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Drake Tail India Pale Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Drake Tail India Pale AleDrake Tail India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
83
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214 Ratings
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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.99%
Wants: 2
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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 jtierney89
1.5/5  rDev -59.1%
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.

jtierney89, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of PDXHops
1.98/5  rDev -46%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. There's a batch code box on the label that would seem to have something to do with freshness; nothing's actually in the box, though. Slightly hazy orange with an even coating of creamy lacing up top, scattered patches down below.

Smells plenty bready with a fairly mild citrus/pine/soapy hop combo mixed in. At times it tastes a bit like an ESB (nutty and leafy); at others, it tastes like a mess (astringent, lingering medicinal taste, boozy). Mainly the latter. Since this brewery only recently hit the local market, I have to assume this bottle was at least fairly fresh. Not a beer I'd recommend or revisit.

PDXHops, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
2/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a deep copper color with a nice tan head. Aromas of fruitiness, and a very light bitter. As in the taste, it has the bitter, but a sweet fruitiness. A big body mouthfeel, and a bitter dry aftertaste. Not that great for an IPA, it is bitter, but the fruitiness throws me off. More of a sweet fruity ale, with a nice bitter taste, but the fruit covers the bitter taste as it warmed up.

OWSLEY069, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of brentk56
2.38/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly cloudy amber color with a robust head (regretably, the best thing about the beer) that drops some nice lace around the pint

Smell: Liquid caramel with some piney bitter tones

Taste: Loads of caramel on the opening, almost wort-like as the piney bitter elements have a hard time peeking through; after the swallow, there is a touch more bitterness and it is obvious that the beer has been well hopped, but the underattenuation is a big problem

Mouthfeel: Thick like apricot nectar with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Wow, either this is a bad batch or there are some real problems with the brewing techniques (batch 084011, if anybody cares)

brentk56, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of mhaugo
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

mhaugo, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of Rhettroactive
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Rhettroactive, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of wagenvolks
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Daps and handshakes to atsprings on the freebie.

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass produces a copper/amber body that's a little too dark per the style. The thin cap of creamy, custard foam is attractive, and a fervent carbonation level does its best to keep the retention going. I will commend Drake Tail for leaving behind some of the thickest, most impenetrable lacing I've seen in a while. The aroma is an interesting blend of resinous, tangerine hops with a touch of pine, balanced by sweet caramel malt and a hint of woodiness.

At this point, the beer went downhill for me. The flavor profile starts out with a little malty sweetness and mineral undertone, but one the whole it seems a bit empty and flat. Suddenly, a stampede of bitter, medicinal hops washes across the sides and back of the palate, effectively ruining any chance of this IPA achieving a decent balance. The lingering hoppiness is overtly bitter and fairly unpleasant. Usually, my tastebuds love a good, hoppy thrashing, but the hops have to be done right. In this case, they weren't. This wasn't an un-drinkable beer, as it certainly had a few merits, but I won't be looking to try it again any time soon.

wagenvolks, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of KevMo84
3/5  rDev -18.3%

KevMo84, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of TheBigBoy
3/5  rDev -18.3%

TheBigBoy, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -18.3%

malfunxion, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of LambicKing
3/5  rDev -18.3%

LambicKing, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of 3Hops
3/5  rDev -18.3%

3Hops, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of derricksmalls
3/5  rDev -18.3%

derricksmalls, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of AlexFields
3.04/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

5.7/10

AlexFields, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with an almost four-finger thick, amber-hued, tan colored head that sits atop a brilliantly clear, reddish tinged, amber-copper colored beer. The aroma has a pronounced caramel character that is redolent of crystal malt; caramel, toasted bread, biscuit notes and a crusty bread character are all quite noticeable. There is some hop aromatics here as well, but not nearly as much as I would expect from a beer labeled IPA; herbal hop notes are noticeable with a touch of sweet citrus and perhaps a hint of pine.

Quite bitter tasting with a lasting, lingering bitterness. This bitterness helps to offset a thickish, chewy, caramel malt character & body that would otherwise dominate the beer. Instead the aggressive hop bitterness is the dominant note; it becomes astringent at times, especially in the finish. The bitterness is a bit too harsh for the rest of the beer, which is saying quite a bit considering that this has a cloying amount of crystal malt character too. As my palate gets used to the bitterness and crystal malt flavors I can taste a bit of hop fruit flavors that lean towards sweet citrus notes. This is not a bad tasting beer, it is just way out of balance.

Gueuzedude, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of Risser09
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a copper orange and yellow color with a slight haze. Bubbles slowly move to the surface of the beer. A 1" light yellow head builds and shows decent retention. A coat of lace sticks around.

Smell: Heavy caramel malt and some pellet hop aroma. Very sweet sugar is toffee-like and heavy.

Taste: An immediate combination of hops and caramel malts mixes on the tongue. Sweet toffee and nougat overlap a somewhat stale citrus hop flavor. A lingering bitterness of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Sweet, almost cloying, but offset by the hop bitterness. Pretty heavily bodied for an IPA. With a package of carbonation and some alcohol.

Drinkability: A decent brew that needs works. The hops don't taste fresh, and the beer needs to attenuate a little more to loosen the grip that sweetness has on it. Decent.

Risser09, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of timtim
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the looks of this beer are definitely the high point. clear reddish amber with a huge, rocky, tan head that holds very well and leaves okay lace. it just goes downhill from here. caramel in the nose. very sweet smelling for the style actually. citrus and pine in the background. smells a bit like homebrew and plastic buckets. i hate to say it, and i thought it was just suggestive perception from another ba, but it's there for sure. very bitter taste with medicine and metal in the finish as well. not terrible, but not what i believe should be included in my fridge, and certainly not what i would use to convince anyone that craft beer is worthwhile. kind of sticky mouthfeel. left me feeling more thirsty. sorry guys... maybe you can revamp.

timtim, May 13, 2008
Photo of argock
3.08/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on-tap at 12th Street Taphouse in a 20oz clear pint glass.

A: Clear amber-red with thin cap of off-white head. Some lace streaks the glass.

S: Aroma is a bit slow to come, but it opens up some as it warms. Thick toffee and caramel are met with floral and pine hops.

T: Flavor is good, but overly sweet. If a beer can be overmalted, this is it, but maybe underhopped is a better call. The sweetness of the caramel and pale malts is not matched adequately by the hops flavors of light orange, floral, and pine character. In the end, it comes off as cloying and very bitter.

M: The mouthfeel is very viscous and nectarlike which only plays more into the cloying nature of this IPA. THe alcohol is also evident. Carbonation is not active enough -- almost none.

D: AleWerks could tweak this recipe with more hops, slightly more carbonation, and a little less body and a have a very nice DIPA (or barleywine for that matter). At this point though, this beer is tough to choke down because of its extreme sweetness, thick body, and harsh bitterness.

argock, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of rdub
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into my new Williamsburg AleWerks pint. I tried most of their offerings during a recent visit and found a common thread with all of them. Could it be the water?

Medium ruddy brown color yielded a white one finger head and a bit of lacing down the glass. Fresh pine aroma with a bit of citrus and quite a malt backbone. I felt this was quite balanced. I tended to like this a little better cold than warm-ish. Perhaps with some tweaking this could go a bit higher. Good attempt from a newer brewery.

rdub, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of beer2day
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours much darker than expected with a thick head. Way more malt in the nose and in the mouthfeel than expected as well - almost smoky in both smell and taste. All of the beers I've had from the Aleworks appear to be beyond their prime. Don't know if that's bad luck on my part or theirs.

The hops here are good, but totally tempered by the excessive maltiness of this beer.

beer2day, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of WoodBrew
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Drake Tail IPA from AleWerks was purchased from Vulcan Beverages in Birmingham. This beer was medium copper color with thin white head that appears to be lacing. The smell is subtle...not much going on...slight hints of malt and citrus. The taste is heavy with malt counterbalanced with hops...both in an attempt to mask the high ABV. The mouthfeel is downgraded due to the higher ABV....one would be plenty for me.

WoodBrew, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of tgbljb
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a deep copper color with way too large a head that escaped the glass several times. Tan chunky head present.
Smell is lighty caramel with distinct hop notes also present.
Taste has the hops in the front, presenting with a strong citrusy bitterness that completely overwhelms and malt character.
Finishes with more dryness.
Not very balanced. Alcohol is well hidden.

tgbljb, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of lillitnn92
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

lillitnn92, Tuesday at 06:36 PM
Photo of AngusOg
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

AngusOg, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of tgeorgf
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

tgeorgf, Jun 12, 2013
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Drake Tail India Pale Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
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