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Drake's Hopocalypse - Drake's Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

511 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 511
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 91
Gots: 44 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Drake's Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.25% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: magictrokini on 12-17-2008)
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

queens1130, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of AwYeh
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into snifter; big thanks to madvermin for sharing this one with me.

A: Pours a hazy, deep, reddish copper amber color, with one finger of foamy white head. Good retention, and some spotty lacing.

S: Pineapple and grapefruit all over the place, likely some oranges, lemons, limes, and whatever other citrus fruits you may be looking for- maybe even some mangoes or guava in here. Love this kind of smell from an IPA. Light pine hops hide in the background to provide a hint of balance.

T: Initially quite bitter from all the hops, before their individual flavors flood in- I'm actually met by pine first, and then all the citrus flavors that stood out in the aroma. A good deal of caramel malts, and even some bready ones provide some balance too. A drawback here is that a big dose of ethanol comes through; it does add a spicy element to the mix, but I'm not sure that it is particularly desirable with its prominence.

M: Medium+ bodied, light carbonation; slightly creamy from the carbonation, and a bit sticky/resinous on the finish.

O: A good DIPA, even if it's not outstanding. Worth a try for sure; the smell is amazing, and depending on your own tastes, you may find that the taste lives up to it sufficiently.

AwYeh, Mar 23, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Rollzroyce21, Feb 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

illidurit, Jul 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

tylergoov, Apr 05, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

StoicBeast, Feb 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

pdmoore714, Mar 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

MrDave, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

maximum12, Jun 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Axnjxn, Mar 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Guzzle_McBrew, Mar 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

SixPack6, Apr 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

vinny21bal, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of aasher
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This bottle arrived yesterday courtesy of BrewerB. Thanks Brian!

This one pours a nice and very clear burnt orange in color with a two finger, off white soapy head. The nose is hoppy, of course, but actually pretty a balanced for a DIPA. There is a moderate amount of Chinook with a touch of Citra and a bit of rye malt. There is also a decent amount of alcohol. The booze is a big detractor. The flavors are bright and hoppy with a fair amount of malty sweetness but then a lot of alcohol in the finish and after taste. You can definitely pick out the Citra but the other hops kind of muddle its regular crisp citrus character. I get a good amount of both Columbus and Cinook. Again, there is just a lot of present alcohol. It drinks dry and sticky and as stated, it shows its 9.5%. I can see why this would be popular but compared to other widely available options, I wouldn't pick this one up again.

aasher, Feb 25, 2013
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3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

tony223366, Apr 03, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle while in Napa Valley for vacation. White label bomber dated 1-28-2014 and consumed on 3-5-14. Pours a beautiful clear copper with a big fluffy white head that stays around for a while. Bright citrus aroma with a big caramel malt aroma backing it. Lots of sweet heavy caramel grapefruits on the smell here. Flavor is very malt forward with big heavy caramel grapefruit, slightly syrupy, orange rinds. Goodness this is heavy. Not what I was expecting from a west coast DIPA. Pretty good if you like this version of the style, but really lacking the bright citrus and pine I expect from my pales these days. Heavy mouthfeel, slick, some resin, medium carbonation, and really cones off almost syrupy. Not an old bottle at 4 or so weeks, but maybe this goes downhill way quick? A bit disappointed in this one, but not terrible by any means. Can't imagine how malt heavy the black label is.

BMMillsy, Mar 06, 2014
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3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

silentjay, Mar 01, 2012
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3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

tobelerone, Jun 28, 2012
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3.59/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got as an extra recently. No freshness date. Served in balloon glass.

Very nice pour with a solid off-white head. Clear, brilliant amber-colored body. Doesn't appear to have much carbonation. The head dies down way too quickly though, and leaves only minimal sudsy lacing.

Aroma is of big bold hops, with hints of blood orange, taffy, and alcohol. I like it. Not really blowing me away though, as this DIPA category is a tough one to compete in. The aroma is big and bold, though I tend to lean towards refined, complex and delicate.

Very very bitter beer, with plenty of hop flavor, pine and citrus. Bitter orange pith on the palette. Sweet caramel malts in the background mixed with a tinge of alcohol. Very robust flavor. It tastes every bit of 9.25% abv.

Rich, full-bodied DIPA with healthy carbonation and a sweet finish.

Not sure I am being too picky here or what. I think the beer is a good example of the DIPA style, but it weighs in fairly strong for me. Appearance was decent, but could have used better retention, the aroma was strong and hoppy, the flavor was rich, bitter, semi-balanced with a rich sweetness, and for some reason I just wasn't impressed. Maybe I'm not into the hops they are choosing here. I recognize that it's well made, but I don't think I would seek this one out again.

MusicaleMike, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Well, I gotta say, I'm one of the few and the proud to say I have NEVER liked anything from Drake's...Just never liked 'em...So let's see if they can wave their supposed "accolades" in front of me with this 'a' here brew...

The basics: 9.3% ABV (yeah!) and $6.49/bomber (ouch)...

Beautiful orange amber in color. Nice, frothy head builds up like a sand dune, then recedes, leaving nice lacing. Very light carbonation...

Aromas are nice, somewhat muted and not very out of the ordinary. Their new slogan is "Drink Different, Drink Drake's" and while I like the alliteration, the aroma profile is anything but different. You've smelled this ale many times under different names.

Got two great things today: the new Rotten Sound album (GRIND!) and Dragon Age II!!! Hopefully this ale can stand up to that awesomeness...It hasn't thus far.

Flavor is unique. It's more "hop bomb" than I expected. Very one dimensional and I'm gonna wait a few moments to let the hops wash out of my mouth so I can try a second taste and see if I get any malt or other characteristics. Very bitter up front from the hops...The middle has a very hoppy bitterness, this leads into a nice, long very hoppy bitter finish. The Hopocalypse is upon me!!! It's all hops. I get almost nothing else out of this. Super one dimensional, and I prefer well-balanced or unique. This ale is neither of those things. I guess I'll need Rotten Sound to GRIND this out of me!!!

What I like most: The very nice appearance and overall look.

What I like least: Vibrantly one dimensional flavor profile and high than average price point.

Verdict: Too expensive for such a mundane DIPA. Look elsewhere.

SolomonGrundy, Mar 16, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft service into a shaker pint glass at Beachwood BBQ.

A: Clear, light amber with over one finger of persistent white foam. Lacing is heavy on the glass with clear step-wise progression for the first two inches.

S: Intense pine and citrus combine to make a dazzling hop aroma. Some assertive toasted grain also appears, but seems passive compared to the presence of the hops in the nose.

T: Begins off-dry, with excessive acidity early. Hop aromatics are detectable with grapefruit citrus making up a strong majority of that flavor. The middle sees the arrival of some pale malt, along with increasing bitterness and a whiff of fusel alcohols. Bitterness becomes robust in the finish, showing an intensely herbaceous quality.

M: Thick viscosity, hop oils are palpably resinous and sticky on the palate while acidity is initially scorching, with moderate carbonation.

D: This DIPA displays some common threads to other beers by Drake's, but unfortunately not all of them are positive. While the character of this beer is undeniably hop-forward, it is the accessory qualities that come across as being heavy-handed. Acidity is unbalanced and excessive at times, while the texture of the beer is simultaneously more fizzy and viscous than one would expect for the style. It is a good beer with some rough edges left on, and preferable to many other DIPAs.

beagle75, Feb 18, 2011
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3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Don't need any freshness dating on this one, as the first bottles were just released last week. I love getting fresh DIPAs!

Bottle indicates 9.3% ABV and 100+ IBUs

A decent looking pour, quite common for the style. Smells great, fresh pine and citrus, very pleasant sweet malt in the background.

Taste is good, but lets me down from the nose. Malt is a bit sticky and sweet on the tongue and masks the initial bitter hop bite. The hop flavor is there no doubt, and is the best part of the taste. The middle gets a bit harsh and the flavors separate a bit. Finish doesn't hide the ABV as much as I'd like.

A good mouthfeel if a tiny bit sticky, but the finish kind of kills any easy drinkability.

brotherloco, Mar 11, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Cloudy golden orange, hardly any white head or 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

whatthehull, Mar 28, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange, with plenty of brown hints. Very, very dark DIPA with two-finger head that dissipates to a one-finger cap that retains well. Lace is minimal.

This is tropical bomb, with gobs of mango, jackfruit and pineapple. Caramel lends a ripe sweetness to the fruit, and there is a noticeable lack of pine or resin. This is a STRONG smell - I could smell the fruit from a couple feet away after the pour - and it is definitely better for it.

Taste takes a turn, moving towards a lot more pine and resin flavors. The fruit flavors take a backseat here, but are still noticeable, with plenty of tropical flavor to go around. One thing that stood out was the absence of citrus flavors - there isn't really any tartness or acidity, and for being a 100+ IBU beer I'd expect a tiny bit. I'd rather have a lot more fruit flavors, but this is a solid flavor for sure.

Mouthfeel is full, dry at the finish, and crisp. It's a typical DIPA mouthfeel and it follows the formula well enough. Drinkability is harmed by the resin and pine flavors dominating the fruit, but everything is tasty anyways so I can't hate on this too much. Drake's is a quality brewery, I just wish their bomber IPAs would have more fruit like their 12oz offerings.

madvermin, Mar 23, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

DanGeo, Mar 21, 2014
Drake's Hopocalypse from Drake's Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 511 ratings.