igneous1 (1475) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JAN 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
hazy copper color, thick and creamy off-white head. nose is fairly sharply bitter, pure citrus, has an excellent sweet/bitter thing going on....some tartness in the nose. flavor is also loaded with hops, finishes with some earthiness...thanks mitch!
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark amber, slightly hazy with a robust off-white head that lingers well and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is predominantly hoppy, grapefruit and pine hops with a nice malty presence as well. Flavor is sweet and earthy, nice toasty maltiness with lots of hop bitterness and a lingering dry finish. This has some of the ’dustiness’ that I’ve come to associate with English style IPA’s. Medium body and mild carbonation. Very nice IPA.
arichmond (1) - California, USA - NOV 7, 2004 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I very alcoholically strong beer. Good taste for an IPA, very hoppy and crisp. No bitter aftertaste as with some IPAs.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
clear copper color w/ some redness, the aroma has both malty & citric notes. The flavor is bitter & hoppy. It’s a nice tasting IPA.
chinreallyfat (21) - Chula Vista, California, USA - OCT 31, 2004
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Among my favorite IPA’s, probably second to Stone IPA. Maltier. Still has massive hops. I usually keep some in my garage beer fridge for rainy days.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This IPA pours with a deep amber body topped by a medium thick, off-white head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is slighlty sweet and malty yet wonderfully hoppy with nice grapefruit and apricot notes. The flavor is bitter and piney with a slight grapefruit note and a touch of sweetness. Medium bodied, slightly dry and warming.
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - SEP 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
this is a really good IPA that has lots of hop in the attack and the nose. After that it loses a few points and is a bit unblanced. Overall a really good IPA
psynthetic (7) - BERKELEY, California, USA - AUG 27, 2004 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great IPA, I keep it on tap in my kegerator about 3 months out of the year. All of Drake’s brews have a very distinctive common trademark taste that is hard to pin down but wonderful to taste.
Their IPA is by far their best brew, a must try for any IPA lovers out there.
2003 GABF IPA Gold Medal Winner says it all!
BBB63 (5601) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 8, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (7.0% ABV): Slightly hazed coppery hue with some floaties that produced a small tight creamy head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of pine and grapefruit rind, carmalized malts, and dusty yeast esters. The taste is dominated by a crisp bitters and piney overtones but enough malt character to keep it from becoming unbalanced. Undertone of hazlenut and earthiness adds some depth of palate. The finish displays a lingering bitterness. The feel is sharp, biting, and metallic but not overpowering. Alcohol is completely hidden. More like an APA in nature, this is a very quaffable brew that will be enjoyed by most hopheads but acceptable by any beer lover. Thanks Joe for the bottle.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUL 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a solid IPA but I’m surpised it won the gold medal in the 03 GABF. It’s not very balanced. There is a lot of emphasis in the alcohol flavors of this one. The alcohol actually overwhelms the hoppiness so it loses a few points, but its still a very good beer.