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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118
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Photo of rawfish
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Attractive gold amber with a small cap of white. Decent retention and curtains of lacing left all over the glass.

Aroma is rather muted compared to some other DIPAs but an absolute explosion of hops. Tropical front papaya, mangoes, pineapple, grapefruit and pine. Reminiscent of Sculpin and Nelson but with a bit more alcohol.

Juicy and oily with grapefruit, papaya, dried mangoes and pine resin hops on the fore front. Some rye bread and caramel malt barely emerge as the palate quickly shifts to an oily and pine bitterness. Alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Medium body and adequately carbonated. Malt is slightly sticky, hides 9.3% alcohol well. Bitterness and flavor lingers, dries well.

Double Sculpin essentially, had to believe Drakes can make a DIPA that has a better aroma than this one, yet Aroma Coma exists. A solid DIPA that is a must try for any hop head, the tropical notes are nailed on this one.

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Photo of Pecan
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of IrishColonial
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Rick760Sd
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of BMart
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of emilylee
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of raynmoon
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Looks perfect, bright orange/ amber with a slight haziness and lastly head. What else could you ask for!?

Smells nice, a nice mix of tangerine and caramel malt. Reminds me of Sculpin. Nothing out-of-the-box, but certainly nice.

Tastes very nice, very similar from the nose; a strong tangerine/ citrus flavor that is backed by a caramel malt/ alcohol backbone. Lots of alcohol.

Very solid DIPA. It isn't masked or juice/ complex enough to be one of the best out there, but very worthy of a buy, especially on top at a bar; don't pass it by. Nothing wrong with this beer.

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Photo of Commanche
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of mookihouse
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of danwho
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of BigLittleHokis
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to HaveUSeenMyCellar for this one.

A gentle pour yields a decent almost 1 finger creamy bubbly head that fades at a med pace, lighter but decent lacing, crystal clear amber honey orange slightly reddish colored beer.

Nose is a hop explosion, a nice blend of hops too, juicy fruity hops, some citrus, tangerine like, hint of grapefruit and some tropical fruit, then some light resinous musty fresh hop oils, light spicy hops too, underneath brings a light malty sweetness, light amber toasty malts, and hint of booze.

Taste starts with a nice hop flavor, tropical fruits and light citrus, a little pear, papaya, light mango, juicy tangerine, grapefruit, even a hint of guava. hops then turn to a light musty resin but not as much as I expected, as well as a chewy slightly spicy earthy bitterness, but not as bitter as I expected... at first. Malts bring a nice sweetness and balance to the overall beer, with some light amber toasty malt and slightly caramel sugar sweetness. Booze kicks in slightly in the middle, with clean booze and just a touch of warmth, but then finishes a little hotter. Finish is drier but sticky syrupy sweet residue, bitterness ramps but I expected it to be a lot more bitter, light lingering tropical fruits and tangerine, juicy still, and the malts come out a bit more with caramel amber toasty malt really lingering.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, decent carb, a little warming booze, little sticky syrupy.

overall a pretty nice beer. I was expecting a typical west coast IPA that just overbearing with big hops and bitterness, but this not only brought nice tropical fruit and juicy tasty hops, but a nice malty sweet balance and manageable bitterness despite claiming 100+ IBUs. A tasty well balanced beer with just a hint of warming booze.

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Photo of hopswap1
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of BoRaeCho
3/5  rDev -27%

Photo of ScottO
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of evanforbeer
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours strawy orange, nice fluffy white head
Nose: tropical fruit, dank hops,
Taste: very clean. Big hops, crisp tropical fruit juicy guava, tangerine, grapefruit rind, dry (crackery) malt, finishes pine and grapefruit rind with a nice touch of citrus sweetness
Mouthfeel- medium bodied for a DIPA, very clean balanced and drinkable

Definitely impressed with this brew, a stand out in the vast sea of DIPAs, I would definitely buy again.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle purchased from Beverages 4 Less. Poured into a 50W tulip glass.

A: Aggressively poured results in a 2-3 finger fizzy, yet full and thick, beige colored head. Settles rather quickly with a moderate amount lacing. Beautiful orange colored body when held to the light. Looks amber colored when not held to a light.

S: As advertised, very hop forward. Strong citrus grapefruit, orange, and lemon rind. Smells of some exotic fruits exist. A little peppery zest. The bitterness hops out of the glass in the nose. A little malt character in the nose, but not strong.

T: Dominant hop flavor at the beginning. Very bitter, but the bitterness is balanced well with lots of sweet fruity notes. Grapefruit and lemon are present but a strong orange juice type taste comes through with hints of peach, mango, and even some pineapple sweetness. Not a strong malt backbone.

M: Medium-Full body. Moderate carbonation. Sticky. Creamy. Booze is hidden well.

O: A citrus, hoppy bomb. This was a well-balanced and uniquely complex take on a DIPA, that I will absolutely try to obtain again.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a fairly clear orangish copper with a dense, white finger width head. Excellent retention. Solid lacing around the glass with great stick.

Smell - Juicy hop aroma; orange and light tropical fruitiness. Mild peppery spice.

Taste - Sweet, fruity hops upfront and throughout. Juicy orange, subtle pineapple, hints of grapefruit. Solid malt backbone shines mid-taste. Toasty biscuit trails off and turns caramel. Slightly spicy. Finishes with a very mild orange pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with somewhat tingly, but fluffy carbonation. Smooth. Semi-dry finish.

Overall - This is a hell of a DIPA. Lots of juicy sweetness, reminds me of some of the Mid-Western IPA brews I've had, with a touch of West Coast hop kick. Definitely a beer to revisit, on tap perhaps, and the sooner the better.

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Photo of CrazyHarry
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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