Dragon Series Red Dragon Double IPA | Alley Kat Brewing Company

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Dragon Series Red Dragon Double IPADragon Series Red Dragon Double IPA
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Dragon Series Red Dragon Double IPADragon Series Red Dragon Double IPA

Brewed by:
Alley Kat Brewing Company
Alberta, Canada

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.

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 20
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 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 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of liamt07
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from wordemupg, 650ml into a tulip. Best before February 21, 2022 on the neck of the bottle. A DIPA single hopped with Simcoe.

Poured a clear gold, with some orange highlights, bright whire bubbly head with sticky spider-web like lacing. Nose of orange, some tangerine and some berries. A bit of spicy hop notes, some earthiness, breads and caramel. A touch of stinkiness too, some Simcoe cat pee? Unoffensive however, and fairly nice. Taste has some orange, a touch of pine, more berries, caramel and some lightly sweet breads. Malt reigns over the hops here, although the hops still impart some good flavour. Finish and mouthfeel doesn't suggest the advertised 100IBUs, yet the hop profile remains balanced and flavourful. Touch of alcohol in the finish. Medium full feel, ideal for what I dig in the style. Soft and smooth, medium-low carbonation. Bitterness becomes a little more apparent near the end of the glass. Delicious DIPA.

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

Photo of andrenaline
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours copper colour with an amber hue, finger of head with solid retention and some nice sticky lacing.

S - Spicy caramel, buttered bread and leafy green hops. Very unique for the style.

T - The bitterness from the hops is prominent, but its the caramel and buttered bread malts that dominate the palette. The hops, although subdued, linger on the tongue and add an earthy and leafy undertone. Sour dough, lemon iced tea, dark toffee and a touch of peat.

M - Medium bodied, smooth, and finishes with a lip puckering dryness.

O - A fantastic flavour profile that is both unique and memorable. A great addition to the Big Bottle series and so pumped to have gotten an opportunity to try.

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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 Kmat10
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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 IronDjinn
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a clear light, slightly ruddy copper hue, with a chunky frothy off-white head that retains about a finger's width.

Bready malt on the nose, some sweetness, and a good dose of very apparent Simcoe hops.

Bready malt joined with some sweet mandarin up front in the flavour, a spicy herbal character building in the middle, with a good whollap of earthy and citrus hops on the finish. A spicy, herbal kick builds slowly in the aftertaste and lingers on quite long.

On the fuller end of medium-bodied in the mouthfeel, smooth yet a little slick for the texture, low carbonation.

A solid single hop IIPA from Alley Kat, they're really showing their chops with this big bottle series, and I hope to see many of them (especially this brew!) make some return appearances down the road.

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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 schnarr84
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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 Tivlavrie
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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 goalie35
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of IanSpindler
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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

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

Photo of CrazyMike
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden orange appearance with a small amount of bubbly head that slowly settles down leaving some lacing. Smell consists of citrus, toffee and various other fruit, has almost a smoky tinge to it.

Taste starts off with a strong taste of hops and malt, picked up the same citrus, tropical fruit taste as the smell as well as toffee, bread and herbs. Very strong overall and with no hint of booze. Strong bodied with medium carbonation. Aftertaste is dry with a lingering fruit taste.

As the label warns, this is an excellent beer if you’re a fan of hops. It's a powerful beer, but flavorful and with many good features. Definitely going to pick up a few more bottles of this.

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Photo of shagal
4/5  rDev -1%

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