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Drake's Hopocalypse - Drake's Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

475 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 475
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%


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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 475 | Reviews: 146 | Show All Ratings:
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jeffjeff1

California

4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 21:16:29 | More by jeffjeff1
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daveytheformer

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 20:58:57 | More by daveytheformer
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Ynot2

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 03:09:30 | More by Ynot2
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Lunch

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 01:00:40 | More by Lunch
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 07:28:14 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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DovaliHops

California

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 06:24:04 | More by DovaliHops
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dwilson01

California

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 04:10:28 | More by dwilson01
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Mora2000

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 04:44:18 | More by Mora2000
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nuggetsofnectar

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautufil deep amber hue with a tall 1" off white cap..leaving nice lacing behind

Aroma: Stellar...potent citrus feel, grapefruit, oranges, pineapple with a grassy notion

Taste: Super hoppy but well balance in the malt backround..if I could describe one major taste contributor; orange rinds!!!!..earthy bitter grapefruit with honeysuckle in the back...

Mouthfee: very smooth and .maybe a tad more malt but otherwise I could almost session with this

Overall: worth the purchase..lovely

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 23:21:16 | More by nuggetsofnectar
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nataku00

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bomber poured into a tulip glass. Dark orange and clear beer with half a finger of loose off white head. Head dissipates quickly to the surface, leaving some small bubbles on the collar and very light lacing. Some lazy carbonation slowly rising up from the bottom of the glass.

Definitely a bit of rye on the nose, spicy and bready, light citrus hops, and some earthy bitterness in there as well.

Pretty good rye IPA. Good balance of bitter hops, orange and grapefruit citrus, light resiny pine, and earthy grassy hops as it warms up, with the spicy rye and bready malt. Not much lingering bitterness on the tongue, finishing remarkably clean for a fairly big beer.

Light to medium body with some mild carbonation that's enough to help keep the tongue fresh from the bitter hops. As you drink more of the beer, there is a bit of earthy hops and rye lingering in the back of the throat only. Nice citrusy hoppy rye DIPA from a local brewer.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 21:27:12 | More by nataku00
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dubinsky

California

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle poured into a goose island stemed glass.

A - Pours a dark mostly clear amber color with a one finger off white head. The head sticks around for a really long time. Wonderful head retention and eventually great lacing.

S - Wonderful aromas of pine and citrus and rye. I'm smelling some faint pineapple and mango as well. Some hints of malt sweetness present. The smell is very pleasing a d welcoming. Definitely a strong point in this beers profile.

T - Oh my, this is one hoppy beer. They're not kidding with the 100 ibu claim. It's wonderfully bitter up front with a very strong malty backbone. Slightly sweet finish, but the aftertaste and the lingering effect on my tongue is all bitter hops. Definitely what I love and come to expect from a West Coast DIPA.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation. the 9.3 abv isn't hidden that well and neither is the 100+ IBU's. It's bitter, strong and very pleasing in my mouth.

O - I really enjoyed this offering from Drakes. I'm lucky that they are a local brewery and are making high quality beers. But they have to to compete with the other local breweries.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 02:27:09 | More by dubinsky
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PeprSprYoFace

California

3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Kinda thick looking when poured. No head after a few min. Little bit of lacing.

Aroma is kinda malty with some nice citrus hops. Kinda apricot.

Taste is ok. Not as malty as expected. Kinda sweet. Feels like it's missing something in the hop flavor dept. It's ok though.

Mouthfeel is a little thicker than I like but not the worst for sure.

Overall an OK IPA. A little better than average but not by much.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 07:12:57 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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100floods

California

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a pale amber with a thick two finger white head. It's paler than I'd imagine a DIPA would be, even at 9.3%. Smells of fresh pine with a nice malt back, which doesn't seem to overpower. Nice, big hop flavor, but not a hop attack. Notes of pine and some peppery/earthy hops in the second half. I'm guessing it's from the rye malt. The texture kind of comes off a little spiky. Definitely not as smooth as expected, but i'm not tripping over the feel. this is definitely something different. A hop bomb in its own right. I prefer something like this over their Denogginzer only because it's something different.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 04:54:35 | More by 100floods
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rpstevens

New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good Drake's IPA courtesy of ipa247. Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium goblet (these glasses are awesome). The beer pours a glowing amber/orange. There is a thin white head that quickly fades to a tight ring, leaving oily resinous lacing.

The smell is a blast of citra, just juicy oily oranges with a background of grapefruit, tangerines and lemon zest. Beyond the initial citrus blast there is some sticky pine and the slightest hint of candied sugar sweetness way down low.

The taste is a bit sweeter than the smell. The citrus still dominates, but there is more of a sweet nectarine and sugared pink grapefruit characteristic that leads to an alcohol sweetness as well as some sugary candy notes. The finish is all bitter resinous pine and orange rinds, very nice.

The beer is well carbonated and has a nice medium body. The 9.3% abv is well incorporated into the flavors. The finish is nice and dry, inviting further drinking. This is a very drinkable DIPA. Not the best one I have ever had, but quite enjoyable. I wish there were more beers like this on shelves in New England all the time.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 23:19:16 | More by rpstevens
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azdback

Arizona

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Stone Imperial glass. Cloudy burnt orange. Almost bright white, 2 finger sticky head.

Smells of orange and sweet malts, and that is all.

Hop bitterness but not as citrusy as some others can be. Sweet malt, and a hint of orange peel, but mostly Hop over-the-top.

Great carbonation, but a slightly less than perfect thickness. Big alcohol bite.

To be fair, this is my 6th review of the night. All in all, I am really enjoying this offering from Drakes. Great extra from jodan.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 08:38:32 | More by azdback
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whatthehull

California

3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 02:52:25 | More by whatthehull
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NorCalYeti

California

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

taste- sweet hops, grapefruit, big malty backbone, strong bitter hop component, grainy

color- light amber

clarity- clear

smell- sweet hops jump from the glass, citrus fruit, bubblegum

body- hoppy bite throughout the drink with an astringency at the front of the mouth, medium-weight on the palate, dry oily finish

appearance- finger and a half foamy slightly off-white head, active carbonation in the glass, head disipates pretty quickly after the pour...nice lace retention

overall impression- better than good beer, that's true to the style. aroma is pretty straightforward, sweet...i will say there is no characteristic sulfur smell that sometimes accompanies the higher alcohol doubles. the taste is overwhelmingly bitter but still enjoyable and drinkable. hopheads will seek this out and rejoice i'm sure...this is a strong one that goes straight to the head so beware

notes and comments- american two-row malt and english pale malt are combined with vienna, rye & crystal malts, then balanced with german magnum, simcoe and chinook hops. dry hopped with additional simcoe and chinook

beer spy- monument wines and spirits, concord ca, march 2011, $6.99, 22oz

glassware: pint

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 01:35:26 | More by NorCalYeti
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madvermin

California

3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 14:55:45 | More by madvermin
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AwYeh

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 14:53:58 | More by AwYeh
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MrTopher

California

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22oz bomber into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: is a golden color, this beer is a beauty, has a little more color to it than PtE. The head is present, but dies rather quickly. Leave a decent about of lacing on the glass.

S: There is a blend of pine notes and fruit, the fruit seem to be more pineapple than anything else. There is zero malt smell, what I love in a DIPA.

T: There is that classic hop burn at first, but then there is a faint amount of sweetness that comes through. This is a bitter one, but in a great way, this doesn't smack you up side the head, it's more graceful. There is pineapple and grapefruit taste to this, with just the smallest amount of pine mixed in. Its all very refreshing, in addition the malt just adds a little bit of sweetness to this making it an easy drink.

M: Carbonation - Check, thickness- medium, filling - quite.

D: This is one of the better DIPAs that I have had. This kills Dennogginizer since this is less of a malt bomb and more of a hop bomb. This truly is an epic beer. And I would enjoy one of these daily for the rest of my days.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2011 22:29:19 | More by MrTopher
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scottfrie

California

4.21/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 23:45:48 | More by scottfrie
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GRG1313

California

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange amber with a short pure white head.

Nose is subtle pineapple and sweet pine.

Mouthfeel is big, full, rich and creamy and with lots of appealing substance. A nice mouthfull of beer.

Flavors are the strength of this one! Huge mouthfilling bitter pine hops that transcends to a big bitter pine/bitter espresso finish. The flavor profile is not quite as "bright" as PtE or Kern River CITRA but this one is definitely in the league of the best of the double IPAs.

This is a big very drinkable hop monster that is very appealing. PtE watch out.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 05:32:14 | More by GRG1313
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colforbin73

California

4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

so... i had a pliny tonight, for the first time in awhile, and now i am keeping the hop train running with this offering from drakes. my 1st impression is of the similarity between this brew and pliny and i would throw Hop Stoopid from Lagunitas into this discussion.

in light of these first impressions, i will review this beer against pliny. Hopocalypse is not quite as dry, the color is lighter and clearer, carbonation is slightly better, (maybe this was a fresher bottle), rich mouthfeel, sightly less grapefruit and a little more pine on the nose, but this is fruitier tasting than pliny.... this is a REALLY GOOD West Coast IPA.

at 9.3ABV, this is WAY over the top... they claim 100+ IBUs... (but i think ibu's should work more like a richter scale, the "IBU" system is out-dated.) if you like this sort of Hop Character beer and bitterness, this is NOT a bitter bomb. it is what it says it is -- a super hoppy, high abv, bitter DOUBLE IPA.

and you have to give DRAKES many props for being honest and revealing some of the recipe secrets on the label. RR is extremely reticent in this regard. DRAKES USES: a mix of American and English 2-Row Malt, in addition, they add Vienna, Rye and Crystal for moutfeel and color, then add German Magnum, Citra and Chinook hops, and THEN dry-hop with more of the same PLUS some Columbus.

INFO FOR FREE> i like breweries that tell you what they are up to -- it is like OPEN SOURCE v. SECRET RECIPE. i prefer open source.

::stands and applauds DRAKES BREWERY::

(as an aside -- i love the label! whoever is desinging denogginizer and this brew -- nice job!)

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2011 02:25:39 | More by colforbin73
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SolomonGrundy

California

3.6/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 01:45:12 | More by SolomonGrundy
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HipHop5

California

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heavy pore from bomber.

Incredible 3 finger head that retain very long time.

Some patchy lacing here in there.

Dark coppery and sexy orange red mahogany tones color in a tulip.

Rich resin & pine citrus aromas. occasional hot hint, but nothing that will turn you off. All in contrary, this is a very inviting brew with a heavier malty backbone body that balance quite nicely the heavy 9.3 ABV and 100 IBU's.

A very thin and low carbonation makes it a bit oily on the tongue.

Hops bitterness and more hops flavor up front, lingering in the back after taste . The resin keeps it's promise here. A lighter malt bill and this whole complex structure would fall down pretty quickly. It really make you appreciate the craftsmanship of this TITAN of DIPA.

Drake's brings the big guns here so don't expect anything else than Hop bomb with heavy reload in the tool belt:)

Watch it guys, this is no jokes.

To be drank seriously but also responsibly.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 01:14:25 | More by HipHop5
Drake's Hopocalypse from Drake's Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 475 ratings.