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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
88
very good

209 Reviews
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Reviews: 209
Hads: 489
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 22
Gots: 50 | 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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Reviews: 209 | Hads: 489
Photo of Topher78
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (388 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)

Photo of magictacosinus
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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! (1,975 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 Philousa
3.26/5  rDev -17.5%
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. (942 characters)

Photo of xmorgan
4.9/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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. (594 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (848 characters)

Photo of match1112
3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (361 characters)

Photo of jethrodium
2.26/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap. Pours a clear, fairly light golden amber with a small white head that settles to a ring and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is pine, caramel, butter, and some light floral notes. The initial taste is pine and dank hops with some caramel. The finish has a bit of bitterness and lots of buttered popcorn. Much more diacetyl in the palate than the nose. Medium-heavy body. Medium carbonation. This was not very enjoyable. If there was any more diacetyl it would have been undrinkable. (506 characters)

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

Another one from one of my favorite breweries. Pours a pale amber with great carbonation and some lacing. The aroma is nearly a perfect balance of pungent and citrusy hops with pine and a bit of sweetness. Grapefruit, orange rind, pine resin, Cascade, spicy hops are well balanced with crystal and cracker malt that keeps the hops from being too astringent. Crisp then silky in the mouth with a good dry finish. A great example of the west coast IPA without being overkill, tastes like hop candy! (496 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 marikoangel
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint at Amsterdam SF

A: It pours a clear caramel orange color with some spotty lacing. There was not much head to it.

S: I get nice fruit citrus hops followed by a nice malty quality. There's also some other fruit notes hiding in there, like dried persimmons, bananas, maybe apple. sweet and a little candied.

T: It tastes like it smells. I get the dried persimmons and banana first though, with the citrus hops coming out large in the middle before mellowing out into a slightly sweet malty finish.

M: The mouthfeel is medium with lower carbonation and just slightly chewy. Heavier than I expected. Maybe the keg is getting low?

D: It's nicely drinkable and enjoyable enough. The dried fruit favors are interesting enough to capture my attention. It is a bit heavy though, so I would probably only drink one or two of these in a sitting. Overall its nice. (875 characters)

Photo of tony223366
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Three plus fingers of fluffy white head erupt nicely from this beer. Once it dwindles slightly I see a much more rocky face. Huge lacing right around the rim of my glass as well. Beautiful caramel color with crystal clear clarity. Nice carbonation action from a thin stream in the middle. Wow, congratulations Drake's, you brewed a perfect looking ipa.

S: Nice big citrus hop aromas with some nice light pine aromas mixed in as well. The caramel malts are apparent. Some nice breadiness. I would like it to be a hair brighter. But good all around and leans toward a more balanced ipa.

T: Huge, huge hop flavors hit me first. The flavor is far brighter than the aroma would insinuate. Big citrus with some sharp pine. This leads to the lightly caramel and mostly bready malts. They do hold up but not quite all the way. I'm surprised that this was considered an English IPA. However I'm a fan of hop forward so I enjoy it. The finish is crisp and bitter. It does taste a little angular I guess? Like it could be rounded out a little more smooth. But all in all delicious.

M: Nice medium body with plenty of the carbonation you need to blast away some of that bitterness and get your ready for your next drink. Slick and smooth as an ipa should be.

O: Oh so tasty and refreshing this is an all out summer beer. I'd love to have this after a long day of work in the summer to refresh me, slap me in the face to wake me up and to relax me with it's 7.00% abv. Great job Drake's (1,480 characters)

Photo of litheum94
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottling dates.

Clear, bronze body, one-finger, orange tinted head. Thick and sticky.

Strong grapefruit and pine aromas, with some brown sugar in there as well. Biscuit malts.

Juicy tangerine and grapefruit tartness. Malts pop up mid-palate, with caramel and brown sugar. The finish has a decent bitterness with pine needle flavors.

A nice drinking IPA and pretty tasty. I do actually prefer their pale ale over this, but it's still a solid brew. (457 characters)

Photo of mikechance
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A --- Nice hazy amber color with about a 1/3" of foam head

S --- Pine, citrus, hoppy

T --- Smooth, nice balance of hops & malts, not over the top bitter

M --- Medium body with right amount of carbination. Smooth.

O --- This is a very good beer. I will try to find it on tap and try it again. (295 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, no freshness indication offered.

Pours auburn hued amber, typical looking off white head, leaves respectable tongues of lacing on the glass.

Hops burning the nostrils

This is a rich and densely flavorfull IPA, with an ample caramel malt base but featuring wave after wave of biting citric hops. California/West coast style all the way. Well done and quite enjoyable stuff (391 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in a rare single 12oz bottle from Bevmo in Sunnyvale, CA.

Pours a deep burnished coppery golden colour with a frothy and thick head of beaten egg-white. Lacing is thick and raucous. Body looks quite light and a little flat, but otherwise, it's a great looking beer.

Nose is fresh, bright and comfortable, with a really big sweet tropical fruit and mellow citrus character caressing the olfactory passages. Smooth and mellow and really nicely integrated, it's west coast hops at their most chillaxed and well-balanced. Lovely.

Taste is a little simpler, with a light body guiding the straight vector of hops through the centre of the palate until they dip and dance with the malt into a carob and pine-needle fresh finish. Very clean and bright on the palate, with a remarkably light and drinkable character for the ABV.

Lovely brew, and a refreshingly sessionable IPA. I love breweries that do extreme, exciting beers, but it's almost better when a brewery puts together a characterful, but utterly sessionable and drinkable brew. Drake's have done that with this beer. (1,083 characters)

Photo of BrewtifulMind
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. Bottle

This pours a hazy copper color with minimal head that dissipates pretty quickly. Tiny spots of lace left behind. Smells of grassy hops with a peach hint to it. Taste is bitter hops up front with a malty backbone, also citrus hints to be found. Mouthfeel is good, nice carbonation, leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. Overall its a pretty solid brew, something I would get again. (405 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark honey orange with a 2 inch puffy orange-white head that settles to a thin cap. Random foamy broken bits of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of pine, citrus zest, and malt. Taste is of citrus zest, herbal hops, and some malt. There is an astringent bitterness that sticks to the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and slightly drying mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the hop bitterness is a bit too astringent and medicinal in my opinion. (531 characters)

Photo of Trilogy31
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a typical maple syrup amber without light hop hazing - the head is what gets me two fingers of thick rocky foam that really stays through the entireity of the beer with nice lacing - looks like they borrowed the foam from la fin du monde. The nose hits straight away with dank pine forest, lighter shadings of sour citrus and green papaya and philipine brand dried mango (the wife is a flip so i know what they taste like). The beers taste follows the nose and is refreshingly bitter at the end. Nice carbonation and hides the 7% abv. Drakes really has stepped up their game lately and i am proud to live so close the bay areas best (currently) ipa producer, much less selling the beer in an afforable 6 pack. (715 characters)

Photo of sendsilk
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received in a recent trade. No indication on bottle of when it was brewed/bottled.

Looks nice, dark orange color. I can smell nice floral hops, this appears to be fresh but the taste will tell the truth! Tastes pretty nice and flowery, some pine in there as well. Starting to get a little malty and syrupy so this may be a 'slightly' older bottle. I would give this a solid B rating, nothing more. I would like to try it on tap to really evaluate, but alas, Florida does not get this beer! (490 characters)

Photo of flannelman808
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New look drakes IPA bottle 2011

A: A rather bright copper color this beer looks pretty great. Off white sea foam head tops it off and has good lacing.

S: Very mild bouquet which has notes of grapefruit, steel, and of biscuit malt.

T: This is a refreshing quaff with a light crisp character to it. Very balanced flavors of grapefruit zest and sweeter but not overly so malt notes. All of this followed with that suggestion on polished steel which is a bit of a neg for me. This is good stuff but I plan to add some grapefruit bitters to it.

M: Crisp

O: Good not great, just the right price. (594 characters)

Photo of DUBinMIA
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

orange almost brown huge very clear with thick foamy head about 3 in with very good retention and lots of lace

smell is of hops... floral and pine notes the citrus hops come out towards the end.

lots of hop flavor.... bitter pine with some sap like taste. pretty good. little malt flavor towards the end to finish smoother that the start but the bite of hops lingers.

medium body with low carbonation

overall a good IPA that if you get the chance you def. want to try!!! Thanks to John for the nice extra!!!! (513 characters)

Photo of roodie
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: pours a beautiful orangish brown with 2 fingers of off white head. Nice retention with beautiful lacing

S: nice piney floral character. Hints of mango and citrus.

T: Follows the nose. Begins with pleasant malty flavor but piney floral mango flavor dominates. Perfect amount of bitterness

M: bitterness lingers on the tongue.

O: a great representation of the style. Perfect aroma and flavor (443 characters)

Drake's IPA from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.