Drake's Brewing Co.

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Drake's Brewing Co.
California, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #761
Ranked #3,474
4.18 | pDev: 9.09%
Jan 01, 2024
Dec 17, 2008
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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Rated: 3.97 by jchanley from Illinois

Jan 01, 2024
Rated: 4.15 by Manthon from Pennsylvania

Dec 10, 2023
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Reviewed by TheWaySheGoes from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Malt heavy without being too sweet, bitterness leaves the tongue as soon as you register whats going on. ABV is extremely well hidden as well. Well done! It's simple without being simple, I know the hops used tend to be on the exotic side, but they all come together like your grandma's Sunday pot roast.
Nov 16, 2022
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Reviewed by LucidoMMA from California

3.64/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours a thick opaque golden color that isn't translucent when held up to the light.

Smells of pine, citrus, and hops.

Very hoppy all the way through. The bitterness is perfectly in sync with the malt. Bitter comes and goes like a hot knife through butter.

Overall a great hoppy beer, definitely would buy again.
Sep 22, 2022
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Reviewed by MaddDoGG5150 from California

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Pours a golden orange color, with a thick foam head.

Aroma: Herbal and earthy. Tropical fruits. Slightly bready

Taste: Bready up front, tropical fruits in the middle, and apricot with some subtle but notable hoppy bitterness that appears at the back end. Finish is pretty clean.

Overall: I really like this one. The aroma was good, and the flavors were quite pleasing. It’s an all around quality beer that I look forward to buying again.
Sep 22, 2022
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a super hazy golden orange with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a good level of retention, fading over time to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is rather heavy of an herbal and earthy hop smell mixed with a grainy and bready aroma. Other aromas of tropical fruits are there as well, with smells of tangerine, papaya, mango, and guava. Light aromas of a bit of mustiness and vegetal notes are there as well, giving a slightly more dank aroma overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a thick bready flavor mixed with a bit of the tropical fruits that were in the nose. Right from the start there is a decent showing of an earthy hop accented by some lighter herbal and grapefruit hops. As the taste advances the tropical fruit sweetness increases a bit with the bulk of the increase being a mix of guava and tangerine. All the while the hop get even heavier in earthy flavors being accompanied by an oddly pleasant, somewhat vegetal taste. With a touch of alcohol and a bit of peach and apricot becoming noticeable at the end, one is left with a interesting, dank, and rather pleasantly satisfying hazy like IPA Taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is heavier with a carbonation level that is average. For the interesting flavor profile and more dank nature of the brew the feel is great and makes for a nice full bodied and flavorful sipper.
Overall – A rather nice, non-traditionally flavor hopped IPA. Very fun! It reminds me of Deschutes Hop Henge. That was a uniquely hopped beer that I very much enjoyed. So is this.
Apr 28, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Beecham from California

Apr 02, 2022
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Rated by entheos from California

3.7/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Very good, but harshly bitter.
Jan 09, 2022
Rated: 4.17 by desint from Belgium

Dec 16, 2021
Rated: 4.41 by Dsimenson from California

Oct 01, 2021
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Reviewed by CTHomer from Connecticut

3.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
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
Rated: 4.28 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Aug 03, 2021
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Reviewed by schoolboy from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4 by Lelampp from Ohio

Feb 27, 2021
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Reviewed by clayrock81 from Florida

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 4.16 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania

Feb 20, 2021
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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
Rated: 4.28 by ScottyB515 from Ohio

Jul 23, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

May 25, 2020
Rated: 3.79 by IdrinkGas from Pennsylvania

Apr 20, 2020
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