Drake's Hopocalypse - Drake's Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 643
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.33%
Wants: 111
Gots: 100 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Drake's Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: magictrokini on 12-17-2008

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Ratings: 643 | Reviews: 176
Photo of elNopalero
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This review is for the 2012 version. If there’s an end-of-days then this wouldn’t be a bad choice to go out drinking!

This pours a clear, golden yellow with nice foam. There’s a big piney-grassy aroma that surrounds the olfactory senses. Flavor is bitter, bitter, bitter. Tongue-curling grassy hops scrape the taste buds off and cut through all other flavors. This is a good one for those who like palate-wrecking DIPAs. Mmmmm!

Postscript: the 2013 version is just as incredible!

Photo of Cardo1969
4.95/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

floral notes and amazingly drinkable at 9%

Photo of Safa1
4.89/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Holy Jesus. All the hops you could ever want without any real bitterness. I was expecting something different. This is like the reverse green flash. Awesome.

Photo of UnderPressure
4.84/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Crystal clear, deep orange colored beer. Nice head. Decent retention. Fizzy ring remains throughout. Great lacing.

Oh my god! Insanely incredible hop aroma! Tons of tropical fruit. Specifically mango. Some sweet malt, but none of that burnt sugar aroma you get from some double IPAs.

Incredible flavor. More complex and malty than the aroma leads on, but still very, very hoppy. And not overly bitter. Slight alcohol, yet not what you'd expect from 9.3 ABV.

Medium bodied. Perfect carbonation. Lingering bitter, yet wet finish.

This is an incredible beer I received from a trader who advised me to "drink it fresh." I'm glad I did! The hop flavor and aroma was an incredible experience!

Photo of santomark
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Poured into a tulip glass. Poured a gorgeous 2 finger head, dissipates very nicely, head is soapy white. Body is beautifully clear, hues of gold in the light.

S - Lemon grass, bitter pine, herbal, fresh like mint, splashes of citrus acidity of a tarter fruit, gratpefruit forsure. BIscuit and malty at the end, finish with another fresh punch of pine.

T - This seems to activate every aspect of the palate, side of the tongue gets the sweetness, apple, mango, peach, tip of the tongue you get more of sour aspect like lemon, oranges, at the back you get that herbal bitterness. The back reminds me of chewing on a fresh picked herb. At the very end, you get a reminder of the taste with the breathe that comes back up. It's like dry tasting and a perfectly analogy is it feels like this IPA is giving me cpr.

F - Light to Medium Body. Sticky at times, crisp, dry, with breathes of the taste coming back up later.

O - Given their location, I thought this would be more west coast of an IPA. But this forsure is not east coast. This is a great balanced beer for both lovers of the style to enjoy. There's enough malt in here for malters to enjoy, but not a lot for WIPA lovers to find annoying. Moreover, there is just another citrus for WIPA to enjoy. I'm just amazed at how much of an experience this beer is.

Photo of CJNAPS
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Looking forward to this again this year and the triple

Photo of daave1
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Delicious. Fresh, wet hops on the nose. Taste is of juicy orange and grapefruit. So very well balanced. One of the best DIPA's out there.

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.79/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Monument Wines and Spirits the other day.

Appearance- copper color, decent size head

Smell- citrus and piney hops, very nice, heavenly smell

Taste- citrus and piney hops, delicious, I love it!!!!

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, very refreshing

Drinkability- This was very good. I love it!!! I want more!

Photo of pat61
4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Resiny, minty, grassy nose with light fruit and citrus. Pours brilliant gold under a 1” lacy persistent foam cap. It has a rich, malty entrance with fruit followed by rich hop flavors finishing with a peach bittered by hops with traces of citrus. There is also some hoppy vegetal astringency in the finish which has a drying effect. This is a big beer with a very creamy body and very fine soft carbonation.

Photo of Chaz33187
4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Ice cold on tap at the The Loft on the LMU Campus
a- Rich Bronze Dark Orange
s- Citrus Hoppy Awesome, smells like fruit snacks
t- wow, soo wow. So damn smooth. Most orangey IPA I've ever tasted. I was shocked when I saw that it was 9.2%. It tastes like a 6% IPA.
m- so thin and smooth, there was a tiny bit of carbonation as the temperature rose.
o- hell yes, so smooth and balanced. definitely a little different from a typical American IPA. A sugary marriage between citrus and hops. You know it's good when your burps make you sigh.

Photo of BadAxeBeer
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Citus hops throughout. Very balanced for a double. Very good beer 94/100

Photo of jooler
4.66/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty good. Great smell. Nice citrusy and bready initial taste. It's like aroma coma but more boozy. For the price, go with aroma coma. The more it sits, the less the alcohol is noticeable.

Photo of Shane_Gr
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very hoppy but a little more mello than Denogginizer

Photo of dmatsui
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a tulip from a 22 bombadier. Pale and copper-ish colors. looks like a typical west coast IPA. In other words, beautiful. With an aggressive pour it yielded a nice 2 finger head which dissipated fairly quickly. Given the 9.3% abv, I'm not surprised. Left little head retention.

Smell: Just delicious. Up front, grapefruit (generic west coast IPA adjective, I know) pine, citrus and dank. Malt character comes through nicely with a subtle sweet scent of brown sugar, but Drake's definitely put the hops up front in the nose. Heavy Citra hop spice for sure.

Taste: BOOM. Huge hit of Norcal hops, heavy citrus juicy, refreshing and oily hops. Nice spice maintained at the front of the palate, while the bold citrus and grassy flavors dominate. Mid palate some of the malt characteristics begin to develop, providing just enough to balance out the wild bitterness yet let the hops speak. The bill has a lot of grainy, rye characteristics, with a pleasant sort of wheaty-ness. Booze is definitely present throughout, which does interfere a little.

Mouthfeel: The thin carbonation, high bitterness and oil content really achieve a pleasant mouthfeel. The dry finish leaves you begging for another sip. The hops really stay with you; this is the kind of beer you taste in the morning. Signature bold, zesty and fresh california hops.

This is one spicy hop-bomb. If you appreciate the full-on assault of piercing, bitter, palate-dominating norcal hops, this is a great brew.

Photo of Hopped_head
4.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty damn nice beer, just seemed to be missing something. Maybe I was just too exhausted to enjoy it properly

Photo of jvillefan
4.64/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: A very hazy off golden yellow, it has a decent head when poured into an imperial pint glass.

S: Very strong hop aroma. Very strong citrus tones. The caramel malt and high alcohol are nicely in the background of this beer.

T: Very similar to Pliny the Elder. It has a very strong pine and citrus hop character that is balanced nearly perfectly with the caramel body created by the malt. The high alcohol is less obvious in the taste compared to the alcohol.

M: Great retention and carbonation.

O: This is one of the better IPAs I have ever had, and I have had many. If given the opportunity to buy this beer, do it.

Photo of nuggetsofnectar
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautufil deep amber hue with a tall 1" off white cap..leaving nice lacing behind

Aroma: Stellar...potent citrus feel, grapefruit, oranges, pineapple with a grassy notion

Taste: Super hoppy but well balance in the malt backround..if I could describe one major taste contributor; orange rinds!!!!..earthy bitter grapefruit with honeysuckle in the back...

Mouthfee: very smooth and .maybe a tad more malt but otherwise I could almost session with this

Overall: worth the purchase..lovely

Photo of Hatzilla
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear amber pour with a fluffy 2 finger head and nice lacing.

S - Strong notes of hoppy citrus (grapefruit and tangerine) as well as a solid malt backbone.

T - Intense earthy citrus hops - grapefruit citrus slays my tongue as the malts cower in a corner with their heads between their legs. Not for the faint of heart or easily sensitive beer drinker.

M - Oily and smooth, medium carbonation. Finishes dry with a lingering hop aftertaste. ABV is well hidden considering the strength.

O - Another bang-up NorCal DIPA. My tongue has been viciously assaulted and I am a happy man. A must for all hophead's shopping lists.

Photo of MisterGone
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 into a tulip. A golden amber (it was sitting next to my wife's Lagunitas IPA which was quite a bit darker, so...) with a white head. Super wet aroma with tropical and floral in the lead with a nice citrus following. The flavor was just a sweet blast of same said hop profiles, such that the sweetness seemed to be coming from the hops tropicals and not the malt. Brilliant. Nice citrus finish, and just a dash of alcohol blast at the back. If Top Tier DIPA's are truly world class, then this is a high ranking second tier brew.

Photo of GuzzLah
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a clear orange with an ephemeral white head. Some lace. No bubbles.

S - outstanding! Big tropical (mango / pineapple) aroma with some moderate danky-ness. I like the dank aroma, but like it even more when it's used with some restraint, like it is in this brew. It does have a little bit of onion in the aroma, but the onion is much less intense than Sculpin and Sucks and more enjoyable overall.

T - is very much like the aroma, tropical flavors with a piney, medium bitter finish and a medium-long sustain. Really smooth 9.4% abv. Basically, a perfect balance of tricky flavors for me. Not as sweet as many DIPAs, but far from being dry. Very enjoyable.

M - medium-full body for the style. Low-medium carbonation. Slightly oily. Pleasant, but firm bitterness that should please any DIPA fan, if not, surrender your DIPA drinker card immediately.

O - this is an absolutely fantastic West Coast DIPA! Enough said.

Photo of BierJager89
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Solid in color, but opaque, golden with a white head.

S: Citra is very present in the nose, with pineapple, sweet orange, mango and nectarine.

T: Pineapple, orange, mango, sweet and nectary but dry enough to fit the IPA profile. Not unpleasantly bitter.

M: Fullish medium bodied with less than average carbonation for a DIPA which is nice.

O: One of my favorite hoppy beers. If you can find it, buy it.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in California, but brought back to Australia to drink with @LaitueGonflable, who I hope appreciates all the great beer I bring back from America for him.

Pours a lovely, and very classic orange-copper colour, with a full and frothy head of off-white that leaves spectacularly anarchic lacing. Oh, it's gorgeous. Looks truly wonderful, just like an IPA should. Retention in the head, wonderful lace, wonderful body, wonderful colour. Clearly, you don't get much better.

Nose is crisp, clear and citric, with very fresh and very classic hoppy aromas. Lovely characters of sharp orange, lemon zest and crushed greenery. It's a very lovely IPA aroma. Not unique, but so on style. You'd be hard pressed to find better.

Taste is also excellent. Genuinely good bitter characters, sharp citric flavours, with a balanced grain character that just lends a little nutty fragrance. Gorgeous. It's such a beautifully balanced and well-made American IPA. Ticks all the boxes.

A lovely brew. It doesn't do anything outside the box, but it absolutely fills the box completely with all the right characters. This is a phenomenally good IPA, and an absolutely stellar example of the style. Almost the pinnacle.

Photo of KGalindo
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, beautiful golden-honey color with a finger of fluffy, bubbly white head, spotty lacing. Aromas of mango, guava, juicy grapefruit, some pine as well. Flavors follow with guava, pine, grapefruit and spicy rye notes, oranges, some caramel malts come through as well. Loving this hop monster! Outstanding!

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a half finger of frothy off-white head atop. The aroma is full of pine and tropical fruit hops including some pineapple and grapefruit. There is some caramel sweetness as well with just a touch of floral elements and a bit of alcohol coming through. The flavor starts off with a big hit of tropical fruit hops with lots of grapefruit flavor and some strong bitterness. There is just a bit of sweet caramel malt flavor coming through for some balance. Through the middle, more of the grassy and pine flavored hops hit the tongue with even more bitterness with a bit of floral flavor. The finish is a mix of mango, pineapple, sweet caramel, bitterness, and a touch of alcohol. Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation throughout. Feels smooth with a dry and very bitter finish that really lingers. This is a big hoppy DIPA. The hop profile is really nice and has a good blend of different hop flavors and the malt is strong enough to keep up well.

Photo of poonamibaxter
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade.

Wow, what a great DIPA. I got two bottles and wish I had gotten a case.

Poured into my DFH snifter from a 22oz bottle. Nice dark orange color with a fluffy off white head. Hops hops and more hops on the nose, piney.

First sip is a little syrupy but with a clean dry finish, the hops bite. Bready and slightly sweet but with a dry finish and big hops.

Perfectly carbonated. The bubbles help the hop twang.

You can only have one a night due to the high abv but I would really like the option of drinking one a night.

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Drake's Hopocalypse from Drake's Brewing Co.
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