Silphium (3190) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy blood-orange body, quite unusual and dramatic, with a medium/thin off-white head. Heavy hops nose with sugared grapefruit rind, toast, and burnt caramels. Nice toasty, bready body with moderate-strong grapefruit and pine hops, but nothing overpowering or offensive. Lingering bitter rindy aftertaste. A full-bodied and tasty treat that would pass as an I2PA for many brewers. Many thanks, fordest!
Mace26 (1) - USA - JAN 28, 2006 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
What I looking for in an IPA is that balanced hoppy/malt flavor...and this beer brings it.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 21, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2006 Incredibly well-balanced for an IPA. There are the obvious hops, but unlike a West Coast IPA, this one is insanely well-balanced with the malt, so the final result is like a tease on the palate. You think it’s gonna be big IPA hop and then you get hit with the malt and it’s all good! Very good!
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(12 oz bottle: Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA) Drake’s really impresses the hell out of me. Even their "standard" beers are fantastic. This is a damn good IPA, wonderfully flavorful, quite malty, somewhat sweet, and at least initially, well balanced by a fairly bitter hops. But the hops really kicks into overdrive, dominating the finish with loads of mint and grapefruit flavor and enough bitterness to clean out your sinuses. The bitter finish is long-lasting, and I mean long, baby. Medium plus in body, the mouthfeel is pretty full for the style, mildly sweet on the palate, but very crisp and clean in the finish from the hops. The nose is wonderfully balanced, malty, tealike, mildly hoppy, very piney and lots of mint; smells even better than it tastes! Dark amber in color and quite clear in appearance. Rocky light tan head on the pour settles to a thin layer, holding there, and leaving a dense curtain of fine lace on the glass. The cheesy plastic label had me worried, but the glorious liquid inside quelled all fears. Drake’s does it again! Outstanding IPA.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtsey of mardermax. First shrinkwrapped label I’ve ever seen. Pours a deep amber with cloudyness and a foamy off white head. Very strong fresh hop aroma. Pine, grapefruit, and floral hops and a bit of a sweet toasty malt undernreath. Aroma hops are sticky and fresh. Flavors are both bitter and lightly malty. Hops are mostly a pine but also some citrus. Hops have a fresh crisp coolness and there is a hop tannin. Little bit of malt, toasty, and a tea character. Pretty nice beer.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 16, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from santa. Pours a bright orange hazylike color with a white foamy head that leaves good lacing. Nose is sweet and grapefruity, nice and orange with some subtle hops. Taste is full and fresh, hoppy with some notes of grapefruit and orange, some light pine notes. Finishes tastefully bitter.
mrnutsnbolts (204) - Berkeley, - DEC 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Marigold color with a one inch white head. Smells very citrusy (grapefruit and bitter orange), a touch sweet, and piney. Tastes big. Lots of bitterness, plenty of citrus flavors, hardcore hops. Medium bodied.
bu11zeye (12364) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a lightly cloudy orange body with a large rocky off-white head. Aroma of grapefruit, orange,and caramel. Flavor of toasted malt and hops.
fordest (2133) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - OCT 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great looking 12 oz. bottle. Poured typical IPA golden color with a decent head that left great lacing. Aromas were wonderful vanilla, sweet orange, and fresh hay. Grapefruit flavor with some vanilla mixed in. Hoppy to the finish. Pretty tasty IPA
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - OCT 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tawny red licorice color, thin head and good lacing. Nose of fresh cut grass sprinkled over grapefruit, nice toasted biscuit malts and spicy preludes of the bitterness to come. The flavor is nice and creamy, balanced and rich. The hops keep talking throughout the drink. Finishes a bit tart, blended with sweetness.