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Brewed by Alley Kat Brewing Company
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Edmonton, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.6/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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Columbus single hop Double IPA


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dfearnley (921) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 2, 2013
I saved the first 8 Alley Kat Dragon Series to taste them all together. I don't know if the series is done, but I can't wait longer as the first few are getting old. So here goes... Bottle to glass Aroma of orange, grapefruit, and alcohol. Yellowish amber with smallish white head and nice lacing. Taste is overly sweet, a little spicy, and has some hoppiness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ferris (3800) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 2, 2013
Bottle - Vintage 2011 - Again, smells remarkably good for a vintage IIPA. Sweet grapefruit and candy like. Clear light copper with a thin head. Starts of nice and sweet, then leads to a bitterness that overwhelms. No real hops left in the taste. Again, didn’t stand up to time very well.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeZasada (285) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 3, 2012
Bomber bottle. Pours a hazy reddish amber with a thin white head; light carbonation. Aroma of citrus. Taste: Bitter, notes of citrus, with a slightly sweet malt undertone; full-bodied. Warming mouthfeel. Finishes with a pine / citrus hop bitterness, melts to a slight sweetness. Very, very good!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (3121) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 7, 2012
Dried apricot, pine and a hearty dose of caramel. A touch of earthiness. Smooth, flowery, earthy, woody. Not overly bitter, but nice malt backbone. Enjoyable an not Over the top. Not tons of bitterness.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmdr (8) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 11, 2012 does not count
This one smells great—very fresh pine and citrus, but the taste is not quite as distinctive as the red or blue dragon brews. Still a really great beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Johnsense (778) - - FEB 4, 2012
Amber pour with a fairly thick white head. a more subtle aroma - citrus fruits balanced out with some caramel malting. Not getting 100+ IBU but I am getting a citrus fruit salad and a good caramel backbone fighting for my tongues attention. Slick mouthfeel. I liked it, but was expecting a bit more oomph.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
robinvboyer (3067) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 3, 2012
650ml bomber. Cleam amber pour, rocky white head, sticky lacing. Aroma is resinous, lots of pine, even some spruce. Sweet orange citrus and a little butter (diacetyl?) Mouth feel and carbonation are spot on. Finish is very bitter, and leaves a peppery resinous pine flavor. Decent ipa, not sure its a dipa.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VertBaconStrips (2069) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 2, 2012
Poured out a clear light amber brew with a large frothy off white head that sticks pretty well and hangs around. Decent aroma but lacing depth. Candy sweet aroma that is similar to cotton candy without that typical cotton candy aroma if that makes sense - closer to a cherry version, unique light pine I think, tropical stuff, mango, lots of caramel sweetness, floral notes as well - the tropical aroma is the defining character. A hard bitterness hits my ’buds quickly but wavers in strength here and there, rrgf, stiff pine tingles my senses, peaches, all in a non beating strength, the bitterness has reared its tasty head again, caramel, light tang. Seems a bit more than medium bodied... hmm... semi-thick sweet finish with the standard bitterness. Pretty good beer and very drinkable. I’ll get another and put it up against a similar brew for curiosity. Nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
driver76 (40) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 27, 2011
Very flowery nose. Nice golden colour, but head disappears quickly. Flavour dominated by very flowery hops. Flavour lingers a long time. Malta a bit weak. Will be loved by hop heads.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Powertrip (999) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 16, 2011
Single bottle purchased on 12/15/2011 at Kensington Wine Market in Calgary, AB. Colour: A unique deep gold with minimal head. Nose: The hops are laced with honey and cherry. Some toffee stands alone. Candle wax also says hello. Taste: Medium sweet, medium bitter, light sour. Some bubble gum amongst piney hops. At 100 IBU, I thought this would pack more of a yummy bitter punch, but the high sweetness of it seems to cut into that punch and soften it up a bit too much.


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