Drake's IPA - Drake's Brewing Co.
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 418 | Reviews: 202 | Display Reviews Only:
4.9/5 rDev +26.3%
Copper, Bitter, dry finish I love the grapefruit resin it leaves on may palate, making me aware of the top of my mouth.
This is a very decent smooth IPA, a little on the aggressive side, but still on this side of the fence in comparison to Stone IPA.
A. Coppy, nice lacing,
S: citrusy, but a get lactose as well, I tested severed times and got lactose as well. (I had no dairy today)
T: Smoth, citrusy bittners, finish is dry and leave ones upper jowls to dry in residual hemp oils.
M: Meadium to full body, Like a full body beer on a diet that is barely working, It could be larger here.
07-29-2012 09:16:50 | More by xmorgan
4.6/5 rDev +18.6%
Tried a six-pack of this on the recommendation of the beer guy at my local Whole Foods Market.
First time I think ever had a beer in a shrink-wrapped bottle, but I guess its a novel way to show off this IPAs award winning status as the 2002 GABF Gold Medal Winner.
The aroma immediately assaulted my olfactory (in a good way) as I poured the ale into my glass. My senses went into overdrive as the big hoppy aroma escaped from the bottle, filling my trusty tulip with a rich copper liquid. This one has a bouquet big enough to make wine tasters jealous.
Nice, smooth mouthfeel accented by layers of earthy flavors. Closes with a lingering but clean finish that makes you want more. I concur that this is a unexpectedly pleasant mingling of English and West Coast styles, thats good to the last hoppy drop.
10-18-2004 00:12:29 | More by TheLiterati
4.55/5 rDev +17.3%
Had this at a local coffee house. It’s always nice to have options!
Pours an amber tan in color with tight foam. Citrus aroma, dominated by grapefruit with some floral notes and a bit of grapefruit zest. The flavor has a pleasing bitterness, warming almost, full of grapefruit notes, freshly squeezed grapefruit, and just a touch of piney dryness. Nice finish. Really terrific IPA in a sea of tasty IPAs.
02-21-2013 06:58:53 | More by elNopalero
4.5/5 rDev +16%
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.
04-15-2010 00:22:17 | More by RoyalT
4.5/5 rDev +16%
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.
12-29-2003 06:00:46 | More by Troyone
4.5/5 rDev +16%
a- beautiful cooper red. BIG white foamy head. Plenty of lacing. You can spot that it's a classic interpretation of a West Coast IPA just from the way it looks alone.
s-piney and citrusy through and through, again the things we've come to expect from a WC IPA.
t-powerful yet balanced hop bomb! There's grapefruit, lemon, and pine in the front with a malt backbone on the back end. sensational.
m- fairly heavy and enjoyable. i wanted those flavors to stay on my palate for good!
o- a well crafted WC IPA. familiar yet not old hat. I mean this in the best possible way: when I tasted it, it felt like I've had it before. (Full disclosure- I am a huge wc hop head.) I look forward to my next Drake's!
04-09-2013 02:12:31 | More by Schoonerorlater
4.5/5 rDev +16%
12/09/04- Purchased at Jackson's Wine and Spirits in Lafayette, CA
Presentation- 12 oz bottle poured into my Moylan's pint glass.
No freshness date to be found. Nice celophane time label on the bottle.
Appearance- Very nice golden pour with a inch plus head, and very nice lacing.
Smell- Lots of hops going on here. Grapefruit, pine and hops. Very nice scent.
Taste- Yummy beer in the mold of El Toro. Pretty damn hoppy with lots of citrus flavors. Pretty bitter also.
Mouthfeel- Nicely carbonated, felt a tad bit thick, alomost like a double IPA.
Drinkability- Excellent beer that I will seek out again in the future.
12-11-2004 22:05:44 | More by GClarkage
4.5/5 rDev +16%
appearance: forgot the p in ipa? folks we have ourselves an irish red here. nice head and it's got that hop haze look, always means alot hops coming. but not even light amber, it's dark red. badass lacing brings it up a notch.
smell: nice oily hops, but for me a break from the norm as well. more grapefruit than pine. despite the dark red color, no malts squek through.
taste: gold medal eh? wow, this is pretty $#@^!#% good! label recomends drinking this cold and thats what i'm doing. there is some real balance going on here. getting a huge grapefruit blast of hops up front, with an awsome irish red like malt character. the bitterness is very, very mellow, but it's not missed at all here. alcohol resonates in belly not in mouth, they made this one dangerous.
mouthfeel: just sort of made to glide down the throat, super light without being watery. god i hate when beers are cut with water, no worries here.
drinkablitly: too drinkable for 7 percent, just too damn drinkable. so easy to drink it's dumb. mabey because it's good cold?(haven't had a bottle warm yet)
this beer is like if you mixed bigfoot and an irish red. a break from the norm on ipa's and color be damned. (and yet another world class brewery from norcal to explore. sigh....)
03-17-2006 08:28:28 | More by pjwilson
4.47/5 rDev +15.2%
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.
11-27-2006 02:24:15 | More by SkinnyElvis
Drake's IPA from Drake's Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 418 ratings.