Drake's IPA | Drake's Brewing Co.

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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
Ratings:
543
Reviews:
219
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
10.23%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
76
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Sammy
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The full savoury hop leaf in abundance,above average mouthfeel. What this means is piney, resiny, a tad astringent. Grapefruit from the West Coast hops. A very good English style IPA. Orange colouring and good hop aroma to boot. Thanks to Captain Couger.
4.5 years later I had this on tap and it hit the spot with very good hoppiness, drinkability, upraded rating.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark honey orange with a 2 inch puffy orange-white head that settles to a thin cap. Random foamy broken bits of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of pine, citrus zest, and malt. Taste is of citrus zest, herbal hops, and some malt. There is an astringent bitterness that sticks to the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and slightly drying mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the hop bitterness is a bit too astringent and medicinal in my opinion.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a most pleasant surprise. Pours a dark orange amber with a nice off white/light tan head.

Nose is a pleasant mildly assertive cooked pineapple/oranges and pleasant fruit tones. A very nice bourbon nose after it's in the glass a short while.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with nice carbonation and a clean crisp character. Nice acid and is very inviting; you want to keep drinking it. Body, flavors, mouthfeel,...everything...are very well integrated and super well balanced.

Flavors are rich, bold, creamy and layered. Front of fruity stonefruit malt that closely follows the nose that goes to a short mid palate and quickly to a nice long grapefruit skin hop finish.

This is extremely drinkable and attractive. Perhaps more of a double IPA in mouthfeel, character and flavors, however, really a nice drink.

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark orange color. Very clear with some white foam that laces the glass nicely. Decent retention.

Aroma is 90% hops. Mostly american (citrus/pine) but there is some softer more mellow english hops present. Not sure that this qualifies the beer for Enlglish IPA status. Lots of malt in the background.

Taste is incredibly hoppy and malty. There must be a lot of crystal malts in here as there is so much residual sweetness. Brand new this beer is very well balanced, but I'm not sure that this beer will age very well. Not too much bitterness either. Maybe the relatively low bitterness and the heavy malt flavor are what makes this an english IPA?

Body is real heavy and carbonation is ample. Very drinkable and not that high in abv.

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Photo of nmann08
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a sturdy head; decent stickage and a few strands of lace

Smell: A hoppy aroma that leans more to pine than citrus but has elements of both; toffee malt underneath

Taste: Earthy, toffee malt flavors act as a prelude for a big blast of hops that arrive by mid-palate, with a lot of bitterness, a piney edge, and a bit of pith; the malts re-assert themselves after the swallow to provide balance

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A rather unique combination of English and American elements in this beer, yet it all doesn't quite come together on my tongue

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Photo of largadeer
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

02/29/2012:

This beer has changed a lot over the years, and for the better. Peach and citrus aromatics and flavors with a little sugar cookie sweetness, and a clean, mildly bitter finish. This is excellent, one of my go-to local beers.

Original review, 07-15-08:

4.0/5

Appearance: Amber in color with a slight haze. The half-inch head retains well, leaving a bit of lace as it falls.

Smell: Sharp resiny hops with a caramel backbone. Alcohol is faintly noticeable as well.

Taste & mouthfeel: Toasted malt, pine and candied grapefruit. A hint of caramel appears mid-sip, which is quickly washed away by an aggressive bitterness. This isn't quite as dry as I'd like, and there's a touch of alcohol in the finish, but it's otherwise a good brew.

Notes: Good, not quite great; nonetheless, I find myself revisiting it on occasion.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from both Aprilluvsbeer & fartingdog courtesy of the Birthday Club 2, so a big "Thank you" goes out to them. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a light brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of citrus, caramelized malts and pale hops.

T: The taste is decently balanced with the sweetness of caramel & brown sugar and the bitterness of pale hops. The malt character is pretty hearty but on the light side for the style. The after-taste is slightly sweet with a little bit of hops.

M: Crisp and pretty smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, I could certainly drink several of these even though I prefer the pizzazz of the American IPA over the English version. Nonetheless, this is a very good beer.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to Bubba83 for the bottle.

Pours a hazy deep gold with 1 1/2 fingers of creamy off-white head. Retains down to about half that, leaving thick swathes of lace behind. The aroma is a lively mix of piney hops, spice, some pretty prominant citrus notes, and sweet malt.

The taste is similar to the aroma profile with the hop bitterness feeling subdued at first but then I realize that it's actually quite pronounced based on the bitterness in the finish. It just feels more subtle because of the excellent balance job from all the backing citrus and malt sweetness. The mouthfeel has a light medium feel that is immensely easy and creamy going down.

I enjoyed this. It had the feel of an English IPA but definitely posessed a little West Coast American pop to give it some personality. And don't even get me started on the drinkibility of this guy. I just wish that I had had another to follow up this bottle with.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dcmchew
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory."

--Sir Francis Drake

Glowing pumpkin orange with polished brass highlights. The three finger crown of orange tinted ivory tells me that quality beer awaits. The foam is thick and rich and is a fabulous lace maker to boot. A good start.

For what is supposed to be an English IPA, the nose sure does have a lot of West Coast hopitude. Not so much in quantity, although it's fine in that regard, but in quality. Sweet orange and white grapefruit suggest that one or more of the C-hops are present. Most likely Cascade.

To my way of thinking, it's difficult to brew an English IPA using American hops. This beer is a perfect example. There's really nothing English about it at all. Although it isn't one of the more aggressive versions, it's still pretty hoppy. And that, as we all know, is the key to a good IPA.

The amount of pale malt (in terms of flavor, sweetness and mouthfeel) is pretty close to ideal. The malt sugars take some of the rough edges off the alpha acids, while not quite completely civilizing them. White grapefruit is now in the lead, with bitter orange close behind. Hmmm... maybe Centennial as well.

I can usually tell that the mouthfeel will be good after seeing and hearing the beer splash into the glass. Such was the case here. This one has a wonderful silky smoothness and a perfect amount of soft carbonation. Well done.

Drake's IPA is good. Really good. It seems as if every craft beer that comes down the pike claims to have won a gold medal at some competition or other (going back decades in some cases), but this gold medal winner well and truly earned it. If you love hops, drink Drake's IPA fresh. It's a tongue-pleasing treat.

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Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of woodychandler
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrived with a finger's worth of thick, foamy, off-white head with excellent retention. Color was a medium amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a combination of pine and citrus, almost resinous. Mouthfeel was silky smooth with a very piney hops bite scrubbing away at my palate. Finish lingered with hops, but more citrusy than pine. This was a perfect example of why everyone should experience cask beer at least once.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another new one I was sent as an extra recently. I have had a number of their regular lineup but this one was new to me. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this was consumed on 11/04/2009.
 
The pour was solid, nice dark amber in color with a rich head of white creeping up and over the top quite nicely. As it settled in some good lacing formed on the sides and the bottom of the glass. Aroma of light citrus, orange mostly with a nice touch of fresh grapefruit like notes to it. Nice mixture up front I have to admit. As it warmed some buttery notes start to come out and the caramel malts really start to show off. Nice medium feel was almost chewy at times. Rich notes of hops are offset well by the caramel and biscuit like flavors mid palate. Nice balance here and nothing is really dominating over one an other, really comes across as a solid pale ale for me. No hint of abv and a nice dry finish led this one to be very drinkable and really just completely solid all around.
 
Overall I would gladly have another and really think they have done some nice things here with this one.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a cloudy burnt orange color with a rather fluffy white head on top and lacing all the way down the glass.

S: The nose is very pleasantly citrusy, giving off lots of grapefruit and orange aromas. There's a bit of caramel sweetness and a touch of pine.

T: The flavor is much more bitter than the nose would lead you to believe. A nice blast of bitter grapefruit and pine up front which carries all the way through the sip. There's just a hint of orange which gives the beer a bit of sweetness.

M: The body is light-to-medium with a crisp carbonation and a nice bitter finish.

D: This is an incredibly drinkable and delicious IPA. A nice one to sip on or to relax and cool off during the warm weather.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, no freshness indication offered.

Pours auburn hued amber, typical looking off white head, leaves respectable tongues of lacing on the glass.

Hops burning the nostrils

This is a rich and densely flavorfull IPA, with an ample caramel malt base but featuring wave after wave of biting citric hops. California/West coast style all the way. Well done and quite enjoyable stuff

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a foggy gold. Nose is an orange citrus earthy thing. Flavor is nice and earthy. Kind of a muddy thing. Pretty smooth, but very robust. Caramel is in there as well. Smooth liquid feel. Nice carbonation. I like this beer. A nice asy drinking IPA. This is what an IPA can be when it's not an outlandish American version.

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Drake's IPA from Drake's Brewing Co.
3.91 out of 5 based on 543 ratings.
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