Best Coast IPA
Drake's Brewing Co.

Best Coast IPABest Coast IPA
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American IPA
Ranked #2,679
Ranked #13,938
3.89 | pDev: 10.03%
Drake's Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
Best Coast IPABest Coast IPA
Notes: "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."
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Photo of BerkeleyBeerSleuth
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of beer_truth
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Photo of argock
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"Best Coast", maybe 6-7 years ago, for IPAs yes, but no def not. Apparently bottled 8/30/17 yet I bought it at a local store maybe 20 miles from the brewery yesterday. That's sad.

Pours a decent fizzy foamy 1/2 finger head that fades at a med pace, thick lacing, clear honey orange color

Nose sweet floral malts, toasted grainy malts, big fruity hops, a bit of pine and grassy notes, generic candied fruit and sweet marmalade, little citrus, unfortunately has the aroma of the age.

Taste brings sweet malts, little grainy toasted cereal, then hops, fair to big bitterness, mild citrus and fruit, floral hops with a little grassy and pine, pretty bitter overall, little gritty astringent bitter hops on the back end, drier spicy hop finish, bit astringent, super bitter

Mouth is med bod, nice fluffy carb, a bit astingent

Overall the age shows a bit as it's 4.5 months old, but still seems like it wasn't a great IPA to begin with, even for 7/8 years ago, so not sure where they were going with this one, it's all bitterness and some malt notes, nothing special with the hops.

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Photo of stevoj
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Whole Foods. Medium to dark golden with huge fluffy head. Aroma leads with the hops, some of the grains, light citrus. Taste as well is hop forward, lemon zest, orange peel. Citrus oil, mild bitterness. A hark back to the day when IPA ruled the beer scene.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A: Hoppy with aromas of orange peel with faint pine and resin.

A: Orange color with a gold hue, clear, with moderate, dense white head that has adequate retention.

T: Moderate citrusy hops, followed by light malt caramel sweetness. Fairly crisp and well balanced with a moderately light hop bitterness and lightly dry finish.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Solid; Made in the classic west coast style the beer is well balanced with a clean hop profile.

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Photo of Philipe
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pretty malty which I like, tastes great but overall not a very strong flavour. The high ABV makes the alcohol taste shine through. Great beer to have with dinner, if you don't mind the higher price.

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Photo of kitekid
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

- pours a pretty amber orange with a thick creamy white head
- orange peel and faint pine on the nose
- the orange comes through in the taste but the pine is ever so faint
- creamy, almost chewy. finishes with a citrus bite on the back of the tongue
- I like this beer ... a lot. extremely "drinkable"
(full disclosure ... I'm a known Drake's fanboy)

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Photo of Homebrew57
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Overly malty for an IPA billed as a west coast IPA. Slightly cloudy, as expected. Bready yeast aroma. Maybe not dry hopped or if the beer lost hops aroma due to age. The bottle I had was around 80 days old. Good color, mouthfeel and carbonation.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

355ml bottle from Good Spirits Co. Wine & Beer, Glasgow (£3.80):
Very nice stuff from Drake's here & an unexpected taste from the beer given I was expected a tonne of hops before cracking the bottle open. The beer was definitely closer to an American pale ale of today than it was an IPA but it was first brewed 15 years ago & a lot has changed since then, still the beer was excellent with a lot of caramel flavours & a strong, malty taste in the early going. The nose in particular was a sweet one with only a few pine hops & floral notes backing them up, the balance was still maintained though & the beer went down very easily indeed; good stuff & one I wouldn't mind cracking open again at some point.

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Photo of andrewjframpton
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz bottle poured into an Irish pint glass.

Appearance: A brilliant orange amber. Soft, white pillowy head that dissipates rather quickly.

Aroma: Nose is lacking but has hints of fresh citrus, pine, and a tinge of baked bread.

Flavor: Enters in full-bodied, juicy, and you get a good hit of sweet malt. After, the hops sweep in and take over, not in a bad way though. Taste of orange and tangerines that compliment the distinct hop presence. Hints of oat also come to mind. The finish is lingering and off-dry with flavors of bitter orange and bread of a very dry variety.

Overall: A juicy IPA indeed with plenty of orange-citrus notes to enjoy with a rich mouthfeel. The nose was subdued despite the label's claims of bright aromatics. It isn't a distinct IPA in terms of flavor but is indeed enjoyable and I would certainly buy again.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours sexy and orange, 3/4" white head. Not the best retention, but hey, hop oils gonna hop oil. Good dry hopping, Columbus upside ya head.

Taste, good bitterness, a bunch of cara/crystal malt making the mouthfeel a little heavier and not necessarily a dry west coast pale malt background for it. Still very good. Wish they bottle dated. I've crushed a bunch of this at the #1 Raider bar around (Ricky's in San Leandro). Very good when fresh.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The cash cow of a brewery in a converted industrial plant, this makes a statement on the U.S. economy.
Since I am not a big fan of pushing IBUs too far, see the "1001 Beers" article. I found it interesting that when Drake's IPA was re-made in 2002, 65 IBU was pushing the definition. Today, 65 is tame.

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light copper in color, with a slight haze. Foamy, off white head with excellent retention. Streaked lacing & solid film. The aroma is citrus and pine with some caramel malt. The flavor is very hop forward - grapefruit and grass, herbal notes and pine as well. Juicy and resinous mouthfeel with the deep, grapefruit hops in the aftertaste. An excellent IPA.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: medium golden hue with the lightest dash of haze and a very light effervescence. Head is a thin layer of frothy ivory foam. Head could be better, otherwise quite nice.

Smell: piney hops atop a moderately sweet malt base. There's also a little hint of funk here; it's almost got this mild saison character to it. I like it.

Taste: all the character of the aroma comes through quite well in the flavor. It's piney, but also a bit floral; there's a bit of graininess to the malt which yields a bit of a soapy character; and that bit of saison is still in the mix. An odd duck of a beer but I dig it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a moderate carbonation and decent creaminess.

Overall: a weird beer, and not really a traditional west-coast IPA as billed, but I still like this brew.

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Photo of whatthehull
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter/tulip/wine glass from a 22oz bottle

A - A translucent golden copper, one finger very white head that sticks around a pick and some sugar legs.

S - Sweet, cracker yeast, sweet pine, sweet flowers, pineapple, slight peach, clean resin hops, very sweet malts, dry grains, sweet citrus. The nose is lousy with sweet.

T - Nice balance between a perfectly bitter floral/fruity hop and a sweet clean malt, sugar, pine is smaller in the taste, ripe peach, semi tart pineapple, the hops are very oily, dry grains, crisp clean water, a bit dank, lots of green earth, non-rising yeast and more hops.

M - Medium body, nice balance, nice complexity, medium plus acidity, medium carbonation and a very hoppy/sweet to very bright hop finish.

D/O - Drake's does a nice job with this one. It smells great, delicious, easy to drink, not overly complicated but gets straight to the point and that is hoppy IPA with a sweet malt backbone. This one is just waiting for a backyard BBQ or a rich filling dinner. Very clean, refreshing and come to think of it, I want another!

Final thoughts - At $9 a sixer and a perfect 7% ABV, you really can't ask for more from an "everydayer" as it were.

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Photo of SABERG
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.
A - Copper colored, strong carbonation yields a big white snow cap.
S - Deciduous hop profile, a nice treat in the sea of tropical' s these days, a bit of biscuit and the slightest hint of mint.
T - Pine forest delight, strong malt base fights it out with this wonderful hop profile.
F - A bit light n body but the carbonation keeps everything crisp.
O - I enjoyed this quite a bit, a through back to earlier IPAs when a bit of malt and pine was the way to go.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium golden amber with a fine, half finger white head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma malt forward with caramel malt with moderate piney and citrus hops, lightly floral. Flavor follows with caramel malt, citrus, grassy hops with light pine; finishes with grapefruit rind, mildly resinous piney and grassy hops. Medium bodied with active carbonation. Nice malt body and robustly hops, but little herbal hop flavor although plenty of residual hop resin in the the finish. In a crowded field, a middle of the pack IPA that I would drink happily if offered, but not one I would seek out.

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Photo of Hop_God
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: amber dark orange

S: malt. Bread. Some subtle citrus

T: malty sweet ipa. Piney bitter finish

F: med carbonation Rough on the palate

O: while drakes makes many great IPAs. Not sure this one is to par.

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3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A solid ipa. More malty than your typical west coast ipa, no floral or fruit notes just solid malt and hop. I much prefer drakes Pale, it's more unique

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Photo of drpimento
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Seems to be an American IPA with some Brit accents. Appearance is good with a very long lasting, cream-colored head, some lace, and a clear amber color. Aroma is mostly caramel malt with bit of hop. Flavor is strongly hop bitter, carbonic tang up front, malt sweet in back with a very long hop bitter resin finish. Palate is good.Good drinking beer.

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Photo of JeffBlue
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

(Bottle 12oz, revisited) golden peachy color, toasted malt flavor, bitter enough but nothing earthy or floral, still good though.

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Photo of Screentalker
5/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm too jaded to offer an objective review of any one of Drake's beers. Growing up in San Leandro, Drake's was one of my first true loves. But their IPA has a fantastic bite, full flavor and non filling feel. Gimme more, any day of the week.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Appearance: Red-amber and faintly hazy with a fluffy white head.

Smell: Nice strong hop smell - pine, faint citrus and flowers.

Taste: Bitter up front that quickly turns ashen. Very light sweetness and malt kicks in, but are not enough to cover the ash. Faint alcohol at the end. Aftertaste fades quickly.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick and carbonated.

Overall: Good smell, but I was not a fan of the taste. It's not that this is too bitter, but something about the taste of this made the bitterness unappealing.

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Best Coast IPA from Drake's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 576 ratings