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Drake Tail India Pale Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

Drake Tail India Pale AleDrake Tail India Pale Ale

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173 Ratings
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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%

Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Westsidethreat on 11-08-2006)
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Photo of farrago

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Little over a finger of eggshell white to light tan foam, lots of different bubble sizes with a mottled surface, adequate retention, the lacing comes in very broad sheets but then slowly slides down the glass sides. Cloudy coppery orange hued liquid, more gauzy than transparent, widely dispersed fat and sluggish bubbles throughout, has visual “density” to it. Sweet, approachable nose of tangerine, pink grapefruit citrus, cocoa led maltiness, supplemented by less aggressive pine sap and white pepper notes, comes with a credible amount of apricot and peach fruit scents too, it needs to warm up some to release the underlying herbaceous hoppiness. Medium-bodied, somewhat low carbonation gives it a firm mouth feel rather than creamy, however, this is some prickle going on. The white pit fruit has a dried fruit kind of sweetness, same for the pineapple flavors. Semi-tart feel to the orange, tangerine to white grapefruit citrus. Some breadiness and grassy bite, not simple even as it displays its constituent parts clearly. Malty finish softens its contours, very likable and easygoing.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 18:43:37 | More by farrago
Photo of obywan59


3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchase on vacation from Wine Cheese & More, Chincoteague Island, VA

Pour a transparent but hazy orange with a 1 1/2 finger off white head that leaves some attractive lacing.

The aroma is definitely hop forward. Over ripe citrus and pine. Caramel and sweet malts.

Sweet malts are the backbone, but again the hops dominate. Spicy and piney. Tart citrus and dominant bitter hops in the end.

Medium to medium full in body. Peppery and slick in a good way. Decent alcoho burn.

Definitely worth a repeat. Full in flavor and aroma. Great mouthfeel. Maybe a little more bitter than the usual, but it works. Good balance.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 03:24:50 | More by obywan59
Photo of Dave_Treat


3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz draft at Whole Foods.

Nice amber color, minimal head that clings to glass.

Not an over powering aroma, mix of sweet malt and hops.

Well balanced taste. Starts a little sweet, followed by medium hop flavor. 7.5% abv well hidden.

Light to medium body. Well carbonated

Overall a nice IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2013 18:40:38 | More by Dave_Treat
Photo of arizcards


3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had a 12 oz sample at the Capital Ale House in Harrisonburg today for $3.00. Review from notes.

Beer was served orange with a nice white head.

Nose was pretty nondescript. Basic pale malts but the aroma hops were MIA.

Taste was well balanced pale malts being a pretty big player. But the hops win in the end with a nice combo of citrus, pine, and peach hops taking over that malt base.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and decently carbonated.

Overall a solid IPA that is worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2013 23:09:09 | More by arizcards
Photo of flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml Bottle as a gift from Virginia:
Medium amber with a thin, half centimetre head that is frothy looking and holds well.

Sweet with some tropical fruit notes and caramel to begin with followed by some malts and a faint bitterness. There is some pine coming through as well as some light floral notes but the aroma is not the strongest.

Sweet malts and caramel as well as a lot of bitterness. There an almost perfume like taste that has some pine and tropical fruits in there too. A little bit of citrus gets through as well and yet more bitterness to round things off with.

Light-medium body with light-medium carbonation as well, a very bitter kick from the hops and some sweetness too.

Definitely a drinkable beer but if I'm honest it's not a classic IPA nor one I'd be likely to try again although I did enjoy it, I just felt that the bitterness was a little to much when coupled with sweet caramel.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 19:50:54 | More by flyingpig
Photo of Omnium


4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap back on June 5th at House of 1000 Beers.

A - Pours a nice orange color, one finger of white fluffy head, good lacing.
S - Fresh orange zest, pineapple, a little grassy, pine, citrus juice.
T - Big pine bitterness, sweet orange candy like malt, lime.
M - Good feel, nice bitterness.
O - This is just solid all around good IPA, that I would gladly have again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2013 01:21:28 | More by Omnium
Photo of bcheng


4.48/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I previously had this IPA from AleWerks that tasted so-so, but the fresh brew from this growler was drastically different and delicious. It almost tastes like a double-IPA, fresh hops, with a good amount of malt sweetness to balance it out, which also hides the alcohol very well. This is quite surprising and easy drinking. Giving this a good score because my wife enjoyed it, and for how well it went down -- it just hit the right spot in this warm weather.

Serving type: growler

07-14-2013 21:45:32 | More by bcheng
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The malt base on this beer is thicker than I was anticipating it'd be. Keeps things earthy overall. Hop spiced tone is mildly there, as an accent. Overall this stays very earthy though. Feel is prett good. The malt bill is pretty high and the hops aren't as prevalent on the beer as I'd like, but it's still pretty nice. I think this would be very good on cask.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 03:40:52 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick bubbly ring around the edge of the glass and a sheer half sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves scattered lines on the glass.

S- Very musty and earthy hops, my guess is Simcoe. The best word to use for the bouquet is "rustic."

T- The rustic nature continues in the flavor with an assertive bitterness containing more of the earth notes plus some toasty malt to complement. Drinkable without too much alcohol flavor and just a slight bit of metallic taste.

M- Pretty standard hop bite with a moderate dryness. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- A nicely done IPA that's well-hopped both in flavor and aroma. And, oh wow, I didn't even suspect for a second that it was as high in alcohol as it is. Way to go Alewerks. My first by them and it certainly won't be my last.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 02:07:20 | More by Immortale25
Photo of Dave1999

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque orange colour with a small white head.

The smell is citrus hops,oranges,grapefruit, very nice.

The taste is sweet at first, slightly fruity finishing with a little bitterness. As the beer warms up you can detect a very subtle maltiness to the finish and even some honey.

The mouthfeel medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This was actually a pretty good easy drinking ipa. Pretty well balanced and covers its abv very well. The bitterness is pretty low for an ipa but it doesn't make it less enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 23:45:08 | More by Dave1999
Photo of droomyster


3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper body with a small white head with decent retention. Pleasant aromas of caramel sweetness with a touch of citrus and notes that remind of the whiff one gets upon opening a honey-flavored cereal box. Hops are assertive on the front and back ends, with a caramel and fruity middle. Finish lingers long with strong hints of grapefruity goodness. I like this IPA quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 03:51:47 | More by droomyster
Photo of ckollias


4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a medium-dark golden hue with a white, 2-finger, head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace with a great trail down the side of the glass.

S: Strong hoppy aroma with a touch of fruity notes.

T: Nice and hoppy flavor with a bitter bite. Hints of citrus and pine in the background

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This was an excellent IPA – nicely hopped but in good balance.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 19:14:04 | More by ckollias
Photo of AlexFields


3.04/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Smells like oranges, pear, spice, nice citrusy IPA.

Taste is really disappointing, somewhat stale bready malt, faded hop bitterness, only hints of citrus...not very good.

Pretty good mouthfeel but it doesn't make up for the taste.

Disappointing, pretty mediocre IPA.


Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 03:20:10 | More by AlexFields
Photo of MQ4188


4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a very, very good IPA. No, it is not a huge, 10+ .abv iipa. It follows the style as described by the American ipa standard. Balanced, with a perfect lacing on the glass, hop forward with a peak hop kick near the end.

It finishes with a sweet hop finish.

This is a really great IPA! It follows the style and .abv nicely.

Of course, the beer snobs rate it down because its not Pliny, or Hopslam, give me a break!

Haters need to do a better job reading the criteria for what the different styles are supposed to be. Extreme doesn't always equate to good....

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2013 22:45:19 | More by MQ4188
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a light copper/orange in color with a small amount of head which quickly dissipated. smells of caramel, grassy hops, grapefruit citrus. very tangy grapefruit taste up front, followed by an earthy bitterness that ligers for a bit then finishes off with a sweet bready malt flavor. medium body (on the lighter end) and highly carbonated. a nice tasting ipa but honestly falls short of being anything special. messy mix of characteristics which would be a lot easier going down with less carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 06:04:58 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of seagis


3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased a single bottle of this at a local beer and wine store. I poured it off into a glass and noted that the head, such as it was, disappeared almost immediately. I wasn't really terribly put off by this, though.

I like the color. It has a nice, hazy, apple-cider-ish tone to it that was appealing but not necessarily memorable. The aroma has a pleasant citrus touch, though. I say touch because it is not overpowering but rather something that just sort of shows up (for lack of a better way to word it) at your nose and rather blossoms from there. It starts off mild and grows prevalent as you continue to inhale it.

The malt characteristic of this beer is fairly heavy at the onset of the tasting. As it works its way through, though, the hoppy citrus elements begin to really begin to show their strength in a very nice way. The finish is just short of astringent, and I think that's a good thing. It seems to flash from one flavor profile to the other, and it does it well. For a beer that is 7.5% ABV, I think the alcohol profile is well muted. If I were unaware of that I think I would easily go through two or three of these before I realized what I was doing.

The mouthfeel is pleasant enough as well. Nothing great, but certainly nothing to complain about. It starts off a bit muted and begins to have a bit of a bite as the character of the hops begins to show through. It doesn't feel heavy, but it isn't exactly light, either. It has a nice, pleasant, medium body to it that works well with the flavor profile.

Overall, I have to admit that I really liked this. The individual bottle was a shade over $2, so it was money well spent in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 01:03:11 | More by seagis
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

1.5/5  rDev -58.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Hazy orange glow with about a half finger of head that recedes quickly. Very oily hop nose, lots of floral and earthy notes, pungent and stings the nostrils.

A little too slick, a little too acidic with too much grapefruit and citrus, and a bit too floral. Malt is there enough to create body but not able to create any harmony with the hops. Reminds me of Weyerbachers Hops Infusion but without the in your face dryness of Hops infusion. Tries to be balanced and drinkable and a hop bomb at the same time but ends up confused on the tongue with an overly slick feeling in the mouth and a touch of alcohol heat.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 00:26:42 | More by jtierney89
Photo of littlelorib


3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First thing i noticed when i opened the bottle was a big whiff of grapefruit. It pours a golden amber, not quite clear, with slightly less than a fingers worth of head. Smells of the previously mentioned grapefruit with grass and spice. Taste is a bit disappointing, a little of a watery mouthfeel with fairly one dimensional bitterness. Overall, drinkable, but several IPAs with better flavor are easily obtainable.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 00:25:30 | More by littlelorib
Photo of CliffBrake

New Hampshire

3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy orange with a small head that dissipates almost immediately.

A bit of orange rind on the nose - a little faint. Orange marmalade and sweet biscuit lead to herbal hops, finishing with an astringent, peppery bitterness.

Medium body. Mouthfeel is dominated by puckering bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 23:03:05 | More by CliffBrake
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from mdaschaf, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a slightly hazy deep golden/copper color with a smallish off white head that quickly dissipates to spotty lace. Smells of caramel and toffee with a hint of sherry countered with earthy, herbal, and a hint of citrus hops. I get aged barleywine aromas from this one a bit. Taste is sweet and malty with enough earth and grapefruit to call this an IPA. Medium to thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost sticky mouthfeel. Seven and a half percent alcohol is well hidden. This is a nice flavorful beer. Its a bit sweet compared to most ipa's and a few more ounces of hops especially late in the boil would have been nice, but I could drink some of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 02:13:04 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of drabmuh


3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a glass. Beer is amber, clear, big off white head, some lacing, decent retention, some carbonation.

Aroma is piny and sweet with a maltiness to it, interesting.

Beer is pushing it on the single IPA front, dry finish, sweet malty backbone, interesting presentation but overall a weak beer, uninteresting, more sweet than hoppy. Decent I guess but not a repeat at all.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 02:57:37 | More by drabmuh
Photo of SDDanC


3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy golden color with about a pinky-fingers worth of white head which sinks quickly into a residual ring. On the nose there is a fair amount of malt and a hint of the piney hop profile. On the tongue it is sweet and malty, then comes the hops. Citrusy hop flavor. Mouthfeel is good, could be better with more carb. As it races around in the tongue it seems a bit thin. With regards to the large malt presence and 7.5% ABV, I would expect it to be a little fuller bodied. Nonetheless, it is very tasty. Im quite thankful to have tried this treat, a nice break from all the local IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 04:45:50 | More by SDDanC
Photo of noahfree


4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To start off, I'm a SoCal ipa lover. I've tried multiple east coast IPAs that cannot hold a candle to this beer. Visited the brewery 12/10/11 and fell in love with this ipa that I had to get a growler fill.

A lot of pine on the nose with a hint of citrus. Taste is a glorious and really illustrates what an ipa should be, pure hoppiness without all that maltiness. Lacing is superb, mouthfeel is about standard. Kudos to Ale Werks for not following the standard east coast ipa recipe. If you like Ballast Points Sculpin,(who doesnt if youre reading this) you will enjoy this beer. At $9 a growler fill, you can't go wrong, plus you get to keep your taster glass! Nice touch, highly recommended seek out this beer if you love west coast style IPAs.

Serving type: growler

12-13-2011 00:40:59 | More by noahfree
Photo of brewcore

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle into a stange glass. Dark gold in color. 1.5 finger white head with good retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Hops smell of pine and little citrus. Sweet malts.

T: Taste very similar to the nose. Hops are piney with just the right amount of bittering. Not picking up much citrus hops. Malts bring some balance but definitely a hoppy beer.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Not like every other IPA though I think it does fit the style. High drinkability I would visit this one again.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 23:16:02 | More by brewcore
Photo of Wegomlegging


3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice golden yellow with decent head and lace. Pleasant hoppy pine aroma. Wow the bitter hop smack, which is saying something in the overcrowded hoppy beer flea market that is our current situation. Great follow on flavor refreshingly washes your cares down. Nice balance of carbonation and chewiness. I really liked this tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 03:42:22 | More by Wegomlegging
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Drake Tail India Pale Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.