Drake's IPA

Drake's IPA

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Drake's IPA | Drake's Brewing Co. (BeerAdvocate.com)
Drakes IPA (RateBeer.com)

20160423: [20160510 Edit]
After having between 1 and 2 cans of Bud from Slap Cup and Beer Ball, I began working on a Drake's IPA. Unfortunately, all I noted about the beer was a single word: bitterness.

Website Information:

Drake’s original West Coast style India Pale is copper colored from additions of high quality Munich and crystal malts, which balance the stern bitterness and aggressive dank and citrusy hop flavors. Aromas of pine needles and grapefruit waft from the glass from the large dry hop additions of classic Yakima Valley hops Cascade, Chinook, and Centennial. The finish is clean and dry with a lingering hop bite. Drink Fresh. Available Year Round.


In 1991, Drake’s put its first IPA into the tanks for the ever-growing number of craft beer fans yearning for hops. Originally more of an English-American hybrid IPA, over time Drake’s brewers kept the high quality specialty malts but moved toward a more West Coast approach. They ultimately created the balanced, dry IPA brimming with piney and citrus aromas from classic Yakima Valley “C” hops (think Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Columbus) that continues to win over hop fans with every pint.


Malt: American 2-Row Barley, Weyermann Munich 1, Patagonia Crystal 55
Hops: Bittering – Warrior; Whirlpool – Centennial & Chinook
Dry-hop: Cascade, Centennial, & Chinook
Yeast: White Labs 001
Original Gravity: 15.4 degrees Plato
Alc/Vol: 7%
IBUs: 65


Peoples Choice Award at Bistro IPA Fest 2004
Gold 2004 Bistro IPA Festival
Bronze 2004 World Beer Cup
Gold 2003 California State Fair
Silver 2003 Bistro IPA Festival
Gold 2002 Great American Beer Festival
Bronze 2000 Bistro IPA Festival

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