jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2006
bottle from AlohaC. Flower/citrus aroma. Could tell right away that it’s a California brewer. Pale appearance with slight head. Good flavor and quite strong alcohol feel. Very hoppy and quite smooth. footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2006
Have a few bottles from CA raters..thanks. I was hoping for a bigger hop nose and flavor but it reaaly was a mild IPA which wasn’t a bad thing here. the soft hop flavor was very enjoyable and not so bold and it made it very refreshing. OldMrCrow (2444) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2007 Bottle from SDbruboy, 10/22/06
Suttree (6466) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 21, 2006
Pours a hazy orange brown with a nice off-white head. Strong piney aroma, some herbal notes. The hops dominate the flavor and yet the beer is well balanced; they’re sufficiently assertive to provide a lovely IPA, suffienctly expressive to give it considerable interest, and sufficiently mellow and non-astringent to make this more than simply a palate ripper. Some caramel and cracker malts come through, hinting at sweetness without ever really letting the sugary notes take hold -- a great balance.
This is a very drinkable IPA and would be another candidate for a house beer if it were available here in Seattle. Head to head against my winter house beer, SN Celebration, I get better sense of just how juicy the hops are in this one. It almost makes the SN seem weak, which says a lot. 8/4/9/4/16=4.1
Revisit 6/14/07. A friend brought a six of this up from California for me, giving me another chance at it. But this time I’m less impressed. In the admittedly challenging circumstances of a head-to-head with Green Flash IPA and Moylan’s Hopsickle, this comes off somewhat wanting. It’s very good, sure -- but it (1) is surprisingly dark in appearance, (2) is somewhat weak on the aromatics - though what isn’t, when compared to those other two, (3) is somewhat astringent and (4) closes with an oily bitterness that more biting and less flavorful than the best examples of the genre. I’d give this an 8/4/8/3/15=3.8 if I was rating from scratch, I’ll split the difference with the previous rating and round up.
Cloudy bronze, no head. Big grapefriot aroma, followed by some honey-ish sweetness. Big citric, grapefruiy hop flavor dominates, with background flavors of pine, smoke, maybe even a touch of brown sugar. Yummy stuff. Thanks to Springslicker for the trade. JoeMcPhee (9459) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2006
A random gift from my boss... thanks Jim. Hazy orange coloured beer with a cramy white head and sticky lace. Lovely grapefruit and orange hop nose over some pineapple and mango character. There’s also some peachy/appley contribution from the yeast used. Malts are lean but there is a touch of caramel and biscuit in here. Flavour is less fresh than the aroma would suggest with a bit of crackery staleness in the malt, but the hops are still contributing orange and grapefruity citrus flavour. Some light caramel malt. Lovely balance. Soft lingering bitterness. Good, but not earth-shattering in this condition either. Some butterscotch flavours come forward then disappear.
illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 3, 2006
Bottle thanks to Droopy49, who threw this in as an extra. I always love a good IPA. Pours amber with a frothy white head, moderate lacing. Nice hop aroma of grapefruit and maybe a hint of pine. Much lighter body than I was expecting.The malt takes a back seat in the flavor, which is dominated by fruit hops, with a wisp of orange zest. Dry bitter grassy finish, with a hint of soapiness. Not too bad, I would drink it again. TChrome (1480) - North Richland Hills, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2006
Beer pours nice apricot color is lightly cloudy and had a nice, totally retained beige colored head. Aroma is really juicy, like a fresh squeezed grapefruit. Flavor is sharply and deliciously bitter with a really nice sweet malt biscuit flavor to accompany the sharp hoppiness. This truly is a world class IPA. I would drink this regularly were it available to me. Thanks tever!!! drfabulous (8282) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 16, 2006
Nice hops. Solid IPA. A pleasant surprise since I had never heard of Drakes. Slightly odd aftertaste though...but still a quality beer.
Thanks, Kate! TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2006
12 oz bottle. Hazy pink-brown with a small, ivory head. Spots of lace. Very fruity nose; orange, mango and pineapple. Toffee and candied orange peel. Toasty barleywine settles to a smooth bitterness with squirts of grapefruit. Chewy, light carb. Quite the hefty IPA. hopscotch (11177) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Bottle... Clear amber ale with orange highlights and a mid-sized, frothy, off-white head. Wonderful retention. The nose is all pine, grapefruit and ash. Perfect balance in flavor between sweet caramel, bitter grapefruit rind and earthy pine. A touch woodsy. Medium-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Lengthy, malty, but bitter, biting finish. A big THANKS goes out to tever for sending this bottle my way!