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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

427 Ratings
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Ratings: 427
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 24
Gots: 23 | 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:
"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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Photo of richkrull
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

richkrull, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of Topher78
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into my glass and watched as the light amber colored liquid filled it. It poured a fingers worth of an off-white head that left great lacing. The aroma was of citrus, pineapple and mango. The taste centered more around the pineapple and citrus but had a good deal of sweetness that balanced the beer very well. Drakes IPA had a light bodied mouth feel and finished very dry.

Topher78, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of shagal
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

shagal, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of sloelco
4/5  rDev +3.1%

sloelco, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

TheSixthRing, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of BeerBeast
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

BeerBeast, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of TGS
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

TGS, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of Madskill
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Madskill, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of MarioM
4/5  rDev +3.1%

MarioM, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of Swervine44
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Swervine44, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev +3.1%

tbeq00, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of bloomincookie
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

bloomincookie, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of roblund
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

roblund, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of magictacosinus
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

magictacosinus, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of liveMike
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

liveMike, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of kchannel9
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

kchannel9, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of Johnhaley1989
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Johnhaley1989, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Texasfan549, Oct 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

crowsoup, Oct 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

kjkinsey, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of harrymel
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.

harrymel, Sep 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +28.9%

Rocketman8911, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

drewone, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of Philousa
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Philousa, Aug 02, 2012
Drake's IPA from Drake's Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.