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Drake's Hopocalypse | Drake's Brewing Co.

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Drake's HopocalypseDrake's Hopocalypse

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of nataku00
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bomber poured into a tulip glass. Dark orange and clear beer with half a finger of loose off white head. Head dissipates quickly to the surface, leaving some small bubbles on the collar and very light lacing. Some lazy carbonation slowly rising up from the bottom of the glass.

Definitely a bit of rye on the nose, spicy and bready, light citrus hops, and some earthy bitterness in there as well.

Pretty good rye IPA. Good balance of bitter hops, orange and grapefruit citrus, light resiny pine, and earthy grassy hops as it warms up, with the spicy rye and bready malt. Not much lingering bitterness on the tongue, finishing remarkably clean for a fairly big beer.

Light to medium body with some mild carbonation that's enough to help keep the tongue fresh from the bitter hops. As you drink more of the beer, there is a bit of earthy hops and rye lingering in the back of the throat only. Nice citrusy hoppy rye DIPA from a local brewer.

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Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this a couple weeks back and forget most of it but had it so many times on tap it's old hat.

Beautiful orange amber looks like a good DIPA with some color in the middle.

Smells like it tastes, big ass hops up front with some bready malts thrown in for good measure. Becomes sweeter as you drink but has that good resin coating a good DIPA should have.

Get it if you like hops. If you dont like hops, go away.

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Photo of jibbyvonjibb
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought @ Whole Foods, Venice. In the back. Around $8.
Color is copper, large foamy head. Candy like sweetness, like a caramel candy. Orange lollipop. Tropical fruit: mango, pineapple. Body is medium. Finishes surprisingly clean. Overall, not bad. A tad too sweet for my liking, but perhaps good to share a bottle with a couple friends.

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Photo of litheum94
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011 release. Reviewed 2/29/12.

Clear, golden body. Thick, lace white head forms and then settles to a 1/4" cover, dense and foamy.

Complex hop aromas: pine flowers, citrus and tropical fruit. Very faint hint of caramel malts. This is all about the hops, and it smells great!

Some malts at first, caramel and brown sugar, leads into big hop profile, tropical fruit, sweet grapefruit, pine and some spice. Finish showcases a nice bitterness, with more fruitiness.

A great and tasty DIPA. Loads of delicious hop flavors with just enough balance to it. Another winner from Drake's.

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Photo of Thingus
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live tasting, bomber into Duvel tulip...

Appearance; pours a remarkably clear copper/orange/burnt sienna color... Two fingers of bubbly off white head quickly dissolve, and retention is minimal... Very thin film is all that remains after a minute or so... Minimal amount of blotchy lacing...

Smell; opens with generic tropics and citrus, having a slightly difficult time pinning down specifics... A dull carmel sweetness hangs around in the glass as well.

Taste; generic tropical fruits, strong grapefruit and orange rinds, good resinous finish but not too much pine... I do get mild hints of caramel... Spice comes in as the bitterness starts to come into full bloom... As it warms up a little, things are changing a bit, there is significantly more bitterness as well as a slight alcohol/resin bite on the finish.

Mouthfeel; solid mouthfeel, good carbonation and full medium to light full bodied... Slightly sticky finish with a moderate bitterness that hangs around..

Overall; a rock sold DIPA, but I was hoping for a bit more bitterness and perhaps some more complexity... Absolutely not bad but perhaps a little vanilla compared to some of the offerings I've had recently... Would love to get my hands on the black label!!

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Photo of LiquidBread219
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours amber with a medium frothy white head, good lace and retention.

S: Really pretty. Reminds me of Pliny with a heavy resin piney nose with just a touch of citrus, hard to put into words, but I know it when I smell it, beautiful.

T: Has a fairly big malt component especially for CA, but it is constrained within the hop character. Huge pine and grapefruit mix, delicious.

M: Medium to full-bodied, resin filled with a long aftertaste.

D: Outstanding Double IPA, one of the best beers I've had in a while.

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Photo of Ynot2
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a bomber.

Deep amber color with a 2 finger white head, leaves lots of lacing.

Smells like a citrus bomb went off in the glass followed by a light pine smell.

Taste lives up to the 100 BU claim, lots of bitter hops as expected from the style. The hops are mellowed out a bit by the malts coming through. Quite hot with the high ABV.

Mouthfeel is in the mid range, light carbonation and slight oils.

Drinkable but the ABV makes you slow down, I like a little less ABV, but a nice beer, worth buying.

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Photo of azdback
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Stone Imperial glass. Cloudy burnt orange. Almost bright white, 2 finger sticky head.

Smells of orange and sweet malts, and that is all.

Hop bitterness but not as citrusy as some others can be. Sweet malt, and a hint of orange peel, but mostly Hop over-the-top.

Great carbonation, but a slightly less than perfect thickness. Big alcohol bite.

To be fair, this is my 6th review of the night. All in all, I am really enjoying this offering from Drakes. Great extra from jodan.

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Photo of whatthehull
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Updated 3/26/15 Much better than the 3.75 I gave it 4 years ago. Everything was the basically the same, but dang, my tastes must have changed so i am updating according. Still a bottle and the exact glass, haha.

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - Cloudy golden orange, *3 finger frost white head and some sticky lacing

S - HOPPY! Also, lots of resin up front. Citrus, pine, earthy flowers, some pineapple, some sap, a bit of tropical flowers and fruit, grassy and definitly sweet, like corn syrup sweet

T - You can taste the alcohol, then the hops, the sweet and the bitter is much bigger than the smell would lead you to think. Love the resin, sap, grass and pineapple. Some toastiness that I couldn't get in the smell. The sweet is nice. The balance is off a bit, but still very nice

M - Fluffy, coats the mouth in a serious array of bitters. The sweet hangs around for a while and all the hop flavors linger

D - For the IPA lover, this beer is awesome. For the IPA snobs, this is not balanced enough for you. I think this beer has nice drinkability for the alcohol content and being not completely balanced

Final thought - For the price $6, ABV above 9%. This beer is one to try. Thanks again Drakes

* denotes update

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Photo of dubinsky
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle poured into a goose island stemed glass.

A - Pours a dark mostly clear amber color with a one finger off white head. The head sticks around for a really long time. Wonderful head retention and eventually great lacing.

S - Wonderful aromas of pine and citrus and rye. I'm smelling some faint pineapple and mango as well. Some hints of malt sweetness present. The smell is very pleasing a d welcoming. Definitely a strong point in this beers profile.

T - Oh my, this is one hoppy beer. They're not kidding with the 100 ibu claim. It's wonderfully bitter up front with a very strong malty backbone. Slightly sweet finish, but the aftertaste and the lingering effect on my tongue is all bitter hops. Definitely what I love and come to expect from a West Coast DIPA.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation. the 9.3 abv isn't hidden that well and neither is the 100+ IBU's. It's bitter, strong and very pleasing in my mouth.

O - I really enjoyed this offering from Drakes. I'm lucky that they are a local brewery and are making high quality beers. But they have to to compete with the other local breweries.

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Photo of therackman
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to darrenstory for trading me a bottle of this for a Block 15 Sticky Hands Homegrown. Poured into IPA glass from 22 oz bomber dated 1-27-14.

A: golden, transparent, 4-finger off white frothy head with good retention and lacing
N: not as hop forward as I expected. Balance of citrus, grapefruit, apple with malt, very mellow aroma for a DIPA
T: grapefruit, orange peel, apple, caramelly malt, no pine, little bitterness - even my non beer drinking wife mentioned how non-bitter this beer is
M: light carbonation, some alcohol warmth, smooth
O: not what I was expecting for a DIPA but very balanced and good flavors

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to whiskey for the bottle.

Appearance: Almost clear orange-amber. Head is dense, white, and bubbly. Drops to a small cap and collar in short order with decent retention. Sticky notches and sheets of lacing. Some splotches of foam remain for the duration.

Smell: Grapefruit zest, flesh, and juice. Solid push of pine needle, orange - in all aspects, and a slight woody element. Juicy citrus. A touch of alcohol runs through the back. Slightly caramelized and bready malts. Some wet pine needle. Tons of citrus and pine bitterness. Sweetness offers a compliment to the over the top hop profile.

Taste: Soft spice from the alcohol. Big and sweet with enough hop to balance. Oily pine needle and tons of citrus. Grapefruit rind dominates with a juicy push of flesh. Some orange as well. A touch of mint. Pine branch. Malts offer some caramelized sweetness. Some bready sweetness as well. A touch of pale malt. Ever so slightly tropical. Warming ups the sweetness a touch. Malts end up dominating the profile coming across with a slightly sticky and syrupy sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Sticky and slick. Medium leaning to full body with a moderate carbonation. Some astringency but not much.

Overall: Way better than Hot Pockets.

It's a true west coast DIPA. Sticky, sweet, and loaded with enough hops to kill a bear. I'll try it again as a share beer.

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Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Ladyface Brassiere in a 16 oz shaker glass. Nice golden to amber hue. No head due to their pouring methods. Smells nice and malty, a bit of skunk going on, and some nice spicy citrus. Great flavor, lingering bitterness. VERY VERY scarily drinkable for 9.25. One of the better Drake's brews I've had.

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Photo of titosupertramp
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tip of the cap goes to Genghis22 for sending this as an extra. This was a terrific box.

A: Pours a semi-hazy orangish amber. Big three fingers of soapy white head that's in no hurry to go anywhere...great retention. Leaves behind a foamy film with lots of bubbles. Not as much lacing as I would expect, but there is some around the glass.

S: Big smell. Shortly after popping the cap, I was greated with a big hop aroma. Once in the glass, it isn't quite as big as I would have thought from the initial impression, but still very good. Citrus and pine are what I notice the most. Grapefruit, orange and peach.

T: Sweet and savory at first. Orange, peach, mango, grapefruit..maybe pineapple? Finishes with an even, pine bitterness and toasted malt...some alcohol present Want to give this a 4.5, but something is holding me back..maybe alcohol finish.

M: Smooth and creamy. A little sticky and dry with just a little alchohol burn.

O: Despite the alcohol being slightly present, this is a pretty drinkable DIPA. It tastes and smells very good and in terms of looks, you can't ask for much more. This is a very good example of the style and I'll talk about Hopocalypse in a good light for sure.

Thanks again James.

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Photo of NorCalYeti
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

taste- sweet hops, grapefruit, big malty backbone, strong bitter hop component, grainy

color- light amber

clarity- clear

smell- sweet hops jump from the glass, citrus fruit, bubblegum

body- hoppy bite throughout the drink with an astringency at the front of the mouth, medium-weight on the palate, dry oily finish

appearance- finger and a half foamy slightly off-white head, active carbonation in the glass, head disipates pretty quickly after the pour...nice lace retention

overall impression- better than good beer, that's true to the style. aroma is pretty straightforward, sweet...i will say there is no characteristic sulfur smell that sometimes accompanies the higher alcohol doubles. the taste is overwhelmingly bitter but still enjoyable and drinkable. hopheads will seek this out and rejoice i'm sure...this is a strong one that goes straight to the head so beware

notes and comments- american two-row malt and english pale malt are combined with vienna, rye & crystal malts, then balanced with german magnum, simcoe and chinook hops. dry hopped with additional simcoe and chinook

beer spy- monument wines and spirits, concord ca, march 2011, $6.99, 22oz

glassware: pint

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Photo of Beerenauslese
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at SF Beer Week gala

Body is dark gold/copperish. Poured to a half inch head, pretty good retention with lacing.

Smells of light, sweet malt and tons of hops--pine and grapefruit.

Tastes pretty malty, but is balanced by the huge hop profile. Intense pine resin and grapefruit. There's a hop burn on the tongue with this one.

Body is light to medium, with ample carbonation, producing a creamy mouthfeel.

A good drinking, intensely hopped DIPA.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like I'm the first to review from a bottle. Poured from a 22oz into a pint. Pours a clear orange amber with two inches of head, great lacing.
Pretty mellow smell for being above 100 IBUs. Though it's mellow it is still pretty interesting. Citrus (grapefruit, orange), grass, flowers and some pale malts in the background.
The taste is also pretty subdued for the 100+ IBUs and 9.5% ABV. Follows the smell with the slight hint of alcohol. Goes down very smooth.
Very drinkable. A very interesting beer. I expected a bit more of an overwhelming hop flavor after the name and blurb on the brew. Still, it wasn't disappointing at all. I'd grab another soon.

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Photo of kevanb
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a stemless wine glass. Review is from notes.

Pours a nice copper color, fairly clear, a few bubbles rising to the top of the glass with a nice thick, soapy white head that leaves behind a nice network of sticky lacing. The aroma is of nice piney, herby hops, light citrus with some pale cereal grain. Very earthy on the nose, but not overly dirty, the citrus gives it a nice touch of brightness. The hops are certainly in focus on the tongue, lots of pine and herby, bitter hops, grapefruit, orange peel and some lighter floral flavors, just enough light, sweet, grain on the tongue to help balance the bitterness. The body is nice and rich, lower carbonation, juicy body that has a slightly dry finish.

Verdict: A nice DIPA from Drake's. The hops flavors are a little earthier than I personally care for, but they are fairly well balanced. Worth checking out.

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Photo of Scrumtralecent
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to leschkie! Always a pleasure. Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A - Solid white head on top of a sparkling amber orange beer.

S - Citrus hops dominate at first. Grapefruit, orange, with a little malt lingering in the back. As it warms, some bittering hops come out, muttles the aroma a little however.

T - Big hop bite, with those bittering hops shining through. Not much in the way of citrus hops coming though, just a little on the sides, and a touch in the aftertaste before the bitter takes over. Very bold IIPA. Also ever changing, as your palate fatigues to one hop, it highlights another. Intriguing.

M - It's a full mouthfeel, hops are all over the palate. Carbonation is good and keeps those hops popping.

O - Solid imperial IPA. It is good, maybe not the undeniable drinkability that makes one great. However, if a hophead, this will satisfy you. It hits all over the palate, and has some tasty notes to it. Would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of olfolxholme
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75


2013 batch... 22 oz bottle into Duvel tulip

A - Amber beer with golden highlights. nice two finger white head. Some retention, good lacing. A little darker than I prefer my DIPA's, but still great looking.

S - great citrus and resinous hop aroma. can detect a little bit of the caramel/amber malts. smells so good that it brings a smile to my face.

T - great west coast hop bitterness. not as much hop flavor as aroma or bitterness, but tastes great. Hop flavor is more grassy. Malt backbone is definitely noticeable. A bit of spice, grass, and grapefruit rind in the aftertaste.

M - Nice light mouthfeel. I like the carbonation a little on the high side, and this beer delivers for me.

O - So glad I am trying this fresh, just two days after Hopocalypse weekend at Drake's. I live less than an hour from the brewery and this bottle was delivered to my favorite market today. This is a really good Imperial IPA that is worth trying. It is a little darker and grassier than some of my personal favorite DIPA's, but I enjoyed the heck out of it anyway. Incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of natemort13
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy murky copper orange. Full, off-white head.

Leafy somewhat dank hops, orange rind. Definitely some peppery spicy hops.

Taste, woof. Huge resiny hops. Lots of pine on the finish, some lingering grapefruit. Big malt backbone that stands up to the hops well. Slight alcohol presence but the the hops overwhelm it before it's really noticeable.

Mouthfeel is very full bodied with some crisp stinging carbonation. Very sticky.

Overall this is a gigantic IPA. Have no idea how the black label is gonna be bigger than this. Hops all over the place, hard to sift through for me, but that's how I like it.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 04/16/14 notes. Thanks to BeerLawyer85 for sharing this one. 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a murky, amber-yellow color with two inches of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pine hops, citrus hops, fruity malts, grapefruit, resin, earthy notes.

t - Tastes of pine hops, bready malts, dough, citrus hops, grapefruit, fruity malts, earthy malts. Taste is good but definitely maltier than the nose, with a lot of bread and dough.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. No bitter bite to it.

o - Overall I thought this was a really good beer. Definitely not a hop bomb and as hoppy as a lot of IPA's these days, but it was tasty so who cares. No bitterness and easy to drink, worth checking out.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

15 day old bottle

Pours out a clear orange body with a thick yellow tinged white head. Plenty of lace. Head retention is around average.

The nose is full of hoppy goodness. Pine and grapefruit peel are prominent. Some more tropical like flavors of pineapple and such. Malt peeks through sweet, bready,and spicy from the rye.

Big prominent resinous pine flavors. Grapefruit is up next playing a large part like in the aroma. Lighter tropical fruit notes. Just enough complimentary sweet and bready malt comes through.

Pretty full body for a DIPA and the carbonation is a little low which makes for a big creamy feel. Fairly large bitterness hits and the beer finishes slightly dry but is just so mouthwatering.

Really nice DIPA that I'm glad I got to try.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an almost-clear, orangish gold color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is straight pineapple right of the front, then it fades into grapefruit and other citrus flavors with some mellow hop aromas. A bit of pine as well. Taste is very lovely! A nice blend of citrus hops and nice pine flavors. Sweet pineapple and bitter grapefruit mix very well with the bittering hops. Nice bitter, piney finish with a bit of alcohol detection. Mouthfeel is nice and full bodied with a refreshing finish...a little sticky throughout. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is a tasty, very drinkable double IPA.

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Photo of kaseydad
4.07/5  rDev -0.7%
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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