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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

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213
Ratings:
523
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
16.07%
 
 
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Reviews: 213 | Ratings: 523
Photo of McStagger
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +8.9%
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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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Arbitrator for the bottle.

Appearance: Mostly clear light gold with some copper leanings. Head is bright-white and creamy. Drops to a super thin cap with a chunky collar. Some small bits and notches of lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit rind. Some juicy grapefruit flesh. Pine needle bitterness. A touch oily. Malts are lightly sweet with a mild bready component. Some orange. A bit of pithy bitterness with some spiciness. Pale and mildly toasted. Caramel malt sweetness. Pretty mellow, but good.

Taste: Pithy citrus. Orange and grapefruit. Mild bready malt backbone carries some caramel malt sweetness. Clean with an oily pine needle balance to the citrus. Not aggressive. Earthy and floral as it warms, but the citrus continues as the dominant flavor. Slightly spicy. Crystal malts keep the sweetness present but soft.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Clean and crisp. Drinkable like yeah.

Overall: Better than Drake.

A solid west-coast IPA. No frills and drinkable.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Schoonerorlater
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- beautiful cooper red. BIG white foamy head. Plenty of lacing. You can spot that it's a classic interpretation of a West Coast IPA just from the way it looks alone.

s-piney and citrusy through and through, again the things we've come to expect from a WC IPA.

t-powerful yet balanced hop bomb! There's grapefruit, lemon, and pine in the front with a malt backbone on the back end. sensational.

m- fairly heavy and enjoyable. i wanted those flavors to stay on my palate for good!

o- a well crafted WC IPA. familiar yet not old hat. I mean this in the best possible way: when I tasted it, it felt like I've had it before. (Full disclosure- I am a huge wc hop head.) I look forward to my next Drake's!

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Photo of spinrsx
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz Bottle from Bristol Farms Palm Springs CA for 3$

Appearance - Clear amber/copper with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, apricots, pineapple

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some peach, resin, and pineapple. It ends with a malty yet fruity aftertaste with a hit of hop bitterness.

Overall – Kind of like a east coast meets west coast IPA. It reminds me a bit of a smuttynose finest kind to some extent mixed with a lagunitas IPA. My first beer from this brewer and very good stuff.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.56/5  rDev +16.3%
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 jesus808
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass, and the aroma was splendid. I had just tried 3 other Sam Adams IPA's, so it was nice to capture an aroma they had lacked. This one prepared me for the West Coast pop it was gonna have. And, it did. Not overly agressive, but it had a bite. Then, the sweet malt arrives in the background. That's what impressed me. The balance between the citrus grapefruit, tangerine, and piney hops with that dry malt on the back end. Very nice. Drakes is easily one of my favorite home town beers. Bravo San Leandro.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

One finger of head on a medium straw colored body.
An aroma of lemon and grapefruit, really nice.
The taste is lemon with a strong grapefruit balanced with a good malt backbone.
The texture is soft with moderate carbonation and medium body.
A solid and above average IPA.

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Photo of Topher78
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into my glass and watched as the light amber colored liquid filled it. It poured a fingers worth of an off-white head that left great lacing. The aroma was of citrus, pineapple and mango. The taste centered more around the pineapple and citrus but had a good deal of sweetness that balanced the beer very well. Drakes IPA had a light bodied mouth feel and finished very dry.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
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 magictacosinus
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a very nice golden-amber IPA tinge, yet in this case, one that *nearly* resembles Pliny the Elder! There's a fantastic burst of carbonation, but eventually the bubbles become less thicker and plentiful in appearance. However, it retains a good, 2.5 finger head that slowly recedes, yet never really gives up no matter how warm it gets. Lacing sticks like thick webs all over the glass's edges, and giant bubbles remain around the ring at the top of the mini head. Fabulous!

There's an initial floral whiff that overpowers the aroma, only to then be replaced by fresh, zesty citrus notes (mainly on the orange side), as well as sweetened toffee malts. The herby smell is extremely typical of West Coast IPAs, only in this case, incredibly fresh in smell and crisp as hell. Not much honey or grapefruit aromas though, which is a nice change of style on these types of IPAs.

The first sip is very bittered and filled with intense, fresh floral notes, sweetened candy sugar, and more citrus notes than in the aroma (including grapefruit). The hops really shine here, and there's a slightly spicy yet mainly hemp/floral flavor that seems to overpower all the others. Not too many malts, but there is a yeasty astringency that immediately follows the bitterness. Very carbonated and thick, this has an immense syrupy feel. The spices seem to last on the tongue long after a first sip, and there's a slight alcohol flavor that follows, but overall everything seems pretty balanced, as far as IPAs go.

A very good California-style IPA, but definitely more for hop-heads rather casual IPA drinkers. It's not too strong, and the semi-high ABV does smoothen things out a bit, but the yeastiness and rather strong hop punch at the finish may not be for everyone. As an avid fan of IPAs, this is amazingly balanced for all the flavors it offers, and easy to drink. Will pick up some next time I see it, especially because it's local!

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Photo of harrymel
3.47/5  rDev -11.5%
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 Philousa
3.26/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold copper with a metallic flare. A half finger soapy white head sits on top. This would surely lace well if I wasn't swirling it all the time. Biscuit & caramel hit the nose first, followed by mostly floral hops with some pine, citrus, and sappiness. Malt is more prominent than the hops to me. Biscuit comes to the palate first and stays the whole time. The hops are mainly for bittering, coming in the finish. The malt is pleasurable, but a little too pungent and sits on the back of the tongue. The feel is balanced as is the finish.

I'm a little torn. I want more hop aroma, to be honest. I feel like this is an English IPA that's hopped with West Coast varietals. My suggestion would be to dry hop with citra or some other aromatic hop to bring it a little more to the hoppy side, which is exactly how I like it. Fairly solid, but there are better IPAs out there. I'll look for their seasonals for the style I'm craving.

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Photo of xmorgan
4.9/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Copper, Bitter, dry finish I love the grapefruit resin it leaves on may palate, making me aware of the top of my mouth.

This is a very decent smooth IPA, a little on the aggressive side, but still on this side of the fence in comparison to Stone IPA.

A. Coppy, nice lacing,

S: citrusy, but a get lactose as well, I tested severed times and got lactose as well. (I had no dairy today)

T: Smoth, citrusy bittners, finish is dry and leave ones upper jowls to dry in residual hemp oils.

M: Meadium to full body, Like a full body beer on a diet that is barely working, It could be larger here.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into FFF Teku glass

A - Hazy, dark orange with hints of brown. There is a white, one finger white head that leaves some nice lacing

S - Light grapefruit, pine and tangerine come forth from. Overall, a simple and light nose

T - Strong grapefruit and light pine dominate Initally. There is a light sweet orange that comes in the middle of the beer. The finish is strong pine that lingers in the finish. Well balanced and only a light hint of the 7% ABV

MF - Medium carbonation with a creamy medium body. There is a slight resin residue that remains in the finish that helps the pine linger on

O - Solid west coast IPA that I could imagine drinking on a frequent basis if I had access to it. However, it is not outstanding enough for me to want to get some in the Midwest as its much easier to get a hold of Furious or Two-Hearted.

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Photo of match1112
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: clear amber body with a thin creamy head.

s: pine, citrus, caramel and more pine.

t: pine, citrus, pine, caramel, pine and more pine.

m: medium body nice carbonation. dry from start to finish.

o: alittle too piney and dry for me. i prefer ipa to be juicy citrus flavors with a touch of sticky oil on my cheeks. not bad if you like drinkin christmas tree.

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Photo of jethrodium
2.26/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap. Pours a clear, fairly light golden amber with a small white head that settles to a ring and leaves some light lacing on the glass. The aroma is pine, caramel, butter, and some light floral notes. The initial taste is pine and dank hops with some caramel. The finish has a bit of bitterness and lots of buttered popcorn. Much more diacetyl in the palate than the nose. Medium-heavy body. Medium carbonation. This was not very enjoyable. If there was any more diacetyl it would have been undrinkable.

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

Another one from one of my favorite breweries. Pours a pale amber with great carbonation and some lacing. The aroma is nearly a perfect balance of pungent and citrusy hops with pine and a bit of sweetness. Grapefruit, orange rind, pine resin, Cascade, spicy hops are well balanced with crystal and cracker malt that keeps the hops from being too astringent. Crisp then silky in the mouth with a good dry finish. A great example of the west coast IPA without being overkill, tastes like hop candy!

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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 marikoangel
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint at Amsterdam SF

A: It pours a clear caramel orange color with some spotty lacing. There was not much head to it.

S: I get nice fruit citrus hops followed by a nice malty quality. There's also some other fruit notes hiding in there, like dried persimmons, bananas, maybe apple. sweet and a little candied.

T: It tastes like it smells. I get the dried persimmons and banana first though, with the citrus hops coming out large in the middle before mellowing out into a slightly sweet malty finish.

M: The mouthfeel is medium with lower carbonation and just slightly chewy. Heavier than I expected. Maybe the keg is getting low?

D: It's nicely drinkable and enjoyable enough. The dried fruit favors are interesting enough to capture my attention. It is a bit heavy though, so I would probably only drink one or two of these in a sitting. Overall its nice.

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Photo of tony223366
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Three plus fingers of fluffy white head erupt nicely from this beer. Once it dwindles slightly I see a much more rocky face. Huge lacing right around the rim of my glass as well. Beautiful caramel color with crystal clear clarity. Nice carbonation action from a thin stream in the middle. Wow, congratulations Drake's, you brewed a perfect looking ipa.

S: Nice big citrus hop aromas with some nice light pine aromas mixed in as well. The caramel malts are apparent. Some nice breadiness. I would like it to be a hair brighter. But good all around and leans toward a more balanced ipa.

T: Huge, huge hop flavors hit me first. The flavor is far brighter than the aroma would insinuate. Big citrus with some sharp pine. This leads to the lightly caramel and mostly bready malts. They do hold up but not quite all the way. I'm surprised that this was considered an English IPA. However I'm a fan of hop forward so I enjoy it. The finish is crisp and bitter. It does taste a little angular I guess? Like it could be rounded out a little more smooth. But all in all delicious.

M: Nice medium body with plenty of the carbonation you need to blast away some of that bitterness and get your ready for your next drink. Slick and smooth as an ipa should be.

O: Oh so tasty and refreshing this is an all out summer beer. I'd love to have this after a long day of work in the summer to refresh me, slap me in the face to wake me up and to relax me with it's 7.00% abv. Great job Drake's

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Photo of litheum94
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottling dates.

Clear, bronze body, one-finger, orange tinted head. Thick and sticky.

Strong grapefruit and pine aromas, with some brown sugar in there as well. Biscuit malts.

Juicy tangerine and grapefruit tartness. Malts pop up mid-palate, with caramel and brown sugar. The finish has a decent bitterness with pine needle flavors.

A nice drinking IPA and pretty tasty. I do actually prefer their pale ale over this, but it's still a solid brew.

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Photo of mikechance
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A --- Nice hazy amber color with about a 1/3" of foam head

S --- Pine, citrus, hoppy

T --- Smooth, nice balance of hops & malts, not over the top bitter

M --- Medium body with right amount of carbination. Smooth.

O --- This is a very good beer. I will try to find it on tap and try it again.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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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Drake's IPA from Drake's Brewing Co.
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