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Drake's IPA | Drake's Brewing Co.

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Drake's IPADrake's IPA
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
Reviews:
216
Ratings:
529
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
15.86%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
72
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 216 | Ratings: 529
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid IPA from an oft overlooked company producing some very nice beers. Pours an orange amber with quite a thick head to start, and some okay lacing. Smells a bit bready, and even a tad sweet, but there is a nice undercurrent of citrusy hops. The taste is really quite nice. Nice jolt of bitterness that is sustained throughout with grapefruit rind and pine notes. The pine becomes especially dominant on the finish. These flavors are married to a slightly sweet, pleasant breadiness at the start that lends some slight cherry fruit to the equation as well. By the finish, though, this has become a bracing hit of pine. Very nice. Mouthfeel is relatively thick for an IPA, especially many West Coast ones. This is certainly not a San Diego IPA as far as body goes, probably more akin to Lagunitas, with a bit more breadiness. Delicious, and quite obtainable in the Bay Area by the sixpack.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in a rare single 12oz bottle from Bevmo in Sunnyvale, CA.

Pours a deep burnished coppery golden colour with a frothy and thick head of beaten egg-white. Lacing is thick and raucous. Body looks quite light and a little flat, but otherwise, it's a great looking beer.

Nose is fresh, bright and comfortable, with a really big sweet tropical fruit and mellow citrus character caressing the olfactory passages. Smooth and mellow and really nicely integrated, it's west coast hops at their most chillaxed and well-balanced. Lovely.

Taste is a little simpler, with a light body guiding the straight vector of hops through the centre of the palate until they dip and dance with the malt into a carob and pine-needle fresh finish. Very clean and bright on the palate, with a remarkably light and drinkable character for the ABV.

Lovely brew, and a refreshingly sessionable IPA. I love breweries that do extreme, exciting beers, but it's almost better when a brewery puts together a characterful, but utterly sessionable and drinkable brew. Drake's have done that with this beer.

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

Poured a rich amber body with a huge, frothy head that left rings of foam. 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 West Coast IPA.

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

I got this bottle from South Bay Drugs & Liquors.

It pours from 12oz bottle a hazy gold with a good 1 finger head of foam and it has a lot of lacing.

The smell is very nice. Lots of hops there but equally strong in the malt and together, it makes for a very bitter-seet nose. I like.

The taste is as if not more impressive than the smell. Grapefruit and floral hop flavours in abundance but the malt sweetness somewhat takes the edge off the bitterness and it's *almost* a complete balance for this IPA....nah, there'd have to be a bigger malt profile here to do that. Hops win flavour domination....by more than a nose. It has a good medium mouthfeel to it and the carbonation is fairly high. It finishes on the bitter side. I'd say this is more of an American IPA but it's reasonably near the ballpark. That said, this is quite a good IPA regardless and one I'd drink again without hesitation.

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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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Photo of ppoitras
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
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 rodbeermunch
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours sexy and orange, 3/4" white head. Not the best retention, but hey, hop oils gonna hop oil. Good dry hopping, Columbus upside ya head.

Taste, good bitterness, a bunch of cara/crystal malt making the mouthfeel a little heavier and not necessarily a dry west coast pale malt background for it. Still very good. Wish they bottle dated. I've crushed a bunch of this at the #1 Raider bar around (Ricky's in San Leandro). Very good when fresh.

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Photo of DrJay
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as part of BC2. Thanks fartingdog!
This one poured a hazy orange colour with a thin, light beige cap of foam. Good head retention with some nice stickage. The aroma was predominantly hoppy (lots of pine, grapefruit, and citrus rind) with some caramel rounding it out. Moderate bitterness with a big citrusy flavour and solid malty caramel backbone. It thinned out a bit by the finish, but there was still plenty of floral character and a bit of hop spiciness. Medium/light bodied with moderate carbonation that gave it a spritzy finish. Good balance overall. Hops were up front, but weren't overwhelming. My only (slight) complaint was the flavour thinning a bit by the end. Other than that, very solid, and an easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip

A: Deep orange with a off-white head that recedes slowly leaving lace and a frothy ring. Appealing

S: Fruity hops with pine, pineapple and maybe apricots? There's a lovely caramel malt backbone to this. Not massively hoppy but great for the style

T: Nice biting bitterness up front followed by a mild pine flavor. There's a mild caramel sweetness to this with a mild peach and fig flavor but this one stays clean and dry. Good stuff.

M: Good carbonation, dry and bitter finish, this is a winner

D: This is one I'm glad i got to try. In fact, I'm glad I have another to drink!

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Photo of Viggo
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

About time I got around to drinking this one! Courtesy of fartingdog from BC2! Shared with grub.

Pours a hazed orange, thick off white head forms, settles down to a decent ring, nice lacing. Smell is intense, floral, very tropical, lots of grapefruit and pineapple, caramel, oranges, bread, pretty solid malt base, nice hops, very balanced. Taste is sweet, grains and caramel, grapefruit, oranges, pineapple, toast, flora, spicy bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, bit of warmth, very smooth and highly drinkable. Next time I need to try this fresh! Still excellent even past its prime. Thanks Dave!

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

Had this a billion times at Ricky's in San Leandro. Usually hit up the Bistro for a festival, catch a ride over here and watch the fights w/ a few pints of this stuff.

Big orange pour, a little more dull than the "vibrant" orange stuff you might see. Good hoppy aroma, hops are the name of the game, seems to be ample dry hopping in a single. A lot of malt, this leans to the heavier side of single ipas. A good amount of bitterness, but never outweighs the hop mouthfeel.

Decent enough price.

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Photo of drpimento
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Seems to be an American IPA with some Brit accents. Appearance is good with a very long lasting, cream-colored head, some lace, and a clear amber color. Aroma is mostly caramel malt with bit of hop. Flavor is strongly hop bitter, carbonic tang up front, malt sweet in back with a very long hop bitter resin finish. Palate is good.Good drinking beer.

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Photo of Gusler
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The color on the pour is a pellucid deep copper with a prodigious head that is semi-creamy in texture and the color a winsome light tan as it slowly fades, a velum like sheet of lace forms to seal the glass from view. A wonderful full hop nose, sweet at the back from the malt, citrus crisp, clean and refreshing with the start somewhat sweet, the malt plentiful and the top middling in its feel to the palate. Big bad boy hop finish, crisp and tart on the tongue, the acidity benign and the aftertaste quite dry, a fine representative to the style.

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

12oz single, thanks to Lothore and the Beerfest BIF

appearance: pours into a Great Dane imperial pint glass, clear straw-orange body with a sudsy white head and some decent lacing

smell: strong hop profile, bitterness noted, pine and spruce, sweet malty notes. Good nose

taste: not as flavourful as the nose would indicate in my opinion. taste is primarily hop driven with a big pine kick and moderate bitterness, lots of malt sweetness provides a solid base. pretty strong english ipa

mouthfeel: smooth and moderately bitter

drinkability: good

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Photo of ccrida
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic pint, Drake's IPA is a dull, burnt orange with an off-white head that leaves pretty heavy lace.

Smell is pretty heavy on the west coast hops, piny and floral, and some sweet and spicy hops. Pretty robust for an English IPA, but I like that about it!

Taste is also lots of spicy hop flavor with some tropical fruit notes, mostly strawberry, with a pretty firm bitterness on the finish. Nice and rich, malty backbone gives it a nice gingerbread note.

Mouthfeel is oily and a bit chewy, medium bodied.

Drinkability is high, Drake's does a great job of delivering big hop flavor while maintaining an overall smoothness. I've yet to have a Drake's ale that hasn't really impressed me.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

A: Pours a clear golden-amber beneath a huge, greasy, thick, off-white mousse of a head that took forever to fade into a thick rocky film. Chunky patches of sticky lace was left down the glass.
S: A sweet and juicy grapefruit bomb with dominating citrus hops and a touch of pine. I get a note or two of caramel malt and a touch of toast.
T: Follows the nose with dominating flavors of grapefruit and orange followed by sweet caramel malt and toasted grains. The finish has a touch of pine and the aftertaste is full of lightly bitter and lingering citrus pith.
M: Medium-full body, soft and airy carbonation, greasy and oily mouthfeel.
O: A solid ipa and an all around good no-frills drinking beer.

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Photo of popery
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dusky gold-amber liquid with a nice creamy head that leaves a good amount of lacing down the sides of the glass and a healthy cap on the beer.

S: Caramel, biscuit for malt, and the hops are floral, herbal and somewhat citric. Bigger hop presence than one would normally expect from an English IPA.

T: Good bitterness, good malt. It's a tasty beer, but it's really edging toward American IPA territory, rather than English. The hops are fairly dominant and there are very likely some American hops in the recipe. The malt has some English flavor, but it's mostly overwhelmed by the hops. Still quite good.

M: Good. Relatively oily with hop essence. Not much alcohol presence. Bitter, nearly astringent, finish.

D: Very drinkable if you like hops. It tastes like a mix of British and American hops, however it's the British-leaning malt that really has me coming back for more.

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Photo of morimech
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Classified as an English IPA yet there is nothing English about it in aroma or flavor. Looks terrific once poured with its deep amber color and large head that has excellant retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Hoppy aroma, (this is where this beer takes a definate West Coast tilt) with citrus notes, mostly grapefruit. Not picking up anything from the malt. The flavor likewise is dominated by citrus hops. Bitterness is moderate. Alcohol is evident in the finish as the unusually high ABV is testament. Has a slightly sweet flavor. Overall not very British. Has a very good body. Medium bodied and nice carbonation. Gives a nice smooth, soft texture. A beer that is not very British nor a beer hopheads would find hoppy enough. Overall I enjoyed this offering but it was not what I was expecting.

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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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Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is a clear but effervescent brownish-orange in color with a magnificent head. The foam was pitted with large air bubbles then finally settled into little pits on top of the liquid. The head is just gorgeous.

Smell - The sharp, resiny hops and stiff orange rind almost mask the soft ripe yeast but not quite. It is definitely a hop-forward nose though and you have to use quite a bit of imagination to think of this as an English IPA.

Taste - Amazingly the hops from the nose are just about as strong and powerful at the taste. The mixture of pine and grapefruit will overpower the novice drinker. The light yeasty malt base is actually quite sophisticated but is just barely hanging on here.

Mouthfeel - This medium-bodied EIPA has some bone-crushing bitterness and a nice, sprightly carbonation.

Drinkability - This is a powerhouse of a beer. It goes down especially well and qualifies as a hophead session ale. Just a tad more malt and a little bit more alcohol and this would be a classic DIPA.

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Photo of illidurit
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky dark orangish brown color with a small but dense cap of light-tan foam. Aroma is of bay laurel, lemons, oranges, and pine with a little bit of cookieish malt influence. Malt flavor is part caramel and part dark breads. Hops come through up front with sweeter citric notes and then in the finish with an astringent herbal bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty nice. Even carbonation and appropriate body.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-medium amber color with a decent off-white dad and some lacing

S-bready malt, hint of sweetness, citrus, pine, earthy

T-grapefruit, malt, light caramel, pine, earthy, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-decent IPA, definite west coast style

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Photo of Reagan1984
2.95/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to Abecall98 for providing me with this beer in a recent trade. Excellent trader.

Beer pours with a soapy/foamy head that is rather aggressive. There is an large amount of lacing that remains behind in the glass. The beer is a bright orange/amber color with very nice clarity. A decent amount of visible carbonation is evident.

Aroma is decidedly of lightly toasted malt and some spices. A little soapy actually. Fresh but not hoppy really at all.

Interesting flavor. The soapy theme carries on. Slightly sweet. A nice touch of spice and black pepper. Then some toasted malt and a big push from the yeast. I was quite taken by the yeasty nature of this. This is the 2nd one of these I've had and both tasted the same way. Both were decanted, so I don't believe I stirred up any sediment. (note beer is crystal clear)

Mouth feel is medium bodied and quite slick. Peppery and carbonation really make this pop in your mouth.

Not among my favorite IPA's. I see it's listed as an English vs. American. So that probably explains some of this. Still, not sure I'll get more of this again.

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Photo of blackie
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
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 kwjd
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright orange colour with huge white head and lots of lacing down the glass. Nice head retention. Smells of pine and citrus hops, but not a hop bomb. Not a ton of caramel malt backbone either, so it comes across as a bit weak overall. Still a pleasant IPA that I'm glad I tried.

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