nickd717 (3629) - 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, Drakeís. What this beer lacks in drinkability, it makes up for in...well...hops.
SamGamgee (2451) - 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 itís 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 (134) - San Francisco, 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 Iíve had.
iowaherkeye (2698) - 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 @ Fatherís 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 (7903) - 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 (3207) - 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 (3487) - 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.
joeneugs (4143) - Livermore, California, USA - AUG 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark amber color with an off white, almost tan head. Aroma is very strong with pine, and fruit. Taste is super thick with tropical fruit and massively bitter hops in the finish. A hop heads dream. A bit thick for me, but very strong and tasty.
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Clear amber golden with an off-white and lacing head. Sweetish peachy hop aroma. Quite full-bodied, sweet caramel and fat peachy hops that leave a surprisingly discreet bitterness. Warming alcohol in the finish. 070709
yespr (34880) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From tap at Stone Bistro. Pours hazy dark orange with a small white head. Grapefruity ad orange hoppy aroma. Flavour is grapefruity with a light touch of winegrapes and more solid grapefruity flavours. Smooth hoppy and light malt base flavoured finish. Nice and easy.