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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by magictrokini on 12-17-2008

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175
Ratings:
691
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
9.49%
 
 
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119
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Photo of rlee1390
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy orange, not much carbonation, two finger head

S-Good deal of citrus and grass, some floral notes, tad bit of caramel.

T-Nice balance, Lots of citrus hops. Floral notes as well. Slight grass. With a biting bitterness in the finish.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation, semi-smooth.

O-A solid, balanced easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of ElSid
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The Beers of California

#63

Bottled Date: 1/29/13

A: Orange with some haze and head of white foam towers up after a solid pour and stubbornly sticks around and to the glass.

M: The nose is remarkably fresh with pine and tangerine dominance and hints of tropical breeze. The malt is there: baked bread and caramelized sugar.

T: The malt seems to strike first with a deep caramel breadiness which is both separate and supportive, while at the same time unified, with the hop earthiness and freshness. There is flowers, pine and tangerine which carries on to a cleansing hot bitterness.

M: The feel is as expected; medium bodied with linger that never seems to stop and carbonation on the aggressive side but in a pleasing way.

O: Jumped on a bottle after a recommendation from the guy at the bottle shop. I enjoyed this brew from Drake's which adds another solid DIPA to the already stellar West Coast class and will definitely grab another when fresh and available.

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Photo of harrymel
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 29jan13

Golden amber with loose soapy foam and brilliant clarity. Resin, grapefruit, tangerines, pine, grapefruit and some more bitter grapefruit. Tastes malty boozy fruity and. Bitter. Good medium body with moderate Carb and a wet finish
Nice beer.

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Photo of olfolxholme
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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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 Alieniloquium
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle into a clear Solo cup. A good beer to drink after moving. Sadly I don't have any glassware unpacked. Thanks to aekoops for this bottle! Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Murky orange body. Dull looking. Not much head, but it sticks to the cup.

Smell - Very hoppy. Citrusy and a hint of some grassy hops. Sweet aroma faintly in the back.

Taste - Wave of hops. Citrus. Maybe a bit monotonous, but good. Slight sweetness before it becomes overwhelmingly bitter.

Mouthfeel - No alcohol and not a lot of sugars in it. Not enough malt to overcome the intense bitterness.

Overall - The flavors are good, if a little one-note. Far too bitter in the finish, but otherwise nice.

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Photo of dmatsui
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a tulip from a 22 bombadier. Pale and copper-ish colors. looks like a typical west coast IPA. In other words, beautiful. With an aggressive pour it yielded a nice 2 finger head which dissipated fairly quickly. Given the 9.3% abv, I'm not surprised. Left little head retention.

Smell: Just delicious. Up front, grapefruit (generic west coast IPA adjective, I know) pine, citrus and dank. Malt character comes through nicely with a subtle sweet scent of brown sugar, but Drake's definitely put the hops up front in the nose. Heavy Citra hop spice for sure.

Taste: BOOM. Huge hit of Norcal hops, heavy citrus juicy, refreshing and oily hops. Nice spice maintained at the front of the palate, while the bold citrus and grassy flavors dominate. Mid palate some of the malt characteristics begin to develop, providing just enough to balance out the wild bitterness yet let the hops speak. The bill has a lot of grainy, rye characteristics, with a pleasant sort of wheaty-ness. Booze is definitely present throughout, which does interfere a little.

Mouthfeel: The thin carbonation, high bitterness and oil content really achieve a pleasant mouthfeel. The dry finish leaves you begging for another sip. The hops really stay with you; this is the kind of beer you taste in the morning. Signature bold, zesty and fresh california hops.

This is one spicy hop-bomb. If you appreciate the full-on assault of piercing, bitter, palate-dominating norcal hops, this is a great brew.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hazy, apricot colored beer with a small, fast falling head. Nicely clinging lace on the glass. Strong aroma, somewhat harsh, boozy, astringent, lots of pine resin.

Flavor follows the nose; assertive bitterness, resinous pine hops leading the way, lesser citrus notes; strong chewy maltiness. Moderate sweetness, overly aggressive alcohol for my taste. Bitter, lingering aftertaste, semi-dry finish.

Medium-full body, medium carbonation. Somewhat smooth and creamy, not too shabby in the mouthfeel department. Overall, though, I felt this one was a bit heavy handed, harshly alcoholic, and not all that drinkable. It’s not bad but this style is being brewed with a lot more finesse and elegance these days.

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Photo of flexabull
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy and bright orange color with a thin off white head.

Aromas are resiny, with some pine, and lots of mixed citrus. Mostly oranges and grapefruit. While this smells good, I was hoping for more, just seems slightly subdued.

Taste packs a punch, but remains nicely balanced. Bitter up front, resiny, with some sharp citrus, nectarines, and bit herbal too. Nice backdrop of caramel sweetness. Finish is warm with more hoppiness and a touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is smooth and full bodied.

Overall a well crafted DIPA. Very well balanced, and dangerously drinkable. Very good stuff.

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Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to dfernandez77 for this beer, among other West Coast goodies that arrived shortly ago. I'm feeling hoppy tonight, so let's go. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pour is unfiltered light orange, not full of sediment, but not clear, either. Nose is a ton of bitter orange juice, with a backdrop of a generic tropical location. Very, very faint metallic undertow that detracts a touch. Hope that doesn't make it into the taste.

Hopocalypse brings a rucksack full of malts to a hop party, & in this case, I'm prejudiced. Huge bready hops that weren't hinted at in the nose bring a Fat Tire experience, & loads of caramel tailgate the bread. Hops are strictly average, with a low OPS. Soft tropical fruit with a half-hearted bitter kick right at the end that sticks around in the aftertaste. And there is that exposed wire taste, too, faint but present. For all that, it's an interesting beer that is sippable as all get-out.

When you make a beer with a name like Hopocalypse, you better bring hops that make my asshole pucker, & this isn't that kind of beer. Maybe HopBrushWar, or HopPoliceAction. Ultimately, this is a beer that's too balanced for me. Pretty good brew.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
2.7/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Want generously provided as an extra by Greg. I've had my eye on this beer for quite awhile. Thank you for the opportunity!

Hazed orange with yellow highlights around the rim. Thin surface coverage with a generous supply of tiny bubbles.

Pineapple cake, drizzled caramel, and a healthy dose of alcohol vapor on the nose.

Big bitterness up front: sharp alcohol bitter and harsh grassiness. Grainy and dirty..a bit brash and unrefined. Pineapple acidity, olive juice, and an unapologetic malt assault.

Mouthfeel is prickly bitter olive juice. Leaves a salty sea water finish.

Overall, I'm not a fan. Slightly reminiscent of Hop Mouth: over carbonated and messy. Happy for the chance, but will not seek this out again. Having never had Drakes, wondering if this sort of profile is typical? A miss for me.

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

Pours a beautiful, nearly glowing clear orange amber. The off-white head doesn't stick around long, but who cares, because the bouquet is spectacular. Vibrant sweet grapefruit and soft pine that invades the olfactory and dances there like a nice perfume. There's a surprising amount of grain in the flavor given the bouquet. Smooth on the front and a little scrubby on the back. Big pine and sweet, dried fruit. A pretty noticeable alcohol warmth. A very nice DIPA.

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Photo of tony223366
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice white fluffy head of about 3 fingers. Beer is a medium caramel color with great clarity. Nice lacing is present.

S: Great citric aromas. Hops come out really floral. It's a very inviting nose. Malts come out as a caramel breadiness. The alcohol is actually surprisingly present.

T: The taste comes out better than the nose. Hops are of course incredibly present. They come out really citric and actually fairly peppery. Malts are nicely caramel but not quite strong enough. The hops and alcohol really overpower the backbone of this beer.

M: Huge, tight carbonation and medium body. Very astringent. Surprisingly this was probably my favorite aspect.

O : I'm actually fairly disappointed with this beer. From what I heard I expected it to be better balanced. To my palate it tasted too one sided.

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Photo of Cresant
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served this 22 oz. brown bottle in a Sam Adams glass. No date. The body was a dull, deep butterscotch disk color with a barely off white head. The cap was creamy and irregular. Clumpy lace clung in the glass.

The smell was sweet and floral. Bready with candied fruit. Syrupy.

The taste reflected the aroma. Sweet, bready, citrus fruits , apples, and syrup. The hops oils astringency was pretty masked by the opulent, syrupy sweetness. Perhaps this is an older bottle but I was hoping for more hops flavor and less sweetness.

The mouthfeel was full bodied with modest carbonation.

(900th review)

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Photo of kojevergas
3.03/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-draught into a nonical generic half-pint glass at The Daily Pint in Santa Monica, yesterday. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were above average.

A: Pours a one finger head of fair cream, nice thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear copper. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Hops - more floral than bittering. Pine and citrus. Multiple hop strains are definitely present. Clean malts. A mild to moderate strength aroma.

T: Pine, bittering hops, a pleasant crisp hop finish, and citrusy hops. Strangely yet pretty effectvely balanced. Enjoyable and pleasant, with a clean malt foundation. It's built okay, but isn't anything unique or special. No layering. Of limited complexity. Not particularly subtle. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Coarse and wet. Mildly complementary of the flavour profile. Overcarbonated and sharp, inhibiting drinkability. Adequately thick.

Dr: It hides its ABV well and it's drinkable, but I wouldn't have it again. It's not bad, but there are far better beers in the style. Only fans of the style will likely enjoy this one.

Drank just fine out of a half-pint glass. Would pair decently with spicy food.

A poor candidate for aging.

C+

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Photo of Hatzilla
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear amber pour with a fluffy 2 finger head and nice lacing.

S - Strong notes of hoppy citrus (grapefruit and tangerine) as well as a solid malt backbone.

T - Intense earthy citrus hops - grapefruit citrus slays my tongue as the malts cower in a corner with their heads between their legs. Not for the faint of heart or easily sensitive beer drinker.

M - Oily and smooth, medium carbonation. Finishes dry with a lingering hop aftertaste. ABV is well hidden considering the strength.

O - Another bang-up NorCal DIPA. My tongue has been viciously assaulted and I am a happy man. A must for all hophead's shopping lists.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- Pours a nice clear golden with about one finger of head that dissipates quickly to 1mm of foam on top.

S- Very nice aroma here, what I expect from a DIPA. The pine and citrus notes are all there. The hops are definitely here.

T- I taste the hops, seems pretty balanced for the high IBUs. The citra really inserts itself. I taste a hint of soapiness, but not too overpowering. The alcohol is definitely present too.

M- Dry and sticky but goes down pretty well considering the higher alcohol content.

O- I would buy this beer again based on the aroma alone, the combination of the local and German hops balance this beer out rather nicely.

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Photo of litheum94
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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 jvillefan
4.64/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: A very hazy off golden yellow, it has a decent head when poured into an imperial pint glass.

S: Very strong hop aroma. Very strong citrus tones. The caramel malt and high alcohol are nicely in the background of this beer.

T: Very similar to Pliny the Elder. It has a very strong pine and citrus hop character that is balanced nearly perfectly with the caramel body created by the malt. The high alcohol is less obvious in the taste compared to the alcohol.

M: Great retention and carbonation.

O: This is one of the better IPAs I have ever had, and I have had many. If given the opportunity to buy this beer, do it.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter.

A: A finger of head fades rather quickly. The beer is almost perfectly clear, light copper, light bubbles. It glows.

S: Dank. It smells hugely of hops. Hops, hops, hops. Sweeter malts and THEN MORE HOPS. Strong, powerful, and delicious, but pretty straightforward.

T: It's exactly what it purports to be -- a hopheavy, heavy-handed DIPA. Rich, complex, but thoroughly bitter. The hop varietals mingle incredibly well at "100+ IBU." Consulting the label, German Magnum, Citra, Chinook, and Columbus are used. If you like any or all of those hops, you'll love this beer. If you don't like hops, run away. I think Citra is really key, as the almost tropical citrus shines above the pine resin and plays off the candy-sweet malt base.

M: Thick, heavy, bitter-dry, and lightly carbonated. Very nice.

O: Surprisingly balanced and indubitably excellent. Highly recommended to hopheads and those who like extremes. I will be buying again and looking for more of Drake's beer.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to breaks808 for the bottle. Cheers!

Slightly hazy orange-copper color. A strong pour produces a modest one finger head that leaves spots of lacing.

Enticing aroma of pineapple, papaya, orange marmalade and sweet bread. Fruity, juicy hops dance on an amazingly light malt backbone, given the overall size of the beer. A bit of hot alcohol seeps through but it is not too distracting. Smooth and juicy with a cleansing bitter finish.

This beer drinks very easily for 9.3% abv - watch out! The fruity and piney hops are nicely done.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a partly cloudy golden orange with a 2 finger off-white head, and some traces of lacing.

S- sweet caramel, lots of melon (watermelon and honey dew) which is different.

T- sweet malts and again lots of melon going on with some pine bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Very creamy and smooth.

O- very good, love the different aroma and taste of the melon.

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Photo of Duff27
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wonderful lacing, good head retention. Caramel colored.

Faint citrus/melon smell.

Well balanced, very little booze heat. More caramel/Vienna malts than anything. Hop presence is nice, not over powering.

Wow really creamy. Low carbonation, I like!

Very unique mouthfeel made this one for me. Highly recommended for DIPA fans looking for something a little different. Thanks beerandraiderfan!

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Photo of rtaps
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours golden with a small white head that has decent retention. not leaving much lacing

a nice piney aroma with caramel malts, and its hoppy

sweet and fruity up front and fades to a bitter piney

light bodied and high carbonation, dry mouth

overall its a nice and well balanced IPA. I enjoyed both the piney and sweet/fruity characteristics in it

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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 kdmcguire10
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dull, caramel color. Nice 1.5 finger head.

Aroma: Huge citrus on the nose, tropical fruit but balanced really well by sweet caramel-breadiness.

Taste: Huge hop punch in the mouth out of the gate, chased by a nice malt breadiness. This is a huge, tongue-scraping bitter DIPA, but it's nicely balanced by the malt bill.

Mouthfeel: Dry, sticky sugar finish. Medium mouthfeel

Overall: I feel this is a REALLY well-balanced DIPA. You get the really nice citrusy-pine on the nose and palate, but it's really nicely balanced by what I have to believe is a significant malt bill.

I'd drink this one every time.

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Drake's Hopocalypse from Drake's Brewing Co.
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