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.
andrewje41 (1577) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yes. 12 oz bottle poured here. Pours a clear golden color with plenty of foam head and lace. Mild aroma with subtle hops and a bit of sweet citrus. High carb. Flavor hop forward with a herbal like background. Very tasty and calling it drinkable is a bit of an understatement. Solid IPA for sure, and for the pocket change price, makes it a must try.
George999 (269) - Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From the tap the color is golden rod worth a thin white head, the aroma is rotated malts with hops, the taste is malty almost a red with Carmel finishes, but hops are present, good red ipa if a red ipa was intended.
luttonm (3414) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at The Yard, Seattle. Crisp malty beer, with some resin character on the aroma and following through the body. Smooth, resin deep hop and bitter grain bill. Solid.
CacheManyHose (421) - HONG KONG - AUG 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From QC. Clear light brown-orange, thin white creamy head, wet foamy lacing. Smells of maple syrup malt, spicy woody hop, chrysanthemum. Taste is bitter resin floral hop, light lemon. Body is lemony, fluffy, light, a bit of pepper, watery finish. Really nice, esp. in aroma and palate. Floral and hoppy and interesting.
HKdIPA (489) - HONG KONG - AUG 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from QClub at home. Translucent goldenrod pour dense sticky head. Aroma is big and really nice - like a floral grapefruit peel. Sharp but sweet and citrusy. Taste is similar, big bright floral hops followed by grapefruit peel bitterness. Really interesting. Good lasting bitter boozy bite. Unusually floral hop flavor - delicious IPA. Would definitely get again.
TorbenJensen (1280) - Valby, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2015
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Close foaming covers a large portion of the flavoring. Only a little weak smoked malt breaks through. The taste is very lightly smoked and has a little touch of anise, before dominating hop bitterness takes over the whole impression. Its hop bitterness is full of exotic fruit and a sensible portion of citrus. Itís a real American IPA, that with lots of hops.
badhack (434) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A malt and roasted malt brew with a bitter, fresh hop finish. Refreshing, straightforward and a great drink. Orange, amber, medium body.
euniceradio (240) - Colton, California, USA - JUN 28, 2015
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle to pint. Pours hazy orange amber. Short white cream head. Aroma is HUGE fresh WC hops...pine and citrus. Taste is hop forward, roasty caramel malt backbone. Carb is low. Mouthfeel is medium-light. Finish is fresh dry hops...pine and light citrus. Good for a hopped-up bitch.
OliverJ1990 (7) - - JUN 20, 2015 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Excellent IPA! Really enjoyable in a tulip glass with some kettle corn.
Nose: Hops, slight malt
Tasting notes: Dry hops, with a little kettle oil. Barley malt out the ying yang! Excellent mouthfeel: Has 65 IBUs, for the fellow Hopheads out there
Barnacle_Ed (43) - Milpitas, California, USA - APR 16, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pour. Golden and hazy with generous head that dissipated fairly quickly. Pine and citrus smells with some wheaty malt, but fairly weak in the nose. Taste is well-balanced between hops and malt, along with some sweeter notes making their way in. Lightly oily mouthfeel without being oppressive. Very good for the price I paid for it ($7 for a 6-pack) but not sure Iíd go out of my way to pick it up again.