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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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tastybeer (1714) - Bloomington, 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gunnfryd (10453) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 7, 2012
Bottle. Deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is hop, malt, peaches, pine, citrus. Flavour is hop, malt, peaches, pine, citrus, caramel. Very nice beer.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csteele2144 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Draft from City Beer. Amber orange pout with a thick off white head. The aroma is citrus, grapefruit, and pine, with a touch of tropical fruit. Taste orange, grapefruit, and tropical fruit balanced nicely by the malts.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2012
Nice balance on the nose. Caramel, I guess it’s munich malt. Earthy hops, nice citrus, marmelade. Well put together. Definitely get the amarillo in the back end of it. Pours hazy orange, nice creamy white head. Flavors of marmelade, some light caramel notes, lots of peach, orange, grapefruit finishing it out. A touch of alcohol. Very smooth, definitely taste the english pale malts here and there. Very well put together. Extremely well balanced. I prefer a little less malt but really feel this is some good stuff. Fuck yeah.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (9596) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 22, 2012
Tap at Father’s Office - Santa Monica. Pours clear orange with a medium, fizzy white head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is fragrant citrus, floral and grapefruit hops with biscuit malt and tropical fruity esters. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness, malt backbone with fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth and carbonation.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bconch (283) - - APR 15, 2012
Beautiful citrus aroma. First sip is a massive hop bomb that gives way to a malty backbone with plenty of hop character. Finish lingers for awhile with a little booze. Good stuff.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skoisirius (1632) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2012
Bomber in GV. Golden murky orange color with a big resiny nose chunking out citrus notes. Full DIPA flavors consisting of grapefruit, pine resin, and a loud but polite blast of hops from sweet to bitter. Long lasting bitter notes take you through and beyond the finish. Dank.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (903) - 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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   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!!

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
barn0216 (398) - 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.


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