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Drake's Hopocalypse - Drake's Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 165
Hads: 645
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 111
Gots: 103 | FT: 1
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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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Reviews: 165 | Hads: 645
Photo of elNopalero
5/5  rDev +22.9%
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! (488 characters)

Photo of Safa1
4.89/5  rDev +20.1%
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. (157 characters)

Photo of UnderPressure
4.84/5  rDev +18.9%
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! (690 characters)

Photo of santomark
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
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. (1,317 characters)

Photo of jeffjeff1
4.79/5  rDev +17.7%
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! (322 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of Chaz33187
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of jooler
4.66/5  rDev +14.5%
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. (190 characters)

Photo of dmatsui
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
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. (1,494 characters)

Photo of jvillefan
4.64/5  rDev +14%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of nuggetsofnectar
4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
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 (489 characters)

Photo of Hatzilla
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (626 characters)

Photo of MisterGone
4.56/5  rDev +12%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of GuzzLah
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (927 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (1,206 characters)

Photo of KGalindo
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
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! (316 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (981 characters)

Photo of poonamibaxter
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of kdmcguire10
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dull, caramel color. Nice 1.5 finger head.

Aroma: Huge citrus on the nose, tropical fruit but balanced really well by sweet caramel-breadiness.

Taste: Huge hop punch in the mouth out of the gate, chased by a nice malt breadiness. This is a huge, tongue-scraping bitter DIPA, but it's nicely balanced by the malt bill.

Mouthfeel: Dry, sticky sugar finish. Medium mouthfeel

Overall: I feel this is a REALLY well-balanced DIPA. You get the really nice citrusy-pine on the nose and palate, but it's really nicely balanced by what I have to believe is a significant malt bill.

I'd drink this one every time. (622 characters)

Photo of peacebone116
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at my house....thanks Drake's! Poured into tulip glass.

A: Cloudy orange honey color with reddish hues.

N: Pineapple and honey.

T/M: Spicy burn of alcohol follows the sweet fruit notes present on the nose. The spice from the alcohol balances well with the hop dominated citrus (pineapple and a touch of peach nectar) and light pine; a slight, sweet malt backbone, which hints at sugar-cookie. (402 characters)

Photo of Lunch
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle sent as an extra from a generous West Coast trader, thanks!

Undated bomber poured in a Great Divide snifter. I am always a little leery of hoppy beers without date stamps, but as soon as started to pour this the citrus hop aromas came spewing out like the hormones of an adolescent male during the ever awkward high school sexual education class.

Looks golden apricot in color with a slight haze and sound frothy white head with excellent retention. Smells like a goddamn fresh bundle of hops with citrus notes a plenty. Taste is all hops and I am loving every minute of this. Traditional West Coast DIPA with mango, peach, orange peel, hints of pine and just the faintest hint of caramel malt.

Excellent beer that I throughly enjoyed. (745 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nearly perfect appearance. Large, four-finger, fluffy, white, foamy, head. Brew has nice clarity with nice orange-yellow colors. Spotty lacing, but not half bad. Nice legs!

Lots of fruitful apricot, apple, light pine, biscuity, light cherry, woody...

Awesome, kickass, smooth, wet, fluid bittersweetness. Intriguing earthy-light pine sweetness... Bready, creamy, easy-drinking. Smooth and simple. Not over drawn. Medium viscosity and smooth medium carbonation. Pretty good burn without kicking the legs out from under you.

Wow. This brew rocks. Very drinkable and fresh;y unique. Not a hop or sugar bomb, at all. Highly recommended. Thanks for the great extra, zhanson88!!! (677 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Deep amber orange, hints to lemon yellow but a bit dull and slightly hazy but not too much. A decent glow with creeping slow crawling fine carbonation coming to the top. Thick fluffy to rocky head, swiss cheese retention, pill like scattered lacing, and holding big and beautiful at three solid fingers, maybe just a hair more. Very solid looking brew.

Excellent aroma. Hints of juiced pineapple, thin biscuit malt, and a spicy tropical hop note that comes off with an excellent fruit sweetness. Chewy and leaf like mint hit just with an interesting herbality as well, even a little bit of dank. Great smelling stuff here.

Palate just gives the aroma greatness, and gives up the goods. First sip is fistfull of lush tropical hop warmth. Hints of mango and pineapple rush with a mild sweetness, and an almost apricot juiced body. Fruity juiced big time, almost into honey territory but with a much pleasurable bitterness to go along with it. Dank quality really seems to come out but also pull a good malt character out of this to match nearly caramel but much lighter and getting into that sweet honey realm. Chewy and great aftertaste, like a soft mint and chewing gum hop quality.

Overall just a great double IPA. (1,282 characters)

Photo of colforbin73
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

so... i had a pliny tonight, for the first time in awhile, and now i am keeping the hop train running with this offering from drakes. my 1st impression is of the similarity between this brew and pliny and i would throw Hop Stoopid from Lagunitas into this discussion.

in light of these first impressions, i will review this beer against pliny. Hopocalypse is not quite as dry, the color is lighter and clearer, carbonation is slightly better, (maybe this was a fresher bottle), rich mouthfeel, sightly less grapefruit and a little more pine on the nose, but this is fruitier tasting than pliny.... this is a REALLY GOOD West Coast IPA.

at 9.3ABV, this is WAY over the top... they claim 100+ IBUs... (but i think ibu's should work more like a richter scale, the "IBU" system is out-dated.) if you like this sort of Hop Character beer and bitterness, this is NOT a bitter bomb. it is what it says it is -- a super hoppy, high abv, bitter DOUBLE IPA.

and you have to give DRAKES many props for being honest and revealing some of the recipe secrets on the label. RR is extremely reticent in this regard. DRAKES USES: a mix of American and English 2-Row Malt, in addition, they add Vienna, Rye and Crystal for moutfeel and color, then add German Magnum, Citra and Chinook hops, and THEN dry-hop with more of the same PLUS some Columbus.

INFO FOR FREE> i like breweries that tell you what they are up to -- it is like OPEN SOURCE v. SECRET RECIPE. i prefer open source.

::stands and applauds DRAKES BREWERY::

(as an aside -- i love the label! whoever is desinging denogginizer and this brew -- nice job!) (1,611 characters)

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Drake's Hopocalypse from Drake's Brewing Co.
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