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Drake's Hopocalypse - Drake's Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

509 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 509
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 91
Gots: 45 | FT: 2
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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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%

22oz bottle into a tall tulip

A: Pours a clear light amber color with two fingers of fluffy white foam.

S: Tropical fruits galore - pineapple, peaches, and oranges. A bit of caramel sweetness mixed with some spicy rye create a malt profile that can support such a large hop profile.

T: Spicy rye is quite dominant in the flavor, surprisingly so. Tropical fruits are still there, but are far in the background with such a large amount of rye. Some citrus comes out in the flavor as well, I'd say even more than the tropical fruits.

M: Medium thickness with medium to high carbonation.

O: The aroma and flavor of this beer are oddly extremely different. I wish the hop aromas would come out more in the flavor.

03-20-2013 01:48:07 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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kawilliams81

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

03-08-2012 03:02:08 | More by kawilliams81
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

02-01-2014 18:35:30 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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PhatAtUT

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

02-18-2014 23:56:08 | More by PhatAtUT
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beagle75

Iowa

3.68/5  rDev -11.3%

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.

02-18-2011 00:37:43 | More by beagle75
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ricecracker420

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

03-24-2014 03:03:43 | More by ricecracker420
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2GOOFY

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-03-2013 02:18:44 | More by 2GOOFY
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DovaliHops

California

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.6%

03-02-2014 05:18:57 | More by GeoffreyM
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funkel81

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

02-27-2014 03:26:51 | More by funkel81
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pkalix

California

3.04/5  rDev -26.7%

nice, dark urine color. very foamy white head.
smell is rather weird. strange. funky, but not in a 'brett' way.... bottled on 2/11, today is 3/1. so, it cant be THAT old.... is this the way it's supposed to smell and taste?
taste is definitely strange. unlike anything I have ever had before. I cannot describe it. I've had pliny the younger, blind pig and knee deep citra already today. this is NOTHING like ANY of those brews. and it's rated at 93?
there is a funky sweetness from malts, very little hop bitterness, but a funky twang that carries through. very light body. this HAS to be a bad batch. sorry about the relatively bad review, but this is a dumper.... and I've had some good brews today!
wait. could it have been from the 'brett-y' crooked stave I just had? did the funky sourness ruin this beer? my review is NOTHING like the previous reviews. what happened?

03-02-2014 02:31:56 | More by pkalix
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mc4z

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

02-02-2014 04:53:19 | More by mc4z
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EyePeeAyBryan

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

02-14-2014 03:42:37 | More by EyePeeAyBryan
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BucannonXC5

California

4.4/5  rDev +6%

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.

02-11-2012 10:10:16 | More by BucannonXC5
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CEDAMA

California

5/5  rDev +20.5%

03-18-2012 04:23:41 | More by CEDAMA
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bigbluebeerguy

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -3.6%

04-11-2014 02:37:50 | More by bigbluebeerguy
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Drucifer

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

04-21-2013 03:33:23 | More by Drucifer
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ralphw56

Nevada

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

02-23-2013 22:14:53 | More by ralphw56
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random846

California

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

02-08-2014 21:09:58 | More by random846
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dwagner003

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

02-23-2014 02:44:54 | More by dwagner003
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.16/5  rDev +0.2%

Consumed 4/18/13

Cheers to magictacosinus for sending a bottle my way

Appearance: Light amber from a distance, copper, orange, and some golden tones around the edges upon further inspection - unexpectedly clear for a hop bomb -nice, off-white head, leaves some streaks of lacing

Smell: Hello, hops - fruity, oily, and resinous - tropical notes (citra is pretty obvious), melons, pineapple, orange, tangerine, and grapefruit - fleshy citrus, with some bitter oils, and some wet pine - some light caramel and pale malts in the background, nice amount of sweetness

Taste: Citrus, with a side of fruit punch - orange and grapefruit flesh, with some bitter, oily rinds - some nice tropical notes, very fruity - some hoppy spiciness, a touch of pepper - some wet pine - caramel and light amber malts, provides a good backbone - very bitter - a bit too sweet overall, with a touch of syrupyness, but not by much

Mouthfeel: On the full side of medium, nice carbonation, oily, sticky, bitter aftertaste

Overall: Superior to Mel Gibson's Hopocalypo

There are some aspects of Hopocalypse that remind me of Denogginizer, except this beer is a lot better. The hop profile is very interesting, with a lot of fruity, juicy, and spicy notes. It's close to abrasive in its bitterness, but it's not. Win.

Edit: While pouring the second half of the bomber into my glass, I re-read the label. This was brewed with rye. That would explain the spiciness. It's brilliantly subtle.

04-19-2013 04:18:17 | More by angrybabboon
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vinny21bal

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

02-25-2014 22:25:15 | More by vinny21bal
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rawfish

California

4.26/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

03-15-2013 03:55:55 | More by rawfish
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.49/5  rDev +8.2%

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!!!

03-05-2014 03:38:12 | More by chugalug06
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avaldivia

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

02-24-2012 23:48:54 | More by avaldivia
Drake's Hopocalypse from Drake's Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 509 ratings.