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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 Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Had this a billion times at Ricky's in San Leandro. Usually hit up the Bistro for a festival, catch a ride over here and watch the fights w/ a few pints of this stuff.

Big orange pour, a little more dull than the "vibrant" orange stuff you might see. Good hoppy aroma, hops are the name of the game, seems to be ample dry hopping in a single. A lot of malt, this leans to the heavier side of single ipas. A good amount of bitterness, but never outweighs the hop mouthfeel.

Decent enough price.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%

Look: Hazy orange with a decent off white head. The lacing has nice retention.
Smell: Very floral up front with a bit of pine and caramel.
Taste: The smooth malts are right up front with a resiny, floral bitterness to finish it off. Well balanced.
Feel: Feels a little heavy for the style, more like a double IPA.
Drink: I could go for one again. It isn't as easy to session as Green Flash West Coast or Lagunitas IPA (which are similar to Drake's) but it is worth checking out.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of jeffjeff1
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%

I picked up a six pack of this at work last night.

Appearance- amber color, nice looking head

Smell- citrus hops

Taste- citrus hops, medium bitterness then more bitterness in the finish

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- This was a very good IPA. I will be drinking this one again and recommending it at work.

jeffjeff1, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of SShelly
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours light amber/orange, crystal clear with about 1/2" of white foam that sticks around for a minute or three.

Bright hop aroma, fruit and citrus, some sweetness as well.

medium upfront bitterness with large hop flavors that coat the mouth, mostly on the citrus side, light pineapple flavor left in the mouth in the aftertaste.

Med-dry finish leaves the mouth asking for more, really enjoying my bottle of this, could probably use another.

SShelly, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of PintOHops
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%

Glass - Pint

A - Mega hazy orange color, can't see through this one, produced a 1-finger head, kinda soapy, retention seems to be good for the little head that it produced. Left some spotty/splashy lace here & there.

S - Picked up a wonderfully fresh aroma as I started to pour it. I get the tropical fruit medley, mango, pineapple, a bit of grapefruit, followed by a very balancing aroma of sappy pine notes. A bit of biscuit, it's got a pretty potent sugary/caramel/syrupy like quality to it for sure.

T - Big toasted notes upfront, caramelized sugars, toast, caramel, molasses, unfolding into soft layers of sap, pine, candied/dried fruit, caramel, then a bit of mango & pronounced bitterness towards the finish. Wow, this beer is comes in flavorful layers, just a warning though, it's pretty damn sweet & syrupy like, although it carry's an almost balancing bitterness that lingers very well.

M - Very syrupy, soft Co2 bite, very smooth, around full bodied for sure.

D - This IPA is very very good! It's got allot going on in both smell & taste, good bitterness, but because of the high sugary/syrupy combo of it, I gotta say I wouldn't have more than 2 pints at one moment, it would become too damn sweet. I loved the toasted notes of this beer, I'll definitely buy this one again, I recommend it. Cheers!

PintOHops, May 28, 2010
Photo of JosiahS
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured into a standard pint glass. Color is mango-orange, hazy with 1/2 finger white head.

Aroma is very fruity with the usual west coast-style IPA aromas like pineapple, mango, orange, passion fruit. Malt runs right along side the hops lending doughy, caramel aromas that blend with the fruit from the hops very nicely.

Taste, like the aroma, is an awesome marriage of fruity hops and caramel, sugary malts. Only the slightest bit of pine is present. Up front, it seems as though doughy and caramel malts are dominant but the hops make their way in right after and again, blend very well into a malty, tropical fruit basket of IPA goodness. As the beer begins to warm, a little ethanol is present bringing a subtle warming in the throat as well as some earthiness from the hops. Bitterness is not that high, lingering only for a few seconds.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation but somehow has a "light" feel to it, silky almost.

I could probably session 2 of these but that is to be expected from a full flavored IPA at 7% ABV. This is a solid IPA but nothing that i would recall later.

JosiahS, May 28, 2010
Photo of Wisconsinality
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%

Thanks to Arbitrator for this generous extra.
12oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint.

A- Pours a nice hazy sunset orange with a big two finger head. The heads sticks around for a while and leaves some nice lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Nice piney hops, grassy and floral notes as well. A hint of the yeast and a nice bready finish.

T- Piney hoppy goodness. Like the nose, there are hints of grassiness and a little bit of malt peaks out.

M- Medium bodied with a nice crispness to it. A fair amount of bitterness that is expected with west coast IPA's. Pretty dry on the finish.

D- A great beer to enjoy on a hot summer day, which I happen to be doing. Overall a good IPA that I am glad I was able to try.

Wisconsinality, May 24, 2010
Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Appearance - This is a clear but effervescent brownish-orange in color with a magnificent head. The foam was pitted with large air bubbles then finally settled into little pits on top of the liquid. The head is just gorgeous.

Smell - The sharp, resiny hops and stiff orange rind almost mask the soft ripe yeast but not quite. It is definitely a hop-forward nose though and you have to use quite a bit of imagination to think of this as an English IPA.

Taste - Amazingly the hops from the nose are just about as strong and powerful at the taste. The mixture of pine and grapefruit will overpower the novice drinker. The light yeasty malt base is actually quite sophisticated but is just barely hanging on here.

Mouthfeel - This medium-bodied EIPA has some bone-crushing bitterness and a nice, sprightly carbonation.

Drinkability - This is a powerhouse of a beer. It goes down especially well and qualifies as a hophead session ale. Just a tad more malt and a little bit more alcohol and this would be a classic DIPA.

RoyalT, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of scottfrie
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%

12oz bottle.

A: Pours a clear golden-amber beneath a huge, greasy, thick, off-white mousse of a head that took forever to fade into a thick rocky film. Chunky patches of sticky lace was left down the glass.
S: A sweet and juicy grapefruit bomb with dominating citrus hops and a touch of pine. I get a note or two of caramel malt and a touch of toast.
T: Follows the nose with dominating flavors of grapefruit and orange followed by sweet caramel malt and toasted grains. The finish has a touch of pine and the aftertaste is full of lightly bitter and lingering citrus pith.
M: Medium-full body, soft and airy carbonation, greasy and oily mouthfeel.
O: A solid ipa and an all around good no-frills drinking beer.

scottfrie, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%

A: The pour is a cloudy burnt orange color with a rather fluffy white head on top and lacing all the way down the glass.

S: The nose is very pleasantly citrusy, giving off lots of grapefruit and orange aromas. There's a bit of caramel sweetness and a touch of pine.

T: The flavor is much more bitter than the nose would lead you to believe. A nice blast of bitter grapefruit and pine up front which carries all the way through the sip. There's just a hint of orange which gives the beer a bit of sweetness.

M: The body is light-to-medium with a crisp carbonation and a nice bitter finish.

D: This is an incredibly drinkable and delicious IPA. A nice one to sip on or to relax and cool off during the warm weather.

womencantsail, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of yemenmocha
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours an orange to amber color with slight haze, and generous white head. Nose is fresh fruity with clearly identifiable orange. On the palate there's a healthy balance of biscuity malt to the citrusy hops. Medium to full bodied, not easy drinking but not challenging either - perhaps because it comes across as fuller bodied than many IPAs.

yemenmocha, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of kaseydad
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%

Pint glass pour and I am met with an amber colored ale with a nice frothy head with staying power and nice lacing. Aroma consists of pine, citrus fruits, maltiness and some mild hoppy goodness. The taste is great! Truly what an IPA should taste like. Hoppy, slight grapefruit with sharpness and a crisp bite on the finish with a slight malty backbone. Very refreshing when drunk at a tad cooler than 50 degrees. Drinkability was high as I consumed two pints and was craving another.

Overall I am very impressed with this IPA. I tend to lean on Double IPA's as some of my favorites but this one is definitely high up there on the IPA list. Awesomely good and highly recommended.

kaseydad, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of jstilwell
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%

thanks to abecall98 for this extra in a recent trade. An ambery looking strong IPA but not quite a DIPA. An attempt at an English style, this is darker than most American IPA's. There is a ruby undertone to the color and a nice lasting low level head with decent lacing. The nose shines here with strong toffee appeal! the tast follows the nose and is very malty. I am getting some strong bitterness but not the citrus flavor that it is trying to bring. This has a decent mouthfeel as it is considerably thick, like I enjoy them. All in all, I enjoyed this one and if it were available around here, I would revisit. Reminded me a bit of a slightly more bitter and slightly lighter Gordon (Oskar Blues)

nice work!

jstilwell, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a sturdy head; decent stickage and a few strands of lace

Smell: A hoppy aroma that leans more to pine than citrus but has elements of both; toffee malt underneath

Taste: Earthy, toffee malt flavors act as a prelude for a big blast of hops that arrive by mid-palate, with a lot of bitterness, a piney edge, and a bit of pith; the malts re-assert themselves after the swallow to provide balance

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A rather unique combination of English and American elements in this beer, yet it all doesn't quite come together on my tongue

brentk56, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of berkey
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

12oz bottle poured into a stemmed pint glass. The last remaining bottle from a six pack a friend and I shared yesterday.

A fairly persistent fluffy white head tops off a very clean and clear medium amber body. Very nice lacing.

They call this an English IPA but the aroma suggests a distinctly American hop profile with the copious citrus and pine of a West Coast IPA.

Carmel-esque malt character comes through on the palate more than on the nose lending a nice balance to the still quite present hops. There's a nice spicy herbal slant to the hops I wasn't quite getting on the aroma while the pine and citrus come back through to make up the bulk of the aftertaste.

ABV slightly high for the style (if we insist on calling this an English IPA) but just in my preferred range.
Body is just a hair thicker than average and is well complimented by some nice active carbonation.

Overall a very pleasant hoppy ale, although if you're looking for an English IPA you should be aware this is more of an English-American hybrid that leans heavily toward the West.

berkey, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of woodychandler
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%

Arrived with a finger's worth of thick, foamy, off-white head with excellent retention. Color was a medium amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a combination of pine and citrus, almost resinous. Mouthfeel was silky smooth with a very piney hops bite scrubbing away at my palate. Finish lingered with hops, but more citrusy than pine. This was a perfect example of why everyone should experience cask beer at least once.

woodychandler, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of morimech
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Classified as an English IPA yet there is nothing English about it in aroma or flavor. Looks terrific once poured with its deep amber color and large head that has excellant retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Hoppy aroma, (this is where this beer takes a definate West Coast tilt) with citrus notes, mostly grapefruit. Not picking up anything from the malt. The flavor likewise is dominated by citrus hops. Bitterness is moderate. Alcohol is evident in the finish as the unusually high ABV is testament. Has a slightly sweet flavor. Overall not very British. Has a very good body. Medium bodied and nice carbonation. Gives a nice smooth, soft texture. A beer that is not very British nor a beer hopheads would find hoppy enough. Overall I enjoyed this offering but it was not what I was expecting.

morimech, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%

Deep amber pour with a finger of head. Smell is earthy hops and lemon peel, hints of grape and red berries. Sweet maltiness plays a large role, overall helping give a candy-like hop aroma.

The taste is bitter up front with earthy hops on mid palate, and a returning bitterness on the finish. Very well balanced between the hops and malt, typical of the English style. I actually have never really cared too much for this style, but this is definitely the best one I've had so far. I wish there was a bit more citric hop flavor or something else that could add a layer of complexity though.

Mouthfeel is medium with a sharp stinging carbonation. Wish this was a bit softer. Overall I feel this is a well crafted beer, but not a standout. For the style, it was definitely quite good though.

alcstradamus, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%

Dark copper red body, topped by thick light beige foam which rose above the rim of the glass.

Big biscuit aroma, a surprise. Far more English than West Coast.

A fleeting semi-sweet beginning, quickly gives way to a big biscuit taste. Earthy hops bite at the swallow, which lingers on a bit.

Medium mouthfeel is quite satisfactory.

Alright drinkability, though the completion of one bottle does not necessarily bring about an intense desire for another.

Not what I expected, even for an Englsih leaning West Coast IPA, but not bad.

RonfromJersey, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

mikesgroove, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of bcm119
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

bcm119, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of xhcadamx
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

xhcadamx, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of mattffrost
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

mattffrost, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of illidurit
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

illidurit, May 11, 2009
Photo of popery
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

popery, Apr 23, 2009
Drake's IPA from Drake's Brewing Co.
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