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Drake's Hopocalypse - Drake's Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

511 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 511
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 91
Gots: 44 | 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 Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good DIPA. Aromas of grapefruit, lemongrass. Huge foamy head on golden orangey unfiltered body. Lots of hop oils, a good melange. Well malted, buffering the 100 IBU from a complete palate shread, but still raw palate many hours later. Tastes of lemon mostly, grapefruit, blood orange. Thanks Ryan.

Sammy, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -3.6%

t0rin0, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the ColLAboration beer fest at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a slightly murky light orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of tropical fruit, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is of citrus fruit (especially grapefruit) and citrus zest. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good DIPA with some awesome citrus and tropical aromas and flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

zestar, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Texasfan549, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

kjkinsey, Mar 03, 2014
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.

GRG1313, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

spycow, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -3.6%

kylehay2004, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -3.6%

jaydoc, Feb 22, 2014
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

03/01/12 update:

Newer batches of this beer are exceptionally good. Score increased accordingly.

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Clear burnished copper body topped by an inch of foam. Solid head retention and great color on this one.

Sharp resiny hop aroma, some crystal malt sweetness, a little weed and candied grapefruit. Fairly clean West Coast ale yeast profile.

Taste is solid, resiny and grapefruit-like hop flavors are backed by a fairly substantial malt backbone. It's pretty malty, but it's also very fresh and well-attenuated. There's a subtle cardboard-like stale malt off-flavor near the finish, but the intensely bitter finish washes it away after a few sips. It's still a bit detracting and prevents this from being truly great, but it's enjoyable just the same.

largadeer, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Jason, Mar 12, 2014
Photo of jlindros
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

jlindros, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Drakenstein's monster of a jet-fuel brew. Fairly thin and hot with alcohol. Underlain, however, by a rich malty madness. Powers on the darkly fruity tanginess. Deep orange flavor with lots of citrus rind. Stops short of the pain threshold, or more likely anesthetizes the tongue before you get too far down the hoppy highway.

Marmalade made with Everclear pretty well sums it up.

The classic orange amber in the large tulip. Poured from a 22 oz bottle bought at Baron's market in San Diego. Decent lacing and good carbonation in the mouth.

This is pretty good for an extreme example of DIPA. Actually sippable. The bitterness befuddles the senses but the fruity and floral hops hold out a sweet promise. I think several of the hop-heavy breweries should check what Drake's is doing.

mactrail, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev -3.6%

mendvicdog, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. This is my 100th DIPA rating.

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is great. I get a ton of hop presence, mainly getting resin, pine and citrus notes.

The flavor is equally as good. I get a lot of grapefruit and pine notes, as well as some orange citrus. There is a little bit of bready malt in the beer, but this is all about the hops. Medium bitterness and very easy drinking.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. An outstanding Double IPA and more than worthy of being my 100th rating.

Mora2000, Apr 05, 2011
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.

mdfb79, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -3.6%

XmnwildX12, May 08, 2014
Photo of Halcyondays
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours amber with a medium frothy white head, good lace and retention.

S: Really pretty. Reminds me of Pliny with a heavy resin piney nose with just a touch of citrus, hard to put into words, but I know it when I smell it, beautiful.

T: Has a fairly big malt component especially for CA, but it is constrained within the hop character. Huge pine and grapefruit mix, delicious.

M: Medium to full-bodied, resin filled with a long aftertaste.

D: Outstanding Double IPA, one of the best beers I've had in a while, possibly the best of the new year.

Halcyondays, Feb 16, 2011
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+

kojevergas, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

GClarkage, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

oriolesfan4, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft at Stone Escondido, March 2013.

Pours a hazy, dark golden orange color with dark tangerine edges and a one finger frothy white head.  Excellent retention, slowly fading into a thick, lasting cap.  Glass is left coated with chunks of soapy lacing.  

Floral, slightly earthy aroma with subtle resinous pine, grassy notes and faint citrus/tropical notes.  Stronger malt presence than expected but still has a decent hop presence.  Nice complexity in the nose but the malts are a bit strong for my preference with caramel sweetness, toffee, biscuit and graham cracker.  

On the fuller end of medium body, oily and slightly viscous with a dank, earthy hop bite up front that provides lingering dry bitterness.   Decent tropical/citrus fruit notes countered by a strong malt backbone.  Strong bitterness followed by grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel flavors.  Maybe some tangerine in there too.  Strong malt backbone with some biscuit, toffee and graham cracker.  Nice balance but the malt presence is a bit too strong for my liking and the hop profile could use more complexity.  A bit thick/full bodies for the style as well.

corby112, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in California, but brought back to Australia to drink with @LaitueGonflable, who I hope appreciates all the great beer I bring back from America for him.

Pours a lovely, and very classic orange-copper colour, with a full and frothy head of off-white that leaves spectacularly anarchic lacing. Oh, it's gorgeous. Looks truly wonderful, just like an IPA should. Retention in the head, wonderful lace, wonderful body, wonderful colour. Clearly, you don't get much better.

Nose is crisp, clear and citric, with very fresh and very classic hoppy aromas. Lovely characters of sharp orange, lemon zest and crushed greenery. It's a very lovely IPA aroma. Not unique, but so on style. You'd be hard pressed to find better.

Taste is also excellent. Genuinely good bitter characters, sharp citric flavours, with a balanced grain character that just lends a little nutty fragrance. Gorgeous. It's such a beautifully balanced and well-made American IPA. Ticks all the boxes.

A lovely brew. It doesn't do anything outside the box, but it absolutely fills the box completely with all the right characters. This is a phenomenally good IPA, and an absolutely stellar example of the style. Almost the pinnacle.

lacqueredmouse, Jun 09, 2011
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Drake's Hopocalypse from Drake's Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 511 ratings.