RATINGS: 513   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74/5   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2006
Bottle provided by beergyuy101, thanks a ton again Mitch! Pours a deep orange/rusty color...hazy with some sediment, topped woth a decent light tan head that dissapates to a bubbly foam. A sweet and citrusy aroma with both grapefruit and caramel malt coming out quite a bit and a bit of sourdough as well. The flavor while holding a nice big bitter citrus hop punch and a small yet descent malt profile...theres this soapy element that comes in torwards and through the finish. All in all though a fair amount of sweet malt supporting a huge attack of grapefruit, grass, and pine. I was hoping for a bit more body as parts feel a bit thin in the middle. All in all some minor flaws still make this one of the best of the truly bitter beers Ive come across.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (5466) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 19, 2006
Pours a dark cloudy golden color, much darker than what Im used to with IPAs. Citrusy hop aroma. Flavors of citrus fruit, pine, and malt flavor with some caramel hints. Bitter hoppiness, but very well balanced with the malt. Suprisingly easy to drink and not overpoweringly bitter. Quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 30, 2006
Sweet hoppy aroma. Great skunky hop taste. Love the aroma. Balanced well. The hops arent as overpowering as expected from the aroma. Big fan.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JUN 28, 2006
(Bottle via trade with IrishBoy, thanks Richard!) Pours a cloudy orange/amber with about 1/2" of soft biscuit head that recedes to about 1/8" and stays. Sloppy lacing. Deeply piney aroma with malt and fruity hops also in the nose. Mouthfeel almost silky smooth but some prickliness as well. Flavor is richly piney and fruity. Very good except for some soapiness as well. Finishes moderately bitter. Nice fruity aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2046) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 27, 2006
Nice west coast IPA, aroma is a bit of caramel, and grapefruit. Taste is sweet and hoppy at the same time, hops, caramel, and coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 24, 2006
I must admit the first bottle I had I was not too impressed. However, by the second and third beer it began to grow on me. It has a strong sweet aroma with strong taste of citrus hops. Nice balance of malt and bitterness. It poured a very deep amber and it had a creamy head. There is something distinct about this beer and I believe it might be the unconventional West Coast hops and yeast. Very pleased with this IPA.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thebaldwizard (1206) - Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2006
The Drakes IPA was a great suprise. This beer poured a cloudy amber color with hints of orange. The head is white and has decent retention. The aroma is very piney, with plenty of citrus. I really like the flavor here. The aroma had me thinking hops all the way, then I got the shock of malt balance in the taste. This really did remind me of Great Divide Hercules, just not as malty. I really liked this brew, and will be happy to get my hands on more Drakes IPA in the future."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1725) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 21, 2006
Pretty good but not great. Hop profiles range a lot. Had a kind of scotchy alcohol sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2006
bottle. pretty good looking red orange with a half-finger head. great balance, but a bit too watered down. probably would have been a little better colder. not enough carbonation. good, but the flavor isnt strong enough.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 19, 2006
Beautiful, semi-translucent and faded orange in color with a pillowy tan fluff riding up to 3/4" to the top of the tulip. Aroma is quite the pleasing assembly of apricots, grapefruit, nectarines and a starfruit Starburst fruit chew machination. Sweet mandarin marmalade and honey suckle sweetly sing up the smelling sensations on the backend. Bitter foreclosure generates a highly palatable dried nectarine fruit chew flavor. Rapture of graceful, pulpy orange bitters with lively, freshly picked grapefruit chomps. Rose petals cross-pollinate cascade whole hop flowers as a barely ripened orange gives some citric sweetness. Bitterness spans out dryly and leaves a sucking feeling in its palate procession. Remarkable baseline sweetness harkens home the orange and lemon Sour Patch Kids going down the pipe as one. Mild caramel quakes amidst dry tropical fruit shavings in the finish. Time to stock up on anything and everything Drakes makes. Thanks for the bottle, tpkenned!

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