beerguy101 (5357) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 23, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark amber color. Small head. Aroma is caramel, floral hops and floral. A medium bodied ‘ale’. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are citrusy, grapefruit and orange. Tons of centennial and cascades. This is a deceptively hoppy beer. It’s very hoppy, and yet it isn’t all that bitter. Hides the 8.5% alcohol very well. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 10, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Some one needs to make this into a cologne. nor beer lover could say no. great "wet" hops nose with some sweet malt notes to balance al that resin. oily appearance and mouthfeel. nice peppery body with huge hopping just wonderful treat.
jazz88 (2664) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 19, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Toronado (12/19/04). A reddish brown color with a tan head. A strong pine hop aroma with some citrus. Bitter, dry and hoppy flavors. A touch of sweetness amd full bodied. Somewhat harsh at the finish as many double IPAs are.
Ibrew2or3 (8099) - 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.
DarkElf (3051) - La Jolla, California, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2004 (Draft: Wet Hop Beer Festival, O’Brien’s in San Diego, CA) Tied for first place (with Rogue Hop Heaven) in this Wet Hop Festival, at least to me! Very flavorful, malty and somewhat sweet, moderately hoppy and bitter. The nose is strongly hoppy, but malty and sweet too. Medium bodied, but with a nice full mouthfeel. Amber in color. Light tan head is kinda bubbly and has good size during the pour. Some patchy lacing.
mjg74 (2984) - 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.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The deep amber body of this brew is topped by a medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is sweet and grapefruity wtih a slight underlying pine note. Nice aroma. The flavor is sweet yet spicy and hoppy with some pine and a touch of fruit. Medium bodied, slightly dry and a little oily.
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.
GregClow (3156) - 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.
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!