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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Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of LehighAce06
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SimcoeKid
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of SDRedDevil
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of BucannonXC5
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber (22-oz.) bottle into a pint glass. Color was honey caramel. About a finger of head. Nice white lacing with a few sporadic bubbles. Reminded me of Mars. A lots of beautiful film on the sides.

Sharp, bitter initial smell, giving way to grapefruit citrus hops. Some lemon or tangerine in there, too. This one is going to be hoppy.

Surprisingly the taste was very similar to the nose, but just a tad bit smoother. In fact, a lot smoother. The citrus hops were grapefruit, but not overbearing. You could taste the alcohol, but it didn’t make you shake your head.

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Bitter, but smooth finish.

I wanted to hate this beer, but there was no way. Just smooth and balanced with enough bite that you know you are drinking a DIPA.

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Photo of ckollias
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ItsYourBoyBlue
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of elNopalero
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This review is for the 2012 version. If there’s an end-of-days then this wouldn’t be a bad choice to go out drinking!

This pours a clear, golden yellow with nice foam. There’s a big piney-grassy aroma that surrounds the olfactory senses. Flavor is bitter, bitter, bitter. Tongue-curling grassy hops scrape the taste buds off and cut through all other flavors. This is a good one for those who like palate-wrecking DIPAs. Mmmmm!

Postscript: the 2013 version is just as incredible!

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Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brew33
3/5  rDev -27%

Photo of Damian74
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Roguer
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice one finger flat white head. Good retention and very nice lacing. Brew is a beautiful, slightly hazy copper/amber/gold color, slowly bubbling, and almost pulpy in appearance.

Huge and sweet tropical fruit aromas: mango, guava, ruby red grapefruit, and pine resin. Slight biscuit malt backbone, and some honey. Perfect? Damn close.

Flavor follows the nose: super sweet, tasting like a slightly tart guava pastry. There is just a slightly dank pine resin, and some sharper pine hop flavors in there, as well, but the emphasis is on a ton of tropical fruit hop notes. Tiny bit of flatter citrus peel in there, as well. Pepper and rye spice as it warms.

Probably my only negative mark is the mouthfeel: slightly syrupy, a little boozy. Great retention and sweet residue, decent sting. Pretty much nitpicking at this point.

This is a fantastically sweet and hop-forward DIPA. If I had regular access to it, I wouldn't pick it regularly over more straight-forward and superior (IMO) offerings like Gandhi Bot, HT, and PtE, but as a special occasion DIPA, it's a beast. Definitely try it out.

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 mychalg9
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of halo3one
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A - Nice bright, but not fully clear, copper. Off white head sits pretty on top. Root beer like cling on sides.

S - Lush fat malt and citrus bite. Very orange-y.

T - Sweet malt center is just like candy. Completely surrounded by sharp citrus rind bittering. Heat is noticeable but does not reduce flavor, imho.

M - Solid medium body, good carb and pretty darned good balance.

D - I like it. Palate killer and session killer, but I could see liking this one too much.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Drake's Hopocalypse, 22oz bottle provided by whitefire as an extra. Thank you much, good sir!

Hazy deep burnt orange to amber-colored body with a soapy, firm two-inch head. Left the yeast dregs in the bottle, for the most part. Some lacing left here and there.

Dank, oily hop aroma with some wicked spice notes, and a medley of pineapple and grapefruit esters fuming from below with a nice dose of booze. Pithy, bitter, and a little of that Summit hop signature. I get a hint of lemon-lime, as well.

Nectary and minty hop oils all over the place. Mango and orange coming through, now. Still some yellow citrus in there, too. Uncanny sweet undertone that's all but eroded away by an immense bitterness that never seems to finish. Nice, prickly spice character that almost has a zesty basil herbal quality. Yep. I just isolated that one. Fresh basil, right there, lurking in the background. Very green. The malts are overshadowed here, but that just makes the hops showboat this beer to fame. These are MY kind of hops! Incredible!

Pretty smooth with some good carbonation. Drinks like skim milk. The alcohol is there, but not over-the-top.

I am seriously impressed! This is one of the best DIPAs I have ever had the opportunity to try. An herbal hop masterpiece. Absolutely recommended.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Don't need any freshness dating on this one, as the first bottles were just released last week. I love getting fresh DIPAs!

Bottle indicates 9.3% ABV and 100+ IBUs

A decent looking pour, quite common for the style. Smells great, fresh pine and citrus, very pleasant sweet malt in the background.

Taste is good, but lets me down from the nose. Malt is a bit sticky and sweet on the tongue and masks the initial bitter hop bite. The hop flavor is there no doubt, and is the best part of the taste. The middle gets a bit harsh and the flavors separate a bit. Finish doesn't hide the ABV as much as I'd like.

A good mouthfeel if a tiny bit sticky, but the finish kind of kills any easy drinkability.

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Photo of Herky21
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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 ste5venla
4/5  rDev -2.7%

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

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