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Drake's Hopocalypse - Drake's Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

520 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 520
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 92
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: magictrokini on 12-17-2008)
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Photo of jethrodium
2.08/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

650 ml bottle. Pours a clear amber with a small white head that leaves close to no lacing. Aroma is pine with some floral and citrus notes. Smells really sweet too. Not very pleasant. The taste is really sweet. Way too sweet with the sugar overpowering everything. Some of the pine comes through as well as the citrus, but an overwhelming sweetness throughout. A decent bitterness on the finish as well as a bit of alcohol heat. Medium body, but really syrupy. Light carbonation. This beer was not enjoyable. I struggled to finish my couple of ounces from the bottle. I'm pretty sure it was not a bad bottle since I've had it on draft before and remember having similar opinions.

Photo of AleWatcher
2.4/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Got this in an outstanding box from Beerdy-- thanks Brosef!
Served in an imperial nonic.

Burnt orange, candied apricot color with a nearly white head of 1.5 fingers. Decent retention. Decent lacing.

Smells pretty boozy...at only 9.25%, it shouldn't be *this* boozy!
Some sweet bready malt with some dry toast malt notes hit first. The hops come in with some citrus notes that get dominated by a combination of booziness and bitterness.
The nose and flavor are both clean and crisp, but the overwhelming boozy heat on the finish is a real deal-breaker for me-- like when a potential girlfriend has more than 2 cats.

The body is medium-light, but well-carbonated.

Overall-- this reminds me of the off-batch of hopslam (the one bottle 01.06.12)-- it is too boozy to be as good as is should be.
I still look forward to trying the black label next!

Photo of cpetrone84
2.63/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pour is transparent golden amber with a tight white head. Nose is bready malt, faint grain, lots of oily resinous hop aromas, pine and faint citrus. Taste is extremely oily, tons of hop resins, syrupy fully body, moderate bitterness and a steel like taste through the finish.

Photo of BarrytheBear
2.65/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Want generously provided as an extra by Greg. I've had my eye on this beer for quite awhile. Thank you for the opportunity!

Hazed orange with yellow highlights around the rim. Thin surface coverage with a generous supply of tiny bubbles.

Pineapple cake, drizzled caramel, and a healthy dose of alcohol vapor on the nose.

Big bitterness up front: sharp alcohol bitter and harsh grassiness. Grainy and dirty..a bit brash and unrefined. Pineapple acidity, olive juice, and an unapologetic malt assault.

Mouthfeel is prickly bitter olive juice. Leaves a salty sea water finish.

Overall, I'm not a fan. Slightly reminiscent of Hop Mouth: over carbonated and messy. Happy for the chance, but will not seek this out again. Having never had Drakes, wondering if this sort of profile is typical? A miss for me.

Photo of Modernrickk
2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of ebin6
2.98/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Clear, with a thick meaty head, this is a picturesque beer. The bitterness wears, however, and dramatically decreases the drinkability. Even taking into account the style, I can't help but think they could have dialed this back a little. What begins as a tasty hop bomb ends as a beer that is a little too harsh despite the (relatively) moderate alcohol content. This is one to share, but man does it look beautiful out of the bottle.

Photo of leodarko
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of Brew33
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of BoRaeCho
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of OneBeertoRTA
3/5  rDev -27.7%

Photo of kojevergas
3.03/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a nonical generic half-pint glass at The Daily Pint in Santa Monica, yesterday. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were above average.

A: Pours a one finger head of fair cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear copper. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Hops - more floral than bittering. Pine and citrus. Multiple hop strains are definitely present. Clean malts. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Pine, bittering hops, a pleasant crisp hop finish, and citrusy hops. Strangely yet pretty effectvely balanced. Enjoyable and pleasant, with a clean malt foundation. It's built okay, but isn't anything unique or special. No layering. Of limited complexity. Not particularly subtle. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Coarse and wet. Mildly complementary of the flavour profile. Overcarbonated and sharp, inhibiting drinkability. Adequately thick.

Dr: It hides its ABV well and it's drinkable, but I wouldn't have it again. It's not bad, but there are far better beers in the style. Only fans of the style will likely enjoy this one.

Drank just fine out of a half-pint glass. Would pair decently with spicy food.

A poor candidate for aging.

C+

Photo of pkalix
3.04/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

nice, dark urine color. very foamy white head.
smell is rather weird. strange. funky, but not in a 'brett' way.... bottled on 2/11, today is 3/1. so, it cant be THAT old.... is this the way it's supposed to smell and taste?
taste is definitely strange. unlike anything I have ever had before. I cannot describe it. I've had pliny the younger, blind pig and knee deep citra already today. this is NOTHING like ANY of those brews. and it's rated at 93?
there is a funky sweetness from malts, very little hop bitterness, but a funky twang that carries through. very light body. this HAS to be a bad batch. sorry about the relatively bad review, but this is a dumper.... and I've had some good brews today!
wait. could it have been from the 'brett-y' crooked stave I just had? did the funky sourness ruin this beer? my review is NOTHING like the previous reviews. what happened?

Photo of Arbitrator
3.08/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Chilled bomber into a glass. Purchased for $7 or so.

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper-amber color with a large off-white head. Retention is excellent, with some good sudsing and a thick collar on the beer.

S: When cold, it has that old towel aroma that reminds me of English hops. It could just be a trick of the pine note, though; as it warms up over the next couple of minutes, that impression fades (though it never vanishes) and it smells vividly like pine needles and grapefruit.

T: Fresh, green, bitter pine needles. This is incredibly resiny, almost to the point of being harsh. It almost has a rye bite to it. Citrus colors the flavor without ever dominating it; I'd liken it to grapefruit rind. This is fairly bitter and dry. I was tempted to suggest "candied grapefruit" for this one, but after having Nyack -- their hoppy barleywine -- the other day, that description is not apt here. This is straight hops with a mild malt presence. It's fairly tasty, just kind of harsh (more on that below).

M: This is bitter and sticky for a West Coast IPA, though it doesn't have quite the same palate-wrecking bitterness that I find in some of our counterparts across the country. It doesn't have a strong alcohol presence, but there is a little nip at the finish that doesn't sit right with me. It's viscous, with carbonation that is best described as "rough." The overall effect is a harsh one.

D: This is rather absurdly priced, to be honest. I think it's a decent DIPA, but it's not so strong that I'm gong to run out and get more, especially if I can upgrade to a Lagunitas six-pack for $2 more one shelf over.

Photo of buzzardman
3.14/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Aroma: Hoppy pine, resinous, stale

Apperance: Clear Golden amber slight tint of green in one finger head.

Flavor: Sweet caramel malt, Bitter metal, peppery after taste.

Mouthfeel: Thick sticky body, oily and sticky. Good carbonation across tongue. Bitter dry finish

Overall: Pretty smooth for how big this beer is. Good hop bitterness not a ton in the aroma. Really not that impressed with this beer. Kind of has a weird stale smell and for a dipa I would expect a big hoppy aroma and more bitterness. Maybe the higher abv is killing a lot of the flavor. I think the rye in it is throwing me off. This should be labeled as a rye dipa not a regular dipa. Bottled 2/06/2014 drank 2/20/2014 so it is fresh. $8.99 for 22oz

Photo of Cresant
3.23/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served this 22 oz. brown bottle in a Sam Adams glass. No date. The body was a dull, deep butterscotch disk color with a barely off white head. The cap was creamy and irregular. Clumpy lace clung in the glass.

The smell was sweet and floral. Bready with candied fruit. Syrupy.

The taste reflected the aroma. Sweet, bready, citrus fruits , apples, and syrup. The hops oils astringency was pretty masked by the opulent, syrupy sweetness. Perhaps this is an older bottle but I was hoping for more hops flavor and less sweetness.

The mouthfeel was full bodied with modest carbonation.

(900th review)

Photo of tectactoe
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of lakeylake
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of logicerror
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of jyuhas
3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

a - CRYSTAL clear, copper, head large bubbles, lively carbonation, lasting thin head, quite beautiful

s - piney, resiny, light citrus notes, a tad bit of alcohol coming through late as it warms up

t - resiny, spicy, piney with just enough malt to back it up

m - full body, viscous, slightly chewy, rye apparent

o - goes down pretty easily, quite buzzed after one 22 oz though, so won't really need another

Combination of body and flavors/aromas make me think what it'd be like to drink some pine sap with a few barley grains in it. In a good way though.

Photo of billshmeinke
3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark golden body almost amber. A finger of white head. Good retention. Some lacing left behind.

Smells of sweet honey malts. Hints of tropical fruit and floral hops. This is pretty malt heavy in the nose.

Taste follows nose honey like malt sweetness. Hops come through as earthy and floral. Bitter and resinous on the finish.

Creamy, smooth carbonation. Full bodied. A little hot and numbing alcohol.

Meh not the best DIPA. Probably not gonna purchase again.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this at City Beer SF the day after the bottles arrived there. Drank two days later...very fresh.

A - Caramel orange coloring, looks to be filtered well. Bubbles very active shooting from bottom to top, decent head retention and excellent lacing throughout. This beer looks alive! Impressive.

S - Pine, hemp and sugared fruits. Almost candy like. Very fragrant and perfumey. The fruits would be pineapple, mango and orange but covered in sugar. Candied so to speak. Resinous for sure. Big and bold.

T - I really want to give this beer a higher rating here but I just can't. Flavors including the citrus fruit and pine are very bold but this beer tastes like a sugar bomb. Solid malt backbone to back up the massive amounts of hops in this one but It's just too sugary. As I mentioned in the smell, the fruits taste like they were all dipped in a giant tub of sugar and 1/2 way into the bomber it actually becomes somewhat offensive. The first few sips are very impressive (starts off good) but goes downhill from there. Good thing this is 100+ IBUs to have the bitterness cut out the sugar in the finish or this one would have been way too sweet.

M - Good for the style. Sticky and resinous, just how I like my DIPAs. Bitter finish without wrecking the palate.

D - Take the sugar I mentioned out of the equasion and we would have had a 4.5 but half way in I was getting sick of the aftertaste.

Final thoughts - I really, really liked this beer on tap from the source. I recommend it in that setting but I will not be purchasing another bottle. Let's hope they get Hop Salad right in the bottle when it's time for that to happen. Hop Salad on tap is as good as any other DIPA I've had.

Photo of kindbeer
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

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Drake's Hopocalypse from Drake's Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 520 ratings.