Alley Kat Cerulean Dragon Double IPA

Reviewed by on August 15, 2016 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Alley Kat Brewing Company

  • Origin: Edmonton, AB, CA

  • Rated On: August 15, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 7.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Double IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Alley Kat’s Cerulean Dragon is the latest in the Dragon Series of single (mostly) hopped double IPAs, this time made with the Calypso varietal.  It sure is nice to see a new beer that isn’t some form of a bloody sour!  And yes, cerulean is indeed a shade of blue.

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and sort of creamy ecru head, which leaves some layered cirrus cloud lace around the glass as it lazily retreats.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, pear syrup, muddled citrus zest, a twinge of earthy yeast, and further floral, leafy, and piney green hop bitters.  The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, a touch of biscuity toffee, still disjointed citrus esters, a kind of pear that I typically don’t buy (so, not Bartlett), some niggling metallic alcohol warming, maybe a bit of table-top spice, and more leafy, herbal, and floral verdant hoppiness.  The bubbles are quite active in their palate-probing frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and pretty smooth, with a nice aerosol creaminess evolving as things warm up a tad.  It finishes off-dry, the base malt holding tough amongst the lingering fruity, spicy, and forest flora-esque hops.

Overall, the Calypso hop seems more than capable of holding its own, on its own here – and it’s not particularly bitter, more, as noted, fruity and spicy.  Anyways, another cool and tasty offering from Alley Kat, even if this one’s name sounds like something out of Star Trek or Game of Thrones.

Brady White

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