BeerSkull (1082) - SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wonderfully fruity and floral hop aroma with a light touch of caramel malt. The taste does not live up to the smell but it is very fresh and also a little sweet, with plenty of flavors of tropical fruit, such as peach and mango. The malt flavor have light notes of caramel. Alcohol is not particularly prominent in the taste, and is perceived mostly as a warming feature. A very nice DIPA, which can easily compete with many American counterparts.
CarlJonas (203) - Linköping, SWEDEN - AUG 11, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2011 From the hoppy aroma packed with citrus, pine and tropical fruits all the way to the long lasting bitter finish, Drakens contains pretty much everything you can expect in a really good DIPA. I guess you could argue that the body is a bit light but I think it makes it kind of refreshing, an unusual trait in a DIPA.
Ktwse (1477) - SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2011
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled first on tap, tested on bottle. Easily the best Swedish beer at Systembolaget, and among the best value for money you can get! Aroma is in your face: huge and rich with loads of hoppy pine, grapefruit, tropical fruits (mango, passionfruit etc). There is a slight malty backbone there as well but it’s well hidden behind all those hops. Taste is hoppy bitterness with sour-sweet balancing side. Long, bitter aftertaste. Oh, there’s some malty caramel cleverly concealed as well, and I taste a hint o licorice as well! Forgot to comment on the looks, but it’s light amber with a fairly small head, some lacing. Body is the weakest part, a bit light and with moderate (ie slightly too much) carbonation but then this creates an almost uniquely light and fresh DIPA.
gyllenbock (4088) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy golden/orange with a medium head. Very nice fruity aroma, the taste was also very good but not as good as the aroma. Nice bitterness with a lot of grapes. A very good DIPA from Sweden, thanks!
pilsnerrogge (2413) - Finspång, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Orangey amber colour with a slight haze. Thick head. Aroma is sweaty lychees, cat’s pee, peaches and ripe fruit. Flavour is ripe, sweet fruit, peaches, fresh wood, nuts and some toffee. Massive and long bitterness. Flavourful yet balanced. Really, really good!
jolo (843) - Uppsala, Sweden, SOUTH AFRICA - AUG 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 33cl. A clear red-orange colour with a high longlasting beige head. An aroma of citrus, caramel and malt. The taste is heavy sweet with some bitterness. A medium body and avarege carbonation. This is a really good beer.
hackobock (901) - SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2013 Pours amber with a white head, loads of tropical fruits (pineapple, citrus, passionfruit, apricot) in the aroma. A sharp well-balanced long-lasting bitterness follows the fruity taste.
Frovigalning (2694) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 6, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. It poured a very hazy golden-orange liquid with a medium sized dirty white head. Strong aroma of fruity hops, tropical fruits, mango, passion fruit and strawberries. Similar taste but also pinecones and with a nice malty body and the bitterness is strong but not overpowering. The most value for your money at Systembolaget this summer? Yes I think so. Awsome job guys!
kryon (1104) - SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Probably the best swedish beer on swedish systembolaget at the moment. Aromas are an explotion of hops. Pours amber. Very nice bitterness and fully hopped flavors.
blomster (229) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 33 cl. Amber, slightly hazy, with an off-white head. Kind of looks like a blend of freshly squeezed tropical fruits.
Great aroma, mango, pineapple, pine, resin. Taste is pretty much the same, with a heavy, yet creamy smooth, bitterness. Medium body, creamy, smooth mouthfeel. The best (commerially available) Swedish DIPA I´ve had to this day. Please make this one a regular offering!