Drake's IPA - Drake's Brewing Co.

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Drake's IPADrake's IPA

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very good

208 Reviews
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Reviews: 208
Hads: 484
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 22
Gots: 44 | 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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Photo of yemenmocha
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange to amber color with slight haze, and generous white head. Nose is fresh fruity with clearly identifiable orange. On the palate there's a healthy balance of biscuity malt to the citrusy hops. Medium to full bodied, not easy drinking but not challenging either - perhaps because it comes across as fuller bodied than many IPAs. (341 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of flexabull
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of Floydster
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
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 (1,756 characters)

Photo of beerguy101
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (348 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.56/5  rDev +15.4%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of Overlord
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
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 (282 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (460 characters)

Photo of grub
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (666 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of Offa
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

This is a good, solid IPA, not great, lacking in complexity and a bit too dry for my taste.

Dark gold, medium off-white head soon shrinks to foamy ring.

Aroma is musty raisins, toast, wet bread and hay, grass, cat pee, hint of grapefruit.

Taste is dryish with light but dominant hop character, very lightly on the bitter side, mostly due to lack of sweetness not because the bitterness is really strong. Hints of musty raisin, bread, grapefruit. (449 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
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. (992 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
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 (465 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Goofy plastic label on the glass bottle touts the GABF golg medal.

Pours with a hazy ochre orange topped with a spotty thick beige head cap leaving decent lace in the glass.

Scents are big with a blanace of grainy hops and thick orange peel and lemon citrus.

First swigs: Solig grainy malt balances the orange peel and citrus blend. Some dusty bitterness and tea like astringency.

crisp feel with a dry bitter finish. This is a mouth parcher. (457 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've got a tough job. Property management in beverly hills has to be the easiest job ever. The scarey part is it pays well. Dont ya'll come running down here either ITS MINE ALL MINE..hahaaaa....Ok on to the beer. I'm currently sipping on drake's IPA that I picked up at the bevMo in west hollywood. Its a twelve ounce bottle with the Gold medal from the 2002 great american beer festival on the neck of the bottle. The appearance solid. Nice copper color, with a slightly cloudy look, nice head with creamy lacing, very inviting. The mouthfeel is so rich and creamy with nice fine carbonation. A big bold hoppy taste, yet enough malt to balance it a bit. Damn this beer is gooood. Maybe its because I'm drinking it at work that makes it so great...nah its damn good. time for another. Back to the grind. (804 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra from a trade with mjl21...thanks Mike. Trying new beers is like a gift from God.

A- Poured into a pint glass. Nice quater inch head that when it got a little air seemed to jump up to half an inch before coming back down rather quickly. Nice clear golden amber color. Lacing seems to stick pretty good on the sides of this glass.

S- Nice floral piney hop smell. Nothing too overpowering just a nice mellow smell. The malts seems to overpower the hops a little bit more. There isn't anything wrong with that though. I think this beer is going to speak for itself when I taste it.

T- This is a nice easy going IPA in my book. I think it leans more over to a PA than a IPA but good never the less. The malts come through just as much as the hops which is a nice bitter taste at the end. I keep on tripping up on that faint metallic taste though everytime I take another drink. It's not terrible but kind of different.

M- Very medium body in my opinion. Just enough bubbles to tickle my tastebuds as it makes it way down my throat. Pleasant with little over the top bitterness.

D- If I could get rid of the little metallic taste then this would be a perfect sessionable IPA. I was surprised at it not being over the top with a lot of west coast beers that I have had in the past couple of weeks. It's a nice change from what had seemed to be becoming the norm. (1,383 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass. Color was honey caramel. Tons of head, which I don’t think I can say is a bad pour. This is the second Drake I’ve had in two days where I opened a regular bottle and the foam just started coming out. Anyway, probably four fingers of head. Thick frothy lacing on the top. Some film on the sides, still along the lines of the lacing - frothy and cloudy.

Smelled more like a pale ale than an IPA. Once again it reminded me of Drake’s 1500 pale ale. Got some citrus notes and some sweetness.

On the taste, once again I’m back to the Drake’s 1500 pale ale. It tastes very similar, just a bit stronger. This is so smooth. Slightly bitter finish, but still good. Some caramel notes and some sweet notes.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Lively (above average) carbonation. Long finish.

Just a good beer. Smooth and consistent. (877 characters)

Photo of marc77
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Auburn hue, with good clarity save a trace haze. Notions of pine needle and candied lemon zest dominate the aroma. Secondary hints of medium lovibond caramel. Clean and enticing aromawise. Upfront in flavor is a malt driven combination of biscuit and light toffee, followed by a brusque note of piney hop. Hop bitterness is mollified by the supple, but simple malt backbone, and thus bitterness seems subdued for a west coast IPA. Mid palate pine diminishes and clement tangerine hints arise welcomely. Medium bodied, with a soft, nearly creamy mouthfeel from the combination of ample dextrins and lighter than average carbonation. Finishes with a snap of wort - like sweetness yielding to fleeting notes of pleasantly bitter citrus rind. An excellent, well - rounded IPA with a pleasant malt profile. Superbly drinkable as a result. (833 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fartingdog for this bottle, an extra in our recent trade. Dropped off on my doorstep this morning, in my belly this evening.

The appearance is quite dark, a deep amber, like a plum. The head is a nice 1/2 inch to begin with before it settles to a coating foam. Pleasant aroma of piney hops dominates, and they are very sweet and citrusy. I took in several whiffs. The tangy citrus hops come through strongly in the flavor, with a note of caramel too from the malt. Slightly dry, the tangy bitterness in the finish intensifies with each sip. Medium bodied, with a great smoothness. The carbonation creates a light foaminess helping to coat the palate.

I'm not as familiar with English IPA's as I am American ones, but after drinking this I didn't see much difference, probably because this English example was made in California. Either way, it was quite tasty, with plenty of hop flavor for my enjoyment. Highly quaffable... (942 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a orange copper with an almost honey like color. A 3 finger soapy white head that leaves a fingers worth of foam behind.

S - Bitter citrus, earthy and piney hops with a bit of a sweet malt background.

T - Citrus, pine and grapefruit with moderate bitterness and a nice sweet caramel that balances well against the hops.

M - Medium body and smooth with a linger sweetness and biterness.

D - Best English IPA I have tried so far. Nicely balanced. (458 characters)

Photo of magictrokini
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (259 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (659 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A clean copper pour with 2 fingers of head leaving behind great amount of lacing. Grapefruit, pine, and caramel on the nose.. Citrusy sweet smell.
A lovely mellow citrusy/piney/grapefruit hop flavor blends in nicely with the caramel and bready flavors from the grain bill.
A lighter medium body beer with a good amount of carbonation makes this one very easy to drink.
Overall this is an excellent ipa. Very easy to drink and nicely hopped. The abv is a little high to be sessionable, but I can see someone doin so with this beer. (531 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (768 characters)

Drake's IPA from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.