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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:
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Added by magictrokini on 12-17-2008

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4.1
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9.51%
 
 
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Photo of beagle75
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft service into a shaker pint glass at Beachwood BBQ.

A: Clear, light amber with over one finger of persistent white foam. Lacing is heavy on the glass with clear step-wise progression for the first two inches.

S: Intense pine and citrus combine to make a dazzling hop aroma. Some assertive toasted grain also appears, but seems passive compared to the presence of the hops in the nose.

T: Begins off-dry, with excessive acidity early. Hop aromatics are detectable with grapefruit citrus making up a strong majority of that flavor. The middle sees the arrival of some pale malt, along with increasing bitterness and a whiff of fusel alcohols. Bitterness becomes robust in the finish, showing an intensely herbaceous quality.

M: Thick viscosity, hop oils are palpably resinous and sticky on the palate while acidity is initially scorching, with moderate carbonation.

D: This DIPA displays some common threads to other beers by Drake's, but unfortunately not all of them are positive. While the character of this beer is undeniably hop-forward, it is the accessory qualities that come across as being heavy-handed. Acidity is unbalanced and excessive at times, while the texture of the beer is simultaneously more fizzy and viscous than one would expect for the style. It is a good beer with some rough edges left on, and preferable to many other DIPAs.

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Photo of BTPete
3.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drake's Hopocolypse

A:  amber colored and completely clear.  What small head dissipates to nothing.  

S:  strong hop aroma.  Quite a bit of citrus & floral but also a decent pine presence.  Others agree on pine.  One comments it smells of cat urine...but in a good way.

T:  in the taste the citrus is more present.  It is quite bitter on my mouth and throat.  It ends with a bitter dryness that is a little puckering.

M:  smooth in that it is cask ale and the carbonation is low.  Bitter at the end.  ABV is present though.

D:  a really nice treat out of the blue.  The last firkin or keg of this beer for the year with the brewer introducing it.  I'd drink again, nice local brew.

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Photo of harrymel
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 29jan13

Golden amber with loose soapy foam and brilliant clarity. Resin, grapefruit, tangerines, pine, grapefruit and some more bitter grapefruit. Tastes malty boozy fruity and. Bitter. Good medium body with moderate Carb and a wet finish
Nice beer.

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Photo of veinless
3.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange, with plenty of brown hints. Very, very dark DIPA with two-finger head that dissipates to a one-finger cap that retains well. Lace is minimal.

This is tropical bomb, with gobs of mango, jackfruit and pineapple. Caramel lends a ripe sweetness to the fruit, and there is a noticeable lack of pine or resin. This is a STRONG smell - I could smell the fruit from a couple feet away after the pour - and it is definitely better for it.

Taste takes a turn, moving towards a lot more pine and resin flavors. The fruit flavors take a backseat here, but are still noticeable, with plenty of tropical flavor to go around. One thing that stood out was the absence of citrus flavors - there isn't really any tartness or acidity, and for being a 100+ IBU beer I'd expect a tiny bit. I'd rather have a lot more fruit flavors, but this is a solid flavor for sure.

Mouthfeel is full, dry at the finish, and crisp. It's a typical DIPA mouthfeel and it follows the formula well enough. Drinkability is harmed by the resin and pine flavors dominating the fruit, but everything is tasty anyways so I can't hate on this too much. Drake's is a quality brewery, I just wish their bomber IPAs would have more fruit like their 12oz offerings.

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Photo of rpstevens
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good Drake's IPA courtesy of ipa247. Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium goblet (these glasses are awesome). The beer pours a glowing amber/orange. There is a thin white head that quickly fades to a tight ring, leaving oily resinous lacing.

The smell is a blast of citra, just juicy oily oranges with a background of grapefruit, tangerines and lemon zest. Beyond the initial citrus blast there is some sticky pine and the slightest hint of candied sugar sweetness way down low.

The taste is a bit sweeter than the smell. The citrus still dominates, but there is more of a sweet nectarine and sugared pink grapefruit characteristic that leads to an alcohol sweetness as well as some sugary candy notes. The finish is all bitter resinous pine and orange rinds, very nice.

The beer is well carbonated and has a nice medium body. The 9.3% abv is well incorporated into the flavors. The finish is nice and dry, inviting further drinking. This is a very drinkable DIPA. Not the best one I have ever had, but quite enjoyable. I wish there were more beers like this on shelves in New England all the time.

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Photo of mactrail
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Drakenstein's monster of a jet-fuel brew. Fairly thin and hot with alcohol. Underlain, however, by a rich malty madness. Powers on the darkly fruity tanginess. Deep orange flavor with lots of citrus rind. Stops short of the pain threshold, or more likely anesthetizes the tongue before you get too far down the hoppy highway.

Marmalade made with Everclear pretty well sums it up.

The classic orange amber in the large tulip. Poured from a 22 oz bottle bought at Baron's market in San Diego. Decent lacing and good carbonation in the mouth.

This is pretty good for an extreme example of DIPA. Actually sippable. The bitterness befuddles the senses but the fruity and floral hops hold out a sweet promise. I think several of the hop-heavy breweries should check what Drake's is doing.

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Photo of rtaps
3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours golden with a small white head that has decent retention. not leaving much lacing

a nice piney aroma with caramel malts, and its hoppy

sweet and fruity up front and fades to a bitter piney

light bodied and high carbonation, dry mouth

overall its a nice and well balanced IPA. I enjoyed both the piney and sweet/fruity characteristics in it

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Photo of Duff27
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wonderful lacing, good head retention. Caramel colored.

Faint citrus/melon smell.

Well balanced, very little booze heat. More caramel/Vienna malts than anything. Hop presence is nice, not over powering.

Wow really creamy. Low carbonation, I like!

Very unique mouthfeel made this one for me. Highly recommended for DIPA fans looking for something a little different. Thanks beerandraiderfan!

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Photo of corby112
3.81/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft at Stone Escondido, March 2013.

Pours a hazy, dark golden orange color with dark tangerine edges and a one finger frothy white head.  Excellent retention, slowly fading into a thick, lasting cap.  Glass is left coated with chunks of soapy lacing.  

Floral, slightly earthy aroma with subtle resinous pine, grassy notes and faint citrus/tropical notes.  Stronger malt presence than expected but still has a decent hop presence.  Nice complexity in the nose but the malts are a bit strong for my preference with caramel sweetness, toffee, biscuit and graham cracker.  

On the fuller end of medium body, oily and slightly viscous with a dank, earthy hop bite up front that provides lingering dry bitterness.   Decent tropical/citrus fruit notes countered by a strong malt backbone.  Strong bitterness followed by grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel flavors.  Maybe some tangerine in there too.  Strong malt backbone with some biscuit, toffee and graham cracker.  Nice balance but the malt presence is a bit too strong for my liking and the hop profile could use more complexity.  A bit thick/full bodies for the style as well.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Kinda thick looking when poured. No head after a few min. Little bit of lacing.

Aroma is kinda malty with some nice citrus hops. Kinda apricot.

Taste is ok. Not as malty as expected. Kinda sweet. Feels like it's missing something in the hop flavor dept. It's ok though.

Mouthfeel is a little thicker than I like but not the worst for sure.

Overall an OK IPA. A little better than average but not by much.

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Photo of Philousa
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Imbibed on tap at Harry's Hofbrau on 2/19/12,

Pours a semi opaque metallic gold with decent head and retention, though no lacing to speak of (could have been the glass). Super pine and citrus aroma! Acidic with a good amount of orange and pineapple. Nothing but bitterness in flavor. Very piney, resinous, but still light. Aftertaste is harsh, like tree bark. It smooths out a bit with more to drink and as it warms. This is extremely bitter. MF is more balanced than not, though leaning towards the viscous side, like it's cousin, the Black Label.

This is definitely interesting, but nothing I'd request in more than 8oz at a time. Take sips, not gulps, and you'll be rewarded. Water doesn't hurt either.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 2-11-14 and the Raul man wishes that he could have tasted a fresher batch...but hey, when the prom dress comes off, it comes off.

Assertive like that girl in the office who thinks that she owns the place, but she's cute, so you put up with it anyway. Ok... this is definitely a big boy and it lets you know it. Bits of juice, bits of malt... and they party merrily like a cruise ship that doesn't have plumbing issues.

Raul is into it, but he won't sing to it on its birthday.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 02-18-12
22oz with pint

A: Pours a light and sort of dull hazy caramel color. Produces a nice 2 fingers of creamy tan head. Some waves of lace interval with each sip.

S: Smells of mellow caramels with some nice fruity hops. Not uber pungent but somewhat tropical with hints of guava and mango. Aromas are a bit delicate here. Has a light floral quality. Some alcohol.

T: Decent stinging hop bite out the gates with some soft tropical fruit flavors and light pines. A caramel malt sweetness throughout. Taste has a bit of a sharp alcohol bite at first. A tad boozy but it does back off as I make my way through the pour. Some citrus peel and again mangoes. Sort of grows on you…I want to like it a lot.

M: Decent creamy texture with a good dry finish to it. Sticky resinous hops and sweet sugars coat the palate a bit.

D: A bit harsh at first with the alcohol flavors and high level of bitterness but does mellow out a bit. Manages some practice in balance of the sweet malts and hoppy goodness.

Not bad and definitely worthy of a try or two. My bro liked this one a lot but didn’t blow me away for a Citra DIPA. Will probably check it out again.

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Photo of JohnCassillo
3.87/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into tulip glass

A: Pours an opaque copper/orange, with minimal carbonation and a very thin head. But has a sort of glow to it that just makes it look more attractive right from the onset.

S: Fruity and sugary nose. Hops are there, though not as you'd typically expect from a West Coast DIPA. Overall aroma doesn't emanate as much as other variations on the style.

T: True to smell, it tastes fruit-forward, with some hop resin undertones. But the big takeaway was the malty backbone (again, surprising for a West Coast DIPA, and one called Hopocalypse).

M: Warm, lightly carbonated. It goes down smooth and lacks the hefty body you might expect given taste.

O: Great beer that toes the line between East Coast and West Coast DIPA. If there's anywhere it falls short, it may only be due to its name, which implies "hop bomb," yet that's not exactly what you're getting here. Don't let that deter you, however.

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Photo of HipHop5
3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heavy pore from bomber.

Incredible 3 finger head that retain very long time.

Some patchy lacing here in there.

Dark coppery and sexy orange red mahogany tones color in a tulip.

Rich resin & pine citrus aromas. occasional hot hint, but nothing that will turn you off. All in contrary, this is a very inviting brew with a heavier malty backbone body that balance quite nicely the heavy 9.3 ABV and 100 IBU's.

A very thin and low carbonation makes it a bit oily on the tongue.

Hops bitterness and more hops flavor up front, lingering in the back after taste . The resin keeps it's promise here. A lighter malt bill and this whole complex structure would fall down pretty quickly. It really make you appreciate the craftsmanship of this TITAN of DIPA.

Drake's brings the big guns here so don't expect anything else than Hop bomb with heavy reload in the tool belt:)

Watch it guys, this is no jokes.

To be drank seriously but also responsibly.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into shaker pint. Hazy golden amber with a stubborn two-finger rocky cream-colored head. Mango, pine, orange, grapefruit, and caramel aroma. Bitter up front with orange peel, pine resin, and grapefruit pith. Mid palate sweetness with malty caramel and bread crust. Bitter on the swallow with a touch of aspirin and pine. Medium body, viscous texture that grows creamy as it warms, long bitter finish.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.9/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into a tall tulip

A: Pours a clear light amber color with two fingers of fluffy white foam.

S: Tropical fruits galore - pineapple, peaches, and oranges. A bit of caramel sweetness mixed with some spicy rye create a malt profile that can support such a large hop profile.

T: Spicy rye is quite dominant in the flavor, surprisingly so. Tropical fruits are still there, but are far in the background with such a large amount of rye. Some citrus comes out in the flavor as well, I'd say even more than the tropical fruits.

M: Medium thickness with medium to high carbonation.

O: The aroma and flavor of this beer are oddly extremely different. I wish the hop aromas would come out more in the flavor.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle into a clear Solo cup. A good beer to drink after moving. Sadly I don't have any glassware unpacked. Thanks to aekoops for this bottle! Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Murky orange body. Dull looking. Not much head, but it sticks to the cup.

Smell - Very hoppy. Citrusy and a hint of some grassy hops. Sweet aroma faintly in the back.

Taste - Wave of hops. Citrus. Maybe a bit monotonous, but good. Slight sweetness before it becomes overwhelmingly bitter.

Mouthfeel - No alcohol and not a lot of sugars in it. Not enough malt to overcome the intense bitterness.

Overall - The flavors are good, if a little one-note. Far too bitter in the finish, but otherwise nice.

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Photo of mindspin315
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Two finger off white almost tan head head. A couple swirls of the glass and a finger of head comes back and sticks around. Little bit of thin lacing on the sides of the glass. Dense glowing orange body.

The nose is filled with lots of aromas. Sweet caramel, mango, apricot, light spice from the hops, hemp, grapefruit with salt on top (I wouldn't put salt on grapefruit, but I'm getting this aroma here), and some pine.

Sweet fruits hit the palate right away. The pine and caramel sneak in right after the big fruit flavors upfront. The one downfall here is that the alcohol washes over the palate midway and into the finish. This really cuts the great qualities of this beer. Leaves a heavy dose of the alcohol on the tongue. The sweet malt flavors counter act the hop build nicely. Bitterness is present but is smoothed out and isn't at all harsh. A resinous mouthfeel but it never becomes to sticky. One reason is the carbonation is keeping everything clean and refreshing, but also the alcohol cuts into the stickiness as well.

If the alcohol was buried in the background here this would be one truly impressive brew. On that note, it is still a mighty fine beer. The hops and malts work together great. The aroma and taste are so good. The mouthfeel suffers greatly from the strong alcohol presence. If that beast were tamed then maybe the Hopocalypse wouldn't be so harsh on us.

[90/100]

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Photo of 100floods
3.92/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a pale amber with a thick two finger white head. It's paler than I'd imagine a DIPA would be, even at 9.3%. Smells of fresh pine with a nice malt back, which doesn't seem to overpower. Nice, big hop flavor, but not a hop attack. Notes of pine and some peppery/earthy hops in the second half. I'm guessing it's from the rye malt. The texture kind of comes off a little spiky. Definitely not as smooth as expected, but i'm not tripping over the feel. this is definitely something different. A hop bomb in its own right. I prefer something like this over their Denogginzer only because it's something different.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good DIPA. Aromas of grapefruit, lemongrass. Huge foamy head on golden orangey unfiltered body. Lots of hop oils, a good melange. Well malted, buffering the 100 IBU from a complete palate shread, but still raw palate many hours later. Tastes of lemon mostly, grapefruit, blood orange. Thanks Ryan.

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of bbothen
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rose & Crown. From mental notes. I'm sharp.

Pours a deep orange/rust almost brown color with a 1 finger deep off white head. Plenty of sticky lacing & webbing left on glass.

Big citrus aroma, tropical notes, grapefruit, lemon/lime zest, pine needle aroma in there too.

As nose suggests, big citric & earthy biting hop flavor, just enough caramel sweet maltiness to balance the bitterneess, warming booziness as well. The hops do dominate & let you know the star of the show.

Medium bodied, low carbonation, sticky, oily, lingering bitterness.

Guessing the ABV of this one is somewhere around 8-10%. It makes it's presence known. Would happily have a couple in a sitting. Very tasty.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Attractive amber pour, with a light, silky head. Loads of bright citrus in the nose, less prominent malt than I’ve come to expect from Drake’s. Thick, sumptuous mouthfeel with a lingering bitterness on the finish. Peach, orange, and hop oil dominate the taste, with a firm malt foundation bringing things together and giving the beer heft without booziness.

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Photo of F2brewers
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to black13 for this bottle,

22oz. bomber bottled on 11 Feb 2014 poured into a HF wine glass. Served at 40F.

A: Deep cloudy copper body covered with ~1" of creamy off-white head that lingers for a few minutes leaving thick lacing on the glass. Fine carbonation is evident. Gentle swirling regenerates the head.

S: Dank hops with a bright citrus scent. No overt malt smell.

T: Grapefruit and orange dominate. Hints of a malt backbone, but this is most certainly hop forward. Clean finish with little residual bitterness.

M: Very heavy, almost syrupy consistency. Hop resins leve a slick coating on the inside of my mouth. Good carbonation for the style.

O: A nice double IPA. Perhaps a bit past it's best day, but still very enjoyable.

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