Drake's IPA - Drake's Brewing Co.

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Drake's IPADrake's IPA

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87
very good

480 Ratings
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Ratings: 480
Reviews: 209
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 23
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Drake's Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: drewbage on 06-09-2003

"Drake's flagship beer! A "West Coast" interpretation of an India Pale Ale. Copper-colored from additions of light Crystal malt, and body-building Caramalt, carry the malt weight of this hop bomb. The hoppy aromas of pine and grapefruit are delivered from the abundant Columbus and Cascade hops."
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Reviews by pigdog:
Photo of pigdog
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a-medium copper color, finger of foamy white head and fairly thick lacing

s-sweet malty caramel aroma, slight yeast smell with some citrus and pine.

t-piney hops dominate the taste buds, nice full flavor, more bitter than expected after the sweetness from the nose.

m-medium body, a little syrupy but still fairly balanced and a dry finish

d-very drinkable beer with solid flavor, but the sweetness would keep me from making it a regular go-to beer.

overall-solid IPA, but a little too much sweet for my taste. That being said, a sixer for $9.99 that tastes like this is a good option if other beers in the same range arent available such as Green Flash West Coast IPA.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a clear but effervescent brownish-orange in color with a magnificent head. The foam was pitted with large air bubbles then finally settled into little pits on top of the liquid. The head is just gorgeous.

Smell - The sharp, resiny hops and stiff orange rind almost mask the soft ripe yeast but not quite. It is definitely a hop-forward nose though and you have to use quite a bit of imagination to think of this as an English IPA.

Taste - Amazingly the hops from the nose are just about as strong and powerful at the taste. The mixture of pine and grapefruit will overpower the novice drinker. The light yeasty malt base is actually quite sophisticated but is just barely hanging on here.

Mouthfeel - This medium-bodied EIPA has some bone-crushing bitterness and a nice, sprightly carbonation.

Drinkability - This is a powerhouse of a beer. It goes down especially well and qualifies as a hophead session ale. Just a tad more malt and a little bit more alcohol and this would be a classic DIPA.

Photo of Dmann
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my good friends that works at the local BevMo recommended me this beer and I was not dissapointed. The beer poured a dark copper color and had one of the most stickey heads I've ever seen. The smell was quite hoppy with a hint of oak in there as well. The taste was unexpected but good. The beer had a big dose of hops for sure, but not of the typical West Coast variety. This one leaned more towards a slightly hopped up version of a English IPA. The hops mixed in very nicely and smelt very ripe, but the beer was not overy dry like many West Coast IPA's. This one is a welcome change for IPA fans.

Photo of IPAFORPRESIDENT
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A solid ipa. More malty than your typical west coast ipa, no floral or fruit notes just solid malt and hop. I much prefer drakes Pale, it's more unique

Photo of mikechance
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A --- Nice hazy amber color with about a 1/3" of foam head

S --- Pine, citrus, hoppy

T --- Smooth, nice balance of hops & malts, not over the top bitter

M --- Medium body with right amount of carbination. Smooth.

O --- This is a very good beer. I will try to find it on tap and try it again.

Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, no freshness indication offered.

Pours auburn hued amber, typical looking off white head, leaves respectable tongues of lacing on the glass.

Hops burning the nostrils

This is a rich and densely flavorfull IPA, with an ample caramel malt base but featuring wave after wave of biting citric hops. California/West coast style all the way. Well done and quite enjoyable stuff

Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of pine and orange hops, along with a lot of resiny notes. The flavor is a little different but still very nice. I get a lot of bitter papaya and oranges with some pine and bready malt mixed in. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice American IPA.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fartingdog for this bottle in a trade. Plastic wrapper is a PIA. Classic West Coast hops within an English style IPA. Great hoppy nose. Amber color without a lot of head in the pour. Very bitter with a citrus flavor. I would drink this all the time if I could.

Photo of magictrokini
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A superb IPA. Pours a hazy orange with a decent off-white head. Aroma is hoppy, but with lots of malt and resin. The taste is outstanding. Perfectly balanced hop bitterness with the carmel malt, but a crisp finish. No stickiness at all. It was worth the wait.

Photo of BenHesk12
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drake's IPA from a bottle.

Initial bold malty molasses paired with a nice nutty citrusy IPA comfort. Dark amber, not overly bitter or hoppy and is easy to drink at 7% alcohol. Soft carbonation with a thick mouthfeel and plenty of frothy foam. Pine flavor comes in nicely throughout to create a medium-complex and highly drinkable IPA that will make you stop and think. This beer stands out among west coast IPA's as less insanely hoppy and more of a well rounded and thoughtful ale.

EDIT: This beer is commonly available at $8 for a 6 pack and I find myself always happy to pick it up. 4/5 for a much above average IPA that is about as cheap as craft beer gets.

Photo of WeymouthMike
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received from Fartindog in trade during Bif Race 07. Great looking beer right of the bat, reddish amber with a foamy white head that leaves a similar foam lacing. Not much of a nose, just some citrus. Taste is what I would expect in an English IPA, very well balanced but one thing that I couldn't get out of my mouth was the cocoa finish.

Photo of mattffrost
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into glass.

Beer is a cloudy muddy brown while the head is a light bronish color. Head is thick and foamy with very good rentention. Good stickness on the glass.

Smells of carmel, molasses, slight citrus, pine.

Taste is very pungent and strong. Very bitter IPA. I would say more of a heavy IPA that is strong and less refreshing than other good ones I have had. Some sweetness in the taste. I like it but just a little to much for me.

Beer is tangy with not a lot of carbonation in the mouth.

One or two of these in a sitting is plenty.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this a billion times at Ricky's in San Leandro. Usually hit up the Bistro for a festival, catch a ride over here and watch the fights w/ a few pints of this stuff.

Big orange pour, a little more dull than the "vibrant" orange stuff you might see. Good hoppy aroma, hops are the name of the game, seems to be ample dry hopping in a single. A lot of malt, this leans to the heavier side of single ipas. A good amount of bitterness, but never outweighs the hop mouthfeel.

Decent enough price.

Photo of FrognutUnl
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to bring for tossing this in as an extra.

A - Hazy golde-amber in color, with a good inch of white head. Retention is fair for the style with some lacing left behind as it subsides

S - Grapefruit and caramel malt with notes of pine.

T - Very piney hop bite with plenty of malty goodness up front. The grapefruit kind of lingers around in the finish. Good hop bite with almost enough malt to balance it out.

M - Very creamy with low to medium carbonation. Medium in body.

D - I found this IPA to be no less drinkable than any other.

Overall this is a solid offering from Drake's and has me interested in some of their other offerings.

Photo of jeonseh
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into FFF Teku glass

A - Hazy, dark orange with hints of brown. There is a white, one finger white head that leaves some nice lacing

S - Light grapefruit, pine and tangerine come forth from. Overall, a simple and light nose

T - Strong grapefruit and light pine dominate Initally. There is a light sweet orange that comes in the middle of the beer. The finish is strong pine that lingers in the finish. Well balanced and only a light hint of the 7% ABV

MF - Medium carbonation with a creamy medium body. There is a slight resin residue that remains in the finish that helps the pine linger on

O - Solid west coast IPA that I could imagine drinking on a frequent basis if I had access to it. However, it is not outstanding enough for me to want to get some in the Midwest as its much easier to get a hold of Furious or Two-Hearted.

Photo of daveytheformer
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce poured into a nonic pint.

Pours golden amber with a thin foamy head that remains throughout.

Smells sweet and fruity like citrus. The hops are flowery and very present on the nose.

Tastes like pine and grapefuit citrus. Nice spicy bitter finish that doesn't overpower the overall flavor. Some sweet malt in there as well

Mouthfeel is medium and is nicely carbonated.

Overall a really good beer that I could drink a few of in a night for sure.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.27/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow...this is dark for an IPA...dark orange...almost like an Irish Red.
Aroma is definately IPA hops....clean citrus and very heavy pine...very pleasant and fresh.
Taste is sweet malt followed immediately by citrus hops then the evergreen....surprisingly fresh.
Finishes dry and citrus in the mouth.
Mouthfeel is maybe a little thin for type, but not much...nice carbonation but the bitterness thins out the feel rather than coating your tongue with resin and oils.
All in all a remarkable IPA ....very distinctive for me due to the strong evergreen/pine aroma and taste. Refreshing.
Could probably session this but at 7% don't want to try that tonight.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a semi-hazy golden orange with a white, finger width head. Average retention. Lacing is spotty at best.

Smell - Aroma consists of citrus notes, while lesser notes of pine, pineapple, and caramel malt undertones come into play.

Taste - Starts with a strong caramel flavor, then big citrus hop notes come into play, hitting on orange, grapefruit and a touch of lemon. Moderate pine follows through near the finish, then fades with caramel malt sweetness and a touch of orange pith.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with lively carbonation. Slick, goes down smooth and finishes a touch on the dry side.

Overall - This is an excellent IPA. Lots of hop character backed by a solid caramel malt backbone. I could drink this all night and not get tired of it.

Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The full savoury hop leaf in abundance,above average mouthfeel. What this means is piney, resiny, a tad astringent. Grapefruit from the West Coast hops. A very good English style IPA. Orange colouring and good hop aroma to boot. Thanks to Captain Couger.
4.5 years later I had this on tap and it hit the spot with very good hoppiness, drinkability, upraded rating.

Photo of ojclark
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at the Toronado, 1/3/08. Very fruity aroma with lots of malt (mainly toasty) character and some caramelly, butterscotch notes. Good clarity. Very nice off-white head with great retention. Nice flavors of toasty malt with a mellow hoppiness and bitterness. Slight caramel favor. Some fruitiness and citrus/pine hop notes in finish. Yeastiness apparent in background. Medium-full body with moderately low carbonation and a smooth lingering bitterness in the finish. This was a vey good cask beer.

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, thanks to Lothore and the Beerfest BIF

appearance: pours into a Great Dane imperial pint glass, clear straw-orange body with a sudsy white head and some decent lacing

smell: strong hop profile, bitterness noted, pine and spruce, sweet malty notes. Good nose

taste: not as flavourful as the nose would indicate in my opinion. taste is primarily hop driven with a big pine kick and moderate bitterness, lots of malt sweetness provides a solid base. pretty strong english ipa

mouthfeel: smooth and moderately bitter

drinkability: good

Photo of Fatehunter
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

One finger of head on a medium straw colored body.
An aroma of lemon and grapefruit, really nice.
The taste is lemon with a strong grapefruit balanced with a good malt backbone.
The texture is soft with moderate carbonation and medium body.
A solid and above average IPA.

Photo of MiScusi
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's Delirium Cafe in Pasadena, CA. Golden in color with a nice fluffy cap. The smell is really floral, perfumy. The taste starts out with some sweet citrus and develops into a bitter earthy and floral type of hoppiness. It really lingers on that back half of the sip and hits you pretty hard on the palate. When fresh this is a really good hoppy IPA. The body was pretty light too, and had a good dryness to it.

Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to Bubba83 for the bottle.

Pours a hazy deep gold with 1 1/2 fingers of creamy off-white head. Retains down to about half that, leaving thick swathes of lace behind. The aroma is a lively mix of piney hops, spice, some pretty prominant citrus notes, and sweet malt.

The taste is similar to the aroma profile with the hop bitterness feeling subdued at first but then I realize that it's actually quite pronounced based on the bitterness in the finish. It just feels more subtle because of the excellent balance job from all the backing citrus and malt sweetness. The mouthfeel has a light medium feel that is immensely easy and creamy going down.

I enjoyed this. It had the feel of an English IPA but definitely posessed a little West Coast American pop to give it some personality. And don't even get me started on the drinkibility of this guy. I just wish that I had had another to follow up this bottle with.

Photo of Troyone
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have seen Drakes beers as guest beers at brewpubs around the Bay Area. Never tried it at a brewpub, why drink a guest beer when you can drink a house beer? Since the brewery now bottles their beer and sell it at B & M I had to buy a six pack and try it.
Pours an amber copper root beer color with an eighth inch head and lots of carbonation.
The smell is hoppy with an evidence pine and grapefruit aroma.
The malt taste has some sweetness of toasted caramel with a great slightly nutty licorice after taste that fades away to the pine, grapefruit, and lime hoppiness flavor.
The mouthfeel has a slightly syrupy feel with medium carbonation throughout.
The drinkability is great maybe I should drink the guest beers at brewpubs once in a while.

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Drake's IPA from Drake's Brewing Co.
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