Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - FEB 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A slightly murky orange/brown color, white bubbly head. Aroma is pine needles, and grapefruit. Flavor is sweet and hoppy, with more pine and a little lemon to it. Malty dry finish, very enjoyable. Thanks to Beerguy101 for this one!
ElGaucho (2188) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Floral, fruity, hoppy aroma. Perfect. Hazy, deep amber color. Avg.-sized off-white head. Nice, fine sheet lace. Initial mouthfeel is very nice; zingy hops, but not as good in the finish, although still nice. Pretty good, just not as rich and sweet as I like in an IPA.
igneous1 (1492) - 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!