slowrunner77 (9606) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
"malt heavy aroma, probably due to age (10 mo.) as much as anything else. Bitter hops lean towards pine and spice. Bready malt, a bit on the heavy sweet side, but even with age, not bad at all. Wish I could have tried it fresh!"
JK (5631) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very light red color, which is not so common for an ipa. Light hop aroma, but much stronger, dry hop flavor, making this a solid ipa. Good palate. Dry, grassy finish.
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep orange with fluffy off white head heavy carbonation. Distinct pine, light citrus/pineapple hop on the nose. Nice sweet malt in the background. Mouth shriveling bitterness in the mid palate but nice malt to balance. Good bitter finish but this has the malt balance that I personally like in my IPA’s. Excellent beer.
anders37 (22491) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a golden color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity hoppy piney grapefruit aroma. Fruity malty hoppy piney bitter flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter piney finish.
jcwattsrugger (12113) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours an off white ring for a head and amber color. Aroma is pine with some sweet, some light/medium malt. Taste is pine/herbal hops bite, some light/medium malt. Drying finish. As it warms aroma and taste is orange/tangerine.
jtclockwork (14585) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to Jcwattsrugger. Pours orange. White head. Nose/taste of caramel malt, pineapple and hops. Dry bitter finish. Some light pine.
MartinT (9191) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Beautifully aromatic, this India Pale Ale satisfies the hophead with its multifaceted hop profile, laying out pine, citrus, earth and wood all atop lenient caramelized and honeyed cereals.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A slice of foam tops the hazy dark amber.
-The earthy, coniferous hop angles made me travel to a wet Québécois forest. Mmmmmm...
-The fluffy carbonation makes the aromas and flavors easier to approach.
-This is very drinkable despite the flavor intensity.
-This beer came as no surprise as all Drakes’ IPAs I’ve had have been hugely pleasurable. It’s a shame their beers are so difficult to find, even in the SFrancisco area.
Bottle. Merci Benoit!
wedgie9 (2595) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted on 6/5/11 from a 12oz bottle obtained in a trade. Pours a very clear and very bright orange with a thick off-white head that slowly settles to rocky lace, leaving thick residue along the inside of the glass. The nose has tons of pine resin, herbal, and citrus bitter hops along with a nice caramel malt backbone with light hints of bread and cinnamon. The flavor is lightly sweet with the malts up front, moving to the resin, citrus, and herbal bitter hops with just a touch of black peppercorn and cinnamon. The body is medium with a somewhat sticky texture, average carbonation, and a long resin bitter and herbal finish.
MadIndian (2720) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks SJ for this. Beautiful Orange/ bronze pour with a big time grassy/ orange peel aroma.
Some complexities in the taste. I deteced a nice blend of caramel malts, yeast, and earth. The brew had a gentle long hoppy dry finish. It was really good.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 Symposium IPA, 12 oz. bottle, fairly fresh. Courtesy Degarth. Pours a clear, dark, sunset orange-amber color with lively, effervescing streams of micro-bubbles. The fizzy bubbles continually feed a moderate, dense head of beige tinted foam. The froth is slow to deflate, never fully retreating, and settling as a short, stout layer. Thick, clumpy splotches of lacing mark the glass. Aromas tow the line between standard IPA and Imperial, weighing in with hefty bread and fruit malt underpinnings that balance the bold citrus and pine hops. Notes of caramel, buttery toffee, crusty bread, and apricot all show prominently. Hops are primarily citrus driven, showing both dry pith and oily outer rind, suggesting of grapefruit primarily. Flavors largely follow suit, sweet and malty up front, moving towards a drier, biting hop finish. Grapefruit pith and sticky, bitter pine resin are the yin to the candied apricot, toffee, and bread base yang. It’s very well balanced, overall. Unfortunately, I prefer my IPAs to be considerably more dry, attenuated, and less balanced. The palate is, somewhat predictably, moderate to light in carbonation, with a big, nearly full consistency and a finish of dried up sugars. Though this is a good brew, I think if they backed the malt bill down 10-20% and lowered the ABV a good bit, they’d have hit a home run. As it stands, I would not turn the beer down, but I’d probably no seek it out either.