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Drake's Hopocalypse - Drake's Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

504 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 504
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 91
Gots: 46 | 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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AgentMunky

California

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: A finger of head fades rather quickly. The beer is almost perfectly clear, light copper, light bubbles. It glows.

S: Dank. It smells hugely of hops. Hops, hops, hops. Sweeter malts and THEN MORE HOPS. Strong, powerful, and delicious, but pretty straightforward.

T: It's exactly what it purports to be -- a hopheavy, heavy-handed DIPA. Rich, complex, but thoroughly bitter. The hop varietals mingle incredibly well at "100+ IBU." Consulting the label, German Magnum, Citra, Chinook, and Columbus are used. If you like any or all of those hops, you'll love this beer. If you don't like hops, run away. I think Citra is really key, as the almost tropical citrus shines above the pine resin and plays off the candy-sweet malt base.

M: Thick, heavy, bitter-dry, and lightly carbonated. Very nice.

O: Surprisingly balanced and indubitably excellent. Highly recommended to hopheads and those who like extremes. I will be buying again and looking for more of Drake's beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 06:14:04 | More by AgentMunky
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smartassboiler

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%

03-09-2014 01:28:49 | More by smartassboiler
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Drake's Hopocalypse, 22oz bottle provided by whitefire as an extra. Thank you much, good sir!

Hazy deep burnt orange to amber-colored body with a soapy, firm two-inch head. Left the yeast dregs in the bottle, for the most part. Some lacing left here and there.

Dank, oily hop aroma with some wicked spice notes, and a medley of pineapple and grapefruit esters fuming from below with a nice dose of booze. Pithy, bitter, and a little of that Summit hop signature. I get a hint of lemon-lime, as well.

Nectary and minty hop oils all over the place. Mango and orange coming through, now. Still some yellow citrus in there, too. Uncanny sweet undertone that's all but eroded away by an immense bitterness that never seems to finish. Nice, prickly spice character that almost has a zesty basil herbal quality. Yep. I just isolated that one. Fresh basil, right there, lurking in the background. Very green. The malts are overshadowed here, but that just makes the hops showboat this beer to fame. These are MY kind of hops! Incredible!

Pretty smooth with some good carbonation. Drinks like skim milk. The alcohol is there, but not over-the-top.

I am seriously impressed! This is one of the best DIPAs I have ever had the opportunity to try. An herbal hop masterpiece. Absolutely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 03:00:05 | More by thecheapies
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

03-02-2013 03:35:38 | More by AlexFields
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harrymel

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 29jan13

Golden amber with loose soapy foam and brilliant clarity. Resin, grapefruit, tangerines, pine, grapefruit and some more bitter grapefruit. Tastes malty boozy fruity and. Bitter. Good medium body with moderate Carb and a wet finish
Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 06:45:43 | More by harrymel
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scottfrie

California

4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
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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flexabull

California

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy and bright orange color with a thin off white head.

Aromas are resiny, with some pine, and lots of mixed citrus. Mostly oranges and grapefruit. While this smells good, I was hoping for more, just seems slightly subdued.

Taste packs a punch, but remains nicely balanced. Bitter up front, resiny, with some sharp citrus, nectarines, and bit herbal too. Nice backdrop of caramel sweetness. Finish is warm with more hoppiness and a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full bodied.

Overall a well crafted DIPA. Very well balanced, and dangerously drinkable. Very good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2012 23:05:41 | More by flexabull
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srandycarter

California

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice bright, but not fully clear, copper. Off white head sits pretty on top. Root beer like cling on sides.

S - Lush fat malt and citrus bite. Very orange-y.

T - Sweet malt center is just like candy. Completely surrounded by sharp citrus rind bittering. Heat is noticeable but does not reduce flavor, imho.

M - Solid medium body, good carb and pretty darned good balance.

D - I like it. Palate killer and session killer, but I could see liking this one too much.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 03:39:12 | More by srandycarter
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ngeunit1

California

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange with a half finger of frothy off-white head atop. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind a bit of lace.

S - The aroma is full of pine and tropical fruit hops including some pineapple and grapefruit. There is some caramel sweetness as well with just a touch of floral elements and a bit of alcohol coming through.

T - The beer starts off with a big hit of tropical fruit hops with lots of grapefruit flavor and some strong bitterness. There is just a bit of sweet caramel malt flavor coming through for some balance. Through the middle, more of the grassy and pine flavored hops hit the tongue with even more bitterness with a bit of floral flavor. The finish is a mix of mango, pineapple, sweet caramel, bitterness, and a touch of alcohol.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and very bitter finish that really lingers.

D - Very drinkable. Really big hoppy DIPA. The hop profile is really nice and has a good blend of different hop flavors and the malt is strong enough to keep up well.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 04:43:52 | More by ngeunit1
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

03-13-2013 15:36:49 | More by BMart
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jenray

Texas

4/5  rDev -3.6%

11-23-2011 23:01:31 | More by jenray
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ste5venla

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

08-01-2013 20:29:17 | More by ste5venla
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

04-29-2014 05:31:08 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.6%

03-18-2013 22:44:06 | More by millerbuffoon
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

In a fun box sent over by vissai a while back. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
IBU: 100+
Magnum, Citra and Chinook. Dry hopped with the same plus Columbus.

APPEARANCE: Pours a two finger, thighter looking, fluffy white head with great retention. Lightly hazy gamboge orange with no real carbonation evident. Head fades to a good foam cap and coats the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains and leaves lots of lacing down the sides. Really nice looking.

SMELL: Pale and caramel malts, honeydew melon in there, with lots of citrus notes, grapefruit, lemon and orange peel. Floral notes too, but the citrus definitely leads teh show. Bold and very complex. Enticing.

TASTE: Caramel sweetness up front, but then an apocalypse of hops at the swallow *wink* with citrus, lemon and some nice grapefruit flavors. A big aftertaste of citrus, lemon, orange peel and bitter grapefruit linger nicely, with some floral notes and a nice amount of caramel and honeydew melon sweetness as balance. This is all about the hops though, and the fruity, bitter finish just won't quit. Really enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry. A bitter hop bite lingers and lingers. Fine, but could be a little creamier for the style.

OVERALL: This was excellent. The look, nose and flavor profile were outstanding for sure. A slightly creamier feel would have given the flavor the support it needed for that ever illusive perfect score in the taste compartment, but that is a small and relatively insigificant observation. An outstanding beer and well worth getting your hands on if it's available to you. Thanks again for the trade vissai.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 13:31:17 | More by Jeffo
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seeswo

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

04-03-2012 01:50:20 | More by seeswo
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Smarty_Pints

California

4/5  rDev -3.6%

03-20-2014 00:40:47 | More by Smarty_Pints
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IrishColonial

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

03-14-2013 01:03:33 | More by IrishColonial
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Arbitrator

California

3.08/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Chilled bomber into a glass. Purchased for $7 or so.

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper-amber color with a large off-white head. Retention is excellent, with some good sudsing and a thick collar on the beer.

S: When cold, it has that old towel aroma that reminds me of English hops. It could just be a trick of the pine note, though; as it warms up over the next couple of minutes, that impression fades (though it never vanishes) and it smells vividly like pine needles and grapefruit.

T: Fresh, green, bitter pine needles. This is incredibly resiny, almost to the point of being harsh. It almost has a rye bite to it. Citrus colors the flavor without ever dominating it; I'd liken it to grapefruit rind. This is fairly bitter and dry. I was tempted to suggest "candied grapefruit" for this one, but after having Nyack -- their hoppy barleywine -- the other day, that description is not apt here. This is straight hops with a mild malt presence. It's fairly tasty, just kind of harsh (more on that below).

M: This is bitter and sticky for a West Coast IPA, though it doesn't have quite the same palate-wrecking bitterness that I find in some of our counterparts across the country. It doesn't have a strong alcohol presence, but there is a little nip at the finish that doesn't sit right with me. It's viscous, with carbonation that is best described as "rough." The overall effect is a harsh one.

D: This is rather absurdly priced, to be honest. I think it's a decent DIPA, but it's not so strong that I'm gong to run out and get more, especially if I can upgrade to a Lagunitas six-pack for $2 more one shelf over.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 03:24:58 | More by Arbitrator
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Attractive amber pour, with a light, silky head. Loads of bright citrus in the nose, less prominent malt than I’ve come to expect from Drake’s. Thick, sumptuous mouthfeel with a lingering bitterness on the finish. Peach, orange, and hop oil dominate the taste, with a firm malt foundation bringing things together and giving the beer heft without booziness.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 23:16:53 | More by jbaker67
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Brew33

Ohio

3/5  rDev -27.7%

06-12-2013 23:29:24 | More by Brew33
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 02:02:54 | More by BMMillsy
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy orange, not much carbonation, two finger head

S-Good deal of citrus and grass, some floral notes, tad bit of caramel.

T-Nice balance, Lots of citrus hops. Floral notes as well. Slight grass. With a biting bitterness in the finish.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation, semi-smooth.

O-A solid, balanced easy drinking IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 19:46:49 | More by rlee1390
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Zbeetleman

California

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

07-07-2013 05:53:12 | More by Zbeetleman
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a half finger of frothy off-white head atop. The aroma is full of pine and tropical fruit hops including some pineapple and grapefruit. There is some caramel sweetness as well with just a touch of floral elements and a bit of alcohol coming through. The flavor starts off with a big hit of tropical fruit hops with lots of grapefruit flavor and some strong bitterness. There is just a bit of sweet caramel malt flavor coming through for some balance. Through the middle, more of the grassy and pine flavored hops hit the tongue with even more bitterness with a bit of floral flavor. The finish is a mix of mango, pineapple, sweet caramel, bitterness, and a touch of alcohol. Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation throughout. Feels smooth with a dry and very bitter finish that really lingers. This is a big hoppy DIPA. The hop profile is really nice and has a good blend of different hop flavors and the malt is strong enough to keep up well.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 19:22:09 | More by CuriousMonk
Drake's Hopocalypse from Drake's Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.