Dragon Series Maroon Dragon Double IPA | Alley Kat Brewing Company

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Dragon Series Maroon Dragon Double IPADragon Series Maroon Dragon Double IPA

Brewed by:
Alley Kat Brewing Company
Alberta, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by wordemupg on 10-03-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 9
Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this on tap at Beer Revolution in Calgary, part of an Alley Kay "tap takeover". Single-hopped with Centennial, this 16 oz. serpent is a nice golden hue, just veering towards bronze, with an inch or so of white foam. Aroma dominated by overripe grapefruit and orange, a gamey currant note, fresh bright lemon that evokes furniture polish (fortunetely it tastes better than this aroma descriptor might suggest), and a decent dose of caramel malt sweetness. On the palate the citrus, tropical, and pine flavors are aggressive and threaten to ravage the tastebuds a bit, but there is an overarching sweetness that refuses to give up the ghost, something akin to cotton candy that provides a foil to the potent hopping. A lot of grapefruit and papaya or mango-type tropical fruit, some of the lemon that was on the nose, and dry wood/pine resin in the finish. I'd say the hops trump the malts in terms of flavor profile, but not by much. No noticeable off-flavors. Certainly one can taste the ABV. Moderately syrupy, oily body bang on for the style and low carbonation. A nice sweet and bitter balance overall, with plenty of fresh flavor riding the top. Got a Blue Dragon in the fridge, it will be interesting to compare.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle. What a maroon! Ahem, uh, this is the latest in Alley Kat's single-hopped DIPA series, this time with gusto, with Centennial.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber hue, with two fingers of wanly puffy, densely foamy (more like the cap on slowly fermenting white wine must) dirty white head, which leaves some sexy snow patch lace around the glass as things slowly dissipate.

It smells of sweet, almost pastry-grade bready caramel malt, muddled fleshy tropical fruit, an overripe orange and grapefruit juiciness, and piney, floral, and somewhat soapy hops (the ghost of Full Moon is strong in this one). The taste is much bigger and brasher on the hop front - edgy pine and spruce tips, pleasantly acrid citrus pith, and yes, some persisting soapiness - the malt taking it down a notch or two, though still bready and bakery-fresh, with some niggling herbal alcohol notes quietly evolving as it warms.

The carbonation is nice and even, duly supportive, and that's it, the body an adequate medium weight, mostly smooth, and a tad creamy, as a sort of cherry on top. It finishes well off-dry, the malt hardly willing to so easily cede the whole game at the last minute, even though the piney, wavering citrus hops still seem rather game for that fight.

I've always felt a certain kinship to this particular hop (again probably because of Full Moon Pale Ale), so I am replete with glee to first hear of, and now experience this slotting of it into the Dragon series. If you're into AK's flagship pale ale, you will more than likely adore this amping up of whole swaths of it, and subsequently start thinking of how it might taste on tap, in a room full of local beer fanatics.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - clear bright golden, thumb of white head retained respectably, plenty of visible carbonation
S - mild florals, buttery toast, toffee, all mellow and inviting aromas
T - mix of pine and light floral hops, grainy with hints of butterscotch through the finish
M - light and well carbonated, smooth through the middle with just enough hop bitter bite on the dry finish
O - another fine offering in this series, its not my favourite but it holds its own with the centennial hop profile

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Photo of andrenaline
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another gem courtesy of joemcgrath27, and another edition of my favourite series of beers. Looking forward to this one.

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden colour, thumb of soapy head, solid retention and nice sheeting lacing.

S - Somewhat mild on the nose, bitter citrus and earthy cedar notes, hints of mango and buttery caramel finish.

T - The centennial hops offer up sweet pine, bitter citrus, hints of bubble gum and cotton candy and a nice butter caramel malt backbone lingers alongside bitter citrus rind.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - Another quality DIPA in one of the most stellar beer series going. Always a pleasure to try the various dragon offerings and definitely worthy of any fan of hops. I could drink this stuff all day.

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Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of rogerdandy
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of wordemupg
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650ml bomber poured into tulip 2/10/13

A clear copper liquid with a well sustained two fingers of foam, lots of random lace deep down the glass, another nice looking dragon

S floral almost perfume, banged up mango and a little spruce, lots of caramel and a little citrus, smells solid

T orange rind and a little pine I wasn't smelling, faint leafy herbal notes lots of caramel and everything I smells still there

M leaning towards full, just a little grit, well concealed booze and more rind on the finish then anywhere else

O decent stuff, middle of the Dragon pack I suppose, went down quickly for 7.5%

reminds me of English hops but pumped up and that surprised me as I thought Centennial was as West Coast as it gets. priced well enough so there's no reason not to try it, I might buy another depending on my mood I suppose

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Photo of Exeter
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of schnarr84
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Dragon Series Maroon Dragon Double IPA from Alley Kat Brewing Company
3.99 out of 5 based on 9 ratings.
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