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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

460 Ratings
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Ratings: 460
Reviews: 205
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 23
Gots: 31 | 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:
Beer added by: drewbage on 06-09-2003

"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."
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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"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.

Photo of grub
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Photo of drseamus
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of jwc215
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
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!

Photo of brewcrew76
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of srandycarter
3.87/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of gubbt
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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

Photo of Lothore
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  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.

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Night
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of DrJay
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of jbsteiny
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of flexabull
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of willjschmidt
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of BrewMonkey
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Photo of WeymouthMike
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of bradybeer
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of stephendr
4.45/5  rDev +15%
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

Photo of blackie
4.45/5  rDev +15%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Drake's IPA from Drake's Brewing Co.
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