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Drake's Hopocalypse - Drake's Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

523 Ratings
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Ratings: 523
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 93
Gots: 47 | 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:
Beer added by: magictrokini on 12-17-2008

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice one finger flat white head. Good retention and very nice lacing. Brew is a beautiful, slightly hazy copper/amber/gold color, slowly bubbling, and almost pulpy in appearance.

Huge and sweet tropical fruit aromas: mango, guava, ruby red grapefruit, and pine resin. Slight biscuit malt backbone, and some honey. Perfect? Damn close.

Flavor follows the nose: super sweet, tasting like a slightly tart guava pastry. There is just a slightly dank pine resin, and some sharper pine hop flavors in there, as well, but the emphasis is on a ton of tropical fruit hop notes. Tiny bit of flatter citrus peel in there, as well. Pepper and rye spice as it warms.

Probably my only negative mark is the mouthfeel: slightly syrupy, a little boozy. Great retention and sweet residue, decent sting. Pretty much nitpicking at this point.

This is a fantastically sweet and hop-forward DIPA. If I had regular access to it, I wouldn't pick it regularly over more straight-forward and superior (IMO) offerings like Gandhi Bot, HT, and PtE, but as a special occasion DIPA, it's a beast. Definitely try it out.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.54/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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3.87/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into tulip glass

A: Pours an opaque copper/orange, with minimal carbonation and a very thin head. But has a sort of glow to it that just makes it look more attractive right from the onset.

S: Fruity and sugary nose. Hops are there, though not as you'd typically expect from a West Coast DIPA. Overall aroma doesn't emanate as much as other variations on the style.

T: True to smell, it tastes fruit-forward, with some hop resin undertones. But the big takeaway was the malty backbone (again, surprising for a West Coast DIPA, and one called Hopocalypse).

M: Warm, lightly carbonated. It goes down smooth and lacks the hefty body you might expect given taste.

O: Great beer that toes the line between East Coast and West Coast DIPA. If there's anywhere it falls short, it may only be due to its name, which implies "hop bomb," yet that's not exactly what you're getting here. Don't let that deter you, however.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.48/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nearly perfect appearance. Large, four-finger, fluffy, white, foamy, head. Brew has nice clarity with nice orange-yellow colors. Spotty lacing, but not half bad. Nice legs!

Lots of fruitful apricot, apple, light pine, biscuity, light cherry, woody...

Awesome, kickass, smooth, wet, fluid bittersweetness. Intriguing earthy-light pine sweetness... Bready, creamy, easy-drinking. Smooth and simple. Not over drawn. Medium viscosity and smooth medium carbonation. Pretty good burn without kicking the legs out from under you.

Wow. This brew rocks. Very drinkable and fresh;y unique. Not a hop or sugar bomb, at all. Highly recommended. Thanks for the great extra, zhanson88!!!

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3.25/5  rDev -21.7%

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Drake's Hopocalypse from Drake's Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.