Wittales (678) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance was clear gold with diminishing white creamy 1 finger head, rings of lacing. Aroma was light sweet malt base with floral, citrus and pine backend. Taste are soft caramal, pale malt upfront then lemon, orange, grapefruit and piney middle and backend. Palate was creamy smooth CO2 with medium body, a lasting smooth balanced citrusy and piney finish. A great example of an american ipa.
kjsofield (2) - Lafayette, California, USA - MAR 29, 2014 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Drake's IPA is clearly the best IPA (for my palate) on the planet. I was first introduced to Drake's when I moved to the Bay Area in 2000. I've had it on draft in my home kegarator ever since. I went through a minor scare when Roger Davis, the then brewmaster left Lind Brewing and subsequently when Triple Rock bought Lind. But, fortunately, that resulted in Roger being brought back into the fold. Roger is simply an amazing brewer (and I'm in now way diminishing the current brewmaster, Brian). In any event, I digress. The beer is a beautiful dark caramel color. The head, thick and foamy. The taste, bitter, piney and crisp. I travel a lot, and so have had the opportunity to try literally hundreds of other IPAs across the country. A good close 2nd place is Sierra Nevada Torpedo (which you can get country wide). But, I'm always excited to return home and draw a fresh, delicious, refreshing Drake's IPA from my kegarator.
bmerz (719) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 5 months old. Pours clear dark yellow with great lace and lasting head. Aroma is nice ripe lemon, biscuit, light almond. Flavor is candied lemon, caramel, earthy strong bitterness. Feel is still fairly lively, cooling, and medium bodied with a late bitter pucker. Really nice. In a a way it is classic but also distinctly itself.
Barreras (1114) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - FEB 1, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a light amber color with an orange hue. Aromar is of pine and spruce. Taste is typical IPA, with bitterness and spice throughout. A forest tree flavor through the swallow. A light IPA in comparison with others from the style.
jonnyguns (1093) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2013 Wet hopped cask at mikkeller bar SF. Poured a deep copper/golden. Nose has fresh hops - citrus, pine and toffee. Taste is quite thin and watery. Pine and citrus still coming through ever so slightly. Not getting much from the taste. Watery palate lets it down a little ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
harrymel (1524) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours butter colored, a bit murky, solidly etched fine white surface. Smells dank, with citrus, pine, resin, coconut, pineapple, biscuity malt, Flavor is bitter, but still quite malty with a cracker like malt. Hops are plenty juicy with some tropical character, some more pine, some orange peel and a little honey. Medium bodied with moderately assertive carb and a wet finish. Nice beer, would drink again for sure.
Serving type: bottle
SlovakSniper (3426) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Une bouteille de 12 onces bue dans mon camp de chasse. Une robe dorée foncée sur laquelle flotte une petite tête chétive. Un nez plutôt caramélisé qui montre d’intéressants parfums d’agrumes et de beaux arômes de conifères. Sur les papilles s’installent des saveurs nettes de fruits amers. Un sucre malté qui offre tout le respect nécessaire. Une bouche bien huileuse et des bulles fines qui explosent avec intelligence. Une finale fraîche et amère qui s’accroche pour de longues minutes. Bien content d’être tombé sur une bouteille qui affiche une forme splendide.
tectactoe (2652) - Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: slightly hazed amber center with some gold around the edges; big, chunky light-beige head that leaves very nice lacing behind. Aroma contains a lightly ashy, piney, & herbal hop profile on top of a seemingly sticky sweet malt background with caramel & toffee. Smells both bitter & sweet. Taste is sticky toffee malt up front with a lighter hop presence on top of it. Light citrus peel & pine notes, but mostly toffee, caramel, & light butterscotch malt notes. Sweet, toasty bread finish. Not bad, but not what I look for in an IPA - too large of a malt presence for such a modest hop bill.
Wegro (332) - Fresno, California, USA - OCT 20, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2014 Top IPA. huge bitterness in the finish even though it says it’s just 65 IBUs. superb malt backing, some biscuit and toffee in the beginning but aromatic and floral hops finish it off in a very complex and delicious way. this is really how it should be done in California, and anybody that says otherwise is crazy. get it fresh and don’t look back. at "only" 7% abv and 65 IBUs this beer is jam packed with flavor.
Daddybrew (8) - New York, USA - OCT 15, 2013 does not count
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This was a bottle received in a trade, may have been old. Poured amber gold with a thin but dense head, Hoppy and malty - too much malt flavor for my taste. It was yesterday that I drank it, and I did not make notes at the time, so no details on the profile. Bottom line, it was not one of my favorites, but YMMV.