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RATINGS: 239   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
ineedbeer (2255) - Oakland, California, USA - MAR 2, 2014
From a bottle dated 02/11/2014.Aroma is full of grapefruit, orange, tropical fruit and lesser pine resin hop character. Moderate caramel character with some lighter rye notes. Some fruit esters. A moderate, slightly off putting note in the aroma that I can?t quite nail down, but is like a mix of rotting fruit and vegetables. Light alcohol spice. Pours a slightly cloudy, orange color with a bit of copper. Medium sized, fairly thick, slightly off white head with above average retention and moderate lacing. Medium sized legs. Flavor has a moderate sweetness with some light caramel and some rye character. Moderately strong bitterness with some alcohol spice in the finish. Moderately strong hop flavors. Lots of tropical fruit and citrus notes with some pine resin. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Low astringency and low alcohol warmth. Overall an alright beer, but I remember previous years being better. The hop aroma has a very odd character, but the flavor is better. Too much malt notes as well. Ends up being pretty easy to drink.

2.7
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2014 Bottle: Thanks, Jason! Orangey-yellow body with a mild clarity to it, not much head, at least not for a DIPA... Mild, soapy white foam. I wasn’t digging the aroma on this one, which was surprising to me. Hop leaves, green onion, & grass.. But I was pulling this strange, cooked vegetable (leaning towards carrots) notes that were really putting me off. Taste was a bit better... Zesty & oily hops, leaves with a light grassiness & a touch of sweet biscuit malt sugars in the finish. Nice mouth feel, oily & crisp. The aroma really killed this for me, & while the taste wasn’t so bad, it didn’t knock my socks off either. No one else felt this way, so I wonder if something was wrong with my sniffer :o(

3
Perfero (13) - California, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Altogether too malty for my taste. Rock candy is the dominant flavor here. --- Save the unicorns!

3.9
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Courtesy of Jason

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. It’s medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

4.2
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
Staffan47 (908) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2014
Drar halvblint mot en pliny. Ananas och mango. Balanserad beska som dock är ganska tung. Bra kropp. Håller plinyn som något bättre.

4.2
AdamChandler (5178) - 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, it’s incredibly balanced for such a bitter beer. So impressive

4.7
davidm (2081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Bottle from trader Joe’s. Aromas of caramel, mango. Taste is sweet and bitter, great balance.

4
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
jrob21 (3802) - 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.


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