Drake's Hopocalypse - Drake's Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 165
Hads: 643
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 5.65%
Wants: 111
Gots: 100 | 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 RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought this at City Beer SF the day after the bottles arrived there. Drank two days later...very fresh.

A - Caramel orange coloring, looks to be filtered well. Bubbles very active shooting from bottom to top, decent head retention and excellent lacing throughout. This beer looks alive! Impressive.

S - Pine, hemp and sugared fruits. Almost candy like. Very fragrant and perfumey. The fruits would be pineapple, mango and orange but covered in sugar. Candied so to speak. Resinous for sure. Big and bold.

T - I really want to give this beer a higher rating here but I just can't. Flavors including the citrus fruit and pine are very bold but this beer tastes like a sugar bomb. Solid malt backbone to back up the massive amounts of hops in this one but It's just too sugary. As I mentioned in the smell, the fruits taste like they were all dipped in a giant tub of sugar and 1/2 way into the bomber it actually becomes somewhat offensive. The first few sips are very impressive (starts off good) but goes downhill from there. Good thing this is 100+ IBUs to have the bitterness cut out the sugar in the finish or this one would have been way too sweet.

M - Good for the style. Sticky and resinous, just how I like my DIPAs. Bitter finish without wrecking the palate.

D - Take the sugar I mentioned out of the equasion and we would have had a 4.5 but half way in I was getting sick of the aftertaste.

Final thoughts - I really, really liked this beer on tap from the source. I recommend it in that setting but I will not be purchasing another bottle. Let's hope they get Hop Salad right in the bottle when it's time for that to happen. Hop Salad on tap is as good as any other DIPA I've had. (1,697 characters)

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like I'm the first to review from a bottle. Poured from a 22oz into a pint. Pours a clear orange amber with two inches of head, great lacing.
Pretty mellow smell for being above 100 IBUs. Though it's mellow it is still pretty interesting. Citrus (grapefruit, orange), grass, flowers and some pale malts in the background.
The taste is also pretty subdued for the 100+ IBUs and 9.5% ABV. Follows the smell with the slight hint of alcohol. Goes down very smooth.
Very drinkable. A very interesting beer. I expected a bit more of an overwhelming hop flavor after the name and blurb on the brew. Still, it wasn't disappointing at all. I'd grab another soon. (659 characters)

Photo of peacebone116
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at my house....thanks Drake's! Poured into tulip glass.

A: Cloudy orange honey color with reddish hues.

N: Pineapple and honey.

T/M: Spicy burn of alcohol follows the sweet fruit notes present on the nose. The spice from the alcohol balances well with the hop dominated citrus (pineapple and a touch of peach nectar) and light pine; a slight, sweet malt backbone, which hints at sugar-cookie. (402 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Library Alehouse; served in a 5oz taster glass.

ECE/SAE amber with bright amber highlights; lightly cloudy with a lasting finger of creamy ivory foam. Even lacing, light legs.

Delicate orange-heavy aromatics with a soft vanilla note as well.

Pineapple and other faint "tropical" flavors lead into more citrus notes, resolving to a slow-building but long lasting evergreen-suffused bitterness. Clean pale malt adds to the refreshing quality. Medium-dry finish. Hops are well blended here. The supporting flavors don't elevate the overall flavor profile to perfection, but this is still a very good beer.

Medium-bodied, and a touch oily with mild astringency. ABV is fairly well hidden, contributing more flavor than heat.

Well balanced and pretty quaffable for a 100+IBU ale. (790 characters)

Photo of beagle75
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft service into a shaker pint glass at Beachwood BBQ.

A: Clear, light amber with over one finger of persistent white foam. Lacing is heavy on the glass with clear step-wise progression for the first two inches.

S: Intense pine and citrus combine to make a dazzling hop aroma. Some assertive toasted grain also appears, but seems passive compared to the presence of the hops in the nose.

T: Begins off-dry, with excessive acidity early. Hop aromatics are detectable with grapefruit citrus making up a strong majority of that flavor. The middle sees the arrival of some pale malt, along with increasing bitterness and a whiff of fusel alcohols. Bitterness becomes robust in the finish, showing an intensely herbaceous quality.

M: Thick viscosity, hop oils are palpably resinous and sticky on the palate while acidity is initially scorching, with moderate carbonation.

D: This DIPA displays some common threads to other beers by Drake's, but unfortunately not all of them are positive. While the character of this beer is undeniably hop-forward, it is the accessory qualities that come across as being heavy-handed. Acidity is unbalanced and excessive at times, while the texture of the beer is simultaneously more fizzy and viscous than one would expect for the style. It is a good beer with some rough edges left on, and preferable to many other DIPAs. (1,359 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 Beerenauslese
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at SF Beer Week gala

Body is dark gold/copperish. Poured to a half inch head, pretty good retention with lacing.

Smells of light, sweet malt and tons of hops--pine and grapefruit.

Tastes pretty malty, but is balanced by the huge hop profile. Intense pine resin and grapefruit. There's a hop burn on the tongue with this one.

Body is light to medium, with ample carbonation, producing a creamy mouthfeel.

A good drinking, intensely hopped DIPA. (460 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 WestValleyIPA
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Ladyface Brassiere in a 16 oz shaker glass. Nice golden to amber hue. No head due to their pouring methods. Smells nice and malty, a bit of skunk going on, and some nice spicy citrus. Great flavor, lingering bitterness. VERY VERY scarily drinkable for 9.25. One of the better Drake's brews I've had. (313 characters)

Photo of BTPete
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drake's Hopocolypse

A:  amber colored and completely clear.  What small head dissipates to nothing.  

S:  strong hop aroma.  Quite a bit of citrus & floral but also a decent pine presence.  Others agree on pine.  One comments it smells of cat urine...but in a good way.

T:  in the taste the citrus is more present.  It is quite bitter on my mouth and throat.  It ends with a bitter dryness that is a little puckering.

M:  smooth in that it is cask ale and the carbonation is low.  Bitter at the end.  ABV is present though.

D:  a really nice treat out of the blue.  The last firkin or keg of this beer for the year with the brewer introducing it.  I'd drink again, nice local brew. (702 characters)

Photo of kaseydad
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the 2010 Hayward Bistro DIPA Festival.

Amber pour with a bright white foamy head. Major grapefruit aroma which is very nice and clean. A lot of citrus blasts in the taste which is very smooth and there is another kick of grapefruit on the swallow which leaves a nice bitterness on the buds...begging for another sip. Smooth mouthfeel and at 9.25% the drinkability is dangerously easy.

Overall I am a big fan of Drake's and this did not disappoint. A great tasting DIPA that is worth searching for. Well done. (521 characters)

Photo of berkey
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint glass at Hopyard San Ramon. From notes 03/18/10

The small whitish head is retained fairly well considering they actively try to pour all the way to the brim at this establishment. Body is a clean orange amber.

Big messy blast of citrus aroma backed with some great pine notes. Everything one would look for in a DIPA from the West Coast.

Citrus notes continue in a sweet orange slice kind of way but this is a fair share more bitter than I expected. This really works well with the pine needle flavor and relatively dry finish. I'm really not sure I could ask for more from this beer in the flavor department.

Mid bodied with moderate delicate carbonation. Highly drinkable for the listed ABV but wouldn't have more than the two I tried today. This is overall an excellent DIPA. I really hope to see this beer around more often. (838 characters)

Photo of SpdKilz
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New Beer Friday! Had on-tap at FO in Santa Monica.

Appearance - A few buddies of mine had some PtE at the same time I ordered this so for comparison purposes, this was a darker, tangerine colored beer over PtE, with about a finger and a half of head that lingers around for a while but leaves a bit lackluster lacing.

Smell - Extremely hoppy and citrusy. Definite grapefruit and orange peel in the nose with lighter hop presence. I enjoy the fact I can smell a beer in a bar and not be looked at funny :D

Taste - As alexd said beneath me, this was a bit of a sloppier brew. There is a lot going on here flavor wise and it was pretty damn good, having a more citrus front (though not passion fruit, more bitter citrus) which is finished up by bitter hops and an ironic cloying sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Extremely creamy and decently carbonated. I actually liked the sticky mouthfeel on this (much more than PtE which I had right after).

Drinkability -Relatively so. I tasted just a hint of alcohol when I first started drinking it. Not sure of the abv, however. A good beer to try but with PtE on tap right next to it, "why fix something when it ain't broke". (1,160 characters)

Photo of bbothen
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rose & Crown. From mental notes. I'm sharp.

Pours a deep orange/rust almost brown color with a 1 finger deep off white head. Plenty of sticky lacing & webbing left on glass.

Big citrus aroma, tropical notes, grapefruit, lemon/lime zest, pine needle aroma in there too.

As nose suggests, big citric & earthy biting hop flavor, just enough caramel sweet maltiness to balance the bitterneess, warming booziness as well. The hops do dominate & let you know the star of the show.

Medium bodied, low carbonation, sticky, oily, lingering bitterness.

Guessing the ABV of this one is somewhere around 8-10%. It makes it's presence known. Would happily have a couple in a sitting. Very tasty. (697 characters)

Photo of magictrokini
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap @ Toronado San Diego. Pours hazy orange-gold with a ring of white bubbles and an oily top. Sweet, fresh-picked pink grapefruit and oranges with a lot of pine in the nose. More of an earthy character than perfume. Heavier mouthfeel, slick and oily, with light carbonation. Lovely resin-and-grapefruit taste. Flows well with the pine oil and hints of oranges and pineapple. Normal caramel malt to balance it, without making the beer "candied" in terms of the citrus. No biscuits, a fair amount of booze. Lovely, hope they bottle this one. (540 characters)

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