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RATINGS: 454   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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Brewed with extra hops and malt in the English tradition, but with West Coast style. This deep golden India Pale Ale is artfully balanced with a fresh, powerful aroma and a luscious finish.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChazMania (656) - Pasadena, California, USA - MAY 21, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2010 Bottled. Wow, this is really good. Red/Copper and floral/hoppy aroma. Nicely balanced, crisp and piney. Very refreshing and a good find! 9/22/10. I originally had this at a 4.0 from 2006. Either I have changed, or this 6 pack I bought is old and bad. This beer tastes like carpet. I’m getting no citrus fresh hop goodness, just highly astringent and not good.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6780) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 21, 2006
This blonde ale poured with a huge off-white head, eliciting a fruity, hoppy aroma. This beer is indeed well-balanced and is a fine example of the IPA style, with its own unique character.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brianprentiss (675) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 19, 2006
Yes, very very good! This is a great IPA and deserves the high ratings. One of Drakes best.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - MAY 1, 2006
On tap @ the Liars Club. Another great example of what a west coast IPA should taste like. Everything you would expect, a wonderful dark golden color, a strong floral hop nose, and a strong hop taste. Excellent.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WestsideThreat (13) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 30, 2006
Reddish copper hue. Darker than I would have expected. Murky, appears unfiltered...I like that. Fairly large bubbles drift from the bottom of the glass, generally a sign that the pillowy head won’t last. Head has dropped significantly but a semi tight ring of head is clinging to the side of the glass. Brussels lace is holding on, earns the beer an additional point. Lots of hoppy nose on this beer. A blind tasting would be a no brainer with this one. More pine like than citrus (which is cool because it differs greatly from the Smuttynose in this area). And thats why we are doing this smile.gif First impression after tasting is the actual abundant malty flavor. I find that most IPA’s are unbalanced so I welcome some maltiness. But I also welcome hops which I am not finding. Bitterness yes, hops no. Bitterness is a bit too much towards the end with out the flavoring hops to back it up. Sweetness comes as it warms but its a little too late. Not a silky beer, but a quality mouth feel is hard to come by. Not astringent by any means. Pretty standard in that department. Overall I like this beer. Nice malty flavor, decent head. This beer lacked the WOW factor...a complexity which seperates it from the pack... which would have gotten it a higher rating. But over all I am pleased with this beer. This beer would probably open up much better on tap than in the bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2532) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - APR 30, 2006
Large rocky white head, retention is good, lace is spotty. Hazy, copper color with an orange glow. Nose is big, pungent with pine and citrus, spicy and a light earthyness. Body is medium, creamy and coating. Hop flavors up front, piney, citrusy and a bit resiny, crystal maltiness behind the serious raw hop grassines, lightly oily. Finish is fruity and bitter, lingering. A bold IPA! Props to Fordest for the trade!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - APR 25, 2006
Good straightforward IPA, nice floral hoppy nose, medium body, small-bubble carbonation and a fluffy head. Citrusy hop robustness with the right amount of bittering hops. West Coast in the Hizzous!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FrancoisMtl (63) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - APR 20, 2006
12 oz bottle from fordest. Deep golden color with strong hoppy aroma. Although flavors lean toward resinous citrusy and earthy hoppyness I can get some biscuit malts. Pretty good IPA and typical from west coast. Thanks for this extra fordest.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 20, 2006
Bottled. Pours a light amber color. Strong hoppy aroma. Lots of citrus and pine and a little weed. Very bitter and hoppy. Plenty of hop character all the way through this brew. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 16, 2006
Pours a light amber color with an offwhite head. Nose of hopps, malt, and a bit floral......some citrus backdrops as well.


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