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Hopocalypse Black Label - Drake's Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.14%
Wants: 54
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Drake's Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: KevSal on 02-04-2012)
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Reviews by Philousa:
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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Imbibed on tap at Drake's Barrel House on 2/5/2012.

Pours a metallic gold with great clarity. Very little head around the edge of the glass but doesn't stick or lace. Acidic, citrusy aroma. Very floral, nectary. Robust amber-like body even smells a bit thick. There is no question that this thing has a ton of hops in it and smells great because of it. Taste is acidic off the bad and super bitter. Floral and orange citrus, viscous body, almost caramelish. Very dry finish.

The hops carry their weight, there's no question about it. The malt is where I'm critical. I'm always super picky about the malt and body of a triple/imperial IPA, because it takes a delicate touch to balance these huge beers well without the aid of oak or hard liquor flavors to distract the palate from the malt bill. As a result, I'm usually a bit disappointed by huge IPAs such as this one. This wasn't the case with Drake's Black Label Hopocalypse, though I do think the mouthfeel was too acidic and was flirting with being syrupy. That said, I still couldn't pick up on the super high ABV and it wasn't sweet like some DIPAs. It was a great experience to go to the brewery and try it out with the crowd. I'm looking forward to enjoying the two bottles I was lucky enough to take home.

Philousa, Feb 05, 2012
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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...

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hopocalypse Black Label from Drake's Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.