Drake's IPA - Drake's Brewing Co.

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Drake's IPADrake's IPA

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88
very good

208 Reviews
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Reviews: 208
Hads: 484
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 22
Gots: 43 | 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 brewcrew76
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of bunnyhustle
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (684 characters)

Photo of grub
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (666 characters)

Photo of ojclark
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (502 characters)

Photo of MiScusi
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's Delirium Cafe in Pasadena, CA. Golden in color with a nice fluffy cap. The smell is really floral, perfumy. The taste starts out with some sweet citrus and develops into a bitter earthy and floral type of hoppiness. It really lingers on that back half of the sip and hits you pretty hard on the palate. When fresh this is a really good hoppy IPA. The body was pretty light too, and had a good dryness to it. (433 characters)

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a six pack of this at work last night.

Appearance- amber color, nice looking head

Smell- citrus hops

Taste- citrus hops, medium bitterness then more bitterness in the finish

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- This was a very good IPA. I will be drinking this one again and recommending it at work. (318 characters)

Photo of jwc215
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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! (684 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Clown Shoes pint glass.

The color is a cloudy orange/amber with some yellowish highlights and a foamy off-white head with some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is pretty darn sweet with a fruity citrus flavor that I am having problems placing. Some slight banana flavor as well.

The taste is pretty darn bitter at first with a thick flavor of spicy hop flavor and a touch of citrus flavor. Some sweet malt flavor hits pretty hard as well and is fight for dominance in this beer. The hops are there more so it is no surprise the bitterness comes back to pop your sense once more before the end.

The feel of this beer is pretty damn smooth. For a bitter beer there is no lingering flavor that outstays its welcome. The refreshment is right on the money and goes down well. (816 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a very nice golden-amber IPA tinge, yet in this case, one that *nearly* resembles Pliny the Elder! There's a fantastic burst of carbonation, but eventually the bubbles become less thicker and plentiful in appearance. However, it retains a good, 2.5 finger head that slowly recedes, yet never really gives up no matter how warm it gets. Lacing sticks like thick webs all over the glass's edges, and giant bubbles remain around the ring at the top of the mini head. Fabulous!

There's an initial floral whiff that overpowers the aroma, only to then be replaced by fresh, zesty citrus notes (mainly on the orange side), as well as sweetened toffee malts. The herby smell is extremely typical of West Coast IPAs, only in this case, incredibly fresh in smell and crisp as hell. Not much honey or grapefruit aromas though, which is a nice change of style on these types of IPAs.

The first sip is very bittered and filled with intense, fresh floral notes, sweetened candy sugar, and more citrus notes than in the aroma (including grapefruit). The hops really shine here, and there's a slightly spicy yet mainly hemp/floral flavor that seems to overpower all the others. Not too many malts, but there is a yeasty astringency that immediately follows the bitterness. Very carbonated and thick, this has an immense syrupy feel. The spices seem to last on the tongue long after a first sip, and there's a slight alcohol flavor that follows, but overall everything seems pretty balanced, as far as IPAs go.

A very good California-style IPA, but definitely more for hop-heads rather casual IPA drinkers. It's not too strong, and the semi-high ABV does smoothen things out a bit, but the yeastiness and rather strong hop punch at the finish may not be for everyone. As an avid fan of IPAs, this is amazingly balanced for all the flavors it offers, and easy to drink. Will pick up some next time I see it, especially because it's local! (1,975 characters)

Photo of kaseydad
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint glass pour and I am met with an amber colored ale with a nice frothy head with staying power and nice lacing. Aroma consists of pine, citrus fruits, maltiness and some mild hoppy goodness. The taste is great! Truly what an IPA should taste like. Hoppy, slight grapefruit with sharpness and a crisp bite on the finish with a slight malty backbone. Very refreshing when drunk at a tad cooler than 50 degrees. Drinkability was high as I consumed two pints and was craving another.

Overall I am very impressed with this IPA. I tend to lean on Double IPA's as some of my favorites but this one is definitely high up there on the IPA list. Awesomely good and highly recommended. (678 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A clean copper pour with 2 fingers of head leaving behind great amount of lacing. Grapefruit, pine, and caramel on the nose.. Citrusy sweet smell.
A lovely mellow citrusy/piney/grapefruit hop flavor blends in nicely with the caramel and bready flavors from the grain bill.
A lighter medium body beer with a good amount of carbonation makes this one very easy to drink.
Overall this is an excellent ipa. Very easy to drink and nicely hopped. The abv is a little high to be sessionable, but I can see someone doin so with this beer. (531 characters)

Photo of rkuhnel
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of bhensonb from Ratebeer. Great beer this one was. Poured a deep amber with a nice head with creamy tones in the bubbles and good lacing. Nose of citrus hops and some hard to identify spices (cinnamon?). Clear and rich mouthfeel. Flavor of caramel malts and and hops, with pine showing this time in addition to the citrus. Good long bitter finish. A good and well crafted IPA. (393 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, no freshness indication offered.

Pours auburn hued amber, typical looking off white head, leaves respectable tongues of lacing on the glass.

Hops burning the nostrils

This is a rich and densely flavorfull IPA, with an ample caramel malt base but featuring wave after wave of biting citric hops. California/West coast style all the way. Well done and quite enjoyable stuff (391 characters)

Photo of Topher78
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into my glass and watched as the light amber colored liquid filled it. It poured a fingers worth of an off-white head that left great lacing. The aroma was of citrus, pineapple and mango. The taste centered more around the pineapple and citrus but had a good deal of sweetness that balanced the beer very well. Drakes IPA had a light bodied mouth feel and finished very dry. (388 characters)

Photo of aracauna
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, a little on the brown side. The head is nicely formed and a bit soapy in appearance. The aroma is strongly hoppy. It smells a lot like Sweetwater IPA with it's balanced mixed of grapefruit and spruce. Similar in the flavor, although there is a caramel sweetness underneath the fresh hop flavors that paler Sweetwater IPA doesn't have. Excellent IPA. One of my favorites. (390 characters)

Photo of hopdog
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle acquired in trade with DarkElf (thanks!).

Poured a dark and hazy orange-amber color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of oranges, pine, grapefruit and caramel. None of the aromas where overpowering and seemed to blend together very nicely. Tastes of caramel and citrus. Lightly bitter with a light to medium sweetness. Not over the top bitter. Lacing left on the glass. Alcohol content hidden. An IPA you could drink all night long.

Notes from 8/21/05 (466 characters)

Photo of MisterClean
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (476 characters)

Photo of Trilogy31
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a typical maple syrup amber without light hop hazing - the head is what gets me two fingers of thick rocky foam that really stays through the entireity of the beer with nice lacing - looks like they borrowed the foam from la fin du monde. The nose hits straight away with dank pine forest, lighter shadings of sour citrus and green papaya and philipine brand dried mango (the wife is a flip so i know what they taste like). The beers taste follows the nose and is refreshingly bitter at the end. Nice carbonation and hides the 7% abv. Drakes really has stepped up their game lately and i am proud to live so close the bay areas best (currently) ipa producer, much less selling the beer in an afforable 6 pack. (715 characters)

Photo of drseamus
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to Bubba83 for the bottle.

Pours a hazy deep gold with 1 1/2 fingers of creamy off-white head. Retains down to about half that, leaving thick swathes of lace behind. The aroma is a lively mix of piney hops, spice, some pretty prominant citrus notes, and sweet malt.

The taste is similar to the aroma profile with the hop bitterness feeling subdued at first but then I realize that it's actually quite pronounced based on the bitterness in the finish. It just feels more subtle because of the excellent balance job from all the backing citrus and malt sweetness. The mouthfeel has a light medium feel that is immensely easy and creamy going down.

I enjoyed this. It had the feel of an English IPA but definitely posessed a little West Coast American pop to give it some personality. And don't even get me started on the drinkibility of this guy. I just wish that I had had another to follow up this bottle with. (955 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (460 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a foggy gold. Nose is an orange citrus earthy thing. Flavor is nice and earthy. Kind of a muddy thing. Pretty smooth, but very robust. Caramel is in there as well. Smooth liquid feel. Nice carbonation. I like this beer. A nice asy drinking IPA. This is what an IPA can be when it's not an outlandish American version. (323 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy amber-almost orange color with a medium white head that disappears fast. Scent is very citrus hoppy with very sweet candy aromas. I also pick up subtle piney notes with a bit of melon. Taste is sweet, but not as sweet as the aroma would imply. Great hop flavors with citrus and fresh melon (honeydew, cantaloup). I also get a nice maltiness with caramel and light buttery notes. Very tasty IPA. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with a crisp, bitter bite at the end. Not too crisp though, as it is a bit on the syrupy side for a regular IPA. Drinkability is high. (578 characters)

Photo of popery
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dusky gold-amber liquid with a nice creamy head that leaves a good amount of lacing down the sides of the glass and a healthy cap on the beer.

S: Caramel, biscuit for malt, and the hops are floral, herbal and somewhat citric. Bigger hop presence than one would normally expect from an English IPA.

T: Good bitterness, good malt. It's a tasty beer, but it's really edging toward American IPA territory, rather than English. The hops are fairly dominant and there are very likely some American hops in the recipe. The malt has some English flavor, but it's mostly overwhelmed by the hops. Still quite good.

M: Good. Relatively oily with hop essence. Not much alcohol presence. Bitter, nearly astringent, finish.

D: Very drinkable if you like hops. It tastes like a mix of British and American hops, however it's the British-leaning malt that really has me coming back for more. (882 characters)

Photo of JBogan
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber-orange with a solid and creamy head which deposits a good amount of sticky lacing on the glass.

The aroma is pure IPA. Pine and citrus, mainly grapefruit is there for the nose to behold.

Taste and scent go hand in hand here. The only other thing which I picked up was a bit of caramel malts which balanced things out pretty well.

Mouthfeel was very good. Medium-thick, but it could have used a bit more carbonation tingle for my taste.. Still, nice and smooth in the mouth and going down the hatch.

This is a solid IPA, among the top tier. If you like IPA's then this is absolutely worth a try. (613 characters)

Drake's IPA from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.