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RATINGS: 238   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Drake’s 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.

Editor’s 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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3.5
Fatehunter (2605) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - MAR 4, 2016
Pours three fingers of head on a clear straw body. The aroma is a burst of pine with mango and pineapple, also a bit of bread in the background. The taste is strong deep bitterness that goes throughout. The texture is thicker. It’s a big DIPA.

3.4
DSG (15119) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 12, 2016
[1/30/16] Draught at Sprengers Tap Room in Santa Rosa. Clear deep golden. Aroma of oniony, fruity and piney hops. Flavor has some sweetish malt, oniony fruity hops, and strong bitterness. Medium-bodied.

3.6
Theydon_Bois (20485) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2016
Keg at City Beer, SF, 28/01/16. Clear golden orange with a decent off white covering. Nose is caramel malt, citric pith, toasted bread, straw, grapefruit. Taste comprises caramel malt, pine needle, bitter orange, tropicana. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close peppered with semi aggressive hop bitterness. Solid enough DIPA.

3.7
KyotoLefty (10611) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 8, 2016
Tap at City Beer. Deep gold, clear, with a low, lacy head. Nose is citrus fruit, a bit of candy, orange, biscuits, some honey. Sweet and fruity, rich flavor with nice orange and some apricot. A bit sweet and syrupy, but a good hoppy finish.

3.8
mR_fr0g (13226) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2016
On tap the the barrel house. Clear golden orange coloured pour with a small white head. Aroma is sticky resinous pine, juicy melon and orange rind. Flavour is composed of clean and semi sweet base malts with a pinch of caramel, orange rind, sticky hop resin, little varnish. Palate is semi sweet and sticky, frothy carbonation lifts it off the tongue. Hides the abv very well. Good stuff.

3.6
joeneugs (6371) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 6, 2016
On cask at the Barrel House. It pours a golden color with an off white head. The aroma has some melon and sweet hoppy candied grapefruit. The flavor is smooth with lots of citrusy grapefruit, melon, passionfruit and a very light hint of caramel before a solid floral bitter finish. Soft, low carbonation. Good stuff.
Earlier Rating: 5/27/2010 Total Score: 4
On tap at beer revolution. Another winner from Drakes! The nose on this is pretty awesome with fresh citrus, pine, and florals. Very orange in color with a creamy orange head. The flavor is piney with notes of caramel malt. Huge, resinous finish. Sticky, full mouthfeel. A little spicy as well.

4.1
djd07 (15342) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 30, 2016
On tap at Sprenger’s Tap Room. Pours a clear orange gold with medium frothy white head leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is strong pine, dank, floral. Medium mouth, tropical fruit, dank, resin finish, alcohol well hidden, very nice.

3.5
Ferris (16301) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2016
Draft - Big leafy hops notes. Clear gold with a rich white head. Big hoppy leafy flavours with a solid malt backbone and a alcohol definitely shows.

3.9
VsXsV (4528) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2016
Draught at City Beer. Clear golden liquid with medium off-white head. Aroma of citrus, tangerine, light grain, mango and pine. Taste dry and medium to high bitter with notes of citrus, pine and light caramel. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Nice!

3.8
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Pours a hazy, dark golden orange color with dark tangerine edges and a one finger frothy white head. Excellent retention, slowly fading into a thick, lasting cap. Glass is left coated with chunks of soapy lacing. Floral, slightly earthy aroma with subtle resinous pine, grassy notes and faint citrus/tropical notes. Stronger malt presence than expected but still has a decent hop presence. Nice complexity in the nose but the malts are a bit strong for my preference with caramel sweetness, toffee, biscuit and graham cracker. On the fuller end of medium body, oily and slightly viscous with a dank, earthy hop bite up front that provides lingering dry bitterness. Decent tropical/citrus fruit notes countered by a strong malt backbone. Strong bitterness followed by grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel flavors. Maybe some tangerine in there too. Strong malt backbone with some biscuit, toffee and graham cracker. Nice balance but the malt presence is a bit too strong for my liking and the hop profile could use more complexity. A bit thick/full bodies for the style as well.


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