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Drafting Room 10th Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 4.17/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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Brewed exclusively for The Drafting Room by our good friends at Troegs Brewing. 10th Anniversary Ale arrives with an abundance of hops, lots of warrior for bittering along with an impressive 3 other hop introductions with secret blends completed the boil. Twenty-five pounds in the hopback and an additional "dry hopping" in the keg round out a memorable flavor profile.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2005
More old notes...pours a medium orangy/brown color body with a small tan head. Sweet clementine orange aroma. Flavors are orange, honey, mild grapefruit, and pine needle. Somewhat sticky palate. Incredible IPA.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
greghate (10) - Parkesburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2005
I had several oppurtunities to have this extraordinary beer at their restaurant...definately a top-notch IPA!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2004 (Cask Conditioned, Drafting Room, Exton, PA) Pours a cloudy amber-brown with a small beige head. Aroma of orange and pine. Nice balance of a variety of hops. Very smooth palate. One of the better IPAs I have sampled.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2004
This came in a half-gallon growler jug courtesy of PisskyNights, many thanks to him. This poured out a clear dark amber color with good bubbling carbonation and a tall white head of foam peeking out of the glass. As the head receded down of a covering of bubbles it left good sheet of lace around the glass that clung to it for a while. Very pleasant aroma stirs from the glass with a nice blend of fruity sweet malts as well as a sharp citric hop smell. Definite notes of floral and piney hops as well mingle about to make this wonderful smelling brew. Quite the balanced nose as neither the malts nor the hops tend to dominate but at the same time both make their presence well known. Great flavor here with sweet caramel malt taste upfront followed by the citric piney bite of the hops. A nice crisp clean taste all around with a bitter finish, very tasty indeed. Mouthfeel is about medium with good carbonation. Obviously drinkability is not a problem with the entire growler being downed quite easily in one sitting and I wish I had more afterwards. A well-balanced and tasty IPA that I would highly recommend you try if you can get your hands on it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (8773) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2005 On Tap. Poured a medium to dark orange color with a large off white head. Citrus aroma with some pine. Sweet. Honey, piney and orange tastes.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - AUG 1, 2004
Piney herbal hop with big sweet malt (almost like dimatap...but good) with dark fruits. Cloudy amber with a thin persistant head. Big bitterness that isnt harsh. Dark flavors with herbal hops, hop funk, vinious malt, and a bit of alcohol. Touches of Soap and spice fade in as it warms leading up to a Herbal hop finnish with traces of biscuty malt. Thanks a bunch Eric.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChazyRPh (582) - Chazy, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2004
on tap at the bar. Clear amber with a medium head. Floral hop nose with some slight hints of pine. Nice floral hop flavor, good grapefruit bitter to finish which beckons you to come back for another drink.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3288) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 30, 2004
On tap at the bar. I was getting slightly wasted when I had this, but here are my notes. Sweet, sugary citrus aroma. Mildly hazy coppercolor. Lots of honey to start, leading to quite and intense bitter hoppiness. A sweet IIPA. Kinda like 120 minute, but not THAT sweet.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 29, 2004
Extremely aromatic, bright and juicy aroma -- reminded me of LaConner Bottleworks, but with some woody tones. Sweet, slightly sugary nose, filled with grain and hop flowers. Graham cracker in the finish, along with pungent, fresh Florida grapefruit. Tasty and brilliantly crafted. Thanks Eric!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TAR (2435) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2005 Hazy coppery-orange. Fine-bubbled dusty-white head. Scents of grapefruit rind bathing in pine resin. Hint of lightly scorched caramel, nuts, and rich toasted malts. Tight carbonation with a thick, jellyish body. Beautifully rounded body carries the chewy caramel, which coats the palate and offsets the brash pine flavors, early on. Hint of apple acidity deepens the brew, but is mostly squelched by the thickness of the body and rich caramel malt. Late surge of leafy herbs and bitter pine restore the sharpness to the explosive tangerine hop aspects. Finishes with a plethora of savory hop bitterness, yet with oodles of soft, juicy hops and sweet toasted malts, nuts, and buttered caramel. Caramel aftertaste balances the lingering grapefruit and spicy evergreen. This is remarkably clean and focused, just as IPA should be. These guys exude nothing but mastery when it comes to the use of a hopback.


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