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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DYCSoccer17 (3447) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oRos (1298) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Thisis12ptfont (953) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BucannonXC5 (1019) - 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.

   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.

   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (21858) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 1, 2012
Bottled@Cask Pub & Kitchen, London. Amber colour, small white head. Aroma is fruits, earth, some mild herbal notes along with sweet malts. Flavour is caramel malts, fruity and floral hoppyness along with wood and mild toasted notes. Crisp maltyness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PotjeBier (1847) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 30, 2011
Bottled @ Beer Temple (from notes): Golden color. White head (not much). Aroma’s of sweet fruit, resin, citrus, herbal hoppiness. Flavor is bitter and fruity. Fairly full bodied. Finishes really bitter.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
omhper (20606) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 22, 2011
Bottled at Cask Pub & Kitchen, London Cloudy pale amber, small head. Sticky caramel aroma. Sweet and sticky with cardboardy caramel building a fat body. Buttery caramel dominates, hops are tired. Really sticky in an awkward way, like it never really leaves your throat. What a mess.

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