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RATINGS: 206   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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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 with the white background on the label.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 27, 2012
A - Pours a hazy golden-orange with a half finger of frothy off-white head atop. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind a bit of lace. S - The aroma is full of pine and tropical fruit hops including some pineapple and grapefruit. There is some caramel sweetness as well with just a touch of floral elements and a bit of alcohol coming through. T - The beer starts off with a big hit of tropical fruit hops with lots of grapefruit flavor and some strong bitterness. There is just a bit of sweet caramel malt flavor coming through for some balance. Through the middle, more of the grassy and pine flavored hops hit the tongue with even more bitterness with a bit of floral flavor. The finish is a mix of mango, pineapple, sweet caramel, bitterness, and a touch of alcohol. M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and very bitter finish that really lingers. D - Very drinkable. Really big hoppy DIPA. The hop profile is really nice and has a good blend of different hop flavors and the malt is strong enough to keep up well.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - FEB 24, 2012
pours dark orange with a two finger pillowy head. Tons of citrus and pine aroma, with hints of lemon,grass and slight grapefruit. Very smooth taste, bitter hop finish, but lots of peach, citrus and grapefruit in the middle. It hides the 9.3% very well. Amazing beer, I’m very impressed. 

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10100) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Orangish/yellow pour. Aroma of fresh and juicy hops jump out of the glass and hit you so nicely! Citrus, spicy hops everywhere! Flavor is juicy, just enough malt and the hops. What a well done brew!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stonelis (38) - Kutztown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2012
I like this. Piney and citrus. A touch of heat, a slight after burn, but not too much. Another California beer I wish I had more access to.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2012
(22oz bottle from Mike). Pours mostly clear orange-amber with white head. the aroma has some dank hops some caramel malt. There’s also a strong resinous aroma. Taste is sweet with some sharp pleasant bitterness. Lighter body with a dry finish. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tastybeer (1836) - Indiana, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Bottle. Dark gold pour, nice white head, good retention/lace. Aroma is dank floral/citrus hops, caramel malt. Taste is big fruity hops, pine, resin, caramel malt, light booze. Palate is smooth, oily, bitter finish. Quite good.

4.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dougmaher434 (6) - Felton, California, USA - FEB 19, 2012 does not count
Not much aroma and the hops don’t shine through like they do in Aroma Coma. But still an extremely solid Double IPA. They had a little trouble masking the alcohol.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Bottle from DBS. Aroma is very strong fresh hop, of the floral and pine variety. Flavor began with fresh grapefruit and turned into a bitter radish/lemon. Nice light malt backbone to this, but the bittering hops were over the top. Salt and vinegar chips seemed to take the edge of this one. Good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
944play (366) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 17, 2012
Draft at Sweet Spot. Hazy amber with medium lasting foam. Strong onion, grass, and radish aromas. Salty lemon and piney resin flavors. Obnoxiously over the top. Goodly booziness is right sneaky.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mr_TBone (168) - Hollywood, California, USA - FEB 15, 2012
A - Deep red w/a subtle brown. S - Big pine, lemon, more citrus, subtle alcohol, some caramel malts underneath. T - Lemon! Wow, this beer is a pine and citrus bomb! Subtle maltiness that is quickly overtaken by the bitterness. F - Very light bodied for the ABV. There is a good amount of heat you feel from the alcohol as it is swished. It could use a little bit of that lush creaminess to help the overall mouthfeel. O - Overall, a fantastic DIPA from Drake’s. If you are looking for a true bitter bomb with some great fruity complexities, I would get a bottle.


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