Pours clear with two or more inches of slightly off-white, thick, frothy foam. Retention is great along with some spider web, sticky lacing.
Aroma is wonderfully full of hops. Pine is the biggest player while grapefruit and orange citrus dazzle the nose. Sweet malt backbone comes through but you have to go and find it.
Taste is a hop bomb. Sweetness up front is swallowed by the beginnings of a hop behemoth that start to develop in the middle. Pine, orange, and other softer citrus flavors then developing into a big grapefruit backed by pine bitterness that lasts into the finish and beyond. There is a definite spice there too that complicates nicely.
Medium body that is a little sticky and drying to the mouth and lips. Carbonation is medium or better. The combination is quite nice on the palate.
Well put together big hoppy American beers are beautiful when well done. Hopocalypse is all that and more. One of the better DIPAs I have had recently. I have had two beers from Drake's now and been impressed by both. Enjoy!
Large amounts of American two-row malt and English Pale malt are combined with Vienna, Rye & Crystal malts, then balanced with German magnum, Simcoe & Chinook hops. Then, of course, we then dry hop it with additional Simcoe & Chinook. Finally, this deep orange monster is loosely filtered to keep the integrity of the malt and hops in tact.
"Well ya see, Norm, it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers." - Cliff Clavin, of Cheers