Alley Kat Dragon Series Argyll Dragon

Reviewed by on April 20, 2015 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Alley Kat Brewing Company

  • Origin: Edmonton, AB, CA

  • Rated On: April 20, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 7.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Double IPA

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

I may be starting to sound like a broken record in extolling the virtues of Alley Kat, the longest-running craft brewer in my local burg, but yet no one is saying stop.  Here, we have the latest in their Dragon Series DIPA line – this one is hopped with Citra, Centennial, and Cascade, with a name that I suppose is different from the Plaid Dragon of a few years back, argyll being composed of diamond patterns instead of just crossing stripes – think socks vs. kilts.

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium copper amber hue, with three flabby fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some layered sudsy cloud lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of acrid, generic citrus rind, slightly musty pine resin, grainy pale malt, a soft bready caramel sweetness, and further leafy, minty, and spicy grass hop notes. The taste is a sharp pine needle greenness, orange and red grapefruit bitters, bready caramel malt, a spicy leafiness, crème de menthe, and some tame tropical, herbal, and lightly perfumed trailing hoppiness.  The carbonation is quite light in its leading and lilting frothiness, the body punching at a sturdy middleweight, and generally smooth, the various swirling hops taking a pass on mucking about here. It finishes on the sweet side, both fruity hop and lingering malt assuming credit where it is due.

A pretty tasty and enjoyable iteration of this hop-shifting DIPA series – the blend providing a heady balance of fruity, bitter, and flavourful, with the stock Alley Kat malt turning in another productive day at work. Well worthy of a few rounds on a sunny Argyle Rd (who am I kidding, Whyte Ave) patio in the coming Edmonton summer months.

Brady White

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