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

Bottle acquired in trade with DarkElf (thanks!).

Poured a dark and hazy orange-amber color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of oranges, pine, grapefruit and caramel. None of the aromas where overpowering and seemed to blend together very nicely. Tastes of caramel and citrus. Lightly bitter with a light to medium sweetness. Not over the top bitter. Lacing left on the glass. Alcohol content hidden. An IPA you could drink all night long.

Notes from 8/21/05

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Photo of elNopalero
4.56/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a local coffee house. It’s always nice to have options!

Pours an amber tan in color with tight foam. Citrus aroma, dominated by grapefruit with some floral notes and a bit of grapefruit zest. The flavor has a pleasing bitterness, warming almost, full of grapefruit notes, freshly squeezed grapefruit, and just a touch of piney dryness. Nice finish. Really terrific IPA in a sea of tasty IPAs.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle split in line at FFF XV Party.

A - Pours a orange/amber color, white head, thin collar, wisps.

S - Light hoppy notes, malts, a bit bready. More English IPA then anything West Coast, but that's as-advertised.

T - Malts, light hops, light sweetness, bready. A nice level of sweetness and hops from an English IPA...can't complain.

M - Light, good carbonation, clean finish.

O - Decent but nothing mind-blowing. I've had other APA and IPA's from Drake's that I enjoyed much more. I would have again, but not really seek out.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into a tulip

A - Pretty dark honey with white 1/3 inch head. Medium lacing.

S - Deep Hops and sweet malt, very promising.

T -Definite hop beer, small malt in front, hops take over, a little too bitter in the end.

M - Medium body, full carbonation (not excessive). Falls short, in the end.

D - It's definitely drinkable. Just wish not so bitter and a little fuller in the end, would score a lot higher.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange to amber color with slight haze, and generous white head. Nose is fresh fruity with clearly identifiable orange. On the palate there's a healthy balance of biscuity malt to the citrusy hops. Medium to full bodied, not easy drinking but not challenging either - perhaps because it comes across as fuller bodied than many IPAs.

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Photo of harrymel
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled unk.
Pours butter colored, a bit murky, solidly etched fine white surface. Smells dank, with citrus, pine, resin, coconut, pineapple, biscuity malt, Flavor is bitter, but still quite malty with a cracker like malt. Hops are plenty juicy with some tropical character, some more pine, some orange peel and a little honey. Medium bodied with moderately assertive carb and a wet finish. Nice beer, would drink again for sure.

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

Pours a light amber color with a nice looking white head.

Aromas are of fresh, bright, and bitter citrus fruits. As well as of sweet candies.

Tastes creamy and sweet. Flavors of hard fruit candies, citrus, and a tart bitter hoppy finish. Flavors are similar to an English IPA, but with a bit more of a kick, and certainly more hops.

Nice full mouthfeel, with good carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good. Certainly not a favorite IPA of mine, and not sure if I would grab it again of the shelf. It's still a pretty good and interesting beer to drink.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass. Color was honey caramel. Tons of head, which I don’t think I can say is a bad pour. This is the second Drake I’ve had in two days where I opened a regular bottle and the foam just started coming out. Anyway, probably four fingers of head. Thick frothy lacing on the top. Some film on the sides, still along the lines of the lacing - frothy and cloudy.

Smelled more like a pale ale than an IPA. Once again it reminded me of Drake’s 1500 pale ale. Got some citrus notes and some sweetness.

On the taste, once again I’m back to the Drake’s 1500 pale ale. It tastes very similar, just a bit stronger. This is so smooth. Slightly bitter finish, but still good. Some caramel notes and some sweet notes.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Lively (above average) carbonation. Long finish.

Just a good beer. Smooth and consistent.

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

12 ounce bottle purchased as part of a six pack from Eddie's new store in El Segundo on the corner of Mariposa and Virginia for $9.69, poured into my Port Brewing pint glass

A-Amber color with an obvious orange look, small 1/2 inch soapy white head, stuck around for close to two minutes, some retention, nice lacing at first

S-Piney hoppiness, floral accents, lemons, oranges, grapefruit, bread, sweet malt, grassy accents, and herbal notes

T-My dad kept going on and on about this beer's flavor so it was time I saw it was all about for myslef, starts off with a hoppy flavor that is a nice mix between citrus notes and pines, sweet bready malt in the middle that was pretty chewy for an IPA, finish was dry with more hops, only change over time was the citrus coming out more and the brew becoming slightly sweeter, lots of grapefruit and lemon, kept a nice crisp taste even when it warmed, although it does taste better cold, great balance and very enjoyable

M-Dry, chewy, and crisp mouthfeel, medium body, lots of carbonation, taste lingered for a few minutes after each sip, a little citrusy towards the end as it got sweeter too

D-Could drink three or four of these no problem, probably even a six pack, would make a nice session beer even though it is seven percent, alcohol is hidden, nice smoothness, light on the stomach

This one definitely deserved its gold medal and I usually do not agree with many of these awards, probably the best IPA I have tasted from NorCal with the exception of the Pliny twins, this gave some India pale ales from my neck of the woods a good run for their money, will probably be drinking a fair amount of this in the summer, not to mention it is available a whole half block from my parent's house, recommended

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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 beerguy101
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hand Pump. Blonde orange gold color. No head. Aroma is floral hops. A medium bodied IPA. Malts are nutty, slightly fruity and sweet. Hops are juicy and floral with touch of lingering grapefruit in the aftertaste, Touch of wood. Well balanced. Very smooth. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and very smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of Overlord
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not really my cup of tea, but I can appreciate what they were going for here.

Pours a murky, muted, hazy orange. Like no other IPA-esque beer I've ever seen. Thick white head that lasted a shockingly long time.

Smells earthy, piney, and ... a bit like listerine, IMHO. The taste is citrus and pine, but with none of the sweet grapefruit tropical notes that I like in IPAs. There is a bitter twang/astringency to it that I really don't particularly care for.

Mouthfeel is vicacious and lively.

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

Deep amber color with very thick impressions. Small white head fades away in a blur and leaves a bubbly ring in it's wake.

Lovely sweet malty aromas, hints of toffee, piney hop aromas lie underneath. Not an overly complex aroma but very salivating.

English in style all the way. Large amounts of toffeed malt with enough piney resiny hops to balance and add complexity. Not bursting with multiple flavors but big and full and satisfying. A damn good IPA.

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Photo of grub
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled jan 19/08.

pours deep reddish copper colour with a small dense off-white head. the head drops slowly and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is great. bit of alcohol. orange and tangerine. bit of grapefruit. big biscuit and bready malt. bit of caramel sweetness.

taste is good. grapefruit. medium bitterness level. nice light orange and tangerine sweetness. bread and biscuit malt. bit of alcohol. hint of pine. light caramel.

mouthfeel is good. medium very smooth well integrated carbonation. medium body.

drinkability is good. well balanced. the nice citrus sweetness helps carry things and make it interesting.

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

Appearance - Pours a semi-hazy golden orange with a white, finger width head. Average retention. Lacing is spotty at best.

Smell - Aroma consists of citrus notes, while lesser notes of pine, pineapple, and caramel malt undertones come into play.

Taste - Starts with a strong caramel flavor, then big citrus hop notes come into play, hitting on orange, grapefruit and a touch of lemon. Moderate pine follows through near the finish, then fades with caramel malt sweetness and a touch of orange pith.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with lively carbonation. Slick, goes down smooth and finishes a touch on the dry side.

Overall - This is an excellent IPA. Lots of hop character backed by a solid caramel malt backbone. I could drink this all night and not get tired of it.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper red body, topped by thick light beige foam which rose above the rim of the glass.

Big biscuit aroma, a surprise. Far more English than West Coast.

A fleeting semi-sweet beginning, quickly gives way to a big biscuit taste. Earthy hops bite at the swallow, which lingers on a bit.

Medium mouthfeel is quite satisfactory.

Alright drinkability, though the completion of one bottle does not necessarily bring about an intense desire for another.

Not what I expected, even for an Englsih leaning West Coast IPA, but not bad.

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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 Arbitrator
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chilled 12oz bottle into a glass.

A: Poured a coppery orange color with slight haziness and active carbonation when held to the light. Poured with a HUGE foam head that managed to overflow the bomber-sized glass I poured into. Head was long-lived, and remained in substantial form through the end of the drink, with intricate ivy lacing down the glass.

S: Grapefruit and floral hops in equal measure. Could not really detect a malt presence in the nose, but toward the end of the beer, I finally smelled caramel.

T: Hops, front and center, with the acidic grapefruit taste providing a nice taste to the bitter floral hop selection. Caramel malt provides balance against those, resulting in a lively taste.

M: Medium bodied, with medium to high carbonation. Still manages a dry finish, and the ABV is well masked. A good show.

D: I prefer a stronger grapefruit component to my beers, but this was a solid little IPA, and I wouldn't hesitate to pick it up or get it on tap if I saw it.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Goofy plastic label on the glass bottle touts the GABF golg medal.

Pours with a hazy ochre orange topped with a spotty thick beige head cap leaving decent lace in the glass.

Scents are big with a blanace of grainy hops and thick orange peel and lemon citrus.

First swigs: Solig grainy malt balances the orange peel and citrus blend. Some dusty bitterness and tea like astringency.

crisp feel with a dry bitter finish. This is a mouth parcher.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've got a tough job. Property management in beverly hills has to be the easiest job ever. The scarey part is it pays well. Dont ya'll come running down here either ITS MINE ALL MINE..hahaaaa....Ok on to the beer. I'm currently sipping on drake's IPA that I picked up at the bevMo in west hollywood. Its a twelve ounce bottle with the Gold medal from the 2002 great american beer festival on the neck of the bottle. The appearance solid. Nice copper color, with a slightly cloudy look, nice head with creamy lacing, very inviting. The mouthfeel is so rich and creamy with nice fine carbonation. A big bold hoppy taste, yet enough malt to balance it a bit. Damn this beer is gooood. Maybe its because I'm drinking it at work that makes it so great...nah its damn good. time for another. Back to the grind.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

San Leandro, California: never been there. Hell, I’ve never even been 100 miles from there. But, thanks to dmsohyea, I have a bottle of this Cali local. I’ve never heard of it, but that doesn’t mean I’m at all biased as to how I think it will taste. I have no preconceived notions about this one, except that my latest trading partner deemed it good enough to send to me. This is totally objective rating, which, as some would argue, is the fairest way to review. Whatever the case, I’m looking forward to getting to know Drake’s IPA.

A: I love the color of the body: reddish-orange that shines brilliantly, even with a bit of haziness. The head is a wonderful off-white, erupting from the bottle aggressively as I pour. The foamy three-fingers dissipate quite fast, leaving the tiniest afterthoughts of clean lacing. The bubbles that dance up from the bottom are few and far-between, but they are there, nonetheless. A nice, fresh looking pale ale.

S: I haven’t smelt hops this crisp and clean since I last had a FFF Pride & Joy. These are intensely piney, with a great earthy undertone. A sweet, herbal touch hits at the back, coupled stylishly with roasted barley. An agreeable IPA nose through and through – no surprises here.

T: Breadiest IPA I’ve ever had. Wow. The yeast is so substantial on the front end that it makes you wonder how the nose never signaled it. It’s not syrupy or extra-sweet, but it is heavy. That’s not to say that I think it’s bad; it’s just different. The thick yeasts don’t make me cringe, but they don’t blow me away, either. Soon, though, the hops alleviate some of the pressure, lifting the palate with a short blast of light, piney bitters. Smoked caramel malts make a short, but not negligible appearance. Thus, the whole thing ends up with a slightly dry, hoppy aftertaste.

M: This is where I have some trouble. It’s too watery! If you’re going to make the palate that thick on an IPA, you can’t give it a thin mouthfeel. The lack of carbonation doesn't help, either. To me, it ends up giving the whole brew a diluted ambiance; it’s almost as if I’m drinking a Drake’s Light. Where can I pick up this beer’s big brother?

O: This is certainly a different breed of IPA. The thick, bread-heavy palate is a nice departure from the traditional hopped-up and syrupy-sweet nature of the ever-popular IPA, but the thinness of the body turned me off big time. This is something that I wouldn’t try again, even if I were in San Leandro. It was a good drink, but, with so many great beers out there, not worth a second attempt for me.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra from a trade with mjl21...thanks Mike. Trying new beers is like a gift from God.

A- Poured into a pint glass. Nice quater inch head that when it got a little air seemed to jump up to half an inch before coming back down rather quickly. Nice clear golden amber color. Lacing seems to stick pretty good on the sides of this glass.

S- Nice floral piney hop smell. Nothing too overpowering just a nice mellow smell. The malts seems to overpower the hops a little bit more. There isn't anything wrong with that though. I think this beer is going to speak for itself when I taste it.

T- This is a nice easy going IPA in my book. I think it leans more over to a PA than a IPA but good never the less. The malts come through just as much as the hops which is a nice bitter taste at the end. I keep on tripping up on that faint metallic taste though everytime I take another drink. It's not terrible but kind of different.

M- Very medium body in my opinion. Just enough bubbles to tickle my tastebuds as it makes it way down my throat. Pleasant with little over the top bitterness.

D- If I could get rid of the little metallic taste then this would be a perfect sessionable IPA. I was surprised at it not being over the top with a lot of west coast beers that I have had in the past couple of weeks. It's a nice change from what had seemed to be becoming the norm.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 4/25/13

Cheers to magictacosinus for sending me a couple of these

Appearance: Pours mostly clear, slight chill haze, medium amber color - bright orange with some deep gold highlights when held up to the light - small, off-white head, fades to a nice little cap, nice retention - leaves some nice streaks of lacing

Smell: Nice range of hops - an interesting combination of citrus and pine - orange and grapefruit flesh, zest, and some pith - some dry and spicy pine - herbal and grassy notes - pale with a lot of caramel malts - some toasty and toffee notes

Taste: Juicy and bitter - juicy, bitter grapefruit flesh and pith - dry pine and some resin - spicy, herbal, and grassy notes - nice level of bitterness - somewhat unique malt profile, with some caramel and caramelized malts, toffee - nice level of sweetness thanks to crystal malts

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nice carbonation, smooth with a pithy, bitter aftertaste

Overall: I'm going going, back back, to Cali Cali

This screams West Coast. Aggressive, bitter, and hoppy. There is some balance here, though, with a rather unique malt profile. It's not the best IPA I've ever had, but I'm glad I had a chance to try it.

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Photo of marc77
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Auburn hue, with good clarity save a trace haze. Notions of pine needle and candied lemon zest dominate the aroma. Secondary hints of medium lovibond caramel. Clean and enticing aromawise. Upfront in flavor is a malt driven combination of biscuit and light toffee, followed by a brusque note of piney hop. Hop bitterness is mollified by the supple, but simple malt backbone, and thus bitterness seems subdued for a west coast IPA. Mid palate pine diminishes and clement tangerine hints arise welcomely. Medium bodied, with a soft, nearly creamy mouthfeel from the combination of ample dextrins and lighter than average carbonation. Finishes with a snap of wort - like sweetness yielding to fleeting notes of pleasantly bitter citrus rind. An excellent, well - rounded IPA with a pleasant malt profile. Superbly drinkable as a result.

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Drake's IPA from Drake's Brewing Co.
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