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Drake's IPA | Drake's Brewing Co.

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Drake's IPADrake's IPA
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548 Ratings
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 DrewBeechum on 06-09-2003

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Ratings: 548 |  Reviews: 221
Photo of jrohrbacher
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Beerbuddy21
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of aracauna
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber, a little on the brown side. The head is nicely formed and a bit soapy in appearance. The aroma is strongly hoppy. It smells a lot like Sweetwater IPA with it's balanced mixed of grapefruit and spruce. Similar in the flavor, although there is a caramel sweetness underneath the fresh hop flavors that paler Sweetwater IPA doesn't have. Excellent IPA. One of my favorites.

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Photo of Cubatobaco
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of jooler
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

look is good. smell is somewhat lacking. taste is pretty hoppy and bitter but as is any other IPA.

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Photo of number1bum
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from mymrnngjkt. Thanks Kevin.

Pours an orange amber color, pretty good clarity and a bit more than a finger of light cream head. Head retention is quite good and leaves a ton of stick.

Smells of citrus and pine hops and a good dose of caramel malt. Hmmm...this baby is smelling like an American IPA.

Taste says American IPA, too, as it's big on citrus and piney hops with ample bitterness. Really solid caramel malt backbone gives great balance. Slight buttery/toffee flavor, too, as well as some toasted malt. Great balance here and lots of hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty slick on the palate.

This is a pretty darn good IPA. Seems a lot more American IPA than English to me, but whatever. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of leftoverburrito
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of DovaliHops
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy amber-almost orange color with a medium white head that disappears fast. Scent is very citrus hoppy with very sweet candy aromas. I also pick up subtle piney notes with a bit of melon. Taste is sweet, but not as sweet as the aroma would imply. Great hop flavors with citrus and fresh melon (honeydew, cantaloup). I also get a nice maltiness with caramel and light buttery notes. Very tasty IPA. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with a crisp, bitter bite at the end. Not too crisp though, as it is a bit on the syrupy side for a regular IPA. Drinkability is high.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Clown Shoes pint glass.

The color is a cloudy orange/amber with some yellowish highlights and a foamy off-white head with some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is pretty darn sweet with a fruity citrus flavor that I am having problems placing. Some slight banana flavor as well.

The taste is pretty darn bitter at first with a thick flavor of spicy hop flavor and a touch of citrus flavor. Some sweet malt flavor hits pretty hard as well and is fight for dominance in this beer. The hops are there more so it is no surprise the bitterness comes back to pop your sense once more before the end.

The feel of this beer is pretty damn smooth. For a bitter beer there is no lingering flavor that outstays its welcome. The refreshment is right on the money and goes down well.

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Photo of beagle75
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draft pour into a shaker pint at Beachwood BBQ.

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of fine white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Caramel and dark citrus fruit, with a hard mineral edge.

T: Begins off-dry, with dominant piney hop aromatics back-lit by crystal malt and moderate acidity. Bitterness surges into the middle, displaying the quality of grapefruit peel and significant astringency. Flavors dry out somewhat by the finish, where moderate bitterness persists with a quality that reminds of mildly-spiced chiles. A faint whiff of alcohol is occasionally detected toward the finish as well.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly resinous on the palate, with low carbonation.

D: This beer has been re-cast as an American IPA (formerly listed as an English-style IPA) and the shift is entirely appropriate. In typical Drake's fashion, it is a fairly restrained attempt at a West-Coast IPA that misses the mark on account of astringency issues. Its nod to hop and malt balance results in an amber appearance and sensory qualities comparable to Ballast Point's Big Eye IPA. It is possible to understand why an old bottle with a faded hop presence would come across as a more malt-forward and traditional representative of the style.

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Photo of sansho
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a copper with two finger head.

The smell was sweet of citrus and slight piney hops.

The taste was pretty on par with the smell but with a little more citrus; grapefruit, orange, and a little lemon zest. A little malt on the back but not much and some caramel popping its head in as well.

A pretty standard west coast IPA. Being in San Diego I probably would choose something else instead though.

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Photo of mc4z
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of sloelco
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of SABERG
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.
A - Copper colored, strong carbonation yields a big white snow cap.
S - Deciduous hop profile, a nice treat in the sea of tropical' s these days, a bit of biscuit and the slightest hint of mint.
T - Pine forest delight, strong malt base fights it out with this wonderful hop profile.
F - A bit light n body but the carbonation keeps everything crisp.
O - I enjoyed this quite a bit, a through back to earlier IPAs when a bit of malt and pine was the way to go.

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Photo of nataku00
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a nonic pint class. Bright clear orange with a finger of off white foamy head leaving some light lacing as it dissipates. Lots of active carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is piney, hints of grapefruit bitterness. Fairly night aroma, despite some swirling of the glass.

Taste follows the nose, fresh pine needles and grapefruit bitterness hits your tongue and takes over. Light biscuit malts are there trying to play second fiddle to the pine as it finishes dry and long, lingering on the tongue with a slight floral note.

Light bodied and very carbonated, refreshing and easy to drink IPA. Decent option in case some of the other locals we have access to aren't available, but I wouldn't choose it over Racer 5 or Lagunitas's IPA.

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Photo of Avatar113
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of McAndrew
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of scootny
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip tumbler. A cloudy dark brownish orange with a massive head. Meringue like, it towers above the glass and slowly fades into a light covering. Thick lacing adorns my glass all the way down. Gentle carbonation keeps the foam alive

Smell is a pine forest at first that gives way to a citrus garden. A good bit of sweetness that has a faint aroma of orange cough syrup. A healthy, bready, malt voice amongst the hop onslaught is heard and appreciated. It balances the cough syrup. Notes of caramel or toffee cut in and out.

Taste is a blast of hoppy bitterness. The pineyness upfront followed by citrus and orange syrup. Then a mellow malty bread develops. That leads to more bittering at the finish as crackers remain on the palate and the malt grows slowly,lingering. Somehow it all find a very nice balance.

Mouthfeel is medium and gentle. A light creaminess as well.

Drinkability is easy and inviting. Strong aspects all finding a unique balance. Should go great with spicy foods like Thai.

Thanks to WasTrinkenSie

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Photo of RyanK252
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into Drake's Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden yellow with a healthy amount of off white head that settles to a dense layer and laces beautifully.

S: Floral and citrus rind hop notes, maybe a little grassy, a little sweet malt in there, but mostly hop forward.

T: Strong grapefruit and pine bite up front, floral and herbal notes, countered with bready malt and caramel sweetness.

M: medium body, moderate carbonation

O: Solid West Coast IPA showing off the muscle of the mighty C hops.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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

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.

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

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 Booner818
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's a 4.25 on appearance and smell. Pours a 1 3/4 finger head with a nice cloudy orange color. The retention really sticks to the glass well.

Smell is of citrusy hops with floral notes. A little bit of toasted malts lie below and a slight perfumy aroma tantalizes the nostrils.

Incredibly well balanced with an assertive hoppiness. Nice caramel malts with a nice undertone of toasted malts balanced with some nice cascades and centennial hops that are assertive but not overly overpowering for the style.

Moderately crisp mouthfeel that feels full on the palate.

Very nicely done ipa. I could easily have several of these and stil want more.

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Photo of jeffthepony
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of younger35
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this from brew as an extra in a recent trade with 0110x011. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Appearance- Pours a fairly dark reddish orange with a huge three plus finger head that recedes very slowly. A nice cap and collar are left throughout the whole beer and leave loads of thick lacing.
Smell- Lots of raw piney hops in this one with a small bit of citrus in the background. Think Christmas tree, pineapple, lemon zest and some orange pith. A bit of malt adds traces of cotton candy sweetness that hides under all those hops. Also a sort of weird metallic tinge in the background.
Taste- Like the nose plenty of really earthy pine sap and even some strange bitter grassiness. Plenty of orange and grapefruit to top off the hops. Sweet bubblegum and a bit of caramel add more than enough balance to the hoppiness. Also that weird metallic tinge is in the taste. I'm assuming it's the water they use.
Mouthfeel- Fairly light with a decent creamy body and light very crisp carbonation with a bit of warming at the end.
Drinkability- This is a pretty darned tasty and very drinkable IPA. It's really balanced and got that nice citrus twang that I do enjoy. I was very surprised about this one and happily so. Big thanks again to Matt!!

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Drake's IPA from Drake's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 548 ratings
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