). I am not usually much of one for an Amber, but this hop focused beer that manages to be on the dry side is really quite nice. I am actually liking this more and more as I drink more of it, and will certainly be coming back for more. One of the best Ambers I have ever had; Fresh certainly helps.

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B.A.D. Amber from Dragoon Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 2 ratings
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