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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

419 Ratings
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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 24
Gots: 21 | 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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number1bum

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

Got this one from mymrnngjkt. Thanks Kevin.

Pours an orange amber color, pretty good clarity and a bit more than a finger of light cream head. Head retention is quite good and leaves a ton of stick.

Smells of citrus and pine hops and a good dose of caramel malt. Hmmm...this baby is smelling like an American IPA.

Taste says American IPA, too, as it's big on citrus and piney hops with ample bitterness. Really solid caramel malt backbone gives great balance. Slight buttery/toffee flavor, too, as well as some toasted malt. Great balance here and lots of hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty slick on the palate.

This is a pretty darn good IPA. Seems a lot more American IPA than English to me, but whatever. Definitely recommended.

03-31-2008 00:17:55 | More by number1bum
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Maudite

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

This was a damn fine beer. Especially to drink while shopping for homebrew supplies at Oakbarrel Winecraft in Berkeley, CA.

A- Beautiful golden orange; the color of a southwest sunset. A nice head, despite being in a plastic punch cup. Didn't last for too long, though a small halo stayed with me to the last. White, minimal lacing.

S- Right off the bat I got grapefruit. A small amount of pine, maybe a bit sappy/woodsy, lent from the hops. Smelled rather dense, like fresh cut timber, or an old growth forest, with definite citrus notes, to boot. Nothing beyond the wonderfully balanced hops.

T- Grapefruit, bitter citrus peel, a slight oakishness. Deliciously bitter on the tongue, wonderful hop-bite. Pale and crisp, small, small amount of burnt caramel, honey, very buried.

M- Tart, astringent, biting, tight. Really got in there and washed my mouth clean like a dry gin.

D- Maybe not a session beer, but then again, maybe? Very well balanced, very clean and refreshing; great body on this gal.

03-06-2008 02:02:51 | More by Maudite
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joepais

Maine

3.7/5  rDev -4.9%

Bottle poured cloudy copper white head light lacing

Citrus, piney, hops aromas come from the glass

Tastes of sweet malts then a citrus hop flavor kicks in

Medium mouthfeel with an oily finish

An interesting IPA more of an American than English because of the robust hops

03-02-2008 20:26:03 | More by joepais
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

The full savoury hop leaf in abundance,above average mouthfeel. What this means is piney, resiny, a tad astringent. Grapefruit from the West Coast hops. A very good English style IPA. Orange colouring and good hop aroma to boot. Thanks to Captain Couger.
4.5 years later I had this on tap and it hit the spot with very good hoppiness, drinkability, upraded rating.

03-02-2008 04:31:26 | More by Sammy
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

About time I got around to drinking this one! Courtesy of fartingdog from BC2! Shared with grub.

Pours a hazed orange, thick off white head forms, settles down to a decent ring, nice lacing. Smell is intense, floral, very tropical, lots of grapefruit and pineapple, caramel, oranges, bread, pretty solid malt base, nice hops, very balanced. Taste is sweet, grains and caramel, grapefruit, oranges, pineapple, toast, flora, spicy bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, bit of warmth, very smooth and highly drinkable. Next time I need to try this fresh! Still excellent even past its prime. Thanks Dave!

02-22-2008 20:17:45 | More by Viggo
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MisterClean

California

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

12 oz from Total Wine

A - Smooth copper color, white head, with light lacing.

S - Pineapple, nectarine, citrus, and coconut?? Yeah, coconut.

T - Pineapple, coconut, citrus, with earthy notes.

M - Slightly bitter from earthiness, but the tropicality is outstanding.

D - The tropical flavors from this IPA are outstanding, but the earthiness prevents this beer from taking it to the next level. Would be much, much better with some infused oxygen. Straight out of the tap.

02-18-2008 06:10:21 | More by MisterClean
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ojclark

California

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%

On cask at the Toronado, 1/3/08. Very fruity aroma with lots of malt (mainly toasty) character and some caramelly, butterscotch notes. Good clarity. Very nice off-white head with great retention. Nice flavors of toasty malt with a mellow hoppiness and bitterness. Slight caramel favor. Some fruitiness and citrus/pine hop notes in finish. Yeastiness apparent in background. Medium-full body with moderately low carbonation and a smooth lingering bitterness in the finish. This was a vey good cask beer.

02-17-2008 01:48:43 | More by ojclark
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bunnyhustle

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +8%

This is a treat of a brew. Poured from 12 oz. bottle, first offering I've tasted from Drake's. Pours a slightly cloudy orange with 1 finger head, good retention and lacing. Smell is of sweet caramel, hops, and citrus, a real disntinct IPA smell since it wasnt dominated by the hops. Taste is great. One of the more balance IPA's I've tasted and if anything, a little more on the sweet side. Strong citric tastes (grapefruit, pineapple?), a sweet malt presence and a nice touch of hops of course. Medium mouthfeel leaves a slightly oily slick. This is a well crafted beer. Perhaps a little heavy on the malt side considering the style but overall one of the best IPA's I've tasted yet.

02-16-2008 04:17:53 | More by bunnyhustle
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barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

thanks to fartingdog for the chance to try this intruiging beer! Styled as "Brewed with extra hops and malt in the English tradition, but with West Coast style" according to the bottle. I found this to be a quite pleasant mild APA or an oddly citric IPA. I paired this up with a spicey mexican dish and was quite happy. If you like hops this is worth a try. If you're a style maven than this will not feel right. I say go with what works.

02-05-2008 20:27:54 | More by barleywinebrewer
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.38/5  rDev +12.6%

"There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory."

--Sir Francis Drake

Glowing pumpkin orange with polished brass highlights. The three finger crown of orange tinted ivory tells me that quality beer awaits. The foam is thick and rich and is a fabulous lace maker to boot. A good start.

For what is supposed to be an English IPA, the nose sure does have a lot of West Coast hopitude. Not so much in quantity, although it's fine in that regard, but in quality. Sweet orange and white grapefruit suggest that one or more of the C-hops are present. Most likely Cascade.

To my way of thinking, it's difficult to brew an English IPA using American hops. This beer is a perfect example. There's really nothing English about it at all. Although it isn't one of the more aggressive versions, it's still pretty hoppy. And that, as we all know, is the key to a good IPA.

The amount of pale malt (in terms of flavor, sweetness and mouthfeel) is pretty close to ideal. The malt sugars take some of the rough edges off the alpha acids, while not quite completely civilizing them. White grapefruit is now in the lead, with bitter orange close behind. Hmmm... maybe Centennial as well.

I can usually tell that the mouthfeel will be good after seeing and hearing the beer splash into the glass. Such was the case here. This one has a wonderful silky smoothness and a perfect amount of soft carbonation. Well done.

Drake's IPA is good. Really good. It seems as if every craft beer that comes down the pike claims to have won a gold medal at some competition or other (going back decades in some cases), but this gold medal winner well and truly earned it. If you love hops, drink Drake's IPA fresh. It's a tongue-pleasing treat.

01-31-2008 14:54:37 | More by BuckeyeNation
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +6.7%

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled jan 19/08.

pours deep reddish copper colour with a small dense off-white head. the head drops slowly and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is great. bit of alcohol. orange and tangerine. bit of grapefruit. big biscuit and bready malt. bit of caramel sweetness.

taste is good. grapefruit. medium bitterness level. nice light orange and tangerine sweetness. bread and biscuit malt. bit of alcohol. hint of pine. light caramel.

mouthfeel is good. medium very smooth well integrated carbonation. medium body.

drinkability is good. well balanced. the nice citrus sweetness helps carry things and make it interesting.

01-20-2008 18:28:45 | More by grub
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Murchmac

California

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

This beer is always on hand pump at the toronado, and that's usually how I drink it. I decided to buy a bottle to switch it up.

This beer carbonated and cold is also excellent. It looks like liquid grapefruit, smells like floral citrus fruit, and tastes like some sort of orangrapefruit. Goes down easy.

If you get a chance to have it on hand pump, do it, if you can buy it in a bottle, that's not bad either.

01-13-2008 04:37:57 | More by Murchmac
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4/5  rDev +2.8%

I got this bottle from South Bay Drugs & Liquors.

It pours from 12oz bottle a hazy gold with a good 1 finger head of foam and it has a lot of lacing.

The smell is very nice. Lots of hops there but equally strong in the malt and together, it makes for a very bitter-seet nose. I like.

The taste is as if not more impressive than the smell. Grapefruit and floral hop flavours in abundance but the malt sweetness somewhat takes the edge off the bitterness and it's *almost* a complete balance for this IPA....nah, there'd have to be a bigger malt profile here to do that. Hops win flavour domination....by more than a nose. It has a good medium mouthfeel to it and the carbonation is fairly high. It finishes on the bitter side. I'd say this is more of an American IPA but it's reasonably near the ballpark. That said, this is quite a good IPA regardless and one I'd drink again without hesitation.

01-07-2008 23:52:37 | More by Bitterbill
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drseamus

New York

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

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

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%

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!

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

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

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

California

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

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

California

4.03/5  rDev +3.6%

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!

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

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

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

California

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

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

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

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

Utah

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

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

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

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

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

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

Hawaii

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

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