Drake's Brewing Co.

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Drake's Brewing Co.
California, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #880
Ranked #3,546
4.18 | pDev: 9.09%
Jan 09, 2022
Dec 17, 2008
Notes: Overwhelm your senses with a devastating quantity of hops, evoking notes of ripe guava, lemon blossom, and caviar lime. Drown your taste buds with this very limited release, released in bottles on Hopocalypse Day each year.
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Photo of entheos
3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by entheos from California

Very good, but harshly bitter.

Jan 09, 2022
4.17 by desint from Belgium on Dec 16, 2021
4.41 by Dsimenson from California on Oct 01, 2021
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3.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by CTHomer from Connecticut

A: hazy; deep gold in color; 1+ finger finely pored ivory head that receded to a thin cap; nice rings of lace;

S: canned pineapple juice with orange;

T: follows the nose for a moment, then it's canned pineapple juice with hints of peach and apricot through the finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: OK, but not something I would buy again;

Sep 20, 2021
4.28 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Aug 03, 2021
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4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by schoolboy from Ohio

I have one question about Drakes: how do they get them here so fresh? This is fresh like an Ohio brewed ale might be. Nice.

It pours a little hazy (about 50%) with soda pop bubbles (mostly biggish). The aroma is strong - skunky hops to ya. The taste is especially bitter but not dry, there is plenty of malt there too. It finishes heavy - not good for milder food but should stand up to other flavor bombs.

Highly recommended. This is the best of the three or four I've tried from Drakes.

Jun 02, 2021
4 by Lelampp from Ohio on Feb 27, 2021
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4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by clayrock81 from Florida

Poured a cloudy-orange gold body with minimal head and lace down the glass. The aroma is both citric and has some floral bouquet as well. Smooth, clean, medium-bodied beer with a heavy floral note with moderate citric bitterness and hints of tropical fruit sweetness.

Feb 23, 2021
4.16 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania on Feb 20, 2021
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3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Captain69 from Illinois

this is only the third beer i had with New Zealand hops - this was a delightful beer to drink , nice hoppy flavor and great sfter taste

Jul 31, 2020
4.28 by ScottyB515 from Ohio on Jul 23, 2020
4.25 by paulish from New York on May 25, 2020
3.79 by IdrinkGas from Pennsylvania on Apr 20, 2020
4.13 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Feb 06, 2020
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4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by patre_tim from Thailand

Copper filtered with a cascade of bubbles rushing northward. Topped with 3 fingers of white head.

Smells of stinky foot, durian, guava, orange, grapefruit and battery acid.

Tastes of guava, caramel, durian, banana, and jackfruit, ending in a dull tea like bitterness.

Medium body, moderate carbonation and a tannic finish.

I got this at Whole foods in Santa Rosa yesterday, and am drinking it in Redding, Feb 13th, 2018.

Feb 14, 2019
5 by reradford from California on Feb 03, 2019
3.72 by StephenBechler from Illinois on Aug 23, 2018
4.16 by SFC21 from Florida on Jul 17, 2018
4.14 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania on Jul 17, 2018
4.11 by West-Coast_Beer-Belly from California on Jul 04, 2018
4.38 by Just-the-sip from California on Jun 16, 2018
4.25 by Gkruszewski from New York on Apr 04, 2018
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4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by rkarimi from Colorado


Apr 04, 2018
4.2 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania on Mar 24, 2018
4.19 by hozersr from Pennsylvania on Mar 24, 2018
4.2 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania on Mar 24, 2018
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3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by beergoot from Colorado

Clear, golden amber body; dense, billowy head; rings and sheets of lacing along the glass. Spicy, malty aroma. Mild caramel malt base with the flavor; peppery hop bitterness, fairly intense and lingering; spruce and pine. Heavy body; thick and chewy; mostly dry finish.

A solid, tasty DIPA, more hop-forward than malt. It hides the ABV well enough and lets the malts and hops do most of the talking.

Mar 22, 2018
Photo of Stoutmaster9
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Stoutmaster9 from California

Experienced with oranges, blueberries, dark chocolate (and a wee sip of Jameson's Irish Whiskey: Caskmates IPA edition!)

Looks golden with two fingers, willowy bubbles hint O' Lacing.
Rather sharp citrus scent, malty-sour. Drool.
Strong yet graceful West Coast IPA (creamy-crisp grapefruit-citrus hoppy pine-tang.)
Not overly sour, mildly pungent. Just enough to give character, yet not lingering (nagging.)
Easy drinking, especially for an Imperial. Simple excellence.

Mar 15, 2018
3.9 by djrn2 from New Jersey on Mar 11, 2018
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4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BayAreaJoe from California

22oz. bomber bottled 1/31/18, consumed 2/27/18

Poured a beautiful golden amber with a nice head that left good lacing.

Aroma is sweet tropical and citrus fruit, with some piney and danky hops - wow this hop mix is very appealing, wish it was stronger. Another very enjoyable sit and sniff.

Taste is just flat out everything you want out of a DIPA. Perfect blend of all kinds of sweet fruits and hops hops hops - danky, piney, resinous.

Mouthfeel is an amazing medium, smooth as an easy IPA, solid bitterness but not overbearing at all, easiest 100+ IBUs ever.

Overall a spectacular DIPA. Too bad this isn't a regular. Drinks as smooth and balanced as Pliny with a taste profile I probably prefer.

Feb 28, 2018
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4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by DavidR_9 from California

Bomber bottled 1/31/18

L - Gorgeous slightly hazed dark gold body with an amazing, tall fluffy and dense white head that stays.
S - Dark moist pine, hop resin with really faint citrus notes, some alcohol heat
T - Saturated pine, lots of hop resin and bitterness, followed by a sweet barley breadiness that comes across like a cadbury milk chocolate note as the alcohol heat kicks in. Flavors linger and develop for a while. Citrus comes through again and finishes wet and resinous.
M - Medium thick/coating but not syrupy. Resinous, Medium to low carbonation.
O - Really dark piney notes paired with a strong and sweet malt bill that makes the heat easily palateable. I enjoyed this brew

Feb 13, 2018
4.21 by JLK7299 from North Carolina on Jul 17, 2017
4.25 by mnine from California on Jun 27, 2017
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4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BarrelAgedDiogenes from Oregon

Look: cloudy gold with a frothy head
Smell: pine, resiny hops.
Taste: citrus, juniper, pine, with a finish more bitter than Pliny the Elder.
Feel: lush

May 29, 2017
4.16 by bobrking from Oregon on May 29, 2017
4.11 by Daniellobo from District of Columbia on May 22, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Wasatch from Colorado

Bought On-Line

22 oz. Bomber
B/O: 06/09/16
ABV: 9%

WoW! 11 months on this bottle.

Pours a pretty nice hazy dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus off-white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, citrusy (blood oranges), some pineyness. The taste is pretty nice, hoppy, citrusy, blood oranges, piney. Medium body, ABV hidden pretty well, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, this one surprised me with the age on it, but it is pretty tasty.

May 11, 2017
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4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by mklmcgrew from California

22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

L: Pours a cloudy gold color with a one-finger head that dissipated quickly, but left nice lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Really attractive nose, with a strong citrus hops presence.

T/F: Strong IPA hops at the front, but the malt mellows it a bit in the middle. A nicely bitter finish, with some alcohol sneaking in at the end. For a DIPA, it is pretty smooth, with a medium body and enough carbonation to mellow things out.

O: Very nice DIPA! Would definitely get again.

Mar 26, 2017
Photo of gcasher
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by gcasher from Pennsylvania

Bomber poured into tulip
Fresh, happy, not too dank, cloudy, yellowish, orange, foamy white head
Really smooth
Delicious balance of Maltin essential and big hops

Mar 25, 2017
4.12 by sjrider from California on Mar 19, 2017
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