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Drake Tail India Pale Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Reviews: 100
Hads: 238
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 13.39%
Wants: 3
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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AleWerks Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Westsidethreat on 11-08-2006

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Reviews: 100 | Hads: 238
Photo of barleyroad
4.52/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

IPA, dark gold to amber. Wow. this is an IPA worth drinking. Smell is good, fruity and the taste is very exceptional as IPA's go. Mouthfeel is very good, nice bitter and good finish. Try this with a prime rib, wow. We here at barleyroad will drink this any time, fridge worthy. (277 characters)

Photo of dball
4.48/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super extra delicious unfiltered IPA that looks great poured in a glass. It lightly laces the glass but the unfiltered settle after the pour is beautiful. The aroma is floral and the flavor is also floral with a fine balance of sour fruit and malt. I'm interested in drinking beer that doesn't travel too far and this one is less than 150 miles from home and ranks very high! Grab a Drake Trail, you'll be glad you did. (419 characters)

Photo of bcheng
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of mmmbeer
4.37/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle - brewed with Cascade and Amarillo hops. It pours deep amber, with a light to medium bead that leads up to a half-inch head which deposits little lace. There are both citric hops and sweet malts in the nose, along with hints of caramel, molasses, and red berries (currant, cherry, strawberry?). The body has a big bitterness that slowly creeps to the back of the mouth, revealing notes of piney/citric and earthy hops, lightly balanced by fruity, caramelly, earthy, and perhaps buttery malts. It feels nice and smooth, almost creamy on the palate, with low carbonation and a long finish. An interesting brew - the flavor starts like an English pale, but it soon reveals the American IPA hiding within. (715 characters)

Photo of ebby82
4.35/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is fresh, straight from the brewery store. It pours a light copper, very clear and clean looking, into a pint glass. There is a minimal head, but very nice lace retention.

The aroma is mostly flowery hops. The taste is hoppy, but not overwhelming. It is more of a balanced effort, along the lines of a victory hop devil but with less malt. I really enjoy the flavor.

The mouthfeel is very crisp, clean, and refreshing. It's not a conspicuous example of an IPA, but it does its job and does it well. Extremely drinkable, and I think I'll try a growler of it the next time I'm at the brewery. (602 characters)

Photo of farrago
4.26/5  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. (1,097 characters)

Photo of Saunapoika
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very good-looking beer. It's got a great deep (more red than amber)-copper color that's very clear. Just looking at this brew makes me want to drink it. Off-white clingy receding head.

S: I can smell the hoppiness at the crack of the bottle. Overtones of dry (crisp) clean citrus. It takes a few sniffs to get to the citrus, but it's there. Very slight scent of alcohol.

T: Outstanding. Before the intense hoppiness hits you, there's a slight caramel/biscuit taste there. Once that's over, it's a mouthfull of bitter hops. Dry and true to its style.

M: Seems a bit heavy. There's a lot going on in this beer. Smooth initially but towards the end, I almost want to pucker up a bit - not due to a sour taste but due to the dryness. Very, very crisp.

D: I am an IPA fan and this one is the complete package. Most likely, this one will be a mainstay in my home. (876 characters)

Photo of 7UCK
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- slightly cloudy orange in color with a two finger head

S- Citrus, piney, hoppy. Very nice and earthy smell

T- Strong citrus taste, hoppy and flural mouthful.

D- Would be great cold on a warm day. smooth and refreshing.

serving type as on tap in a sample glass (266 characters)

Photo of ackleydg
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber/orange color with about a finger width of off-white head.

Smells nice - mostly citrus hops.

Similar flavor - citrus/grassy hops. I like this kind of hops flavor, only criticism is the beer is not very complex overall.

Perhaps a little too carbonated. Light mouthfeel with a lingering bitterness.

Overall I think it's one of Williamsburg Alewerks' best brews and would definitely get it again. (416 characters)

Photo of noahfree
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (749 characters)

Photo of mdcrouser
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A solid head provides a cap for a beautifully woody and oaken hoppiness eminating from this beer, matched with the deep amber and brown accents, solidly locked within the confines of the glass. Smooth and sweet on the tongue, exploding with citrus, tobacco, and floral notes, rounded out with a velvety hoppiness that rolls to the back of the tongue - not fiery at all, just really enjoyable. (392 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12-ounce bottle into a pint glass at room temperature this brew shows a hazy carmel color with an out of control oatmeal colored head and layers of lacing. The aroma is a really nice sweet malt and herbal hops. Very thick smell with an edible quality that also notes thick brown bread and apple. The taste is a nice medium bodied tartness with some dry hops blended with caramel malt. Pretty chewy stuff for an IPA, almost a mild DIPA with some alcohol noted. Midland drinkable, definitely worth a try but just short of spectacular. (548 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Stoney's into a shaker pint.

Gives a very foamy small white tight head with very tightly packed bubbles, very creamy looking. Pale amber with a slightly cloudy body though, that gives off some decent lacing while drinking.

First smell is a strong hop and a distinct sensation of bread crust ends. It feels strangely damp a little bit, but it's also got some good malt behind it.

First taste is really bitter of a dry and spicey hop, but then there's a good mix of malt that comes out giving that nice little bread chewyness. That crust smell keeps coming back in the taste as eating very dark brown bread crust. Almost like a burnt taste. Not too carbonated feels about medium bodied nothing unpleasant or jaring.

Overall this is a very different American IPA it feels like a big hop and malt blast. Some might find it I think a bit unbalanced, or perhaps unexpected but I actually really like it for it's unique taste and profile. (952 characters)

Photo of Braudog
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Another goodie from the new local WAW. This poured with a gigantic shield of off-white bubbles over a dark red brew. It produced a nice dirty hop aroma ... very much an invitation to attack the glass. Stark, warming earthy hop bitterness is the predominate sense here ... bit of pineapple rind, too. Only downside on this wonderfully flavored beer is a bit of a light body. (373 characters)

Photo of BrewMaven
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this and a few others while visting Colonial Williamsburg.

Has a nice deep reddish amber hue (Not exactly the palest pale ale.) and a monsterous head that never really goes away. Abundant lacing.

I got a nose full of hops here.

Starts out with green apples, a malty middle and a nice hoppy finish. Viscous mouthfeel and average carbonation.

Definitely would be a repeat buy if I lived in Virginia. (405 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (967 characters)

Photo of SwillBilly
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle:

Appearance: Pours a deep rich amber, the color of strong ice tea. Nice and clear with a sturdy off white head capping the pour. Sheets of lacing cling to the sides of the pint glass as the beer is emptied.

Smell: Nice and malty upfront with hints of caramel and dark fruit that gives way to a subtle, citrusy hoppiness.

Taste: Drake Tail IPA starts with a malty sweetness with plenty of caramel, dark brown sugar and dark fruit. The middle moves the beer along to a really nice hoppiness that isn't overpowering but nicely balances out the hops. Has a nice grapefruity, citrusy bitterness that lingers on the tongue after the swallow.

Mouthfeel: Medium and somewhat creamy with plenty of carbonation to keep things lively.

Drinkability/Notes: A really nice and different IPA from the folks at Williamsburg Alewerks. Plenty of crystal malt upfront lending the ale to its darker color and caramel/brown sugar like sweetness. The hops nicely balance the malt with plenty of citrusy bitterness. I really nice beer that I would definitely buy again. These guys are doing some good things at this brewery, glad I can get it locally. Recommended, Seek and Enjoy ! (1,197 characters)

Photo of Omnium
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of guinnessfan
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh 12 oz. bottle from 6'er purchased at the brewery, poured into Das Festhaus pint glass.

A: Beautiful, clear, deep copper color, with a nice pillowy, 4-finger head. Great lacing and retention.

S: Nice hop, malt and a slight citrusy aroma.

T: Bitter hops and citrus zest, combined with a caramelized malty goodness. Good and interesting balance. Dry hop finish.

M: Somewhat thicker and creamier than normal. Crisp ending clean taste.

D: Great beer but perhaps a little too strong to session. Definately one of the two beers from the Alewerks that I really liked.

Good beer that I hope they make available on cask. The guy at the brewery said it may be a possibility in the future. (701 characters)

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

apparently reformulated since our last encounter, I've been looking forward to giving this local IPA another shot

a: ale the color of prehistoric amber, a rich blend of copper and orange hues, topped with a light head that recedes to only a ring

s: pulpy tropical fruit hops with crisp grapefruit roll over a big and grainy caramel malt body, mango, passionfruit, sweet tree fruits, a nice malt-heavy IPA with the hop aroma to back it up

m: carbonation on the low side of medium, medium-full body

t: sweet caramel grains introduce a big tropical fruit hop presence that gradually turns towards the pine side as a formidable bitterness steps in to balance the full malts, lingering long into the finish

d: no problem, a very nice IPA

single from the brewery (762 characters)

Photo of MQ4188
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.... (574 characters)

Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (460 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A different aroma than I expected: Hops, pine, some malt, but little citrus.

T: Tasted pretty much like it smelled. A good amount of hops, with a pine element, malt, and an earthy, grainy quality. Almost no trace of citrus, which is odd for the style. Still, a solid flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This beer does deviate from the typical American IPA style a bit, but it's still an easy to drink, likable beer. (623 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce glass into a cervoise glass.

A: The beer pours clear and with little head until I swirl around the last third of the bottle and pour the unfiltered yeast into the glass. Two fingers of head take up residence, showing little inclination to leave. The beer transforms from a clear amber to a murky yellow-brown full of noticeable chunks of yeast. Head excepted, it's not very pretty.

S: Pine resin, presumably from NW hops.

T: I still think this beer is incredibly tasty. The hop profile is the most interesting. Some noticeable classics (e.g., Cascade) but others elude me. Primarily earthy/spicy with a hefty dose of floral bitterness and a resiny aftertaste. A sweet fruitiness enters for a little while on the maintaste, offering a balanced, pleasant IPA.

M: Substantial and exactly what I wanted in my IPA. Lightly carbonated and...thick. Yum!

O: I prefer it on tap, but the bottled version is good..more subdued, but also more complex. The hops come out a lot more. I really like most everything AleWerks has done, and the Drake Tail is no exception. Recommended. Will seek out to have again. (1,125 characters)

Photo of Dave1999
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (524 characters)

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Drake Tail India Pale Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.