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Hopocalypse Black Label - Drake's Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 7.89%
Wants: 62
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Drake's Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  12.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: KevSal on 02-04-2012

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Ratings: 138 | Reviews: 41
Reviews by PaulStoneAnchor:
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4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: After being poured the head lasts for a few minutes before reducing back into the beer. The foam leaves almost no lacing as well. The Black label also has an orangish golden hue to it.

S: Lots of Candied citrus, lychee, apricot, and tangerine

T: Bursting with lots of candied citrus, tangerine, ginger, lychee, and apricot. It also has a little honey in the background as well.

M: Lightly carbonated, but with a rich mouthfeel.

O: This beer is fantastic! So much flavor and aroma, its hard to be that its 12% as well. This drinks like a flavorful sessionable beer. The one thing I really, really, enjoy with this beer is that you get a lot of sweet hoppiness, but it also has a nice malt background as well. For a 12% Triple IPA, this is pretty balanced. This has to be one of my favorite triple IPAs.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Hamburgers
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear dark, dark orange with big two finger fluffy white head. Good lacing. Strong hops aroma with notes of pine, citrus and mango. Complex flavors of citrus fruit and fresh cut grass. Super malty and absolutely packed with hops. Little bit of heat. Big mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Slightly bitter finish. Very well balanced for a monster of a triple IPA. The end is beer alright...

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a clear Solo cup. Drank this right after the regular Hopocalypse. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Slightly less dreary looking than the regular version. Small white head. Decent lacing.

Smell - Bright citrusy orange hops. Not as much grass and pine as the regular one. Sweet smelling, but the hops drown it out nicely.

Taste - The sweetness really overwhelms the hops in the taste, though. Citrus, but dominated by sugar. Still slightly bitter. The malt overshadows all the other flavors.

Mouthfeel - Not as thick as I thought it would be at 12.5%, but overly sweet. Low carbonation. Not that tough to drink, really. Not a lot of booze.

Overall - Good, very hoppy, but too sweet. Somewhere in between this and the regular one is probably a great IPA.

Photo of mc4z
4.37/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle from the brewery. Pours a nice orange that is barely see through. The head dissipates really quickly and there is not a lot of lacing. The smell is sweet and citrusy. The taste is just like the smell with sweet malt and then lots of grapefruit and pineapple. The mouthfeel is thick with lots of hop resin and some booziness. Overall this is one of my favorite triple IPAs, a style I have a love/hate relationship with. Plus, the release party for this beer was a blast - highly recommended.

Photo of nataku00
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a tulip at the release. Beer poured a dark clear orange with some thin white soapy head leaving some light lacing and a bit of alcohol legs. Many tiny bubbles floating slowly up throughout the beer.

Nose was nice, but a little muted for such a big beer. Tropical fruit hops, mango, pineapple, papaya, peach, some sweet orange peel along with some lighter floral aromas. Good amount of caramel malt on the nose as well. Just not as pungent as I thought it would be.

The tropical fruit are a bit stronger on the tongue, plenty of mango pineapple and peach, sweet orange flavors before the bitterness comes through with some citrus peel and floral hops. Nice caramel malt sweetness to complement the hop bittering. Finish is medium, with light tropical and citrus bitterness lingering lightly. Very juicy flavors.

Medium body and with a decent soft carbonation that really lightens it up. Surprisingly drinkable for such a high abv imperial IPA, smooth flavors with most of the alcohol hidden. Still would have liked the aroma to be a little stronger but otherwise an excellent beer.

Photo of largadeer
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber purchased at Drake's.

Clear pale orange appearance, fairly effervescent though it doesn't pour with a large head. Doesn't look terribly heavy for a 12.5% beast.

The aroma is pretty intoxicating, definitely alcoholic but in no way harsh or sharp. This is one instance where an IPA smells better from the bottle than the keg. It was slightly muted on tap, but the bottle has a huge nose. Peach, pineapple, grapefruit and guava backed by a lightly sugary malt backbone. It's impressive how rounded this smells for such a massive beer.

If the nose was good, the taste is even better. It's like fruit purée, with big pineapple and peach flavors up front, backed by lighter notes of papaya and mango. Moderately sweet and impressively light-bodied for its size, it's hard to believe that this is 12.5%. The finish exhibits a light resiny bitterness that's met by lingering notes of tropical fruit and alcohol.

When I think of DIPA this strong, I think sweet, heavy, borderline barleywine beers with substantial caramel malt backbones. That isn't the case here; it comes from the Younger school of deceptively drinkable and light-bodied yet massively alcoholic IPAs. While it isn't bone-dry, it isn't all that sweet either. Compared to, say, Hopslam, this is lighter in body, less sweet, but more aromatic and even a bit more drinkable. Pretty impressive stuff; Drake's has been killing it lately and this beer is no exception to that trend.

Photo of afrokaze
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really hope this becomes a yearly release along with Aroma Coma because this is my second and last bottle.

Pours a gold/light amber with a finger of tight head and oily lacing that disappears fairly quick.

Smell is cutting citrus - lemon oil, lime juice, grapefruit - that makes your mouth water before you drink it. A good amount of alcohol in the nose mixes with some herbal and piney hops with a bit of honey.

Hot damn, this is amazing. Tons of citric acid bitterness from lemon and grapefruit juice, balanced out by apricot and marmalade sweetness. The hops build up with every sip and mire complexities come into play, evidence of the huge hop schedule. Malt is hardly there other than a bit of sugars and the finish is unique, almost like a really sharp aged cheddar or hard cheese with some earthy and herbal qualities. Alcohol is definitely there but appropriate for the huge bitterness that linger long after the last drink.

Has great body, with a bit of creaminess that reminds me of English malts. Reminds me of the unfiltered Hopocalypse I had on a tour, substantial but not too sticky or heavy. The warming effect of the high ABV is actually well integrated and keeps it from being too overwhelming.

I'd have to say hat this is the best triple IPA I've had thus far; it pushes the hops to absurd levels in terms of flavor profiles and IBUs, and I hope this goes into yearly release because it's like liquid hop crack.

Photo of BeerZombies1
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hopocalypse Black Label
Drakes brewing
Triple IPA
12.5% ABV
100 IBU

APPEARANCE: Poured a dark over ripe nectarine color, subtle but bright light honey colored variations throughout. Big fluffy loosely bubbled 2 finger head that dissipated slowly leaving a nice spotted lacing on the glass. Really enjoy the color of this beer!

AROMA: Smells like I'm cutting fresh fruit for a tropical salad. Mango, papaya and pineapple. Lemon zest and a nice malty sweetness. Very I pressed with the nose on this considering it's a more then a few months old. Juicy and wet aroma not much of a hop present. Possibly slight pine resin but that also could because I know what drinking and what I should be looking for.

TASTE: Wow! This tastes amazing. Like a party in my mouth and tropical fruit was invited. So much mango, nectarine candied pineapple but not overwhelming at all. Nice squeeze of fresh lemon comes in and I'm actually picking up some nice muted hops that work really well. I am getting some honey sweet malty goodness coming through I'm assuming more now then would be if fresh. Slight bitterness on the end that really pulls the flavor profile together.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium plus body and a lazy low carbonation that just kinda pops and tingles slightly. Light oil slickness with a great bitter warm finish from the high ABV.

OVERALL: I was very impressed with this triple for such a high ABV it was very drinkable for me. I enjoyed every last drop! Would love to have had this fresh to compare. It did drink a bit more like a barley wine almost like an aged hopslam. I would for sure search this out either fresh or with age on it any day!

RATING: 4.8/5 Zombie Heads!

Photo of rlee1390
4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear orange, two finger head with little carbonation. Tad bit of lacing is left.

S-Strong malt character, some citrus hops as well. Very sweet smelling.

T-Strong hop presence, but the balance isn't there. Nice bitterness in the finish. The hop flavors and malt are all over the place. Still flavorful.

M-Medium bodied, lots of hop resins, nice carbonation.

O-The best triple IPA I've had, but like the others the balance isn't there.

Photo of ShanePB
3.38/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle I received after winning KevSal's LIF. Poured into a tulip glass. Instructed to consume immediately so I did.

A: Fairly clear dark orange/copper body with a little bit of chill haze initially. Rocky, fluffy white head with great retention and huge sticky lacing. No complaints about the appearance here.

S: Sugar-coated candy orange slices, citrus fruits - pineapple and some peach. Very sweet smelling overall with plenty of bitter hop notes (floral and citrusy) especially considering this is over 100 theoretical IBUs.

T: Big sweet caramel malt up front, followed by the bitter hops coming in next. Citrus fruits again - pineapple, mango and peach are mid-palate. This seems to be much too sweet though it does have a nice hoppy balance. Alcohol has a detectable warming in the chest after swallow.

M: Well carbonated, bubbly and sticky in the finish. Nice mouth feel overall if it weren't for the heat in the chest.

This was good but honestly I think it would benefit from a lower ABV. It's a monster of a beer and not something I could drink regularly. Personally I thought it was too sweet which completely threw off the balance of the beer. With a lower ABV those residual sugars would be more controllable and I could see this being a superb beer. Thanks again Kevin for the opportunity to try this one!

Photo of KevSal
4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the bottle release. This is their beefed up Hopocalypse, a triple ipa.

10 oz pour into drakes snifter, second pour out of a fresh keg

a- nice orange hue with a two inch head. Looks thick in the glass, like syrup, it's deceiving. I really like the way this one looks

s- good hop nose upfront with some nice malty sweetness after. Not the hop attack I was hoping for, and somewhat muted than the banquet I was hopin for. Still this one smells good. Lots of citrus and juicy fruit.

t- here's where it really pulls its weight! This guy tasty great! Nice hops upfront and in the after taste, nice maltiness throughout. Not as malty as I was expecting, less than denogenizer actually. Very good balance between hops and malt. No alch whatsoever, pretty outstanding

m-nice thick body that coats the tongue, I'm lovin it. I might need another.

o- nice execution on a triple ipa, it's got fantastic balance (for my taste buds). Does not do the name justice however if your looking to blow up with hops but this guys got great balance. Can't wait to see how it taste out of the bottle. Btw 2 bottle limit at the brewery (brewery only) right now, if your around it's definitely worth it.

Honestly it takes a lot of balls to release a triple ipa the same weekend as younger, and I have to say its pretty darn delicious. I rarely order the same thing twice let alone 3! Drakes has come quite a long way since i first tried them, and this one really shows what they're made of. Maybe next year along with younger days we'll see drakes black label days. (hopefully not so I'll still be able to enjoy this guy in peace next year lol.)

Bottle: opened one tonight unintentionally, the cap broke one me, so crap I guess I have to drink it lol. Split with the gf's dad. Fruity aroma filled the room with this one. Taste followed suit. Delicious. My gf's dad is a big bmc drinker (actually hates the hops) when we polished this one off he asked me "got anymore of that juicy big one?"

Photo of natemort13
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the DIPA white label two days ago, let's see how this one stacks up.

Bubbly thin head that recedes quickly into a single ring around the glass with flecks of head in the middle. That even disappears after a few more minutes. Very slick on the glass. Beer pours a deeply red amber with highlights of orange.

Citrus explodes all over the nose. I get lots of mango and pineapple with a hint of pine to back it up and then caramel malt behind that. Some orange. Very smooth on the nose...I recall the white label being a bit abrasive. Sweet citrus with almost no tartness. As it warms I get several hits of some serious booziness.

Taste is surprisingly sweet at first. The malt and sugar really comes out. Super dank hops show up on the mid palate. There's a stinging booziness to it. The finish is lingering hop bitterness and alcohol burn on top of the sweet malt backbone. The sugary sweetness kinda overwhelms the finish, not in a good way.

Mouthfeel is very syrupy. Hardly any carbonation. I prefer some pop from the carbonation in my big ipas, and this I find lacking.

Overall this is a very ambitious and impressive triple ipa. I'm finding it tough to score because it's so all over this place. Marking it down for the syrupy mouthfeel and sugary taste. Overall tho, an ipa with very dank characteristics that is very enjoyable. Glad I could get my paws on it.

Photo of MCain04
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from a trade with WestCoastBrew2, thanks bro, hope you liked the Hopslam. This is 4 or 5 weeks fresh, 22 oz bottle poured into a Half Acre snifter.

A: A clear amber/orange body with a 1.5 finger off-white head with great retention and lacing.

S: Tropical fruits, strong mango and pineapple presence, citrus and orange, a little pine notes can be picked out as well. Smeet malts are also apparent.

T: Follows the nose quite well. Tasty tropical hops make this a very fruity beer. Not as syrupy as I expected. A lot of heat though throughout. Definitely warming on a cold day. Moderate bitterness. The aftertaste of hop resin and alcohol makes it hard to drink this quickly, although that's not necessarily a bad thing.

M: Full bodied. Sticky. Carbonation is spot on.

O: A beast of a beer. The TIPA style is hard to tackle, balancing a huge malt backbone with hops and hiding a huge ABV isn't easy. This is probably one of the better, if not best, attempts at the style. Definitely not a beer I'd have more than one of in a sitting. I haven't had the pleasure of Pliny the Younger, so a comparison would be interesting. Worth seeking out!

Photo of jlindros
4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to HaveUSeenMyCellar for this one. Shared with rudzud.

Big creamy fluffy bubbly 1 finger head fades pretty slowly tons of soapy lacing, pretty hazy nectarine orange color beer, one of the best 12.5% abv IPA appearances I've ever seen.

Nose is much lighter than I expected, light tangerine and orange zest citrus, bit of fluffy malt and balance, light candied orange, some pine, booze is hidden well.

Taste sweet candy to start, candied orange peel, lots of syrupy malts, sweet candy malts, reddish toffee like, syrupy, light tinny malt, grainy and light biscuit cereal like. Hops are quite bitter... very bitter but balanced, citrus, candied orange peel, light pine and resin, not much else. Booze is hidden very well, just a touch of warming booze. Finish is sweet and sticky, candied orange peel, pine lingering, hint of booze, little stone fruit hop flavor too. Long lingering syrupy liquid hop extract kinda thing.

Mouth is fuller bod, creamy carb, little warming booze.

Overall ok, but not as awesome as I expected. I think I actually liked the green label better.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another beer courtesy of Beerdy.
Served in a nonic pint.

So I found the DIPA to be way too boozy... This one is much better!

Very big pine resin bitterness on the finish-- hugely bitter and dry. Some toasted bready malt up front with giant piney hops and a touch of floral ones.

The beer looks very nice; clear, bright, golden body with a 2 finger white head. respectable retention and awesome rings of lacing.

As it warms, I get more than a touch of alcohol warmth, but it is better than the one I had last night.... Pretty warming sensation throughout my throat after each sip-- like aquavit.

Overall-- not bad... No where near the benchmark of the style, but certainly not unpleasant.

Photo of SoCalStout
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally had this on draft back in 2009, but didn't know the brewery at the time now I'm having this out of a bottle poured into my tulip.

Appearance: Pours a darker golden color with a red hue. Very nice sized fluffy head that eventually fades and leaves sticky thick lacing on the glass.

Smell: Floral hop aromas that leave grapefruit and piney resinous notes behind on the nose. There is some other fruits maybe tropical.

Taste: Citrus, piney herbal hop flavors folleed by a strong malt backbone. Alcohol sweetness coats your mouth, but it's never overwhelming, and very well balanced. Finishes slightly bitter with hints of sweetness and slight hop flavors remaining.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation that sits perfectly in the mouth. Very nice Imperial IPA that hides the alcohol well due to the balance.

Overall: Very nice well balanced Triple IPA that originally wowed me when I was first getting into IPA's, but now i feel that the beer does not live up to the name. Overall very nice and would definitely have again.

Photo of Dodgerrigo77
4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hop Bomb!!! On tap at release 1/31/15, its a yearly thang.
Looks a lil dark for my taste but the hop resin is visible thru plastic cup and has a nice thick 1inch head!
Smells really great orange/tropical some pinecreepibg out but I think its just a pleasant overload to my senses:)
Really big taste, this isn't smooth & trying to hide alc/flavor, if you dont like big Dank in your face try somethi else!
Nice to drink, could probably slam 2pints if I wasnt driving.
Great job by Drakes, I always look forward to their Big IPA's, this really is Big!

Photo of DefenCorps
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ah, my first hoppy Drake's beer in what? 2 years? I hear they've hugely improved. Thank you, Chris!

Pouring a clear burnished copper with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this is a gorgeous DIPA. The nose is a pretty riotous explosion of hops. Fresh and snappy, there's dense layers of pine, grapefruit and plenty of tropical fruit. There's mango, guava juice, candied orange, overripe papayas, and behind it all, some alcohol. Juicy and fruity. Through it all, the 12.5% ABV _is_ well hidden. The malt character is a blend of caramel and a slight bready note (from the Vienna).

The palate opens rather bruisingly bitter, almost unexpectedly so, with aggressive pine, candied oranges, mango, honeydew melon and peach. Grapefruit pith is the most aggressive component here. Incredibly resiny, this has the oily consistency of pine sap, coating every inch of my palate in a way I haven't experienced before. Through it all, the mid-palate carries all the malt flavor, with a blend of caramel and Marris Otter malt flavor. The MO , in particular, adds a smoothness and fullness to the body without an increased sweetness in a very nice way. Oily and resiny on the finish, syrupy even, on the finish with an excellent blend of hop flavor and bitterness, the bitterness and fruity notes cling on to your palate with the intensity of climbers and their icepicks. I will say the carbonation is a little higher than I'd like, but I can't dock too many points simply because (IMO) this is a game changer for oily DIPAs. As for the alcohol, it is remarkably well hidden, even on the palate, despite the mild burn.

As this beer warms up, it tastes increasingly sweet. It's tragic, because this beer is rather fragile, and even in the best of conditions (sub freezing temps during transit cross country), the intensity appears to have fallen off, if release-day reviews of lighter bodies are to be believed (and I do). Scoring the overall impression of this beer is tough, because it does get fatiguing, but at the same time, it's unique. The high enough ABV ensures that your palate and your sobriety give out at about the same time, making this truly dangerous. Plus, this is the kind of beer that really needs to be brewed a keg at a time, not bottled and emptied in a day or two. Quite simply, a feat of brewing, and so hysterically over the top, the only beer I can honestly compare it to is White Knuckle circa 2008.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with TheFugitive. 22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours very hazy deep orange amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention; that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge pineapple, tangerine, grapefruit, mango, orange peel, lemon zest, floral, pine, caramel, honey, grass, and floral earthiness; with some light booze. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of tropical/citrus hop notes with a good malt balance; and big strength. Taste of big tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, floral, pine, caramel, honey, grass, and floral earthiness. Good amount of earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, floral, pine, caramel, honey, grass, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hop flavors; with a moderate malt balance that doesn’t overpower the hops; and minimal cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a slick, sticky, and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent big Imperial IPA. All around great balance and complexity of tropical/citrus hops with good malt balance; and quite smooth to sip on. A bit boozy, but not bad. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of scottfrie
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:
22of bottle purchased from the release yesterday. Poured into tulip.

A: Pours burnt amber with a dense but not as large as expected light tan head that faded into a greasy film. Not much lace. Disappointing head.
S: Extremely dank and resinous smelling with notes of weed, cat box, peach, pineapple, and orange sherbet.
T: Ultra greasy and hoppy. Crushingly hoppy and sweet with tropical fruit nectars hop resin and oil, citrus juice, pineapple, and dank weed, lemon pith, yard trimmings, boozy finish, creamy orange aftertaste.
M: Crushingly bitter and strong, a sipper of a beer, hop oil is tingly and combines with the booze to make a thick and greasy mouthfeel and heavy body.
O: Heavy, greasy, oily, boozy, hop onslaught. Bitter as hell with a tingly hop oil mouth. Like sucking on a bouquet of hops. Very unbalanced and rough around the edges. Younger is so much more refined. This is a brutal onslaught but I couldn’t drink it all day every day like some other dipas.

Photo of harrymel
3.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 31JAN13

Golden with a solid quilt of fine creamy foam. Smells like pineapples, mangos, some weed, some pine and more juicy pineapples; hints of honey in the malt. Flavor is a bit boozy, sweet, some bitterness, some of the bitterness is spicy and there is a certain tangerine character here also. Alcohol remains a little too much for my liking. Medium bodied with moderate carb and a semi dry finish. Nice beer.

Photo of Sideswipe
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Huge thanks to Arbitrator for this unexpected treat!

The beer pours a deep coppery, orange color with four fingers of thick foam atop it. The head recedes slowly leaving sticky lacing and a thick coaster. The nose is loaded with citrus and floral hop aromas. Taste follows suit with big citrus flavors up front. Juicy orange, mango and passion fruit flavors give way to a wave of piney bitterness mid-palate. The malt lends sweet, bready characteristics on the back end. The finish is sweet, and bitter with just a hint of alcohol. The beer is full bodied, thick and viscous, with a low level of carbonation which imparts a creamy quality. This is a finely crafted brew from Drakes. Extremely tasty and drinkable. The 12.5% ABV is well masked by the mélange of hoppy, sweet flavors that make this a pleasure to drink. Drakes is fast becoming one of my favorite breweries

Photo of HopHead84
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2/10/2012

Bottle from largadeer, thanks! Snifter.

A: Pellucid orange with a substantial white sea foam head. Pretty good retention. It's lighter in color than I expected.

S: The aroma is deeply resinous and dank with herbal and floral notes. Citrus is vibrant, redolent of apricot, grapefruit, orange, and peach. Topical notes are present but faint. I detect a little honeydew melon. Malt is evident, imparting a little sugary bread and caramel.

T: Lower moderate sweetness with notes of caramel and bread. Grapefruit blends with orange, tangerine, and resinous pine. Tropical notes are restrained. Bitterness is at an upper moderate level but it's not harsh or astringent. There's a little sugary sweetness in the bitter citrus laden finish. Alcohol is surprisingly well hidden.

M: Upper side of medium body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is a little heavy, but that's not unexpected.

Overall: A beast of a beer but it hides the alcohol very well. Damn good. I can't think of another IPA of this size that I've enjoyed this much. It has a decent malt presence but it's really just a platform for the bright and expressive hops. Another hoppy winner from Drake's.

Photo of macrosmatic
4.01/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to eyebereej for hooking me up with this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy deep gold with a huge white head. Good visible carbonation.

S: The nose is similar to regular (White Label?) Hopocalypse (Pine, tropical fruit, mango, citrus) but more caramel malts, and the apricot and mango hops seem more prominent.

T: Follows the nose. Almost a sticky candied bready fruit aspect, but is quite boozy. The sweet malts come to the forefront more than expected. Booze and bitter hops on the hang.

M: Chewy, thick body, and the alcohol heat is obvious. Reasonable amount of carbonation.

O: Well, it's a huge, hoppy and malty "Triple" IPA. Not one I'd be likely to have a whole bomber by myself, but it's good - don't get me wrong. I would prefer the standard Hopocalypse to this one - just less boozy, and it lets the hops shine through better.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle pour at the pre-FWIBF bottle share held at the Adelaide Inn in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet citrus zest and brown sugar flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with really nice citrus forward hop characteristics all around.

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Hopocalypse Black Label from Drake's Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.