Drake's IPA | Drake's Brewing Co.

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Drake's IPADrake's IPA

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

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 drewbage on 06-09-2003

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
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 -7.4%
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 +6.6%
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 +1.3%
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 +2.3%
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 -2.8%
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 -3.1%
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 -14.3%
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 -9.7%
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 +10.5%
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 -16.9%
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 +27.9%
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 -16.9%

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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Photo of Offa
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

This is a good, solid IPA, not great, lacking in complexity and a bit too dry for my taste.

Dark gold, medium off-white head soon shrinks to foamy ring.

Aroma is musty raisins, toast, wet bread and hay, grass, cat pee, hint of grapefruit.

Taste is dryish with light but dominant hop character, very lightly on the bitter side, mostly due to lack of sweetness not because the bitterness is really strong. Hints of musty raisin, bread, grapefruit.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Drake's Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden yellow with a healthy amount of off white head that settles to a dense layer and laces beautifully.

S: Floral and citrus rind hop notes, maybe a little grassy, a little sweet malt in there, but mostly hop forward.

T: Strong grapefruit and pine bite up front, floral and herbal notes, countered with bready malt and caramel sweetness.

M: medium body, moderate carbonation

O: Solid West Coast IPA showing off the muscle of the mighty C hops.

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Photo of Celtics17
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This IPA has most of my favorite hops. It has a nice basic IPA touch. Some nice floral notes, but very heavy malt character over the hops. Some tropical fruit notes. Very little if any pine or grapefruit. Drinkable IPA, but lacking that extra something to take it up. Love a lot of their IPA's, but their year round IPA lacks character.

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Photo of lordofstarside
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz to a pint glass, bottled 4/24

Pours a very clear light golden orange with a finger and a half of foam. Retention didn't last too long, down to a half finger 30 seconds later, high carbonation stemming from all over the place, okay lacing

Smells pretty hoppy off the top. Earthy and floral citrus; grapefruit and mandarin with hints of lemon, finishes with a nice aroma of pine. Sweet bready malts finish with a touch of a little alcohol on the end

Taste is pretty close with the nose, strong grapefruit, mandarin, and pine. A sweet caramel malt making up the backbone with a bit of booze

Feel is moderate body and bitterness, very crisp dry body. Alcohol hidden well, very drinkable

Overall solid ipa. Stoked to have Drakes in Nevada now

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Photo of gatornation
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- pours a light copper color with an off white head thin lacing is present and a fresh cap thru-out
S- more malt then hops faint crisp pine and some citrus aromas a little cracker meal smell
T- light but nice hops first of pine followed by some grapefruit and melon again malts fight thru and win the battle here
M-smooth and mellow on the hops but they are there medium carbonation
O- tasty IPA which leans more on the malty than hoppy side still i liked this one

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Photo of BenHesk12
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drake's IPA from a bottle.

Initial bold malty molasses paired with a nice nutty citrusy IPA comfort. Dark amber, not overly bitter or hoppy and is easy to drink at 7% alcohol. Soft carbonation with a thick mouthfeel and plenty of frothy foam. Pine flavor comes in nicely throughout to create a medium-complex and highly drinkable IPA that will make you stop and think. This beer stands out among west coast IPA's as less insanely hoppy and more of a well rounded and thoughtful ale.

EDIT: This beer is commonly available at $8 for a 6 pack and I find myself always happy to pick it up. 4/5 for a much above average IPA that is about as cheap as craft beer gets.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-medium amber color with a decent off-white dad and some lacing

S-bready malt, hint of sweetness, citrus, pine, earthy

T-grapefruit, malt, light caramel, pine, earthy, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-decent IPA, definite west coast style

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Photo of goldendenizen
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A local brew that did nobody wrong. My wallet likes it too.

A: great lacing and very golden brown

T: Definitely doughy and malty with of course hoppiness. This is my compromise bt IPA and malt forward beer. A great IPA for a weekend night.

M: Excellent carbonation and flavor. Again, solid lacing.

O: Not your Mercedes Benz of IPAs but a solid go getter. Perhaps Subaru or Toyota?
I love to support local breweries and their quality efforts. Yes, still kind to my wallet as well.

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Photo of Spikester
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First Drake's brews I have seen up here in Beervanna. Pours a golden amber with a dense but small off white head. Bubbles are hanging in there and creating a good amount of lacing.
Smell is potent fruity floral hops and some biscuit dough.
Taste is rich bitter hops some pine and grapefruit rind. Malts are plentiful for an IPA.
Mouthfeel is quite full for the style and carbonation is very good. Finishes medium dry and slightly bitter.
Overall a fine West Coast IPA from a brewer I had not heard of. I am looking forward to enjoying more of their products. Fine brew Drake's.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A clean copper pour with 2 fingers of head leaving behind great amount of lacing. Grapefruit, pine, and caramel on the nose.. Citrusy sweet smell.
A lovely mellow citrusy/piney/grapefruit hop flavor blends in nicely with the caramel and bready flavors from the grain bill.
A lighter medium body beer with a good amount of carbonation makes this one very easy to drink.
Overall this is an excellent ipa. Very easy to drink and nicely hopped. The abv is a little high to be sessionable, but I can see someone doin so with this beer.

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Photo of McStagger
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Love its little brother. Never had this one.

A: Pours a translucent coppered orange. One and one half finger appropriate khaki head. Retention is moderate. Lacing is above average.

S: Pretty good sized notes of prickly pine. Bit of pepper. Citrus rind, caramel sweetness from the malt. Herbal, aggressive edge.

T: Fairly lean malt residue that is immediately enveloped by the leafy/woodsy hop bitterness. Underlying notes of citrus, with a serious floral aspect to it. Bitterness intermingles and is soapy and resinous. Finishes in an almost ashen/astringent manner. Aftertaste of grapefruit rind and treebark/herb. Remarkably bitter for a single tier IPA.

M: Leaner and crisper than many of its west coast brethren. Mellows out and deepens as the beer opens up and breathes, but still remarkably lean and carbonated mouthfeel for the style.

O: Pretty damn solid. Prefer the Pale Ale by Drake's, but this is nothing to sneeze at.

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Photo of raynmoon
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've completely overlooked this brewery and am glad I gave this one a try. After having a Hop Ottin from Anderson Valley, this one blows it away.

It has an almost perfect balance between bitterness and flavor. Every few sips you get a touch of alcohol, but that is just an imperfection. Still lots of flavor. Nothing unique, but keeps wanting to go back for me.

Love the mouthfeel.

Awesome beer. A little less full bodied than what would be desired, but still very overlooked. Deserves a better score.

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