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

447 Ratings
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Ratings: 447
Reviews: 204
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 23
Gots: 27 | 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 FosterJM
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

335th review on BA
bottle to pint
12 oz bottle

App- This pours a medium orange/amber with a one finger head. Each sip leaves a nice trail mark of lacing.

Smell- Very aromatic beer. Nice single IPA with first scents of big bitterness and a fruity sweetness tinge. Not too much but pretty balanced. Second scents come in with a forest like fresh rain pine.

Taste- Huge bitter bite to it with a resiny taste. This was a bit more malty than I thought as well. Bigger drinking as well. Some sweetness kicks in with a tangerine acidity.

Mouth- It's on the border of being light bodied but almost a small medium. A crisp medium carbonation level with a spicy note and as mentioned before a tad aciditic.

Drink- It's a bit maltier and spicier than I normally like. It was pretty good just towards the english style while trying to be a good rep of the west coast.

Photo of beagle75
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft pour into a shaker pint at Beachwood BBQ.

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of fine white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Caramel and dark citrus fruit, with a hard mineral edge.

T: Begins off-dry, with dominant piney hop aromatics back-lit by crystal malt and moderate acidity. Bitterness surges into the middle, displaying the quality of grapefruit peel and significant astringency. Flavors dry out somewhat by the finish, where moderate bitterness persists with a quality that reminds of mildly-spiced chiles. A faint whiff of alcohol is occasionally detected toward the finish as well.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly resinous on the palate, with low carbonation.

D: This beer has been re-cast as an American IPA (formerly listed as an English-style IPA) and the shift is entirely appropriate. In typical Drake's fashion, it is a fairly restrained attempt at a West-Coast IPA that misses the mark on account of astringency issues. Its nod to hop and malt balance results in an amber appearance and sensory qualities comparable to Ballast Point's Big Eye IPA. It is possible to understand why an old bottle with a faded hop presence would come across as a more malt-forward and traditional representative of the style.

Photo of LazyL
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm sitting in the Library Ale House in Santa Monica and I asked the server for a very nose forward IPA. May I introduce you to Drakes? A perfect bright flourescent orange, exactly what I want to see in an IPA with a white creamy head. The nose excells and may have been a 5 for me. Tangerine, mild pine and very fresh. The nose is invigorating and begs you to taste. Sweet malty and citrus up front balanced by a nice bitterness. Medium carbonation and a dryness that bites at my tongue a bit. I would say that this is quite a nice ale and worth trying should you have the opportunity or two.

Photo of veinless
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden orange with some slightly off-white foamy head on top that has a cake-like appearance. Retains decently, and leaves spotty lace.

Aroma is of grapefruit, mango and pineapple. Orange is the strongest, and really reminds me of fresh mandarins (which I happen to have in the fridge). Caramel and sticky fruit sweetness take a backseat, but themselves heard. Smells intoxicating and delicious.

Tastes great, as pine gets thrown into the mix in a big way and adds a lot to the beer. First tastes are of tropical fruit and pine; once the pine fades a bit the fruit remains, and complements the caramel malt pretty well. Lots of orange and grapefruit citrus come to play and leave a nice tangy taste in the mouth. Finish is piny and dry, although it does leave a bit of sweet malt in its wake. Bitterness comes out the most in the aftertaste as well, something I personally find nice, but others may not.

Mouthfeel is solid, as the beer is very full bodied, sticky at times, and never lacking weight. Can even get a crisp sort of creamy (the kind of creamy which is refreshing) which is nice. Drinkability is hindered a bit by the strong aftertastes, but I personally find this beer to be quite easy to drink. The abv of 7% is nothing crazy, so a couple of these would go down no problem for most. This is an IPA done right, and I can see myself picking up a sixer of this in the future.

Photo of LBBeer
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a-straw-copper color and great lacing

s-big green hoppy nose, very fresh

t-bitter, bitter, bitter just how I like it!

m-starts out thick on the pallette, but finishes a bit thin

d-pretty heavy, buy smooth enough to have 2 (or 3)

Another great offering from one of my favorite west coast brewers,

Photo of nataku00
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a nonic pint class. Bright clear orange with a finger of off white foamy head leaving some light lacing as it dissipates. Lots of active carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is piney, hints of grapefruit bitterness. Fairly night aroma, despite some swirling of the glass.

Taste follows the nose, fresh pine needles and grapefruit bitterness hits your tongue and takes over. Light biscuit malts are there trying to play second fiddle to the pine as it finishes dry and long, lingering on the tongue with a slight floral note.

Light bodied and very carbonated, refreshing and easy to drink IPA. Decent option in case some of the other locals we have access to aren't available, but I wouldn't choose it over Racer 5 or Lagunitas's IPA.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a slightly hazed rose-amber coloring with a thin film of small bubbled head. The beer has rounded hop aromas, with a hint of some fresh/dry hops and citrus. Sharp hop bitterness on front tongue, as well as down the middle of the tongue as you swallow. Decent and strong malt backbone to help balance the hops, and some citrus characteristics that keep everything light. Good amount of carbonation to help with the balance, also. The beer is light and crisp in mouth, and the aftertaste is sweet and hoppy. Very pleasant beer. The finish lingers in mouth for a bit, with a hoppy/sweet malt blend that beckons for another sip. Lighter than I normally like my IPAs, but that makes it all that much easier to drink.

Photo of ratedz
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from MrTopher. Thanks Chris!

Pours a hazy amber color with a fourth of an inch of off-white head. The head retention is pretty impressive.

This is one good smelling IPA! Full of grapefruit and piney hops. A sweet caramel malt backbone balances it out nicely.

From the nose, I thought this was going to be much hoppier than it turned out to be. The sweet malts actually overpower the hops slightly. It is a fairly good tasting beer, but the sweetness level was a little unexpected.

Medium body and moderate carbonation, about what I'd expect from an IPA. It is smooth and drinkable, but a little sweeter that I typically like my IPAs.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy amber-almost orange color with a medium white head that disappears fast. Scent is very citrus hoppy with very sweet candy aromas. I also pick up subtle piney notes with a bit of melon. Taste is sweet, but not as sweet as the aroma would imply. Great hop flavors with citrus and fresh melon (honeydew, cantaloup). I also get a nice maltiness with caramel and light buttery notes. Very tasty IPA. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with a crisp, bitter bite at the end. Not too crisp though, as it is a bit on the syrupy side for a regular IPA. Drinkability is high.

Photo of kwjd
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright orange colour with huge white head and lots of lacing down the glass. Nice head retention. Smells of pine and citrus hops, but not a hop bomb. Not a ton of caramel malt backbone either, so it comes across as a bit weak overall. Still a pleasant IPA that I'm glad I tried.

Photo of climax
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one started off wonderfully. The bright citrus aromas hit the nose right when the cap was popped (to be emphasized in a second). The beer poured a luminous natural orange with a nice hoppy haze. The head was tall and lumpy, retention and lace abound.

The prominent citrus aroma was accented by earthy pine. The malt backbone was no wallflower here. Dark roasted chocolate and graham cracker added another dimension, amping up the often too typical excursively caramel nose.

For those who frown upon malt balance in an IPA, have no fear... the taste is a hop circus with malt playing usher. Very resinous pine makes it's presence known from start through the long bitter finish. Citrus in the form of tropical fruit and grapefruit towards the end keep things juicy.

The body was nice and thick, very viscous and sticky. Nice to have an IPA with this much mouth presence to change things up a bit. You may not be able to drink it down as fast and proceed to another.... but with a 7% ABV, go ahead and savor it. Great beer.

Photo of WestValleyIPA
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with no date into a Pinot Noir glass. This is really one of the best looking beers I've ever seen. Just pure fluff. 2 fingers of vanilla salt water taffy colored head. Just about the best retention I've seen in some time. Great lacing. Smells a bit like tea (hard to tell if it's old, due to the lack of dating, but my guess is, it is.) Some citrus and pine. Caramelish and chocolate malt smell coming through. Some rich nutty earthy malt coming through. Pine in my face. Nice bitter drying finish. Creamy crisp mouthfeel. Drinkable, but I don't think I'd wanna knock out more than 2 or so of these.

Edit: Every time I swirl this bad boy, I get some long lasting sea-foam head. I'm starting to think, reading the reviews that this isn't old, just a malt-freakin-bomb.

Photo of gtn80
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz into a tulip glass.

Appearance is a murky copper color, small amount of foam that clings to the glass throughout.

Aroma is a great, piney hop aroma with a strong caramel malt scent.

Taste is a sticky, resinousy hop flavor up front, but the caramel malts are just overwhelming. Hops play second fiddle to the malts.

Mouthfeel is great, full, decent carbonation.

Drinkability is not good, tough with that maltiness.

Photo of 321jeff
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with golden edges with a couple fingers of off-white head that recedes to a relatively thick layer that hangs in for the duration.

Aroma starts off strong citrus and piney hops, but the hops fade out quickly leaving some traces of sweet caramel but that's about it. I've never had an IPA's aroma fade that fast.

Taste is mildly bitter citrus at first, but it turns quickly into a strong caramel sweetness that goes all the way through to the finish. I can't tell if the malts are overpowering or the hops are just on the weak side.

Mouthfeel is a little on the light side but carbonation is up to par. It goes down smooth and easy, but I like a little more citrus and a little less malt in my IPA's.

Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of pine and orange hops, along with a lot of resiny notes. The flavor is a little different but still very nice. I get a lot of bitter papaya and oranges with some pine and bready malt mixed in. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice American IPA.

Photo of Duhast500
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Clown Shoes pint glass.

The color is a cloudy orange/amber with some yellowish highlights and a foamy off-white head with some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is pretty darn sweet with a fruity citrus flavor that I am having problems placing. Some slight banana flavor as well.

The taste is pretty darn bitter at first with a thick flavor of spicy hop flavor and a touch of citrus flavor. Some sweet malt flavor hits pretty hard as well and is fight for dominance in this beer. The hops are there more so it is no surprise the bitterness comes back to pop your sense once more before the end.

The feel of this beer is pretty damn smooth. For a bitter beer there is no lingering flavor that outstays its welcome. The refreshment is right on the money and goes down well.

Photo of GRG1313
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a most pleasant surprise. Pours a dark orange amber with a nice off white/light tan head.

Nose is a pleasant mildly assertive cooked pineapple/oranges and pleasant fruit tones. A very nice bourbon nose after it's in the glass a short while.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with nice carbonation and a clean crisp character. Nice acid and is very inviting; you want to keep drinking it. Body, flavors, mouthfeel,...everything...are very well integrated and super well balanced.

Flavors are rich, bold, creamy and layered. Front of fruity stonefruit malt that closely follows the nose that goes to a short mid palate and quickly to a nice long grapefruit skin hop finish.

This is extremely drinkable and attractive. Perhaps more of a double IPA in mouthfeel, character and flavors, however, really a nice drink.

Photo of colforbin73
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

excellent "everyday beer." of course, we mostly want a different beer every couple beers or we wouldn't be on beeradvo. this is not exactly a sumptuous IPA, but they go down smooth and while the aftertaste is a little thin, this is a nice quaff-able local ale.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a copper amber brown with yellow highlights that had a finger of bubbly head and left nice frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the pine, hops, and citrus grapefruit pop out right away but does have a good sweet malt presence with bready notes as well. I could also detect a little caramel and booze.

T: the pine hops flavors meshed really well but had the graperuit to help propel the bitterness and some dryness. Although the caramel malts did a good job on the balance there was a slight nuttiness that caught me by surprise but did add some dimension to the overall taste.

M: the brew was medium body with a good amount of prickly carbonation which had a slight sweet but piney hop bitter dry finish.

D: it drank really good but wasn't as punchy as other west coast IPA's on the bitterness and overall hop profile; it was mediocre.

Photo of pigdog
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a-medium copper color, finger of foamy white head and fairly thick lacing

s-sweet malty caramel aroma, slight yeast smell with some citrus and pine.

t-piney hops dominate the taste buds, nice full flavor, more bitter than expected after the sweetness from the nose.

m-medium body, a little syrupy but still fairly balanced and a dry finish

d-very drinkable beer with solid flavor, but the sweetness would keep me from making it a regular go-to beer.

overall-solid IPA, but a little too much sweet for my taste. That being said, a sixer for $9.99 that tastes like this is a good option if other beers in the same range arent available such as Green Flash West Coast IPA.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of SShelly
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of PintOHops
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

Drake's IPA from Drake's Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 447 ratings.