Bolt (117) - Boulder Creek, California, USA - JUL 25, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
After pouring the beer into a glass I notice the aroma is quite pleasant, light, and dry. The most distinctive character of the aroma is its very nice hoppyness. And a closer sniff reveals a hint of alcohol, more hops and uplifting freshness.
Appearance of the ale is like looking at a brown with a bit of cloudiness, yet better looking. Dark amber with a very nice glow. Iím very pleased with the appearance especially since it does produce a lacy head.
The flavor is solid yet dry. Full yet light. Fresh complex and well balanced with a superb hop finish.
I have never heard of Drakeís IPA, gold medal winner, which happens to be so close to this area. Brewed in San Leandro Calif. Founded in 1989 and one of the Bay Areas first microbreweries. Ingredients from USA, UK, Germany, and Czech Republic. I have now bought over a case of the product and am happy at $7.99 a 6-Pack.
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - JUL 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle pours medium amber in color with a small off white head. Aromas of sweet malts and citrus hops. Soft carbonation with good aggressive bitterness, Carmel malt balance and nice flavorful hop profile with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Overall a good well balanced and drinkable IPA.
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle provided by beergyuy101, thanks a ton again Mitch! Pours a deep orange/rusty color...hazy with some sediment, topped woth a decent light tan head that dissapates to a bubbly foam. A sweet and citrusy aroma with both grapefruit and caramel malt coming out quite a bit and a bit of sourdough as well. The flavor while holding a nice big bitter citrus hop punch and a small yet descent malt profile...thereís this soapy element that comes in torwards and through the finish. All in all though a fair amount of sweet malt supporting a huge attack of grapefruit, grass, and pine. I was hoping for a bit more body as parts feel a bit thin in the middle. All in all some minor flaws still make this one of the best of the truly bitter beers Iíve come across.
JohnnyJ (5198) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark cloudy golden color, much darker than what Iím used to with IPAís. Citrusy hop aroma. Flavors of citrus fruit, pine, and malt flavor with some caramel hints. Bitter hoppiness, but very well balanced with the malt. Suprisingly easy to drink and not overpoweringly bitter. Quite good.
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 30, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sweet hoppy aroma. Great skunky hop taste. Love the aroma. Balanced well. The hops arenít as overpowering as expected from the aroma. Big fan.
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUN 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle via trade with IrishBoy, thanks Richard!) Pours a cloudy orange/amber with about 1/2" of soft biscuit head that recedes to about 1/8" and stays. Sloppy lacing. Deeply piney aroma with malt and fruity hops also in the nose. Mouthfeel almost silky smooth but some prickliness as well. Flavor is richly piney and fruity. Very good except for some soapiness as well. Finishes moderately bitter. Nice fruity aftertaste.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice west coast IPA, aroma is a bit of caramel, and grapefruit. Taste is sweet and hoppy at the same time, hops, caramel, and coffee.
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I must admit the first bottle I had I was not too impressed. However, by the second and third beer it began to grow on me. It has a strong sweet aroma with strong taste of citrus hops. Nice balance of malt and bitterness. It poured a very deep amber and it had a creamy head. There is something distinct about this beer and I believe it might be the unconventional West Coast hops and yeast. Very pleased with this IPA.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The Drakes IPA was a great suprise. This beer poured a cloudy amber color with hints of orange. The head is white and has decent retention. The aroma is very piney, with plenty of citrus. I really like the flavor here. The aroma had me thinking hops all the way, then I got the shock of malt balance in the taste. This really did remind me of Great Divide Hercules, just not as malty. I really liked this brew, and will be happy to get my hands on more Drakes IPA in the future."
Zeswaft (1533) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JUN 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty good but not great. Hop profiles range a lot. Had a kind of scotchy alcohol sweetness.