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RATINGS: 228   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (6539) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2014
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Bottle: The aroma consists of mango peach, apricot, citrus, and a hint or grapefruit. It pours a dull transparent orange with a small off-white head. The flavor starts with apricot, tropical fruit, and a touch of peach. The finish has moderate citrus, grapefruit, and a hint of pine. Its medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tdoyledesign (179) - Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Pours a beautiful golden orange. Aroma is amazing hops, some pine and a nice malt back note. Taste is awesome!!! Really well balanced hop and malt notes. Mouth feel is super smooth. Lots of citrus dances around between hops and malt. Awesome beer!!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Staffan47 (909) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2014
Drar halvblint mot en pliny. Ananas och mango. Balanserad beska som dock r ganska tung. Bra kropp. Hller plinyn som ngot bttre.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AdamChandler (4810) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Amber brown. Super resinous bursting grapefruit and pine cones. Sadly, these tasters make aroma really difficult. Okay. Got a snifter. Huge tangerine, spice and fruitiness. Taste is palate wrecking. 100 IBUS of resinous bitterness. But despite that aspect, its incredibly balanced for such a bitter beer. So impressive

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (2072) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle from trader Joes. Aromas of caramel, mango. Taste is sweet and bitter, great balance.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tongan77 (115) - Ventura, California, USA - FEB 21, 2014
From glass to bottle. Pours an orange color with a nice head. Aroma is of sweet candy. Taste is sweet and hoppy. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (3560) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Bonus from a recent trade. Big toffee and butterscotch flavors. Nice citrus orange aromas. Smooth mid palate with a sticky resin finish. Bordering on a barleywine. Bit of orange candy slice in the long lasting finish as well.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
cpetrone84 (1810) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Pour is transparent golden amber with a tight white head. Nose is bready malt, faint grain, lots of oily resinous hop aromas, pine and faint citrus. Taste is extremely oily, tons of hop resins, syrupy fully body, moderate bitterness and a steel like taste through the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gyllenbock (8566) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2014
Sample at The Bistro DIPA-Festival, February 8. Hazy golden with a white head. On the sweet side with hops, grapefruit, peach and citrus. Hoppy, bitter finish. A descent one.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tendency (26) - California, USA - FEB 15, 2014
sadly, this is not nearly as good a batch as last years edition. missing the complexity, subtlety and depth that last years batch had. tastes as if one or two of the main hops are missing and the malt quotient has been increased. .. sigh. clearly, not the same recipe or the execution is lacking. one of my top 3 DIPAs from 2013 so big disappointment for me with the 2013 edition. still a solid double but not up to drakes usual standards IMO.


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