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 afrokaze
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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 bradybeer
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold brown with a off white head-medium carbonation. Aroma is hoppy with plenty of resin. Taste is malty with a good hop finish. Mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is good-how about a few of these on a weekend night-not a problem.Ahoy matey.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of baiser
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Jae61
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

This beer poured a clear copper, had nice head retention, and left wispy rings of lace. Aroma was of fresh grass and a bit of hops. Taste profile was very balanced, and leaned towards English. Hops were not dominant as in most Western IPA's. Solid malt base, had a creamy like mouthfeel that added something nice. Checks in at a hefty 7% but is nicely drinkable. Decent IPA and worth trying.

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

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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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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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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

335th review on BA
bottle to pint
12 oz bottle

App- This pours a medium orange/amber with a one finger head. Each sip leaves a nice trail mark of lacing.

Smell- Very aromatic beer. Nice single IPA with first scents of big bitterness and a fruity sweetness tinge. Not too much but pretty balanced. Second scents come in with a forest like fresh rain pine.

Taste- Huge bitter bite to it with a resiny taste. This was a bit more malty than I thought as well. Bigger drinking as well. Some sweetness kicks in with a tangerine acidity.

Mouth- It's on the border of being light bodied but almost a small medium. A crisp medium carbonation level with a spicy note and as mentioned before a tad aciditic.

Drink- It's a bit maltier and spicier than I normally like. It was pretty good just towards the english style while trying to be a good rep of the west coast.

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Drake's IPA from Drake's Brewing Co.
3.91 out of 5 based on 536 ratings.
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