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Drake's IPA - Drake's Brewing Co.

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Drake's IPADrake's IPA

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very good

427 Ratings
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Ratings: 427
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 24
Gots: 23 | 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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Ratings: 427 | Reviews: 202 | Display Reviews Only:
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

kjkinsey, Sep 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
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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.

Wasatch, Oct 03, 2007
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

spycow, Apr 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

cletusdog, Jul 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

DMc8ride, Aug 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Bushwood, Feb 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

blindmike, Jun 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Exiled, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

nanandtomfitz, Mar 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

dominic4beer, Feb 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

sloelco, Dec 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

coldriver, Dec 25, 2011
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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.

jbsteiny, Jul 20, 2007
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

DoctorB2B, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

OMsweetOM, Jan 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

rojocorsa, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of Night
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.

Night, Aug 17, 2007
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

MrGone, Apr 06, 2014
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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

benclimbs, Apr 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

shelby415, Feb 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

fox227, Jan 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

John11486, Feb 17, 2012
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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.

Bitterbill, Jan 07, 2008
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

BeerArchivist, Dec 14, 2011
Drake's IPA from Drake's Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.