AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ the brewery. What I remember most about this brew was the extremely dry and slightly bitter finish. You could taste the malt and sugars, so it was a bit sweeter in the middle and the beginning of the sip Quite an interesting beer.
Ibrew2or3 (8008) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted at the Wet Hop Event at the Hayward Bistro. Pours clear copper with a bright white head and nice lacing. The aroma is very light with faint sweet malts and roastiness. I had a hard time picking up much hoppiness in the nose. The taste is malty with sweet roasted malts and caramelization. The hops show up in equal strength as the malts with spiciness, mild sweet citrus hop flavor and bitterness. The finish is dry, slightly tart and has a lingering citrus bitterness.
marcus (8812) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 29, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Toronado. This amber ale poured iwth a thin beige head and a pleasant floral aroma. There is a soft malt flavor at the start and a nice piney hop bite at the finish.
mjg74 (2953) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap, O’Brien’s Wet Hop Fest. Pours a slightly hazy dark amber reddish color. Skunky bud aroma. Much pine. Very bitter. Lots of skunky hop throughout.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at O’Briens. Medium chestnut-amber color with a slight haze and a small off white head with stringy lace. Toasy and fresh fruity aromas, not surprisingly with a huge hop bouquet - citrus, fresh rosemary and pine needles. Stunnign hop flavor, grapefruit, lemon peel, acidic aroange and bitter hers in the finish. Mediujm body and tingly carbonation. Another nice brew from Drakes!
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 17, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours hazy, amber to copper color, with a medium head. Aromas of citrus and hops, the flvaor is hoppy, bitter, a hint of grape, but also some yeastiness. Almost seems like a Belgian yeast strain was used? A fairly bitter finish to it.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 16, 2006
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Hazy, dark copper color with an ivory head. Faint hop aroma. Hop forward and bitter with grapefruit flavors. Dry and somewhat chalky finish.
bb (8269) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 5, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Amber beer with a low off-white head. Slight grapefruit/pine aroma. Fresh grapefruit/pine flavor with good caramel backing and decent bitterness (though it fades quickly). Medium bodies. Good balance. Nice hop flavor but could be better with more bittering.
GregClow (3098) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught sample at O’Brien’s, San Diego. Hazy reddish-orange colour. I was pretty hopped out after the Hoppiness, Pliny and Dorado, so I don’t think I was able to give this a fair tasting, but as far as hop-bombs go, it’s a pretty good one. I was glad to move on to some new styles after this one, though.
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - SEP 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap@O’brien’s: Orange-amber color with a wisp (bar pour) of eggshell head. Perfumy, fruity (citrus) aroma. Light sweet start followed by a sharp grapefruit bitterness and a light, dry zest finish. Smooth, tangy palate.