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Drakes Harvest Ale

Drakes Harvest Ale
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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.69/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Perception. According to Webster's dictionary perception is: Recognition and interpretation of sensory stimuli based chiefly on memory. Drake's Imperial Harvest Ale wiil test your perception of beer. The malt base of this beer is 95% Crisp 2-row and 5% Durst Munich malt. The brew was allowed to simmer at 200ºF overnight to caramelize the sugars and create the perception of being a darker and therefore, maltier beer. We then came to the brewery the next morning and added hops throughout the boil, ending in the addition of 100 pounds of "wet" hops that were picked the previous day, and flown overnight to the brewery. What we ended up with is a brew that weighs in at 8.5% ABV, with an insane amount of hop aroma and very little malt flavor to take away the hop dominance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 16, 2007
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8159) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (9148) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 29, 2007
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjg74 (3018) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 5, 2006
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 4, 2006
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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 17, 2006
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 16, 2006
Draft. Hazy, dark copper color with an ivory head. Faint hop aroma. Hop forward and bitter with grapefruit flavors. Dry and somewhat chalky finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (8539) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 5, 2006
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (3194) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2005
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - SEP 15, 2005
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.

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