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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
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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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mhaugo

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

01-15-2012 16:06:48 | More by mhaugo
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BGsWo22

New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%

08-09-2013 01:14:45 | More by BGsWo22
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle split in line at FFF XV Party.

A - Pours a orange/amber color, white head, thin collar, wisps.

S - Light hoppy notes, malts, a bit bready. More English IPA then anything West Coast, but that's as-advertised.

T - Malts, light hops, light sweetness, bready. A nice level of sweetness and hops from an English IPA...can't complain.

M - Light, good carbonation, clean finish.

O - Decent but nothing mind-blowing. I've had other APA and IPA's from Drake's that I enjoyed much more. I would have again, but not really seek out.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 16:41:38 | More by Sean9689
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morimech

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 23:18:42 | More by morimech
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-25-2011 19:39:21 | More by Exiled
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harrymel

Washington

3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled unk.
Pours butter colored, a bit murky, solidly etched fine white surface. Smells dank, with citrus, pine, resin, coconut, pineapple, biscuity malt, Flavor is bitter, but still quite malty with a cracker like malt. Hops are plenty juicy with some tropical character, some more pine, some orange peel and a little honey. Medium bodied with moderately assertive carb and a wet finish. Nice beer, would drink again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 06:38:43 | More by harrymel
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scottfrie

California

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

A: Pours a clear golden-amber beneath a huge, greasy, thick, off-white mousse of a head that took forever to fade into a thick rocky film. Chunky patches of sticky lace was left down the glass.
S: A sweet and juicy grapefruit bomb with dominating citrus hops and a touch of pine. I get a note or two of caramel malt and a touch of toast.
T: Follows the nose with dominating flavors of grapefruit and orange followed by sweet caramel malt and toasted grains. The finish has a touch of pine and the aftertaste is full of lightly bitter and lingering citrus pith.
M: Medium-full body, soft and airy carbonation, greasy and oily mouthfeel.
O: A solid ipa and an all around good no-frills drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2010 02:26:46 | More by scottfrie
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flexabull

California

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber color with a nice looking white head.

Aromas are of fresh, bright, and bitter citrus fruits. As well as of sweet candies.

Tastes creamy and sweet. Flavors of hard fruit candies, citrus, and a tart bitter hoppy finish. Flavors are similar to an English IPA, but with a bit more of a kick, and certainly more hops.

Nice full mouthfeel, with good carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. Certainly not a favorite IPA of mine, and not sure if I would grab it again of the shelf. It's still a pretty good and interesting beer to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2007 03:08:18 | More by flexabull
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srandycarter

California

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a tulip

A - Pretty dark honey with white 1/3 inch head. Medium lacing.

S - Deep Hops and sweet malt, very promising.

T -Definite hop beer, small malt in front, hops take over, a little too bitter in the end.

M - Medium body, full carbonation (not excessive). Falls short, in the end.

D - It's definitely drinkable. Just wish not so bitter and a little fuller in the end, would score a lot higher.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2007 05:19:34 | More by srandycarter
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -22.7%

11-23-2011 23:02:38 | More by jenray
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ste5venla

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

10-28-2013 01:59:27 | More by ste5venla
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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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beerguy101

California

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hand Pump. Blonde orange gold color. No head. Aroma is floral hops. A medium bodied IPA. Malts are nutty, slightly fruity and sweet. Hops are juicy and floral with touch of lingering grapefruit in the aftertaste, Touch of wood. Well balanced. Very smooth. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and very smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Serving type: cask

08-11-2003 01:25:37 | More by beerguy101
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Overlord

California

3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not really my cup of tea, but I can appreciate what they were going for here.

Pours a murky, muted, hazy orange. Like no other IPA-esque beer I've ever seen. Thick white head that lasted a shockingly long time.

Smells earthy, piney, and ... a bit like listerine, IMHO. The taste is citrus and pine, but with none of the sweet grapefruit tropical notes that I like in IPAs. There is a bitter twang/astringency to it that I really don't particularly care for.

Mouthfeel is vicacious and lively.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 06:30:57 | More by Overlord
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mcallister

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber color with very thick impressions. Small white head fades away in a blur and leaves a bubbly ring in it's wake.

Lovely sweet malty aromas, hints of toffee, piney hop aromas lie underneath. Not an overly complex aroma but very salivating.

English in style all the way. Large amounts of toffeed malt with enough piney resiny hops to balance and add complexity. Not bursting with multiple flavors but big and full and satisfying. A damn good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 21:24:18 | More by mcallister
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled jan 19/08.

pours deep reddish copper colour with a small dense off-white head. the head drops slowly and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is great. bit of alcohol. orange and tangerine. bit of grapefruit. big biscuit and bready malt. bit of caramel sweetness.

taste is good. grapefruit. medium bitterness level. nice light orange and tangerine sweetness. bread and biscuit malt. bit of alcohol. hint of pine. light caramel.

mouthfeel is good. medium very smooth well integrated carbonation. medium body.

drinkability is good. well balanced. the nice citrus sweetness helps carry things and make it interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 18:28:45 | More by grub
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.7%

05-13-2013 22:48:12 | More by tommyguz
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beerpadawan

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

08-27-2012 16:33:17 | More by beerpadawan
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-12-2012 06:11:39 | More by mdillon86
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shelby415

Oregon

4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-25-2012 06:51:52 | More by shelby415
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KevMo84

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

05-28-2014 06:34:50 | More by KevMo84
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thatoneguymike

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

07-24-2014 22:48:51 | More by thatoneguymike
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper red body, topped by thick light beige foam which rose above the rim of the glass.

Big biscuit aroma, a surprise. Far more English than West Coast.

A fleeting semi-sweet beginning, quickly gives way to a big biscuit taste. Earthy hops bite at the swallow, which lingers on a bit.

Medium mouthfeel is quite satisfactory.

Alright drinkability, though the completion of one bottle does not necessarily bring about an intense desire for another.

Not what I expected, even for an Englsih leaning West Coast IPA, but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 17:05:14 | More by RonfromJersey
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Arbitrator

California

3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chilled 12oz bottle into a glass.

A: Poured a coppery orange color with slight haziness and active carbonation when held to the light. Poured with a HUGE foam head that managed to overflow the bomber-sized glass I poured into. Head was long-lived, and remained in substantial form through the end of the drink, with intricate ivy lacing down the glass.

S: Grapefruit and floral hops in equal measure. Could not really detect a malt presence in the nose, but toward the end of the beer, I finally smelled caramel.

T: Hops, front and center, with the acidic grapefruit taste providing a nice taste to the bitter floral hop selection. Caramel malt provides balance against those, resulting in a lively taste.

M: Medium bodied, with medium to high carbonation. Still manages a dry finish, and the ABV is well masked. A good show.

D: I prefer a stronger grapefruit component to my beers, but this was a solid little IPA, and I wouldn't hesitate to pick it up or get it on tap if I saw it.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 07:17:50 | More by Arbitrator
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright orange colour with huge white head and lots of lacing down the glass. Nice head retention. Smells of pine and citrus hops, but not a hop bomb. Not a ton of caramel malt backbone either, so it comes across as a bit weak overall. Still a pleasant IPA that I'm glad I tried.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 20:03:31 | More by kwjd
Drake's IPA from Drake's Brewing Co.
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