Hopocalypse | Drake's Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Drake's Brewing Co.
California, United States
drinkdrakes.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by magictrokini on 12-17-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,372
Reviews:
181
Ratings:
707
pDev:
9.07%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Reviews by elNopalero:
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5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This review is for the 2012 version. If there’s an end-of-days then this wouldn’t be a bad choice to go out drinking!

This pours a clear, golden yellow with nice foam. There’s a big piney-grassy aroma that surrounds the olfactory senses. Flavor is bitter, bitter, bitter. Tongue-curling grassy hops scrape the taste buds off and cut through all other flavors. This is a good one for those who like palate-wrecking DIPAs. Mmmmm!

Postscript: the 2013 version is just as incredible!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of CJNAPS
4.83/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Looking forward to this again this year and the triple

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the 2010 Hayward Bistro DIPA Festival.

Amber pour with a bright white foamy head. Major grapefruit aroma which is very nice and clean. A lot of citrus blasts in the taste which is very smooth and there is another kick of grapefruit on the swallow which leaves a nice bitterness on the buds...begging for another sip. Smooth mouthfeel and at 9.25% the drinkability is dangerously easy.

Overall I am a big fan of Drake's and this did not disappoint. A great tasting DIPA that is worth searching for. Well done.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -22.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The Beers of California

#63

Bottled Date: 1/29/13

A: Orange with some haze and head of white foam towers up after a solid pour and stubbornly sticks around and to the glass.

M: The nose is remarkably fresh with pine and tangerine dominance and hints of tropical breeze. The malt is there: baked bread and caramelized sugar.

T: The malt seems to strike first with a deep caramel breadiness which is both separate and supportive, while at the same time unified, with the hop earthiness and freshness. There is flowers, pine and tangerine which carries on to a cleansing hot bitterness.

M: The feel is as expected; medium bodied with linger that never seems to stop and carbonation on the aggressive side but in a pleasing way.

O: Jumped on a bottle after a recommendation from the guy at the bottle shop. I enjoyed this brew from Drake's which adds another solid DIPA to the already stellar West Coast class and will definitely grab another when fresh and available.

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Photo of mmcurran
4.44/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. This is my 100th DIPA rating.

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is great. I get a ton of hop presence, mainly getting resin, pine and citrus notes.

The flavor is equally as good. I get a lot of grapefruit and pine notes, as well as some orange citrus. There is a little bit of bready malt in the beer, but this is all about the hops. Medium bitterness and very easy drinking.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. An outstanding Double IPA and more than worthy of being my 100th rating.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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

Photo of magictrokini
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap @ Toronado San Diego. Pours hazy orange-gold with a ring of white bubbles and an oily top. Sweet, fresh-picked pink grapefruit and oranges with a lot of pine in the nose. More of an earthy character than perfume. Heavier mouthfeel, slick and oily, with light carbonation. Lovely resin-and-grapefruit taste. Flows well with the pine oil and hints of oranges and pineapple. Normal caramel malt to balance it, without making the beer "candied" in terms of the citrus. No biscuits, a fair amount of booze. Lovely, hope they bottle this one.

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4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

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4.15/5  rDev -1%
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

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Photo of pat61
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Resiny, minty, grassy nose with light fruit and citrus. Pours brilliant gold under a 1” lacy persistent foam cap. It has a rich, malty entrance with fruit followed by rich hop flavors finishing with a peach bittered by hops with traces of citrus. There is also some hoppy vegetal astringency in the finish which has a drying effect. This is a big beer with a very creamy body and very fine soft carbonation.

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

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Hopocalypse from Drake's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 707 ratings