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Drake's Hopocalypse - Drake's Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 165
Hads: 645
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 112
Gots: 105 | FT: 1
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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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Reviews: 165 | Hads: 645
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of kevanb
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a stemless wine glass. Review is from notes.

Pours a nice copper color, fairly clear, a few bubbles rising to the top of the glass with a nice thick, soapy white head that leaves behind a nice network of sticky lacing. The aroma is of nice piney, herby hops, light citrus with some pale cereal grain. Very earthy on the nose, but not overly dirty, the citrus gives it a nice touch of brightness. The hops are certainly in focus on the tongue, lots of pine and herby, bitter hops, grapefruit, orange peel and some lighter floral flavors, just enough light, sweet, grain on the tongue to help balance the bitterness. The body is nice and rich, lower carbonation, juicy body that has a slightly dry finish.

Verdict: A nice DIPA from Drake's. The hops flavors are a little earthier than I personally care for, but they are fairly well balanced. Worth checking out.

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Photo of Scrumtralecent
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to leschkie! Always a pleasure. Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A - Solid white head on top of a sparkling amber orange beer.

S - Citrus hops dominate at first. Grapefruit, orange, with a little malt lingering in the back. As it warms, some bittering hops come out, muttles the aroma a little however.

T - Big hop bite, with those bittering hops shining through. Not much in the way of citrus hops coming though, just a little on the sides, and a touch in the aftertaste before the bitter takes over. Very bold IIPA. Also ever changing, as your palate fatigues to one hop, it highlights another. Intriguing.

M - It's a full mouthfeel, hops are all over the palate. Carbonation is good and keeps those hops popping.

O - Solid imperial IPA. It is good, maybe not the undeniable drinkability that makes one great. However, if a hophead, this will satisfy you. It hits all over the palate, and has some tasty notes to it. Would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of olfolxholme
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


2013 batch... 22 oz bottle into Duvel tulip

A - Amber beer with golden highlights. nice two finger white head. Some retention, good lacing. A little darker than I prefer my DIPA's, but still great looking.

S - great citrus and resinous hop aroma. can detect a little bit of the caramel/amber malts. smells so good that it brings a smile to my face.

T - great west coast hop bitterness. not as much hop flavor as aroma or bitterness, but tastes great. Hop flavor is more grassy. Malt backbone is definitely noticeable. A bit of spice, grass, and grapefruit rind in the aftertaste.

M - Nice light mouthfeel. I like the carbonation a little on the high side, and this beer delivers for me.

O - So glad I am trying this fresh, just two days after Hopocalypse weekend at Drake's. I live less than an hour from the brewery and this bottle was delivered to my favorite market today. This is a really good Imperial IPA that is worth trying. It is a little darker and grassier than some of my personal favorite DIPA's, but I enjoyed the heck out of it anyway. Incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of therackman
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to darrenstory for trading me a bottle of this for a Block 15 Sticky Hands Homegrown. Poured into IPA glass from 22 oz bomber dated 1-27-14.

A: golden, transparent, 4-finger off white frothy head with good retention and lacing
N: not as hop forward as I expected. Balance of citrus, grapefruit, apple with malt, very mellow aroma for a DIPA
T: grapefruit, orange peel, apple, caramelly malt, no pine, little bitterness - even my non beer drinking wife mentioned how non-bitter this beer is
M: light carbonation, some alcohol warmth, smooth
O: not what I was expecting for a DIPA but very balanced and good flavors

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to whiskey for the bottle.

Appearance: Almost clear orange-amber. Head is dense, white, and bubbly. Drops to a small cap and collar in short order with decent retention. Sticky notches and sheets of lacing. Some splotches of foam remain for the duration.

Smell: Grapefruit zest, flesh, and juice. Solid push of pine needle, orange - in all aspects, and a slight woody element. Juicy citrus. A touch of alcohol runs through the back. Slightly caramelized and bready malts. Some wet pine needle. Tons of citrus and pine bitterness. Sweetness offers a compliment to the over the top hop profile.

Taste: Soft spice from the alcohol. Big and sweet with enough hop to balance. Oily pine needle and tons of citrus. Grapefruit rind dominates with a juicy push of flesh. Some orange as well. A touch of mint. Pine branch. Malts offer some caramelized sweetness. Some bready sweetness as well. A touch of pale malt. Ever so slightly tropical. Warming ups the sweetness a touch. Malts end up dominating the profile coming across with a slightly sticky and syrupy sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and slick. Medium leaning to full body with a moderate carbonation. Some astringency but not much.

Overall: Way better than Hot Pockets.

It's a true west coast DIPA. Sticky, sweet, and loaded with enough hops to kill a bear. I'll try it again as a share beer.

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Photo of dubinsky
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle poured into a goose island stemed glass.

A - Pours a dark mostly clear amber color with a one finger off white head. The head sticks around for a really long time. Wonderful head retention and eventually great lacing.

S - Wonderful aromas of pine and citrus and rye. I'm smelling some faint pineapple and mango as well. Some hints of malt sweetness present. The smell is very pleasing a d welcoming. Definitely a strong point in this beers profile.

T - Oh my, this is one hoppy beer. They're not kidding with the 100 ibu claim. It's wonderfully bitter up front with a very strong malty backbone. Slightly sweet finish, but the aftertaste and the lingering effect on my tongue is all bitter hops. Definitely what I love and come to expect from a West Coast DIPA.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation. the 9.3 abv isn't hidden that well and neither is the 100+ IBU's. It's bitter, strong and very pleasing in my mouth.

O - I really enjoyed this offering from Drakes. I'm lucky that they are a local brewery and are making high quality beers. But they have to to compete with the other local breweries.

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Photo of nataku00
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bomber poured into a tulip glass. Dark orange and clear beer with half a finger of loose off white head. Head dissipates quickly to the surface, leaving some small bubbles on the collar and very light lacing. Some lazy carbonation slowly rising up from the bottom of the glass.

Definitely a bit of rye on the nose, spicy and bready, light citrus hops, and some earthy bitterness in there as well.

Pretty good rye IPA. Good balance of bitter hops, orange and grapefruit citrus, light resiny pine, and earthy grassy hops as it warms up, with the spicy rye and bready malt. Not much lingering bitterness on the tongue, finishing remarkably clean for a fairly big beer.

Light to medium body with some mild carbonation that's enough to help keep the tongue fresh from the bitter hops. As you drink more of the beer, there is a bit of earthy hops and rye lingering in the back of the throat only. Nice citrusy hoppy rye DIPA from a local brewer.

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Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought @ Whole Foods, Venice. In the back. Around $8.
Color is copper, large foamy head. Candy like sweetness, like a caramel candy. Orange lollipop. Tropical fruit: mango, pineapple. Body is medium. Finishes surprisingly clean. Overall, not bad. A tad too sweet for my liking, but perhaps good to share a bottle with a couple friends.

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Photo of litheum94
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Thingus
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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!!

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Photo of LiquidBread219
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Ynot2
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a bomber.

Deep amber color with a 2 finger white head, leaves lots of lacing.

Smells like a citrus bomb went off in the glass followed by a light pine smell.

Taste lives up to the 100 BU claim, lots of bitter hops as expected from the style. The hops are mellowed out a bit by the malts coming through. Quite hot with the high ABV.

Mouthfeel is in the mid range, light carbonation and slight oils.

Drinkable but the ABV makes you slow down, I like a little less ABV, but a nice beer, worth buying.

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Photo of azdback
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of whatthehull
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Updated 3/26/15 Much better than the 3.75 I gave it 4 years ago. Everything was the basically the same, but dang, my tastes must have changed so i am updating according. Still a bottle and the exact glass, haha.

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Cloudy golden orange, *3 finger frost white head and some sticky 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

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Photo of F2brewers
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to black13 for this bottle,

22oz. bomber bottled on 11 Feb 2014 poured into a HF wine glass. Served at 40F.

A: Deep cloudy copper body covered with ~1" of creamy off-white head that lingers for a few minutes leaving thick lacing on the glass. Fine carbonation is evident. Gentle swirling regenerates the head.

S: Dank hops with a bright citrus scent. No overt malt smell.

T: Grapefruit and orange dominate. Hints of a malt backbone, but this is most certainly hop forward. Clean finish with little residual bitterness.

M: Very heavy, almost syrupy consistency. Hop resins leve a slick coating on the inside of my mouth. Good carbonation for the style.

O: A nice double IPA. Perhaps a bit past it's best day, but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of bbothen
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Attractive amber pour, with a light, silky head. Loads of bright citrus in the nose, less prominent malt than I’ve come to expect from Drake’s. Thick, sumptuous mouthfeel with a lingering bitterness on the finish. Peach, orange, and hop oil dominate the taste, with a firm malt foundation bringing things together and giving the beer heft without booziness.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good DIPA. Aromas of grapefruit, lemongrass. Huge foamy head on golden orangey unfiltered body. Lots of hop oils, a good melange. Well malted, buffering the 100 IBU from a complete palate shread, but still raw palate many hours later. Tastes of lemon mostly, grapefruit, blood orange. Thanks Ryan.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle into a clear Solo cup. A good beer to drink after moving. Sadly I don't have any glassware unpacked. Thanks to aekoops for this bottle! Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Murky orange body. Dull looking. Not much head, but it sticks to the cup.

Smell - Very hoppy. Citrusy and a hint of some grassy hops. Sweet aroma faintly in the back.

Taste - Wave of hops. Citrus. Maybe a bit monotonous, but good. Slight sweetness before it becomes overwhelmingly bitter.

Mouthfeel - No alcohol and not a lot of sugars in it. Not enough malt to overcome the intense bitterness.

Overall - The flavors are good, if a little one-note. Far too bitter in the finish, but otherwise nice.

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Photo of mindspin315
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
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.


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Photo of 100floods
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a pale amber with a thick two finger white head. It's paler than I'd imagine a DIPA would be, even at 9.3%. Smells of fresh pine with a nice malt back, which doesn't seem to overpower. Nice, big hop flavor, but not a hop attack. Notes of pine and some peppery/earthy hops in the second half. I'm guessing it's from the rye malt. The texture kind of comes off a little spiky. Definitely not as smooth as expected, but i'm not tripping over the feel. this is definitely something different. A hop bomb in its own right. I prefer something like this over their Denogginzer only because it's something different.

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Photo of raynmoon
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Looks perfect, bright orange/ amber with a slight haziness and lastly head. What else could you ask for!?

Smells nice, a nice mix of tangerine and caramel malt. Reminds me of Sculpin. Nothing out-of-the-box, but certainly nice.

Tastes very nice, very similar from the nose; a strong tangerine/ citrus flavor that is backed by a caramel malt/ alcohol backbone. Lots of alcohol.

Very solid DIPA. It isn't masked or juice/ complex enough to be one of the best out there, but very worthy of a buy, especially on top at a bar; don't pass it by. Nothing wrong with this beer.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into shaker pint. Hazy golden amber with a stubborn two-finger rocky cream-colored head. Mango, pine, orange, grapefruit, and caramel aroma. Bitter up front with orange peel, pine resin, and grapefruit pith. Mid palate sweetness with malty caramel and bread crust. Bitter on the swallow with a touch of aspirin and pine. Medium body, viscous texture that grows creamy as it warms, long bitter finish.

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