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RATINGS: 240   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   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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AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Drakes does IIPA’s as many as most out there. Awesome pine and citrus hops with mellow malt lingering. Same with the flavor, with a coating mouthfeel.

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Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 18, 2008
On tap at Toronado SD. Pours with a slightly cloudy amber body topped by a medium thick to thick head with a good amount of lacing left on the glass. It is slightly sweet yet bitter with nice grapefruit notes and a little underlying malt. Full bodied, smooth and a touch warming.

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Leighton (21083) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2017 Bottle at CPK, London. Pours a lightly hazy gold with a fine, white head. Some caramel, pine, and light grass in the nose, all seeming tinged with a bit of age. Very sweet, lightly toasted sugars, bread, pine sap. Full bodied with smoothan average carbonation. Sweet, sticky and resinous finish, plenty of pine, caramel, mild toffee and bread. Very enjoyable. (December 2011, score: 4.2)

Keg at City Beer - SF. Pours clear gold with a foamy, white head. The nose holds pale bread and ripening citrus. Medium sweet flavour, with notes of bitter pine, grass, melon, orange. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Bitter finish, with bready malts, orange rind, light pine, alcohol. Not bad overall. (January 2016, score: 3.5)

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Mikkylar (94) - Placentia, California, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Pours dark orange with big fat head. Huge amount of hops on the nose as well as notes of pine and citrus. Somewhat heavier in body. Pretty good but I feel all those different hops and malts make the flavor kinda muddled.

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BeerBoxer (232) - Sacramento, USA - FEB 14, 2012
Bottle shared by oros. Pours orange with a white head. Flavor is pine and citrus with a bit of heat.

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tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Bottle. Dark gold pour, nice white head, good retention/lace. Aroma is dank floral/citrus hops, caramel malt. Taste is big fruity hops, pine, resin, caramel malt, light booze. Palate is smooth, oily, bitter finish. Quite good.

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gunnfryd (14824) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 7, 2012
Bottle. Deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is hop, malt, peaches, pine, citrus. Flavour is hop, malt, peaches, pine, citrus, caramel. Very nice beer.

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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.

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riversideAK (6260) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2012
Nice balance on the nose. Caramel, I guess it’s 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.

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BeerandBlues2 (13210) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 22, 2012
Tap at Father’s 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.


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