bubbleflubber (1423) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy-amber pour, with a nice retentive suds cap that leaves soapy lace. Big floral nose, earthen hops and grass. Nicely bitter the whole way through, there is a nice note of caramel, spiced citrus.... then finishing toward the back-palate with toast, citrus zest/peel and lingering bitters. Medium mouthfeel, as the carbonation provides just enough life to round out the creamy palate. Decent stuff here.
SirSlarty (68) - Reading, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2008
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Looks like tarnished bronze. Super hoppy as it’s the style. Very bitter. I was graciously gifted with a large head when I poured it from a bottle. Beware of hops and grassy taste.
jasonp (1556) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark copper bronze wiht an off white head. Caramel, tea leaves and wood in the nose. Strong, beefy caramel/toffee breadiness then American hoppy grapefruit, pine and some woodiness. Moderately sweet with ample grapefruit-rind bitterness. Full, medium-smooth texture with moderate carbonation. Solid IPA.
Butters (3324) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
GUSHER!!! Only got a half glass after all the loss :( But even though I thought ’Oh no! not another infected alewerks!’ I was pleasantly suprised to find that the beer was quite tasty. A very cloudy bronze color with some particulate floating at the bottom with very well sustained light tan head. Nose of VERY floral hops. Sweet and bitter with a lingering finish. No other signs of infection or off-flavors.
Slipstream (1776) - USA - APR 15, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A dark brass ale with lacing, and a mildly sweet aroma. Is it my nose, or are brewers paying less attention to aroma these days? This is not a super-hoppy IPA Good malt flavors, and a hint of orange, but not much bite or esters. Average to good - this is not as impressive as WAW’s Chesapeake Pale Ale, in my opinion. Maybe it was not the best bottle.
randomgarbage (1320) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - APR 11, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a hazy amber with a very small white head. Aroma is strong hops with some citrus behind it. Flavor is grapefruit, pineapple, pine, bubblegum, caramel malts. Finishes bitter, nice lasting flavor.
BrewmeisterEd (61) - USA - APR 6, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy orange with a light head that dissipates quickly. Smells of citrus - noticeably grapefruit. Tastes tart with little carbonation - like poured draught - I really like this beer and think it has only one drawback - it’s got a bit of slick tongue coating that remains after swallowing...it’s why I dinged the ’palate’ portion. Other than that, though, a great beer.
bryandhargrave (165) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
i was pleasently surprised. someone on the east coast other than dogfish makig a fairly respectable ipa. i was happy with it. ill still grab something else over this but im still proud of home.
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is red hued, fairly red...with a very small off white ring of bubbles for a head. Aroma has strong caramel, touch of citrus, all on a solid hop background. This beer is not as full bodied as the aroma leads you to expect. The flavor is true to the aroma, the hops are more subdued than most IPA’s. But the Caramelized malts, and the sweet citrus makes the flavor unique, and very enjoyable.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Name: Drake Trail Ale
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: hazy copper, fine beige head, bits of lace,
Aroma: sweet crystal and caramel malt aroma with plenty of citrus hops,
Flavor: sweet malt flavor with a good mix of crystal and caramel sweetness, lots of citrus and earthy hops, long lingering bitter finish,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20