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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 Sean9689
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Sean9689, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of johnhenryconway
3/5  rDev -22.7%

johnhenryconway, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +3.1%

DoctorB2B, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of sbricker
4/5  rDev +3.1%

sbricker, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of yeahhhhhhrvca
5/5  rDev +28.9%

yeahhhhhhrvca, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of avaldivia
4/5  rDev +3.1%

avaldivia, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +3.1%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of mater
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

mater, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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

Billolick, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of BrewtifulMind
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

BrewtifulMind, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of Trilogy31
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Trilogy31, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of sendsilk
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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!

sendsilk, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of flannelman808
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

flannelman808, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of DUBinMIA
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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!!!!

DUBinMIA, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of roodie
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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

roodie, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of hiku7
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy caramel to gold color with a tall tan head. Smell is floral and citrus. Taste is sweet caramel malt followed by a sharp piney and citrus back of the throat hop bite.

Mouthfeel is moderate to slightly oily with a crisp finish. Somewhat low to moderate carbonation.

Simple and solid IPA.

hiku7, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

San Leandro, California: never been there. Hell, I’ve never even been 100 miles from there. But, thanks to dmsohyea, I have a bottle of this Cali local. I’ve never heard of it, but that doesn’t mean I’m at all biased as to how I think it will taste. I have no preconceived notions about this one, except that my latest trading partner deemed it good enough to send to me. This is totally objective rating, which, as some would argue, is the fairest way to review. Whatever the case, I’m looking forward to getting to know Drake’s IPA.

A: I love the color of the body: reddish-orange that shines brilliantly, even with a bit of haziness. The head is a wonderful off-white, erupting from the bottle aggressively as I pour. The foamy three-fingers dissipate quite fast, leaving the tiniest afterthoughts of clean lacing. The bubbles that dance up from the bottom are few and far-between, but they are there, nonetheless. A nice, fresh looking pale ale.

S: I haven’t smelt hops this crisp and clean since I last had a FFF Pride & Joy. These are intensely piney, with a great earthy undertone. A sweet, herbal touch hits at the back, coupled stylishly with roasted barley. An agreeable IPA nose through and through – no surprises here.

T: Breadiest IPA I’ve ever had. Wow. The yeast is so substantial on the front end that it makes you wonder how the nose never signaled it. It’s not syrupy or extra-sweet, but it is heavy. That’s not to say that I think it’s bad; it’s just different. The thick yeasts don’t make me cringe, but they don’t blow me away, either. Soon, though, the hops alleviate some of the pressure, lifting the palate with a short blast of light, piney bitters. Smoked caramel malts make a short, but not negligible appearance. Thus, the whole thing ends up with a slightly dry, hoppy aftertaste.

M: This is where I have some trouble. It’s too watery! If you’re going to make the palate that thick on an IPA, you can’t give it a thin mouthfeel. The lack of carbonation doesn't help, either. To me, it ends up giving the whole brew a diluted ambiance; it’s almost as if I’m drinking a Drake’s Light. Where can I pick up this beer’s big brother?

O: This is certainly a different breed of IPA. The thick, bread-heavy palate is a nice departure from the traditional hopped-up and syrupy-sweet nature of the ever-popular IPA, but the thinness of the body turned me off big time. This is something that I wouldn’t try again, even if I were in San Leandro. It was a good drink, but, with so many great beers out there, not worth a second attempt for me.

BarryMFBurton, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of codfeast
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle to pint.

A: Deep gold (just like the bottle says) thick, fluffy 1" head.

S: lemon, pinesol, sweet cream.

T: A little citrus then hops all the way thru the finish, not picking up any malt at all.

M: Medium carbination, oily finish.

O: It's a good IPA, not really balanced but no hops overkill.

codfeast, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I first encountered this beer in Los Angeles a decade ago and remembered it fondly after I moved to the East Coast. Now I am back West and I see my memory was accurate - this is a very good West Coast style IPA - though perhaps my tastes have become a little more refined since then, since this seems to be a bit over the top now to my palate.

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a rich white head that falls to sticky lacing. The aroma is big and hoppy, strongly citrusy with grapefruit and lemon and a piney resin in the background. The flavor is so huge and creamy that it is like a big mouthful of super hoppy ice-cream, with enormous grapefruity hops trailing off to that piney/citrusy bitterness. The mouthfeel is creamy and thick.

This is a lovely beer for hopheads, but not a beer to be approached casually.

Seanibus, May 28, 2011
Photo of MonkeymooTJ
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:

Penny copper all the way through. Thick, three finger head with great retention. Ample bubbles rise from the bottom

Smell:

Citrusy grapefruit hops tingle the nostrils as do a slight caramel malt scent, but to a much lesser extent

Taste:

A plentiful dose of grapefruit bitterness is noticed immediately defining the dominating character of this brew. Almost no sweetness is noticeable.

Mouthfeel:

Gives a light and crisp (almost dry) feeling to the palate. A lower than moderate carbonation level. Pleasant grapefruit aftertaste lingers

Overall:

Very enjoyable. Drakes is definitely a hop-centric IPA which fits my tastes incredibly well. Lack of carbonation does slightly detract from the experience but overall its a very well built IPA

MonkeymooTJ, May 22, 2011
Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a copper with two finger head.

The smell was sweet of citrus and slight piney hops.

The taste was pretty on par with the smell but with a little more citrus; grapefruit, orange, and a little lemon zest. A little malt on the back but not much and some caramel popping its head in as well.

A pretty standard west coast IPA. Being in San Diego I probably would choose something else instead though.

Eriktheipaman, May 09, 2011
Photo of Lunch
2.73/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Drake's flagship beer!" - now that's damned embarrassing.

Poured from a bottle into a Stone IPA fluted-goblet (doesn't that sound nice?) Looks like and IPA as it is golden amber in color with 2 fingers of an off white head. Looks well carbonated.

Smells vaguely of hops but this is a malty one. Some citrus, what I smell here my friends is one malty son-of-a-bitch. Not sure how fresh this is but the generous trader who included this along with Drake's Hopocolypse as extras (which was tasty as fuck), seemed fresh so I'll assume that this bottle was as well.

Tastes a little citrusy with lots of bitterness, but the malt dominates again.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and this is easy to drink, but I will no longer subject my liver to any more of these.

Thanks again for the trade and for including this as an extra!

Lunch, Apr 21, 2011
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