Drake's Hopocalypse | Drake's Brewing Co.

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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

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Added by magictrokini on 12-17-2008

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Ratings:
697
Reviews:
177
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
9.49%
 
 
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Photo of Ramrod
3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

It's "Meh" what can I say

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Photo of brotherloco
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Don't need any freshness dating on this one, as the first bottles were just released last week. I love getting fresh DIPAs!

Bottle indicates 9.3% ABV and 100+ IBUs

A decent looking pour, quite common for the style. Smells great, fresh pine and citrus, very pleasant sweet malt in the background.

Taste is good, but lets me down from the nose. Malt is a bit sticky and sweet on the tongue and masks the initial bitter hop bite. The hop flavor is there no doubt, and is the best part of the taste. The middle gets a bit harsh and the flavors separate a bit. Finish doesn't hide the ABV as much as I'd like.

A good mouthfeel if a tiny bit sticky, but the finish kind of kills any easy drinkability.

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Photo of beagle75
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
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 -9.2%
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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3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Drake's Hopocalypse from Drake's Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 697 ratings.
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