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RATINGS: 463   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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Barnacle_Ed (29) - Milpitas, California, USA - APR 16, 2015
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 I’d go out of my way to pick it up again.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ffbot (12) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 14, 2015
Aroma: roasty, grass, some spice or other unidentifiable. Color is clear, sparkling, with no head or lacing. Taste is nice, loooong aftertaste that lingers. Some interesting hoppiness. Solid IPA comparable to most

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Criz (176) - - APR 11, 2015
16oz draft. The best thing about this beer is the taste. Very weak ln the aroma and color. Flavors of bubblegum, lemongrass. Easy drinking.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (2386) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - APR 1, 2015
Seems to be an American IPA with some Brit accents. Appearance is good with a very long lasting, cream-colored head, some lace, and a clear amber color. Aroma is mostly caramel malt with bit of hop. Flavor is strongly hop bitter, carbonic tang up front, malt sweet in back with a very long hop bitter resin finish. Palate is good.Good drinking beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bnoel09 (455) - Elk Grove, California, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Poured into a shaker glass. Bright amber with a cream colored head. Aroma has some caramel malt, a nice dose of citrusy hops, and a touch of alcohol. Flavor matches the aroma nicely with some biscuity malt notes up front and a nicely hopped finish. Medium bodied with a slightly oily mouthfeel. Overall a very nice IPA!

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
aabean (15) - Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2015
From a bottle, pours a hazy light orange. Thin, sticky lace. Heavy caramel malts to the nose. Hops and spruce on the tongue. Bready on the palate.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joakgust (1060) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2015
Bottle. Hazy golden orange beer with a large white head. Aroma is fruity with notes of caramel, citrus, peaches, pine needles and mangos. Flavor is fruity with notes of citrus, caramel, peaches and pineapple. Amazing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nero55 (829) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 22, 2015
Bottle. Hazy deep copper with small off white head. Aroma of citrus hops, light pine undertones, and some biscuit. Medium/light body, moderate citrus pine hop bitterness, light malt backbone, and a dry citrus finish.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Troupis (90) - - DEC 31, 2014
As standard as standard gets with IPAs. It's not poorly crafted and not stand-out in anyway. It's drinkable and has key elements of a traditional IPA; I just like something unique. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zymurgeist2 (1196) - Redwood City, California, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Aroma is slightly balanced to the malt, with floral and perfume scents from the hops. Moderate low citrus as it warmed shows nicely. Hazy orange with a full white head that patterns well down the glass. Taste is more malt accented with biscuit predominating. Slight orange. A spritzy carbonation on the end, and residual sugars leave a sweet finish. Moderate bitterness is a little detracting from the beer.


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