John25 (793) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - OCT 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Clear copper. Bottled 6 months ago, but the hops really held up and had a crisp rich pine/ grassy note. Caramel malt. Medium carb with a big full mouthfeel. Good stuff
conway (1783) - - OCT 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Clear copper with a thin white head. Aroma is melon and grass. Taste has a caramel malt backbone and and something akin to oak in the finish. Big rich mouthfeel and moderate carb. Nice bite and coats the mouth. Really good.
PriorL (2316) - Gent, BELGIUM - OCT 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at tasting.
APPEARANCE: clear blond beer, small unstable white head.
NOSE: very hoppy, florar, some pine, fruity.
TASTE: malty, some alcohol, hoppy, quite heavy actually.
slowrunner77 (6289) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"a darker, very piney and thick double ipa with a sweet malt kick. this one almost stands out a little from the crowd, though all three of drake’s offerings were good (the other 2 were better) and a little unique."
glennmastrange (2362) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - OCT 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Moderate malt aromas of roasted and caramel, moderate to heavy grapefruit peel for the hops, light soap for the yeast, with pineapple and a mix of light dried fruit. Head is small, frothy with some bigger bubbles, slightly off-white with good lacing and is mostly diminishing. Color is clear, medium to dark amber. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet, moderately acidic and lightly to moderately bitter. Palate is on the fuller side of medium, between oily and creamy, with a soft to lively carbonation, and finishes lightly astringent and moderately alcoholic. Nice DIPA. Relatively mild in aroma and flavor up front with just a small bite in the end.
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[5662-20130816] Bottle. Sweaty resin aroma. Clear, amber body with a quick bubbly head. Bitter boozy heavy sweet malt grain barrel flavour. Full body. Tasty but heavy. (8/3/7/4/15) 3.7
(@ Campground Brewdown 2013, Millmont, PA)
77ships (4562) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - SEP 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
655 ml. bottle sampled @ Pure Apricot Tasting. Thanks! Orange, creamy little white head. Nose is touch iron, resin, sweet orange peel, caramel,..; Sweetish orange & iron taste, caramel, bitter marmalade, brown sugar, grapefruit, honey, bitter herbal in the back. Creamy body. Very nice but didn’t measure up with the better IPA’s we had at the same tasting.
AirForceHops (3777) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle purchased directly from the brewery and hand carried home. Bottle date of July 31, 2014. Copper color with decent head retention in a tulip glass. Aroma is candy sugar, tropical fruit and citrus notes.
The flavor is rather balanced. Sugar covered oranges and grapefruit from a sticky sweet malt character on top the the hops. This shows plenty of sweetness but the sweetness is cut by the bright bitter grapefruit, peach and the addition of some pine bitterness. The strong hops and sugar/ sweet malts is a near perfect balance. The over 9 % ABV was not found in the nose or flavor and it was easy for me to finish the 22 oz. myself. That is not always the case with any higher ABV brew. A little sweet but very tasty.
Overall I am very pleased with this brew and the entire lineup I sampled from this brewery. If your ever near San Leandro, this brewery should be on your radar.
Lizardking3 (157) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - AUG 31, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful cloudy dark gold. Smells boozy and citrusy. Taste is loads of citrus and malt backbone is huge. Love the mouthfeel.
Danyel (1199) - Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear orange with thick white head. Aroma is very piney, very hoppy. Taste is very piney, resinous. Really good.