Drake's IPA - Drake's Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 208
Hads: 484
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 22
Gots: 43 | 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 mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another new one I was sent as an extra recently. I have had a number of their regular lineup but this one was new to me. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this was consumed on 11/04/2009.
The pour was solid, nice dark amber in color with a rich head of white creeping up and over the top quite nicely. As it settled in some good lacing formed on the sides and the bottom of the glass. Aroma of light citrus, orange mostly with a nice touch of fresh grapefruit like notes to it. Nice mixture up front I have to admit. As it warmed some buttery notes start to come out and the caramel malts really start to show off. Nice medium feel was almost chewy at times. Rich notes of hops are offset well by the caramel and biscuit like flavors mid palate. Nice balance here and nothing is really dominating over one an other, really comes across as a solid pale ale for me. No hint of abv and a nice dry finish led this one to be very drinkable and really just completely solid all around.
Overall I would gladly have another and really think they have done some nice things here with this one. (1,102 characters)

Photo of bcm119
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber with a long lasting white froth.

Soft cookie-like malt aroma balanced by piney hops. Fairly chewy malt backbone with plenty of bittering hops; finishing hops are more pine and herbs than grapefruit. Normally I'd think this is too malty for an IPA, but the yeast they use seems to downplay any fruitiness in the malt and this ends up being a beautifully balanced IPA. The bready malt doesn't get in the way of the complex hop bill in this one. It does have some English qualities but the hops are all west coast. On cask, this is a deeply complex, malty IPA.

One of my top 3 local favorite IPAs, behind Moonlight and Racer 5. (637 characters)

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

A - lightish brown with hints of amber, off white head that settles to a thick ring around the beer. tight lacing.

S - floral, citrus, pine, resins, caramel

T - the resiny pine flavor dominates with a strong amount of bitterness and a caramel sweetness that finishes strong in the end.

M - thick and chewy not a lot of carbonation which i like for this kind of IPA

D - at 7% it's tasty but not an all nighter. Very tasty IPA. (429 characters)

Photo of mattffrost
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into glass.

Beer is a cloudy muddy brown while the head is a light bronish color. Head is thick and foamy with very good rentention. Good stickness on the glass.

Smells of carmel, molasses, slight citrus, pine.

Taste is very pungent and strong. Very bitter IPA. I would say more of a heavy IPA that is strong and less refreshing than other good ones I have had. Some sweetness in the taste. I like it but just a little to much for me.

Beer is tangy with not a lot of carbonation in the mouth.

One or two of these in a sitting is plenty. (556 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky dark orangish brown color with a small but dense cap of light-tan foam. Aroma is of bay laurel, lemons, oranges, and pine with a little bit of cookieish malt influence. Malt flavor is part caramel and part dark breads. Hops come through up front with sweeter citric notes and then in the finish with an astringent herbal bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty nice. Even carbonation and appropriate body. (403 characters)

Photo of popery
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dusky gold-amber liquid with a nice creamy head that leaves a good amount of lacing down the sides of the glass and a healthy cap on the beer.

S: Caramel, biscuit for malt, and the hops are floral, herbal and somewhat citric. Bigger hop presence than one would normally expect from an English IPA.

T: Good bitterness, good malt. It's a tasty beer, but it's really edging toward American IPA territory, rather than English. The hops are fairly dominant and there are very likely some American hops in the recipe. The malt has some English flavor, but it's mostly overwhelmed by the hops. Still quite good.

M: Good. Relatively oily with hop essence. Not much alcohol presence. Bitter, nearly astringent, finish.

D: Very drinkable if you like hops. It tastes like a mix of British and American hops, however it's the British-leaning malt that really has me coming back for more. (882 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 JamesP123
2.82/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought a six pack from Bevmo. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug.

A. Light brown and kinda Orangy-Amber. All the beers had a HUGE white head. Even with a soft pour the head billowed over the top after 3/4 of the our. Solid 1/2 - 1 inch of foam looked like whip cream floated through the finsh of the beer. Heavily carbinated.

S. Fruity, citrusy: orange and grapefruits. A little malt sweetness.

T. Pretty average, wondering how old the bottle is as the finish is a little dry and the carbination is so heavy. Spicy/peppery hop flavor, but not very much hops coming through.

M. medium body, very carbinated

D. Not my favorite IPA. Too carbinated to drink more than one. (677 characters)

Photo of aforbes10
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sixer from the Davis Co-Op. Pours a medium brown with a short white head and sticky white lacing. Smells of green grass and pine, as well as sweet caramel malt. Flavor is hoppy and bitter, but not too much of either. Some pine flavors accent the bitterness and it all rides smoothly on a big malt base. Some minty and vague ctirus notes. Big and strong for the style, but it holds up well. A fine drinker, I had no problem polishing off the six pack and I may go back for more. (477 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic pint, Drake's IPA is a dull, burnt orange with an off-white head that leaves pretty heavy lace.

Smell is pretty heavy on the west coast hops, piny and floral, and some sweet and spicy hops. Pretty robust for an English IPA, but I like that about it!

Taste is also lots of spicy hop flavor with some tropical fruit notes, mostly strawberry, with a pretty firm bitterness on the finish. Nice and rich, malty backbone gives it a nice gingerbread note.

Mouthfeel is oily and a bit chewy, medium bodied.

Drinkability is high, Drake's does a great job of delivering big hop flavor while maintaining an overall smoothness. I've yet to have a Drake's ale that hasn't really impressed me. (718 characters)

Photo of mjl21
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. No bottling info is given. Comes in at 7%.

A-Pours a very clear amber with a one finger head that turns rather quickly into a few foamy clouds. A decent foamy ring encircles the glass. Nice streaks of lace cling to the glass.

S-A mix of floral and citrus hops, but not in your face.

T-When it firsts hits, citrus hops do a nice job hitting the palate, followed by a really nice caramel malt backbone that once again gives way to a nice citrus finish that leaves a pleasant lingering bitterness.

M-It is a very crisp IPA with nice carbonation and medium bodied.

D-Goes down very easily. The progression from hop bite to good malt backbone to more hopss gives this beer a nice balance. It is bitter, but not overly bitter.

Yet another great IPA. After having a bottle I realized I need to revisit this one more often. I normally only have a glass of this if Drake's is at a random brewfest. (934 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
2.95/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to Abecall98 for providing me with this beer in a recent trade. Excellent trader.

Beer pours with a soapy/foamy head that is rather aggressive. There is an large amount of lacing that remains behind in the glass. The beer is a bright orange/amber color with very nice clarity. A decent amount of visible carbonation is evident.

Aroma is decidedly of lightly toasted malt and some spices. A little soapy actually. Fresh but not hoppy really at all.

Interesting flavor. The soapy theme carries on. Slightly sweet. A nice touch of spice and black pepper. Then some toasted malt and a big push from the yeast. I was quite taken by the yeasty nature of this. This is the 2nd one of these I've had and both tasted the same way. Both were decanted, so I don't believe I stirred up any sediment. (note beer is crystal clear)

Mouth feel is medium bodied and quite slick. Peppery and carbonation really make this pop in your mouth.

Not among my favorite IPA's. I see it's listed as an English vs. American. So that probably explains some of this. Still, not sure I'll get more of this again. (1,097 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 Yetiman420
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally getting around to drinking the last bottle of a six pack I picked up while in California about a year ago. If it's good enough for the long voyage to India, it's good enough for some time in my cellar.

Sam Adams ultimate glass. 2 finger head. Nice hazy copper color despite not all yeast being poured into the glass.

Strong citrus and floral hop aroma. Surprising given the amount of time passed since bottling.

Fruity flavor. Frothy and foamy lacing = attractive.

Consistently fruity. Very easy to drink and enjoy. (531 characters)

Photo of JBogan
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber-orange with a solid and creamy head which deposits a good amount of sticky lacing on the glass.

The aroma is pure IPA. Pine and citrus, mainly grapefruit is there for the nose to behold.

Taste and scent go hand in hand here. The only other thing which I picked up was a bit of caramel malts which balanced things out pretty well.

Mouthfeel was very good. Medium-thick, but it could have used a bit more carbonation tingle for my taste.. Still, nice and smooth in the mouth and going down the hatch.

This is a solid IPA, among the top tier. If you like IPA's then this is absolutely worth a try. (613 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich amber body with a huge, frothy head that left rings of foam. Nice retention. Floral hops came to the nose, very inviting and not too strong. Very bitter with the taste of grapefruit present. Medium-bodied and very drinkable. This was a nice style. It reminded me of an English IPA, but had the feel of an West Coast IPA. (334 characters)

Photo of FrognutUnl
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to bring for tossing this in as an extra.

A - Hazy golde-amber in color, with a good inch of white head. Retention is fair for the style with some lacing left behind as it subsides

S - Grapefruit and caramel malt with notes of pine.

T - Very piney hop bite with plenty of malty goodness up front. The grapefruit kind of lingers around in the finish. Good hop bite with almost enough malt to balance it out.

M - Very creamy with low to medium carbonation. Medium in body.

D - I found this IPA to be no less drinkable than any other.

Overall this is a solid offering from Drake's and has me interested in some of their other offerings. (649 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 hopdog
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle acquired in trade with DarkElf (thanks!).

Poured a dark and hazy orange-amber color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of oranges, pine, grapefruit and caramel. None of the aromas where overpowering and seemed to blend together very nicely. Tastes of caramel and citrus. Lightly bitter with a light to medium sweetness. Not over the top bitter. Lacing left on the glass. Alcohol content hidden. An IPA you could drink all night long.

Notes from 8/21/05 (466 characters)

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours dark, murky, reddish-copper with a loose 1-finger head (initially). Head quickly dissipates to a paper-thin, off-white one. Some apparent carbonation and decent lacing.

Smell: Lots of molasses and oak, toasted bready malts, spices, dark fruits, alcohol, and very faint, grassy, hops. Smells extremely rich and full-bodied.

Taste: Ok, there's the hops. Lots of molasses still, with Belgian yeast/chunky malts, caramel and lots of grass/pine. A good amount of earthiness to this one. Overall, quite complex though alcohol tastes higher than it actually is. Dry, bitter, finish.

Mouthfeel: Syrupy and very rich, with medium carbonation and a dry finish. Stings at times. Seems to be just too much for an IPA.

Drinkability: Very thick and heavy - should be an I2PA. I tried drinking this during a short break in between class periods, and that was definitely a bad choice. This one is a sipper. (912 characters)

Photo of rkuhnel
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of bhensonb from Ratebeer. Great beer this one was. Poured a deep amber with a nice head with creamy tones in the bubbles and good lacing. Nose of citrus hops and some hard to identify spices (cinnamon?). Clear and rich mouthfeel. Flavor of caramel malts and and hops, with pine showing this time in addition to the citrus. Good long bitter finish. A good and well crafted IPA. (393 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a foggy gold. Nose is an orange citrus earthy thing. Flavor is nice and earthy. Kind of a muddy thing. Pretty smooth, but very robust. Caramel is in there as well. Smooth liquid feel. Nice carbonation. I like this beer. A nice asy drinking IPA. This is what an IPA can be when it's not an outlandish American version. (323 characters)

Photo of OlieIPA
3.32/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Light copper color with good head at first; dissapates quickly thereafter. Lacing is extremely good on this beer...remains there for almost the whole consumption of the beer. Kind of funny, but if you stare long enough...it almost looks like jello. LOL.

S: Some hops...but mostly sweet malts. I'm very impressed by the smell...makes me want more.

T: A bit disappointed in the taste (especially when the smell was impressive)...bitter upfront...and bitter at the finish. Needs to tone down just a bit. Other then that, okay.

M: Medium-body with the same amount of carbonation.

D: Not very easy to drink for an IPA. It has a great smell, but too much bitterness.

Overall: I have a hard time deciding whether this beer is good or just average. I guess you'll have to decide. (779 characters)

Photo of Pehlman
3.26/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Nice light coloration. Slightly speckeled and lightly opaque. Decent head and nice lacing!

S: Almost get more malts than hops on this one. Definitely a bit of hops towards the back though.

T: More bitterness than the smell would lead one to believe. Very light but with a lingering bitterness. Reminds me of an orange that has sat out a little too long.

M: Carbonation is a bit sharp for me. Probably the least appealing factor.

D: I could have one once in a while but I wouldnt ask for one. Would be nice on a hot day. Not a good beer to finish off the night with. (572 characters)

Photo of scootny
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip tumbler. A cloudy dark brownish orange with a massive head. Meringue like, it towers above the glass and slowly fades into a light covering. Thick lacing adorns my glass all the way down. Gentle carbonation keeps the foam alive

Smell is a pine forest at first that gives way to a citrus garden. A good bit of sweetness that has a faint aroma of orange cough syrup. A healthy, bready, malt voice amongst the hop onslaught is heard and appreciated. It balances the cough syrup. Notes of caramel or toffee cut in and out.

Taste is a blast of hoppy bitterness. The pineyness upfront followed by citrus and orange syrup. Then a mellow malty bread develops. That leads to more bittering at the finish as crackers remain on the palate and the malt grows slowly,lingering. Somehow it all find a very nice balance.

Mouthfeel is medium and gentle. A light creaminess as well.

Drinkability is easy and inviting. Strong aspects all finding a unique balance. Should go great with spicy foods like Thai.

Thanks to WasTrinkenSie (1,051 characters)

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