RATINGS: 229   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (12760) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 22, 2012
Tap at Fathers Office - Santa Monica. Pours clear orange with a medium, fizzy white head, short retention with spare lacing. Aroma is fragrant citrus, floral and grapefruit hops with biscuit malt and tropical fruity esters. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness, malt backbone with fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bvc (1241) - Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2012
Bomber, thanks Alex. Pours a hazed slightly orange honey gold with a uneven slightly off white head. Balanced nose is the first thing that strikes me. Light doughy malt, earthy pine resin, fuzzy ripe peach skin, a touch of brown sugar. Again, balanced in the flavor. Definitely pick up the english malts flavors...that rich full doughy flavor. Amarillo hops probably show the most flavor for me. Light fruitiness with a mellow lingering bitterness throughout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
riversideAK (6259) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2012
Nice balance on the nose. Caramel, I guess its munich malt. Earthy hops, nice citrus, marmelade. Well put together. Definitely get the amarillo in the back end of it. Pours hazy orange, nice creamy white head. Flavors of marmelade, some light caramel notes, lots of peach, orange, grapefruit finishing it out. A touch of alcohol. Very smooth, definitely taste the english pale malts here and there. Very well put together. Extremely well balanced. I prefer a little less malt but really feel this is some good stuff. Fuck yeah.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Reynolds314 (3407) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 22, 2012
Bottle courtesy of Wavers1. Pours a straw orange with minimal head. Aroma is oranges, peaches, light spruce, and grass. Taste is wonderfully cirtusy with light pine and a really great dry bitter finish that is smooth and inviting. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RedSox2004 (1816) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - MAR 21, 2012
Golden amber body beneath a bright white two-finger head that left very nice lace. Strong grapefruit hop aromas, with a background of caramel hops. Flavor is all hops bitterness, a nice combination of several varieties, dominated by a citrus character with some pine. Caramel sweetness makes a brief appearance but is overwhelmed. Nice beer, but a bit of a heavy-handed hop bomb.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (5831) - Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2012
Thanks to wavers! Huge piney flavors here, huge beer and hopped enough. Loving what drakes does

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 20, 2012
Poured a clear deep orange with a small off-white head that quickly dissipated. Lacing seems to be holding up very nicely, however. I am picking up smells of pine, big grapefruit and citrus, and a hint of alcohol. As it begins to warm I am picking up a lot more caramel and alcohol in the aroma. Taste is big pine and citrus, light malt backbone, a touch of alcohol in the middle, with a big bitter finish. I am liking this beer more and more as it warms, very delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
csteele2144 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2012
Draft from City Beer. Amber orange pout with a thick off white head. The aroma is citrus, grapefruit, and pine, with a touch of tropical fruit. Taste orange, grapefruit, and tropical fruit balanced nicely by the malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 14, 2012
22oz, no date for $7.99 at OB Quik Stop a couple days ago. Minimally hazy medium orange with a one finger slightly yellowish white head, fair retention. Citrus hops dominate the nose with plenty of herbal and pine woody spice notes to follow. Not too much in the malt presence other than some mild sweetness. Flavor again has lots of herbal and woody spice notes again, with some citrus, light malt sweetness. Dry finish with some alcohol warmth in the throat, big bitterness peaking at a 7.

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