Best Coast IPA
Drake's Brewing Co.

Best Coast IPABest Coast IPA
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Drake's Brewing Co.
California, United States
American IPA
Ranked #2,370
Ranked #17,810
3.87 | pDev: 10.08%
Jul 15, 2022
Jun 09, 2003
Very Good
Best Coast IPABest Coast IPA
Notes: Formerly known as Drake's IPA

Drake's flagship beer! A "West Coast" interpretation of an India Pale Ale. Copper-colored from additions of light Crystal malt, and body-building Caramalt, carry the malt weight of this hop bomb. The hoppy aromas of pine and grapefruit are delivered from the abundant Columbus and Cascade hops.

64 IBU
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Reviewed by ivanbrew

5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
From my home town definitely a nice west coast IPA East bays awesome brewery and with some historic events when I home brewed back in the Area does beers definitely taste like a homebrew
Jul 15, 2022
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Reviewed by ShamroX from Utah

3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Seriously nostalgic taste! Reminds me of caramely IPA’s of the early 2000’s. It’s a bit too sweet for current WCIPA’s, but still enjoyable. Probably wouldn’t be a go-to 6 pack for me, but I’ll definitely mix it in every once in a while to remember those amazing days of beer nerddom!!
Jun 05, 2022
Rated: 3.74 by Tiernan from Texas

May 10, 2022
Rated: 4.4 by Beecham from California

Apr 08, 2022
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Reviewed by Millertime2000

2.53/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
This beer finally made me sign up for beer advocate for all the wrong reasons...
What is it with these bottled beers that have this metallic cardboard stomach churning make me pour out the rest of the bottle kind of finish ?
Do all their beers have this problem. That would be a shame. But ... quite likely. Is it the equipment? Cant imagine its a conscious decision.
Blech !!! ...
Go back to the drawing board Drake!
P.S. This would have been the best beer in 2002.
Mar 11, 2022
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed golden amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades rather fast leaving a great sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is strong of a herbal and pine hop smell mixed with a bready malt aroma and a little bit of grapefruit. Some light caramel and yeast are there as well, diving a slightly more dank smell overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a bready malt base mixed with a little bit of caramel sweetness and a whole lot of hop of a herbal and pine nature. As the taste advances the caramel fades, all while some earthy hops and a little bit of a grapefruit hop arrive on the scene. The herbal and pine get slightly stronger and some almost “dirt” like flavors develop as well. Toward the end some light grain comes to the tongue as well, leaving one with a nice, somewhat dank, but very drinkable taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is medium in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average. Overall, the feel is good for the flavors and the abv. making it approachable and easy drinking
Overall – A quite nice and flavorful IPA. One that I will certainly come back to again.
Feb 23, 2022
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Reviewed by ilikebeer03 from Texas

3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pour lightly copper with a lasting off white head. good lacing.
Nose is lightly malty, citrus rind, pine
Taste follows. Pine, pineapple, citrus rind, orange rind supported by a caramel-y malt backbone. Enjoyable West Coast IPA.
clean and crisp. good beer.
Jan 18, 2022
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that quickly settled down, leaving a thin collar and streaks of bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of pine resin hops are present in the nose along with notes of grapefruit and hints of caramel malts.
T: The taste is nearly a mirror image to the smell except that hops also lend a moderate to strong amount of accompanying bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and very crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This West Coast IPA is a nice selection if you are looking for something classic and very bitter.

Serving type: bottle
Dec 28, 2021
Rated: 3.79 by heymikew from California

Nov 27, 2021
Rated: 3.84 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Sep 30, 2021
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Reviewed by vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Best Coast IPA pours a hazyish orangish, bronze color, with a large, long lasting, lacing head. Big earth aroma. Flavor is big earth, some dirt, bitter, bit floral, earthy hop notes. Good body and feel. Overall, very earthy, too earthy, with some big strong flavors.
Sep 25, 2021
Rated: 3.81 by Casey_L from Texas

Aug 02, 2021
Rated: 3.92 by Boone757 from Virginia

Jun 27, 2021
Rated: 3.87 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio

Dec 19, 2020
Rated: 3.64 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Dec 02, 2020
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Reviewed by BB1313 from Ohio

3.32/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Canned on 11/9/20. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours golden with solid clarity; off-white head that fades leaving really nice retention and nice lacing. The aromas have a subtle blend of tropical, citrus and floral. Some crackers and fresh bread. Malts are there. The flavors basically follow the nose. Some grapefruit, lemon and orange coming through. Lots of fresh grass. Hints of pine in the mix. More crackers and bread. Solid bitterness. Malts do their thing. Finishes dry. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's sharp, fluffy, creamy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is an alright IPA. It's honestly nothing too crazy. I definitely appreciate old school, traditional and timeless examples of the style, but this isn't the best one, in my opinion. It's not bad or anything like that, I just don't love it.
Nov 23, 2020
Rated: 3.91 by FrancisM12 from New Jersey

Sep 19, 2020
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Reviewed by Act25 from New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I found this in cans at WFM. Expensive but worth it, and I rate it higher than other BAers. Sir Frances Drake is all over the bay area, and what a wonderful climate to be released from Covid to when this is all over.
A) Pours translucent, not hazed deep copper body with complete lace and ring last.
S) A bit tame will let it warm for next meal. Sweet fresh picked /sliced orange dominates.
T) The orange and grapefruit rise powerfully, pale malts register as as solid English marmalade IPA with that sweetness and jammy feel and flavor. brings it home with bitter, peppery arc.
F) Jammy, bitter, bright, tickley, see-saw. Tongue pleaser, kissy.
O) Up there with greats and deserves to be blind tasted alongside all the best IPAs 7%. Glad I found it at WFM.
May 01, 2020
Rated: 3.92 by IdrinkGas from Pennsylvania

Apr 18, 2020
Rated: 4.27 by Samir72

Jan 25, 2020
Rated: 4 by MonkeyPilates from Minnesota

Jan 02, 2020
Rated: 4 by Dsimenson from California

Oct 11, 2019
Rated: 3 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Oct 09, 2019
Rated: 3.66 by Avitra from Switzerland

Sep 24, 2019
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Reviewed by BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This beer is a classic. It's been around as long as I remember. It's time to get around to reviewing it. Pours golden yellow with a 1 cm head with lacing around the glass. Aromas of citrus and pine. The bitterness is very forward and overpowers the malts. In this case, I like it. As I was hoping the 65 IBU would live up to the bill. There is only a light alcohol burn on the finish. Bitterness lingers. This is a solid West Coast IPA from long before it was trendy.
Jul 10, 2019
Rated: 3.85 by Azpittil57 from Arizona

Jun 02, 2019
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Reviewed by beer_truth from Massachusetts

4.62/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Just a fantastic west coast IPA. Bitter, piney, a little citrus, almost but not quite dank, I could literally drink this all day long, every day. If it's on tap, I'm gonna get it. You simply can't go wrong here. Awesome. One of my favorite beers ever.
May 20, 2019
Rated: 4 by bdiiorio from Connecticut

May 01, 2019
Rated: 3.71 by benjaminsa from Vermont

Apr 11, 2019
Rated: 3.5 by djrn2 from New Jersey

Mar 14, 2019
Rated: 3.79 by yuno from New York

Mar 04, 2019
Rated: 4.44 by 12017 from Hawaii

Nov 27, 2018
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Reviewed by argock from Virginia

3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Old school WCIPA with light caramel, a bit too much with current WCIPA style, but packed with grapefruit, honeydew, pine, resin, and stiff bitterness. Nice dry finish in medium bodied beer. Classic WCIPA that could use a light update to decrease the caramel malt notes even further.
Nov 12, 2018
Rated: 4.04 by Paoloboston from Massachusetts

Aug 08, 2018
Rated: 3.9 by Jason_cs from Florida

Jul 29, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by Noelito76 from New York

Jul 03, 2018
Rated: 3.48 by TossKing7 from California

Jun 12, 2018
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Reviewed by BayAreaJoe from California

4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Bottled 2/5/18, consumed 3/13/18

Poured clear honey colored with an inch of head that left decent lacing.

Aroma is prominently bright, juicy citrus fruit with some piney hops and a little bit of sweet malt to balance.

Taste is a good balance of the pine, danky hops with the citrus fruits, smooth sweet malt chiming in at the end.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, medium feel, low carbonation, solid but easy bitterness.

Overall, a very smooth and well-balanced standard West Coast IPA. There's so much availability in my area, especially for IPAs, but I could definitely drink this all the time as a regular and be very happy with it.
Mar 14, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by JuiceMan818 from California

Mar 06, 2018
Rated: 3.96 by jakecattleco from California

Mar 02, 2018
Best Coast IPA from Drake's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 597 ratings