Drake's Hopocalypse - Drake's Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Thingus:
4/5 rDev -3.6%
Live tasting, bomber into Duvel tulip...
Appearance; pours a remarkably clear copper/orange/burnt sienna color... Two fingers of bubbly off white head quickly dissolve, and retention is minimal... Very thin film is all that remains after a minute or so... Minimal amount of blotchy lacing...
Smell; opens with generic tropics and citrus, having a slightly difficult time pinning down specifics... A dull carmel sweetness hangs around in the glass as well.
Taste; generic tropical fruits, strong grapefruit and orange rinds, good resinous finish but not too much pine... I do get mild hints of caramel... Spice comes in as the bitterness starts to come into full bloom... As it warms up a little, things are changing a bit, there is significantly more bitterness as well as a slight alcohol/resin bite on the finish.
Mouthfeel; solid mouthfeel, good carbonation and full medium to light full bodied... Slightly sticky finish with a moderate bitterness that hangs around..
Overall; a rock sold DIPA, but I was hoping for a bit more bitterness and perhaps some more complexity... Absolutely not bad but perhaps a little vanilla compared to some of the offerings I've had recently... Would love to get my hands on the black label!!
02-21-2012 03:44:59 | More by Thingus
More User Reviews:
4.19/5 rDev +1%
The Beers of California
Bottled Date: 1/29/13
A: Orange with some haze and head of white foam towers up after a solid pour and stubbornly sticks around and to the glass.
M: The nose is remarkably fresh with pine and tangerine dominance and hints of tropical breeze. The malt is there: baked bread and caramelized sugar.
T: The malt seems to strike first with a deep caramel breadiness which is both separate and supportive, while at the same time unified, with the hop earthiness and freshness. There is flowers, pine and tangerine which carries on to a cleansing hot bitterness.
M: The feel is as expected; medium bodied with linger that never seems to stop and carbonation on the aggressive side but in a pleasing way.
O: Jumped on a bottle after a recommendation from the guy at the bottle shop. I enjoyed this brew from Drake's which adds another solid DIPA to the already stellar West Coast class and will definitely grab another when fresh and available.
02-11-2013 03:42:51 | More by ElSid
4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. This is my 100th DIPA rating.
The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is great. I get a ton of hop presence, mainly getting resin, pine and citrus notes.
The flavor is equally as good. I get a lot of grapefruit and pine notes, as well as some orange citrus. There is a little bit of bready malt in the beer, but this is all about the hops. Medium bitterness and very easy drinking.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. An outstanding Double IPA and more than worthy of being my 100th rating.
04-05-2011 04:44:18 | More by Mora2000
4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
Tap @ Toronado San Diego. Pours hazy orange-gold with a ring of white bubbles and an oily top. Sweet, fresh-picked pink grapefruit and oranges with a lot of pine in the nose. More of an earthy character than perfume. Heavier mouthfeel, slick and oily, with light carbonation. Lovely resin-and-grapefruit taste. Flows well with the pine oil and hints of oranges and pineapple. Normal caramel malt to balance it, without making the beer "candied" in terms of the citrus. No biscuits, a fair amount of booze. Lovely, hope they bottle this one.
12-17-2008 20:02:03 | More by magictrokini
4.22/5 rDev +1.7%
Thanks to popery/familynight for tossing this great extra in.
Hopocalypse is a bright, pale golden with great sticky lacing. It has a sweet grainy biscuity malt with orange blossom floral aromas. The beer is pretty dry with a nice nice and juicy orange finish. I really enjoyed this beer and would definitely appreciate more.
08-27-2011 22:27:48 | More by Soonami
4.22/5 rDev +1.7%
Drake's definitely makes some vibrant glowing ipas, and this one is no exception.
Great mix of many citrus smells here, variety, you really get a bouquet (sic?) of fruit, orange, lemon, lime, banana even, just lush. Always have to give a tip of the cap to the breweries that do the dry hopping this extensive and keep prices down on the bottles ($6).
Taste, sure, there's some heat and sweet on this, but its still a really good mildly great double ipa. The bitterness isn't egregious, it allows the floral fruit hop vibe chill and the malt backbone and sweetness are riding cargo.
Another winner by Drake's. This and Denogginizer are pretty much like, flip of the coin always, win, for me.
04-12-2011 07:28:14 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5 rDev +2.4%
Appearance is a clear copper with a thin beige lacing on the top.
Smells like tangerines and oranges.
Taste is sweet and fruity with a minor metallic bitterness at the end. Pretty malt driven.
Mouthfeel is light to medium with pleasant carbonation.
04-18-2011 20:58:57 | More by daveytheformer
3.48/5 rDev -16.1%
Bought this at City Beer SF the day after the bottles arrived there. Drank two days later...very fresh.
A - Caramel orange coloring, looks to be filtered well. Bubbles very active shooting from bottom to top, decent head retention and excellent lacing throughout. This beer looks alive! Impressive.
S - Pine, hemp and sugared fruits. Almost candy like. Very fragrant and perfumey. The fruits would be pineapple, mango and orange but covered in sugar. Candied so to speak. Resinous for sure. Big and bold.
T - I really want to give this beer a higher rating here but I just can't. Flavors including the citrus fruit and pine are very bold but this beer tastes like a sugar bomb. Solid malt backbone to back up the massive amounts of hops in this one but It's just too sugary. As I mentioned in the smell, the fruits taste like they were all dipped in a giant tub of sugar and 1/2 way into the bomber it actually becomes somewhat offensive. The first few sips are very impressive (starts off good) but goes downhill from there. Good thing this is 100+ IBUs to have the bitterness cut out the sugar in the finish or this one would have been way too sweet.
M - Good for the style. Sticky and resinous, just how I like my DIPAs. Bitter finish without wrecking the palate.
D - Take the sugar I mentioned out of the equasion and we would have had a 4.5 but half way in I was getting sick of the aftertaste.
Final thoughts - I really, really liked this beer on tap from the source. I recommend it in that setting but I will not be purchasing another bottle. Let's hope they get Hop Salad right in the bottle when it's time for that to happen. Hop Salad on tap is as good as any other DIPA I've had.
03-06-2011 19:38:34 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
Drake's Hopocalypse from Drake's Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 509 ratings.