Alley Kat Evergreen Dragon Double IPA

Reviewed by on April 11, 2018 in Local Heroes Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Alley Kat Brewing Company

  • Origin: Edmonton, AB, CA

  • Rated On: April 11, 2018

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 7.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American Double IPA

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Evergreen Dragon is the latest in their (typically) single-hopped DIPA series. This one uses ‘spruce infused Centennial’. Seems like they just made a spruce-flavoured brew – oops, turns out Spruce Almighty was nearly 2 years ago!

This 650ml bottle pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some decent roadblock barricade lace around the glass as it slowly but surely dissipates.

It smells of resinous spruce tips, bready and doughy caramel malt, muddled grapefruit and orange rind, a bit of indistinct ground pepper spice, and more leafy, weedy, and musky floral green hop bitters.  The taste is spruce sap, gritty and grainy caramel malt, mixed domestic citrus peel, a small damp minerality, and more zingy leafy, weedy, and piney verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is average in its palate-buoying frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and mostly smooth, but for a minor pine branch acerbity taking a bit of air out of the wings here.  It finishes off-dry, the heady malt, mixed citrus, and forest floor detritus essences all making nice in their lingering embrace.

Overall – this is definitely one of the better iterations of this lineup from Alley Kat in recent times.  The spruce really melds well with the citrusy elements of the hops, making for one enjoyable, yes, ‘hop’ into Spring (the foot of snow still in my backyard notwithstanding).

Brady White

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