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RATINGS: 225   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
Drake’s winter offering is a deep orange monster that is loosely filtered to keep the integrity of the malt & hops intact. Equal amounts of American two row and English pale are combined with two types of Munich malt, and balanced with Chinook, Cascade & Amarillo hops. Enjoy the massive aroma and flavor of this beer. Available January - March.

Editor’s Note: Please observe the ABV and color of the label. This entry is for the 9.3% DIPA. Previous to 2016, the label had a white background. In 2016, the label is green.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (6165) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Bottle - thanks Mike! Pours clear amber with a medium off-white head that dissipates with nice lacing. Aroma is grapefruit, pine resin, a touch of cat piss. Flavor is about the same, lightly sweet with a touch of caramel, medium bitter lingering to the finish. Medium bodied and oily in the mouth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
whicheck (81) - California, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Pours a nice Orange with a hint of amber. A nice sticky lace on the head. First smell almost smelled a little to malty. Second smell the hops really started coming around as the head dissipated. Carbonate stings the tonge a little then the malts really show with a semi dry hoppy finish.. a very good beer. Not my favorite but definitely a good brew. I would drink again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2646) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Tap @ The Bistro’s 2010 10th Annual Double IPA Festival. A yellow color with a laced white head. A wonderfully bitter, sweet, citrus and pine aroma with a crisp flavor. Smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
barn0216 (537) - California, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Bottle. Clear copper color, two fingers of foam but it disappears after a few minutes, decent lacing. The aroma is very earthy: spruce forest with a dank, musty character. Flavor is much the same, sharply bitter up front, softens toward the finish leaving a pleasant resinous aftertaste. Not detecting any of the malt. Good beer for hop heads. Better than the triple.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
madmitch76 (20984) - , Essex, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2013
8th November 2011
Hazy amber beer with tidy off white head. Smooth and silky palate with prickly carbonation. Creamy malt with a trace of caramel. Nice piney hops with a little mint character. Sweet peach - slightly floral. Towards the finish grapefruit bitterness. Really nicely joined up and hugely drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
saxo (16111) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is amber. Aroma and taste are rich hops, flowers, caramel, pine and malt. Yummy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thingus (29) - Missouri, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Taken from my BA account, reviewed on 2/21/12 Live tasting, bomber into Duvel tulip... Appearance; pours a remarkably clear copper/orange/burnt sienna color... Two fingers of bubbly off white head quickly dissolve, and retention is minimal... Very thin film is all that remains after a minute or so... Minimal amount of blotchy lacing... Smell; opens with generic tropics and citrus, having a slightly difficult time pinning down specifics... A dull carmel sweetness hangs around in the glass as well. Taste; generic tropical fruits, strong grapefruit and orange rinds, good resinous finish but not too much pine... I do get mild hints of caramel... Spice comes in as the bitterness starts to come into full bloom... As it warms up a little, things are changing a bit, there is significantly more bitterness as well as a slight alcohol/resin bite on the finish. Mouthfeel; solid mouthfeel, good carbonation and full medium to light full bodied... Slightly sticky finish with a moderate bitterness that hangs around.. Overall; a rock sold DIPA, but I was hoping for a bit more bitterness and perhaps some more complexity... Absolutely not bad but perhaps a little vanilla compared to some of the offerings I’ve had recently... Would love to get my hands on the black label!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Skakapa (52) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 19, 2012
Frothy head that settles quickly. Clear, light brown. Strong aroma with plenty of malt, almost no hops, much less citrus than expected. Bitter. Possibly past its shelf life.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hallinghansen (2647) - Odense SV, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle. Clear golden body with a medium offwhie head. Aroma is hops, fruit, grapefruit. Flavor is hops, caramel, fruit, grapefruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (1026) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Bomber bought at Baron’s Market in Rancho Bernardo, San Diego ($6.99). Pours a hazy orange color with two fingers of white foam. Aroma of soapy hops, fragrant flowers, sticky pine sap, and citrus with a bit of caramel and booze. Flavor initially of grapefruit and some tropical fruit following by a strong balancing malt backbone with lots of semi-sweet caramel. Creamy mouthfeel with fairly well-concealed high ABV. Nicely balanced and full of hops but not overly bitter. (118, 712)

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