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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: 180
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | 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 Tucquan


4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-05-31 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy, golden amber with a 1.5 finger head, some unfiltered floaties and good lacing.

S - Mild caramel and orange citrus.

T - Pretty nice. Some sweet, bready notes quickly give way to a good dollop of citrus then bitter, orange zest. It mostly dries out and leaves a hint of dark chocolate and a favorable amount of lingering bright citrus flavor and orange peel bitterness, which is about my favorite way a good IPA should end. The finish reminds me of a Port City Mongo although not quite as cleansing.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Just a little creamy but more cutting and a tad prickly.

O - From the light smell, I didn't expect such a bold and crisp flavor. A nice surprise.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 17:53:28 | More by Tucquan
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 13:30:17 | More by avalon07
Photo of beermanbrian


3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice bronze color. Head is lacking and no lace. Smell is grassy with a little mustiness. Definitely more of an English ipa than an American version in my opinion. Very earthy rather than citric. Taste is bready up front with a fairly strong bitter finish. Bitterness sticks around giving a slight pucker at the end. Very dry finish. Again very different than an American ipa with no citrus notes. I can maybe pick up some pine. Overall above average but not great.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 00:30:32 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of smakawhat


4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2011 22:31:12 | More by smakawhat
Photo of 7UCK


4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
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

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2011 16:44:24 | More by 7UCK
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to breweryaprntc13 for giving me a bottle of this as a gift at Sexual Chocolate '11! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured yellow-orange with a three finger off-white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, citrus, and bitter hops. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, citrus, and caramel hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good IPA. The flavor on this one was quite nice and had a decent aroma. With that said, this wasn't my favorite IPA I have ever had, but it wasn't bad either. The caramel hop was different giving kind of a sweet bitterness that I was not used to. I would suggest this to others to try.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 15:53:52 | More by thagr81us
Photo of boudreaux


3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into my trusty pint glass. Batch Code: 111000

A: golden-orange, some sediment; a one-finger off-white head with great lacing

S: Hoppy and tart; singes the nose just a touch, kinda like a brisk winter wind; pine, lemon zest, and slight citrus notes; a hint of fresh cut grass, as well

T: Mirrors the aroma almost perfectly, which I appreciate very much (if only because of the lack of unwanted surprises); a hint of biscuity malt appears just underneath the hoppy flavors; slight grapefruit notes chime in just at the end of the taste

M: A bit too dry and tart for me; as it warms, the malt becomes a bit more present, lessening the tartness to a degree; light/medium body; wants to be refreshing, but struggles to maintain that aspect

D: Fairly drinkable, as are most IPA's IMHO; goes down easy, but let's you know it's got a decent ABV; still want to drink more though

AleWerks is gaining a bit of respect from me. They are a solid go-to for good, defined representations of the beer styles they brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 17:24:54 | More by boudreaux
Photo of goldbot

District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber-copper, hazy with lots of floaties. Thin grayish-white head that sticks around pretty well. Strong citrus hop aroma, plenty of juicy orange, pineapple, mango. Some pine resin in there as well. Not much malt aroma. The hop flavor is a bit more muted but still some nice citrus notes and planty, floral notes. Some caramel-malty sweetness evens out the moderate bitterness but overall it is much more bitter than sweet. Aftertaste of bready malt. Medium body.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 23:56:19 | More by goldbot
Photo of tempest


3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Batch Code: 10 23 10. I'll assume that's a date. There's a slightly soapy, possibly oxidized, grapefruit aroma. The flavor does much better, with biting grapefruit and a peppery rind finish. As it warms, I think I detect diacetyl, maybe that's what I was smelling. This beer actually got worse as it warmed - not a good sign. Still, I like the hop profile and IBU level they've got going here.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 04:13:27 | More by tempest
Photo of MrOH


3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours deep gold with a 1.5 finger off-white head, nice clarity, lace on the side at each sip

Aroma smacks of American hops: grapefruit and assorted other citrus, pine, and that "catty" earthy smell

The taste brings the smell minus the cat, plus a bit of native grape and some malty biscuit goodness, then finishes with a grapefruit pith edginess. It's all great, just a little disconjointed.

Creamy yet dry in the mouth, and goes down very smooth. Alcohol doesn't show itself until you realize how much you've had.

Not the greatest IPA out there, but my choice over the other readily available locals.

Serving type: growler

11-23-2010 01:13:59 | More by MrOH
Photo of ebby82


4.38/5  rDev +20%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 20:58:59 | More by ebby82
Photo of Mosstrooper


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

Poured from 12oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy reddish-orange color with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves at thick ring of lace.

Smell: Sweet fruity aroma, with citrusy hops (lemon, grapefruit), with some slight floral notes.

Taste: Begins sweet and buttery, finishing with a grapefruit flavor and some bitterness. There's also a note of passionfruit throughout the beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Definitel;y a good beer, though not the best in its style. I'd have this one again, but it is far from my first-choice IPA. Still worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 04:40:10 | More by Mosstrooper
Photo of afordney


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

Thick off-white head left a good ring of lacing. reddish orange in color a tad bit cloudy

Nice hoppy sour aromas. grassy and earthy

A good shot of grassy flavors with slight bit of spice. hoppy bitterness hangs around

Strong hop bitterness, not to watery and excellent carbonation.

Easy going down, exactly what you would expect of an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 23:54:09 | More by afordney
Photo of regspeir


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

Bottle into a standard pint glass. Dark amber to bronze pour, smallish off-white head that moves to a coating. Lacing is present but spotty. There is citrus, caramel, pine, and malt in the nose Taste is citrus, floral, caramel, pine but a lot of caramel. This is mildly bitter in the finish. Medium to heavier body with decent carbonation. Decent IPA but heavy on the sweeter side (not a plus for me) and not much taste remains until the next sip. I would try this again but it is not on the top of my list.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 19:36:39 | More by regspeir
Photo of Pinto21


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

A: Poured a hazy tan orange. 1.5 finger head. good lookin IPA
S: Sweet caramel malts with hoppy goodness of citrus malts
T: Follows the smell. Sweet up front with with very nice hop bitterness and taste to follow. Pretty well balanced IPA.
M,D: Very nice, about what it should be for a good IPA. Alcohol is not noticed and could drink a few bottles in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 22:08:44 | More by Pinto21
Photo of breweryaprntc13


3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: amber/ light copper color with a very thick ivory head which slowly settles to a one finger head leaving very strong lacing.

A: delicious aroma of primarily citrus hops but also floral with a slight grassy undertone. some malt is also present.

T: beings with smooth malt flavor that leads into a strong citrus hops taste with a bitter finish touching on floral hops.

M: Medium to high carbonation but thick and smooth mouthfeel.

D: A delicious but rather standard IPA. Does not seek to wow but is a great example of the IPA style. very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2010 18:30:44 | More by breweryaprntc13
Photo of TMoney2591


3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone pint glass.

A Virginia brew in a Virgina glass drunk by a Virginian...from Illinois. Almost. *snaps fingers in mock frustration* So, yeah... An IPA that's viewed as a mostly clear amber color? You betcha. A nice bit o' white foamy head, plenty o' lacing? Double-check. Off to a good start, I'd say. (Just imagine if this thing were - I don't know - green...) A stab of hoppy citrus and light, sugar-free maple syrup plunge into the flesh and hairs of the 'strils. Locked in a Manichean struggle, the hops tend to win, though the 'rup keeps comin' back, occasionally supplanting its eternal foe. This war is fought by proxy in the tongue region, though it's much more asymmetrical there: The light citrus and biting bitterness from those lovely cones bombard the syrup-inspired wheats, though the latter remains engaged in a healthy guerilla insurgency. Still, nothing all that unexpected or exciting on this front. Just good old-fashioned IPA-ness. Sticking to tradition even further, the bubbles are plentiful but not overcrowded, and everything goes down smooth and easy, making for a refreshing guzzle. Take a hike down the Trail and ye shan't be all that disappointed (unless you expect a plethora of bears...which you shouldn't...death wish...).

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 23:48:15 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of BeerMark


3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found this at Fresh Market in Montgomery. Nice color on this one. Not a lot of head or lacing but some is present. Smells sweet with just a touch of citrus and a little lingering bitterness. Tastes good with a malt-citrus balance. Not fantastic, but I could knock back several of these. Beer seems to be a little thin. Alcohol is well hidden. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 21:05:26 | More by BeerMark
Photo of bamadog


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

Picked a bottle of this up at The Cheese Shop in Williamsburg, VA. Review is from notes taken on 2/24/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter (What can I say? It's the only glass I had available...)

Appearance: Pour is a pretty standard coppery orange color and starts with a one finger white head that fades pretty quickly to an uneven skim; body is pretty clear and shows moderate, but slow moving, carbonation; lacing is loose and spotty.

Smell: Fair citric (orange peel and grapefruit) hop presence; faint malty backing in the nose and there is also a slightly musty smell to it.

Taste: Flavors are there and what I would expect -- nice bitter and citric hop notes that match the smell; balanced by a syrupy sweet maltiness; the flavors seem a bit watered down at first, but I find the flavors linger nicely in the aftertaste, especially the bittering hops.

Mouthfeel: Body is a little thin, slick and watery overall; leaves a faint stick on the roof of the mouth -- essentially nothing to get excited about.

Drinkability: Solid enough, but I wish the musty scent wasn't in the nose and that the body was a little more solid; flavors are about spot on though.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 05:45:48 | More by bamadog
Photo of mikereaser


3.25/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle on 1-26-10

A - Pours a hazy amber color with almost no foam whatsoever

S - sweet citrus and some caramel malt dominate the aroma

T - caramel malts up front with citrusy hops following through the rest of the taste. The hops have a stale taste to them, although not too bad

M - good carbonation, medium bodied, crisp feeling

D - not bad, could use some more work, the hops just have a pellet feel to them

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 03:49:04 | More by mikereaser
Photo of sholland119


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

A-Pours a hazy copper amber with a pool of off white head and a bit of lacing.

S-Lots of caramel malt presence. Toffee, caramel, not usually the aromas I associate with the style but I'll go with it. Light floral hops.

T-Like the nose, lots of caramelly notes, very rich and deep. Odd for the style but not unpleasant. Some floral hops in the finish.

M-Medium bodied and kind of hangs on the tongue due to the rich maltiness.

D-Yeah. not bad. I'd have another but it would not be my first choice.


Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 02:23:13 | More by sholland119
Photo of Risser09


3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 12:10:33 | More by Risser09
Photo of argock


3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2009 03:53:08 | More by argock
Photo of Proteus93


3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a rather deep hue... bronzish with perhaps a little touch of chill haze. Head was about a half finger tall... rather short, but it's fairly rich and retains well.

S: An intriguing herbal and lemon zest aroma along with something that reminds me of apple pie or something... sweet apples. It's quite a pleasant scent, with a nice note of malts making it come across as a little more English like in some ways.

T + M + D: Quite a pungent hoppiness, with a sticky body - for comparisons sake, this kind of reminds me of the Sam Adams Longshot DIPA in flavour. It's on the big side for an IPA, but I'm not complaining! Quite a tasty brew, with that herbal and 'resinous' flavour of hops along with a bit of sweetness that I do NOT find in the Sam Adams. It does end up being quite chewy... in some ways, it's a bit of a beast to take down, but all in all, it's a fine beer. I'd gladly pick it up again, though maybe only on those days when I am after something bigger.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 03:21:48 | More by Proteus93
Photo of clayrock81


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

Poured a orangish-gold body with two finger white head on top of a citric and soft hop smell (not like a Stone or something where a floral hop smell grabs you by the balls). A medium-bodied and smooth IPA that has subtle fruit and hop flavors for a tasty beer that is balanced well and has a slightly crisp backbite. Some caramel and other sweet malts tucked in there. A decent IPA to relax with.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2009 17:15:33 | More by clayrock81
Drake Tail India Pale Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.