Hopocalypse Black Label - Drake's Brewing Co.
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4.75/5 rDev +10.5%
Hopocalypse Black Label
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!
06-28-2014 21:46:07 | More by BeerZombies1
4.68/5 rDev +8.8%
On tap at Drake's barrel house - 10 oz. pour into Drake's tulip.
wow - I've been excited about trying this beer - really excited. here we go...
A: Pours a lighter amber with golden hues... half finger of head from the tap pour that fades into a nice ring around the glass... great lacing - sticky, thick, viscous lines spider-webbed all over the glass after a few swirls.
S: Hops! indeed. grapefruit rind, some light tropical fruit, piney resinous notes... not quite as intense as I expected - but really nice. Also picking up some doughy sweetness that tips the hand on the high ABV.
T: Wow - I am VERY impressed at the balance of this beer. Citrusy, slightly herbal hop flavors right alongside the strong malt backbone of this brew are both present from the get-go, and continue on. Spicy, doughy alcohol sweetness as it coats your mouth... but it's neither overwhelming, nor is the sweetness cloying - and I am still getting the hop character coming through... wow. Finishes slightly bitter with hints of sweetness and slight hop flavors remaining.
MF: Full, as one would expect for this weight... but not syrupy or overwhelming. Really liked the finish - some drying bitterness, but also a bit of sweetness to offset. again - balance.
O: What can I say - I loved this beer. Surpassed my expectations - and they were actually quite high. The balance and perseverance of the hop flavors throughout were impressive in the face of such an extreme ABV. Really loved the way the spicy sweet malt added flavor and complexity without overwhelming. They seem to be out of bombers... time to break out the growler and head back to the barrel house to enjoy this while it lasts.
02-10-2012 18:51:46 | More by bbHOP
4.65/5 rDev +8.1%
A - Pours a clear rich golden-orange color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some thick lacing on the sides of the glass.
S - Aroma is full of citrus and pine hops with grapefruit and orange and sweet caramel and biscuit malts with just a touch of alcohol.
T - Starts off with a big citrus and pine hop flavor with lots of grapefruit and bitterness with some sweet caramel malt in the background. Through the middle, more pine and grassy hops flavors come through with some more bitterness and some biscuit malt. The finish is a mix of sweet malts with some residual sugar sweetness, citrus hops, and just a touch of booze coming though.
M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, bitter, and warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. Really nice Triple IPA. The hops are really strong and have a great complex flavor, but the body and malt of the beer keep up nicely.
02-28-2012 07:19:33 | More by ngeunit1
4.65/5 rDev +8.1%
I could have sworn I had reviewed this before since I have consumed a few in my past...guess not. Had it on tap but this review is from the bottle. Picked up yesterday 2/1/14 from the brewery release.
Pours a nice clear orangy/amber colored ale with a off-white foamy head that dissolves a little quickly but leaves a ring to keep me company. Maybe a touch of lacing....but not much.
The aroma was hitting me first with big blasts of pineapple. Huge. Reminds me of those small dole pineapple juice cans I used to drink. That slowly fades and then the citrus and pine notes are brought forth. Oranges and grapefruit offer sweet whiffs. The 12.5% booze is apparent in the background but very subtle. Just enough whiffs of malt to let me know it's not all hops. Outstanding.
The taste is almost tangerine/pineapple/and any citrus fruit rind tasting. Just big gulps of fruit blasts with a touch of tartness and a finish of bitterness and light heat. Excellent. These guys did a great job of placing 100+ IBUs in this and really keeping it relatively smooth. Almost no booze presence on the sips....but it definitely creeps up quickly, but not enough to keep me from finishing the bomber. There is just enough malt to keep it nicely balanced. It works.
Overall this was worth the 3 hour wait for only a two bottle allotment. Some say the green label is better...and so be it. I prefer this gem and though I only see it once a year and for a few hours, it is a reward worth seeking out and repeating. I had it on tap yesterday and I must say, for once, the bottle version bested the draft. Go figure.
02-02-2014 23:24:09 | More by kaseydad
4.6/5 rDev +7%
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.
02-05-2012 08:04:49 | More by largadeer
4.6/5 rDev +7%
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?"
02-04-2012 19:25:30 | More by KevSal
4.55/5 rDev +5.8%
Hopocalypse is probably my favorite triple IPA because of how drinkable it is.
Deep amber, great to look at - make you thirsty looking at it
Could have better nose but it's not outwardly friendly. Still smells fresh, hoppy as is
Black label wins in taste. Great balance for a triple at 12%. For me, a triple should be shooting for this balance rather than palette destruction
Wins in mouthfeel as well. That malt sticks with you in the right way and that intricate balance with the IBUs is just heavenly.
This is an outstanding beer and you should try it while it's available.
02-03-2014 05:31:48 | More by JackTse
Hopocalypse Black Label from Drake's Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.