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Drake's IPA - Drake's Brewing Co.

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Drake's IPADrake's IPA

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very good

212 Reviews
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Reviews: 212
Hads: 499
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 15.56%
Wants: 24
Gots: 54 | 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: 212 | Hads: 499
Photo of beagle75
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft pour into a shaker pint at Beachwood BBQ.

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of fine white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Caramel and dark citrus fruit, with a hard mineral edge.

T: Begins off-dry, with dominant piney hop aromatics back-lit by crystal malt and moderate acidity. Bitterness surges into the middle, displaying the quality of grapefruit peel and significant astringency. Flavors dry out somewhat by the finish, where moderate bitterness persists with a quality that reminds of mildly-spiced chiles. A faint whiff of alcohol is occasionally detected toward the finish as well.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly resinous on the palate, with low carbonation.

D: This beer has been re-cast as an American IPA (formerly listed as an English-style IPA) and the shift is entirely appropriate. In typical Drake's fashion, it is a fairly restrained attempt at a West-Coast IPA that misses the mark on account of astringency issues. Its nod to hop and malt balance results in an amber appearance and sensory qualities comparable to Ballast Point's Big Eye IPA. It is possible to understand why an old bottle with a faded hop presence would come across as a more malt-forward and traditional representative of the style.

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Photo of Celtics17
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This IPA has most of my favorite hops. It has a nice basic IPA touch. Some nice floral notes, but very heavy malt character over the hops. Some tropical fruit notes. Very little if any pine or grapefruit. Drinkable IPA, but lacking that extra something to take it up. Love a lot of their IPA's, but their year round IPA lacks character.

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Photo of codfeast
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle to pint.

A: Deep gold (just like the bottle says) thick, fluffy 1" head.

S: lemon, pinesol, sweet cream.

T: A little citrus then hops all the way thru the finish, not picking up any malt at all.

M: Medium carbination, oily finish.

O: It's a good IPA, not really balanced but no hops overkill.

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Photo of morimech
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Classified as an English IPA yet there is nothing English about it in aroma or flavor. Looks terrific once poured with its deep amber color and large head that has excellant retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Hoppy aroma, (this is where this beer takes a definate West Coast tilt) with citrus notes, mostly grapefruit. Not picking up anything from the malt. The flavor likewise is dominated by citrus hops. Bitterness is moderate. Alcohol is evident in the finish as the unusually high ABV is testament. Has a slightly sweet flavor. Overall not very British. Has a very good body. Medium bodied and nice carbonation. Gives a nice smooth, soft texture. A beer that is not very British nor a beer hopheads would find hoppy enough. Overall I enjoyed this offering but it was not what I was expecting.

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Photo of BrewtifulMind
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. Bottle

This pours a hazy copper color with minimal head that dissipates pretty quickly. Tiny spots of lace left behind. Smells of grassy hops with a peach hint to it. Taste is bitter hops up front with a malty backbone, also citrus hints to be found. Mouthfeel is good, nice carbonation, leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. Overall its a pretty solid brew, something I would get again.

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Photo of mattdavis452
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy, foggy, orange amber hues. From the bottle it pours a fairly fine head that doesn't lace, it coats.

S: More than just notes of hops in the smell, but nothing overpowering by any means.

T: Bitter, but surprisingly I remember Sierra Nevada Pale Ale to be more bitter than this. I have been growing accustomed to IPAs, and this one certainly makes it easier, especially in the taste department. However, I could not give it the most positive taste mark, since I think that the hops do dumb down the other flavors that may be hidden.

M: Not crisp. It's sort of a dull mouthfeel. It's like you can feel the head dulling the beer; it may be crisp were it not for the well-developed head.

D: Lower drinkability factor. I wouldn't consider IPAs to be session beers, and this is a case example of my theory on this matter.

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Photo of DUBinMIA
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

orange almost brown huge very clear with thick foamy head about 3 in with very good retention and lots of lace

smell is of hops... floral and pine notes the citrus hops come out towards the end.

lots of hop flavor.... bitter pine with some sap like taste. pretty good. little malt flavor towards the end to finish smoother that the start but the bite of hops lingers.

medium body with low carbonation

overall a good IPA that if you get the chance you def. want to try!!! Thanks to John for the nice extra!!!!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine, half finger white head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma malt forward with caramel malt with moderate piney and citrus hops, lightly floral. Flavor follows with caramel malt, citrus, grassy hops with light pine; finishes with grapefruit rind, mildly resinous piney and grassy hops. Medium bodied with active carbonation. Nice malt body and robustly hops, but little herbal hop flavor although plenty of residual hop resin in the the finish. In a crowded field, a middle of the pack IPA that I would drink happily if offered, but not one I would seek out.

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Photo of gatornation
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a light copper color with an off white head thin lacing is present and a fresh cap thru-out
S- more malt then hops faint crisp pine and some citrus aromas a little cracker meal smell
T- light but nice hops first of pine followed by some grapefruit and melon again malts fight thru and win the battle here
M-smooth and mellow on the hops but they are there medium carbonation
O- tasty IPA which leans more on the malty than hoppy side still i liked this one

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Photo of MDDMD
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-medium amber color with a decent off-white dad and some lacing

S-bready malt, hint of sweetness, citrus, pine, earthy

T-grapefruit, malt, light caramel, pine, earthy, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-decent IPA, definite west coast style

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Photo of SteveO1231
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pres: Very elaborate, Came in a plastic covered 12 oz. Pictures of sailing ships and a "Gold Medal Winner" wraped around the bottle neck as if it had just won an Olympic event.

Pours a murky Orange/Rust color, faint ring of white foam floats on the endge og my glass. Generous carbonation.

Aroma: Big aroma of malts citrus fruit and hops, hits the nostrils more like a barley wine than an IPA.

Taste: Nice English malt flavor, sweet with hints of raisin, caramel and toffee, transitions nicely to a mild floral hoppiness and then quickley fades into a citrusy bitter finish that leaves a dry tang on the palate that makes me want another sip.

This one is very balanced and really delicious. Very nice brew


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Photo of SwillinBrew
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hollingshead

A - a slight cloudy bronze apricot with a feinger of stucco white head. Let a nice lace.
S - Citrus rinds of orange and grapefruit with some floral hints.
T - A good dose of pine and citrus hit your palate and lead to a somewhat sweet bitterness. A little complex, very nicely done.

I prefer a bit more hop presence in my IPA's, but this one is good. Solid carbonation and good feel on the palate.

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Photo of DrJay
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as part of BC2. Thanks fartingdog!
This one poured a hazy orange colour with a thin, light beige cap of foam. Good head retention with some nice stickage. The aroma was predominantly hoppy (lots of pine, grapefruit, and citrus rind) with some caramel rounding it out. Moderate bitterness with a big citrusy flavour and solid malty caramel backbone. It thinned out a bit by the finish, but there was still plenty of floral character and a bit of hop spiciness. Medium/light bodied with moderate carbonation that gave it a spritzy finish. Good balance overall. Hops were up front, but weren't overwhelming. My only (slight) complaint was the flavour thinning a bit by the end. Other than that, very solid, and an easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of SABERG
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.
A - Copper colored, strong carbonation yields a big white snow cap.
S - Deciduous hop profile, a nice treat in the sea of tropical' s these days, a bit of biscuit and the slightest hint of mint.
T - Pine forest delight, strong malt base fights it out with this wonderful hop profile.
F - A bit light n body but the carbonation keeps everything crisp.
O - I enjoyed this quite a bit, a through back to earlier IPAs when a bit of malt and pine was the way to go.

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Photo of goldendenizen
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A local brew that did nobody wrong. My wallet likes it too.

A: great lacing and very golden brown

T: Definitely doughy and malty with of course hoppiness. This is my compromise bt IPA and malt forward beer. A great IPA for a weekend night.

M: Excellent carbonation and flavor. Again, solid lacing.

O: Not your Mercedes Benz of IPAs but a solid go getter. Perhaps Subaru or Toyota?
I love to support local breweries and their quality efforts. Yes, still kind to my wallet as well.

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Photo of Spikester
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First Drake's brews I have seen up here in Beervanna. Pours a golden amber with a dense but small off white head. Bubbles are hanging in there and creating a good amount of lacing.
Smell is potent fruity floral hops and some biscuit dough.
Taste is rich bitter hops some pine and grapefruit rind. Malts are plentiful for an IPA.
Mouthfeel is quite full for the style and carbonation is very good. Finishes medium dry and slightly bitter.
Overall a fine West Coast IPA from a brewer I had not heard of. I am looking forward to enjoying more of their products. Fine brew Drake's.

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Photo of litheum94
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottling dates.

Clear, bronze body, one-finger, orange tinted head. Thick and sticky.

Strong grapefruit and pine aromas, with some brown sugar in there as well. Biscuit malts.

Juicy tangerine and grapefruit tartness. Malts pop up mid-palate, with caramel and brown sugar. The finish has a decent bitterness with pine needle flavors.

A nice drinking IPA and pretty tasty. I do actually prefer their pale ale over this, but it's still a solid brew.

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Photo of mikechance
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of an assortment of beers I grabbed up at a local Whole Foods Market in Pasadena. Came in a cellophaned 12oz bottle that was shrink-wrapped. Poured into an imperial pint glass.
Appearance was pretty impressive, with a dark amber color and a firm 1" tall off-white head that slowly faded, leaving some nice lace behind.
The smell had an earthy malt aroma, a light caramel note, a touch of woodiness, and a dominant aroma of citrusy, floral hops. The taste had a mild tea-like flavor and oakiness edging in on the caramel malt flavor. Also a light nutty taste mid-palate. The hops burst forth with a mainly citrus rind flavor with a touch of pine needle. The feel was light and a bit on the thin side.
Overall, I'd say Drake's IPA is a cross between an American IPA and the English version. Drake's has that woody, tannic bite that I've detected in nearly every English IPA I've tried. Not a bad brew, but I'm more fond of the bolder West Coast varieties.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Glass - Pint

A - Mega hazy orange color, can't see through this one, produced a 1-finger head, kinda soapy, retention seems to be good for the little head that it produced. Left some spotty/splashy lace here & there.

S - Picked up a wonderfully fresh aroma as I started to pour it. I get the tropical fruit medley, mango, pineapple, a bit of grapefruit, followed by a very balancing aroma of sappy pine notes. A bit of biscuit, it's got a pretty potent sugary/caramel/syrupy like quality to it for sure.

T - Big toasted notes upfront, caramelized sugars, toast, caramel, molasses, unfolding into soft layers of sap, pine, candied/dried fruit, caramel, then a bit of mango & pronounced bitterness towards the finish. Wow, this beer is comes in flavorful layers, just a warning though, it's pretty damn sweet & syrupy like, although it carry's an almost balancing bitterness that lingers very well.

M - Very syrupy, soft Co2 bite, very smooth, around full bodied for sure.

D - This IPA is very very good! It's got allot going on in both smell & taste, good bitterness, but because of the high sugary/syrupy combo of it, I gotta say I wouldn't have more than 2 pints at one moment, it would become too damn sweet. I loved the toasted notes of this beer, I'll definitely buy this one again, I recommend it. Cheers!

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Photo of WestValleyIPA
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with no date into a Pinot Noir glass. This is really one of the best looking beers I've ever seen. Just pure fluff. 2 fingers of vanilla salt water taffy colored head. Just about the best retention I've seen in some time. Great lacing. Smells a bit like tea (hard to tell if it's old, due to the lack of dating, but my guess is, it is.) Some citrus and pine. Caramelish and chocolate malt smell coming through. Some rich nutty earthy malt coming through. Pine in my face. Nice bitter drying finish. Creamy crisp mouthfeel. Drinkable, but I don't think I'd wanna knock out more than 2 or so of these.

Edit: Every time I swirl this bad boy, I get some long lasting sea-foam head. I'm starting to think, reading the reviews that this isn't old, just a malt-freakin-bomb.

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Photo of Prufrock
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pilsner.

slightly hazy orange golden. thin white head that leaves some strings of lace.

sugary malt aroma with a nice mix of hops. pineapple, citrus, and gummi candy.

very drinkable. medium carbonation and a medium body; balanced at the start and a nice hoppy finish. ABV is approaching DIPA territory, but it definitely doesn't come off like one. nothing incredible or mind-blowing, but a nice, drinkable, every-day IPA.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle from Bristol Farms Palm Springs CA for 3$

Appearance - Clear amber/copper with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, apricots, pineapple

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some peach, resin, and pineapple. It ends with a malty yet fruity aftertaste with a hit of hop bitterness.

Overall – Kind of like a east coast meets west coast IPA. It reminds me a bit of a smuttynose finest kind to some extent mixed with a lagunitas IPA. My first beer from this brewer and very good stuff.

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Photo of willjschmidt
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Medium-dark amber color with a light tan head.

S: Standard IPA aromas of citrus and pine.

T: A very interesting IPA. The hops are up front followed by a fruity middle with the slightly bitter hops bringing up the rear. The interesting thing is that throughout the experience there is a solid malty backbone. Because of this the taste of the hops is rather subdued compared to the standard West Coast IPA.

M: Nice mouthfeel; smooth, creamy and well balanced between the malt and the bitter hops.

D: Very drinkable beer. I could easily put down a few of these. It's smooth, well balanced, tasty, and easy to drink.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 4/25/13

Cheers to magictacosinus for sending me a couple of these

Appearance: Pours mostly clear, slight chill haze, medium amber color - bright orange with some deep gold highlights when held up to the light - small, off-white head, fades to a nice little cap, nice retention - leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Nice range of hops - an interesting combination of citrus and pine - orange and grapefruit flesh, zest, and some pith - some dry and spicy pine - herbal and grassy notes - pale with a lot of caramel malts - some toasty and toffee notes

Taste: Juicy and bitter - juicy, bitter grapefruit flesh and pith - dry pine and some resin - spicy, herbal, and grassy notes - nice level of bitterness - somewhat unique malt profile, with some caramel and caramelized malts, toffee - nice level of sweetness thanks to crystal malts

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation, smooth with a pithy, bitter aftertaste

Overall: I'm going going, back back, to Cali Cali

This screams West Coast. Aggressive, bitter, and hoppy. There is some balance here, though, with a rather unique malt profile. It's not the best IPA I've ever had, but I'm glad I had a chance to try it.

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Drake's IPA from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.