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

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
213
Ratings:
523
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
16.07%
 
 
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22
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72
For Trade:
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Photo of blackie
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: The pour gives a nice, somewhat fluffy khaki-colored head with good retention. The beer is a lighter brown with some golden hues.

smell: Very nice. Fresh, leafy green hops bring a great spicy balance to the otherwise earthy, malty aroma. Caramel and toasted malts give a moderate sweetness. Intriguing notes of candied fruits and dark sugars are found. Is that boozy wood in the background? Probably not, but the nose it pretty complex for the style.

mouthfeel: The carbonation and body are both around medium.

taste: Nice malt flavors, varied from caramel to lightly toasted with earthy and sweet fruit tones. Well hopped for an English IPA, too...plenty of leafy English-type hop flavors with a big level of drying bitterness in the finish.

drinkability: I could see a few of these going down quite well.

Received a single 12 oz. via trade with TheKegergator. Had a close call with this one, as it had leaked a bit during transit...probably routed through the Arctic Midwest. I cracked it open immediately, and thankfully, it was just fine.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with fartingdog. Thanks for the opportunity... 06 version.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1 1/4" light tan head over the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Head isn't going anywhere fast, and lacing is heavy and frothy. Aroma is deeply of sweet piney hops. Flavor is light maltiness upfront, with lots of pine hops flavor that dominates and lingers long and hard. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both quite good, I could make this a regular IPA if it wasn't only found on the opposite shores. Will have to get it when I can, and you should too.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fartingdog for this bottle in a trade. Plastic wrapper is a PIA. Classic West Coast hops within an English style IPA. Great hoppy nose. Amber color without a lot of head in the pour. Very bitter with a citrus flavor. I would drink this all the time if I could.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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 mcallister
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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 bennetj17
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to fartingdog for this bottle, an extra in our recent trade. Dropped off on my doorstep this morning, in my belly this evening.

The appearance is quite dark, a deep amber, like a plum. The head is a nice 1/2 inch to begin with before it settles to a coating foam. Pleasant aroma of piney hops dominates, and they are very sweet and citrusy. I took in several whiffs. The tangy citrus hops come through strongly in the flavor, with a note of caramel too from the malt. Slightly dry, the tangy bitterness in the finish intensifies with each sip. Medium bodied, with a great smoothness. The carbonation creates a light foaminess helping to coat the palate.

I'm not as familiar with English IPA's as I am American ones, but after drinking this I didn't see much difference, probably because this English example was made in California. Either way, it was quite tasty, with plenty of hop flavor for my enjoyment. Highly quaffable...

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Photo of Prufrock
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pilsner.

slightly hazy orange golden. thin white head that leaves some strings of lace.

sugary malt aroma with a nice mix of hops. pineapple, citrus, and gummi candy.

very drinkable. medium carbonation and a medium body; balanced at the start and a nice hoppy finish. ABV is approaching DIPA territory, but it definitely doesn't come off like one. nothing incredible or mind-blowing, but a nice, drinkable, every-day IPA.

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Photo of jhammerly
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to IntriqKen for the trade.

This beer poured a rich, dark amber body with a huge, frothy head that left rings of lace as it slowly settled down. Nice retention. Floral hops came to the nose, very inviting and not too strong. Very bitter with the taste of grapefruit present. Medium-bodied and very drinkable. This was a nice style. It reminded me of an English IPA, but had the feel of an American IPA.

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Photo of rayjay
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay my scores have been high so far but I guess I've been reviewing some of my favorite beers.

Reddish pale, a deep amber. Not a huge head but nicely carbonated. Smells and tastes very floral, like chewing on fresh cascades. Pine and bitter grapefruit, with a fresh floral aftertaste.

This is one of those beers that gives me a very slight "hop-headache;" hard to describe, but there is so much hop juice that it's almost too much, but too much is never enough (sorry that's the best I can describe it...anyone else???) Some cask ales that are dry-hopped do a similar thing to me.

Malts are perfect: just a little bit of carmels, in the perfect ratio with the hops, lots of fresh flowers shining through. The light carbonation plays well with the hops. A great blend of hop flavors, whichever ones they used. Great tasting hop burps.

One of the best beers for the money. This is an excellent IPA, British in style but West Coast extreme. Would make a great session ale dispite the 7% abv. Cheers!

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Photo of marc77
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance:
Reddish copper hue. Darker than I would have expected. Murky, appears unfiltered...I like that. Fairly large bubbles drift from the bottom of the glass, generally a sign that the pillowy head won't last. Head has dropped significantly but a semi tight ring of head is clinging to the side of the glass. Brussels lace is holding on, earns the beer an additional point.

Smell:
Lots of hoppy nose on this beer. A blind tasting would be a no brainer with this one. More pine like than citrus (which is cool because it differs greatly from the Smuttynose in this area). And thats why we are doing this smile.gif


Taste:
First impression after tasting is the actual abundant malty flavor. I find that most IPA's are unbalanced so I welcome some maltiness. But I also welcome hops which I am not finding. Bitterness yes, hops no. Bitterness is a bit too much towards the end with out the flavoring hops to back it up. Sweetness comes as it warms but its a little too late.


Mouthfeel:
Not a silky beer, but a quality mouth feel is hard to come by. Not astringent by any means. Pretty standard in that department.


Drinkability:
Overall I like this beer. Nice malty flavor, decent head. This beer lacked the WOW factor...a complexity which seperates it from the pack... which would have gotten it a higher rating. But over all I am pleased with this beer. This beer would probably open up much better on tap than in the bottle.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow...this is dark for an IPA...dark orange...almost like an Irish Red.
Aroma is definately IPA hops....clean citrus and very heavy pine...very pleasant and fresh.
Taste is sweet malt followed immediately by citrus hops then the evergreen....surprisingly fresh.
Finishes dry and citrus in the mouth.
Mouthfeel is maybe a little thin for type, but not much...nice carbonation but the bitterness thins out the feel rather than coating your tongue with resin and oils.
All in all a remarkable IPA ....very distinctive for me due to the strong evergreen/pine aroma and taste. Refreshing.
Could probably session this but at 7% don't want to try that tonight.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single 12-oz. bottle purchased at Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA. in early April 2006 for $1.49.

Pours a moderately deep amber-red, deeper than most IPAs. Looks pretty rich with a good sized off-white- yellowish tan head. Pretty, but too dark for an IPA. Means lots of dark malts, eh?

Aroma is a very nice floral, slightly oily hop profile. Heads up! Not much else here. Decent for an IPA.

Flavor- this is definetely a hoppy more bitter IPA, lots of floral and evergreen notes, and a nice malt undertow. I liek this, but am not wowed by it. I think it's a balance thing- this is trying to be more hoppy and loses balance in the process. It's a good beer, but I like lighter malts myself.

Rich mouthfeel- this one is at the bigger end of the IPA spectrum, near that DIPA realm.

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Photo of SethB2
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a sweet looking bottle into a Boonville pint glass.

First impressions: Wow, this is a very dark IPA. The typical orangy IPA color is instead a redish-borwn. The head is small, but very appealing, leaving a perfect amount of lacing in the glass. Smell, well it smells like a citrisy IPA. Very good, but nothing that is too out of the ordinary. Taste is wonderful. First a wave of intense citris hops then a perfect amount of sweet malts to keep it in check. Absolutely wonderful. Mouthfeel is medium and smooth. Very well balanced. Drinkablility is very good too. .

Overall this is one of the better IPAs I have had to date. Easily ranks up with other standards, though less known. Here's hoping that Drakes is able to distribute a little more. The world deserves an IPA of this quality.

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Photo of pjwilson
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

appearance: forgot the p in ipa? folks we have ourselves an irish red here. nice head and it's got that hop haze look, always means alot hops coming. but not even light amber, it's dark red. badass lacing brings it up a notch.

smell: nice oily hops, but for me a break from the norm as well. more grapefruit than pine. despite the dark red color, no malts squek through.

taste: gold medal eh? wow, this is pretty $#@^!#% good! label recomends drinking this cold and thats what i'm doing. there is some real balance going on here. getting a huge grapefruit blast of hops up front, with an awsome irish red like malt character. the bitterness is very, very mellow, but it's not missed at all here. alcohol resonates in belly not in mouth, they made this one dangerous.

mouthfeel: just sort of made to glide down the throat, super light without being watery. god i hate when beers are cut with water, no worries here.

drinkablitly: too drinkable for 7 percent, just too damn drinkable. so easy to drink it's dumb. mabey because it's good cold?(haven't had a bottle warm yet)

this beer is like if you mixed bigfoot and an irish red. a break from the norm on ipa's and color be damned. (and yet another world class brewery from norcal to explore. sigh....)

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Photo of beltranzandar
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - nice amber color, a little darker than most IPA's. It didn't come out particularly frothy as it said on the label. It could have used a little more carbonation. As I'm looking at it now, its looking mighty fine.
S - smells real nice, that typical western ipa smell with the pine and citrus melting together and teasing senses, telling me that the hops are coming and they're gonna be a wonderingful, miraculous, and divine treat.
T - as the beer enters my mouth there is little taste. As the taste finally engulfs my brain, the bitterness kicks in. This isn't the most bitter of beers but it sure does taste deeelish
M - nice light beer, could use some more carbonation but its fine.

overall - great little beer at 7%

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Photo of mattdavis452
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy, foggy, orange amber hues. From the bottle it pours a fairly fine head that doesn't lace, it coats.

S: More than just notes of hops in the smell, but nothing overpowering by any means.

T: Bitter, but surprisingly I remember Sierra Nevada Pale Ale to be more bitter than this. I have been growing accustomed to IPAs, and this one certainly makes it easier, especially in the taste department. However, I could not give it the most positive taste mark, since I think that the hops do dumb down the other flavors that may be hidden.

M: Not crisp. It's sort of a dull mouthfeel. It's like you can feel the head dulling the beer; it may be crisp were it not for the well-developed head.

D: Lower drinkability factor. I wouldn't consider IPAs to be session beers, and this is a case example of my theory on this matter.

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Photo of xoqx
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is pretty dark for an IPA, with deep reddish amber hues and a one finger offwhite head whose lace seemed to slide and drop back into the pint. The smell was decidedly barleywine-ish with deep, sweet malty scents yet plenty of citric-hop smells. The taste was deeply malty sweet yet quickly balanced by the hop profile which really tasted like Amarillo to me – I’d love to know for sure. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and rich. A drinkable IPA.

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Photo of SteveO1231
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pres: Very elaborate, Came in a plastic covered 12 oz. Pictures of sailing ships and a "Gold Medal Winner" wraped around the bottle neck as if it had just won an Olympic event.

Pours a murky Orange/Rust color, faint ring of white foam floats on the endge og my glass. Generous carbonation.

Aroma: Big aroma of malts citrus fruit and hops, hits the nostrils more like a barley wine than an IPA.

Taste: Nice English malt flavor, sweet with hints of raisin, caramel and toffee, transitions nicely to a mild floral hoppiness and then quickley fades into a citrusy bitter finish that leaves a dry tang on the palate that makes me want another sip.

This one is very balanced and really delicious. Very nice brew

Cheers!

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Photo of SwillinBrew
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hollingshead

A - a slight cloudy bronze apricot with a feinger of stucco white head. Let a nice lace.
S - Citrus rinds of orange and grapefruit with some floral hints.
T - A good dose of pine and citrus hit your palate and lead to a somewhat sweet bitterness. A little complex, very nicely done.

I prefer a bit more hop presence in my IPA's, but this one is good. Solid carbonation and good feel on the palate.

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

On handpump at the Toronado in San Fran. Pours a deep copper, with a smallish creamy white head. Sweet, citrusy, piney, fruity hop nose. Lots of malt flavour, balanced by a bold hop bitterness. This was one smooth, full bodied IPA. It massaged the tastebuds on my tongue. Some tartness, and finishes dry. Wonderful IPA on cask.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy orange-amber color and is topped by a frothy, tan colored head that has a bit of a creamy texture to it. The aroma is predominantly citrus (with notes of orange, tangerine and a bit of apricot), but there is a back drop of a subtle herbal pine note. The beer is initially a bit too cold and has a sharp bite in the finish. The beer is quite citrusy up front, a bit like candied orange peel, but not all that sweet. The malt here is of course secondary, but adds a sweetness that accentuates the citrusy hop notes. There is a nice piney, herbal note in the finish that helps to accentuate the sharp bitter bite. Quite a nice IPA, I could definitely drink a couple of these.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
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 misterscooter
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Also purchased in Lafayette, CA, although at Diablo Foods. I was looking for a good beer for Thanksgiving and found a couple of types from Drake's Brewing. I was tempted to go with a different ale but the IPA was a Gold Medal Winner at the Great American Beer Fest and that swayed me to go with there.

I'm not usually one to pick an IPA if other styles are available and I thought I had made a mistake after having my first one. The color is a good red/brown and there isn't too much of a head that stays around. The smell is pure IPA and then some. Very hoppy and spicy with some malt smells lingering in the background. That first taste hits you with the hops and a mellow aftertaste hangs around. This is a distinctive beer, even for an IPA. I'm glad I didn't give up after that first one because it is a good beer. There is a simple complexity to it and I can tell that it was hastily crafted. But one is all I can handle, mostly because it is an IPA, before I need a less sharp taste.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/09/04- Purchased at Jackson's Wine and Spirits in Lafayette, CA

Presentation- 12 oz bottle poured into my Moylan's pint glass.
No freshness date to be found. Nice celophane time label on the bottle.

Appearance- Very nice golden pour with a inch plus head, and very nice lacing.

Smell- Lots of hops going on here. Grapefruit, pine and hops. Very nice scent.

Taste- Yummy beer in the mold of El Toro. Pretty damn hoppy with lots of citrus flavors. Pretty bitter also.

Mouthfeel- Nicely carbonated, felt a tad bit thick, alomost like a double IPA.

Drinkability- Excellent beer that I will seek out again in the future.

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Drake's IPA from Drake's Brewing Co.
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