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Drake's Hopocalypse - Drake's Brewing Co.

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523 Ratings
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Ratings: 523
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 93
Gots: 46 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: magictrokini on 12-17-2008

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Photo of augustgarage
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.

Photo of scottfrie
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.

Photo of GRG1313
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.

Photo of DocJitsu
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.

Photo of Muthacack
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.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
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.

Photo of PatrickSwayze
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

Photo of ElSid
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.

Photo of regspeir
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!

Photo of angrybabboon
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.

Photo of flexabull
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.

Photo of Gobzilla
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.

Photo of rudzud
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this up at Tree House. Poured into a small snifter. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours a clear golden hue with a quarter inch head that fades to leave a light thin blanket and light side lacing. Minimal wisps as well.

S - Quite nice and inviting bitter hop resins here. Light malt backbone.

T - Lots of resinous pine here and subtle sweet malts. This is a solid DIPA here with a good pine. That being said, its fairly one dimensional.

M - Mouthfeel is good, nicely carbonated and super drinkable considering what it is.

O - Overall this was a solid DIPA, however, there are in my opinion much better DIPAs on the market.

Photo of kmatlack
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness date that i can tell. Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A- Pours a golden copper color. A little bit hazy, super creamy white head. A little bit of lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Well there is definitely citra hops in here. Super fresh aromas, pine, melons, tropical fruit, citrus, pineapple, malts. Its all here. Smells absolutely incredible.

T- On the front there is a sharp citrus bite, very sweet. Mid palate is where you get alot of sweet pineapple and citrus fruits, and holding up the rear is the bitterness. Super bitter on the back end and leaves lingering hop flavors. Can detect quite a bit of alcohol on the back as well.

M- Unusually creamy. Slick thin mouthfeel. Ridiculously drinkable.

O- A first from drakes, and ive got to say, im impressed. An above average DIPA that i am glad to have regular access to.

Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy orange, not much carbonation, two finger head

S-Good deal of citrus and grass, some floral notes, tad bit of caramel.

T-Nice balance, Lots of citrus hops. Floral notes as well. Slight grass. With a biting bitterness in the finish.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation, semi-smooth.

O-A solid, balanced easy drinking IPA.

Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep orange with amber hues in the center, 1/2 finger carbonation, moderate lacing, a bit darker than most double ipas, but a bit cloudier

S: bright aggressive hop profile, cirtusy and bitter to the nose. Not quite overbearing in the juniper/herbal notes.

T: very balances hop profile, not overbearing, not entirely cirtusy either, very light with a quick bitter finish, a profile that transfers from lemon to grassy, without a long standing lingering hop profile.

M: The mouthfeel is exactly where it should be for the style, light finish with a biscuity middle to it that lingers for a bit, doesnt overcoat the mouth so that you welcome the next sip, almost to the point of drinking it too fast. I prefer this to the Denoginnizer Imperial because I feel like I can drink this without so much of a traumatic profile.

D: I dont usually throw this around, but its an incredibly drinkable beer, it feels like a bolder pale ale simply due to its trojan horse character that sends 9% abv and aggressive fast moving hops right into the Troy of your mouth. I am certainly able to drink well beyond the 22oz bottle. It's an even more dangerous candidate given the relatively afforable price. Good luck finding a series of bottles to support that endeavor. I enjoy this beer but in LA its not too simple to find large

Photo of HopasaurusRex
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden amber hue topped by copious big bubbled eggshell foam.

Nose of grapefruit pith, citrus rind, and dank piney resin leaps out of the glass.

First sip mirrors the aroma - candied citrus zest, pine forest needles, and resiny high alpha hops (Citrah!) with an undercurrent of spicy rye. Hoptastic blend that pummels the tastebuds with jabs of bitterness followed by an uppercut of grapefruit, citrus, and resin.

Cheers to Mr. Barleywine for bringing this hoppy nectar back from the Left Coast!

Photo of broken22
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On pour a fairly decent white head formed. Once it subsided a thin layer of micro-bubbles hung out on the surface. The color is a a nice honey color. The beer has a nice bouquet. The hops are nice and fruity. The flavor is very similar sharp up front then fading nicely after swallowing. The beer is nicely carbonated and full bodied.

Overall this is a very enjoyable beer. I think the brewer is doing a nice job of balancing the hope flavors so its not too overpowering. The smell and flavors are very pleasant and make for an enjoyable beer.

Photo of Hendry
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apricot pour that is semi translucent,fluffy one finger head,solid lacing in the tulip.

Aroma is that of graham crackers and candied grapefruit peel, slightly herbal too.

Quite a solid hit of honey graham cracker followed by a counterbalance of grapefruit peel bitterness with a touch of rye spice that lingers about. The 9.3% is well masked in the sweet to bitter swallow. The rye is nicely integrated into the mix, and for those not previously a fan of rye as an ingredient, this may change your mind.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy due to the hefty malt base, carbonation is well done.

Overall, this is a solid IIPA though a touch heavy on the malt base. The flavors are interesting but a bit on the one dimensional side, yet one of the more enjoyable "balanced" IIPAs that I've had.

Photo of McStagger
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Let's do this.

A: Pours a beautiful transparent orange/copper. Finger and a half of slight off white bleached head. Carbonation is minimal, with fairly large bubbles rising to the surface.

S: Definitely hoppy, but not in the classic west coast style. This one is huge...stone fruit. Yeah, apricot, nectarine, peach. Some tropical and even a touch of citrus in this one. But definitely different. Malt presence contributes a subtle sweetness, akin to honeysuckle.

T: Big malt sweetness up front transitions seemlessly into a stone fruity sweetness. Splash of bitterness mid palate. Floral honeysuckle sweetness followed by notes of apple, apricot, peach. Green apple skin finish and a slight amount of alcohol heat.

M: Medium bodied. Big malts and alcohol, but the carbonation is present (and fine) enough to keep this one balanced at 9.3%.

O: Very unique take on the style. Would definitely pick this one up again.

I read about the rye addition after reviewing this. I had about half a glass left and tried to find the rye...it's very well hidden. There is a mild pepperiness in the nose and the mouth has a slight spiciness to it. However, I only discovered this while actively looking for rye notes.

Photo of Hopbrizio
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2013 bottle into a tulip glass-

Poured nice clear auburn color w/ a finger of white head that dissipated quickly.

Solid aroma - citrus, grassy, some tangerine maybe, w/some malt aroma.

Malty caramel character present throughout the rush of hops when tasting. Getting some fresh bitter hops here and although I feel there's a good malt to hop balance I find the malts to be slightly more present than expected.

Medium body, a bit resiny and lightly carbonated.

Malt lingers on the finish with a zesty hint from the hops. Slightly sweet, sugary notes.

Overall - way too easy to drink :) but cant say it's my favorite for it's style. Expected more hop character but not sure if bottle date had anything to do with that and date is not printed on bottle for reference. That said, quite enjoyable and worth trying.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New Beer Friday! Had on-tap at FO in Santa Monica.

Appearance - A few buddies of mine had some PtE at the same time I ordered this so for comparison purposes, this was a darker, tangerine colored beer over PtE, with about a finger and a half of head that lingers around for a while but leaves a bit lackluster lacing.

Smell - Extremely hoppy and citrusy. Definite grapefruit and orange peel in the nose with lighter hop presence. I enjoy the fact I can smell a beer in a bar and not be looked at funny :D

Taste - As alexd said beneath me, this was a bit of a sloppier brew. There is a lot going on here flavor wise and it was pretty damn good, having a more citrus front (though not passion fruit, more bitter citrus) which is finished up by bitter hops and an ironic cloying sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Extremely creamy and decently carbonated. I actually liked the sticky mouthfeel on this (much more than PtE which I had right after).

Drinkability -Relatively so. I tasted just a hint of alcohol when I first started drinking it. Not sure of the abv, however. A good beer to try but with PtE on tap right next to it, "why fix something when it ain't broke".

Photo of natemort13
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy murky copper orange. Full, off-white head.

Leafy somewhat dank hops, orange rind. Definitely some peppery spicy hops.

Taste, woof. Huge resiny hops. Lots of pine on the finish, some lingering grapefruit. Big malt backbone that stands up to the hops well. Slight alcohol presence but the the hops overwhelm it before it's really noticeable.

Mouthfeel is very full bodied with some crisp stinging carbonation. Very sticky.

Overall this is a gigantic IPA. Have no idea how the black label is gonna be bigger than this. Hops all over the place, hard to sift through for me, but that's how I like it.

Photo of Celtics17
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma: Hoppy pine, resinous, stale

Appearance: Amber/reddish color, nice lacing

Flavor: Sweet caramel malt, Bitter metal, peppery after taste. Pine, not getting much citrus, do get a mix of peach/grapefruit. The peach flavor is from the citra used hop, wet and dry.
I get a slight wine aspect with the simcoe hop.

Amarillo hops are known as hop bombs, and it's fitting from this beer.

Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 04/16/14 notes. Thanks to BeerLawyer85 for sharing this one. 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a murky, amber-yellow color with two inches of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pine hops, citrus hops, fruity malts, grapefruit, resin, earthy notes.

t - Tastes of pine hops, bready malts, dough, citrus hops, grapefruit, fruity malts, earthy malts. Taste is good but definitely maltier than the nose, with a lot of bread and dough.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. No bitter bite to it.

o - Overall I thought this was a really good beer. Definitely not a hop bomb and as hoppy as a lot of IPA's these days, but it was tasty so who cares. No bitterness and easy to drink, worth checking out.

Drake's Hopocalypse from Drake's Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.