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Drake's Hopocalypse - Drake's Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

478 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 478
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%


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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dmatsui

California

4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a tulip from a 22 bombadier. Pale and copper-ish colors. looks like a typical west coast IPA. In other words, beautiful. With an aggressive pour it yielded a nice 2 finger head which dissipated fairly quickly. Given the 9.3% abv, I'm not surprised. Left little head retention.

Smell: Just delicious. Up front, grapefruit (generic west coast IPA adjective, I know) pine, citrus and dank. Malt character comes through nicely with a subtle sweet scent of brown sugar, but Drake's definitely put the hops up front in the nose. Heavy Citra hop spice for sure.

Taste: BOOM. Huge hit of Norcal hops, heavy citrus juicy, refreshing and oily hops. Nice spice maintained at the front of the palate, while the bold citrus and grassy flavors dominate. Mid palate some of the malt characteristics begin to develop, providing just enough to balance out the wild bitterness yet let the hops speak. The bill has a lot of grainy, rye characteristics, with a pleasant sort of wheaty-ness. Booze is definitely present throughout, which does interfere a little.

Mouthfeel: The thin carbonation, high bitterness and oil content really achieve a pleasant mouthfeel. The dry finish leaves you begging for another sip. The hops really stay with you; this is the kind of beer you taste in the morning. Signature bold, zesty and fresh california hops.

This is one spicy hop-bomb. If you appreciate the full-on assault of piercing, bitter, palate-dominating norcal hops, this is a great brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 04:58:49 | More by dmatsui
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 15:16:50 | More by tobelerone
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flexabull

California

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy and bright orange color with a thin off white head.

Aromas are resiny, with some pine, and lots of mixed citrus. Mostly oranges and grapefruit. While this smells good, I was hoping for more, just seems slightly subdued.

Taste packs a punch, but remains nicely balanced. Bitter up front, resiny, with some sharp citrus, nectarines, and bit herbal too. Nice backdrop of caramel sweetness. Finish is warm with more hoppiness and a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full bodied.

Overall a well crafted DIPA. Very well balanced, and dangerously drinkable. Very good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2012 23:05:41 | More by flexabull
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dfernandez77 for this beer, among other West Coast goodies that arrived shortly ago. I'm feeling hoppy tonight, so let's go. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pour is unfiltered light orange, not full of sediment, but not clear, either. Nose is a ton of bitter orange juice, with a backdrop of a generic tropical location. Very, very faint metallic undertow that detracts a touch. Hope that doesn't make it into the taste.

Hopocalypse brings a rucksack full of malts to a hop party, & in this case, I'm prejudiced. Huge bready hops that weren't hinted at in the nose bring a Fat Tire experience, & loads of caramel tailgate the bread. Hops are strictly average, with a low OPS. Soft tropical fruit with a half-hearted bitter kick right at the end that sticks around in the aftertaste. And there is that exposed wire taste, too, faint but present. For all that, it's an interesting beer that is sippable as all get-out.

When you make a beer with a name like Hopocalypse, you better bring hops that make my asshole pucker, & this isn't that kind of beer. Maybe HopBrushWar, or HopPoliceAction. Ultimately, this is a beer that's too balanced for me. Pretty good brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 02:48:02 | More by maximum12
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

2.65/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Want generously provided as an extra by Greg. I've had my eye on this beer for quite awhile. Thank you for the opportunity!

Hazed orange with yellow highlights around the rim. Thin surface coverage with a generous supply of tiny bubbles.

Pineapple cake, drizzled caramel, and a healthy dose of alcohol vapor on the nose.

Big bitterness up front: sharp alcohol bitter and harsh grassiness. Grainy and dirty..a bit brash and unrefined. Pineapple acidity, olive juice, and an unapologetic malt assault.

Mouthfeel is prickly bitter olive juice. Leaves a salty sea water finish.

Overall, I'm not a fan. Slightly reminiscent of Hop Mouth: over carbonated and messy. Happy for the chance, but will not seek this out again. Having never had Drakes, wondering if this sort of profile is typical? A miss for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 04:08:40 | More by BarrytheBear
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DocJitsu

California

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, nearly glowing clear orange amber. The off-white head doesn't stick around long, but who cares, because the bouquet is spectacular. Vibrant sweet grapefruit and soft pine that invades the olfactory and dances there like a nice perfume. There's a surprising amount of grain in the flavor given the bouquet. Smooth on the front and a little scrubby on the back. Big pine and sweet, dried fruit. A pretty noticeable alcohol warmth. A very nice DIPA.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2012 03:33:46 | More by DocJitsu
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tony223366

California

3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice white fluffy head of about 3 fingers. Beer is a medium caramel color with great clarity. Nice lacing is present.

S: Great citric aromas. Hops come out really floral. It's a very inviting nose. Malts come out as a caramel breadiness. The alcohol is actually surprisingly present.

T: The taste comes out better than the nose. Hops are of course incredibly present. They come out really citric and actually fairly peppery. Malts are nicely caramel but not quite strong enough. The hops and alcohol really overpower the backbone of this beer.

M: Huge, tight carbonation and medium body. Very astringent. Surprisingly this was probably my favorite aspect.

O : I'm actually fairly disappointed with this beer. From what I heard I expected it to be better balanced. To my palate it tasted too one sided.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 00:50:51 | More by tony223366
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served this 22 oz. brown bottle in a Sam Adams glass. No date. The body was a dull, deep butterscotch disk color with a barely off white head. The cap was creamy and irregular. Clumpy lace clung in the glass.

The smell was sweet and floral. Bready with candied fruit. Syrupy.

The taste reflected the aroma. Sweet, bready, citrus fruits , apples, and syrup. The hops oils astringency was pretty masked by the opulent, syrupy sweetness. Perhaps this is an older bottle but I was hoping for more hops flavor and less sweetness.

The mouthfeel was full bodied with modest carbonation.

(900th review)

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 21:54:15 | More by Cresant
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kojevergas

Texas

3.03/5  rDev -26.8%
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+

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2012 00:00:16 | More by kojevergas
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Hatzilla

California

4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear amber pour with a fluffy 2 finger head and nice lacing.

S - Strong notes of hoppy citrus (grapefruit and tangerine) as well as a solid malt backbone.

T - Intense earthy citrus hops - grapefruit citrus slays my tongue as the malts cower in a corner with their heads between their legs. Not for the faint of heart or easily sensitive beer drinker.

M - Oily and smooth, medium carbonation. Finishes dry with a lingering hop aftertaste. ABV is well hidden considering the strength.

O - Another bang-up NorCal DIPA. My tongue has been viciously assaulted and I am a happy man. A must for all hophead's shopping lists.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 00:37:29 | More by Hatzilla
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Muthacack

California

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- Pours a nice clear golden with about one finger of head that dissipates quickly to 1mm of foam on top.

S- Very nice aroma here, what I expect from a DIPA. The pine and citrus notes are all there. The hops are definitely here.

T- I taste the hops, seems pretty balanced for the high IBUs. The citra really inserts itself. I taste a hint of soapiness, but not too overpowering. The alcohol is definitely present too.

M- Dry and sticky but goes down pretty well considering the higher alcohol content.

O- I would buy this beer again based on the aroma alone, the combination of the local and German hops balance this beer out rather nicely.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 07:37:01 | More by Muthacack
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litheum94

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 release. Reviewed 2/29/12.

Clear, golden body. Thick, lace white head forms and then settles to a 1/4" cover, dense and foamy.

Complex hop aromas: pine flowers, citrus and tropical fruit. Very faint hint of caramel malts. This is all about the hops, and it smells great!

Some malts at first, caramel and brown sugar, leads into big hop profile, tropical fruit, sweet grapefruit, pine and some spice. Finish showcases a nice bitterness, with more fruitiness.

A great and tasty DIPA. Loads of delicious hop flavors with just enough balance to it. Another winner from Drake's.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 03:53:00 | More by litheum94
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jvillefan

California

4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: A very hazy off golden yellow, it has a decent head when poured into an imperial pint glass.

S: Very strong hop aroma. Very strong citrus tones. The caramel malt and high alcohol are nicely in the background of this beer.

T: Very similar to Pliny the Elder. It has a very strong pine and citrus hop character that is balanced nearly perfectly with the caramel body created by the malt. The high alcohol is less obvious in the taste compared to the alcohol.

M: Great retention and carbonation.

O: This is one of the better IPAs I have ever had, and I have had many. If given the opportunity to buy this beer, do it.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 23:30:22 | More by jvillefan
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AgentMunky

California

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: A finger of head fades rather quickly. The beer is almost perfectly clear, light copper, light bubbles. It glows.

S: Dank. It smells hugely of hops. Hops, hops, hops. Sweeter malts and THEN MORE HOPS. Strong, powerful, and delicious, but pretty straightforward.

T: It's exactly what it purports to be -- a hopheavy, heavy-handed DIPA. Rich, complex, but thoroughly bitter. The hop varietals mingle incredibly well at "100+ IBU." Consulting the label, German Magnum, Citra, Chinook, and Columbus are used. If you like any or all of those hops, you'll love this beer. If you don't like hops, run away. I think Citra is really key, as the almost tropical citrus shines above the pine resin and plays off the candy-sweet malt base.

M: Thick, heavy, bitter-dry, and lightly carbonated. Very nice.

O: Surprisingly balanced and indubitably excellent. Highly recommended to hopheads and those who like extremes. I will be buying again and looking for more of Drake's beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 06:14:04 | More by AgentMunky
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to breaks808 for the bottle. Cheers!

Slightly hazy orange-copper color. A strong pour produces a modest one finger head that leaves spots of lacing.

Enticing aroma of pineapple, papaya, orange marmalade and sweet bread. Fruity, juicy hops dance on an amazingly light malt backbone, given the overall size of the beer. A bit of hot alcohol seeps through but it is not too distracting. Smooth and juicy with a cleansing bitter finish.

This beer drinks very easily for 9.3% abv - watch out! The fruity and piney hops are nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 01:07:42 | More by CliffBrake
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a partly cloudy golden orange with a 2 finger off-white head, and some traces of lacing.

S- sweet caramel, lots of melon (watermelon and honey dew) which is different.

T- sweet malts and again lots of melon going on with some pine bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Very creamy and smooth.

O- very good, love the different aroma and taste of the melon.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 03:02:08 | More by kawilliams81
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Duff27

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 01:12:19 | More by Duff27
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rtaps

California

3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours golden with a small white head that has decent retention. not leaving much lacing

a nice piney aroma with caramel malts, and its hoppy

sweet and fruity up front and fades to a bitter piney

light bodied and high carbonation, dry mouth

overall its a nice and well balanced IPA. I enjoyed both the piney and sweet/fruity characteristics in it

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 01:04:02 | More by rtaps
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silentjay

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

220z bottle. no bottling date.
hazy copper with a huge off-white head that quickly recedes, yet laces well.

tame, yet malty aroma bringing in lots of cereal grains and caramel with a bit of herbal hops and some piney and grapefruit hops behind that. not sure if the hops are faded, but I'm not getting as much of a hoppy aroma as I expected.

flavor brings in some resiny and bitter hops with that strong vienna malt backbone. a bit of sweetened grapefruit, orange peel, lemongrass, herbs/spices.

medium bodied and sticky with a nice, subdued carbonation and a resiny, yet sticky sweet finish.

hmmmm. I like it, but there are way too many others in the style that are more to my liking than this, but without having any clue of the age this may be better fresher.... I have no idea. a bit too sweet with an odd hop mixture. its good, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 04:05:45 | More by silentjay
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kdmcguire10

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dull, caramel color. Nice 1.5 finger head.

Aroma: Huge citrus on the nose, tropical fruit but balanced really well by sweet caramel-breadiness.

Taste: Huge hop punch in the mouth out of the gate, chased by a nice malt breadiness. This is a huge, tongue-scraping bitter DIPA, but it's nicely balanced by the malt bill.

Mouthfeel: Dry, sticky sugar finish. Medium mouthfeel

Overall: I feel this is a REALLY well-balanced DIPA. You get the really nice citrusy-pine on the nose and palate, but it's really nicely balanced by what I have to believe is a significant malt bill.

I'd drink this one every time.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 01:49:43 | More by kdmcguire10
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ngeunit1

California

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange with a half finger of frothy off-white head atop. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind a bit of lace.

S - The aroma is full of pine and tropical fruit hops including some pineapple and grapefruit. There is some caramel sweetness as well with just a touch of floral elements and a bit of alcohol coming through.

T - The beer starts off with a big hit of tropical fruit hops with lots of grapefruit flavor and some strong bitterness. There is just a bit of sweet caramel malt flavor coming through for some balance. Through the middle, more of the grassy and pine flavored hops hit the tongue with even more bitterness with a bit of floral flavor. The finish is a mix of mango, pineapple, sweet caramel, bitterness, and a touch of alcohol.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and very bitter finish that really lingers.

D - Very drinkable. Really big hoppy DIPA. The hop profile is really nice and has a good blend of different hop flavors and the malt is strong enough to keep up well.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 04:43:52 | More by ngeunit1
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Nugganooch

California

3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 02-18-12
22oz with pint

A: Pours a light and sort of dull hazy caramel color. Produces a nice 2 fingers of creamy tan head. Some waves of lace interval with each sip.

S: Smells of mellow caramels with some nice fruity hops. Not uber pungent but somewhat tropical with hints of guava and mango. Aromas are a bit delicate here. Has a light floral quality. Some alcohol.

T: Decent stinging hop bite out the gates with some soft tropical fruit flavors and light pines. A caramel malt sweetness throughout. Taste has a bit of a sharp alcohol bite at first. A tad boozy but it does back off as I make my way through the pour. Some citrus peel and again mangoes. Sort of grows on you…I want to like it a lot.

M: Decent creamy texture with a good dry finish to it. Sticky resinous hops and sweet sugars coat the palate a bit.

D: A bit harsh at first with the alcohol flavors and high level of bitterness but does mellow out a bit. Manages some practice in balance of the sweet malts and hoppy goodness.

Not bad and definitely worthy of a try or two. My bro liked this one a lot but didn’t blow me away for a Citra DIPA. Will probably check it out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 18:00:06 | More by Nugganooch
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2012 04:51:18 | More by UCLABrewN84
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broken22

California

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On pour a fairly decent white head formed. Once it subsided a thin layer of micro-bubbles hung out on the surface. The color is a a nice honey color. The beer has a nice bouquet. The hops are nice and fruity. The flavor is very similar sharp up front then fading nicely after swallowing. The beer is nicely carbonated and full bodied.

Overall this is a very enjoyable beer. I think the brewer is doing a nice job of balancing the hope flavors so its not too overpowering. The smell and flavors are very pleasant and make for an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 22:10:10 | More by broken22
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mactrail

California

3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 07:17:42 | More by mactrail
Drake's Hopocalypse from Drake's Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 478 ratings.