Dragon Series Blue Dragon Double IPA | Alley Kat Brewing Company

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Dragon Series Blue Dragon Double IPADragon Series Blue Dragon Double IPA
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Dragon Series Blue Dragon Double IPADragon Series Blue 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:
Columbus single hop Double IPA.

Added by biboergosum on 11-22-2011

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 11
Reviews by Dawkfan:
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3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Long lasting white head above a clear golden body, stringy, patchy lacing. Slow steady carbonation.

S- Sweet aroma of caramel malt and sugary fruit. It's a little soapy smelling as well.

T- Much different from the aroma, hops dominate the palate right from the start. It has a nice bitterness, but the flavor from the hops is mainly earthy with a slight pine punch in the end. The malt is very subtle, there's a slight metallic twang here too.

M - Ample carbonation to go along with a medium body and a slick feel over the tongue.

O- A nice beer for sure, I preferred the Red Dragon but this isn't one to stick your nose up at either. Again, I've really been enjoying this big bottle series. Keep it up Alley Kat.

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Photo of FadetoBock
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle. A sister brew to the Red Dragon DIPA from a few months back, the delta this time being the single-hopping with the Columbus varietal. Still 100+ IBUs, still intended for hop heads.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with three fingers of dense, broadly foamy, and somewhat silky white head, which leaves a kaleidoscope of painted and ropy lace around the glass in its short wake.

It smells of bready, kind of doughy caramel malt, some zesty citrus peel, earthy tea leaf, and further green weedy and mildly woody hop bitters - reminiscent of a souped up, on all accounts, Full Moon Pale Ale. The taste is quite fresh, with the hops more in the forefront - herbal, floral, leafy, some pine resin, and just a twinge of tart white grapefruit citrus - all over top of a still solid, subtly nutty, and grainy caramel malt sweetness.

The carbonation is moderate, and strangely comforting in its low-key frothiness, the body a bit on the weak side of yer typical middleweight, but to no ill effect, and agreeably smooth. It finishes off-dry, the bready caramel malt continuing to tangle with those herbal and grassy hops.

A decent big IPA, to be sure, the booze sure doing its part by remaining damned near invisible. I now know, however, that this particular hop, on its own at least, isn't really for me - there's just not enough of that bitter citrus and pine character that I stereotypically, um, pine for.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - a clear dark golden, one finger of head head dissipated to a respectable lace ring
S - medium hop aromas of citrus, spice, and some earthiness, with sweet woody and toasty accents, well balanced aromas
T - definitely a hop bomb, big spicy and dry earthy flavour, some pine resin and grapefruit rind, slightly boozy, with toasty malt in the background
M - medium body with a BIG bitter kick, living up to the 100+ IBU claim on the label
O - being a hop head I'm always partial to a DIPA, and the columbus single hopping make this a rarely seen unique flavour in these parts, not my favourite DIPA but a must try if you can get your hands on it

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of IronDjinn
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So one evening during a cask event I was sitting next to Neil Herbst of Alley Kat when he casually asked the table if they had any suggestions for a possible follow up single hop DIPA to their Simcoe Red Dragon. We all threw out all sorts of tasty hop suggestions, only to be told that none of them were available to purchase in commercial sized amounts at the time. Off the top of my head I mentioned Tomahawk (better known as Columbus), which I thought would be an interesting experiment. A forward hop that covers all the bases, and kinda gets in your face while it's at it. A couple of weeks later I found out the brewery was going with Columbus for the next single hop DIPA--be careful what you say out loud in public. So then, I'm curious how things turned out myself....

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a bright clear light coppery hue, tight creamy off-white head with solid retention. Rings of sticky lacing.

Hops jump out on the nose right from the start--leafy green with some citrus zip and a marmalade character, plus a dry herbal prominence. Toasty bready malt provides a backbone to prevent a runaway train.

Big dry spicy hops up front in the flavour, some dandelion greens and grapefruit pith manifest in the middle, with grapefruit zest, pine and herbal notes on the finish. Very mild bready malt holds up the show in the background, however this is still an unequivocal hop bomb.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and slick texture, with moderate carbonation.

A decent offering that shows that Columbus hops work better in unison than they do solo. They're intense, having aspects of British and American hops, but not delivering the sweet puckering grapefruit whollap of other American style hops that our local palates are so used to. I'd have to say the Red Dragon Simcoe has been the more rounded and balanced of the two, yet this one doesn't really disappoint either. If you're itching for an aggressive hop fix then your prescription is right here.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of goalie35
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of andrenaline
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge props to my BA bro jemcgrath27 for yet another super score...

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper colour with a golden hue, finger of soapy beige head with some retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Nice soapy citrus, touch of pine, nice caramel undertones with hints of malted milk and earthy cedar.

T - The soapy citrus is heightened with the earthy cedar and pine hop notes, super flavourful yet surprisingly not as bitter as the nose implied. The bready caramel malt lingers on the palette alongside some fresh lemon rind.

M - Lighter bodied bringing about a creamy smooth texture, that finishes surprisingly wet.

O - This is a tasty DIPA and highly recommended to anyone who can get their hands on a bottle. The bitterness is nicely balanced and it boasts a huge hop flavour, and the ABV is well concealed. Super stoked to get a chance to try this one.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of leaddog
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Hazy golden straw with hues of orange. Thin white head with lacing.

Smell - Citrus and pine notes, hops, passionfruit aroma.

Taste - Very hoppy upon the first sip. Definitely an earthiness with piney flavours. Leaves a lingering bitterness that is pleasant.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Surprising to feel some creaminess in this ale.

Overall - Nice DIPA from Alley Kat. Smooth-drinking ale despite the heavy bitterness. A nice twin to the Red Dragon (released earlier this season).

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Photo of wordemupg
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 22/11/11

A clear golden liquid with only a few bubbles but a long lasting two finger head that leaves several partial rings of lace well down the glass

S mild floral aspect with some tropical citric notes, smells sweet like candy with a little lemon rind, I find it simple but just lovely

T some bready wet wood with some faint pine and just a little booze, finishes with a earthy herbal aspect I can't quite place, a little surprised how different this is from the smell, its quite good and more complex but I prefer the nose

M leaves a little behind on the gums and has a bite to it but not as bitter as I would expect at 100+IBU's, medium bodied with more bubbles then one would expect after looking at it

O pretty sexy DIPA at the end of the day, great nose and doing well in all other areas, I'll be picking up another

I hope Alley Kat pumps out some more single hoped DIPA's for their Big Bottle Series, I'm loving all the new offerings from Alley Kat keep em coming boys and girls

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Photo of Torontoblue
5/5  rDev +25.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Beervana
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bunman3
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another lovely hopped up DIPA from Alley Kat. Columbus hops provide an interesting layer of earthy resin to a solid malt backbone. The intense IBU factor is handled nicely - the finish is a dry blood orange - hints of Grand Marnier without the sweetness. Definitely a treat for those who love their IPAs!

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My second foray into an Alley Dragon Series single-hop DIPA, Columbus is perhaps an odd choice, known for its spicy bitterness and usually used in this capacity as a player behind the scenes doing the heavy lifting rather than as the main star of the show. But hey, why not. I figure this one is going to be bold, bitter, and aggressive and if you're a hophead you can probably see the merit. I was rather surprised at how light the color is, a dark gold hue with maybe a twinkle of bronze in there, with copious matte white foam. Aroma was immediately dank and weedy, green and spicy, with individually discernible elements including bitter grapefruit rind and something sweet like fermented apples. I also get some malty, toffee-type notes. Palate is medicinal bitter grapefruit and orange peel, a bold floral spice, herbal tincture, and an intense pine sap that builds and becomes more camphorous and aggressive as you go. Sometimes I acclimatize to a DIPA and get some sweet flavors over time but not here. This one stayed pretty piney and medicinal. The malts do provide a cotton candy or honey-type sweetness and I even get a sweet dough vibe that is unusual for the style. Mouthfeel is soapy and only moderately chewy, smooth enough from a texture standpoint but with the herbal bitters carrying through right into the finish. I am thinking about that preparation used to relieve chest congestion, Vicks Vapo-Rub. As predicted, Columbus on its own does not yield much in the way of juicy or fruity flavors. Lots of bitter rind, herbs, and generic peppery spice.

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Photo of EnemyWithin
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blue Dragon Double IPA from Alley Kat. Into Unibroue glass on Dec 11, 2011.

Appearance 3.5
Golden yellow, clear. Less than ½ inch white head that dissipates into a thin covering.

Aroma 3.5
Mild citrus, esp grapefruit. Get some sweetness of the malt. Not overly aromatic.

Taste 3
More bitterness than citrus flavour from the hops. Does have notes of mild citrus with faint pineyness. Midway through strong bitterness dominates and is contrasted by sweeter crystal malt. Very average tasting. Wondering if hop fading has affected it at all, although the bottle is not more than a few weeks old.

Mouthfeel 3
Mild to moderate thickness with mild/moderate carbonation. Nothing special.

Overall 3.5
Average double IPA. Seems more like IPA to me. Not a bad offering, but not something I would have again.
Not Recommend.

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Dragon Series Blue Dragon Double IPA from Alley Kat Brewing Company
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