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Drake's Hopocalypse | Drake's Brewing Co.

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

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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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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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 papat444
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to WCW for this one.

Poured from a 22oz bottle, bottled on 01/27/14.

A light honey colored body with thick foam and good, strong lacing. Smell is sweet clementines, grapefruit, orange flesh. Taste is resiny, sticky, full, sweet pink grapefruit and a nice baseline of bitterness. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drake's Brewing Co. - Hopocalypse, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a cloudy orange amber with a glorious foamy head that retains a bit. Abundance of lacing.

Smell - Touch of malt. Orange and other dank low-profile juicy citrus hops. Rye.

Taste - Nice malt body with juicy citrus and a nice rye finish.

Mouthfeel - Full-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Pine and rye. Good drinkability. Not overly boozy.

Overall - Great rye DIPA! Tasty and hop juicy. It'll creep up on ya.

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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 Hendry
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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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 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 Roguer
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice one finger flat white head. Good retention and very nice lacing. Brew is a beautiful, slightly hazy copper/amber/gold color, slowly bubbling, and almost pulpy in appearance.

Huge and sweet tropical fruit aromas: mango, guava, ruby red grapefruit, and pine resin. Slight biscuit malt backbone, and some honey. Perfect? Damn close.

Flavor follows the nose: super sweet, tasting like a slightly tart guava pastry. There is just a slightly dank pine resin, and some sharper pine hop flavors in there, as well, but the emphasis is on a ton of tropical fruit hop notes. Tiny bit of flatter citrus peel in there, as well. Pepper and rye spice as it warms.

Probably my only negative mark is the mouthfeel: slightly syrupy, a little boozy. Great retention and sweet residue, decent sting. Pretty much nitpicking at this point.

This is a fantastically sweet and hop-forward DIPA. If I had regular access to it, I wouldn't pick it regularly over more straight-forward and superior (IMO) offerings like Gandhi Bot, HT, and PtE, but as a special occasion DIPA, it's a beast. Definitely try it out.

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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 BMMillsy
3.54/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle while in Napa Valley for vacation. White label bomber dated 1-28-2014 and consumed on 3-5-14. Pours a beautiful clear copper with a big fluffy white head that stays around for a while. Bright citrus aroma with a big caramel malt aroma backing it. Lots of sweet heavy caramel grapefruits on the smell here. Flavor is very malt forward with big heavy caramel grapefruit, slightly syrupy, orange rinds. Goodness this is heavy. Not what I was expecting from a west coast DIPA. Pretty good if you like this version of the style, but really lacking the bright citrus and pine I expect from my pales these days. Heavy mouthfeel, slick, some resin, medium carbonation, and really cones off almost syrupy. Not an old bottle at 4 or so weeks, but maybe this goes downhill way quick? A bit disappointed in this one, but not terrible by any means. Can't imagine how malt heavy the black label is.

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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 chugalug06
4.48/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Nearly perfect appearance. Large, four-finger, fluffy, white, foamy, head. Brew has nice clarity with nice orange-yellow colors. Spotty lacing, but not half bad. Nice legs!

Lots of fruitful apricot, apple, light pine, biscuity, light cherry, woody...

Awesome, kickass, smooth, wet, fluid bittersweetness. Intriguing earthy-light pine sweetness... Bready, creamy, easy-drinking. Smooth and simple. Not over drawn. Medium viscosity and smooth medium carbonation. Pretty good burn without kicking the legs out from under you.

Wow. This brew rocks. Very drinkable and fresh;y unique. Not a hop or sugar bomb, at all. Highly recommended. Thanks for the great extra, zhanson88!!!

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Photo of pkalix
3.05/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

nice, dark urine color. very foamy white head.
smell is rather weird. strange. funky, but not in a 'brett' way.... bottled on 2/11, today is 3/1. so, it cant be THAT old.... is this the way it's supposed to smell and taste?
taste is definitely strange. unlike anything I have ever had before. I cannot describe it. I've had pliny the younger, blind pig and knee deep citra already today. this is NOTHING like ANY of those brews. and it's rated at 93?
there is a funky sweetness from malts, very little hop bitterness, but a funky twang that carries through. very light body. this HAS to be a bad batch. sorry about the relatively bad review, but this is a dumper.... and I've had some good brews today!
wait. could it have been from the 'brett-y' crooked stave I just had? did the funky sourness ruin this beer? my review is NOTHING like the previous reviews. what happened?

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Photo of Celtics17
4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

2016 4.35 Rating

Juicy Fruit gum.. Same flavor as last year in my opinion.


2015 4.35 Rating

I get a different flavor profile this year. I get more tropical fruit, but more of an orange juice taste,with a better malt sweetness.

2014 4.03 Rating
Aroma: Hoppy pine, resinous, stale

Appearance: Amber/reddish color, nice lacing

Flavor: Sweet caramel malt, Bitter metal, peppery after taste. Pine, not getting much citrus, do get a mix of peach/grapefruit. The peach flavor is from the citra used hop, wet and dry.
I get a slight wine aspect with the simcoe hop.

Amarillo hops are known as hop bombs, and it's fitting from this beer.

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Photo of buzzardman
3.14/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Aroma: Hoppy pine, resinous, stale

Apperance: Clear Golden amber slight tint of green in one finger head.

Flavor: Sweet caramel malt, Bitter metal, peppery after taste.

Mouthfeel: Thick sticky body, oily and sticky. Good carbonation across tongue. Bitter dry finish

Overall: Pretty smooth for how big this beer is. Good hop bitterness not a ton in the aroma. Really not that impressed with this beer. Kind of has a weird stale smell and for a dipa I would expect a big hoppy aroma and more bitterness. Maybe the higher abv is killing a lot of the flavor. I think the rye in it is throwing me off. This should be labeled as a rye dipa not a regular dipa. Bottled 2/06/2014 drank 2/20/2014 so it is fresh. $8.99 for 22oz

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Photo of McStagger
4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Let's do this.

A: Pours a beautiful transparent orange/copper. Finger and a half of slight off white bleached head. Carbonation is minimal, with fairly large bubbles rising to the surface.

S: Definitely hoppy, but not in the classic west coast style. This one is huge...stone fruit. Yeah, apricot, nectarine, peach. Some tropical and even a touch of citrus in this one. But definitely different. Malt presence contributes a subtle sweetness, akin to honeysuckle.

T: Big malt sweetness up front transitions seemlessly into a stone fruity sweetness. Splash of bitterness mid palate. Floral honeysuckle sweetness followed by notes of apple, apricot, peach. Green apple skin finish and a slight amount of alcohol heat.

M: Medium bodied. Big malts and alcohol, but the carbonation is present (and fine) enough to keep this one balanced at 9.3%.

O: Very unique take on the style. Would definitely pick this one up again.

I read about the rye addition after reviewing this. I had about half a glass left and tried to find the rye...it's very well hidden. There is a mild pepperiness in the nose and the mouth has a slight spiciness to it. However, I only discovered this while actively looking for rye notes.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.66/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pour is transparent golden amber with a tight white head. Nose is bready malt, faint grain, lots of oily resinous hop aromas, pine and faint citrus. Taste is extremely oily, tons of hop resins, syrupy fully body, moderate bitterness and a steel like taste through the finish.

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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 BierJager89
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Solid in color, but opaque, golden with a white head.

S: Citra is very present in the nose, with pineapple, sweet orange, mango and nectarine.

T: Pineapple, orange, mango, sweet and nectary but dry enough to fit the IPA profile. Not unpleasantly bitter.

M: Fullish medium bodied with less than average carbonation for a DIPA which is nice.

O: One of my favorite hoppy beers. If you can find it, buy it.

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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 CuriousMonk
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a half finger of frothy off-white head atop. The aroma is full of pine and tropical fruit hops including some pineapple and grapefruit. There is some caramel sweetness as well with just a touch of floral elements and a bit of alcohol coming through. The flavor starts off with a big hit of tropical fruit hops with lots of grapefruit flavor and some strong bitterness. There is just a bit of sweet caramel malt flavor coming through for some balance. Through the middle, more of the grassy and pine flavored hops hit the tongue with even more bitterness with a bit of floral flavor. The finish is a mix of mango, pineapple, sweet caramel, bitterness, and a touch of alcohol. Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation throughout. Feels smooth with a dry and very bitter finish that really lingers. This is a big hoppy DIPA. The hop profile is really nice and has a good blend of different hop flavors and the malt is strong enough to keep up well.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks Reja for this lovely extra, unsure of bottle date...

The beer pours a rich looking coppery amber with a dense, sticky off-white head that almost screams "I'm dripping with hops." The nose is relatively modest by comparison with notes of sweet citrus, grain, and a hint of booze (a bit more pronounced after warming). The taste is less aggressive than expected with a balanced bitter-sweetness reminiscent of citrus and tropical fruits followed by a lingering bite from the alcohol and hops in the finish. I braced myself for a "palate wrecking" mouthfeel, but got hit with something much more subtle and modest instead. Balanced, drinkable caramel-sweet citrus upfront that transitions in to a slightly-biting and lightly-coating hoppy/boozy finish. I certainly don't feel like I've chewed on a grapefruit rind or that my breath will spontaneously combust from the alcohol. I'm very impressed with this DIPA, as I have been with Drake's range of session IPAs-DIPAs, and would certainly try it again in the future.

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Photo of rudzud
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this up at Tree House. Poured into a small snifter. Reviewed from notes.

A - Pours a clear golden hue with a quarter inch head that fades to leave a light thin blanket and light side lacing. Minimal wisps as well.

S - Quite nice and inviting bitter hop resins here. Light malt backbone.

T - Lots of resinous pine here and subtle sweet malts. This is a solid DIPA here with a good pine. That being said, its fairly one dimensional.

M - Mouthfeel is good, nicely carbonated and super drinkable considering what it is.

O - Overall this was a solid DIPA, however, there are in my opinion much better DIPAs on the market.

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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 4/18/13

Cheers to magictacosinus for sending a bottle my way

Appearance: Light amber from a distance, copper, orange, and some golden tones around the edges upon further inspection - unexpectedly clear for a hop bomb -nice, off-white head, leaves some streaks of lacing

Smell: Hello, hops - fruity, oily, and resinous - tropical notes (citra is pretty obvious), melons, pineapple, orange, tangerine, and grapefruit - fleshy citrus, with some bitter oils, and some wet pine - some light caramel and pale malts in the background, nice amount of sweetness

Taste: Citrus, with a side of fruit punch - orange and grapefruit flesh, with some bitter, oily rinds - some nice tropical notes, very fruity - some hoppy spiciness, a touch of pepper - some wet pine - caramel and light amber malts, provides a good backbone - very bitter - a bit too sweet overall, with a touch of syrupyness, but not by much

Mouthfeel: On the full side of medium, nice carbonation, oily, sticky, bitter aftertaste

Overall: Superior to Mel Gibson's Hopocalypo

There are some aspects of Hopocalypse that remind me of Denogginizer, except this beer is a lot better. The hop profile is very interesting, with a lot of fruity, juicy, and spicy notes. It's close to abrasive in its bitterness, but it's not. Win.

Edit: While pouring the second half of the bomber into my glass, I re-read the label. This was brewed with rye. That would explain the spiciness. It's brilliantly subtle.

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Drake's Hopocalypse from Drake's Brewing Co.
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