Drake's Brewing Co.

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #313
Ranked #1,889
4.2 | pDev: 9.05%
Drake's Brewing Co.
California, United States
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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patre_tim from Thailand

4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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
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beergoot from Colorado

3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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Stoutmaster9 from California

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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
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BayAreaJoe from California

4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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DavidR_9 from California

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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
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BarrelAgedDiogenes from Oregon

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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mklmcgrew from California

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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gcasher from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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
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Phenomenal408 from California

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Two weeks old 32 oz bottle from whole foods.

Lots of head on this beer after pouring that continues to grow to my surprise.
You can smell the hops right away. Taste is smooth, a little bit malty and overall balanced.
This is one that you would def only want to drink fresh. I could imagine that aging this beer would give it a funk.

Great beer... not the type of ipa that I go crazy for but very smooth and enjoyable as an imperial ipa that is on the lighter sight in regard to maltiness.

Feb 26, 2017
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JackDempsy from Arizona

4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I would give this a 5, but I haven't given Stone a 5 yet and that wouldn't be right. But damn close. Best beer I've had a Drake's and it is a place I frequent often.

May 14, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

my goodness this is delicious. probably the best double ipa i have had so far in 2016, i absolutely love it. so much going on, with a little pinch of rye malt with its spiciness to cut through some of the big oily hops. notes of white grapefruit and christmas tree in the nose, blue spruce even to be specific, and then tangerine and pine sap in the taste. its clean for how big it is, no leftover grain sugar here really, and not much sweetness for how oily the hops are in the middle of it. there is a slight hint of dextrose or confectioners sugar in the taste, but its long resolved by the finish. juicy and bright, this is super fresh. its also unique as they go, the pine forward nature of it, but its not super bitter like the northwestern varietals often can be. i am surprised i have never heard of this, it being so good an all. probably should have a little more hype around it. its also one of the prettier beers in the style ive seen in some time. dead sexy white spiderwebs all over it, rings too, droopy and lazy and mellow looking. clear golden in color, some viscosity. absolutely no trace of its alcohol strength either, which is real impressive in a beer like this. the rye is genius, and i wish i had this regularly available to me. huge thanks to drlovemd87 for the hookup. this is bomb!

Apr 18, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Glowing orange and yellow, white head 1/2". Great bouquet of aromas here, citrus, tropical heavy. Medley all around.

Its a warm beer with a little sweetness, but the hop flavors dominate all the way. Solid bitterness but not excessive especially relative to the other flavors. Relatively light malt bill, tons of hops, they do it right for sure.

Mar 14, 2016
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Gregaroo from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

3-10-16 - On tap at The Mikkeller Bar in San Francisco. Beautiful people drinking top notch beers. This had the highest IBUs (100+) on the menu, so I had to get it! Oh so good and tasty for this double IPA. Served in a pint glass with foam residue that rimmed the inside walls of my pint glass. I would have had another, but Cap needed us at the Occidental for smokes. I'll seek out Drakes the next time I'm out west and can cross the bridge. This was just too good.

Mar 12, 2016
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Fatehunter from Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours three fingers of head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is a burst of pine with mango and pineapple, also a bit of bread in the background.
The taste is strong deep bitterness that goes throughout.
The texture is thicker.
It's a big DIPA.

Mar 05, 2016
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Mehinaman from Washington

4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just tried this one for the first time and was blown away. Easily one of the most tasty, drinkable DIPA's I have ever had. Can't wait to try the triple which I also was fortunate enough to obtain

Jan 30, 2016
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Shared a 750 ml bottle of this with my brother-in-law at a Mother's Day gathering. Served fairly cold into glassware.

Appearance - pale bronze beer is poured with good clarity, just a little haziness. A finger and change of a long lasting fluffy white head, some lacing steaks left behind as it recedes. Minimal visible carbonation.

Smell- a whole lot of citrus with grapefruit being the star, but I picked up lemon, mango and some pineapple too. A well rounded citrus monster, but the nose was not quite as extravagant as I had imagined it would be.

Taste - despite the huge number of IBUs, this only started bitter before turning much sweeter to highlight the tropical fruits of sweet pink grapefruit, oranges and pineapple. There's a heavy malt bill that's a little bit crackery and an equal part caramel than temper the bitterness.

Mouthfeel - super impressed as this was just super smooth, with juiciness spewing in all directions, but really easy to drink. Carbonation is present but executed in a way that it just adds to the smoothness.

Overall - Thanks again Tessa, this was a wonderful treat. A great IPA, with nearly unmatchable smoothness and a monster tropical hop flavor that is equal parts amazing yet refined. Delicious.

May 09, 2015
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

thanks to labrat for the trade, enjoyed this with tenderbranson69,poured chilled from the bomber into an IPA glass.
The color is golden with very light haze and amber highlights with visible carbonation and 3fingers of healthy cream with fine bead and wavy rings of lace that stick. The smell is strong citrus with orange and grapefruit blend of aromas and slight dank herbal quality with som mild spice almost peppery with almost no alcohol in the aroma but there is a light fruity yeast ester present with floral and subtle malt in the nose. The feel is very good with very juicy and tangy hop texture with medium high bitterness level and light astringency with malt texture adding sweetness with fully body and semi-dry finish.

The taste is very good with juicy tangy flavor as the nose hints at with more of a citrus/grapefruit focus and subtle herbal taste with slight sweet malt in the middle and a smidge of alcohol in the mostly dry finish -plenty of hops are lingering on the palate as the beer is smooth yet quaffable. I really liked this -very good Ipa would definitely recommend this and would try to find it again based on fullness of hop character in the taste.

May 05, 2015
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Goblinmunkey7 from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to whiskey for the bottle.

Appearance: Almost clear orange-amber. Head is dense, white, and bubbly. Drops to a small cap and collar in short order with decent retention. Sticky notches and sheets of lacing. Some splotches of foam remain for the duration.

Smell: Grapefruit zest, flesh, and juice. Solid push of pine needle, orange - in all aspects, and a slight woody element. Juicy citrus. A touch of alcohol runs through the back. Slightly caramelized and bready malts. Some wet pine needle. Tons of citrus and pine bitterness. Sweetness offers a compliment to the over the top hop profile.

Taste: Soft spice from the alcohol. Big and sweet with enough hop to balance. Oily pine needle and tons of citrus. Grapefruit rind dominates with a juicy push of flesh. Some orange as well. A touch of mint. Pine branch. Malts offer some caramelized sweetness. Some bready sweetness as well. A touch of pale malt. Ever so slightly tropical. Warming ups the sweetness a touch. Malts end up dominating the profile coming across with a slightly sticky and syrupy sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and slick. Medium leaning to full body with a moderate carbonation. Some astringency but not much.

Overall: Way better than Hot Pockets.

It's a true west coast DIPA. Sticky, sweet, and loaded with enough hops to kill a bear. I'll try it again as a share beer.

Apr 23, 2015
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RyanK252 from California

4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Eureka! Burger

A: Pours slightly hazy golden amber with a creamy off white head that settles and laces well.

S: Bright tropical fruit and citrus, a hint of herbal notes, and some caramel malt sweetness.

T: Tropical fruit, mango and passion fruit, citrus, orange and a little grapefruit, a little herbal dankness, caramel malt sweetness, and a touch of alcohol.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, with a little warmth.

O: Really good stuff.

Apr 22, 2015
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Hop_God from California

4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: clean orange to golden hue. Thick creamy white head

S: hops. Citrus. Tropical fruit juice. Oats.

T: see above

F: smooth and creamy. Soft as velvet. I think addition of oats is here

O: another great season of an awesome DIPA.

Mar 23, 2015
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MisterGone from California

4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 into a tulip. A golden amber (it was sitting next to my wife's Lagunitas IPA which was quite a bit darker, so...) with a white head. Super wet aroma with tropical and floral in the lead with a nice citrus following. The flavor was just a sweet blast of same said hop profiles, such that the sweetness seemed to be coming from the hops tropicals and not the malt. Brilliant. Nice citrus finish, and just a dash of alcohol blast at the back. If Top Tier DIPA's are truly world class, then this is a high ranking second tier brew.

Mar 22, 2015
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leaddog from Canada (AB)

4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

9.3% ABV

Appearance - Pours an amber with two fingers of bubbly white head.

Smell - citrus and citra hops, bready caramalts, tropical fruits (mango, passionfruit, guava), and grapefruit peel.

Taste - Nice bitter punch from the citrus and citra hops followed by the bready caramalts, tropical fruits (mango, passionfruit, guava), and grapefruit peel.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant stickiness and the hops linger in the finish also.

Overall - A DIPA with a pleasant citrus hop punch. Spot on on all fronts. A sweet find in West Hollywood.

Mar 21, 2015
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Safa1 from California

4.89/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Holy Jesus. All the hops you could ever want without any real bitterness. I was expecting something different. This is like the reverse green flash. Awesome.

Mar 13, 2015
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jooler from California

4.66/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty good. Great smell. Nice citrusy and bready initial taste. It's like aroma coma but more boozy. For the price, go with aroma coma. The more it sits, the less the alcohol is noticeable.

Mar 11, 2015
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