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Drake Tail India Pale Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Reviews: 100
Hads: 239
Avg: 3.66
pDev: 17.76%
Wants: 3
Gots: 36 | 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: 239
Photo of CliffBrake
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
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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Photo of johnnnniee
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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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Photo of SDDanC
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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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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.

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Photo of brewcore
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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

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Photo of Wegomlegging
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice golden yellow with decent head and lace. Pleasant hoppy pine aroma. Wow the bitter hop smack, which is saying something in the overcrowded hoppy beer flea market that is our current situation. Great follow on flavor refreshingly washes your cares down. Nice balance of carbonation and chewiness. I really liked this tasty beer.

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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.

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Photo of Brent
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty middle-of the road, without a lot of attributes to either love or hate. Moderate hopping, a bit nondescript with some pine rosin notes. Malt carried lightly roasted flavor. Finish was a little astringent. ETOH at 7.5% is a surprise, as there were no alcohol notes of significance.

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Photo of engagechad
3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased as a single from Tom Leonards in Richmond, VA - DFH snifer.

Pours a nice amber honey color with good head and decent lacing.

Smells grassy and dirty, not in a great way.

Tastes bitter and funky. Hops are there for sure, not much on citrus or pine, just earth funk and some acid bitterness.

Feels nice and bitter on the back

Overall this is unfortunately the first beer from Williamsburg that i am not a fan of.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-color is a burnt orange with about a 1 finger head that dissapated to a soap bubble like cap

S-first a burst of orange citrus followed by some pine and finally a little malt at the end

T-pine more in the taste than the smell and then some light malt

M-good carbonation a little bit on the thin watery side but not bad

O-not a terrible IPA but not really the best, but I wouldn't turn one down if offered

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of rdub
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of Another6Pack
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch number blank on all six bottles. This was brought to the Midwest by a friend, so I'm confident it is reasonably fresh.

Pour is a dark copper color with a relatively short head that receded very quickly. Lacing is solid and holds firm around the perimeter of the pint glass. Nose includes some hops and sweet malt notes, but is otherwise unremarkable.

Taste is a good balance of hop zing with a noticeable malt presence. Hop flavor prevails, which gives it an extra .5 in my book. Nice and dry, plenty of carbonation to bring out the hop presence. Overall a decent Am IPA.

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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.

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Photo of PDXHops
2.02/5  rDev -44.8%
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.

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Photo of Suds
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle obtained from the brewery, this beer pours a golden copper color. The head is bright-white, although a little small in size. Decent lace. The smell is remarkable...a clean, crisp, woody, piney hop aroma. It's like freshly broken pine-needles from the woods. Nice. The beer taste is mostly dry, with a touch of malt flavor in the background. It's just this side of astringency, but is still drinkable. The body seems a little thin, considering the aroma and the abv. This is a very clean, very agreeable beer. It's best characteristic is its aroma, but I did enjoy it.

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Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, no freshness info to be had.

Pours near clear, with a slight yeast haze, lighter honey amber, light tan head, minor in nature and leaving some fine spots and tongues of lacing.

Soft herbal hoppy nose.

Pretty well hopped IPA. Hop character is again on the herbal/earthy side. Malt under coating is adequate to nearly balance things out. 7.5% is well hidden and does not get in the way of the enjoyment.

Workable IPA in a just slightly better then middle of the road sort of way.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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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.

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Photo of beermanbrian
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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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.

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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

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