Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at the brewpub. Pours a hazy copper color with a thin creamy head. Fair head retention. Aroma of caramel, toasted malts, strongly herbal hops. The taste is intense hops... herbal, minty, almost salty. Medium bodied.
cwinter56 (6) - here, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2013 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
If I had to compare it to a pale ale or an IPA I would have a hard time. Its somewhere in between. But it sure is good. American IPA’s have a tendency to simply put a tons of hops in. Which simply over powers all the other tastes and overwhelms your mouth. I prefer IPA’s that use their hops more judicially as I think they have. It has a really nice taste without being over powering. Full bodied.
Elwood (3022) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Serving: Draft at the brewpub. It pours a hazy reddish orange color. The nose is very nutty with little hop expression. The taste is like a bitter nut brown with malt sweetness and the nut notes being dominant. Medium bodied with lower carbonation. This is no IPA. In speaking with the staff, they debated whether they should label this as an IPA or just a pale ale. This one doesn’t even qualify as an American pale ale. That being said, it’s still not a bad beer.