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Drake's Hopocalypse - Drake's Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 167
Hads: 652
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 19.02%
Wants: 118
Gots: 107 | FT: 1
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Drake's Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

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: 167 | Hads: 652
Photo of Muthacack
4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of whitefire
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: clean orange to golden hue. Thick creamy white head

S: hops. Citrus. Tropical fruit juice. Oats.

T: see above

F: smooth and creamy. Soft as velvet. I think addition of oats is here

O: another great season of an awesome DIPA.

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Photo of daveytheformer
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
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

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Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of mobrado
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of rawfish
4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of berkey
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of dwilson01
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap @ Toronado San Diego. Pours hazy orange-gold with a ring of white bubbles and an oily top. Sweet, fresh-picked pink grapefruit and oranges with a lot of pine in the nose. More of an earthy character than perfume. Heavier mouthfeel, slick and oily, with light carbonation. Lovely resin-and-grapefruit taste. Flows well with the pine oil and hints of oranges and pineapple. Normal caramel malt to balance it, without making the beer "candied" in terms of the citrus. No biscuits, a fair amount of booze. Lovely, hope they bottle this one.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
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!

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Photo of leaddog
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

9.3% ABV

Appearance - Pours an amber with two fingers of bubbly white head.

Smell - citrus and citra hops, bready caramalts, tropical fruits (mango, passionfruit, guava), and grapefruit peel.

Taste - Nice bitter punch from the citrus and citra hops followed by the bready caramalts, tropical fruits (mango, passionfruit, guava), and grapefruit peel.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant stickiness and the hops linger in the finish also.

Overall - A DIPA with a pleasant citrus hop punch. Spot on on all fronts. A sweet find in West Hollywood.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drake's Brewing Co. - Hopocalypse, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a cloudy orange amber with a glorious foamy head that retains a bit. Abundance of lacing.

Smell - Touch of malt. Orange and other dank low-profile juicy citrus hops. Rye.

Taste - Nice malt body with juicy citrus and a nice rye finish.

Mouthfeel - Full-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Pine and rye. Good drinkability. Not overly boozy.

Overall - Great rye DIPA! Tasty and hop juicy. It'll creep up on ya.

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Photo of papat444
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to WCW for this one.

Poured from a 22oz bottle, bottled on 01/27/14.

A light honey colored body with thick foam and good, strong lacing. Smell is sweet clementines, grapefruit, orange flesh. Taste is resiny, sticky, full, sweet pink grapefruit and a nice baseline of bitterness. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle purchased from Beverages 4 Less. Poured into a 50W tulip glass.

A: Aggressively poured results in a 2-3 finger fizzy, yet full and thick, beige colored head. Settles rather quickly with a moderate amount lacing. Beautiful orange colored body when held to the light. Looks amber colored when not held to a light.

S: As advertised, very hop forward. Strong citrus grapefruit, orange, and lemon rind. Smells of some exotic fruits exist. A little peppery zest. The bitterness hops out of the glass in the nose. A little malt character in the nose, but not strong.

T: Dominant hop flavor at the beginning. Very bitter, but the bitterness is balanced well with lots of sweet fruity notes. Grapefruit and lemon are present but a strong orange juice type taste comes through with hints of peach, mango, and even some pineapple sweetness. Not a strong malt backbone.

M: Medium-Full body. Moderate carbonation. Sticky. Creamy. Booze is hidden well.

O: A citrus, hoppy bomb. This was a well-balanced and uniquely complex take on a DIPA, that I will absolutely try to obtain again.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 4.35 Rating

I get a different flavor profile this year. I get more tropical fruit, but more of an orange juice taste,with a better malt sweetness.

2014 4.03 Rating
Aroma: Hoppy pine, resinous, stale

Appearance: Amber/reddish color, nice lacing

Flavor: Sweet caramel malt, Bitter metal, peppery after taste. Pine, not getting much citrus, do get a mix of peach/grapefruit. The peach flavor is from the citra used hop, wet and dry.
I get a slight wine aspect with the simcoe hop.

Amarillo hops are known as hop bombs, and it's fitting from this beer.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

thanks to labrat for the trade, enjoyed this with tenderbranson69,poured chilled from the bomber into an IPA glass.
The color is golden with very light haze and amber highlights with visible carbonation and 3fingers of healthy cream with fine bead and wavy rings of lace that stick. The smell is strong citrus with orange and grapefruit blend of aromas and slight dank herbal quality with som mild spice almost peppery with almost no alcohol in the aroma but there is a light fruity yeast ester present with floral and subtle malt in the nose. The feel is very good with very juicy and tangy hop texture with medium high bitterness level and light astringency with malt texture adding sweetness with fully body and semi-dry finish.

The taste is very good with juicy tangy flavor as the nose hints at with more of a citrus/grapefruit focus and subtle herbal taste with slight sweet malt in the middle and a smidge of alcohol in the mostly dry finish -plenty of hops are lingering on the palate as the beer is smooth yet quaffable. I really liked this -very good Ipa would definitely recommend this and would try to find it again based on fullness of hop character in the taste.

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Drake's Hopocalypse from Drake's Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.