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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.68/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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Collaboration between Drakes and Faction. Debuted San Francisco Beer Week 2013.

Takes you to both those moments of aromatic pine-exhultation as distinctly, tree-like notes of woodsy pine resin marry with orange-like aromas from Citra and Amarillo hops in the kettle and the dry-hop. A simple base of American 2-row and light crystal malt let the hops and the tree flavors blossom to intriguing and delicious levels.


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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bvc (1146) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Draft at drakes. Clean clear dingy honey golden, thin but tight lasting head. Nose is hop forward, but a different hop profile...piney, herbs, spice, juniper, more pine needles and pale malt. Piney Christmas tree hops, light juniper, cracker malt with just enough caramel in there to add a faint sweetness. Solid.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6320) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 16, 2013
On tap at Capitol Beer, Sacramento. Pours cloudy amber with a thin beige head and a pine aroma. I swear this beer tastes like a pine tree. There is a resinous malty flavor with some honey and bread. It’s medium-bodied with a light perfumy finish. Complex and interesting.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oRos (1048) - sacramento, California, USA - APR 16, 2013
On tap at capitol beer and taproom. Pours Copper/amber. Aroma is of pine.taste is pungent and pine sap. Nice hop bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mrmartin (655) - New York, New York, USA - APR 13, 2013
Clearish Amber pour with medium eggy head. Hoppy piney clean tasting. Light body. Slightly sticky finish. Very Piney..duh not bad.

2.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Dwalsh1542 (24) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Strangest beer I’ve ever tasted. Strong pine taste and a feels like a Christmas tree weird as shit, not my style

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6784) - Alamo, California, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Draft. Amber beer with a cream head. Pine and caramel aroma with light grapefruit. Pine sap/resin flavor with light grapefruit. Medium bodied. Pine sap/resin lingers with light malt and light grapefruit.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3108) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 28, 2013
On tap at Drakes. It pours a nice golden color with a white head. The aroma is surprisingly balanced with some noticeable foresty spruce and pine, but not overpowering the rest of the beer with some tropical fruit and light bready notes. The flavor is the same. Floral and woodsy, dry with some nice tropical notes and a soft, bready background. The body is lighter… kind of like an APA with not as much bitterness as I expected. I was a little worried when I heard the concept of this beer, but it turned out way better than I thought.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (2952) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Tap. Pours Clear amber, small white head, decent lacing. Aroma is pine, citrus, ever present herbs. Flavor is the same herbal, not sure what, Rosemary? --- AHHHHHH Juniper! Light bitter. Light body, refreshing.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrgratz (113) - New York, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Tap at Anchor and Hope RB Best of Bay release... Pour is a light clear gold with a nice two finger white head. Aroma is christmas tree.. heavy heavy pine, juniper berries, light citrus, grapefruit. Taste is pine, grapefruit, guava, mango, juniper berries with a lingering honey nut cherrios finish. As it warmed got even nicer. Great balance.. aroma is a bit misleading. Overall a spectacular, bold creation and thought it was an ambitious, creative brew. Highlight of SF beer week

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
thetmaxx (732) - West Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
On tap @ rate beer best of the bay. Aroma is piney, spruce tips? Flavor is similar tastes like tree sap. Nice head and lacing


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