Drake's IPA - Drake's Brewing Co.
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4.13/5 rDev +6.4%
Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.
Pours a very nice golden-amber IPA tinge, yet in this case, one that *nearly* resembles Pliny the Elder! There's a fantastic burst of carbonation, but eventually the bubbles become less thicker and plentiful in appearance. However, it retains a good, 2.5 finger head that slowly recedes, yet never really gives up no matter how warm it gets. Lacing sticks like thick webs all over the glass's edges, and giant bubbles remain around the ring at the top of the mini head. Fabulous!
There's an initial floral whiff that overpowers the aroma, only to then be replaced by fresh, zesty citrus notes (mainly on the orange side), as well as sweetened toffee malts. The herby smell is extremely typical of West Coast IPAs, only in this case, incredibly fresh in smell and crisp as hell. Not much honey or grapefruit aromas though, which is a nice change of style on these types of IPAs.
The first sip is very bittered and filled with intense, fresh floral notes, sweetened candy sugar, and more citrus notes than in the aroma (including grapefruit). The hops really shine here, and there's a slightly spicy yet mainly hemp/floral flavor that seems to overpower all the others. Not too many malts, but there is a yeasty astringency that immediately follows the bitterness. Very carbonated and thick, this has an immense syrupy feel. The spices seem to last on the tongue long after a first sip, and there's a slight alcohol flavor that follows, but overall everything seems pretty balanced, as far as IPAs go.
A very good California-style IPA, but definitely more for hop-heads rather casual IPA drinkers. It's not too strong, and the semi-high ABV does smoothen things out a bit, but the yeastiness and rather strong hop punch at the finish may not be for everyone. As an avid fan of IPAs, this is amazingly balanced for all the flavors it offers, and easy to drink. Will pick up some next time I see it, especially because it's local!
11-03-2012 03:12:58 | More by magictacosinus
3.48/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
09-14-2012 06:38:43 | More by harrymel
3.23/5 rDev -16.8%
Pours a clear gold copper with a metallic flare. A half finger soapy white head sits on top. This would surely lace well if I wasn't swirling it all the time. Biscuit & caramel hit the nose first, followed by mostly floral hops with some pine, citrus, and sappiness. Malt is more prominent than the hops to me. Biscuit comes to the palate first and stays the whole time. The hops are mainly for bittering, coming in the finish. The malt is pleasurable, but a little too pungent and sits on the back of the tongue. The feel is balanced as is the finish.
I'm a little torn. I want more hop aroma, to be honest. I feel like this is an English IPA that's hopped with West Coast varietals. My suggestion would be to dry hop with citra or some other aromatic hop to bring it a little more to the hoppy side, which is exactly how I like it. Fairly solid, but there are better IPAs out there. I'll look for their seasonals for the style I'm craving.
08-02-2012 05:29:00 | More by Philousa
4.9/5 rDev +26.3%
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.
07-29-2012 09:16:50 | More by xmorgan
3.43/5 rDev -11.6%
Bottle poured into FFF Teku glass
A - Hazy, dark orange with hints of brown. There is a white, one finger white head that leaves some nice lacing
S - Light grapefruit, pine and tangerine come forth from. Overall, a simple and light nose
T - Strong grapefruit and light pine dominate Initally. There is a light sweet orange that comes in the middle of the beer. The finish is strong pine that lingers in the finish. Well balanced and only a light hint of the 7% ABV
MF - Medium carbonation with a creamy medium body. There is a slight resin residue that remains in the finish that helps the pine linger on
O - Solid west coast IPA that I could imagine drinking on a frequent basis if I had access to it. However, it is not outstanding enough for me to want to get some in the Midwest as its much easier to get a hold of Furious or Two-Hearted.
07-22-2012 18:50:07 | More by jeonseh
3.18/5 rDev -18%
a: clear amber body with a thin creamy head.
s: pine, citrus, caramel and more pine.
t: pine, citrus, pine, caramel, pine and more pine.
m: medium body nice carbonation. dry from start to finish.
o: alittle too piney and dry for me. i prefer ipa to be juicy citrus flavors with a touch of sticky oil on my cheeks. not bad if you like drinkin christmas tree.
07-03-2012 00:37:47 | More by match1112
Drake's IPA from Drake's Brewing Co.
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