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Dragon Series Red Dragon Double IPA | Alley Kat Brewing Company

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36 Ratings
Dragon Series Red Dragon Double IPADragon Series Red Dragon Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Alley Kat Brewing Company
Alberta, Canada
alleykatbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Simcoe single hop Double IPA.

Added by wordemupg on 09-06-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
36
pDev:
8.42%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
1
Trade:
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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of Muhly
2.79/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from 750ml bottle into rounded beer glass. I believe this is a reissue of the series.

A-Pours a clear gold colour. About a finger of white head with ow retention. The glass ends up being partially covered with a bit of foam.

S-Some hops with a good whiff of boiled vegetable.

T-Getting some off flavours here with a bit vegetable and cardboard. Detecting hints of bitterness and some malt sweetness.

M-Moderate full mouthfeel that coats the tongue nicely. Hop astringency peels the top off your tongue a bit.

O-Hmmm...not sure what happened here. I've enjoyed a couple of the dragon series and was less found of others like the plaid, but they were all pretty clean. This seemed a bit off. Would consider grabbing one again just to see if the bottle was a bit of a mistake.

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Photo of goalie35
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of mikebu
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice DIPA, understated in terms of bitterness impact, very though well malted down. A nice drinkability. Light orange body with generous off white head. Mildly orange hoppy aromas.orange citrus juiciness. I don't think this would check out at 100 IBU in the lab, so nice though not most representative of the style. Bomber thanks Presario.

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasting notes: Light golden color, a finger of frothy beige head. Pungent aroma that evokes pine, grapefruit rind, cedar ... Maybe a whiff of peach and red berry. This definitely skews toward the piney/woody aspects of this much touted hop, a thin-bodied vessel by which the vegetal potency of this hop is expressed. Some bitter citrus rind as well. There is an ephemeral sweet orchard fruitiness as well, one that is almost totally eclipsed, however. Decent if lacking in nuance.

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Photo of MAB
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I saw this I was expecting Alley Kat "Full moon" x 2, or Dogfishhead "90 minute...", but it wasn't.

Nice color. Clear and a lovely copper tone.
The alcohol is disguised very well by the hops; both aroma and bittering.
There is a real depth to the bitterness. It isn't the floral/ citrusy hoppy face-smash of most DIPAs. I'm impressed by this.
It feels great in the mouth. Perfect carbonation level.
With the better than average A/S knocking against the much better than average T/M,
I tipped my overall score towards the taste/ mouthfeel score.
Alley Kat has done it again. Nice job!

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Photo of Howlader
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wordemupg
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into tulip 5/9/11

A clear golden liquid with bubbles popping up from everywhere and feeding a two finger head that quickly falls to an island leaving a fair bit of lace down the glass

S toffee and leafy teabag with a little tropical fruit both rind and flesh

T very earthy with wet wood, and more leafy hops, not as much toffee as I could smell, less tropical fruit and more citric rind, the booze is very well concealed I taste zero

M medium bodied with enough bubbles to cream it up a bit and a earthy aftertaste that just keeps going, pretty solid in this department

O the booze is well concealed and if you like an earthy brew this ones for you

I love single hopped brews because they expand my horizons and teach me a lesson, perhaps it's not Alley Kat's fault that I'm only moderately attracted to Simcoe. A well made brew with well hidden booze and I love Alley Kat's big bottle series and will wait for Olde Duet in a bomber forever (or at least until I die)

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Photo of shagal
4/5  rDev -1%

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

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

Poured from a bomber into a schooner; this one is hot off the presses so it's fresh!

A - clear amber beer with a fluffy tan one finger head and chunky lacing

S - slight caramel sweetness back with floral hops and earthiness

T - big grassy/tea leaf hops backing some solid bitterness, very big caramel and bready malt balances it out with some late sweetness but the nice bitterness coats the mouth

M - medium bodied, with a very slight oilyness that's cut with lots of sharp carbonation

D - nicely drinkable, for a hophead!

Nicely balanced DIPA - solidly bitter, but nicely underpinned with some delicious malt. Can't wait for this again.

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Photo of Rutager
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks for another tasty prairie brew wordemupg!

Appearance. Pours a pretty clear orangy-gold with a finger of white head.

Smell. Big citrus hops and a little cedar and pine, some tropical fruits and toasted grains.

Taste. Big bitter hops, sweet tropical fruits, grass and pine sap, and some toasted grains and caramel. Very bitter finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. I only glanced at the bottle but did see something about this beer being intended for hop heads. Indeed. No shortage of hops here, and that's just fine with me.

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Photo of Bunman3
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm. Dragon Series goodness continues - remove the archived label because this one is back. This beer looks fantastic in the glass and smells equally good. Plenty of ruby red grapefruit, a bit of blood orange, and a nice pine resin to the hop. This is a complex, well balanced IPA that should satisfy the tastebuds of those who love a fresh IPA.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - slightly hazy golden, fluffy white head retained very well with lots of sticky lacing
S - resiny herbal, orange citrus, peppery with light woodiness
T - strong hop notes of oily herbs, pine, and grapefruit, backed with some caramel malt and light peppery finish
M - light to medium body with solid carbonation, a definite hop bitter that stays somewhat juicy throughout
O - definitely for hop head with a flavour profile I haven't come across often in DIPA's, Alley Kat should seriously consider brewing this year round

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Photo of Torontoblue
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650mL bottle pours a brilliant golden amber color with large creamy white head which settles to a fine lacing.

Aroma is all fresh hop, cat wee, pine, grapefruit, gooseberry & wet wood (very earthy), with a hint of freshly baked bread.

Taste is a nice balance of hops & malt, with a drying bitter sweet finish.

The alcohol is far too well hidden.

Reminds me of a fresh hop ale.

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Photo of JonCorbett
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured in to a Spiegelau IPA Glass. Red copper and clear. Nice carbonation; bubbles are small and active, there is great slow and steady rising throughout from bottom of the glass to the top. Head is bubbly and frothy and dissipates pretty quickly with a wonderful cascading lace of foam.

Aromatics: First scents with a full glass are a combination of fresh cut grass, grapes, citrus (orange peel and grapefruit), and subtle glances at a soft caramel. The notes don’t linger too long, and there is a touch of breadiness at the back mixed with a bit more sweet and malty tones.

Taste: Tangy citrus zip just before the grass and earth trounce on the palate. Not too over-the-top has a fairly good balance of earthy and sticky pine-bitter and the right amount of malt to was it up.

Feel: A gentle crispness with a moderate body, finishes very dry - the bitter simcoe does get a bit of tooth in the aftertaste.

Overall: A really nice IPA, not overdone with the hops, and the choice of malt was extremely well matched. Love the colour and watching the carbonation on the hot summer day patio.

Pairing: I’m going to pair this with something sweet to cut into that bitter. The piney-resin-ness would compliment very well with a grilled pineapple upside down cake topped will a little vanilla ice cream, a drizzle of caramel, and flakes of roasted coconut.

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Photo of Dawkfan
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- The appearance is quite appealing after the initial pour, the slightly off white head disapates quickly leaving some spotty lacing. A clear light golden color with some slight orange tinting.

S- Oh yeah this is definitely a simcoe single hopped DIPA. While it definitely has some citrus and grapefruit on the nose, I get some tropical fruits as well, papaya, tangerine, passionfruit. There's a sugary sweetness and a hint of the alcohol in here too.

T- Lots of hop flavor and bittering in this intertwined with soft earthy hops, bready malt and a residual sugary sweetness.

M- Carbonation is on the lower side, body slightly below medium. Seems thinner on the backend, it's starts a little fuller. Really smooth for the style.

O- I've picked up vegetal qualities in beers that use a lot of Simcoe before, but not this one! Listen up Alley Kat - Please continue with the big bottle series, you're our only local hope!!

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Photo of FadetoBock
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appearance - Pours an amber hue with a finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell - Piney hops, tropical fruits, caramalts.

Taste - Nice hit of piney hops, followed along with the tropical fruits and caramalt flavours. Good bitterness level.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall - I finally had a chance to sample this one (didn't get it the first time 'round). A good example of the style with nice bitterness. One of the better Dragons out there.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a clear, bright copper with half a finger of off-white head that leaves serrated knife edge lace as it recedes.

Smells of muddled tropical fruit, squeezed pink grapefruit, baked caramel tarts and resiny hop bitterness.

Tastes of candied pineapple, bitter orange flesh, sweet biscuity caramel malt, sticky pine sap and tea-like hop bitterness.

Feels soft and creamy. Chubby middleweight with pillowy carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Highly recommended. Does everything very well.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle - another double IPA from Alley Kat is always welcome, and one single-hopped with Simcoe at that!

This beer pours a clear, light golden copper hue, with two fingers of billowy, foamy, and spongy off-white head, which renders some sparse specks of streaky lace around the glass in its steady retreat.

It smells of slightly under-ripe pineapple, bready cereal malt, muddled citrus, dank pine needle, and a mild caramel/vanilla sweetness. The taste is fairly bitter citrusy and herbal hops, cloaked in a rather reserved in the sweetness department bready malt, the caramel, toffee and boozy vanilla only present in near trace amounts, especially as the herbaceous character trends spicy and musty towards the end, and even more as it warms.

The carbonation is on the lee side of moderate, what with its plain fizziness, the body a so-so medium weight, and quite smooth, the hops' assertiveness somehow not munging that up. It finishes with a touch more sweetness, some reborn caramel malt adding heft to the mix with the zingy herbal, weedy hops.

An agreeable DIPA, the hop focus shifted significantly from the norm, what with the dependence on the singular Simcoe hop profile. That said, an equally transmogrified malt backbone - almost dry pastry-like - adds to the otherness that I sense as I freewheel through this bomber. And the somewhat elevated booze factor? Well integrated, with just a nice, lilting warming effect.

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Photo of Sathanas
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Dragon Series Red Dragon Double IPA from Alley Kat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 36 ratings
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