Drake's Hopocalypse - Drake's Brewing Co.
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3.78/5 rDev -8.9%
Another good Drake's IPA courtesy of ipa247. Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium goblet (these glasses are awesome). The beer pours a glowing amber/orange. There is a thin white head that quickly fades to a tight ring, leaving oily resinous lacing.
The smell is a blast of citra, just juicy oily oranges with a background of grapefruit, tangerines and lemon zest. Beyond the initial citrus blast there is some sticky pine and the slightest hint of candied sugar sweetness way down low.
The taste is a bit sweeter than the smell. The citrus still dominates, but there is more of a sweet nectarine and sugared pink grapefruit characteristic that leads to an alcohol sweetness as well as some sugary candy notes. The finish is all bitter resinous pine and orange rinds, very nice.
The beer is well carbonated and has a nice medium body. The 9.3% abv is well incorporated into the flavors. The finish is nice and dry, inviting further drinking. This is a very drinkable DIPA. Not the best one I have ever had, but quite enjoyable. I wish there were more beers like this on shelves in New England all the time.
03-28-2011 23:19:16 | More by rpstevens
4/5 rDev -3.6%
Poured into my Stone Imperial glass. Cloudy burnt orange. Almost bright white, 2 finger sticky head.
Smells of orange and sweet malts, and that is all.
Hop bitterness but not as citrusy as some others can be. Sweet malt, and a hint of orange peel, but mostly Hop over-the-top.
Great carbonation, but a slightly less than perfect thickness. Big alcohol bite.
To be fair, this is my 6th review of the night. All in all, I am really enjoying this offering from Drakes. Great extra from jodan.
03-28-2011 08:38:32 | More by azdback
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
03-28-2011 02:52:25 | More by whatthehull
4.03/5 rDev -2.9%
taste- sweet hops, grapefruit, big malty backbone, strong bitter hop component, grainy
color- light amber
smell- sweet hops jump from the glass, citrus fruit, bubblegum
body- hoppy bite throughout the drink with an astringency at the front of the mouth, medium-weight on the palate, dry oily finish
appearance- finger and a half foamy slightly off-white head, active carbonation in the glass, head disipates pretty quickly after the pour...nice lace retention
overall impression- better than good beer, that's true to the style. aroma is pretty straightforward, sweet...i will say there is no characteristic sulfur smell that sometimes accompanies the higher alcohol doubles. the taste is overwhelmingly bitter but still enjoyable and drinkable. hopheads will seek this out and rejoice i'm sure...this is a strong one that goes straight to the head so beware
notes and comments- american two-row malt and english pale malt are combined with vienna, rye & crystal malts, then balanced with german magnum, simcoe and chinook hops. dry hopped with additional simcoe and chinook
beer spy- monument wines and spirits, concord ca, march 2011, $6.99, 22oz
03-25-2011 01:35:26 | More by NorCalYeti
3.73/5 rDev -10.1%
Pours a dark orange, with plenty of brown hints. Very, very dark DIPA with two-finger head that dissipates to a one-finger cap that retains well. Lace is minimal.
This is tropical bomb, with gobs of mango, jackfruit and pineapple. Caramel lends a ripe sweetness to the fruit, and there is a noticeable lack of pine or resin. This is a STRONG smell - I could smell the fruit from a couple feet away after the pour - and it is definitely better for it.
Taste takes a turn, moving towards a lot more pine and resin flavors. The fruit flavors take a backseat here, but are still noticeable, with plenty of tropical flavor to go around. One thing that stood out was the absence of citrus flavors - there isn't really any tartness or acidity, and for being a 100+ IBU beer I'd expect a tiny bit. I'd rather have a lot more fruit flavors, but this is a solid flavor for sure.
Mouthfeel is full, dry at the finish, and crisp. It's a typical DIPA mouthfeel and it follows the formula well enough. Drinkability is harmed by the resin and pine flavors dominating the fruit, but everything is tasty anyways so I can't hate on this too much. Drake's is a quality brewery, I just wish their bomber IPAs would have more fruit like their 12oz offerings.
03-23-2011 14:55:45 | More by madvermin
3.5/5 rDev -15.7%
22oz bomber poured into snifter; big thanks to madvermin for sharing this one with me.
A: Pours a hazy, deep, reddish copper amber color, with one finger of foamy white head. Good retention, and some spotty lacing.
S: Pineapple and grapefruit all over the place, likely some oranges, lemons, limes, and whatever other citrus fruits you may be looking for- maybe even some mangoes or guava in here. Love this kind of smell from an IPA. Light pine hops hide in the background to provide a hint of balance.
T: Initially quite bitter from all the hops, before their individual flavors flood in- I'm actually met by pine first, and then all the citrus flavors that stood out in the aroma. A good deal of caramel malts, and even some bready ones provide some balance too. A drawback here is that a big dose of ethanol comes through; it does add a spicy element to the mix, but I'm not sure that it is particularly desirable with its prominence.
M: Medium+ bodied, light carbonation; slightly creamy from the carbonation, and a bit sticky/resinous on the finish.
O: A good DIPA, even if it's not outstanding. Worth a try for sure; the smell is amazing, and depending on your own tastes, you may find that the taste lives up to it sufficiently.
03-23-2011 14:53:58 | More by AwYeh
4.43/5 rDev +6.7%
Served from a 22oz bomber into a Duvel tulip glass.
A: is a golden color, this beer is a beauty, has a little more color to it than PtE. The head is present, but dies rather quickly. Leave a decent about of lacing on the glass.
S: There is a blend of pine notes and fruit, the fruit seem to be more pineapple than anything else. There is zero malt smell, what I love in a DIPA.
T: There is that classic hop burn at first, but then there is a faint amount of sweetness that comes through. This is a bitter one, but in a great way, this doesn't smack you up side the head, it's more graceful. There is pineapple and grapefruit taste to this, with just the smallest amount of pine mixed in. Its all very refreshing, in addition the malt just adds a little bit of sweetness to this making it an easy drink.
M: Carbonation - Check, thickness- medium, filling - quite.
D: This is one of the better DIPAs that I have had. This kills Dennogginizer since this is less of a malt bomb and more of a hop bomb. This truly is an epic beer. And I would enjoy one of these daily for the rest of my days.
03-21-2011 22:29:19 | More by MrTopher
4.21/5 rDev +1.4%
22oz bottle into Gulden Draak tulip.
A: Pours a deep dark golden amber with a soft dense head that slowly faded into a thick oily film that left streaks and chunks of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Smells sweet and green with fresh fruity hops. The nose on this is very sugary with notes of candied white grapefruit, tangerine nectar and touch of orange cream and brown sugar.
T: Follows the nose with maybe just a touch more tropical fruits coming through. There is also a hint of burnt caramel in the background coming from the hops. Finish has a touch of syrupy alcohol and maybe a hint of dark tea or tobacco. Overall very dark, tea-like and bitter. Pine up front, sappy sticky hop resin finish.
M: Thick and syrupy from all the hop oily and alcohol. Carbonation is toned down but the bitterness is pretty high.
O: Overall it's a bit unpolished but I really like the smell. Hops are crushingly bitter and definitely palate wreaking. Definitely worth a try if you're a hophead.
03-19-2011 23:45:48 | More by scottfrie
4.2/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
03-17-2011 05:32:14 | More by GRG1313
4.47/5 rDev +7.7%
so... i had a pliny tonight, for the first time in awhile, and now i am keeping the hop train running with this offering from drakes. my 1st impression is of the similarity between this brew and pliny and i would throw Hop Stoopid from Lagunitas into this discussion.
in light of these first impressions, i will review this beer against pliny. Hopocalypse is not quite as dry, the color is lighter and clearer, carbonation is slightly better, (maybe this was a fresher bottle), rich mouthfeel, sightly less grapefruit and a little more pine on the nose, but this is fruitier tasting than pliny.... this is a REALLY GOOD West Coast IPA.
at 9.3ABV, this is WAY over the top... they claim 100+ IBUs... (but i think ibu's should work more like a richter scale, the "IBU" system is out-dated.) if you like this sort of Hop Character beer and bitterness, this is NOT a bitter bomb. it is what it says it is -- a super hoppy, high abv, bitter DOUBLE IPA.
and you have to give DRAKES many props for being honest and revealing some of the recipe secrets on the label. RR is extremely reticent in this regard. DRAKES USES: a mix of American and English 2-Row Malt, in addition, they add Vienna, Rye and Crystal for moutfeel and color, then add German Magnum, Citra and Chinook hops, and THEN dry-hop with more of the same PLUS some Columbus.
INFO FOR FREE> i like breweries that tell you what they are up to -- it is like OPEN SOURCE v. SECRET RECIPE. i prefer open source.
::stands and applauds DRAKES BREWERY::
(as an aside -- i love the label! whoever is desinging denogginizer and this brew -- nice job!)
03-17-2011 02:25:39 | More by colforbin73
3.6/5 rDev -13.3%
Well, I gotta say, I'm one of the few and the proud to say I have NEVER liked anything from Drake's...Just never liked 'em...So let's see if they can wave their supposed "accolades" in front of me with this 'a' here brew...
The basics: 9.3% ABV (yeah!) and $6.49/bomber (ouch)...
Beautiful orange amber in color. Nice, frothy head builds up like a sand dune, then recedes, leaving nice lacing. Very light carbonation...
Aromas are nice, somewhat muted and not very out of the ordinary. Their new slogan is "Drink Different, Drink Drake's" and while I like the alliteration, the aroma profile is anything but different. You've smelled this ale many times under different names.
Got two great things today: the new Rotten Sound album (GRIND!) and Dragon Age II!!! Hopefully this ale can stand up to that awesomeness...It hasn't thus far.
Flavor is unique. It's more "hop bomb" than I expected. Very one dimensional and I'm gonna wait a few moments to let the hops wash out of my mouth so I can try a second taste and see if I get any malt or other characteristics. Very bitter up front from the hops...The middle has a very hoppy bitterness, this leads into a nice, long very hoppy bitter finish. The Hopocalypse is upon me!!! It's all hops. I get almost nothing else out of this. Super one dimensional, and I prefer well-balanced or unique. This ale is neither of those things. I guess I'll need Rotten Sound to GRIND this out of me!!!
What I like most: The very nice appearance and overall look.
What I like least: Vibrantly one dimensional flavor profile and high than average price point.
Verdict: Too expensive for such a mundane DIPA. Look elsewhere.
03-16-2011 01:45:12 | More by SolomonGrundy
3.88/5 rDev -6.5%
Heavy pore from bomber.
Incredible 3 finger head that retain very long time.
Some patchy lacing here in there.
Dark coppery and sexy orange red mahogany tones color in a tulip.
Rich resin & pine citrus aromas. occasional hot hint, but nothing that will turn you off. All in contrary, this is a very inviting brew with a heavier malty backbone body that balance quite nicely the heavy 9.3 ABV and 100 IBU's.
A very thin and low carbonation makes it a bit oily on the tongue.
Hops bitterness and more hops flavor up front, lingering in the back after taste . The resin keeps it's promise here. A lighter malt bill and this whole complex structure would fall down pretty quickly. It really make you appreciate the craftsmanship of this TITAN of DIPA.
Drake's brings the big guns here so don't expect anything else than Hop bomb with heavy reload in the tool belt:)
Watch it guys, this is no jokes.
To be drank seriously but also responsibly.
03-16-2011 01:14:25 | More by HipHop5
4.5/5 rDev +8.4%
Got this in a trade.
Wow, what a great DIPA. I got two bottles and wish I had gotten a case.
Poured into my DFH snifter from a 22oz bottle. Nice dark orange color with a fluffy off white head. Hops hops and more hops on the nose, piney.
First sip is a little syrupy but with a clean dry finish, the hops bite. Bready and slightly sweet but with a dry finish and big hops.
Perfectly carbonated. The bubbles help the hop twang.
You can only have one a night due to the high abv but I would really like the option of drinking one a night.
03-15-2011 02:55:51 | More by poonamibaxter
3.08/5 rDev -25.8%
Chilled bomber into a glass. Purchased for $7 or so.
A: Pours a slightly hazy copper-amber color with a large off-white head. Retention is excellent, with some good sudsing and a thick collar on the beer.
S: When cold, it has that old towel aroma that reminds me of English hops. It could just be a trick of the pine note, though; as it warms up over the next couple of minutes, that impression fades (though it never vanishes) and it smells vividly like pine needles and grapefruit.
T: Fresh, green, bitter pine needles. This is incredibly resiny, almost to the point of being harsh. It almost has a rye bite to it. Citrus colors the flavor without ever dominating it; I'd liken it to grapefruit rind. This is fairly bitter and dry. I was tempted to suggest "candied grapefruit" for this one, but after having Nyack -- their hoppy barleywine -- the other day, that description is not apt here. This is straight hops with a mild malt presence. It's fairly tasty, just kind of harsh (more on that below).
M: This is bitter and sticky for a West Coast IPA, though it doesn't have quite the same palate-wrecking bitterness that I find in some of our counterparts across the country. It doesn't have a strong alcohol presence, but there is a little nip at the finish that doesn't sit right with me. It's viscous, with carbonation that is best described as "rough." The overall effect is a harsh one.
D: This is rather absurdly priced, to be honest. I think it's a decent DIPA, but it's not so strong that I'm gong to run out and get more, especially if I can upgrade to a Lagunitas six-pack for $2 more one shelf over.
03-14-2011 03:24:58 | More by Arbitrator
4/5 rDev -3.6%
Had this a couple weeks back and forget most of it but had it so many times on tap it's old hat.
Beautiful orange amber looks like a good DIPA with some color in the middle.
Smells like it tastes, big ass hops up front with some bready malts thrown in for good measure. Becomes sweeter as you drink but has that good resin coating a good DIPA should have.
Get it if you like hops. If you dont like hops, go away.
03-13-2011 04:54:23 | More by Murchmac
3.68/5 rDev -11.3%
Don't need any freshness dating on this one, as the first bottles were just released last week. I love getting fresh DIPAs!
Bottle indicates 9.3% ABV and 100+ IBUs
A decent looking pour, quite common for the style. Smells great, fresh pine and citrus, very pleasant sweet malt in the background.
Taste is good, but lets me down from the nose. Malt is a bit sticky and sweet on the tongue and masks the initial bitter hop bite. The hop flavor is there no doubt, and is the best part of the taste. The middle gets a bit harsh and the flavors separate a bit. Finish doesn't hide the ABV as much as I'd like.
A good mouthfeel if a tiny bit sticky, but the finish kind of kills any easy drinkability.
03-11-2011 05:21:47 | More by brotherloco
4.15/5 rDev 0%
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.
03-09-2011 01:38:51 | More by Gobzilla
3.28/5 rDev -21%
a - CRYSTAL clear, copper, head large bubbles, lively carbonation, lasting thin head, quite beautiful
s - piney, resiny, light citrus notes, a tad bit of alcohol coming through late as it warms up
t - resiny, spicy, piney with just enough malt to back it up
m - full body, viscous, slightly chewy, rye apparent
o - goes down pretty easily, quite buzzed after one 22 oz though, so won't really need another
Combination of body and flavors/aromas make me think what it'd be like to drink some pine sap with a few barley grains in it. In a good way though.
03-07-2011 06:21:54 | More by jyuhas
3.33/5 rDev -19.8%
Dark golden body almost amber. A finger of white head. Good retention. Some lacing left behind.
Smells of sweet honey malts. Hints of tropical fruit and floral hops. This is pretty malt heavy in the nose.
Taste follows nose honey like malt sweetness. Hops come through as earthy and floral. Bitter and resinous on the finish.
Creamy, smooth carbonation. Full bodied. A little hot and numbing alcohol.
Meh not the best DIPA. Probably not gonna purchase again.
03-06-2011 23:21:59 | More by billshmeinke
3.48/5 rDev -16.1%
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.
03-06-2011 19:38:34 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.03/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
03-05-2011 07:27:09 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
4.5/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
02-24-2011 22:07:52 | More by peacebone116
4.22/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
02-24-2011 16:02:17 | More by augustgarage
3.68/5 rDev -11.3%
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.
02-18-2011 00:37:43 | More by beagle75
4.43/5 rDev +6.7%
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.
02-16-2011 03:36:42 | More by Halcyondays
Drake's Hopocalypse from Drake's Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 509 ratings.