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Drake's Hopocalypse - Drake's Brewing Co.

Drake's HopocalypseDrake's Hopocalypse

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

479 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 479
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

In a fun box sent over by vissai a while back. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
IBU: 100+
Magnum, Citra and Chinook. Dry hopped with the same plus Columbus.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, thighter looking, fluffy white head with great retention. Lightly hazy gamboge orange with no real carbonation evident. Head fades to a good foam cap and coats the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains and leaves lots of lacing down the sides. Really nice looking.

SMELL: Pale and caramel malts, honeydew melon in there, with lots of citrus notes, grapefruit, lemon and orange peel. Floral notes too, but the citrus definitely leads teh show. Bold and very complex. Enticing.

TASTE: Caramel sweetness up front, but then an apocalypse of hops at the swallow *wink* with citrus, lemon and some nice grapefruit flavors. A big aftertaste of citrus, lemon, orange peel and bitter grapefruit linger nicely, with some floral notes and a nice amount of caramel and honeydew melon sweetness as balance. This is all about the hops though, and the fruity, bitter finish just won't quit. Really enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry. A bitter hop bite lingers and lingers. Fine, but could be a little creamier for the style.

OVERALL: This was excellent. The look, nose and flavor profile were outstanding for sure. A slightly creamier feel would have given the flavor the support it needed for that ever illusive perfect score in the taste compartment, but that is a small and relatively insigificant observation. An outstanding beer and well worth getting your hands on if it's available to you. Thanks again for the trade vissai.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 13:31:17 | More by Jeffo
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regspeir

Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
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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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got as an extra recently. No freshness date. Served in balloon glass.

Very nice pour with a solid off-white head. Clear, brilliant amber-colored body. Doesn't appear to have much carbonation. The head dies down way too quickly though, and leaves only minimal sudsy lacing.

Aroma is of big bold hops, with hints of blood orange, taffy, and alcohol. I like it. Not really blowing me away though, as this DIPA category is a tough one to compete in. The aroma is big and bold, though I tend to lean towards refined, complex and delicate.

Very very bitter beer, with plenty of hop flavor, pine and citrus. Bitter orange pith on the palette. Sweet caramel malts in the background mixed with a tinge of alcohol. Very robust flavor. It tastes every bit of 9.25% abv.

Rich, full-bodied DIPA with healthy carbonation and a sweet finish.

Not sure I am being too picky here or what. I think the beer is a good example of the DIPA style, but it weighs in fairly strong for me. Appearance was decent, but could have used better retention, the aroma was strong and hoppy, the flavor was rich, bitter, semi-balanced with a rich sweetness, and for some reason I just wasn't impressed. Maybe I'm not into the hops they are choosing here. I recognize that it's well made, but I don't think I would seek this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 20:11:11 | More by MusicaleMike
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GuzzLah

Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +9.7%
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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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into a tall tulip

A: Pours a clear light amber color with two fingers of fluffy white foam.

S: Tropical fruits galore - pineapple, peaches, and oranges. A bit of caramel sweetness mixed with some spicy rye create a malt profile that can support such a large hop profile.

T: Spicy rye is quite dominant in the flavor, surprisingly so. Tropical fruits are still there, but are far in the background with such a large amount of rye. Some citrus comes out in the flavor as well, I'd say even more than the tropical fruits.

M: Medium thickness with medium to high carbonation.

O: The aroma and flavor of this beer are oddly extremely different. I wish the hop aromas would come out more in the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 01:48:07 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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magictacosinus

California

4.31/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glad I finally got to open this last night. Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bomber. No freshness date, which is sadly the case of all of Drake's beers. As a fan of this brewery, I would really like to know how long this has been in the bottle as hop freshness information is a must with beers like these. Review is from my notes.

Pours an outrageously solid, fantastic amber-orange sunrise color with massive amounts of carbonation spiraling around the glass, as well as a beautiful 3-finger head of froth. The head sticks around for a long time, never seeming to die down, and it's not just because of the tulip. Sticky soapy lacing coats the glass in a lively way. Very viscous overall, with alcohol legs that are extremely noticeable. The hop resin is definitely visible in the light here, and combined with the high ABV, it's clear that this is a dense yet lively looking DIPA.

The smell is definitely less hoppy than I expected, but it still is extremely bright and prominent, containing loads of dried orange-citrus aromas as well as pine needles. This is definitely the equivalent of standing in front of an orange grove and taking in all of the aromas on a warm, windy day. Tropical notes of pineapple and mango abound, but it's subtle. There's a cracked spicy ginger character underneath it all, which absorbs with the thickened caramel malt backbone quite well. I definitely suspect that the hop character is a bit muted here due to aging, but it's still held up fantastically well.

The flavor is surprisingly not as hoppy as the aroma, but does indeed go through with the citrus/caramel malt profile as mentioned before. You instantly get the massive hop, orange and lemon rind astringency, but it's taken over eventually by a thickened, syrupy breadiness and toffee profile that refines the finish to the point of smoothness. The mango gets a bit more prominent here. Very bone dry through... I definitely paired this with bread and Brie due to the carbonated, dry hopped nature of this beer. It is very easy to drink as a result of the muted astringency. This is a big beer though, so drink slowly or else it will kick the crap out of you.

Not a hop bomb by any means, but still pretty well rounded and filled with variety of ingredients that are well balanced and put together. In my experience, this is officially the crowning DIPA of the East Bay, and I'm glad it's easy to find. It's about $7 a bottle, which is definitely more expensive than PtE or Hop Stoopid, and definitely not as refined, yet it's still a fantastic take on the style. It's appropriate for a special or the most casual of occasions, and is super easy to sip on or woof down depending on the mood you're in. Hope I can get this fresher next time, and I hope I can try their "Black Reserve" edition of this beer someday!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 03:42:08 | More by magictacosinus
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rawfish

California

4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Attractive gold amber with a small cap of white. Decent retention and curtains of lacing left all over the glass.

Aroma is rather muted compared to some other DIPAs but an absolute explosion of hops. Tropical front papaya, mangoes, pineapple, grapefruit and pine. Reminiscent of Sculpin and Nelson but with a bit more alcohol.

Juicy and oily with grapefruit, papaya, dried mangoes and pine resin hops on the fore front. Some rye bread and caramel malt barely emerge as the palate quickly shifts to an oily and pine bitterness. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Medium body and adequately carbonated. Malt is slightly sticky, hides 9.3% alcohol well. Bitterness and flavor lingers, dries well.

Double Sculpin essentially, had to believe Drakes can make a DIPA that has a better aroma than this one, yet Aroma Coma exists. A solid DIPA that is a must try for any hop head, the tropical notes are nailed on this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 03:55:55 | More by rawfish
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raynmoon

California

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Looks perfect, bright orange/ amber with a slight haziness and lastly head. What else could you ask for!?

Smells nice, a nice mix of tangerine and caramel malt. Reminds me of Sculpin. Nothing out-of-the-box, but certainly nice.

Tastes very nice, very similar from the nose; a strong tangerine/ citrus flavor that is backed by a caramel malt/ alcohol backbone. Lots of alcohol.

Very solid DIPA. It isn't masked or juice/ complex enough to be one of the best out there, but very worthy of a buy, especially on top at a bar; don't pass it by. Nothing wrong with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 03:50:09 | More by raynmoon
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to HaveUSeenMyCellar for this one.

A gentle pour yields a decent almost 1 finger creamy bubbly head that fades at a med pace, lighter but decent lacing, crystal clear amber honey orange slightly reddish colored beer.

Nose is a hop explosion, a nice blend of hops too, juicy fruity hops, some citrus, tangerine like, hint of grapefruit and some tropical fruit, then some light resinous musty fresh hop oils, light spicy hops too, underneath brings a light malty sweetness, light amber toasty malts, and hint of booze.

Taste starts with a nice hop flavor, tropical fruits and light citrus, a little pear, papaya, light mango, juicy tangerine, grapefruit, even a hint of guava. hops then turn to a light musty resin but not as much as I expected, as well as a chewy slightly spicy earthy bitterness, but not as bitter as I expected... at first. Malts bring a nice sweetness and balance to the overall beer, with some light amber toasty malt and slightly caramel sugar sweetness. Booze kicks in slightly in the middle, with clean booze and just a touch of warmth, but then finishes a little hotter. Finish is drier but sticky syrupy sweet residue, bitterness ramps but I expected it to be a lot more bitter, light lingering tropical fruits and tangerine, juicy still, and the malts come out a bit more with caramel amber toasty malt really lingering.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, decent carb, a little warming booze, little sticky syrupy.

overall a pretty nice beer. I was expecting a typical west coast IPA that just overbearing with big hops and bitterness, but this not only brought nice tropical fruit and juicy tasty hops, but a nice malty sweet balance and manageable bitterness despite claiming 100+ IBUs. A tasty well balanced beer with just a hint of warming booze.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 01:16:03 | More by jlindros
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evanforbeer

California

4.41/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours strawy orange, nice fluffy white head
Nose: tropical fruit, dank hops,
Taste: very clean. Big hops, crisp tropical fruit juicy guava, tangerine, grapefruit rind, dry (crackery) malt, finishes pine and grapefruit rind with a nice touch of citrus sweetness
Mouthfeel- medium bodied for a DIPA, very clean balanced and drinkable

Definitely impressed with this brew, a stand out in the vast sea of DIPAs, I would definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 18:55:42 | More by evanforbeer
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Justin_Neff

Ohio

4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle purchased from Beverages 4 Less. Poured into a 50W tulip glass.

A: Aggressively poured results in a 2-3 finger fizzy, yet full and thick, beige colored head. Settles rather quickly with a moderate amount lacing. Beautiful orange colored body when held to the light. Looks amber colored when not held to a light.

S: As advertised, very hop forward. Strong citrus grapefruit, orange, and lemon rind. Smells of some exotic fruits exist. A little peppery zest. The bitterness hops out of the glass in the nose. A little malt character in the nose, but not strong.

T: Dominant hop flavor at the beginning. Very bitter, but the bitterness is balanced well with lots of sweet fruity notes. Grapefruit and lemon are present but a strong orange juice type taste comes through with hints of peach, mango, and even some pineapple sweetness. Not a strong malt backbone.

M: Medium-Full body. Moderate carbonation. Sticky. Creamy. Booze is hidden well.

O: A citrus, hoppy bomb. This was a well-balanced and uniquely complex take on a DIPA, that I will absolutely try to obtain again.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2013 00:56:20 | More by Justin_Neff
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TheSixthRing

California

4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
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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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a tulip

A- Pours hazy orange with a one and a half finger of a dense foamy head. A nice dissipation and good alcohol legs as well.

S- Big citrus in here. There is a slight pine and touch of cat pee.. in a good way. A nice subtle sweet caramel malt to balance it out.

T- A nice intense bitterness at first. Followed up by a big citrusy profile of mango, peach and ton of grapefruits. The hops are very oily and really coat the mouth. A big resinous piney character and again, a touch of cat piss. The malt is well hidden behind the intense hop character but adds a nice touch of toffee and caramel to the mix and helps out the balance of the beer.

M- Alcohol taste is well hidden. An easy drinking DIPA. A sticky hop presence in the mouth. A pretty full body.

O- A very solid DIPA. Will try again if I can.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 00:56:04 | More by TwelveOunces
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UnderPressure

South Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2013 23:51:41 | More by UnderPressure
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aasher

Indiana

3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This bottle arrived yesterday courtesy of BrewerB. Thanks Brian!

This one pours a nice and very clear burnt orange in color with a two finger, off white soapy head. The nose is hoppy, of course, but actually pretty a balanced for a DIPA. There is a moderate amount of Chinook with a touch of Citra and a bit of rye malt. There is also a decent amount of alcohol. The booze is a big detractor. The flavors are bright and hoppy with a fair amount of malty sweetness but then a lot of alcohol in the finish and after taste. You can definitely pick out the Citra but the other hops kind of muddle its regular crisp citrus character. I get a good amount of both Columbus and Cinook. Again, there is just a lot of present alcohol. It drinks dry and sticky and as stated, it shows its 9.5%. I can see why this would be popular but compared to other widely available options, I wouldn't pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 00:44:31 | More by aasher
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Hopbrizio

California

4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 07:20:15 | More by Hopbrizio
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kevanb

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a stemless wine glass. Review is from notes.

Pours a nice copper color, fairly clear, a few bubbles rising to the top of the glass with a nice thick, soapy white head that leaves behind a nice network of sticky lacing. The aroma is of nice piney, herby hops, light citrus with some pale cereal grain. Very earthy on the nose, but not overly dirty, the citrus gives it a nice touch of brightness. The hops are certainly in focus on the tongue, lots of pine and herby, bitter hops, grapefruit, orange peel and some lighter floral flavors, just enough light, sweet, grain on the tongue to help balance the bitterness. The body is nice and rich, lower carbonation, juicy body that has a slightly dry finish.

Verdict: A nice DIPA from Drake's. The hops flavors are a little earthier than I personally care for, but they are fairly well balanced. Worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 03:45:44 | More by kevanb
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 19:46:49 | More by rlee1390
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ElSid

California

4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
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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harrymel

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 29jan13

Golden amber with loose soapy foam and brilliant clarity. Resin, grapefruit, tangerines, pine, grapefruit and some more bitter grapefruit. Tastes malty boozy fruity and. Bitter. Good medium body with moderate Carb and a wet finish
Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 06:45:43 | More by harrymel
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olfolxholme

California

4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

41

2013 batch... 22 oz bottle into Duvel tulip

A - Amber beer with golden highlights. nice two finger white head. Some retention, good lacing. A little darker than I prefer my DIPA's, but still great looking.

S - great citrus and resinous hop aroma. can detect a little bit of the caramel/amber malts. smells so good that it brings a smile to my face.

T - great west coast hop bitterness. not as much hop flavor as aroma or bitterness, but tastes great. Hop flavor is more grassy. Malt backbone is definitely noticeable. A bit of spice, grass, and grapefruit rind in the aftertaste.

M - Nice light mouthfeel. I like the carbonation a little on the high side, and this beer delivers for me.

O - So glad I am trying this fresh, just two days after Hopocalypse weekend at Drake's. I live less than an hour from the brewery and this bottle was delivered to my favorite market today. This is a really good Imperial IPA that is worth trying. It is a little darker and grassier than some of my personal favorite DIPA's, but I enjoyed the heck out of it anyway. Incredibly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 03:50:54 | More by olfolxholme
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle into a clear Solo cup. A good beer to drink after moving. Sadly I don't have any glassware unpacked. Thanks to aekoops for this bottle! Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Murky orange body. Dull looking. Not much head, but it sticks to the cup.

Smell - Very hoppy. Citrusy and a hint of some grassy hops. Sweet aroma faintly in the back.

Taste - Wave of hops. Citrus. Maybe a bit monotonous, but good. Slight sweetness before it becomes overwhelmingly bitter.

Mouthfeel - No alcohol and not a lot of sugars in it. Not enough malt to overcome the intense bitterness.

Overall - The flavors are good, if a little one-note. Far too bitter in the finish, but otherwise nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 19:07:58 | More by Alieniloquium
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dmatsui

California

4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
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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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hazy, apricot colored beer with a small, fast falling head. Nicely clinging lace on the glass. Strong aroma, somewhat harsh, boozy, astringent, lots of pine resin.

Flavor follows the nose; assertive bitterness, resinous pine hops leading the way, lesser citrus notes; strong chewy maltiness. Moderate sweetness, overly aggressive alcohol for my taste. Bitter, lingering aftertaste, semi-dry finish.

Medium-full body, medium carbonation. Somewhat smooth and creamy, not too shabby in the mouthfeel department. Overall, though, I felt this one was a bit heavy handed, harshly alcoholic, and not all that drinkable. It’s not bad but this style is being brewed with a lot more finesse and elegance these days.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 15:16:50 | More by tobelerone
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dfernandez77 for this beer, among other West Coast goodies that arrived shortly ago. I'm feeling hoppy tonight, so let's go. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pour is unfiltered light orange, not full of sediment, but not clear, either. Nose is a ton of bitter orange juice, with a backdrop of a generic tropical location. Very, very faint metallic undertow that detracts a touch. Hope that doesn't make it into the taste.

Hopocalypse brings a rucksack full of malts to a hop party, & in this case, I'm prejudiced. Huge bready hops that weren't hinted at in the nose bring a Fat Tire experience, & loads of caramel tailgate the bread. Hops are strictly average, with a low OPS. Soft tropical fruit with a half-hearted bitter kick right at the end that sticks around in the aftertaste. And there is that exposed wire taste, too, faint but present. For all that, it's an interesting beer that is sippable as all get-out.

When you make a beer with a name like Hopocalypse, you better bring hops that make my asshole pucker, & this isn't that kind of beer. Maybe HopBrushWar, or HopPoliceAction. Ultimately, this is a beer that's too balanced for me. Pretty good brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 02:48:02 | More by maximum12
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92 out of 100 based on 479 ratings.