Dragon Slayer IPA
English Ales Brewery

Dragon Slayer IPADragon Slayer IPA
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Style:
IPA - English
Ranked #330
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
79
Ranked #46,113
Avg:
3.33 | pDev: 11.41%
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
37
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English Ales Brewery
 
California, United States
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Dragon Slayer IPADragon Slayer IPA
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Reviews by bret27:
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bret27 from California

2.77/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bottle from DeLuxe food aptos, CA

A: Pale hazy orange, fizzy white head

S: Herbal, citrusy

T: Not really complex at all. Soapy and citrusy. Not much sweet malt to be found. Some bittering hops, but not much hop flavor, and even that is not very bitter.

M: Fairly smooth

D: Good, since it's light and doesn't taste like anything. You could drink it all day.

Overall: Just doesn't taste very good first of all. Bottle says it is complex, which it is not. Then lastly it's not hoppy enough for an English pale ale or bitter, let alone a real ipa.

Jan 02, 2010
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 fluid ounce bottle which has simple brass colored crown cap. Single main label wraps around 2/3rds of the bottles body. Labeled as ‘Dragon Slayer IPA’ with a great looking Coat of Arms based on the Cross of St. George and topped by a black dragon. Stated strength is 5.28% A.B.V.

Appearance: Nice deep clear marmalade orange body with russet sunset flashes which remind me (appropriately) of Lyle’s Golden Treacle. Nice thick off-white head builds quickly and lasts the race. Lots of sticky smattered lacing crusts the peripheral edges of the glass.

Nose: Has a restrained but zesty floral hop ping that mixes with the malts and produces attractive aromas.

Taste: Lightly toasted malts entrance the flowery hops at first. The bitterness is delicate but the hops soon develop a floral dimension and a light spicy feel. Zesty carbonation assists in distributing the moderate levels of flavor. Bitterness in the finish is dry, but it lingers on the tongue and leaves some zesty floral character on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium feel which has a tendency to feel watery, but in reality it is airy and light in this department, which all helps the session drinking ability.

Drinkability: A very easy going English style IPA which I thoroughly enjoyed and would make a great Session brew, but I only had the one bottle sadly. I bet this is a “pounder” from the Cask.

Overall: Having drunk the “other” UK Dragonslayer, brewed by the Banks & Taylor Brewery, all I need now is the one from Middle Ages to complete the trio.

This is a good English-style IPA that sits well in the glass and offers a light nose of floral hops. The soft carbonation supports this malt-based earthy IPA and means that this one drinks well.

“Slay Your Thirst”

Jun 13, 2005
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Zorro from California

3.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slightly chill hazed orange colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells of herbal perfume and wood. Leather and some citrus scent, mostly orange.

Starts out malty and wood with a bit of citrus snap in the finish. Becomes much sweeter as you drink it with a strong toffee flavor. Only mildly bitter, not a west coast barnburner.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Just an OK beer. If you want a better English Style IPA try Twisted Thistle.

Mar 27, 2010
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IceAce from California

3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

According to the Brewery's website:

"Every year, on April 23rd., the English honour their patron saint with a celebration of St. George's Day.

St. George was famed throughout Olde England for slaying dragons, not the mother-in-law types, but real foul smelling, fire breathing, green and ugly dragons."

This brew pours with a light copper color topped with rich off-white foam. Clarity is outstanding with a noticeable absence of CO² streamers.

The nose is hoppy with light floral notes and a backdrop of earthy english malt.

Entry produces a tiny zip of carbonation on the tongue and an immediate thin mouthfeel. Midtaste is a mixture of floral hops and earthen malt leading to a dry hop climax and an even drier hop fade.

All in all an ok brew by ye Olde World standards, but hardly able to compete with current Left Coast Hop / Malt Bombs.

Jun 04, 2005
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poluti from Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice frothy white head floating over an orange sky. I was suprised by the clarity of the orange. Carbonation bubbles sparsely floated around the side of the glass.
Floral scents were evident at first smell. The hop contrast is there. It seemed to be balanced well with the biscuity malts. It was okay for an old style IPA but nothing spectacular in smell.
The first taste was fantastic. The hops are there but not overpowering. The biscuity malt melds well with them. I enjoyed the first taste and every sip after that did not falter.
It has a very pleasurable mouthfeel. There is minimal carbonation but it moves well throughout the mouth. My palate was aching for more. It wasn't too sticky.
I really enjoyed this beer. I will have more when I visit the brewery again, and if I find a 6 or 12 pack (which is doubtful) I will make sure to pick some up.

Jul 12, 2006
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hayesjw from California

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Jan 23, 2013
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.12/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

July 22nd, 2015 - Listed as a complex and full-flavored English Pale Ale, the Dragon Slayer has an embarrassingly low ABV for just a fierce sounding name. But the hop profile on this one is a little better and more engaging.

Jan 02, 2019
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

3.22/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy medium amber with a huge runaway head that fills that glass. It sticks around for way too long. Too much head, and the beer looks kinda funky.

Mild hop smell, and a little bit musty in the background. Not too bad, but not the nicest hop profile I've ever smelled.

Taste is better, mostly earthy,spicy hops with a little bit of citrus on the end and a slight metallic finish. Not a hop bomb, but true to the style.

Mouthfeel is good- appropriate carbonation, decent body, and somewhat soft on the palate, but with a crisp hop taste.

Decently drinkable. Its not the most interesting beer in the world, and it doesn't seem quite balanced, but I'd maybe have two before moving on.

Aug 19, 2006
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davegray from California

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Sep 29, 2013
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t0rin0 from California

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Sep 26, 2012
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illidurit from California

2.9/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a mug. Slightly hazed light amber with a small dense cap of light beige foam. Aroma is crystal malty with a sweet citric tinge. Flavor is very lemony with some resinous herbal character as well. Not much malt backing, which wouldn't be an issue except it makes for a thin, weak body. Very highly carbonated. Decent bitterness with a little astringency, but overall this tastes like bitter hoppy seltzer.

Mar 24, 2009
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nygannon from California

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Sep 30, 2013
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Durge from Connecticut

3.32/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at Trial's Pub in San Jose. It poured a clear light amber color with a whispy white head and modest lacing. The aroma was malty and wheat, nothing fancy. The taste was weak and wheaty with very little hops presence. Quite disappointing. Decent carbonation and drinkable enough but that's about it. It's passable but not particularly recommended if you're looking for a nice hoppy IPA.

Oct 12, 2008
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ckeegan04 from Texas

3.81/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nov 08, 2015
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BirdsandHops from Oregon

3.64/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Feb 26, 2019
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BeerisUber from Washington

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Jul 03, 2014
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Sandstone from California

3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An average, drinkable, EIPA.

Beer pours a light copper color with a thin head that quickly vanishes. The armoa and taste are far more malt dominant than most of the US-style West Coast IPAs. Hops are there, but you might have to hunt a bit to taste anything other than the bitterness they provide.

Overall, I feel this beer is a fair representation of the style, but it's not going to offer you any surprises, or much of a reason to seek out a second pint.

Jan 07, 2009
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

3.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A dark ipa. Ample beige head. Aroma not noteworthy. Taste, definitely and EIPA, detectable hops, but in accordance with tradition. And breaking with tradition, I purposefully label this a session ipa. Eat shit you 4% or whatever definition. This is what I would drink when I don't want to get my drink on big time. The mix of wood, slight hops, good caramel roast and minimal alcohol has its place in the world.

The price though, at $9 a 6er was a little much for what it is.

Jul 14, 2010
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jeffjeff1 from California

3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up while I was on my honeymoon in Monterey.

Appearance- amber color, thin head

Smell- herbal hops, citrus

Taste- hops, malt, pretty good

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was pretty good. I would have it again. Pretty average I guess

Jul 03, 2010
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evilkorova from Washington

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Dec 21, 2011
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afsdan from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Aug 17, 2014
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DarthGuitarHero from Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

May 18, 2012
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andruke from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Jul 24, 2012
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KimenTshom from California

2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Jan 01, 2012
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thedemise from California

3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mar 18, 2015
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