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Drake's Hopocalypse - Drake's Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
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561 Ratings
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Ratings: 561
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 102
Gots: 61 | 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:
Beer added by: magictrokini on 12-17-2008

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Photo of Thingus
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live tasting, bomber into Duvel tulip...

Appearance; pours a remarkably clear copper/orange/burnt sienna color... Two fingers of bubbly off white head quickly dissolve, and retention is minimal... Very thin film is all that remains after a minute or so... Minimal amount of blotchy lacing...

Smell; opens with generic tropics and citrus, having a slightly difficult time pinning down specifics... A dull carmel sweetness hangs around in the glass as well.

Taste; generic tropical fruits, strong grapefruit and orange rinds, good resinous finish but not too much pine... I do get mild hints of caramel... Spice comes in as the bitterness starts to come into full bloom... As it warms up a little, things are changing a bit, there is significantly more bitterness as well as a slight alcohol/resin bite on the finish.

Mouthfeel; solid mouthfeel, good carbonation and full medium to light full bodied... Slightly sticky finish with a moderate bitterness that hangs around..

Overall; a rock sold DIPA, but I was hoping for a bit more bitterness and perhaps some more complexity... Absolutely not bad but perhaps a little vanilla compared to some of the offerings I've had recently... Would love to get my hands on the black label!!

Photo of thecheapies
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Drake's Hopocalypse, 22oz bottle provided by whitefire as an extra. Thank you much, good sir!

Hazy deep burnt orange to amber-colored body with a soapy, firm two-inch head. Left the yeast dregs in the bottle, for the most part. Some lacing left here and there.

Dank, oily hop aroma with some wicked spice notes, and a medley of pineapple and grapefruit esters fuming from below with a nice dose of booze. Pithy, bitter, and a little of that Summit hop signature. I get a hint of lemon-lime, as well.

Nectary and minty hop oils all over the place. Mango and orange coming through, now. Still some yellow citrus in there, too. Uncanny sweet undertone that's all but eroded away by an immense bitterness that never seems to finish. Nice, prickly spice character that almost has a zesty basil herbal quality. Yep. I just isolated that one. Fresh basil, right there, lurking in the background. Very green. The malts are overshadowed here, but that just makes the hops showboat this beer to fame. These are MY kind of hops! Incredible!

Pretty smooth with some good carbonation. Drinks like skim milk. The alcohol is there, but not over-the-top.

I am seriously impressed! This is one of the best DIPAs I have ever had the opportunity to try. An herbal hop masterpiece. Absolutely recommended.

Photo of kmatlack
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness date that i can tell. Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A- Pours a golden copper color. A little bit hazy, super creamy white head. A little bit of lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Well there is definitely citra hops in here. Super fresh aromas, pine, melons, tropical fruit, citrus, pineapple, malts. Its all here. Smells absolutely incredible.

T- On the front there is a sharp citrus bite, very sweet. Mid palate is where you get alot of sweet pineapple and citrus fruits, and holding up the rear is the bitterness. Super bitter on the back end and leaves lingering hop flavors. Can detect quite a bit of alcohol on the back as well.

M- Unusually creamy. Slick thin mouthfeel. Ridiculously drinkable.

O- A first from drakes, and ive got to say, im impressed. An above average DIPA that i am glad to have regular access to.

Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of ineva
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of srandycarter
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice bright, but not fully clear, copper. Off white head sits pretty on top. Root beer like cling on sides.

S - Lush fat malt and citrus bite. Very orange-y.

T - Sweet malt center is just like candy. Completely surrounded by sharp citrus rind bittering. Heat is noticeable but does not reduce flavor, imho.

M - Solid medium body, good carb and pretty darned good balance.

D - I like it. Palate killer and session killer, but I could see liking this one too much.

Photo of Philousa
3.82/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of KimenTshom
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of PatrickSwayze
4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark golden that is crisp and clear

S: Man is this aromatic. Killer citrus and grapefruit from the Cascade and Citra hops. Beautiful.

T: Really dry caramel approaches the palate that is followed by a massive hop blast of grapefruit, citrus and pine/floral. Kicks ass on the hop department.

M: Dry and rich on the taste buds. A zing from the hops lasts days.

O: Pretty tastey in flavor and it is damn good

Photo of Popp24
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of StoicBeast
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of mindspin315
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Two finger off white almost tan head head. A couple swirls of the glass and a finger of head comes back and sticks around. Little bit of thin lacing on the sides of the glass. Dense glowing orange body.

The nose is filled with lots of aromas. Sweet caramel, mango, apricot, light spice from the hops, hemp, grapefruit with salt on top (I wouldn't put salt on grapefruit, but I'm getting this aroma here), and some pine.

Sweet fruits hit the palate right away. The pine and caramel sneak in right after the big fruit flavors upfront. The one downfall here is that the alcohol washes over the palate midway and into the finish. This really cuts the great qualities of this beer. Leaves a heavy dose of the alcohol on the tongue. The sweet malt flavors counter act the hop build nicely. Bitterness is present but is smoothed out and isn't at all harsh. A resinous mouthfeel but it never becomes to sticky. One reason is the carbonation is keeping everything clean and refreshing, but also the alcohol cuts into the stickiness as well.

If the alcohol was buried in the background here this would be one truly impressive brew. On that note, it is still a mighty fine beer. The hops and malts work together great. The aroma and taste are so good. The mouthfeel suffers greatly from the strong alcohol presence. If that beast were tamed then maybe the Hopocalypse wouldn't be so harsh on us.

[90/100]

Photo of ebin6
2.99/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Clear, with a thick meaty head, this is a picturesque beer. The bitterness wears, however, and dramatically decreases the drinkability. Even taking into account the style, I can't help but think they could have dialed this back a little. What begins as a tasty hop bomb ends as a beer that is a little too harsh despite the (relatively) moderate alcohol content. This is one to share, but man does it look beautiful out of the bottle.

Photo of AleWatcher
2.46/5  rDev -41%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Got this in an outstanding box from Beerdy-- thanks Brosef!
Served in an imperial nonic.

Burnt orange, candied apricot color with a nearly white head of 1.5 fingers. Decent retention. Decent lacing.

Smells pretty boozy...at only 9.25%, it shouldn't be *this* boozy!
Some sweet bready malt with some dry toast malt notes hit first. The hops come in with some citrus notes that get dominated by a combination of booziness and bitterness.
The nose and flavor are both clean and crisp, but the overwhelming boozy heat on the finish is a real deal-breaker for me-- like when a potential girlfriend has more than 2 cats.

The body is medium-light, but well-carbonated.

Overall-- this reminds me of the off-batch of hopslam (the one bottle 01.06.12)-- it is too boozy to be as good as is should be.
I still look forward to trying the black label next!

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Drinkerofales
4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

DOA

Photo of whitefire
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at their release weekend along with their black label (triple IPA).

A: Pours a beautiful honey-colored orange with substantial head which takes it's time to recede.

S.: Boozy tropical hints. Lots of citrus and even more hops! A hoppy dream!

Taste & mouthfeel: Very well balanced. good carbonation. a little dry on the back end.

Overall: A definitely enjoyable DIPA, one that I can drink regularly. I enjoyed it so much that I became fearful that it might run out and became a hoarder... I bought a 12 pack of bombers and now have the burden of finishing these before they are beyond their age.

This is a must try!

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber (22-oz.) bottle into a pint glass. Color was honey caramel. About a finger of head. Nice white lacing with a few sporadic bubbles. Reminded me of Mars. A lots of beautiful film on the sides.

Sharp, bitter initial smell, giving way to grapefruit citrus hops. Some lemon or tangerine in there, too. This one is going to be hoppy.

Surprisingly the taste was very similar to the nose, but just a tad bit smoother. In fact, a lot smoother. The citrus hops were grapefruit, but not overbearing. You could taste the alcohol, but it didn’t make you shake your head.

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Bitter, but smooth finish.

I wanted to hate this beer, but there was no way. Just smooth and balanced with enough bite that you know you are drinking a DIPA.

Photo of Sideswipe
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle received in an unsolicited, awesome box full of IPAs from Arbitrator. Thank you!

The beer pours a deep orange/amber color with a finger of white foam atop it. The head recedes leaving a thick ring around the outside of the glass and sticky lacing. The nose is tropical fruity hops, hemp and pine resin. Taste opens with a blast of hoppy bitterness. Orange peel and grapefruit predominate. A pale malt backbone tries to make it's presence known mid palate, but the aggressive hop profile beats it into submission. The finish is piney and semi-dry with a bitter aftertaste which lingers. This is a full bodied brew with a resinous, sticky feel. Medium carbonation lends a somewhat creamy texture. Hopocalypse is another great DIPA from Drake's. It has everything I look for in a hop bomb: a ridiculous amount of hops whose names start wih the letter "C" (and some Magnums for good measure), an unobtrusive malt bill which doesn't detract from the hops, and a nice, piney, bitter aftertaste. Recommended.

Photo of John11486
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of natemort13
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy murky copper orange. Full, off-white head.

Leafy somewhat dank hops, orange rind. Definitely some peppery spicy hops.

Taste, woof. Huge resiny hops. Lots of pine on the finish, some lingering grapefruit. Big malt backbone that stands up to the hops well. Slight alcohol presence but the the hops overwhelm it before it's really noticeable.

Mouthfeel is very full bodied with some crisp stinging carbonation. Very sticky.

Overall this is a gigantic IPA. Have no idea how the black label is gonna be bigger than this. Hops all over the place, hard to sift through for me, but that's how I like it.

Photo of JupiterJesus
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of Kaydogg
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Drake's Hopocalypse from Drake's Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 561 ratings.