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Hopocalypse Black Label - Drake's Brewing Co.

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Hopocalypse Black LabelHopocalypse Black Label

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121 Ratings
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.14%
Wants: 53
Gots: 14 | 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:
Beer added by: KevSal on 02-04-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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