Drake's IPA | Drake's Brewing Co.

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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 drewbage on 06-09-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
541
Reviews:
218
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
10.23%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
76
For Trade:
1
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Schoonerorlater
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of gshak
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of spinrsx
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jesus808
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Topher78
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Drake's IPA from Drake's Brewing Co.
3.91 out of 5 based on 541 ratings.
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