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Drake's Hopocalypse - Drake's Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

504 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 504
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 91
Gots: 46 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Drake's Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.25% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: magictrokini on 12-17-2008)
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Jvrdz24

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

02-20-2014 00:09:27 | More by Jvrdz24
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outlaw1323

California

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

02-25-2014 01:00:02 | More by outlaw1323
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HirsuteHopslover

California

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

06-09-2014 07:16:26 | More by HirsuteHopslover
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Rainblows

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

03-19-2013 21:53:34 | More by Rainblows
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CaptainPancakes

California

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

03-19-2014 21:51:49 | More by CaptainPancakes
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CrazyHarry

California

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

03-05-2013 05:07:54 | More by CrazyHarry
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Rick760Sd

California

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

03-13-2013 21:06:46 | More by Rick760Sd
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Commanche

California

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

03-12-2013 00:12:44 | More by Commanche
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JohnathanColeman

West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

06-26-2014 00:17:56 | More by JohnathanColeman
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cjohal85

California

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

01-28-2014 19:55:27 | More by cjohal85
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Twoheartedzombie

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

03-15-2013 21:26:54 | More by Twoheartedzombie
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RWNay

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

02-15-2013 19:19:27 | More by RWNay
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WebMan

California

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

02-13-2014 05:25:52 | More by WebMan
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Chaz33187

California

4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2013 04:19:27 | More by Chaz33187
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Hatzilla

California

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 00:37:29 | More by Hatzilla
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dmatsui

California

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 04:58:49 | More by dmatsui
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jvillefan

California

4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 23:30:22 | More by jvillefan
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nuggetsofnectar

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 23:21:16 | More by nuggetsofnectar
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BierJager89

California

4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 18:18:58 | More by BierJager89
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GuzzLah

Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 22:55:16 | More by GuzzLah
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 10:44:51 | More by lacqueredmouse
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SanFranJake

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

02-08-2013 03:52:16 | More by SanFranJake
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freshflesh

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

03-07-2014 05:57:29 | More by freshflesh
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JupiterJesus

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

02-05-2012 21:19:14 | More by JupiterJesus
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mattdbh

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

10-08-2012 22:39:09 | More by mattdbh
Drake's Hopocalypse from Drake's Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.