Bill Becker (1770) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - NOV 2, 2017 Bolt (117) - Boulder Creek, California, USA - JUL 25, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
From Jan 2008
I got this bottle from South Bay Drugs & Liquors.
It pours from 12oz bottle a hazy gold with a good 1 finger head of foam and it has a lot of lacing.
The smell is very nice. Lots of hops there but equally strong in the malt and together, it makes for a very bitter-seet nose. I like.
The taste is as if not more impressive than the smell. Grapefruit and floral hop flavours in abundance but the malt sweetness somewhat takes the edge off the bitterness and it's *almost* a complete balance for this IPA....nah, there'd have to be a bigger malt profile here to do that. Hops win flavour domination....by more than a nose. It has a good medium mouthfeel to it and the carbonation is fairly high. It finishes on the bitter side. I'd say this is more of an American IPA but it's reasonably near the ballpark. That said, this is quite a good IPA regardless and one I'd drink again without hesitation.
Navers (218) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - OCT 28, 2017
Bottle from Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer, Glasgow. Beer served in 8°C, Duvel Glass. Pours brown golden, medium head. Aroma is like a tropical fruit pulp, mango, pear, molasses. Taste is fruity, pine and herbal hops, earthy. Medium bitterness, long lasting in the aftertaste. pachecoweld (23) - California, USA - OCT 17, 2017
Aroma of grapefruit and herbs. Taste is a good hit of citrusy hops but not as fruity as some other ipas because its more balanced out by a spicy, earthy, herbal undertone. Has a lingering dry bitterness. Solid and tasty, but not a home run for me. corkyrory66 (2195) - BELGIUM - SEP 25, 2017
Une ipa à la limite de l'imperial ipa, puisque le niveau abv d'une part pouvait le justifier avec 7 %
au compteur, et d'autre part l'intensité des saveurs est adéquate au style "impérialiste", avec quand même 65 ebu bien sentis.
Notre belle a été médaillée d'or au GABF de 2002.
Elle a donc 15 ans de route, et semble bien calibrée pour durer.
Il est vrai que dans la ville de Caterpillar on fait des engins solides …
Couleur caramel un peu roux (et pas mou ..), à la clarté nette.
Bulles très fines, partout, à montée lente.
Mousse brun clair, à flocons moyens, stable à 2 mm.
Arômes de sève de pin, malt cara, miel de châtaignier, pointe de "vieux temps" (de la belle époque
du vieux temps, et pas de l'actuel … Ce qui est un vrai jeu de mots, j'en conviens ..).
1ère bouche souple à l'entame sur la résine et pointe de whisky non affiné.
Arrière-bouche à la belle amertume résineuse.
2ème à l'ensemble avec lichee, résine, ananas.
Arrière-bouche très soft, malgré ce bon niveau ebu.
3ème au bel enchaînement avec du tabac brun.
Arrière-bouche longue, complexe.
La longueur donne beaucoup de nuances très élaborées, grande fusion résine/fruit/amertume.
Jambes huileuses, mais collantes sur toute la hauteur.
Levure un peu fruitée, belle ligne.
Alcool correct, il aide la longueur à approfondir les saveurs.
Finale dont on pouvait espérer un peu plus...
CONCLUSION : après une très belle longueur complexe, on espérait un final plus flamboyant
au pays des caterpillar … Mais on peut se fier à ce solide engin drakulesque … (10/4/10/5/19) mephisto (1294) - TAIWAN - SEP 22, 2017
Draft in SFO next to some sorority girls talking about rager and parties. Decent brew.
MaBeer1972 (2160) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 12, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2017 Six pack of bottles. Pours out a slightly hazy light copper color. Frothy off-white head settles to a thin lace. Light citrus and spice notes. Slightly earthy and herbal. Body on the lighter side. Plenty of bitterness. Some bitter grapefruit peel. Dry finish. Decent IPA. Update: Upgrade! nickel (1231) - UKRAINE - AUG 15, 2017
Aroma: grass is dominant, notes of citrus are slightly noticeable.
Taste: citrus and grass, probably some pine. Moderate intensity. Decent IPA jls321 (25) - California, USA - JUL 30, 2017
12 oz bottle. Pours yellow-gold with little head and lace. Light aroma with tastes of hay, grains, bread, pine, grapefruit. Significant carbonation and mouthfeel. Overall refreshing, flavorful and tasty. Good balance between malt and pine hops. Wife likes it more than I do.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone DuffMan (10664) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 21, 2017
Bottle. Deep golden with a lively white head. Sweet malts, marmalade, background notes of pine, plastic, and a little toast, with a long. Otter finish. Just ok. flying_pig (1646) - SCOTLAND - JUL 11, 2017
355ml bottle from Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer, Glasgow (£3.80):
Very nice stuff from Drake’s here & an unexpected taste from the beer given I was expected a tonne of hops before cracking the bottle open. The beer was definitely closer to an American pale ale of today than it was an IPA but it was first brewed 15 years ago & a lot has changed since then, still the beer was excellent with a lot of caramel flavours & a strong, malty taste in the early going. The nose in particular was a sweet one with only a few pine hops & floral notes backing them up, the balance was still maintained though & the beer went down very easily indeed; good stuff & one I wouldn’t mind cracking open again at some point.