Hopocalypse Black Label - Drake's Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 141
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 3.76%
Wants: 63
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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Drake's Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: KevSal on 02-04-2012

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Photo of ShanePB
3.38/5  rDev -20.7%
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! (1,332 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
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. (696 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.75/5  rDev -12%
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. (783 characters)

Photo of rray
3.82/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good flavor. The balance between the hops and malt is nice but doesn't stand up to the alcohol flavor.
Update: The aroma hops seem to evaporate somewhat fast. When poured from a fresh bottle or keg and enjoyed quickly, I think the hops match the alcohol %. (256 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Frank (lurchingbeast) for hooking me up with a bottle...I was ISO this for quite some time. Poured into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a burnt orange color, light white head, thin collar.

S - Huge tropical sweetness, dank pine, resin, and explosive citrus. It's pretty boozy, but at 12.5%, that's to be expected. There's some caramel malty sweetness in there as well.

T - Huge pine, citrus, tropical notes that all attack the palate with a bitter force. There's some caramel/syrupy malty sweetness in there as well. The booze is there, but not quite as much as I was expecting. Finish is huge bitter hops with some booze mixed in.

M - Medium, good carbonation, oily finish.

O - This is simply a monster IIIPA. I'm glad I was able to split this one several ways, because I doubt I would have lived through an entire bottle by myself. This one is nice in smaller doses, but nothing something I would go crazy to seek out again. Not as good as PtY or Ephraim, IMO. (971 characters)

Photo of tewaris
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber orange colored with good head and retention. Delicious malty aroma with plenty of toffee and baked notes but not much hops in here, odd. Tastes sweet, malty and bitter. Certainly crossing over to the barleywine domain... reminds me of Old Guardian 2010 that I had a couple days ago. Thick and syrupy feel but not meant in a bad way. Not DIPA, IMO, but good.

4, 4, 4, 4, 4 (378 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (907 characters)

Photo of Philousa
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (1,267 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (998 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber in color. Forms a small off-white head that reduces fairly quickly to just a thin ring around the edge. Some minimal lacing. Looks flat after a few minutes, giving the appearance of a glass of whiskey.

S: The aroma is not nearly as strong as I expected it to be, but there are lots of orange, tangerine, and citrus qualities. Sweet malts and some alcoholic heat.

T: Again, lots of orange and orange juice with a strong malty sweetness. Caramel malts and a touch of toast. Strong flavor of juicy, citrusy hops with a good amount of alcoholic heat on the finish.

M: On the lighter side of full bodied with lower carbonation levels, a slight syrupy viscosity, and a moderate bitterness.

D: For such a big beer, it is surprisingly drinkable. Lots (and lots) of citrusy hops, but lots of alcohol as well. A very nice beer and one of the better "triple" IPAs I've come across. (892 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (1,459 characters)

Photo of popery
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours orange-gold. Not really cloudy or hazy, but it does look thick. Smallish off-white head. Medium bubbles. Aroma is quite sweet. Lots of malt in the aroma. Hops are piney with floral and tropical fruit flavors. Some grass and citrus, as well. Nice, rich malt notes. I'm getting pine, lemon, honeysuckle, pineapple and mango from the hops. Taste has lots of malt sweetness and hop flavor. Lasting finish with a mild but firm bitterness. It's a big mouthful of beer. For a 12.5% abv beer, the mouthfeel is really quite good. It's not cloying or sticky. Just a bit thick. The hop flavors coat the mouth. There's some booziness, but it seems to have been cleaned up some from last year. It's not a Younger killer, but it is a very solid strong DIPA. (749 characters)

Photo of GrumpyJunglist
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to MiloHop for this one. Poured from a bomber into a sniffer.

A: a beautiful transparent golden color. Surprisingly not much head from the initial pour, maybe a fingers worth of head but a nice film of head hangs out in the glass.

S: An amazingly sweet hoppy nose. There is definitely some citrus hiding in there.

T: Very interesting, not a real kick in the teeth hoppy. At first it seemed boozy, then the hop slowly but surely creeps in and then it just gets hoppier and hoppier.

M: This is kinda nuts but it was hot, but I guess the 12.5% can do that. Beautiful hoppy after taste.

O: I have not had Pty, so I can't compare the two but it makes me wonder if there is any comparison here. Hopefully I get to try Pye within the next few days. Hope to see another run of Black Label for Drakes soon. (810 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (441 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (1,081 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (643 characters)

Photo of nataku00
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (1,105 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Again, big thanks to JLindros for sharing this bottle.

A - Poured into a palm tulip a glorious slightly hazy orange nectarine hue with a one finger white head that fades to leave a thin blanket and nice lacing.

S - Aromas of balanced sweet malts, pine, and orange peel. No booze, shockingly light..

T - Taste is well, disappointingly non assertive. Sure the sweet sticky malts and bitter hops (orange and pine) are there but everything is super balanced. Expected this to be more "in your face" but alas it was not.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely bitter with a sticky sweetness and syrup . Good lingering bitterness.

O - Overall I was underwhelmed by this beer. Was expecting much more bitter aggressive hops but alas, it did not deliver the goods. (746 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a very nice dark copper color with some slight amber hints. There is a nice 0.5 inch head that forms and there are some nice dense bubbles as well as some chunkier ones in there as well.

Tons of juicy mango and papaya comes up first with some nice citrus background to the aroma. A bit resinous and piney as well. The nose is a bit on the soft side.

The flavor is something else. Starts off with tons of sweet mango and papaya notes. Apricot as well and nice pineapple notes mixed in with some slight orange and grapefruit. Very tropical. This flavor stays through at varying degrees. There is also a very nice citrusy note that balances out the intense tropical notes and makes the brew a bit more drinkable with some nice resinous dank pine on the backend of this. A nice thick oily piney sweet taste at the back end can be perceived with a nice thick bitterness. The mouthfeel is nice and medium with some slight syrupy notes.

Pretty good brew with some nice intense hop notes and very tropical flavors. Interesting flavors. Probably the most mango and papaya flavored IPA I've ever had. The grassy spicy and piney pines also come up nicely. Great effort. (1,215 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. From the release. Thanks to me for generously buying it for myself.

A: Pours a slightly hazy reddish-amber body with orange tint against the light. A vigorous pour yields a pinky finger of off-white head. Nice streaks of lace down the glass.

S: The aroma is billowing and embracing. I found the tap version a little muted, or perhaps that was the result of having it right after the cask Hopocalypse (greatness!). This one captures more delicate fruity aromas, with tropical notes of pineapple, papaya, peach, tangerine. It has a strong caramel presence that lends a candied note to the above fruits.

T: Tropical fruit flavors of pineapple, papaya, and mango are accentuated by an underlying sugar cookie and caramel sweetness. The mid-taste brings out subtler flavors of peach and tangerine; these are hitting all the points on my checklist of enjoyment. I absolutely love tropical citrus flavors in DIPAs. The aforementioned malt flavors dominate the finish, giving it a nearly syrupy, sugary burn that pulls into the aftertaste. A little resin / oiliness emerges after the sugar dissipates.

M: This is where the beer is a bit rough. Its sweetness leaves a residual sugar burn on the back end that mostly covers up the bitterness, though there is some lingering oiliness afterward. The mouthfeel is borderline syrupy, making it a bit tough to drink; it forced sipping. The coverup sugars are a telltale sign of this beer's gravity, but you don't taste much booze.

O: This being released the day after Pliny the Younger, in the same rough area, will raise the inevitable question: how does it compare? Well, it's no Younger. It's much sweeter, with a sugar burn on the back end (which complements the enamel-peeling bitterness quite well). The heaviness makes it less drinkable and forces sipping. It has its strengths, and I'm very glad that this is available locally (assuming they ever make it again), but in a side by side, I'll give the nod to Younger.

Drake's is really knocking them out of the park lately. Good job, guys. (2,071 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to largadeer for sharing this Drake's offering. Served in a tulip.

A - Transparent bronze body. Nice finger-plus of off-white foam, thin cap, and splotchy lacework.

S - Tons of pungent, dank, and catty hops, pine, tangy citrus, lemon and underripe oranges. There's a hefty candied malt backbone to support the higher ABV, but thankfully only a hint of alcohol present.

T - Juicy, with tons of citrus, mild tropical notes, and a surprisingly rich and complex malt backdrop - sugar cookie, caramel, and biscuit. The choice of Maris Otter is quite interesting but is quite successful. Nice moderate bitterness in the finish and well-hidden alcohol.

M - Medium-full body, medium-low carbonation, super dry, resinous and oily, with a hint of alcohol warmth.

D - It's Younger-esque in some ways, but the malt complexity is a nice twist and makes me believe that this might actually develop into an enjoyable hoppy barleywine in the future - this is a definite style-straddler in the mold of Boneyard Notorious Triple IPA. Drake's is really coming on strong with their hoppy offerings. 22oz would be a lot for one person, but it'd be worth the hangover. (1,158 characters)

Photo of afrokaze
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (1,436 characters)

Photo of SoCalStout
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (1,053 characters)

Photo of Sideswipe
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
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 (885 characters)

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Hopocalypse Black Label from Drake's Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.