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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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nanandtomfitz

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-03-2014 03:24:16 | More by nanandtomfitz
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dominic4beer

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-15-2012 03:47:52 | More by dominic4beer
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sloelco

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-25-2012 23:03:28 | More by sloelco
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coldriver

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-25-2011 03:37:19 | More by coldriver
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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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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-20-2011 20:09:12 | More by DoctorB2B
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OMsweetOM

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-24-2013 07:20:40 | More by OMsweetOM
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rojocorsa

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

09-16-2013 02:11:01 | More by rojocorsa
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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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MrGone

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-06-2014 05:07:01 | More by MrGone
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benclimbs

California

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

This is a very solid IPA - bought at new star ell in SF.

pours golden off-opaque with a nice head that dissipates over time and a good amount of lacing throughout thte glass when shaken about

smell is very typical of a w.coast ipa - grapefruit, citrus and a hint of pine with an off sweet malt character...reminds me of stone or racer a lot in the nose

taste is nice, a good balance, a little sweet, a little fruity, a little citric and a bit warm just at the end finishing off-dry...a very nice example.

overall this is a great beer, and a very good west coast ipa - nicely done drake's

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 03:23:08 | More by benclimbs
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shelby415

Oregon

4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-25-2012 06:51:52 | More by shelby415
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fox227

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-20-2014 01:55:22 | More by fox227
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John11486

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-17-2012 00:19:36 | More by John11486
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-14-2011 15:06:50 | More by BeerArchivist
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barleywinefiend

Washington

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

Poured a rich amber body with a huge, frothy head that left rings of foam. Nice retention. Floral hops came to the nose, very inviting and not too strong. Very bitter with the taste of grapefruit present. Medium-bodied and very drinkable. This was a nice style. It reminded me of an English IPA, but had the feel of an West Coast IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 04:16:08 | More by barleywinefiend
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Seanibus

California

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

I first encountered this beer in Los Angeles a decade ago and remembered it fondly after I moved to the East Coast. Now I am back West and I see my memory was accurate - this is a very good West Coast style IPA - though perhaps my tastes have become a little more refined since then, since this seems to be a bit over the top now to my palate.

Pours a slightly hazy golden with a rich white head that falls to sticky lacing. The aroma is big and hoppy, strongly citrusy with grapefruit and lemon and a piney resin in the background. The flavor is so huge and creamy that it is like a big mouthful of super hoppy ice-cream, with enormous grapefruity hops trailing off to that piney/citrusy bitterness. The mouthfeel is creamy and thick.

This is a lovely beer for hopheads, but not a beer to be approached casually.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 01:09:41 | More by Seanibus
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theempire

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-22-2012 05:56:34 | More by theempire
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snakeayes11

Missouri

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-04-2014 01:08:52 | More by snakeayes11
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tbeq00

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

11-17-2012 23:07:48 | More by tbeq00
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t0rin0

California

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark orange color. Very clear with some white foam that laces the glass nicely. Decent retention.

Aroma is 90% hops. Mostly american (citrus/pine) but there is some softer more mellow english hops present. Not sure that this qualifies the beer for Enlglish IPA status. Lots of malt in the background.

Taste is incredibly hoppy and malty. There must be a lot of crystal malts in here as there is so much residual sweetness. Brand new this beer is very well balanced, but I'm not sure that this beer will age very well. Not too much bitterness either. Maybe the relatively low bitterness and the heavy malt flavor are what makes this an english IPA?

Body is real heavy and carbonation is ample. Very drinkable and not that high in abv.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 19:55:19 | More by t0rin0
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Evan

Maryland

4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-28-2012 00:32:37 | More by Evan
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retry4z

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-30-2014 06:22:59 | More by retry4z
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wandrews

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

10-28-2013 02:00:09 | More by wandrews
Drake's IPA from Drake's Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 406 ratings.