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RATINGS: 519   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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4.3
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.


4.4
erickok (6037) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUN 3, 2017
Very cloudy, beautiful yellow glow. Very fresh peachy, pear, floral, grassy. Lots of hop character but most of all lots of hop variation! Nice bitterness, nothing too strong. On the dry side, which I like, not too alcohol but quite full. Wow impressive ipa and that says a lot after trying about 30+ over the course of last week! Impressive brewing achievement. Nothing less. (66cl bottle from market at Stinson Beach)

4.6
zacgillbanks (5128) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2017
7.0% bottles from Rehills, Newcastle and Boardwalk Market, Tiburon, California, USA. Hazy golden coloured with a thick white head. It has an orange and floral fruity flavour followed by pine, orange blossom and citrus on the sweet, zesty finish. Excellent!

3.4
minutemat (5418) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 1, 2017
355ml bottle @ Chez Sophie. Pours a clear deep amber, medium off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, light fruit. Taste is heavy on the caramel malts, with a fair sweetness offset by a piney resinous hop character. Not my go-to IPA style, but its confident hop presence just about rescues it for me.

3.2
joe19612 (2900) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2017
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange colour with a fluffy white head, aroma is hoppy with plenty of fruit, taste is medium bitterness with a dry bitter finish.

4.1
DenverLogan (1211) - LA, California, USA - APR 23, 2017
From a 12 oz bottle into a chalice. Pours gold with significant head and lace. Aroma of hay, grains, pine, grapefruit. Significant carbonation and mouthfeel. Flavors of grains, pale malt, straw hops, grapefruit juice, pine, minerals, caramel malts. Overall rich, flavorful and tasty. There’s a nice balance between malt and pine hops and I could do a keg of this for sure!

3.1
Mjp12 (1807) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2017
A 6 month old bottle, so not sure if it was in best condition. Lots of biscuit malt on the nose, with some spicey hops. The sweet malt is also prominent on the tongue, with some bitter hops lurking in the background .

3.6
TychoJames (1283) - Örebro, SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2017
Flaska bishops Örebro. Orange kulör. Doft av citrus och barr. Klibbig och fruktig smak. Citrus och barr återigen. Sirapslimpa och spannmål. Bra beska

3.5
JohnRMurdoch (4830) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - FEB 12, 2017
12oz bottle from Valhalla’s Goat. Orange brown, not much head. Toffee grain aroma. Spicy vanilla toffee hop flavour. Bitter sweet aftertaste. Too sweet and smooth for an IPA.

1.4
maxwelldeux (4374) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2017
Bottle. Pours an amber color with a moderate off white head. Nose is stale and reaks of old grass. No date on the bottle. Taste is sweet and fruity, but cloying and off putting. Not good.

3.7
maekchu (3847) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 17, 2017
Bottle from World Beer Market (Sake no Taniguchi). Piney nose, with caramel, peach, apricot, and some mild alcohol fumes. Copper/orange color. Pine, citrus, moderate caramel, more citrus fruit through mid palate and finish. Medium body. Solid IPA. Kind of flirts with being a hop bomb.


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