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RATINGS: 193   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
In the spirit of exploration, Expedition blends the deep roasted flavors of dark malts with the hops of an IPA to create something worth discovering for yourself. Set sail on an expedition of your own.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 25, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Dark Elf. Red with a tan head. Smells hoppy and rosey with peppery hints. Tastes of earthy hops, pepper, hints of citrus and roasty hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 23, 2006
Bottled, A very good brew from Drakes. Pours a deep amber color with a tan head. Nose of hops and roasted malts. The taste was of hops, some dark fruits and roasted malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (7816) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 21, 2006
This dark amber ale poured with a large tan head. The blend of malt and hops is exquisite. Starts off malty, then the hops catch up to provide a pleasantly bitter finish. Drake turns out one great beer after another.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 25, 2006
Pours clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma is a lot like an IPA, lots of hop and pine, but mixed in with some roasted malts. Taste is heavily malted to counter the hops. Nice toffee and caramel finish. Just another great Drakes beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 19, 2006
(12 oz bottle: BevMo in La Jolla, CA) Okay, I have no doubt now that, along with AleSmith, Pizza Port, Stone and Russian River, Drakeís is one of my five favorite breweries in the state of California. Is it even conceivable that Rodger and Melissa can brew a bad beer, or even a mediocre one? I think not. Expedition Ale is simply amazing. I bought a sixer figuring Iíd rate one and send the other five out in trades, but I have my sincere doubts that any of the other bottles will make it til my next trade. Pouring the beer, itís amber-brown in color with excellent clarity. The off-white head rises enthusiastically to about an inch in height and settles slowly to a thin but complete layer atop the beer, depositing significant amounts of patchy lacing on the glass. But wait, it gets better, much better! This is an exceptionally flavorful amber ale. Actually, even before tasting the beer, just bringing the glass to my mouth, the gregarious hop aroma bursts out of the glass and tantalizes my senses. Sweet, floral fruitiness and dry, toasty maltiness accompany the hops aroma, making one magnificent bouquet to savor to the fullest. And did I say this was tasty? Fine, Iíll say it again, wow, I canít stop gushing over this beer. Beautifully malty, fairly roasty, lightly toasty, dry and earthy, yet only lightly sweet in the grand scheme of things. The bright, bitter, citrusy, herbal, and floral hops is more than up to the task of balancing the supreme maltiness, yet the beer stays balanced from start to finish. Amazing balance from start to finish, as well as a finish that doesnít even begin to thin out. Body is medium-full from start to finish, yet has a dry, clean, crisp, refreshing and quite well-carbonated mouthfeel. Maybe this makes me a pussy, but this beer is so good, it brings tears to my eyes, and I mean that quite literally. I canít say this any other way, or any clearer, this is an exceptional beer, at the top of its class. I rarely buy six-packs, and havenít purchased a full case of 12-ounce bottles in, well, I think ever. I just might buy a full case of this. Iím THAT blown away.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2006
12 oz. bottle, thanks to DarkElf for this one! Pours a deep, clear mahogany color with a large, beige head. Aroma of lightly roasty malts, molasses, nice floral and citrus hops with some juniper as well. Flavor is congruent with the aroma, more roasty malts and molasses, bitter herbs, lovely floral hops and spiciness. Medium body and creamy carbonation. This is another nice one from Drakes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zathrus13 (1739) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2006
Pours deep amber, with an off white head. Aromas are citrus, caramel, and some roasted malt. Flavors are citrus (stronger the the aroma), brown sugar, chocolate, and slightly smokey malt. Ends dry. Thanks to Davecooks for this bottle.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - APR 7, 2006
An absolute pleasure to consume. The aroma is piney and citrusy, with a touch of sweetness. Appearance is just absolutely incredible with a sunset reddish/purple color and a nice fluffy head. Mouthfeel is medium to full. Flavor is roasty, hoppy, citrusy, and malty. A lovely beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 27, 2006
(12oz Bottle. 03/2006) Dark amber with fast dissipating off-hwite head. Caramelly notes in the aroma with some hints of roasty, maybe chocolately, aromas too. Hops come through, but frankly, it was more malty aromas than hops. That is not the case for the flavor: a bit malty up front followed by an avalanche of hoppiness all the way across the palate. Medium-full bodied, this bee finishes with a lingering astringency and just a hint of stickiness on the lips.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - MAR 27, 2006
Bottled. pours a dark amber color with an ivory head. Over the top bitter aroma. NIce light maltiness with a huge hop bitterness. Definitely a west coast amber- more like an IPA really.

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