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Drafting Room 15th Anniversary Ale

Drafting Room 15th Anniversary Ale
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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Scratch #20 has been dubbed Apollo Imperial Ale because of our experimentation with a new hop variety. Apollo hops are high alpha acid with an intense aroma. Married with other high alpha hops, with almost two pounds of hops added per barrel produced, AIA has an intense staying power in the back of the throat. After a long discussion between Chris, John and the brewers, they dubbed this hop flavor stinky grapefruit with a hint of perfume. The dark color might lead you to believe the some malt may shine through; but no, the hops are the true player in this ale. Scratch #20 serves a dual purpose since it will also appear as The Drafting Room’s Anniversary Ale for 2009. We brewed a bit more to serve the brewery and The Drafting Room, but get it while when you see it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daknole (10872) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Growler shared at Cigar City!! Amber pour. Lots of floral hops, some citrus and caramel malt. Juicy flavor with grapefuit peel, caramel and a dose of bittnerness. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
egajdzis (6105) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2009
[Draft @ Drafting Room Exton] Poured a clear amber color with a medium sized, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral hops, caramel malts, citrus, grass, perfume, and a bit of metal. Taste of citrus, pine, grapefruit, toast, a bit of caramel, and a bitter finish.Not bad, seems to be not very different than the later IPA versions of this Anniversary beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2009
On tap at the Springfileld location. Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, a little toasty, floral and skunky weed. Tastes of citrus (grapefruit), caramel, and I was getting some tropical fruitiness. Some lacing left on the glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
machfive55 (358) - Columbia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2009
The aroma was a little malty with definately some strong grapefruit coming through, maybe some piney hints as well. The appearance was clear amber with a big foamy head. Flavor was strong hops, but a good balance with maltiness and definately a lingering bitterness and grapefruit aftertaste. Palate was warming a the carbonation was very low. My overall for this one is that it is an IPA, I was not overwhelmed with it though. I do agree with the brewers on the heavy grapefruit presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 21, 2009
On top at the brewery. Described as an imperial pale with an IBU of 135. Amber in color with a fine citric aroma. Well filtered. Medium bodied with lots of caramel in the flavor to back up the hop attack. For a very hoppy beer the caramel is strong. The hops are very astringent and leave a lasting medicinal quality on my tongue. Hard to finish.

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