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Drake's Hopocalypse - Drake's Brewing Co.

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165 Reviews
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Reviews: 165
Hads: 646
Avg: 4.1
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 114
Gots: 106 | 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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Beer added by: magictrokini on 12-17-2008

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Reviews: 165 | Hads: 646
Photo of PatrickSwayze
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
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

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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 ebin6
2.99/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Clear, with a thick meaty head, this is a picturesque beer. The bitterness wears, however, and dramatically decreases the drinkability. Even taking into account the style, I can't help but think they could have dialed this back a little. What begins as a tasty hop bomb ends as a beer that is a little too harsh despite the (relatively) moderate alcohol content. This is one to share, but man does it look beautiful out of the bottle.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.46/5  rDev -40%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Got this in an outstanding box from Beerdy-- thanks Brosef!
Served in an imperial nonic.

Burnt orange, candied apricot color with a nearly white head of 1.5 fingers. Decent retention. Decent lacing.

Smells pretty boozy...at only 9.25%, it shouldn't be *this* boozy!
Some sweet bready malt with some dry toast malt notes hit first. The hops come in with some citrus notes that get dominated by a combination of booziness and bitterness.
The nose and flavor are both clean and crisp, but the overwhelming boozy heat on the finish is a real deal-breaker for me-- like when a potential girlfriend has more than 2 cats.

The body is medium-light, but well-carbonated.

Overall-- this reminds me of the off-batch of hopslam (the one bottle 01.06.12)-- it is too boozy to be as good as is should be.
I still look forward to trying the black label next!

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brand new at the bottle shop, always good to pick up a new release.

Pours a light amber with gold and orange hints. A huge off white head leaves plenty of nice lacing.

Smell is very tropical, mango, apricot and pineapple. I detect a bready malt undertone, but only by looking for it.

Taste is big bitter hops, pithy with almost no malt presence. Finishes with more pith.

Feel is very smooth, easy gliding and almost light. Hides it's booze well, but, I miss the hops feel.

What a great smelling beer, if only it tasted as big. Feels easy to drink, and I kind of wanted some punch you in the face feel, which I didn't get. I still loved the beer, and will look for a bottle every year.


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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 BucannonXC5
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber (22-oz.) bottle into a pint glass. Color was honey caramel. About a finger of head. Nice white lacing with a few sporadic bubbles. Reminded me of Mars. A lots of beautiful film on the sides.

Sharp, bitter initial smell, giving way to grapefruit citrus hops. Some lemon or tangerine in there, too. This one is going to be hoppy.

Surprisingly the taste was very similar to the nose, but just a tad bit smoother. In fact, a lot smoother. The citrus hops were grapefruit, but not overbearing. You could taste the alcohol, but it didn’t make you shake your head.

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Bitter, but smooth finish.

I wanted to hate this beer, but there was no way. Just smooth and balanced with enough bite that you know you are drinking a DIPA.

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Photo of Sideswipe
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle received in an unsolicited, awesome box full of IPAs from Arbitrator. Thank you!

The beer pours a deep orange/amber color with a finger of white foam atop it. The head recedes leaving a thick ring around the outside of the glass and sticky lacing. The nose is tropical fruity hops, hemp and pine resin. Taste opens with a blast of hoppy bitterness. Orange peel and grapefruit predominate. A pale malt backbone tries to make it's presence known mid palate, but the aggressive hop profile beats it into submission. The finish is piney and semi-dry with a bitter aftertaste which lingers. This is a full bodied brew with a resinous, sticky feel. Medium carbonation lends a somewhat creamy texture. Hopocalypse is another great DIPA from Drake's. It has everything I look for in a hop bomb: a ridiculous amount of hops whose names start wih the letter "C" (and some Magnums for good measure), an unobtrusive malt bill which doesn't detract from the hops, and a nice, piney, bitter aftertaste. Recommended.

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Photo of natemort13
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy murky copper orange. Full, off-white head.

Leafy somewhat dank hops, orange rind. Definitely some peppery spicy hops.

Taste, woof. Huge resiny hops. Lots of pine on the finish, some lingering grapefruit. Big malt backbone that stands up to the hops well. Slight alcohol presence but the the hops overwhelm it before it's really noticeable.

Mouthfeel is very full bodied with some crisp stinging carbonation. Very sticky.

Overall this is a gigantic IPA. Have no idea how the black label is gonna be bigger than this. Hops all over the place, hard to sift through for me, but that's how I like it.

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Photo of Soonami
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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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 ejimhof
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - orange color with a slight head.

Smell - citrus and pine alerting you of the hops to follow.

Taste - smooth and a top of the class IPA.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied not overly bitter.

Overall - this is a top 5 DIPA and thanks to BN for bringing it back to Pittsburgh. More BA's need to have a chance to drink this.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange colour with decent haze, but fairly transparent. Head is off-white, and nice and fluffy with a whipped character to it. Lace looks like eyebrow prints regularly placed around the glass, and it's all very pleasant.

Nose is very hoppy. Very hoppy indeed. Lots of citrus, lemon zest with pineapple and sherbet - plus a healthy malt base that's very nutty in character. Pine nuts and wood - mildly sour, spicy with pepper as well. Really, really pleasant aroma.

Taste is quite IPA-esque (der) and pleasant. Nice and malty upfront, nutty with almons, pecans and caramel. Hops take over midway, nice and bitter with citric notes and nice floral characters as well. Bitterness is resinous but has a very nice floral lift to it to get it out of the dank. Nutty and fruity, citric and floral. It's ideal IPA territory here - balance is pretty much on the money, bitterness high but not overwhelming.

Full, bit of texture, bit of bite. Quite drying but never goes overboard. Just noticeable on every front.

Yeah, great IPA. Oomph - check. Flavour - check. Bitterness - check. Balance - check check.

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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 lacqueredmouse
4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in California, but brought back to Australia to drink with @LaitueGonflable, who I hope appreciates all the great beer I bring back from America for him.

Pours a lovely, and very classic orange-copper colour, with a full and frothy head of off-white that leaves spectacularly anarchic lacing. Oh, it's gorgeous. Looks truly wonderful, just like an IPA should. Retention in the head, wonderful lace, wonderful body, wonderful colour. Clearly, you don't get much better.

Nose is crisp, clear and citric, with very fresh and very classic hoppy aromas. Lovely characters of sharp orange, lemon zest and crushed greenery. It's a very lovely IPA aroma. Not unique, but so on style. You'd be hard pressed to find better.

Taste is also excellent. Genuinely good bitter characters, sharp citric flavours, with a balanced grain character that just lends a little nutty fragrance. Gorgeous. It's such a beautifully balanced and well-made American IPA. Ticks all the boxes.

A lovely brew. It doesn't do anything outside the box, but it absolutely fills the box completely with all the right characters. This is a phenomenally good IPA, and an absolutely stellar example of the style. Almost the pinnacle.

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Photo of jethrodium
2.09/5  rDev -49%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

650 ml bottle. Pours a clear amber with a small white head that leaves close to no lacing. Aroma is pine with some floral and citrus notes. Smells really sweet too. Not very pleasant. The taste is really sweet. Way too sweet with the sugar overpowering everything. Some of the pine comes through as well as the citrus, but an overwhelming sweetness throughout. A decent bitterness on the finish as well as a bit of alcohol heat. Medium body, but really syrupy. Light carbonation. This beer was not enjoyable. I struggled to finish my couple of ounces from the bottle. I'm pretty sure it was not a bad bottle since I've had it on draft before and remember having similar opinions.

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep orange with amber hues in the center, 1/2 finger carbonation, moderate lacing, a bit darker than most double ipas, but a bit cloudier

S: bright aggressive hop profile, cirtusy and bitter to the nose. Not quite overbearing in the juniper/herbal notes.

T: very balances hop profile, not overbearing, not entirely cirtusy either, very light with a quick bitter finish, a profile that transfers from lemon to grassy, without a long standing lingering hop profile.

M: The mouthfeel is exactly where it should be for the style, light finish with a biscuity middle to it that lingers for a bit, doesnt overcoat the mouth so that you welcome the next sip, almost to the point of drinking it too fast. I prefer this to the Denoginnizer Imperial because I feel like I can drink this without so much of a traumatic profile.

D: I dont usually throw this around, but its an incredibly drinkable beer, it feels like a bolder pale ale simply due to its trojan horse character that sends 9% abv and aggressive fast moving hops right into the Troy of your mouth. I am certainly able to drink well beyond the 22oz bottle. It's an even more dangerous candidate given the relatively afforable price. Good luck finding a series of bottles to support that endeavor. I enjoy this beer but in LA its not too simple to find large

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

A tip of the cap goes to Genghis22 for sending this as an extra. This was a terrific box.

A: Pours a semi-hazy orangish amber. Big three fingers of soapy white head that's in no hurry to go anywhere...great retention. Leaves behind a foamy film with lots of bubbles. Not as much lacing as I would expect, but there is some around the glass.

S: Big smell. Shortly after popping the cap, I was greated with a big hop aroma. Once in the glass, it isn't quite as big as I would have thought from the initial impression, but still very good. Citrus and pine are what I notice the most. Grapefruit, orange and peach.

T: Sweet and savory at first. Orange, peach, mango, grapefruit..maybe pineapple? Finishes with an even, pine bitterness and toasted malt...some alcohol present Want to give this a 4.5, but something is holding me back..maybe alcohol finish.

M: Smooth and creamy. A little sticky and dry with just a little alchohol burn.

O: Despite the alcohol being slightly present, this is a pretty drinkable DIPA. It tastes and smells very good and in terms of looks, you can't ask for much more. This is a very good example of the style and I'll talk about Hopocalypse in a good light for sure.

Thanks again James.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.79/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at Monument Wines and Spirits the other day.

Appearance- copper color, decent size head

Smell- citrus and piney hops, very nice, heavenly smell

Taste- citrus and piney hops, delicious, I love it!!!!

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, very refreshing

Drinkability- This was very good. I love it!!! I want more!

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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.


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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 Lunch
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle sent as an extra from a generous West Coast trader, thanks!

Undated bomber poured in a Great Divide snifter. I am always a little leery of hoppy beers without date stamps, but as soon as started to pour this the citrus hop aromas came spewing out like the hormones of an adolescent male during the ever awkward high school sexual education class.

Looks golden apricot in color with a slight haze and sound frothy white head with excellent retention. Smells like a goddamn fresh bundle of hops with citrus notes a plenty. Taste is all hops and I am loving every minute of this. Traditional West Coast DIPA with mango, peach, orange peel, hints of pine and just the faintest hint of caramel malt.

Excellent beer that I throughly enjoyed.

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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 DovaliHops
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost-clear, orangish gold color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is straight pineapple right of the front, then it fades into grapefruit and other citrus flavors with some mellow hop aromas. A bit of pine as well. Taste is very lovely! A nice blend of citrus hops and nice pine flavors. Sweet pineapple and bitter grapefruit mix very well with the bittering hops. Nice bitter, piney finish with a bit of alcohol detection. Mouthfeel is nice and full bodied with a refreshing finish...a little sticky throughout. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is a tasty, very drinkable double IPA.

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