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Drake's Hopocalypse - Drake's Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

523 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 523
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 93
Gots: 46 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Cresant
3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served this 22 oz. brown bottle in a Sam Adams glass. No date. The body was a dull, deep butterscotch disk color with a barely off white head. The cap was creamy and irregular. Clumpy lace clung in the glass.

The smell was sweet and floral. Bready with candied fruit. Syrupy.

The taste reflected the aroma. Sweet, bready, citrus fruits , apples, and syrup. The hops oils astringency was pretty masked by the opulent, syrupy sweetness. Perhaps this is an older bottle but I was hoping for more hops flavor and less sweetness.

The mouthfeel was full bodied with modest carbonation.

(900th review)

Photo of augustgarage
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Library Alehouse; served in a 5oz taster glass.

ECE/SAE amber with bright amber highlights; lightly cloudy with a lasting finger of creamy ivory foam. Even lacing, light legs.

Delicate orange-heavy aromatics with a soft vanilla note as well.

Pineapple and other faint "tropical" flavors lead into more citrus notes, resolving to a slow-building but long lasting evergreen-suffused bitterness. Clean pale malt adds to the refreshing quality. Medium-dry finish. Hops are well blended here. The supporting flavors don't elevate the overall flavor profile to perfection, but this is still a very good beer.

Medium-bodied, and a touch oily with mild astringency. ABV is fairly well hidden, contributing more flavor than heat.

Well balanced and pretty quaffable for a 100+IBU ale.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of rawfish
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of kawilliams81
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BarrytheBear
2.7/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Want generously provided as an extra by Greg. I've had my eye on this beer for quite awhile. Thank you for the opportunity!

Hazed orange with yellow highlights around the rim. Thin surface coverage with a generous supply of tiny bubbles.

Pineapple cake, drizzled caramel, and a healthy dose of alcohol vapor on the nose.

Big bitterness up front: sharp alcohol bitter and harsh grassiness. Grainy and dirty..a bit brash and unrefined. Pineapple acidity, olive juice, and an unapologetic malt assault.

Mouthfeel is prickly bitter olive juice. Leaves a salty sea water finish.

Overall, I'm not a fan. Slightly reminiscent of Hop Mouth: over carbonated and messy. Happy for the chance, but will not seek this out again. Having never had Drakes, wondering if this sort of profile is typical? A miss for me.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of beagle75
3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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