Drake's Hopocalypse | Drake's Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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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Ratings:
695
Reviews:
177
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
9.49%
 
 
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118
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Photo of JandJMD
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stillmakingnoise
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of danwho
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into a tulip

A- Pours hazy orange with a one and a half finger of a dense foamy head. A nice dissipation and good alcohol legs as well.

S- Big citrus in here. There is a slight pine and touch of cat pee.. in a good way. A nice subtle sweet caramel malt to balance it out.

T- A nice intense bitterness at first. Followed up by a big citrusy profile of mango, peach and ton of grapefruits. The hops are very oily and really coat the mouth. A big resinous piney character and again, a touch of cat piss. The malt is well hidden behind the intense hop character but adds a nice touch of toffee and caramel to the mix and helps out the balance of the beer.

M- Alcohol taste is well hidden. An easy drinking DIPA. A sticky hop presence in the mouth. A pretty full body.

O- A very solid DIPA. Will try again if I can.

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Photo of azdback
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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 Tom-Peters
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of magictacosinus
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Glad I finally got to open this last night. Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bomber. No freshness date, which is sadly the case of all of Drake's beers. As a fan of this brewery, I would really like to know how long this has been in the bottle as hop freshness information is a must with beers like these. Review is from my notes.

Pours an outrageously solid, fantastic amber-orange sunrise color with massive amounts of carbonation spiraling around the glass, as well as a beautiful 3-finger head of froth. The head sticks around for a long time, never seeming to die down, and it's not just because of the tulip. Sticky soapy lacing coats the glass in a lively way. Very viscous overall, with alcohol legs that are extremely noticeable. The hop resin is definitely visible in the light here, and combined with the high ABV, it's clear that this is a dense yet lively looking DIPA.

The smell is definitely less hoppy than I expected, but it still is extremely bright and prominent, containing loads of dried orange-citrus aromas as well as pine needles. This is definitely the equivalent of standing in front of an orange grove and taking in all of the aromas on a warm, windy day. Tropical notes of pineapple and mango abound, but it's subtle. There's a cracked spicy ginger character underneath it all, which absorbs with the thickened caramel malt backbone quite well. I definitely suspect that the hop character is a bit muted here due to aging, but it's still held up fantastically well.

The flavor is surprisingly not as hoppy as the aroma, but does indeed go through with the citrus/caramel malt profile as mentioned before. You instantly get the massive hop, orange and lemon rind astringency, but it's taken over eventually by a thickened, syrupy breadiness and toffee profile that refines the finish to the point of smoothness. The mango gets a bit more prominent here. Very bone dry through... I definitely paired this with bread and Brie due to the carbonated, dry hopped nature of this beer. It is very easy to drink as a result of the muted astringency. This is a big beer though, so drink slowly or else it will kick the crap out of you.

Not a hop bomb by any means, but still pretty well rounded and filled with variety of ingredients that are well balanced and put together. In my experience, this is officially the crowning DIPA of the East Bay, and I'm glad it's easy to find. It's about $7 a bottle, which is definitely more expensive than PtE or Hop Stoopid, and definitely not as refined, yet it's still a fantastic take on the style. It's appropriate for a special or the most casual of occasions, and is super easy to sip on or woof down depending on the mood you're in. Hope I can get this fresher next time, and I hope I can try their "Black Reserve" edition of this beer someday!

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Photo of Beerswag
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of TXhomebrewer
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of silentjay
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

220z bottle. no bottling date.
hazy copper with a huge off-white head that quickly recedes, yet laces well.

tame, yet malty aroma bringing in lots of cereal grains and caramel with a bit of herbal hops and some piney and grapefruit hops behind that. not sure if the hops are faded, but I'm not getting as much of a hoppy aroma as I expected.

flavor brings in some resiny and bitter hops with that strong vienna malt backbone. a bit of sweetened grapefruit, orange peel, lemongrass, herbs/spices.

medium bodied and sticky with a nice, subdued carbonation and a resiny, yet sticky sweet finish.

hmmmm. I like it, but there are way too many others in the style that are more to my liking than this, but without having any clue of the age this may be better fresher.... I have no idea. a bit too sweet with an odd hop mixture. its good, but not great.

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Photo of kushlash23
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of McBraniel
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of eulerthegrape
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of teraflx
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of 77apm
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Kenai4
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of rand
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of TubaDan
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of davegray
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kaseydad
4.07/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Beestin
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of SanFranJake
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of gshak
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Archemedies
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Drake's Hopocalypse from Drake's Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 695 ratings.
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