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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697
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177
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
9.49%
 
 
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Photo of stratusjeans
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SierraFlight
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into shaker pint. Hazy golden amber with a stubborn two-finger rocky cream-colored head. Mango, pine, orange, grapefruit, and caramel aroma. Bitter up front with orange peel, pine resin, and grapefruit pith. Mid palate sweetness with malty caramel and bread crust. Bitter on the swallow with a touch of aspirin and pine. Medium body, viscous texture that grows creamy as it warms, long bitter finish.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into a tall tulip

A: Pours a clear light amber color with two fingers of fluffy white foam.

S: Tropical fruits galore - pineapple, peaches, and oranges. A bit of caramel sweetness mixed with some spicy rye create a malt profile that can support such a large hop profile.

T: Spicy rye is quite dominant in the flavor, surprisingly so. Tropical fruits are still there, but are far in the background with such a large amount of rye. Some citrus comes out in the flavor as well, I'd say even more than the tropical fruits.

M: Medium thickness with medium to high carbonation.

O: The aroma and flavor of this beer are oddly extremely different. I wish the hop aromas would come out more in the flavor.

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Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This years was OK, slightly above average.....but that's about it. Abv isn't masked well at all. Hop profile is....typical?

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of od_sf
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 mindspin315
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Two finger off white almost tan head head. A couple swirls of the glass and a finger of head comes back and sticks around. Little bit of thin lacing on the sides of the glass. Dense glowing orange body.

The nose is filled with lots of aromas. Sweet caramel, mango, apricot, light spice from the hops, hemp, grapefruit with salt on top (I wouldn't put salt on grapefruit, but I'm getting this aroma here), and some pine.

Sweet fruits hit the palate right away. The pine and caramel sneak in right after the big fruit flavors upfront. The one downfall here is that the alcohol washes over the palate midway and into the finish. This really cuts the great qualities of this beer. Leaves a heavy dose of the alcohol on the tongue. The sweet malt flavors counter act the hop build nicely. Bitterness is present but is smoothed out and isn't at all harsh. A resinous mouthfeel but it never becomes to sticky. One reason is the carbonation is keeping everything clean and refreshing, but also the alcohol cuts into the stickiness as well.

If the alcohol was buried in the background here this would be one truly impressive brew. On that note, it is still a mighty fine beer. The hops and malts work together great. The aroma and taste are so good. The mouthfeel suffers greatly from the strong alcohol presence. If that beast were tamed then maybe the Hopocalypse wouldn't be so harsh on us.

[90/100]

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Photo of 100floods
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a pale amber with a thick two finger white head. It's paler than I'd imagine a DIPA would be, even at 9.3%. Smells of fresh pine with a nice malt back, which doesn't seem to overpower. Nice, big hop flavor, but not a hop attack. Notes of pine and some peppery/earthy hops in the second half. I'm guessing it's from the rye malt. The texture kind of comes off a little spiky. Definitely not as smooth as expected, but i'm not tripping over the feel. this is definitely something different. A hop bomb in its own right. I prefer something like this over their Denogginzer only because it's something different.

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Photo of Gator_Chomp
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good DIPA. Aromas of grapefruit, lemongrass. Huge foamy head on golden orangey unfiltered body. Lots of hop oils, a good melange. Well malted, buffering the 100 IBU from a complete palate shread, but still raw palate many hours later. Tastes of lemon mostly, grapefruit, blood orange. Thanks Ryan.

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Photo of Gregaroo
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

3-10-16 - On tap at The Mikkeller Bar in San Francisco. Beautiful people drinking top notch beers. This had the highest IBUs (100+) on the menu, so I had to get it! Oh so good and tasty for this double IPA. Served in a pint glass with foam residue that rimmed the inside walls of my pint glass. I would have had another, but Cap needed us at the Occidental for smokes. I'll seek out Drakes the next time I'm out west and can cross the bridge. This was just too good.

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Photo of rodgaze
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of bbothen
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rose & Crown. From mental notes. I'm sharp.

Pours a deep orange/rust almost brown color with a 1 finger deep off white head. Plenty of sticky lacing & webbing left on glass.

Big citrus aroma, tropical notes, grapefruit, lemon/lime zest, pine needle aroma in there too.

As nose suggests, big citric & earthy biting hop flavor, just enough caramel sweet maltiness to balance the bitterneess, warming booziness as well. The hops do dominate & let you know the star of the show.

Medium bodied, low carbonation, sticky, oily, lingering bitterness.

Guessing the ABV of this one is somewhere around 8-10%. It makes it's presence known. Would happily have a couple in a sitting. Very tasty.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
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 Deng
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Honeybourne
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paresis
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of F2brewers
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
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 Claydoe4
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of toronadotornado
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tahoe, CA - bomber poured into a pint

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Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Dabeel
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of 77apm
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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