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RATINGS: 452   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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Brewed with extra hops and malt in the English tradition, but with West Coast style. This deep golden India Pale Ale is artfully balanced with a fresh, powerful aroma and a luscious finish.


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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bolt (117) - Boulder Creek, California, USA - JUL 25, 2006
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. I’m 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 Drake’s 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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cstuartj (976) - Washington, USA - SEP 9, 2014
On tap, pour deep golden yellow with a nice thick head that laces for the full drink. Big grassy, pine, sweet citrus nose. Attack is bright, crisp, light. Critus and grass notes. finishes just a bit sweet and fruity.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Banksiz (27) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Nice malty nose with pine-resin notes. Pours a dark copper with a good head. Rich bitterness with no harshness, balanced well with the malt, and a nice lingering hoppy finish. Excellent IPA.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
mintzmeet (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Mild, hoppy. Nutty. A little but peppery. pretty mellow. Slightly mushy. Crisp, solid brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tightslice (188) - Redwood City, California, USA - AUG 18, 2014
Bottle pour at Milagro’s Restaurant in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is pine, cedar, herbs. Taste is the same. Strong yet crisp. Herbal yet refreshing. Very sharp and chewy stuff.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (5743) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Bottle, thanks Chris! Prototypical west coast visuals ... orange-tinged amber, big rocky head. Tart citric aroma stings the olfactory glands. But on the palate, this is more mellow ... there’s definitely a mellower aspect of that California wet, mushy hoppiness. But it’s also a bit more base ... a hint of cedar even. Woody. (#5622, 8/15/2014)

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (3179) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 15, 2014
drGreat aroma, dank and floral underlying pine, yep the flavor is the nose and well above average. Tropical fruit with citrus and nice lingering pine hints in the finish. The bitterness lingers for a few seconds after the sip. True to style, west coast IPA. Draft sample from the source.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamJackson (2608) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Burnt orange color aroma is a bursting grapefruit and crisp apple. Great mouthfeel. Crisp, dank. Super chewy. Almost medicinal but insanely crisp. Really sticks around for a whole

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
miquelcrush (1384) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 17, 2014
Bona cervesa molt equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza muy equilibrada y sabrosa.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (3947) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 1, 2014
On tap at the brewery. Pours golden/amber with a white head. Aroma of floral and citrusy and resinous hops, pale and caramel malts, and dough. Flavor the same. Average texture. A pretty good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Berard (306) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Bottle. Orange citrus aroma with a murky orange appearance. Thin white head that dissipates and mild carbonation. Nice hop flavor but limited complexity. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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