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Drake Tail India Pale Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

Drake Tail India Pale AleDrake Tail India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
83
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173 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%


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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AgentMunky

California

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 00:45:25 | More by AgentMunky
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Brent

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 15:01:10 | More by Brent
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engagechad

Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 02:19:02 | More by engagechad
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dball

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 02:07:50 | More by dball
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barleyroad

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 01:38:49 | More by barleyroad
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tvv375ia

Iowa

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 02:20:56 | More by tvv375ia
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 22:09:45 | More by WoodBrew
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rdub

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 18:55:02 | More by rdub
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Another6Pack

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 23:31:49 | More by Another6Pack
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ackleydg

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 03:34:37 | More by ackleydg
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PDXHops

South Carolina

1.98/5  rDev -45.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 16:11:23 | More by PDXHops
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 01:44:28 | More by Suds
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Billolick

New York

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 00:35:12 | More by Billolick
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

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
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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
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

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
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smakawhat

Maryland

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
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7UCK

Virginia

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
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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
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boudreaux

Alabama

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
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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
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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
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MrOH

Maryland

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
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ebby82

Virginia

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
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Mosstrooper

California

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
Drake Tail India Pale Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.