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RATINGS: 521   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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4.1
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - APR 16, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2007 12 oz bottle VIA Mystery Swap 2.0 (thanks Saarlander!). This one is a hazy amber and pours with an average size white head. Nose is somewhat subdued for a west coast IPA, just getting some moderate floral hops, and perhaps some Noble ones as well. Taste is quite nice. Starts with some caramel maltiness, the some orange, a tiny bit of vamilla, and a strong hoppy finish comprised of what i think are a combination of either cascade or centennial as some earthy English hops.The yeast also has some mild fruity esters, and there is a tiny amount of diacytl present, that actually compliments the beer. Medium body and average carbonation. very hoppy but not overly bitter. Nice work.

3.6
shigadeyo (3788) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2007
Drake’s IPA pours a vibrant orange color with some haziness. The foamy and creamy beige head slowly collapses and leaves a frothy, lasting crown. A lush citrus aroma greets the nose with lots of tangerine and pineapple in it. Some chewy caramel maltiness can be noted in the aroma after the initial citrus punch fades away. The flavor is a nice balance of toasted and caramel malts with a hefty citrus rind bitterness. The bitterness is aggressive, but doesn’t go too far making this a very drinkable and refreshing IPA. It’s just enough bitterness to give a little shock at first and then lures you back for more! The alcohol (7.0% ABV) is hidden in the flavor which could be dangerous after having a few of these in quick succession! The body is medium to medium-full body is smooth and easy to drink on the palate. Very good overall - Quite the IPA! 12 oz bottle from realale420 (traded in Feb 2007). Thanks Brian!

4
Papsoe (25056) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 13, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2007 (On tap - cask - Toronado) Ever so slightly hazy, dark golden with a creamy, off-white head. The nose is full of sweetish caramel malt and good aroma hops. The body comes medium with a soft and extremely pleasant mouthfeel. Lightly sweet caramel flavours and then all these great aroma hops. Very pleasant - the limited carbonation doesn’t take the 84 IBUs very far. IPA on cask is a different but rewarding experience! 290307

(Bottle 35,5 cl) Courtesy of aspidites. Pours a hazy, amber golden with an off-white head. Very fresh, citrusy aroma. Medium-bodied and caramelish with a distinct, hoppy and citric finish. Clean, clear and fresh. 8/3/7/4/15=3.7 310507

3
rickgordon (3878) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 6, 2007
Bottled. Thanks Fredrik. Orange colour, light hazy. Oranges, mandarines from hops and acetaldehyd(green apples) in aroma. Big malty and bit sweetish flavour with notes of almonds. Huge bitterness. Bottle was 1/2 year old.

3.7
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - APR 4, 2007
Courtesy aspidites and stoutlover72. Hazy orange and small frothy off white head. All hops- resin, tangerine, melon, floral. Light dose of grainy, toasted malt in the flavor. Medium body, balanced. Very good, very drinkable.

4
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 24, 2007
Cask at Toronado in San Francisco. Poured a slightly hazy orange color. Head was off white, tall, fluffy, and left some good lace. Aroma was of malty caramel, subdued flowery hops, and vanilla. Smooth mouth feel with citrusy hop, malty cereal grain, and caramel flavors. Yum.

3.8
kyzr (1596) - Montana, USA - MAR 22, 2007
Amber in color with off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Big nose of hops, with the flavor to match. Slight hints of roasted malt that are well balanced. Making a perfect match for the big hops that come through in the end. Great texture that glazes the mouth all the way to the bitter finish.

3.8
DYCSoccer17 (3708) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 17, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2007 12 ounce bottle purchased at BevMo in Sacramento Arden. Interesting shrink-wrapped label on this guy. A very pleasant, aromatic, orangey-citrus hoppiness in the nose with some piney hints as well as some hempy notes, too. Some rather sweet malty aromas also come through. Very quaffable! Mildly hazy orangey-copper body with bold, frothy off-white/yellowish head. Attractive lacing. Grainy, bitter, hopped flavor to start with lots of tannins present. Some mild roasted and lightly burnt malty notes in the middle. Finishes a bit dry with some definite C-hops that impart a grapefruit flavor in the end. THis is solid, although I wish it was a little juicier and not as dry. As this warms, it becomes a bit juicier and loses some of the dryness that I didn’t care for.-------Re-Rate&# beer is not as juicy as it used to be. It’s actually drier and woodier now, which I don’t really care for. I think there was a change in brewing technique recently, which have led to these changes.

3.6
JorisPPattyn (10072) - BELGIUM - MAR 11, 2007
Small but dense yellowish head, fast gone; unclear red-amber beer. Fresh hops, hopbales, orangezest, orangemarmalade, light brown tea (with orange blossom). Hops, bitter hops, very noble hops. Vegetable flavour and some cookie malt, sugar syrup traces. Long bitterish aftertaste, dry, and nearly dry-out effect. Medium bodied. Good IPA, not unbalanced, but it is a bit onedimensional.

3.9
unclemattie (4406) - Georgia, USA - MAR 10, 2007
12oz bottle from IrishBoy. copper color. nice foamy off white head. great lacing! sweet and citrusy, grapefruit, and candied sugar. Amazing floral hops. flavors of malt balanced nicely with the hop. Medium bodied and all around GOOD.


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