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Drake's Hopocalypse - Drake's Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

502 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 502
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 90
Gots: 45 | 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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2GOOFY

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-03-2013 02:18:44 | More by 2GOOFY
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mxchap

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

05-21-2013 04:15:37 | More by mxchap
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rwhitmore

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

11-06-2013 01:09:56 | More by rwhitmore
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

03-13-2013 15:36:49 | More by BMart
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Unchi

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

03-03-2013 01:28:46 | More by Unchi
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Hopster916

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-10-2014 04:36:11 | More by Hopster916
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Boont

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-18-2012 22:32:01 | More by Boont
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Rimbimhoot

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

03-10-2014 02:24:22 | More by Rimbimhoot
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TheSixthRing

California

4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a fairly clear orangish copper with a dense, white finger width head. Excellent retention. Solid lacing around the glass with great stick.

Smell - Juicy hop aroma; orange and light tropical fruitiness. Mild peppery spice.

Taste - Sweet, fruity hops upfront and throughout. Juicy orange, subtle pineapple, hints of grapefruit. Solid malt backbone shines mid-taste. Toasty biscuit trails off and turns caramel. Slightly spicy. Finishes with a very mild orange pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with somewhat tingly, but fluffy carbonation. Smooth. Semi-dry finish.

Overall - This is a hell of a DIPA. Lots of juicy sweetness, reminds me of some of the Mid-Western IPA brews I've had, with a touch of West Coast hop kick. Definitely a beer to revisit, on tap perhaps, and the sooner the better.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 05:18:17 | More by TheSixthRing
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to eyebereej for hooking me up with this bottle! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours a mildly hazy bright gold with a two-finger white head and lots of visible carbonation.

S: Pine, tropical fruit, sweet citrus, and mango hops, with a bit of background cracker malt. Smells awesome.

T: Follows the nose in notes, but is significantly more bitter than expected. Tons of tropical, pine, citrus hops, but with some melon and spice added in. Cracker malt sweetness fades in and out during the drink.

M: Relatively light body for a DIPA. Lots of carbonation sensation, but the alcohol seems just a bit too prominent.

O: A good beer, but pretty far from a standout in the class. Not even Drake's best IPA - I would prefer Aroma Coma to this one by a good margin. Still, quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 00:04:44 | More by macrosmatic
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whitefire

California

4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at their release weekend along with their black label (triple IPA).

A: Pours a beautiful honey-colored orange with substantial head which takes it's time to recede.

S.: Boozy tropical hints. Lots of citrus and even more hops! A hoppy dream!

Taste & mouthfeel: Very well balanced. good carbonation. a little dry on the back end.

Overall: A definitely enjoyable DIPA, one that I can drink regularly. I enjoyed it so much that I became fearful that it might run out and became a hoarder... I bought a 12 pack of bombers and now have the burden of finishing these before they are beyond their age.

This is a must try!

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2012 04:43:53 | More by whitefire
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 22:27:48 | More by Soonami
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 07:28:14 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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augustgarage

California

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Library Alehouse; served in a 5oz taster glass.

ECE/SAE amber with bright amber highlights; lightly cloudy with a lasting finger of creamy ivory foam. Even lacing, light legs.

Delicate orange-heavy aromatics with a soft vanilla note as well.

Pineapple and other faint "tropical" flavors lead into more citrus notes, resolving to a slow-building but long lasting evergreen-suffused bitterness. Clean pale malt adds to the refreshing quality. Medium-dry finish. Hops are well blended here. The supporting flavors don't elevate the overall flavor profile to perfection, but this is still a very good beer.

Medium-bodied, and a touch oily with mild astringency. ABV is fairly well hidden, contributing more flavor than heat.

Well balanced and pretty quaffable for a 100+IBU ale.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2011 16:02:17 | More by augustgarage
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scottfrie

California

4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle into Gulden Draak tulip.

A: Pours a deep dark golden amber with a soft dense head that slowly faded into a thick oily film that left streaks and chunks of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Smells sweet and green with fresh fruity hops. The nose on this is very sugary with notes of candied white grapefruit, tangerine nectar and touch of orange cream and brown sugar.
T: Follows the nose with maybe just a touch more tropical fruits coming through. There is also a hint of burnt caramel in the background coming from the hops. Finish has a touch of syrupy alcohol and maybe a hint of dark tea or tobacco. Overall very dark, tea-like and bitter. Pine up front, sappy sticky hop resin finish.
M: Thick and syrupy from all the hop oily and alcohol. Carbonation is toned down but the bitterness is pretty high.
O: Overall it's a bit unpolished but I really like the smell. Hops are crushingly bitter and definitely palate wreaking. Definitely worth a try if you're a hophead.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 23:45:48 | More by scottfrie
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GRG1313

California

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange amber with a short pure white head.

Nose is subtle pineapple and sweet pine.

Mouthfeel is big, full, rich and creamy and with lots of appealing substance. A nice mouthfull of beer.

Flavors are the strength of this one! Huge mouthfilling bitter pine hops that transcends to a big bitter pine/bitter espresso finish. The flavor profile is not quite as "bright" as PtE or Kern River CITRA but this one is definitely in the league of the best of the double IPAs.

This is a big very drinkable hop monster that is very appealing. PtE watch out.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 05:32:14 | More by GRG1313
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DocJitsu

California

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, nearly glowing clear orange amber. The off-white head doesn't stick around long, but who cares, because the bouquet is spectacular. Vibrant sweet grapefruit and soft pine that invades the olfactory and dances there like a nice perfume. There's a surprising amount of grain in the flavor given the bouquet. Smooth on the front and a little scrubby on the back. Big pine and sweet, dried fruit. A pretty noticeable alcohol warmth. A very nice DIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2012 03:33:46 | More by DocJitsu
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Muthacack

California

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- Pours a nice clear golden with about one finger of head that dissipates quickly to 1mm of foam on top.

S- Very nice aroma here, what I expect from a DIPA. The pine and citrus notes are all there. The hops are definitely here.

T- I taste the hops, seems pretty balanced for the high IBUs. The citra really inserts itself. I taste a hint of soapiness, but not too overpowering. The alcohol is definitely present too.

M- Dry and sticky but goes down pretty well considering the higher alcohol content.

O- I would buy this beer again based on the aroma alone, the combination of the local and German hops balance this beer out rather nicely.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 07:37:01 | More by Muthacack
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Reja for this lovely extra, unsure of bottle date...

The beer pours a rich looking coppery amber with a dense, sticky off-white head that almost screams "I'm dripping with hops." The nose is relatively modest by comparison with notes of sweet citrus, grain, and a hint of booze (a bit more pronounced after warming). The taste is less aggressive than expected with a balanced bitter-sweetness reminiscent of citrus and tropical fruits followed by a lingering bite from the alcohol and hops in the finish. I braced myself for a "palate wrecking" mouthfeel, but got hit with something much more subtle and modest instead. Balanced, drinkable caramel-sweet citrus upfront that transitions in to a slightly-biting and lightly-coating hoppy/boozy finish. I certainly don't feel like I've chewed on a grapefruit rind or that my breath will spontaneously combust from the alcohol. I'm very impressed with this DIPA, as I have been with Drake's range of session IPAs-DIPAs, and would certainly try it again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 23:38:59 | More by ThePorterSorter
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PatrickSwayze

California

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark golden that is crisp and clear

S: Man is this aromatic. Killer citrus and grapefruit from the Cascade and Citra hops. Beautiful.

T: Really dry caramel approaches the palate that is followed by a massive hop blast of grapefruit, citrus and pine/floral. Kicks ass on the hop department.

M: Dry and rich on the taste buds. A zing from the hops lasts days.

O: Pretty tastey in flavor and it is damn good

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 00:19:17 | More by PatrickSwayze
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ElSid

California

4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The Beers of California

#63

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 03:42:51 | More by ElSid
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regspeir

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thank you to AlexS for this 22 oz. bottle. Beer poured a mildly cloudy copper/amber with little head, scarcely a finger, which dissipates fast. Nose was dominated by citrus (grapefruit and pineapple) but also pine and some grassy notes. Caramel malts balance this well and there is little alcohol burn, especially for this big of a beer. The mild bitterness up front does not overpower what else goes on with this and does not linger after. The texture is medium and as well as the carbonation.
All-in-all, this is a very nicely balanced DIPA that I absolutely recommend and wish I had more access to. Try it, if you can!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 18:57:43 | More by regspeir
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 4/18/13

Cheers to magictacosinus for sending a bottle my way

Appearance: Light amber from a distance, copper, orange, and some golden tones around the edges upon further inspection - unexpectedly clear for a hop bomb -nice, off-white head, leaves some streaks of lacing

Smell: Hello, hops - fruity, oily, and resinous - tropical notes (citra is pretty obvious), melons, pineapple, orange, tangerine, and grapefruit - fleshy citrus, with some bitter oils, and some wet pine - some light caramel and pale malts in the background, nice amount of sweetness

Taste: Citrus, with a side of fruit punch - orange and grapefruit flesh, with some bitter, oily rinds - some nice tropical notes, very fruity - some hoppy spiciness, a touch of pepper - some wet pine - caramel and light amber malts, provides a good backbone - very bitter - a bit too sweet overall, with a touch of syrupyness, but not by much

Mouthfeel: On the full side of medium, nice carbonation, oily, sticky, bitter aftertaste

Overall: Superior to Mel Gibson's Hopocalypo

There are some aspects of Hopocalypse that remind me of Denogginizer, except this beer is a lot better. The hop profile is very interesting, with a lot of fruity, juicy, and spicy notes. It's close to abrasive in its bitterness, but it's not. Win.

Edit: While pouring the second half of the bomber into my glass, I re-read the label. This was brewed with rye. That would explain the spiciness. It's brilliantly subtle.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 04:18:17 | More by angrybabboon
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flexabull

California

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy and bright orange color with a thin off white head.

Aromas are resiny, with some pine, and lots of mixed citrus. Mostly oranges and grapefruit. While this smells good, I was hoping for more, just seems slightly subdued.

Taste packs a punch, but remains nicely balanced. Bitter up front, resiny, with some sharp citrus, nectarines, and bit herbal too. Nice backdrop of caramel sweetness. Finish is warm with more hoppiness and a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full bodied.

Overall a well crafted DIPA. Very well balanced, and dangerously drinkable. Very good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2012 23:05:41 | More by flexabull
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Gobzilla

California

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured an orangish amber brown in color with yellow highlights and had a very thin head leaving very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: had a very nice piney citrusy hoppy aroma with some candi sugar, grassy, and sweetness from the malts but had faint mango and hints of booze.

T: the piney character was more apparent on the taste with hoppiness and citrus grapefruit that made most of the bitterness alongside grassy candi sugar accents but with a touch of booze.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, piney, hoppy, citrusy, and bitter finish that lingered on the palate.

D: definitely a west coast style hop bomb with a good hop profile and was a little bit more difficult to drink due to the bitterness factor.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 01:38:51 | More by Gobzilla
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