RATINGS: 228   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Skakapa (52) - Malm, SWEDEN - AUG 19, 2012
Frothy head that settles quickly. Clear, light brown. Strong aroma with plenty of malt, almost no hops, much less citrus than expected. Bitter. Possibly past its shelf life.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hallinghansen (2990) - Odense SV, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle. Clear golden body with a medium offwhie head. Aroma is hops, fruit, grapefruit. Flavor is hops, caramel, fruit, grapefruit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (1061) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 21, 2012
Bomber bought at Barons Market in Rancho Bernardo, San Diego ($6.99). Pours a hazy orange color with two fingers of white foam. Aroma of soapy hops, fragrant flowers, sticky pine sap, and citrus with a bit of caramel and booze. Flavor initially of grapefruit and some tropical fruit following by a strong balancing malt backbone with lots of semi-sweet caramel. Creamy mouthfeel with fairly well-concealed high ABV. Nicely balanced and full of hops but not overly bitter. (118, 712)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Bottle:   Dirty amber, large foamy off-white head, sticky lacing.   Sweaty pithy aroma.   Some resin and citrus peel.   Whoa, big sweaty start, hoppy and pithy without being too bitter.   Seems like a fairly malty beer.   Pithy backside, really pithy.   Needs more citrus or floral sweetness, but at least it has a decent malt backing.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate to full.   Sweaty pithy finish.   Big beer, fairly smooth, but not bright.   Good malt background.   Wished it was a bit more floral or citrusy (not pithy), but oh well.   Big beer, big tastes.   Enjoyable.   Thanks Ron!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skoisirius (1909) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 24, 2012
Bomber in GV. Golden murky orange color with a big resiny nose chunking out citrus notes. Full DIPA flavors consisting of grapefruit, pine resin, and a loud but polite blast of hops from sweet to bitter. Long lasting bitter notes take you through and beyond the finish. Dank.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ICEatALAMO (1324) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAY 1, 2012
bottle. pours a murky orange. the aroma is actually phenomenal, unlike any ipa I have smelled before. It is just a great blend of hops I guess. The taste is great as well, even though I was skeptical after the first sip. The finish has a bit of a bitter aftertaste. Overall one of the best iipas Ive had, up there with Hopslam.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lowenbrau (3852) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - APR 23, 2012
660ml bottle.Citric fruit aromas, along with some hop resins. Pours gold to amber, some haziness. Develops regular white head, medium persistence but good lace. On mouth develops really high bitterness, with fruit flavor. Very long dry finish. A really good IPA (or IIPA...)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bconch (390) - - APR 15, 2012
Beautiful citrus aroma. First sip is a massive hop bomb that gives way to a malty backbone with plenty of hop character. Finish lingers for awhile with a little booze. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
xarcadia (44) - California, USA - APR 5, 2012
Mild aroma - I wish there were more hops on the nose. Nice golden hue. Great fruity flavor!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChiefBeer12 (81) - Irvine, California, USA - MAR 28, 2012
Outstanding nose of citrus & hops. Pours a rich golden orange with a nice creamy head. Fantastic DIPA flavor that lasts longer into the finish. One of my favorite DIPAs of 2012.

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