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RATINGS: 234   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Drakes winter offering is a deep orange monster that is loosely filtered to keep the integrity of the malt & hops intact. Equal amounts of American two row and English pale are combined with two types of Munich malt, and balanced with Chinook, Cascade & Amarillo hops. Enjoy the massive aroma and flavor of this beer. Available January - March.

Editors Note: Please observe the ABV and color of the label. This entry is for the 9.3% DIPA. Previous to 2016, the label had a white background. In 2016, the label is green.

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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
birdmachine (226) - Oakland, California, USA - FEB 28, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2014 2013 bottle shared with my brother, poured into a tulip. Poured vigorously into the glass to unlock the fresh hops and to give a huge sticky white head. Orange/Amber color that appears to be filtered. Very nice looking beer. Aroma is a blast of pineapple, mango, citrus, orange and pear. Incredible bite upon the first sip - Insanely fruity, but not sweet, with a touch of rye spice to liven the malt up. Luscious mouth feel with medium to high carbonation that coats your tongue with all the hop flavors. Mango and pineapple resins linger in the background with the pine bitterness. Almost a perfect Double IPA and seriously comparable to Pliny. I enjoy the tropical, citrus character over some piney IPAs. However the 2014 bottling was super weak compared to 2013.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikem409 (2021) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Bottle. Pours orange with medium white head. Citrus aroma. Taste is very sweet and thick some pine, grass, orange juice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (3138) - California, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Light orange in color... Aroma of light malts, citrus hops... Flavor is perfectly balanced, sweetness of malts and mild bitter citrus hop finish... Delicious

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
dhunter151 (590) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Pours clear amber with very little head. Awesome hop aroma. Tastes of grapefruit and grass. Very well balanced. Hop forward beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (6105) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2013
22oz bomber from bytemesis, thanks Mike. This one poured a really awesome looking syrupy super clear deep orange body with an average sized tight foam almost creamy white head. Aroma is dope, so much going on, tropical fruits...mangos...apricot...wet older pine needles...older citrus fruits...loads of dankness, so diferent and nice. Medium to fuller syrupy body with lighter carbonation and a good dose of heat at the end to let you know that this is a sipping beer. Flavor of alcohol, loads of grapefruit rind and yellow meat, grains, dry hop cones that finishes with a slight hint of swentess that dries out quickly. Awesome beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brokensail (16401) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Amber pour with a white head. Some caramel malt sweetness followed quickly by a lot of grapefruit, pine, and floral hops. Plenty of citrus qualities to this one. The flavor is very nicely balanced with some sweet caramel and a good dose of citrus and pine bitterness. Grapefruit and orange, pine, and floral hop notes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
callmemickey (4531) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 Clear copper-orange body, large off-white head, sticky lacing. Nose is grapefruit, resin, a tad herbaceous and grassy. Flavor is similar with a focus on resin and grapefruit. Medium bodied, gentle carbonation, assertively bitter. Tasty.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dodgrblu (745) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 18, 2013
22 ounce bottle from Total Wine Sacramento, pour is thin headed, boozy on the front, nicely effervescent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackfrost9p (338) - California, USA - FEB 16, 2013
Very good beer. Pours darker than a typical IPA. Strong hop bitterness and nice citrus and pine notes. Kinda creamy with a lack of carbonation. Very good beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (8120) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Bottle - thanks Mike! Pours clear amber with a medium off-white head that dissipates with nice lacing. Aroma is grapefruit, pine resin, a touch of cat piss. Flavor is about the same, lightly sweet with a touch of caramel, medium bitter lingering to the finish. Medium bodied and oily in the mouth.


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