Drake's Brewing Co.

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #300
Ranked #1,830
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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Reviews by kaseydad:
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kaseydad from California

4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

May 02, 2010
More User Reviews:
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CJNAPS from California

4.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Looking forward to this again this year and the triple

Jan 22, 2015
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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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beerme411 from California

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Mar 22, 2013
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kirkfrailey from Michigan

4/5  rDev -4.8%

Mar 12, 2014
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pumaguy021 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Feb 27, 2014
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earlholman from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 19, 2016
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jmccraney from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Mar 23, 2014
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Butchnasty from Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Feb 28, 2013
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random846 from California

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Feb 08, 2014
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Maillard from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Feb 27, 2013
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RWNay from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Feb 15, 2013
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Rainblows from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Mar 19, 2013
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logicerror from California

3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Mar 03, 2014
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ben4unc from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Mar 09, 2014
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crob3888 from California

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

Apr 17, 2015
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MisSigsFan from California

4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mar 05, 2015
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aorloski from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.8%

Jan 18, 2013
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GuzzLah from Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a clear orange with an ephemeral white head. Some lace. No bubbles.

S - outstanding! Big tropical (mango / pineapple) aroma with some moderate danky-ness. I like the dank aroma, but like it even more when it's used with some restraint, like it is in this brew. It does have a little bit of onion in the aroma, but the onion is much less intense than Sculpin and Sucks and more enjoyable overall.

T - is very much like the aroma, tropical flavors with a piney, medium bitter finish and a medium-long sustain. Really smooth 9.4% abv. Basically, a perfect balance of tricky flavors for me. Not as sweet as many DIPAs, but far from being dry. Very enjoyable.

M - medium-full body for the style. Low-medium carbonation. Slightly oily. Pleasant, but firm bitterness that should please any DIPA fan, if not, surrender your DIPA drinker card immediately.

O - this is an absolutely fantastic West Coast DIPA! Enough said.

Mar 22, 2013
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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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AngelM from California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

May 30, 2013
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westcoastbeerlvr from California

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Nov 14, 2011
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CrazyHarry from California

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Mar 05, 2013
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BMart from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Mar 13, 2013
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Hendry from Vermont

4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apricot pour that is semi translucent,fluffy one finger head,solid lacing in the tulip.

Aroma is that of graham crackers and candied grapefruit peel, slightly herbal too.

Quite a solid hit of honey graham cracker followed by a counterbalance of grapefruit peel bitterness with a touch of rye spice that lingers about. The 9.3% is well masked in the sweet to bitter swallow. The rye is nicely integrated into the mix, and for those not previously a fan of rye as an ingredient, this may change your mind.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy due to the hefty malt base, carbonation is well done.

Overall, this is a solid IIPA though a touch heavy on the malt base. The flavors are interesting but a bit on the one dimensional side, yet one of the more enjoyable "balanced" IIPAs that I've had.

Mar 19, 2014
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