Drake's IPA | Drake's Brewing Co.

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Drake's IPADrake's IPA
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3.87/5
Very Good
551 Ratings
Drake's IPADrake's IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Drake's Brewing Co.
California, United States
drinkdrakes.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"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."

Added by DrewBeechum on 06-09-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#9,824
Reviews:
223
Ratings:
551
pDev:
10.08%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
81
Trade:
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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 +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle.

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 TheCrowsEye
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eldoctorador
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Philipe
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
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 MKrauss
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kitekid
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
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 shigg85
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Homebrew57
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
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 JLK7299
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hoponit
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of flyingpig
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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 -4.4%
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 Shy5
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mnine
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Antc2382
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Momon
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sjrider
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nick_perry
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear orange appearance. Head subsides quickly. Notes of pine and orange on a sweet malt backbone. Reminds me a lot of Evo No. 3. Refreshing feel.

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Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tbone2131
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.74/5  rDev -3.4%
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 jsanmarco
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beerbart
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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Drake's IPA from Drake's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 551 ratings