sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. pretty good looking red orange with a half-finger head. great balance, but a bit too watered down. probably would have been a little better colder. not enough carbonation. good, but the flavor isnít strong enough.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 19, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful, semi-translucent and faded orange in color with a pillowy tan fluff riding up to 3/4" to the top of the tulip. Aroma is quite the pleasing assembly of apricots, grapefruit, nectarines and a starfruit Starburst fruit chew machination. Sweet mandarin marmalade and honey suckle sweetly sing up the smelling sensations on the backend. Bitter foreclosure generates a highly palatable dried nectarine fruit chew flavor. Rapture of graceful, pulpy orange bitters with lively, freshly picked grapefruit chomps. Rose petals cross-pollinate cascade whole hop flowers as a barely ripened orange gives some citric sweetness. Bitterness spans out dryly and leaves a sucking feeling in its palate procession. Remarkable baseline sweetness harkens home the orange and lemon Sour Patch Kids going down the pipe as one. Mild caramel quakes amidst dry tropical fruit shavings in the finish. Time to stock up on anything and everything Drakes makes. Thanks for the bottle, tpkenned!
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JUN 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great hoppy flavor,Abit of sweetness, pepper, Alcohol hidden well. great brew.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUN 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz - thanks Irishboy - Aroma is strong woody hops, leather, and carmel. Pours cloudy brown/orange with nice medium head and great lacing. Flavor matches aroma and is different from your typical west coast ipa with the dark woody flavors instead of bright citrus or pine. Palate is sticky and tart. Very tasty.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear red-amber body under a foamy tan head. Dry caramel grain dust alongside fresh kiwi/citrus hops - very appetizing. Good and well-blended flavor - soft minerally caramel malt with pine, citrus and a peppery spicy hop pellet finish. A good IPA.
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via Odeed. Pours to glowing dark amber body with a nice white head and awesome lacing. The aroma is kiwi-fruit-ish. Nice and hoppy. The flavor is cookie dough, kiwi-fruit, good and unique. The palate is decent but not overwhelming.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a light mahogony color a touch murky w/ a small bubled light tan head w/ some thick lacing. This is the first thing today to smell good. Smells spiced light peppers and cinnamon along with some nice grass notes. Palate is full and well coated but not special. Flavor is nicely sweet and has some great bread notes hints of grahm cracker and some light sweet carmels. Pretty darn good, very mellow and balanced.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2006 From 12oz Bottle. Pours a murky, honey brown coloring with a medium layer of creamy beige head. Pleasant balance of caramel cookie dough and fresh stawberries balance out an otherwise traditional west coast IPA bouquet. A touch of cinnimon and brown sugar give it a mildly sweet touch. The mouthfeel is actually a touch thin considering the richness of the aroma, but it splashes the delicious hop juice across my eagerly waiting tongue nonetheless. Some yummy gingerbread cookie dough and an added yeasty spiciness thats unique and complexifying at the same time. The only trivial item I would improve about the flavor would be a small addition of the caramel sweetness and rich complexity found in the aroma. The finish drips of cascade hops and some of the doughy spiciness. Pleasantly different example of the style - well done!
elduchey (12) - Venice, California, USA - JUN 3, 2006
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
First off, WOW what a bottle! I bought this sixer just for the lable alone, and now I think Iím converted. It pours a common dark honey brown and leaves a dirty white head with a clinging lace. Itís not your run of the mill bitter hop bite IPA. This beer is (dare I say) a perfect blend of mild citrus tang, undercover hops and enough malt to make this one of the smoothest IPAís Iíve ever had. This is not a "normal" IPA in any sense of the word. Shure, it hits you in the back of the tounge where itís suppose to, but with an abnormal smoothness. This is the next step in the evolution of the IPA and itís won a spot in my fridge forever. This is a beer that you cant wait to offer to a best friend and puff your chest out with pride of having found it first.
IrishBoy (3956) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 30, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy bronze with a small tan head, Floral hoppy nose, and a piney citrusy hop body close with a pleasantly bitter finish. Great!