Drake Tail India Pale Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company
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Ratings: 194 | Reviews: 94 | Display Reviews Only:
3.78/5 rDev +3.3%
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.
09-06-2010 04:40:10 | More by Mosstrooper
4/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
08-17-2010 23:54:09 | More by afordney
3.43/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
08-05-2010 19:36:39 | More by regspeir
4/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
06-24-2010 22:08:44 | More by Pinto21
3.8/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
05-17-2010 18:30:44 | More by breweryaprntc13
3.75/5 rDev +2.5%
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...).
05-04-2010 23:48:15 | More by TMoney2591
3.63/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
04-27-2010 21:05:26 | More by BeerMark
3.7/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
02-26-2010 05:45:48 | More by bamadog
3.25/5 rDev -11.2%
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
01-27-2010 03:49:04 | More by mikereaser
3.53/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
11-11-2009 02:23:13 | More by sholland119
3.05/5 rDev -16.7%
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.
10-30-2009 12:10:33 | More by Risser09
3.08/5 rDev -15.8%
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.
06-30-2009 03:53:08 | More by argock
3.88/5 rDev +6%
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.
05-22-2009 03:21:48 | More by Proteus93
3.68/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
04-28-2009 17:15:33 | More by clayrock81
4/5 rDev +9.3%
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
04-22-2009 03:57:09 | More by blackie
4.1/5 rDev +12%
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.
01-14-2009 06:10:06 | More by Durge
3.1/5 rDev -15.3%
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.
01-10-2009 02:41:06 | More by beer2day
4.15/5 rDev +13.4%
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.
12-16-2008 23:30:07 | More by mdcrouser
3.78/5 rDev +3.3%
I picked this up as part of mix six-pack at the Westover Market in Arlington.
Smells of hops primarily. The taste is unique. Kinda like your standard IPA taste (bitter with the hops dominating the malt) with something else on the after taste....it seems kinda like mint....hmmm...anyhow, good medium body feel and a nice drinkability (could do 2 in a night).
11-01-2008 21:08:04 | More by Applesauce1
3.58/5 rDev -2.2%
Appearance: slightly cloudy orange in color with a two finger head. Some spotty lacing developed.
Smell: caramel, citrus, and some soft pine are easily detectable.
Taste: overall this is a mellower IPA as caramel is balanced with some softer citrus tones and mild bitterness. A bit of pine lingers in the background.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short-lived.
Drinkability: decent but the mellower IPA version grows a bit boring after a while.
10-08-2008 13:11:56 | More by Gavage
2.38/5 rDev -35%
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)
10-03-2008 22:54:58 | More by brentk56
3.65/5 rDev -0.3%
Pours murky dirty copper brownish with a thin off-white head that lasts and leaves sticky lacing. Head retention and plenty of lacing make up for rather lackluster/dull color (to a point).
The smell is caramel with some piney resin and some citrus.
The taste is of caramel sweetness (slightly burnt as it progresses) that turns to a bitterish resiny/citric finish. Slight touch of alcohol comes through late, though well-hidden/integrated for the abv (which is not listed on bottle, and was slightly surprised to see here at 7.50).
Creamy, medium body - slightly oily.
A sweeter IPA - Hops present more in flavor than in bitterness (though there is some in the finish). Very smooth. Drinks well despite not being anything "great" or particularly unique. Usually, I don't prefer the caramel to stand out quite so much in my Am. IPA's, but this has a nice, smooth drinkability to it (despite abv). Despite just a touch of burnt caramel, it's good for a sweeter (though with some balance) IPA.
08-11-2008 16:09:57 | More by jwc215
4.13/5 rDev +12.8%
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.
07-27-2008 03:16:15 | More by BrewMaven
2.95/5 rDev -19.4%
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.
07-04-2008 19:19:38 | More by wagenvolks
3.5/5 rDev -4.4%
Amber to copper colored body with a huge, lumpy, off-white head. Great retention, lots of sticky lacing. Pretty beer.
Lots of sweet malts in the nose with a little bit of hops.
A sweet malty IPA, but still with a decent hop balance. Bitterness with a good backbone to it. Creamy mouthfeel.
Rather drinkable IPA.
06-23-2008 23:45:49 | More by Hojaminbag
Drake Tail India Pale Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
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