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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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3.7
   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.

4.3
   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."

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zeswaft (1763) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 21, 2006
Pretty good but not great. Hop profiles range a lot. Had a kind of scotchy alcohol sweetness.

3.5
   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.

4.2
   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!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - JUN 14, 2006
Great hoppy flavor,Abit of sweetness, pepper, Alcohol hidden well. great brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUN 14, 2006
12oz - thanks Irishboy - Aroma is strong woody hops, leather, and carmel. Pours cloudy brown/orange with nice medium head and great lacing. Flavor matches aroma and is different from your typical west coast ipa with the dark woody flavors instead of bright citrus or pine. Palate is sticky and tart. Very tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2006
Bottle. Clear red-amber body under a foamy tan head. Dry caramel grain dust alongside fresh kiwi/citrus hops - very appetizing. Good and well-blended flavor - soft minerally caramel malt with pine, citrus and a peppery spicy hop pellet finish. A good IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2006
Bottle via Odeed. Pours to glowing dark amber body with a nice white head and awesome lacing. The aroma is kiwi-fruit-ish. Nice and hoppy. The flavor is cookie dough, kiwi-fruit, good and unique. The palate is decent but not overwhelming.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 13, 2006
Pours a light mahogony color a touch murky w/ a small bubled light tan head w/ some thick lacing. This is the first thing today to smell good. Smells spiced light peppers and cinnamon along with some nice grass notes. Palate is full and well coated but not special. Flavor is nicely sweet and has some great bread notes hints of grahm cracker and some light sweet carmels. Pretty darn good, very mellow and balanced.


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