mpersinger (354) - , California, USA - JUL 1, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Egads, had this whopper on draft at The Red Room in Santa Cruz (great beer, kinda cool lounge atmosphere, disappointing food-- but this is a beer rating, so onward...). Pours auburn with half-inch off-white fading head. Floral and piney juiciness dominate aroma as well as the nose. The Mouthfeel is more lean than medium and there’s a plushness I surmise comes from the hops. The touch of caramel (or more like peanut brittle without the peanut: carmelized sugar) sweetness brings out the delicious alcohol notes that continue on into the finish. There’s a resurgence of hop flavors: apricot/citrus and mint/chives. Mighty one.
davidm (1943) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 19, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
great beer. Floral and grassy aromas, quite bitter with a very long finish. This one is not about balance.
Drake (8981) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber shared at the 9th Richmond Rare & Unusual Epic Tasting, Richmond, VA, 11/30/14. Pours a hazy yellow with a thin fizzy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of spicy hops, candied citrus, caramel malt. The taste is candied citrus, citrus, pine and resin hops, pale malt. Medium bodied, lingering bitterness.
robotopera (35) - USA - NOV 20, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitcher Pour @ Hopgeist. Amber color, mild lace, light nose. Sweet start with a bitter finish, great balance with a bit of citrus orange notes. (rest of notes illegible due to beer damage)
drsordr (1237) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft sample at Hopgeist 2014 pour avg gold. Nose pine, resin, sweet tropical fruit. Taste pleasing bitter up front resin, and some dank. Mid sweet balancing the bitter. More sweet than dank. Lighter bitter finish.
TylerGreenDC (392) - - OCT 29, 2014
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft. Zero aroma. Terrific lacing. Flavors are all subdued. Bitter toast, faint chocolate malts, nothing terribly distinct.
John25 (685) - 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 (1628) - - 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 (1989) - 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 (6084) - 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 (2324) - 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.