DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 22, 2005
the pint glass glistened in its new dark copper outfit...a thin yamaka of suds..resiny aroma with a caramel undertone and grapefruit bitter fumes..resiny bitterness with citrus rind astringency. so, resiny and rind-like a maybe a tad medicinal but drinkable and hiding the alcohol well. bb (9900) - Alamo, California, USA - APR 2, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2009 Draft. Rich amber-ruby beer with a big white head. Citrus and pine aroma - lots of hops. Citrus, pine hop flavors with a good caramel/cocoa malt backing. Full bodied. Lingering bitterness to make sure you remember the hops - the hops definately prevail but there’s a high malt backing to make it all go together nicely. Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 27, 2005
The aroma was a nice light fruit sweetness w/ citrus and pine notes... the flavor was the same w/ a great orange zest. The beer poured a brownish orange color w/ thin lasting head and lacing. The mouthfeel was light and creamy. Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2005
This IIPA pours with a deep amber body topped by a thick head with a good amount of lacing. The aroma is slightly sweet and malty yet bitter and hoppy with nice piney notes. The flavor is similar but with a slight medicinal note. Full bodied, smooth and warming. SDbruboy (1863) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 10, 2005
Draft at O’Briens. Rich copper-amber color with a small white head. Predominately hops ih the aroma with a strong, smooth maltiness as well. Rich smokey malts open the flavor profile with lots of strong ctirs hops in the finish. Smooth and thick in the mouthfeel, creamy carbonation. A very good DIPA!
Sickboy282 (1116) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 8, 2005
Pours a deep amber hue with a nice, slight off-white head. Aromas of pine, honey, pinaeapple and fresh hops. Mouuthfeel is full bodied and once it hits the mouth is where it goes wrong. The initial feel on the mouth is numbing.....it is pre hop bliss, but it is way over the top. It’s almost syrupy and undrinkable. I was excited to try such a brew, but this is a horrible. Sure, West coast double IPAs are over the top, but this is way to far. This is no where near as good as frank, hop juice, exponential, hop 15, frank.....A huge dissapointment and I apologize for bringing the rating down, but it happenes when you rate beer as you see it. aspidites (1271) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 3, 2005
Balance ,Balance Balance the winner of the Bistro Double IPA fest and for good reason did I mention Balance. wonderful complex nose of hops AND malt The brewers at Drakes deserve Kudos for this amazing beer. Delicious with great mouthfeel and a very nice malt sweetness to counterbalance the Obvious truckload of Hops that went into this palate steamroller. ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - FEB 16, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2005 On tap @ The Bistro- Double IPA Fest where it took the gold. Orange in color with only a whisp of a head. Big, grassy, hop aroma with TONS of orange. I tasted it expecting a huge hop assault, and actually found a somewhat malty sweetness followed by a sharp bitter aftertaste. Finishes very clean.
RE-Rate. The newest batch seems to be much more hop forward (and afterward as well) Sweet and hoppy with noticable alcohol. I wouldn’t expect to mix it with anything later on. Any other beer or food after this monster is a waste of your money! I do love this beer. jazz88 (2684) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Tap @ Barclay’s. A lush hazy amber color with a thin laced light brown head. The aroma is sharp with lots of hops, grass, flowers, spearmint and some fruits. Highly bitter and almost harsh on the palate. A grassy aftertaste. dahatherley (35) - Los Angeles, California, USA - APR 3, 2004
On tap @ Barclay's. Orange-amber body. Smooth and malty up front. Didn't know that this was an IIPA at first, then the glorious citrousy hops made their presence known. Nice clean finish.