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RATINGS: 199   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.


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 (345) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DYCSoccer17 (3309) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 14, 2012
22 ounce bottle purchased from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Bummed, because I thought this was the beer that won at the Bistro IIPA festival. Anywho, The aroma has plenty of herbal and grassy hop notes. Some grapefruit and pine are also there with a scant amount of onion character. Definitely an old-school West Coast IPA. Slight underlying malt sweetness. Slightly hazy (chill haze?) Honey-orange body with a creamy, strong, off-yellow head present. Great lacing. This has a nice citrus, orange sweetness initially, before it becomes a fucking in your face hop bomb. Citrus orange and grapefruit crush the palate, which is then followed by a piney astringency later on. Some ethanol comes through, while this finishes very dry, harsh, and rough around the edges. This is really a brash beer, and I prefer my IPAs and IIPAs to have some semblance of balance, which this beer absolutely lacks.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oRos (1097) - sacramento, California, USA - FEB 14, 2012
Bottle from total wine sac. Color is orange. Not much of a head some lacing. Nice an bitter. Has the sweet with piny finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBoxer (232) - Sacramento, USA - FEB 14, 2012
Bottle shared by oros. Pours orange with a white head. Flavor is pine and citrus with a bit of heat.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Thisis12ptfont (836) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - FEB 13, 2012
Aroma is very nutty, bready, leafy, herby spiced hops with subtle grapefruit. Pale gold color with a thin foam top. Taste is intense leafy hops with a pleasantly light carbonation. Flavors are dominated by leafy/earthy hops with a very small malty background. Overall, this is extremely delicious. a must have if you are a fan of DIPA’s. I’d give this an A+ rating.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BucannonXC5 (829) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Poured from a bomber (22-oz.) bottle into a pint glass. Color was honey caramel. About a finger of head. Nice white lacing with a few sporadic bubbles. Reminded me of Mars. A lots of beautiful film on the sides. Sharp, bitter initial smell, giving way to grapefruit citrus hops. Some lemon or tangerine in there, too. This one is going to be hoppy. Surprisingly the taste was very similar to the nose, but just a tad bit smoother. In fact, a lot smoother. The citrus hops were grapefruit, but not overbearing. You could taste the alcohol, but it didn’t make you shake your head. Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Bitter, but smooth finish. I wanted to hate this beer, but there was no way. Just smooth and balanced with enough bite that you know you are drinking a DIPA.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mikkylar (94) - Placentia, California, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Pours dark orange with big fat head. Huge amount of hops on the nose as well as notes of pine and citrus. Somewhat heavier in body. Pretty good but I feel all those different hops and malts make the flavor kinda muddled.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BayAreaBeers (85) - Fremont, California, USA - FEB 4, 2012
22oz bomber on 2/4/12. Pours a burnt orange with a 1/2 finger. The aroma is HUGE citrus, floral, pine and sweetness. Taste follows with the bitterness more on the back than the front. This a very good double. Worth the trouble to get a bottle on the only day they sold it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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