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Drake's Hopocalypse - Drake's Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 165
Hads: 645
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 111
Gots: 103 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Drake's Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: magictrokini on 12-17-2008

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (297 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
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. (615 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
4.15/5  rDev +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. (567 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (780 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (1,785 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (787 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

thanks to labrat for the trade, enjoyed this with tenderbranson69,poured chilled from the bomber into an IPA glass.
The color is golden with very light haze and amber highlights with visible carbonation and 3fingers of healthy cream with fine bead and wavy rings of lace that stick. The smell is strong citrus with orange and grapefruit blend of aromas and slight dank herbal quality with som mild spice almost peppery with almost no alcohol in the aroma but there is a light fruity yeast ester present with floral and subtle malt in the nose. The feel is very good with very juicy and tangy hop texture with medium high bitterness level and light astringency with malt texture adding sweetness with fully body and semi-dry finish.

The taste is very good with juicy tangy flavor as the nose hints at with more of a citrus/grapefruit focus and subtle herbal taste with slight sweet malt in the middle and a smidge of alcohol in the mostly dry finish -plenty of hops are lingering on the palate as the beer is smooth yet quaffable. I really liked this -very good Ipa would definitely recommend this and would try to find it again based on fullness of hop character in the taste. (1,177 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
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+ (1,206 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (753 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Deep amber orange, hints to lemon yellow but a bit dull and slightly hazy but not too much. A decent glow with creeping slow crawling fine carbonation coming to the top. Thick fluffy to rocky head, swiss cheese retention, pill like scattered lacing, and holding big and beautiful at three solid fingers, maybe just a hair more. Very solid looking brew.

Excellent aroma. Hints of juiced pineapple, thin biscuit malt, and a spicy tropical hop note that comes off with an excellent fruit sweetness. Chewy and leaf like mint hit just with an interesting herbality as well, even a little bit of dank. Great smelling stuff here.

Palate just gives the aroma greatness, and gives up the goods. First sip is fistfull of lush tropical hop warmth. Hints of mango and pineapple rush with a mild sweetness, and an almost apricot juiced body. Fruity juiced big time, almost into honey territory but with a much pleasurable bitterness to go along with it. Dank quality really seems to come out but also pull a good malt character out of this to match nearly caramel but much lighter and getting into that sweet honey realm. Chewy and great aftertaste, like a soft mint and chewing gum hop quality.

Overall just a great double IPA. (1,282 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of ejimhof
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - orange color with a slight head.

Smell - citrus and pine alerting you of the hops to follow.

Taste - smooth and a top of the class IPA.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied not overly bitter.

Overall - this is a top 5 DIPA and thanks to BN for bringing it back to Pittsburgh. More BA's need to have a chance to drink this. (327 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (687 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (1,147 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (1,206 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wonderful lacing, good head retention. Caramel colored.

Faint citrus/melon smell.

Well balanced, very little booze heat. More caramel/Vienna malts than anything. Hop presence is nice, not over powering.

Wow really creamy. Low carbonation, I like!

Very unique mouthfeel made this one for me. Highly recommended for DIPA fans looking for something a little different. Thanks beerandraiderfan! (394 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
3.58/5  rDev -12%
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. (711 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.54/5  rDev -13%
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. (903 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (785 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drake's definitely makes some vibrant glowing ipas, and this one is no exception.

Great mix of many citrus smells here, variety, you really get a bouquet (sic?) of fruit, orange, lemon, lime, banana even, just lush. Always have to give a tip of the cap to the breweries that do the dry hopping this extensive and keep prices down on the bottles ($6).

Taste, sure, there's some heat and sweet on this, but its still a really good mildly great double ipa. The bitterness isn't egregious, it allows the floral fruit hop vibe chill and the malt backbone and sweetness are riding cargo.
Another winner by Drake's. This and Denogginizer are pretty much like, flip of the coin always, win, for me. (695 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.15/5  rDev +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. (653 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Resiny, minty, grassy nose with light fruit and citrus. Pours brilliant gold under a 1” lacy persistent foam cap. It has a rich, malty entrance with fruit followed by rich hop flavors finishing with a peach bittered by hops with traces of citrus. There is also some hoppy vegetal astringency in the finish which has a drying effect. This is a big beer with a very creamy body and very fine soft carbonation. (409 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Attractive amber pour, with a light, silky head. Loads of bright citrus in the nose, less prominent malt than I’ve come to expect from Drake’s. Thick, sumptuous mouthfeel with a lingering bitterness on the finish. Peach, orange, and hop oil dominate the taste, with a firm malt foundation bringing things together and giving the beer heft without booziness. (361 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
2.66/5  rDev -34.6%
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. (275 characters)

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Drake's Hopocalypse from Drake's Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.