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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

406 Ratings
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Ratings: 406
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 23
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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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drseamus

New York

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark amber crystal clear body topped with a perfect thick white head. Nice citrus aroma on this beer backed with a nice smooth caramel malt background. The flavor is weird, but it might just be that I am getting used to American IPA's and DIPA's. Good crisp malt background and a decent citrus hop flavor. Body is pretty light overall, but nice. Great example of an English IPA.

Edit: Not a fan of the plastic sheath, it slipped in my hand when it was wet and broke my favorite glass.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 22:28:17 | More by drseamus
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright orange/amber with a touch of haze and an ample, frothy head that stays around.

The smell is citric and floral with a touch of pine. Caramelish/toffeeish notes balance out the aroma while remaining aromatically hoppy.

The taste is citric with a touch of pine. Although the hops play out well, there is quite a bit of caramelish maltiness making this one a balanced IPA. Herbal spiciness comes through in the dry finish.

It has a firm medium body.

This is a nice IPA. English influenced but with an American touch. Recommended for an IPA that is more balanced and a mix of English and American style.

Thanks to Wasatch for including this one in our trade - I liked it!

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 14:50:19 | More by jwc215
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a orange copper with an almost honey like color. A 3 finger soapy white head that leaves a fingers worth of foam behind.

S - Bitter citrus, earthy and piney hops with a bit of a sweet malt background.

T - Citrus, pine and grapefruit with moderate bitterness and a nice sweet caramel that balances well against the hops.

M - Medium body and smooth with a linger sweetness and biterness.

D - Best English IPA I have tried so far. Nicely balanced.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 02:11:03 | More by brewcrew76
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srandycarter

California

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a tulip

A - Pretty dark honey with white 1/3 inch head. Medium lacing.

S - Deep Hops and sweet malt, very promising.

T -Definite hop beer, small malt in front, hops take over, a little too bitter in the end.

M - Medium body, full carbonation (not excessive). Falls short, in the end.

D - It's definitely drinkable. Just wish not so bitter and a little fuller in the end, would score a lot higher.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2007 05:19:34 | More by srandycarter
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gubbt

California

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper with a rich off white head and nice lacing.

Strong hops in the nose; piney with some underlying sweet bread malts.

Very hop centric profile. Again, it comes through mostly as pine with a lot of it in the finish with great lingering hop flavor. Not too bitter or harsh.

Medium bodied and soft, not overy carbonated.

This is a nice, simple west-coast IPA. I would not call this one an English style, as the hops are all-American and there is not much biscuity or bready malt to be found, nor any fruity esters. Really nice, drinkable IPA from Drakes. Bottoms up!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 06:11:29 | More by gubbt
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dirtylou

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, thanks to Lothore and the Beerfest BIF

appearance: pours into a Great Dane imperial pint glass, clear straw-orange body with a sudsy white head and some decent lacing

smell: strong hop profile, bitterness noted, pine and spruce, sweet malty notes. Good nose

taste: not as flavourful as the nose would indicate in my opinion. taste is primarily hop driven with a big pine kick and moderate bitterness, lots of malt sweetness provides a solid base. pretty strong english ipa

mouthfeel: smooth and moderately bitter

drinkability: good

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 00:23:09 | More by dirtylou
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Lothore

California

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep orangey red color. Small off white head that fades to a thin layer which maintains until the end. Clear and very bubbly.

S- Smells of pine and grapefruit. Citrus hops dominate the nose with a sweet malt presence.

T- Tastes doughy with strong, somewhat bitter, citrusey grapefruit flavors that dissipate to a clean bitterness.

M- About average viscosity, a little on the thick side. Highly carbonated, maybe a little too much.

D- Very drinkable brew. Great example of a clean west coast IPA. Seems really easy to session for the alcohol content. If your in the mood for a solid example of the IPA style without something ridiculously over the top, this is the beer for you.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2007 04:39:10 | More by Lothore
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from both Aprilluvsbeer & fartingdog courtesy of the Birthday Club 2, so a big "Thank you" goes out to them. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus, caramelized malts and pale hops.

T: The taste is decently balanced with the sweetness of caramel & brown sugar and the bitterness of pale hops. The malt character is pretty hearty but on the light side for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet with a little bit of hops.

M: Crisp and pretty smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, I could certainly drink several of these even though I prefer the pizzazz of the American IPA over the English version. Nonetheless, this is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 02:08:54 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Wasatch

Utah

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Solomon420 for this brew.

Pours a cloudy amber color, nice carbonation, nice small creamy off-white head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, slightly hoppy, and slightly bitter. The taste is on the malty side for sure like it should be, lots of caramel. The finish is bitter and dry. Medium body. Drinkable, this is an outstanding EIPA, glad to have had a chance to try.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 01:12:01 | More by Wasatch
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Night

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange-amber with a bit of haze. Large, yellowish head with big bubbles and a solid layer of cream across the top. Two long, sticky arcs grace the entire girth of the glass. Aroma is mostly fruity and floral hops (peach, pineapple, tomato – some pine resin / needles as well) with a soft underpinning of doughy-malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, juicy, and a little syrupy. Flavor is strong, bitter and spicy hops (lots of pine here) followed by significantly present buttery and caramel malts, in accordance with the English style. Finish is crisp and piney, leading into a bitter aftertaste. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2007 21:08:50 | More by Night
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as part of BC2. Thanks fartingdog!
This one poured a hazy orange colour with a thin, light beige cap of foam. Good head retention with some nice stickage. The aroma was predominantly hoppy (lots of pine, grapefruit, and citrus rind) with some caramel rounding it out. Moderate bitterness with a big citrusy flavour and solid malty caramel backbone. It thinned out a bit by the finish, but there was still plenty of floral character and a bit of hop spiciness. Medium/light bodied with moderate carbonation that gave it a spritzy finish. Good balance overall. Hops were up front, but weren't overwhelming. My only (slight) complaint was the flavour thinning a bit by the end. Other than that, very solid, and an easy drinking IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 20:50:36 | More by DrJay
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jbsteiny

Hawaii

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint of this hand-pumped at Toronado. I feel like it is a fairly traditional English-style IPA. Bright, clear copper color with a thick foam (thanks to the strange hand pump -- I've never seen a bartender have to work so hard to extract a pint) that left some sticky lace. Smelled of pine with fruity malt sweetness, but the effect was subtle; on the tongue, the hops' bitterness increased, but was wholly underwhelming -- not a bad thing. This allowed the biscuityness of the malt to emerge, which for me is the mark of an English style. The carbonation lent this ale a creamy mouthfeel, and it went down easy enough. I wouldn't necessarily seek it out, but I think it achieves what its brewers intended -- a solid example of the style.

Serving type: cask

07-20-2007 05:09:18 | More by jbsteiny
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flexabull

California

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber color with a nice looking white head.

Aromas are of fresh, bright, and bitter citrus fruits. As well as of sweet candies.

Tastes creamy and sweet. Flavors of hard fruit candies, citrus, and a tart bitter hoppy finish. Flavors are similar to an English IPA, but with a bit more of a kick, and certainly more hops.

Nice full mouthfeel, with good carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. Certainly not a favorite IPA of mine, and not sure if I would grab it again of the shelf. It's still a pretty good and interesting beer to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2007 03:08:18 | More by flexabull
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willjschmidt

California

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Medium-dark amber color with a light tan head.

S: Standard IPA aromas of citrus and pine.

T: A very interesting IPA. The hops are up front followed by a fruity middle with the slightly bitter hops bringing up the rear. The interesting thing is that throughout the experience there is a solid malty backbone. Because of this the taste of the hops is rather subdued compared to the standard West Coast IPA.

M: Nice mouthfeel; smooth, creamy and well balanced between the malt and the bitter hops.

D: Very drinkable beer. I could easily put down a few of these. It's smooth, well balanced, tasty, and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 01:40:22 | More by willjschmidt
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BrewMonkey

California

3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear light amber with coppery tones. White head that holds up decently against the glass, moderate lacing.

Aroma of bitter pine, citrus, some malt sweetness.

Flavor of bitter pine follows with the aroma, with a bit more citrus. Pretty straight forward malt profile. A little more bitter than i might normally like, though probably standard for an IPA. Not a terribly complex beer, but fairly tasty.

Overall bitterness would prevent me from having more than two pints before my pallate needs a rest.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 23:24:49 | More by BrewMonkey
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WeymouthMike

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received from Fartindog in trade during Bif Race 07. Great looking beer right of the bat, reddish amber with a foamy white head that leaves a similar foam lacing. Not much of a nose, just some citrus. Taste is what I would expect in an English IPA, very well balanced but one thing that I couldn't get out of my mouth was the cocoa finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 00:12:42 | More by WeymouthMike
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bradybeer

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold brown with a off white head-medium carbonation. Aroma is hoppy with plenty of resin. Taste is malty with a good hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is good-how about a few of these on a weekend night-not a problem.Ahoy matey.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 22:25:54 | More by bradybeer
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stephendr

California

4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle- color of dark amber , with a decent off white head - nose of piney , citrus hopps , resin , tar , coco , and dirty – taste of roasted malts , hopps , resin , vanilla , and pine– body is creamy , and smooth – aftertaste of chewy bitter , grapefruit , malts , and mint

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2007 06:20:38 | More by stephendr
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blackie

California

4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: The pour gives a nice, somewhat fluffy khaki-colored head with good retention. The beer is a lighter brown with some golden hues.

smell: Very nice. Fresh, leafy green hops bring a great spicy balance to the otherwise earthy, malty aroma. Caramel and toasted malts give a moderate sweetness. Intriguing notes of candied fruits and dark sugars are found. Is that boozy wood in the background? Probably not, but the nose it pretty complex for the style.

mouthfeel: The carbonation and body are both around medium.

taste: Nice malt flavors, varied from caramel to lightly toasted with earthy and sweet fruit tones. Well hopped for an English IPA, too...plenty of leafy English-type hop flavors with a big level of drying bitterness in the finish.

drinkability: I could see a few of these going down quite well.

Received a single 12 oz. via trade with TheKegergator. Had a close call with this one, as it had leaked a bit during transit...probably routed through the Arctic Midwest. I cracked it open immediately, and thankfully, it was just fine.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2007 22:59:51 | More by blackie
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with fartingdog. Thanks for the opportunity... 06 version.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/4" light tan head over the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Head isn't going anywhere fast, and lacing is heavy and frothy. Aroma is deeply of sweet piney hops. Flavor is light maltiness upfront, with lots of pine hops flavor that dominates and lingers long and hard. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both quite good, I could make this a regular IPA if it wasn't only found on the opposite shores. Will have to get it when I can, and you should too.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2006 22:53:06 | More by ppoitras
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SkinnyElvis

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fartingdog for this bottle in a trade. Plastic wrapper is a PIA. Classic West Coast hops within an English style IPA. Great hoppy nose. Amber color without a lot of head in the pour. Very bitter with a citrus flavor. I would drink this all the time if I could.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2006 02:24:15 | More by SkinnyElvis
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Goofy plastic label on the glass bottle touts the GABF golg medal.

Pours with a hazy ochre orange topped with a spotty thick beige head cap leaving decent lace in the glass.

Scents are big with a blanace of grainy hops and thick orange peel and lemon citrus.

First swigs: Solig grainy malt balances the orange peel and citrus blend. Some dusty bitterness and tea like astringency.

crisp feel with a dry bitter finish. This is a mouth parcher.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2006 22:30:47 | More by blitheringidiot
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mcallister

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber color with very thick impressions. Small white head fades away in a blur and leaves a bubbly ring in it's wake.

Lovely sweet malty aromas, hints of toffee, piney hop aromas lie underneath. Not an overly complex aroma but very salivating.

English in style all the way. Large amounts of toffeed malt with enough piney resiny hops to balance and add complexity. Not bursting with multiple flavors but big and full and satisfying. A damn good IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 21:24:18 | More by mcallister
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bennetj17

Arizona

4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fartingdog for this bottle, an extra in our recent trade. Dropped off on my doorstep this morning, in my belly this evening.

The appearance is quite dark, a deep amber, like a plum. The head is a nice 1/2 inch to begin with before it settles to a coating foam. Pleasant aroma of piney hops dominates, and they are very sweet and citrusy. I took in several whiffs. The tangy citrus hops come through strongly in the flavor, with a note of caramel too from the malt. Slightly dry, the tangy bitterness in the finish intensifies with each sip. Medium bodied, with a great smoothness. The carbonation creates a light foaminess helping to coat the palate.

I'm not as familiar with English IPA's as I am American ones, but after drinking this I didn't see much difference, probably because this English example was made in California. Either way, it was quite tasty, with plenty of hop flavor for my enjoyment. Highly quaffable...

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2006 06:50:22 | More by bennetj17
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Prufrock

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pilsner.

slightly hazy orange golden. thin white head that leaves some strings of lace.

sugary malt aroma with a nice mix of hops. pineapple, citrus, and gummi candy.

very drinkable. medium carbonation and a medium body; balanced at the start and a nice hoppy finish. ABV is approaching DIPA territory, but it definitely doesn't come off like one. nothing incredible or mind-blowing, but a nice, drinkable, every-day IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 01:53:57 | More by Prufrock
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