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Drakes Whoamback Imperial IPA

Drakes Whoamback Imperial IPA
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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.81/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
100% Summit Hops

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2665) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Tap @ Toronado (11/26/06) of the 2006 vintage. A reddish brown cherry color. A wonderful fruity spiced flavor. Smooth and without the bitter bite that I would have expected with a high abv and loaded hop beer (nice). Pine hop, floral and dark fruit flavors compliment the malts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11551) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 2, 2006
12oz hand bottled at the brewery sampled acquired in a trade. Poured a medium and clear orange color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of pinecones, light caramel, spicy, and it had a light earthiness to it. Tastes of citrus, caramel, pine and light spices. Thinner and chewy body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
egajdzis (6101) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2006
Poured an amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of piney hops, quite spicy, light citrus fruits, some faint caramel malts, but with some funky yeast. Taste of citrus fruits, liht grapefruit, some more pine, yeast, but quite astringent, and light alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - AUG 1, 2006
Thanks to hopdog for sharing this hand bottle by the brewer. Pours a translucent golden amber with a smaller bubbly off white head. Aroma of earthy hop, pine, some citrus, various spices and maybe vegetable? Flavors of about the same. A light bitterness and hot bitterness and some more of that vegetable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DarkElf (3051) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 21, 2006
(Draft: OíBrienís in San Diego, CA) Compared side-by-side with Drakeís fantastic Denogginizer, this 100% Summit hop bomb is incredibly piney and bitter, even moreso than Denogginizer. The problem is, and the reason why I like Denogginizer more is that Whoamback is less balanced than I like my Imperial IPAs to be. Yes, itís caramely and fairly sweet with lots of tea, but that piney finish is just insane. Hops, sweet caramel and tea in the nose. Medium-full body, crisp finish, nicely carbonated. Dark golden amber with a light haze. Nearly a half inch of off-white head settles to a wide ring surrounding a filmy island of bubbles. I still really like this beer, but I wish it showed better balance. My lasting impression of this beer is massive amounts of piney hops. In contrast, my lasting impression of Denogginizer is a perfectly balanced Imperial IPA, and thatís the beer Iíve had seconds of tonight.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - JUN 17, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2006 Ok.....If youíre a prude, please do not look at this review. HOLY S**T, this is good beer. 100% Summit Hops = 100% happiness. This stuff smells like a pine forest tastes like one of the best god damn things I have ever tasted. This brewer at Drakes has got his shit together. This is a fine fine beverage.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bartzilla (620) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUN 17, 2006
In a pretty little pint glass @ Liarís Club. I found this to be quite the delicious surpise. Well, not reaaly surprised... Drakes can make some fine ale. But, this was a hop-headís delight. Deep bronze color with a spectacular lace. Had I not driven to the place, I would still be there. Right now. Better than the IPA I had a couple of weeks ago. Iím very sad I missed out on their Denogginizer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 6, 2006
Pours with an orange-amber body topped by a medium thick head with lots of lacing. Itís full of piney hop notes...itís like a christmas tree and a good pot combined with a slight malt note. Full bodied, smooth and warming.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2006
Hand bottled @ the brewery. Now this has everything that I love in a beer. Huge hop aroma, crisp mouthfeel, dry finish, and a big alcohol spiciness. Doesnít have the doughy maltiness that some IIPAís have. Pure, crisp, malt character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bindpmc (88) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 1, 2006
Draught at OBrienís. Very clear copper pour, little head, no real lacing. Bouncy hop nose. Good balance with the oily bitterness and sweet syrupy malt on the downtake. Some dried fruit/date/raisin in there as well. Maybe some orange or other elusive citrus in addition. Iím not sure that going 100% with the Summit was a good idea. Some Cascade to shift towards the piney, or some Simcoe to emphasize the citrus more might have benefitted the mix. Instead the just okay alcohol-y finish has a less than desirable subtone that is nothing short of yellow onion. It might be a combination of any number of factors, but still the lasting impression of onion is what I walk away with, and thatís not good. Otherwise, pretty tasty until the finish.

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