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Drake's Hopocalypse - Drake's Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 165
Hads: 645
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 111
Gots: 103 | 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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Photo of magictacosinus
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glad I finally got to open this last night. Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bomber. No freshness date, which is sadly the case of all of Drake's beers. As a fan of this brewery, I would really like to know how long this has been in the bottle as hop freshness information is a must with beers like these. Review is from my notes.

Pours an outrageously solid, fantastic amber-orange sunrise color with massive amounts of carbonation spiraling around the glass, as well as a beautiful 3-finger head of froth. The head sticks around for a long time, never seeming to die down, and it's not just because of the tulip. Sticky soapy lacing coats the glass in a lively way. Very viscous overall, with alcohol legs that are extremely noticeable. The hop resin is definitely visible in the light here, and combined with the high ABV, it's clear that this is a dense yet lively looking DIPA.

The smell is definitely less hoppy than I expected, but it still is extremely bright and prominent, containing loads of dried orange-citrus aromas as well as pine needles. This is definitely the equivalent of standing in front of an orange grove and taking in all of the aromas on a warm, windy day. Tropical notes of pineapple and mango abound, but it's subtle. There's a cracked spicy ginger character underneath it all, which absorbs with the thickened caramel malt backbone quite well. I definitely suspect that the hop character is a bit muted here due to aging, but it's still held up fantastically well.

The flavor is surprisingly not as hoppy as the aroma, but does indeed go through with the citrus/caramel malt profile as mentioned before. You instantly get the massive hop, orange and lemon rind astringency, but it's taken over eventually by a thickened, syrupy breadiness and toffee profile that refines the finish to the point of smoothness. The mango gets a bit more prominent here. Very bone dry through... I definitely paired this with bread and Brie due to the carbonated, dry hopped nature of this beer. It is very easy to drink as a result of the muted astringency. This is a big beer though, so drink slowly or else it will kick the crap out of you.

Not a hop bomb by any means, but still pretty well rounded and filled with variety of ingredients that are well balanced and put together. In my experience, this is officially the crowning DIPA of the East Bay, and I'm glad it's easy to find. It's about $7 a bottle, which is definitely more expensive than PtE or Hop Stoopid, and definitely not as refined, yet it's still a fantastic take on the style. It's appropriate for a special or the most casual of occasions, and is super easy to sip on or woof down depending on the mood you're in. Hope I can get this fresher next time, and I hope I can try their "Black Reserve" edition of this beer someday! (2,816 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. This is my 100th DIPA rating.

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is great. I get a ton of hop presence, mainly getting resin, pine and citrus notes.

The flavor is equally as good. I get a lot of grapefruit and pine notes, as well as some orange citrus. There is a little bit of bready malt in the beer, but this is all about the hops. Medium bitterness and very easy drinking.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. An outstanding Double IPA and more than worthy of being my 100th rating. (563 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (404 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (1,070 characters)

Photo of dwilson01
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bomber into my Firestone Walker glass, solid 2 finger width of frothy white head tops the brew with a body of hazy gold. Retention is medium and leaves thick lacing on the glass.

The scent is very hop forward, the piney, citrusy aroma is very strong with a small amount of malty goodness backing it up. The citrus is manifested in a grapefruit and pineapple smell while the pine scents preclude some awesome bitterness in the body.

The flavor is great, the hops shine through in their full glory to give an up front bitterness followed by a light fruit in the body. The malt gives a slight biscuit as well as a solid honey taste. The 9.25% alcohol manifests itself a tad at the end which intensifies the flavors quite well.

The mouthfeel is a rich thick bread-like deal that comes the immense amount of malt they had to put in here. I like it a lot, definitely isn't thin like some IIPA's tend to be.

Drinkable...hell yea, it's definitely a sipping beer but damn could I sip this all night long. (1,014 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 TwelveOunces
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a tulip

A- Pours hazy orange with a one and a half finger of a dense foamy head. A nice dissipation and good alcohol legs as well.

S- Big citrus in here. There is a slight pine and touch of cat pee.. in a good way. A nice subtle sweet caramel malt to balance it out.

T- A nice intense bitterness at first. Followed up by a big citrusy profile of mango, peach and ton of grapefruits. The hops are very oily and really coat the mouth. A big resinous piney character and again, a touch of cat piss. The malt is well hidden behind the intense hop character but adds a nice touch of toffee and caramel to the mix and helps out the balance of the beer.

M- Alcohol taste is well hidden. An easy drinking DIPA. A sticky hop presence in the mouth. A pretty full body.

O- A very solid DIPA. Will try again if I can. (831 characters)

Photo of daveytheformer
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a clear copper with a thin beige lacing on the top.

Smells like tangerines and oranges.

Taste is sweet and fruity with a minor metallic bitterness at the end. Pretty malt driven.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with pleasant carbonation.

Excellent (262 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to HaveUSeenMyCellar for this one.

A gentle pour yields a decent almost 1 finger creamy bubbly head that fades at a med pace, lighter but decent lacing, crystal clear amber honey orange slightly reddish colored beer.

Nose is a hop explosion, a nice blend of hops too, juicy fruity hops, some citrus, tangerine like, hint of grapefruit and some tropical fruit, then some light resinous musty fresh hop oils, light spicy hops too, underneath brings a light malty sweetness, light amber toasty malts, and hint of booze.

Taste starts with a nice hop flavor, tropical fruits and light citrus, a little pear, papaya, light mango, juicy tangerine, grapefruit, even a hint of guava. hops then turn to a light musty resin but not as much as I expected, as well as a chewy slightly spicy earthy bitterness, but not as bitter as I expected... at first. Malts bring a nice sweetness and balance to the overall beer, with some light amber toasty malt and slightly caramel sugar sweetness. Booze kicks in slightly in the middle, with clean booze and just a touch of warmth, but then finishes a little hotter. Finish is drier but sticky syrupy sweet residue, bitterness ramps but I expected it to be a lot more bitter, light lingering tropical fruits and tangerine, juicy still, and the malts come out a bit more with caramel amber toasty malt really lingering.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, decent carb, a little warming booze, little sticky syrupy.

overall a pretty nice beer. I was expecting a typical west coast IPA that just overbearing with big hops and bitterness, but this not only brought nice tropical fruit and juicy tasty hops, but a nice malty sweet balance and manageable bitterness despite claiming 100+ IBUs. A tasty well balanced beer with just a hint of warming booze. (1,785 characters)

Photo of mobrado
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this fresh and it was just crazy, over-the-top hoppy. Insanely intense aroma (grassy, citrusy, and a little dank) and tongue-coating grassy hops. I enjoyed it, but it's definitely right at the edge of reason. To go beyond this you might as well just chew on the plant itself and drink something else. (304 characters)

Photo of rawfish
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Attractive gold amber with a small cap of white. Decent retention and curtains of lacing left all over the glass.

Aroma is rather muted compared to some other DIPAs but an absolute explosion of hops. Tropical front papaya, mangoes, pineapple, grapefruit and pine. Reminiscent of Sculpin and Nelson but with a bit more alcohol.

Juicy and oily with grapefruit, papaya, dried mangoes and pine resin hops on the fore front. Some rye bread and caramel malt barely emerge as the palate quickly shifts to an oily and pine bitterness. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Medium body and adequately carbonated. Malt is slightly sticky, hides 9.3% alcohol well. Bitterness and flavor lingers, dries well.

Double Sculpin essentially, had to believe Drakes can make a DIPA that has a better aroma than this one, yet Aroma Coma exists. A solid DIPA that is a must try for any hop head, the tropical notes are nailed on this one. (915 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drake's definitely makes some vibrant glowing ipas, and this one is no exception.

Great mix of many citrus smells here, variety, you really get a bouquet (sic?) of fruit, orange, lemon, lime, banana even, just lush. Always have to give a tip of the cap to the breweries that do the dry hopping this extensive and keep prices down on the bottles ($6).

Taste, sure, there's some heat and sweet on this, but its still a really good mildly great double ipa. The bitterness isn't egregious, it allows the floral fruit hop vibe chill and the malt backbone and sweetness are riding cargo.
Another winner by Drake's. This and Denogginizer are pretty much like, flip of the coin always, win, for me. (695 characters)

Photo of whitefire
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
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! (635 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to eyebereej for hooking me up with this bottle! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours a mildly hazy bright gold with a two-finger white head and lots of visible carbonation.

S: Pine, tropical fruit, sweet citrus, and mango hops, with a bit of background cracker malt. Smells awesome.

T: Follows the nose in notes, but is significantly more bitter than expected. Tons of tropical, pine, citrus hops, but with some melon and spice added in. Cracker malt sweetness fades in and out during the drink.

M: Relatively light body for a DIPA. Lots of carbonation sensation, but the alcohol seems just a bit too prominent.

O: A good beer, but pretty far from a standout in the class. Not even Drake's best IPA - I would prefer Aroma Coma to this one by a good margin. Still, quite enjoyable. (842 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a fairly clear orangish copper with a dense, white finger width head. Excellent retention. Solid lacing around the glass with great stick.

Smell - Juicy hop aroma; orange and light tropical fruitiness. Mild peppery spice.

Taste - Sweet, fruity hops upfront and throughout. Juicy orange, subtle pineapple, hints of grapefruit. Solid malt backbone shines mid-taste. Toasty biscuit trails off and turns caramel. Slightly spicy. Finishes with a very mild orange pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with somewhat tingly, but fluffy carbonation. Smooth. Semi-dry finish.

Overall - This is a hell of a DIPA. Lots of juicy sweetness, reminds me of some of the Mid-Western IPA brews I've had, with a touch of West Coast hop kick. Definitely a beer to revisit, on tap perhaps, and the sooner the better. (821 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Shared a 750 ml bottle of this with my brother-in-law at a Mother's Day gathering. Served fairly cold into glassware.

Appearance - pale bronze beer is poured with good clarity, just a little haziness. A finger and change of a long lasting fluffy white head, some lacing steaks left behind as it recedes. Minimal visible carbonation.

Smell- a whole lot of citrus with grapefruit being the star, but I picked up lemon, mango and some pineapple too. A well rounded citrus monster, but the nose was not quite as extravagant as I had imagined it would be.

Taste - despite the huge number of IBUs, this only started bitter before turning much sweeter to highlight the tropical fruits of sweet pink grapefruit, oranges and pineapple. There's a heavy malt bill that's a little bit crackery and an equal part caramel than temper the bitterness.

Mouthfeel - super impressed as this was just super smooth, with juiciness spewing in all directions, but really easy to drink. Carbonation is present but executed in a way that it just adds to the smoothness.

Overall - Thanks again Tessa, this was a wonderful treat. A great IPA, with nearly unmatchable smoothness and a monster tropical hop flavor that is equal parts amazing yet refined. Delicious. (1,241 characters)

Photo of DocJitsu
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (465 characters)

Photo of Muthacack
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (688 characters)

Photo of RyanK252
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Eureka! Burger

A: Pours slightly hazy golden amber with a creamy off white head that settles and laces well.

S: Bright tropical fruit and citrus, a hint of herbal notes, and some caramel malt sweetness.

T: Tropical fruit, mango and passion fruit, citrus, orange and a little grapefruit, a little herbal dankness, caramel malt sweetness, and a touch of alcohol.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, with a little warmth.

O: Really good stuff. (459 characters)

Photo of PatrickSwayze
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
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 (411 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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. (987 characters)

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

Thanks to popery/familynight for tossing this great extra in.

Hopocalypse is a bright, pale golden with great sticky lacing. It has a sweet grainy biscuity malt with orange blossom floral aromas. The beer is pretty dry with a nice nice and juicy orange finish. I really enjoyed this beer and would definitely appreciate more. (326 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 ElSid
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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Bottled Date: 1/29/13

A: Orange with some haze and head of white foam towers up after a solid pour and stubbornly sticks around and to the glass.

M: The nose is remarkably fresh with pine and tangerine dominance and hints of tropical breeze. The malt is there: baked bread and caramelized sugar.

T: The malt seems to strike first with a deep caramel breadiness which is both separate and supportive, while at the same time unified, with the hop earthiness and freshness. There is flowers, pine and tangerine which carries on to a cleansing hot bitterness.

M: The feel is as expected; medium bodied with linger that never seems to stop and carbonation on the aggressive side but in a pleasing way.

O: Jumped on a bottle after a recommendation from the guy at the bottle shop. I enjoyed this brew from Drake's which adds another solid DIPA to the already stellar West Coast class and will definitely grab another when fresh and available. (971 characters)

Photo of samtrillo
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours with a thick white head that retains it's shape. Light copper body.

Smell is piney resinous. Some tropical fruit notes.

Taste is very balanced. Not very bitter. Herbal and aromatic dankness meet with some citrus and tropical fruits. Malt blends well with the oily hops to create a thick but not viscous mouthfeel you want from a DIPA.
Overall it's a very good rendition of the the double IPA. For the price I don't know if I'd stray away from Enjoy By or even Hop Stoopid for that matter. (499 characters)

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