Drake's Hopocalypse - Drake's Brewing Co.

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92
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520 Ratings
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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 ediaz
4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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 MusicaleMike
3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Photo of mixed_master7
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of GuzzLah
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Chaz33187
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.

Photo of magictacosinus
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of rawfish
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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