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RATINGS: 518   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed with extra hops and malt in the English tradition, but with West Coast style. This deep golden India Pale Ale is artfully balanced with a fresh, powerful aroma and a luscious finish.

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4.8
corkyrory66 (2163) - BELGIUM - SEP 25, 2017
Une ipa à la limite de l'imperial ipa, puisque le niveau abv d'une part pouvait le justifier avec 7 % au compteur, et d'autre part l'intensité des saveurs est adéquate au style "impérialiste", avec quand même 65 ebu bien sentis. Notre belle a été médaillée d'or au GABF de 2002. Elle a donc 15 ans de route, et semble bien calibrée pour durer. Il est vrai que dans la ville de Caterpillar on fait des engins solides … Couleur caramel un peu roux (et pas mou ..), à la clarté nette. Bulles très fines, partout, à montée lente. Mousse brun clair, à flocons moyens, stable à 2 mm. Arômes de sève de pin, malt cara, miel de châtaignier, pointe de "vieux temps" (de la belle époque du vieux temps, et pas de l'actuel … Ce qui est un vrai jeu de mots, j'en conviens ..). 1ère bouche souple à l'entame sur la résine et pointe de whisky non affiné. Arrière-bouche à la belle amertume résineuse. 2ème à l'ensemble avec lichee, résine, ananas. Arrière-bouche très soft, malgré ce bon niveau ebu. 3ème au bel enchaînement avec du tabac brun. Arrière-bouche longue, complexe. La longueur donne beaucoup de nuances très élaborées, grande fusion résine/fruit/amertume. Jambes huileuses, mais collantes sur toute la hauteur. Levure un peu fruitée, belle ligne. Alcool correct, il aide la longueur à approfondir les saveurs. Finale dont on pouvait espérer un peu plus... CONCLUSION : après une très belle longueur complexe, on espérait un final plus flamboyant au pays des caterpillar … Mais on peut se fier à ce solide engin drakulesque … (10/4/10/5/19)

2.6
mephisto (1294) - TAIWAN - SEP 22, 2017
Draft in SFO next to some sorority girls talking about rager and parties. Decent brew.

3.8
MaBeer1972 (2142) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2017 Six pack of bottles. Pours out a slightly hazy light copper color. Frothy off-white head settles to a thin lace. Light citrus and spice notes. Slightly earthy and herbal. Body on the lighter side. Plenty of bitterness. Some bitter grapefruit peel. Dry finish. Decent IPA. Update: Upgrade!

3.4
nickel (1218) - UKRAINE - AUG 15, 2017
Aroma: grass is dominant, notes of citrus are slightly noticeable. Taste: citrus and grass, probably some pine. Moderate intensity. Decent IPA

3.4
jls321 (25) - California, USA - JUL 30, 2017
12 oz bottle. Pours yellow-gold with little head and lace. Light aroma with tastes of hay, grains, bread, pine, grapefruit. Significant carbonation and mouthfeel. Overall refreshing, flavorful and tasty. Good balance between malt and pine hops. Wife likes it more than I do. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
DuffMan (10596) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 21, 2017
Bottle. Deep golden with a lively white head. Sweet malts, marmalade, background notes of pine, plastic, and a little toast, with a long. Otter finish. Just ok.

3.8
flying_pig (1619) - SCOTLAND - JUL 11, 2017
355ml bottle from Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer, Glasgow (£3.80):
Very nice stuff from Drake’s here & an unexpected taste from the beer given I was expected a tonne of hops before cracking the bottle open. The beer was definitely closer to an American pale ale of today than it was an IPA but it was first brewed 15 years ago & a lot has changed since then, still the beer was excellent with a lot of caramel flavours & a strong, malty taste in the early going. The nose in particular was a sweet one with only a few pine hops & floral notes backing them up, the balance was still maintained though & the beer went down very easily indeed; good stuff & one I wouldn’t mind cracking open again at some point.

4.4
erickok (6037) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUN 3, 2017
Very cloudy, beautiful yellow glow. Very fresh peachy, pear, floral, grassy. Lots of hop character but most of all lots of hop variation! Nice bitterness, nothing too strong. On the dry side, which I like, not too alcohol but quite full. Wow impressive ipa and that says a lot after trying about 30+ over the course of last week! Impressive brewing achievement. Nothing less. (66cl bottle from market at Stinson Beach)

4.6
zacgillbanks (5413) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2017
7.0% bottles from Rehills, Newcastle and Boardwalk Market, Tiburon, California, USA. Hazy golden coloured with a thick white head. It has an orange and floral fruity flavour followed by pine, orange blossom and citrus on the sweet, zesty finish. Excellent!

3.4
minutemat (5938) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2017
355ml bottle @ Chez Sophie. Pours a clear deep amber, medium off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, light fruit. Taste is heavy on the caramel malts, with a fair sweetness offset by a piney resinous hop character. Not my go-to IPA style, but its confident hop presence just about rescues it for me.


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