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

Notes / Commercial Description:
Overwhelm your senses with a devastating quantity of hops, evoking notes of ripe guava, lemon blossom, and caviar lime. Drown your taste buds with this very limited release, released in bottles on Hopocalypse Day each year.

Added by magictrokini on 12-17-2008

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pDev:
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Chaz33187
4.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Ice cold on tap at the The Loft on the LMU Campus
a- Rich Bronze Dark Orange
s- Citrus Hoppy Awesome, smells like fruit snacks
t- wow, soo wow. So damn smooth. Most orangey IPA I've ever tasted. I was shocked when I saw that it was 9.2%. It tastes like a 6% IPA.
m- so thin and smooth, there was a tiny bit of carbonation as the temperature rose.
o- hell yes, so smooth and balanced. definitely a little different from a typical American IPA. A sugary marriage between citrus and hops. You know it's good when your burps make you sigh.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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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4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of InfernoBoss
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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Photo of rawfish
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
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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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of raynmoon
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
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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4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of jlindros
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

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Hopocalypse from Drake's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 707 ratings