CampesinoTino (690) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Aroma is pine, grapefruit and tropical fruit. Appearance is a pale crimson and copper color with a half inch of resinous head. Taste begins with potent grapefruit citrus flavors and bitter, resiny hops along with some caramel, oranges and toasted malt. Mouthfeel is syrupy and full-bodied with medium carbonation and a warm, boozy finish. The overall flavor has loads of tangy citrus flavors and aggressive bitterness packed into each sip. The 9.75% (Bottle) ABV level is definitely noticeable though and it slowly numbs the taste buds towards the end of the bottle. At times the flavor reminds me more of a hoppy Barleywine than an Imperial/Double IPA. Regardless, Denogginizer delivers the goods in the hops department.
BelgianBeerGal (2874) - Dayton Area, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Guest tap at Ladyface. Really had no idea what I was ordering but this turned out to be a really great DIPA. VERY full aroma and body. Loaded with sweet caramel malt, and peachy, citrus hops. Super easy drinking and just a gentle background bitterness with very little notice of the ABV. This could be habit forming. Probably one of my favorite (D)IPAs.
LtDan (1718) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - APR 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Naja’s Place - Redondo Beach, CA
Appearance: Pours a copper with a bright white film for head.
Aroma: Light citrus hop and spicy malt.
Taste: Peach, grapefruit pine and black pepper.
Mouthfeel: Fizzy and spicy.
Overall: Pretty good, very spicy. Too much malt for my liking, but still above average.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 19, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Toronado SF. Pours dark amber, dark for the style, with a small off-white head. Aroma is nice and intense with a citrusy hop blast, earth, wet leaves, and sweet malt. Flavor is extremely hoppy with lots of caramel malt to balance. Hop character is mainly citrusy and piney, with some tropical fruit notes in there as well. This is really palate wrecking, and has a thick and syrupy mouthfeel that assaults you with brutal resins. This is a very good thing BTW in case you were wondering. Overall, good job, Drake’s. What this beer lacks in drinkability, it makes up for in...well...hops.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - FEB 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Rose and Crown during Drakes Night. This one has been eluding me for awhile. Amber to red color with a thick white head. Huge piney and pungent aroma with plenty of grapefruit peel and some underlying caramel. The flavor is a little on the malty side with lots of resiny bitterness, pine , pineapple, and grapefruit flavors. Massively hoppy stuff with saturated bitterness. Dry finish with a touch of alcohol heat. Medium-full body. Pretty clean yeast, though it’s hard to tell under all of those hops. Nice tropical/pine flavor combo. Malty but not too sweet. Nice stuff for sure, and pretty unique for the area.
aaronbr (118) - Palo Alto, California, USA - FEB 13, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Got a snifter of this from the Rose and Crown as I sampled their leftovers from SF Beer Week. Awesome and potent grassy aroma. Deep orange appearance. Nicely balanced flavor, powerful and hoppy. I think this is one of the better ones I’ve had.
iowaherkeye (2676) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ Father’s Office. Clear medium orange with a well-retained light beige head. Scorched toffee and light cotton candy dominate with some pine hops, then grapefruit, and apricot. The flavor still has melts dominating, with the hops mainly being grapefruity. There are still some apricot notes, but pretty tamed until the finish. Semidry with plenty of ETOH warmth and spiciness. bitterness at a 4-5. Medium-full body with light prickly carbonation. So many malts make this seem like an American Strong Ale or Imperial Red.
BMan1113VR (7702) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Beautiful clear amber with a fluffy tan head., aroma of fruity and hoppy overtones, caramel and greatness...Grass and citrus taste, very dry caramel, awesome! Very well balanced. Medium bubbles. Dry!
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Pacific Coast Brewing. Pours a bright, clear slightly oily golden-amber color; thin, off-white head with good retention and fine-bubbled lacing. Kind of a disappointing aroma: orange hop character, oily with a touch of basic sugar. Dense, chewy, oily mouthfeel: minimal astringency; loads of sticky, dank earthy and piney bitterness; gorgeous hop character; slightly relaxed carbonation, with nice levels of acidity and just buckets of oily hops; rather viscous without being too heavy; quite nice IIPA - a heavily oily rendition that you can really sink your teeth into. The only problem being, of course, that a dry rendition would go down much better: dense orange core here. Lengthy, tongue-numbing bitterness: piney, minerals, with a lightly toasted burnt malt core.
Aubrey (3356) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 3, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
GABF 2009, day 3: Green, chewy hop flavors tasted like I was chewing on a hop cone. Rich malts went well with the spicy, flowery hop aromas. Very tasty beer.