77ships (5411) - 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 didnít measure up with the better IPAís we had at the same tasting.
Lizardking3 (190) - 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.
Vestergaard (912) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
75 cl bottle. Pour is clear amber with a White, thick head. Aroma is earthy caramel, hops. Full Bodied malty sweetness, bitter hops, earth and alcohol. Not very fresh
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umich03jm (2767) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Alen. Bottled 5/29/14. Clear golden-copper pour with a big foamy head that fades to nice ring and leaves great lacing. One of the best appearances Iíve seen. Aromas are orange peel, flowers, sugary caramel malt, and light tropical fruit. Tastes just as malty as it is hoppy. Thick bread, caramel, moderate dank, oranges, flowers, honey, and light pine. Light bitterness. More malt than hops in the finish. Medium to full body. Very oily mouthfeel. Overall really good but would be better with more hops. Iím guessing I would rate a fresher bottle higher.
Danyel (1335) - 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.
Klimaet (702) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with an almost not-existing white head. Aromas of strong caramel malt, hops, mandarin and orange peel. Taste is also quite strong caramel malt, hops, grass, orange peel, mandarin.
glennmastrange (2431) - 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.
slowrunner77 (7100) - 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 drakeís offerings were good (the other 2 were better) and a little unique."
mabel (7385) - 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)
AirForceHops (4530) - 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.