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Drake's Hopocalypse - Drake's Brewing Co.

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511 Ratings

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Ratings: 511
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 92
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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Schlais, Jun 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Popp24, Feb 18, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

robgage, Apr 03, 2014
Photo of Philousa
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%

Imbibed on tap at Harry's Hofbrau on 2/19/12,

Pours a semi opaque metallic gold with decent head and retention, though no lacing to speak of (could have been the glass). Super pine and citrus aroma! Acidic with a good amount of orange and pineapple. Nothing but bitterness in flavor. Very piney, resinous, but still light. Aftertaste is harsh, like tree bark. It smooths out a bit with more to drink and as it warms. This is extremely bitter. MF is more balanced than not, though leaning towards the viscous side, like it's cousin, the Black Label.

This is definitely interesting, but nothing I'd request in more than 8oz at a time. Take sips, not gulps, and you'll be rewarded. Water doesn't hurt either.

Philousa, Feb 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Guzzle_McBrew, Mar 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Zaximus, Apr 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Pinche_Oso, Feb 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

roblund, Nov 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

terence, Feb 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

rowbow, Jun 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Bonko_the_sane, May 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

freshflesh, Mar 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

cletusdog, Feb 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

kdown, Dec 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

ineva, Feb 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

mbw314, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of Drinkerofales
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%

Brand new at the bottle shop, always good to pick up a new release.

Pours a light amber with gold and orange hints. A huge off white head leaves plenty of nice lacing.

Smell is very tropical, mango, apricot and pineapple. I detect a bready malt undertone, but only by looking for it.

Taste is big bitter hops, pithy with almost no malt presence. Finishes with more pith.

Feel is very smooth, easy gliding and almost light. Hides it's booze well, but, I miss the hops feel.

What a great smelling beer, if only it tasted as big. Feels easy to drink, and I kind of wanted some punch you in the face feel, which I didn't get. I still loved the beer, and will look for a bottle every year.


Drinkerofales, Feb 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

RangnaR, Sep 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

BryanCDM, Mar 10, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

jaywes754, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of McStagger
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

Let's do this.

A: Pours a beautiful transparent orange/copper. Finger and a half of slight off white bleached head. Carbonation is minimal, with fairly large bubbles rising to the surface.

S: Definitely hoppy, but not in the classic west coast style. This one is huge...stone fruit. Yeah, apricot, nectarine, peach. Some tropical and even a touch of citrus in this one. But definitely different. Malt presence contributes a subtle sweetness, akin to honeysuckle.

T: Big malt sweetness up front transitions seemlessly into a stone fruity sweetness. Splash of bitterness mid palate. Floral honeysuckle sweetness followed by notes of apple, apricot, peach. Green apple skin finish and a slight amount of alcohol heat.

M: Medium bodied. Big malts and alcohol, but the carbonation is present (and fine) enough to keep this one balanced at 9.3%.

O: Very unique take on the style. Would definitely pick this one up again.

I read about the rye addition after reviewing this. I had about half a glass left and tried to find the rye...it's very well hidden. There is a mild pepperiness in the nose and the mouth has a slight spiciness to it. However, I only discovered this while actively looking for rye notes.

McStagger, Feb 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Mister_Joshy, May 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

CaptainPancakes, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of whatthehull
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Cloudy golden orange, hardly any white head or lacing

S - HOPPY! Also, lots of resin up front. Citrus, pine, earthy flowers, some pineapple, some sap, a bit of tropical flowers and fruit, grassy and definitly sweet, like corn syrup sweet

T - You can taste the alcohol, then the hops, the sweet and the bitter is much bigger than the smell would lead you to think. Love the resin, sap, grass and pineapple. Some toastiness that I couldn't get in the smell. The sweet is nice. The balance is off a bit, but still very nice

M - Fluffy, coats the mouth in a serious array of bitters. The sweet hangs around for a while and all the hop flavors linger

D - For the IPA lover, this beer is awesome. For the IPA snobs, this is not balanced enough for you. I think this beer has nice drinkability for the alcohol content and being not completely balanced

Final thought - For the price $6, ABV above 9%. This beer is one to try. Thanks again Drakes

whatthehull, Mar 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

teraflx, Jun 08, 2014
Drake's Hopocalypse from Drake's Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 511 ratings.