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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3138) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2013
Pours amber with a big creamy sandy head. The aroma is juicy and delicious bringing big oily resiny hops, not overly sweet though by any means, and some refreshing citrus. The flavor and body are humongous bringing huge zesty sweet hop notes almost overbearing on my palate personally.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Strykzone (6561) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2013
Bomber from Hayduke. We had it together via facebook chat. This poured clear copper and sported a decent beige head. A nice pine caramel aroma. The flavor brings out some truly complex hops. I tasted rye grain first but then pine and citrus. Other hop flavors were tasted but not really identified. There is also all kinds of sweetness but it is almost buried under the hops. Some biscuit and caramel. Bitterness began moderate but grew toward the finish. This brewer spared no hops in making this beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (4629) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 1, 2013
Shared with Strykzone via Facebook Chat. Pours a clear amber orange with a large beige head and light lacing.Nose is huge hops with a cat pee aroma. Medium body with a lot of resin. Flavor is grapefruit and pine with a perfect caramel backbone. The finish is very bitter. This is a really well balanced DIPA. Lot to like here. My kind of beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Bomber from bytemesis - thanks, Mike! Attractive amber pour, with a light, silky head. Loads of bright citrus in the nose, less prominent malt than I’ve come to expect from Drake’s. Thick, sumptuous mouthfeel with a lingering bitterness on the finish. Peach, orange, and hop oil dominate the taste, with a firm malt foundation bringing things together and giving the beer heft without booziness. Pretty good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocJitsu (1588) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Pours a beautiful, nearly glowing clear orange amber. The off-white head doesn’t stick around long, but who cares, because the bouquet is spectacular. Vibrant sweet grapefruit and soft pine that invades the olfactory and dances there like a nice perfume. There’s a surprising amount of grain in the flavor given the bouquet. Smooth on the front and a little scrubby on the back. Big pine and sweet, dried fruit. A pretty noticeable alcohol warmth. A very nice DIPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (5356) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Draft. Medium amber pour, with a white head. Caramel malt, citrus, bitter hops, sweet, and malty. A well balanced DIPA, and tasty. Not the best around though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ddemmingjr (795) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2013
Bottle shipped: pours clear light orange, off white mild head. What an appetizing nose. pungent citrus tangerine, mango, pine, resinous dank hops with some subtle caramel malts on the nose. Medium to heavier bodied yet silky smooth on the palate. Lots of mango, resin hop flavors and just enough pale and caramel malt sweetness for balance. Not overly bitter and succinct finish. ABV well hidden. What a great beer. Can I get more without ordering from the west coast...? ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
regspeir (199) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Thank you to AlexS for this 22 oz. bottle. Beer poured a mildly cloudy copper/amber with little head, scarcely a finger, which dissipates fast. Nose was dominated by citrus (grapefruit and pineapple) but also pine and some grassy notes. Caramel malts balance this well and there is little alcohol burn, especially for this big of a beer. The mild bitterness up front does not overpower what else goes on with this and does not linger after. The texture is medium and as well as the carbonation. All-in-all, this is a very nicely balanced DIPA that I absolutely recommend and wish I had more access to. Try it, if you can!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2013
22 oz bottle. Clearish orange brown with an ivory foam cap. Nose is caramel, orange juice, female pheromones and pine. Oddly similar to the Lower de Boom i just tried, this one no where near as coarse or unbalanced and of course a DIPA. Starts with a bitter blast; resiny with brisk carb, lightly sticky. Taste is pine needles, caramel, candied orange peel and apple with a menthol finish. Great fruity, hop; bitter, sweet balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (6898) - Utah, USA - MAR 19, 2013
22oz bottle picked up at Bevmo in Vacaville
Appearance: Pours clear golden with a small white head, some lacing
Aroma: Fruity and sweet caramel
Taste: Sweet caramel, dusty, grapefruit and pine resin
A decent DIPA, sweet.

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