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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

416 Ratings
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Ratings: 416
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 23
Gots: 21 | 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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Billolick

New York

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

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

11-13-2011 21:13:20 | More by Billolick
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%

A solid IPA from an oft overlooked company producing some very nice beers. Pours an orange amber with quite a thick head to start, and some okay lacing. Smells a bit bready, and even a tad sweet, but there is a nice undercurrent of citrusy hops. The taste is really quite nice. Nice jolt of bitterness that is sustained throughout with grapefruit rind and pine notes. The pine becomes especially dominant on the finish. These flavors are married to a slightly sweet, pleasant breadiness at the start that lends some slight cherry fruit to the equation as well. By the finish, though, this has become a bracing hit of pine. Very nice. Mouthfeel is relatively thick for an IPA, especially many West Coast ones. This is certainly not a San Diego IPA as far as body goes, probably more akin to Lagunitas, with a bit more breadiness. Delicious, and quite obtainable in the Bay Area by the sixpack.

07-28-2008 06:20:38 | More by Georgiabeer
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drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

08-04-2012 02:32:18 | More by drewone
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Zorro

California

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Mildly chill hazed deeply orange colored beer nearing brown in color. Small light tan colored head.

Smell is sweet malty and herbal. Toffee candy and slightly buttery and a little woody scent. Slightly spicy with a little clove and cinnamon scent.

The taste starts out a little sweet and buttery with a toffee candy taste and a woody finish. Buttery and woody the bitterness builds as you drink it. The faster you drink it the more bitter it gets but if you sip it is a sweet beer.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Not a bad beer but not one of the most drinkable of its' type. One of these is enough the problem is it gets a bit astringent after a while.

04-20-2008 22:10:07 | More by Zorro
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Wasatch

Utah

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

10-03-2007 01:12:01 | More by Wasatch
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

12-06-2006 22:53:06 | More by ppoitras
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

About time I got around to drinking this one! Courtesy of fartingdog from BC2! Shared with grub.

Pours a hazed orange, thick off white head forms, settles down to a decent ring, nice lacing. Smell is intense, floral, very tropical, lots of grapefruit and pineapple, caramel, oranges, bread, pretty solid malt base, nice hops, very balanced. Taste is sweet, grains and caramel, grapefruit, oranges, pineapple, toast, flora, spicy bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, bit of warmth, very smooth and highly drinkable. Next time I need to try this fresh! Still excellent even past its prime. Thanks Dave!

02-22-2008 20:17:45 | More by Viggo
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4/5  rDev +2.8%

Had this a billion times at Ricky's in San Leandro. Usually hit up the Bistro for a festival, catch a ride over here and watch the fights w/ a few pints of this stuff.

Big orange pour, a little more dull than the "vibrant" orange stuff you might see. Good hoppy aroma, hops are the name of the game, seems to be ample dry hopping in a single. A lot of malt, this leans to the heavier side of single ipas. A good amount of bitterness, but never outweighs the hop mouthfeel.

Decent enough price.

07-23-2010 18:32:14 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

08-05-2007 20:50:36 | More by DrJay
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Gusler

Arizona

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

The color on the pour is a pellucid deep copper with a prodigious head that is semi-creamy in texture and the color a winsome light tan as it slowly fades, a velum like sheet of lace forms to seal the glass from view. A wonderful full hop nose, sweet at the back from the malt, citrus crisp, clean and refreshing with the start somewhat sweet, the malt plentiful and the top middling in its feel to the palate. Big bad boy hop finish, crisp and tart on the tongue, the acidity benign and the aftertaste quite dry, a fine representative to the style.

12-09-2003 23:58:43 | More by Gusler
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer is a slightly hazed rose-amber coloring with a thin film of small bubbled head. The beer has rounded hop aromas, with a hint of some fresh/dry hops and citrus. Sharp hop bitterness on front tongue, as well as down the middle of the tongue as you swallow. Decent and strong malt backbone to help balance the hops, and some citrus characteristics that keep everything light. Good amount of carbonation to help with the balance, also. The beer is light and crisp in mouth, and the aftertaste is sweet and hoppy. Very pleasant beer. The finish lingers in mouth for a bit, with a hoppy/sweet malt blend that beckons for another sip. Lighter than I normally like my IPAs, but that makes it all that much easier to drink.

02-12-2011 03:40:36 | More by GarthDanielson
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dirtylou

Washington

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

10-28-2007 00:23:09 | More by dirtylou
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ccrida

Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic pint, Drake's IPA is a dull, burnt orange with an off-white head that leaves pretty heavy lace.

Smell is pretty heavy on the west coast hops, piny and floral, and some sweet and spicy hops. Pretty robust for an English IPA, but I like that about it!

Taste is also lots of spicy hop flavor with some tropical fruit notes, mostly strawberry, with a pretty firm bitterness on the finish. Nice and rich, malty backbone gives it a nice gingerbread note.

Mouthfeel is oily and a bit chewy, medium bodied.

Drinkability is high, Drake's does a great job of delivering big hop flavor while maintaining an overall smoothness. I've yet to have a Drake's ale that hasn't really impressed me.

03-29-2009 00:31:11 | More by ccrida
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

08-28-2013 17:18:23 | More by GraduatedCashew
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

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

Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.8%

10-28-2013 21:41:24 | More by Cynic-ale
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

12oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip

A: Deep orange with a off-white head that recedes slowly leaving lace and a frothy ring. Appealing

S: Fruity hops with pine, pineapple and maybe apricots? There's a lovely caramel malt backbone to this. Not massively hoppy but great for the style

T: Nice biting bitterness up front followed by a mild pine flavor. There's a mild caramel sweetness to this with a mild peach and fig flavor but this one stays clean and dry. Good stuff.

M: Good carbonation, dry and bitter finish, this is a winner

D: This is one I'm glad i got to try. In fact, I'm glad I have another to drink!

05-27-2008 23:53:08 | More by DefenCorps
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Appearance - This is a clear but effervescent brownish-orange in color with a magnificent head. The foam was pitted with large air bubbles then finally settled into little pits on top of the liquid. The head is just gorgeous.

Smell - The sharp, resiny hops and stiff orange rind almost mask the soft ripe yeast but not quite. It is definitely a hop-forward nose though and you have to use quite a bit of imagination to think of this as an English IPA.

Taste - Amazingly the hops from the nose are just about as strong and powerful at the taste. The mixture of pine and grapefruit will overpower the novice drinker. The light yeasty malt base is actually quite sophisticated but is just barely hanging on here.

Mouthfeel - This medium-bodied EIPA has some bone-crushing bitterness and a nice, sprightly carbonation.

Drinkability - This is a powerhouse of a beer. It goes down especially well and qualifies as a hophead session ale. Just a tad more malt and a little bit more alcohol and this would be a classic DIPA.

04-15-2010 00:22:17 | More by RoyalT
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev -1.3%

12oz Bottle from Bristol Farms Palm Springs CA for 3$

Appearance - Clear amber/copper with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, apricots, pineapple

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some peach, resin, and pineapple. It ends with a malty yet fruity aftertaste with a hit of hop bitterness.

Overall – Kind of like a east coast meets west coast IPA. It reminds me a bit of a smuttynose finest kind to some extent mixed with a lagunitas IPA. My first beer from this brewer and very good stuff.

03-01-2013 00:31:36 | More by spinrsx
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Gobzilla

California

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%

A: poured a copper amber brown with yellow highlights that had a finger of bubbly head and left nice frothy lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the pine, hops, and citrus grapefruit pop out right away but does have a good sweet malt presence with bready notes as well. I could also detect a little caramel and booze.

T: the pine hops flavors meshed really well but had the graperuit to help propel the bitterness and some dryness. Although the caramel malts did a good job on the balance there was a slight nuttiness that caught me by surprise but did add some dimension to the overall taste.

M: the brew was medium body with a good amount of prickly carbonation which had a slight sweet but piney hop bitter dry finish.

D: it drank really good but wasn't as punchy as other west coast IPA's on the bitterness and overall hop profile; it was mediocre.

09-02-2010 07:38:28 | More by Gobzilla
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illidurit

California

3.65/5  rDev -6.2%

Murky dark orangish brown color with a small but dense cap of light-tan foam. Aroma is of bay laurel, lemons, oranges, and pine with a little bit of cookieish malt influence. Malt flavor is part caramel and part dark breads. Hops come through up front with sweeter citric notes and then in the finish with an astringent herbal bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty nice. Even carbonation and appropriate body.

05-11-2009 01:15:14 | More by illidurit
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popery

California

4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

04-23-2009 03:58:39 | More by popery
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blackie

California

4.45/5  rDev +14.4%

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.

02-07-2007 22:59:51 | More by blackie
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FosterJM

California

4/5  rDev +2.8%

335th review on BA
bottle to pint
12 oz bottle

App- This pours a medium orange/amber with a one finger head. Each sip leaves a nice trail mark of lacing.

Smell- Very aromatic beer. Nice single IPA with first scents of big bitterness and a fruity sweetness tinge. Not too much but pretty balanced. Second scents come in with a forest like fresh rain pine.

Taste- Huge bitter bite to it with a resiny taste. This was a bit more malty than I thought as well. Bigger drinking as well. Some sweetness kicks in with a tangerine acidity.

Mouth- It's on the border of being light bodied but almost a small medium. A crisp medium carbonation level with a spicy note and as mentioned before a tad aciditic.

Drink- It's a bit maltier and spicier than I normally like. It was pretty good just towards the english style while trying to be a good rep of the west coast.

03-24-2011 04:15:05 | More by FosterJM
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mhaugo

California

3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-15-2012 16:06:48 | More by mhaugo
Drake's IPA from Drake's Brewing Co.
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