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Drafting Room 11th Anniversary Ale

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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.76/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Brewed exclusively for The Drafting Room. Figuring out how to differentiate this beer from the 10th Anniversary Ale became something of a challenge. “We liked last year’s formula so much, we were hesitant to meddle with the recipe,” Mullin offered. It was agreed, however, that the beer should change from year to year. Although the style once again remains a matter of some speculation, a new and unique hop, Palisade, will play an important role. Mullin explains, This hop walks the line between bittering and aroma with alpha acids just under 10%. It has a soft, clean finish with characteristics similar to Willamette.” Once again, Troegs will be “dry-hopping” the final product for an increased fresh, floral hop aroma. Additional hops include Tomahawk, Warrior and Cascade.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nejhleader (1182) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2007
Pretty good IPA, had this on cask at the exton location. had a bit of a citrus subtle hop flavor and aroma, nothing too bold about the taste, but a nice brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Pours a clear copper color with a small but long lasting off-white head. The aroma was citrusy, mild grapefruit. Flavors were grapefruit, perfume, carmel, and some spices. Very good IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2005
Spring house. Pours a filtered clear amber with a nice white sticky and long lasting head. Aroma is very similar to troegs hopback but more intense with lots of citrus pine and a bit of mango/orange. Malty backbone for flavor with nice hops all around and a good not overpowering hop bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel. Very nice IPA.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2005
Drafting Room, Springhouse, PA. Clear, deep copper body with a tight cottony white head that looks like marshmallow. Perfumy with a watery whiskey quality and an odd note of chlorine and soap. Medium sweet with a slightly stale malty character with medium bitterness. Comes across like an English bitter. Somewhat disappointing. There’s really nothing special about this.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2005
Draught @ Exton: Smelled sweet with hints of cherry, vanilla, grapefruit, and citrus. Very hoppy scent. Clear and redish-brown in color with a creamy white head. Flavor was sweet but bitter and dry. Orange, grapefruit, and lemons were in the taste boquet. Medium body, thin texture. Lively carbination, bitter finish. Overall, not as good as the 10th A.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4394) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUL 13, 2005
On tap at the Drafting Room in Spring House, PA. I only had the cask version and I’m glad I did. This was very good. Poured a nice reddish orange with an off white head that stayed the whole time and laced the glass. Aroma of orange, some grapefruit and pine. Taste was very smooth. Low in carbonation but I think the cask version was suppose to be that way. More of a floral after taste. The 4 different hops really blended together nicely. I really enjoyed this beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (7481) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2005
This one was very good, but the 10th Anniv. was better. This one poured copper with a medium, creamy, white head. The aroma was resiny hops, floral esters. Tasted very hoppy, with floral esters, a medium, floral, hoppy palate, and some finishing dry hops. My only problem is that this one had some off flavors toward the end of the growler. The typical Troeg’s hopback amber and sunshine pils hops and malt elements were there, but there was some metallic shit that I can’t place at the end. Very good, and this one is guilty of being compared to a gem of the 10th anniversary, so it has a hard act to follow.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2005
On tap at the Drafting Room in Spring House, PA. Tasted the cask & tap versions side by side. They both poured a medium amber color with the cask version being clear and the tap version being slightly hazy and darker. The cask had a larger sized off white head and the tap had a smaller sized lighter colored head. The both smelled real good - flowers, citrus, caramel and very light spices. The cask tasted much better. To me, this one was lightly bitter (grapefruit) with a light sweet balance. The more I drank the cask version the sweeter it became.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5194) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2005 Cask poured a hazy amber color while the regular draft poured a clear lighter amber color. Both had a medium sized off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma was quite similar in both, displaying notes of orange rind, peaches, grapefruit, floral hops, caramel malt, and light spices. The taste off gravity cask was phenomenal, I would have given that version a 4.5. Vibrant grassy hops, caramel malt, tons of citrus fruits, including a beautiful grapefruit hop bitterness. The draft tasted near stale to me. I was told it was just kegged earlier in the week, but I definitely got some cardboard. Could it have been the pitcher TDR - SH served it in? Man, such a disappointment that this will only be on gravity cask tonight, and even greater disappointment, it that I dropped my damn growler of the cask version on the sidewalk on the way into my house!! Anyhow, I averaged my two samples, but jeez, I’d be hard pressed to give the draft version higher than a 3.


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