resevil787 (123) - Arizona, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
10 oz draft from noble hops. Pours a copper color with an off white head. Very hoppy aroma, hints of grass, florals and perhaps some sweetness. Very hoppy when it hits the taste buds and finishes even hoppier with a mild taste of the alcohol. Great double IPA
PartyFowle (452) - - MAY 21, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In the glass, this is a liquid of outstanding clarity -- rarely have I even seen filtered water this translucent. Colored the bright gold of a piece of bullion, the brew’s topped with a head of snowy white froth that quickly evaporates. Dip the nose near that fluff and you’ll find an aroma that’s at once sweet and resinous, as if you smushed a hop in a juicer. Floral honey, blades of grass, lemon-lime, and honeydew are all noticeable. Sarcosuchus was a 10-ton super-croc, a massive yet ultimately unsustainable version of another beast. Many imperial IPAs attempt to replicate his enormity with over-the-top bitterness or colossal citrus flavor and are remembered as he is: badass at the time, but, in the end, dead. The greatness of Dragoon’s double IPA comes not from exaggerated flavors, but rather from the unique seasoning the hops are able to provide and the cleanliness with which they’re delivered to the tongue. Blueberry, pear, green grape, vodka, wet grass, grapefruit pith, sticky icky weed -- all can be found within the viscous, medium-light-bodied liquid. A very berry-fruit hop character punctuated by ethanol reminds me of the blueberry vodka that gave me so many hangovers as a young’n. Bitterness is pretty mild for a beer of this much hop character, as is sweetness. The flavor of alcohol is just a bit too pronounced but is balanced somewhat by a dry, Chardonnay-like quality that becomes even more intense as the beer warms. Despite the booziness -- this is a 21-proof beer, after all -- Sarcosuchus is deceptively easy to drink.
DesertDevil (625) - Arizona, USA - AUG 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at World of Beer – Gilbert. Sweet and hoppy aroma of pine, super-fresh citrus (lime and grapefruit) and ripe pineapple with a floral flourish. Pours clear golden orange with a brief, thin head. Wow, sweet orange, mango and pineapple flavors burst forth upon the first sip followed by an unexpected peppery spiciness that continues into the aftertaste. Grassy alfalfa bitterness. Interesting DIPA.
JPDurden24 (1626) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden orange pour, white head. Aroma is tropical fruit forward and so is the taste, some sweet maltiness and just enough hoppy bitterness. Nice balanced double IPA.
daknole (10112) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bright orange/gold pour. Honey, hops, caramel, light toasted malt. Flavor is quite sweet up front, the mid palette has a good dose of citrusy hops and then you get some of the alcohol on the finish.
highibus (753) - Vail, Arizona, USA - JUN 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from growler obtained at tap and bottle. Extremely clear gold with vigoris bubbles continuing to flow up to the white 2 in head. Huge aroma of grapefruit. First sip really bites with extreme hop bitterness. Some light grainy sweet balance enters after that. Finish is again bitter but that is what I am looking for in this beer. Really nice will see how it changes as it warms.
dwyerpg (4779) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 28, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very strong bitter hop aroma. Lighter color than the regular. Flavor wise I actually think this has more balance the regular IPA. Enough malt to offset the bittering hops, though you can definitely taste the strength at the finish.
Iphonephan (4043) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUL 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Noble Hops in Tucson. Pours a clear copper with an off white head. Huge floral hop nose. Flavors of citrus and some sweet malt. Boozy finish.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer arrives from the tap with a brilliantly clear, bright, pale amber / copper color. It is topped by a pale one-finger thick, head. This has a huge tropical fruit aroma to it, with notes of guava, lychee, and floral peach syrup notes being quite prominent. This gets much more herbal after a whiff or two, and even picks up a bit of a green onion like character as it warms up. There is a touch of cracker like grain and rounded bready malt that subtly rounds things out in the nose as it really warms up.
The taste is bitter and much more herbal than the aroma would have suggested; dank and herbaceous, with notes of hemp-oil, woody pepper, and herbal tobacco notes. There is of course a huge tropical fruit character; guava, lychee, concentrated floral peach, dank tangelo, and herbaceous citrus all play a leading role here. The malt is very supporting here (meaning quite subtle), cracker notes, and bit of chewy caramelized bread character come through if you really dig for it. The body of this beer is actually very light, surprisingly so if you really think about it, as the beer doesn’t come off as being thin, nor does it dry / water out the malt character so much that the hop fruit character isn’t able to still shine through; this is about as perfect as it gets for a Double IPA. Even the alcohol that is here (+10%) is so well hidden for a beer of this strength; while it is huge and hoppy, it is dangerously drinkable for a beer of this strength, because it does not get hot.
This is a really nice Double IPA; It is fruity up front, but gets dank, herbal, and even a bit onion like after a bit; for the latter it is not too much though. One of the better Double IPAs I have had in a while, in fact it makes me realize I have been burnt out on Double IPAs for quite some time, but this one is just done right.