drfabulous (8586) - 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 (11236) - 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! radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2006
355ml bottle obtained in a trade with <a
href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank>jah noth, thanks Daniel. Orangey-amber in colour, tan head, good retention, great lacing. The aroma is of orange citrus, floral hops, light sweetness and some caramel malts. The flavour is chewy, a bit watery, earthy, caramel malts, juicy citrus hops. Bitter dry mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes quite bitter but very fast. If the finish wasn’t so quick and the body had a bit more bit to it this would have been fantastic, instead its just average. Bolt (117) - Boulder Creek, California, USA - JUL 25, 2006
After pouring the beer into a glass I notice the aroma is quite pleasant, light, and dry. The most distinctive character of the aroma is its very nice hoppyness. And a closer sniff reveals a hint of alcohol, more hops and uplifting freshness.
Appearance of the ale is like looking at a brown with a bit of cloudiness, yet better looking. Dark amber with a very nice glow. I’m very pleased with the appearance especially since it does produce a lacy head.
The flavor is solid yet dry. Full yet light. Fresh complex and well balanced with a superb hop finish.
I have never heard of Drake’s IPA, gold medal winner, which happens to be so close to this area. Brewed in San Leandro Calif. Founded in 1989 and one of the Bay Areas first microbreweries. Ingredients from USA, UK, Germany, and Czech Republic. I have now bought over a case of the product and am happy at $7.99 a 6-Pack.
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - JUL 24, 2006
12oz bottle pours medium amber in color with a small off white head. Aromas of sweet malts and citrus hops. Soft carbonation with good aggressive bitterness, Carmel malt balance and nice flavorful hop profile with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Overall a good well balanced and drinkable IPA. nolankowal (939) - 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...there’s 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 I’ve come across. JohnnyJ (5569) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 19, 2006
Pours a dark cloudy golden color, much darker than what I’m used to with IPA’s. 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. glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 30, 2006
Sweet hoppy aroma. Great skunky hop taste. Love the aroma. Balanced well. The hops aren’t as overpowering as expected from the aroma. Big fan. 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.