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Drake's IPA - Drake's Brewing Co.

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Drake's IPADrake's IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

406 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 23
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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:
"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."

(Beer added by: drewbage on 06-09-2003)
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Libeerty

California

5/5  rDev +28.9%

07-19-2014 20:27:53 | More by Libeerty
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yeahhhhhhrvca

California

5/5  rDev +28.9%

11-15-2011 07:22:33 | More by yeahhhhhhrvca
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Rocketman8911

California

5/5  rDev +28.9%

08-26-2012 23:31:50 | More by Rocketman8911
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WebMan

California

5/5  rDev +28.9%

02-13-2014 03:10:03 | More by WebMan
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xmorgan

California

4.9/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 09:16:50 | More by xmorgan
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TheLiterati

California

4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 it’s a novel way to show off this IPA’s 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, that’s good to the last hoppy drop.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2004 00:12:29 | More by TheLiterati
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elNopalero

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2013 06:58:53 | More by elNopalero
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 00:22:17 | More by RoyalT
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Troyone

California

4.5/5  rDev +16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2003 06:00:46 | More by Troyone
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hanlonrn


4.5/5  rDev +16%

07-11-2012 19:27:43 | More by hanlonrn
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Schoonerorlater

California

4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 02:12:31 | More by Schoonerorlater
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GClarkage

California

4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2004 22:05:44 | More by GClarkage
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drunkheathen

California

4.5/5  rDev +16%

03-27-2014 21:08:45 | More by drunkheathen
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pandatron

California

4.5/5  rDev +16%

06-04-2014 05:12:04 | More by pandatron
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JulianGonda


4.5/5  rDev +16%

07-02-2014 21:42:11 | More by JulianGonda
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Swervine44

California

4.5/5  rDev +16%

11-21-2012 06:27:11 | More by Swervine44
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BigV

California

4.5/5  rDev +16%

07-03-2014 17:25:06 | More by BigV
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rudedude985

California

4.5/5  rDev +16%

07-06-2014 01:02:22 | More by rudedude985
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Unchi

California

4.5/5  rDev +16%

04-13-2013 02:26:21 | More by Unchi
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Hopster916

California

4.5/5  rDev +16%

08-25-2013 16:39:27 | More by Hopster916
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pjwilson

California

4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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....)

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2006 08:28:28 | More by pjwilson
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SkinnyElvis

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2006 02:24:15 | More by SkinnyElvis
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrived with a finger's worth of thick, foamy, off-white head with excellent retention. Color was a medium amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a combination of pine and citrus, almost resinous. Mouthfeel was silky smooth with a very piney hops bite scrubbing away at my palate. Finish lingered with hops, but more citrusy than pine. This was a perfect example of why everyone should experience cask beer at least once.

Serving type: cask

12-24-2009 20:34:28 | More by woodychandler
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Floydster

California

4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle purchased as part of a six pack from Eddie's new store in El Segundo on the corner of Mariposa and Virginia for $9.69, poured into my Port Brewing pint glass

A-Amber color with an obvious orange look, small 1/2 inch soapy white head, stuck around for close to two minutes, some retention, nice lacing at first

S-Piney hoppiness, floral accents, lemons, oranges, grapefruit, bread, sweet malt, grassy accents, and herbal notes

T-My dad kept going on and on about this beer's flavor so it was time I saw it was all about for myslef, starts off with a hoppy flavor that is a nice mix between citrus notes and pines, sweet bready malt in the middle that was pretty chewy for an IPA, finish was dry with more hops, only change over time was the citrus coming out more and the brew becoming slightly sweeter, lots of grapefruit and lemon, kept a nice crisp taste even when it warmed, although it does taste better cold, great balance and very enjoyable

M-Dry, chewy, and crisp mouthfeel, medium body, lots of carbonation, taste lingered for a few minutes after each sip, a little citrusy towards the end as it got sweeter too

D-Could drink three or four of these no problem, probably even a six pack, would make a nice session beer even though it is seven percent, alcohol is hidden, nice smoothness, light on the stomach

This one definitely deserved its gold medal and I usually do not agree with many of these awards, probably the best IPA I have tasted from NorCal with the exception of the Pliny twins, this gave some India pale ales from my neck of the woods a good run for their money, will probably be drinking a fair amount of this in the summer, not to mention it is available a whole half block from my parent's house, recommended

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 04:49:48 | More by Floydster
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Halcyondays

California

4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bomber,

A: Pours amber with a medium white head, good head retention and lace.

S: Grapefruit, cantaloupe melon, assorted citrus, good nose.

T: Some straight malt flavour, but gets hoppy fast. Grapefruit, lemons, pine, easy going hop flavour, but it can beat you up if you're not careful. The hop character is robust and powerful but super easy drinking, the best of both worlds.

M: Medium-bodied, crisp and refreshing with a long hoppy aftertaste which is always nice.

O: An easily available IPA which happens to be really good and doesn't get enough respect. I don't know why it's been such a long time since I've had this. One of the steals in CA IPA price-wise.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 05:05:34 | More by Halcyondays
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Drake's IPA from Drake's Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.