el_guapo (28) - California, USA - JUN 21, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Liked this one, seemed less hoppy then other ipa’s. The malt seemed a little more prevalent. Enjoyed the heat from the high abv, but for an imperial I was looking a little more for the hop punch in the mouth and it never showed up. I will buy again as I really like drakes, but will remember that this is an imperial that is more balanced with the malt, not just an all out hop blitz.
Leighton (16261) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 29, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at Jupiter. Pours clear, rich gold with a creamy off-white head. Rich citrus hops in the nose, pine. Medium sweet flavor with bready malts, pine, light bitter grass, papaya, melon, orange. Full bodied with average carbonation. Warming and resinous finish, lots of juicy citrus. A nicely rounded DIPA.
VsXsV (3640) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Jupiter. Clear amber liquid with medium off-white head. Aroma of citrus, tangerine, mango, light biscuit and light grain. Taste is light sweet and medium to high bitter with notes of citrus, caramel, light booze, pineapple and grain. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice but too malty for my taste.
SG111 (808) - New York, USA - JAN 4, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Sprenger’s, Santa Rosa. Pours deep honey, big white head. Aroma is citrus, big pine notes, resin. Flavor is hop forward with sugary high-abv sweetness and a piney finish. It’s solid. Maybe not the most going on, but I dig it.
Frothmeister (674) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 3, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
1pint 6fl oz bottle. Pours a hazy amber honey colour with a orange tinged creme coloured head. Aroma is super fruit heavy, lots of fresh pineapple, grapefruit, passionfruit, with light golden syrup undertones. As for taste. Whoa. Up front, it’s HUGE fruit. More than I have ever tasted in an IPA. Peach, apricot, passionfruit, light resinous notes with some light golden syrup that leads into light hop/malt notes and a surprise mellow lead out to the citrus in the finish. Not at all harsh at 90IBU’s, and well balanced from front to back. It saddens me that I can grab this at a corner store in America, when I have tasted NOTHING like this that has come from a Canadian brewery. Pure gold.
SlimHabib (391) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - DEC 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pour. Dark cloudy orange with a large foamy off white head. Aroma is citrus, pine, and toffee. Full creamy body. Very light sweet with a strong salty and bitter finish.
mR_fr0g (7237) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the brewery tap drakes dealership. Clear bright orange coloured pour with a lasting sticky thin white head. Aroma is big toffee, slight butter popcorn, but not duacetyl, pine, orange rind. Flavour is composed of sweet malts, chewy toffee, spicy orange rind, pine, honey. Palate is full and chewy, moderate to high carbonation.
mstrcrwly (825) - New York, USA - NOV 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle poured into a snifter..copper with a fluffy white head..aroma of resin,
pine,citrus,caramel..tastes of caramel,grapefruit,resin...not overly boozy..
BrewHaMeister (367) - - NOV 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap poured clear copper with white head and nice lacing. Aromas of citrus, toffee, spice. Medium bitter and boozy.
IslandHaole (1174) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - NOV 13, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
*Mahalo to my buddy Dean for bringing this to Hawaii from California!* Orange colored with big chunky eggshell head. Interesting aroma balanced with spicy aroma hops. Not the Pine/grapefruit hops you’d expect from a Left coast IPA. Chewy & thick with light carbonation, nice mouthfeel! Delicious beer with plenty of flavor, I’m getting Star Anise and Kaffir lime peel, like an exotic asian dish and then a sweet finish as if I’m chewing bubblegum. The alcohol sneaks up at the end and you feel it warming you once it hits bottom. Yep, I’m digging this one!
Kroney (252) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 30, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber to snifter. Pours dark burnt orange with a frothy off-white head... heavy lacing. Aroma: big juicy hop nose with a massive burnt sugar malt backbone. Taste: hops try to come through big but give way to crystal malt. Great balance. But definitely not enough hop bitterness. Palate: big sticky finish. Phenomenal beer, just not enough hop forward to grade world class.