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


on tap


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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Columbus single hop Double IPA

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dfearnley (2006) - Edmonton, Alberta, - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
UXO (1820) - CANADA - MAR 15, 2016
Appearance: clear pale amber with one finger of loose ivory head diminishing gradually to a thin skim, patchy lacing. (3/5) Aroma: grainy malt, grapefruit, resin, catty. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-strong bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium slick body, moderate carbonation, lingering and building bitter and boozy finish. (3/5) Big, boozy, and unsubtle. Malt forward in pretty much exactly the way I was afraid it would be. Think, corn syrup with a dash of turpentine. But in a good way? Well in an OK way, anyway. (12/20)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DeanF (2418) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 8, 2016
Minimal hops aroma, fruit gold body and no noticeable head. Sweet and strong flavour with a hint of hops. A little overpowered with no finesse to all this brute force.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rejtable (2536) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2016
Tap at underground. Pours clear copper frothy head and lots of lacing. Nose is dank. Flavours of grapefruit, some syrup, grapefruit. Taste med bitter light/med sweet. Full sticky body with some alcohol burn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (8735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
[6159-20140131] Bottle. Fragrant floral blueberry hops and candy cane aroma. Slightly hazy, orange body with a foamy white head. Bitter orange grains flavour. Medium body. Average, could be showing its age. (7/3/6/3/13) 3.2
(w/ blankboy, Greg Clow, HogTownHarry, jercraigs)
Overheard: "You all right over there?" "Just practising my dementia!"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 20, 2014
Pours a fairly clear golden amber with a medium sized creamy white head that seems to last a while and leaves a lot of good lace on the glass. Aroma is pine, resin, floral and faint malt. Flavour is resin, pine, floral, med-high fantastic bitterness mild sweetness but a medium dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
haukur (1917) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - APR 12, 2014
bottle trade via Duffman! thanks so much! Golden color, small head but loads of lacing. Very hoppy nose, definitive Columbus on this one. Bitter finish, a bit resiny but also muddy undertone. Felt very fresh and this one went down fast. Very decent showcase of a single hop dipa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (10258) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2014
2013-01-31. Dark orange body with a small white head. Aroma is relatively alcoholic, resiny hops are lightly green. Flavour is relatively sweet, caramel notes, fruity sweet hops. Average plus bodied palate, soft carbonation. Enjoyable, the hops are less complex than Id like, but the bottle is likely old unfortunately. Bottle via trade with Ferris

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blankboy (7598) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 5, 2014
[Bottle (650ml) shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jercraigs & mabel -- c/o j&m] Pours a hazy golden-orange with a spare diminishing off-white head. Aroma has lots of hops, catty and hempy, along with an almost harsh smell and some alcohol. Flavour is fruity and alcoholic along with lots of hops, caramel malt and a big bitter finish. Average bodied. Not great, just O.K.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
HogTownHarry (6566) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 31, 2014
January 31, 2014 - with blankboy, gregclow, jercraigs & mabel. 650ml bottle c/o jercraigs. Not sure how old the bottle is - its debated and unresolved. Clear refractive amber-gold, smallish bubbly beige head. Aroma - sweet, papery, a little boozy, floral and dry. Taste follows - sweet and papery, a little more dry floral bitterness, but more like an ESB than a DIPA. Light body, slick, weakly carbonated with a wan, slightly harsh finish. Must be old - not sure it was all that "big" to start with.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
exeter (529) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 24, 2014
Appearance: Copper colour, nice head slight lacing. Smell: Heavy Pine, citrus and grassy. Taste: Heavy hop monster. Pine juice mixed with citrus and background malt.

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