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RATINGS: 521   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 28, 2009
Sampled @ BJ’s Brewhouse in Cupertino. Bright red grapefruit pour with a small ivory head that left sticky lacing on the inside of the glass. Aroma was of spruce, honey, and orange pith. Flavor was strong citrus along with caramel and evergreen. Medium mouthfeel . A pretty solid representation of the style.


3
DuffMan (10429) - 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.

3.8
flying_pig (1571) - 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.

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 (5180) - 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 (5482) - 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 (2929) - 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 (1214) - 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 (1864) - 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 (1311) - 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 (4868) - 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.


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