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Drake's IPA - Drake's Brewing Co.

Drake's IPADrake's IPA

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BA SCORE
87
very good

379 Ratings
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Ratings: 379
Reviews: 199
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.05%


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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xmorgan

California

4.9/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Copper, Bitter, dry finish I love the grapefruit resin it leaves on may palate, making me aware of the top of my mouth.

This is a very decent smooth IPA, a little on the aggressive side, but still on this side of the fence in comparison to Stone IPA.

A. Coppy, nice lacing,

S: citrusy, but a get lactose as well, I tested severed times and got lactose as well. (I had no dairy today)

T: Smoth, citrusy bittners, finish is dry and leave ones upper jowls to dry in residual hemp oils.

M: Meadium to full body, Like a full body beer on a diet that is barely working, It could be larger here.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 09:16:50 | More by xmorgan
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FrognutUnl

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to bring for tossing this in as an extra.

A - Hazy golde-amber in color, with a good inch of white head. Retention is fair for the style with some lacing left behind as it subsides

S - Grapefruit and caramel malt with notes of pine.

T - Very piney hop bite with plenty of malty goodness up front. The grapefruit kind of lingers around in the finish. Good hop bite with almost enough malt to balance it out.

M - Very creamy with low to medium carbonation. Medium in body.

D - I found this IPA to be no less drinkable than any other.

Overall this is a solid offering from Drake's and has me interested in some of their other offerings.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 01:32:21 | More by FrognutUnl
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gtn80

Maine

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz into a tulip glass.

Appearance is a murky copper color, small amount of foam that clings to the glass throughout.

Aroma is a great, piney hop aroma with a strong caramel malt scent.

Taste is a sticky, resinousy hop flavor up front, but the caramel malts are just overwhelming. Hops play second fiddle to the malts.

Mouthfeel is great, full, decent carbonation.

Drinkability is not good, tough with that maltiness.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 00:17:18 | More by gtn80
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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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gubbt

California

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

California

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

Bottle poured into glass.

Beer is a cloudy muddy brown while the head is a light bronish color. Head is thick and foamy with very good rentention. Good stickness on the glass.

Smells of carmel, molasses, slight citrus, pine.

Taste is very pungent and strong. Very bitter IPA. I would say more of a heavy IPA that is strong and less refreshing than other good ones I have had. Some sweetness in the taste. I like it but just a little to much for me.

Beer is tangy with not a lot of carbonation in the mouth.

One or two of these in a sitting is plenty.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 19:58:25 | More by mattffrost
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afrokaze

California

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

Another one from one of my favorite breweries. Pours a pale amber with great carbonation and some lacing. The aroma is nearly a perfect balance of pungent and citrusy hops with pine and a bit of sweetness. Grapefruit, orange rind, pine resin, Cascade, spicy hops are well balanced with crystal and cracker malt that keeps the hops from being too astringent. Crisp then silky in the mouth with a good dry finish. A great example of the west coast IPA without being overkill, tastes like hop candy!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 00:03:57 | More by afrokaze
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jstilwell

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to abecall98 for this extra in a recent trade. An ambery looking strong IPA but not quite a DIPA. An attempt at an English style, this is darker than most American IPA's. There is a ruby undertone to the color and a nice lasting low level head with decent lacing. The nose shines here with strong toffee appeal! the tast follows the nose and is very malty. I am getting some strong bitterness but not the citrus flavor that it is trying to bring. This has a decent mouthfeel as it is considerably thick, like I enjoy them. All in all, I enjoyed this one and if it were available around here, I would revisit. Reminded me a bit of a slightly more bitter and slightly lighter Gordon (Oskar Blues)

nice work!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 01:23:49 | More by jstilwell
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BenHesk12

California

3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drake's IPA from a botle.

Initial bold malty molasses paired with a nice nutty citrusy IPA comfort. Dark amber, not overly bitter or hoppy and is easy to drink at 7% alcohol. Soft carbonation with a thick mouthfeel and plenty of frothy foam. Pine flavor comes in nicely throughout to create a medium-complex and highly drinkable IPA that will make you stop and think. This beer stands out among west coast IPA's as less insanely hoppy and more of a well rounded and thoughtful ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 02:51:53 | More by BenHesk12
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Pehlman

California

3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Nice light coloration. Slightly speckeled and lightly opaque. Decent head and nice lacing!

S: Almost get more malts than hops on this one. Definitely a bit of hops towards the back though.

T: More bitterness than the smell would lead one to believe. Very light but with a lingering bitterness. Reminds me of an orange that has sat out a little too long.

M: Carbonation is a bit sharp for me. Probably the least appealing factor.

D: I could have one once in a while but I wouldnt ask for one. Would be nice on a hot day. Not a good beer to finish off the night with.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 11:10:19 | More by Pehlman
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MonkeymooTJ

California

4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:

Penny copper all the way through. Thick, three finger head with great retention. Ample bubbles rise from the bottom

Smell:

Citrusy grapefruit hops tingle the nostrils as do a slight caramel malt scent, but to a much lesser extent

Taste:

A plentiful dose of grapefruit bitterness is noticed immediately defining the dominating character of this brew. Almost no sweetness is noticeable.

Mouthfeel:

Gives a light and crisp (almost dry) feeling to the palate. A lower than moderate carbonation level. Pleasant grapefruit aftertaste lingers

Overall:

Very enjoyable. Drakes is definitely a hop-centric IPA which fits my tastes incredibly well. Lack of carbonation does slightly detract from the experience but overall its a very well built IPA

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 18:02:05 | More by MonkeymooTJ
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Topher78

California

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 18:28:27 | More by Topher78
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BrewtifulMind

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. Bottle

This pours a hazy copper color with minimal head that dissipates pretty quickly. Tiny spots of lace left behind. Smells of grassy hops with a peach hint to it. Taste is bitter hops up front with a malty backbone, also citrus hints to be found. Mouthfeel is good, nice carbonation, leaves a bitter taste in the mouth. Overall its a pretty solid brew, something I would get again.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 05:12:14 | More by BrewtifulMind
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marikoangel

California

3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint at Amsterdam SF

A: It pours a clear caramel orange color with some spotty lacing. There was not much head to it.

S: I get nice fruit citrus hops followed by a nice malty quality. There's also some other fruit notes hiding in there, like dried persimmons, bananas, maybe apple. sweet and a little candied.

T: It tastes like it smells. I get the dried persimmons and banana first though, with the citrus hops coming out large in the middle before mellowing out into a slightly sweet malty finish.

M: The mouthfeel is medium with lower carbonation and just slightly chewy. Heavier than I expected. Maybe the keg is getting low?

D: It's nicely drinkable and enjoyable enough. The dried fruit favors are interesting enough to capture my attention. It is a bit heavy though, so I would probably only drink one or two of these in a sitting. Overall its nice.

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2012 21:24:26 | More by marikoangel
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JamesP123

California

2.83/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought a six pack from Bevmo. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug.

A. Light brown and kinda Orangy-Amber. All the beers had a HUGE white head. Even with a soft pour the head billowed over the top after 3/4 of the our. Solid 1/2 - 1 inch of foam looked like whip cream floated through the finsh of the beer. Heavily carbinated.

S. Fruity, citrusy: orange and grapefruits. A little malt sweetness.

T. Pretty average, wondering how old the bottle is as the finish is a little dry and the carbination is so heavy. Spicy/peppery hop flavor, but not very much hops coming through.

M. medium body, very carbinated

D. Not my favorite IPA. Too carbinated to drink more than one.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 03:49:18 | More by JamesP123
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stodbrew

California

4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep copper/orange color. Nice fluffy head that stayed through most of the glass. Very appealing visually.

Huge hop aroma. Very piny, citrusy, and a hint of juniper in the nose.

Flavor is hoppy with american hops, cascade and centennial, maybe? Nicely balanced with a good malt backbone. Very pleasant lingering bitterness on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2004 23:26:56 | More by stodbrew
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goldendenizen

California

3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A local brew that did nobody wrong. My wallet likes it too.

A: great lacing and very golden brown

T: Definitely doughy and malty with of course hoppiness. This is my compromise bt IPA and malt forward beer. A great IPA for a weekend night.

M: Excellent carbonation and flavor. Again, solid lacing.

O: Not your Mercedes Benz of IPAs but a solid go getter. Perhaps Subaru or Toyota?
I love to support local breweries and their quality efforts. Yes, still kind to my wallet as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 04:07:00 | More by goldendenizen
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LBBeer

California

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a-straw-copper color and great lacing

s-big green hoppy nose, very fresh

t-bitter, bitter, bitter just how I like it!

m-starts out thick on the pallette, but finishes a bit thin

d-pretty heavy, buy smooth enough to have 2 (or 3)

Another great offering from one of my favorite west coast brewers,

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2011 04:05:45 | More by LBBeer
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pigdog

California

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a-medium copper color, finger of foamy white head and fairly thick lacing

s-sweet malty caramel aroma, slight yeast smell with some citrus and pine.

t-piney hops dominate the taste buds, nice full flavor, more bitter than expected after the sweetness from the nose.

m-medium body, a little syrupy but still fairly balanced and a dry finish

d-very drinkable beer with solid flavor, but the sweetness would keep me from making it a regular go-to beer.

overall-solid IPA, but a little too much sweet for my taste. That being said, a sixer for $9.99 that tastes like this is a good option if other beers in the same range arent available such as Green Flash West Coast IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 23:07:47 | More by pigdog
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mattdavis452

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy, foggy, orange amber hues. From the bottle it pours a fairly fine head that doesn't lace, it coats.

S: More than just notes of hops in the smell, but nothing overpowering by any means.

T: Bitter, but surprisingly I remember Sierra Nevada Pale Ale to be more bitter than this. I have been growing accustomed to IPAs, and this one certainly makes it easier, especially in the taste department. However, I could not give it the most positive taste mark, since I think that the hops do dumb down the other flavors that may be hidden.

M: Not crisp. It's sort of a dull mouthfeel. It's like you can feel the head dulling the beer; it may be crisp were it not for the well-developed head.

D: Lower drinkability factor. I wouldn't consider IPAs to be session beers, and this is a case example of my theory on this matter.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2006 08:10:59 | More by mattdavis452
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Schoonerorlater

California

4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- beautiful cooper red. BIG white foamy head. Plenty of lacing. You can spot that it's a classic interpretation of a West Coast IPA just from the way it looks alone.

s-piney and citrusy through and through, again the things we've come to expect from a WC IPA.

t-powerful yet balanced hop bomb! There's grapefruit, lemon, and pine in the front with a malt backbone on the back end. sensational.

m- fairly heavy and enjoyable. i wanted those flavors to stay on my palate for good!

o- a well crafted WC IPA. familiar yet not old hat. I mean this in the best possible way: when I tasted it, it felt like I've had it before. (Full disclosure- I am a huge wc hop head.) I look forward to my next Drake's!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 02:12:31 | More by Schoonerorlater
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jesus808

California

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass, and the aroma was splendid. I had just tried 3 other Sam Adams IPA's, so it was nice to capture an aroma they had lacked. This one prepared me for the West Coast pop it was gonna have. And, it did. Not overly agressive, but it had a bite. Then, the sweet malt arrives in the background. That's what impressed me. The balance between the citrus grapefruit, tangerine, and piney hops with that dry malt on the back end. Very nice. Drakes is easily one of my favorite home town beers. Bravo San Leandro.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 05:37:05 | More by jesus808
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beltranzandar

California

4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - nice amber color, a little darker than most IPA's. It didn't come out particularly frothy as it said on the label. It could have used a little more carbonation. As I'm looking at it now, its looking mighty fine.
S - smells real nice, that typical western ipa smell with the pine and citrus melting together and teasing senses, telling me that the hops are coming and they're gonna be a wonderingful, miraculous, and divine treat.
T - as the beer enters my mouth there is little taste. As the taste finally engulfs my brain, the bitterness kicks in. This isn't the most bitter of beers but it sure does taste deeelish
M - nice light beer, could use some more carbonation but its fine.

overall - great little beer at 7%

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2006 04:00:14 | More by beltranzandar
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Drake's IPA from Drake's Brewing Co.
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