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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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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 2
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of littlelorib
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of CliffBrake
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of williahd
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of SDDanC
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of noahfree
4.22/5  rDev +15%
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.

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3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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

Drake Tail India Pale Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.