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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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BA SCORE
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183 Ratings
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Ratings: 183
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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12-11-2013 04:13:07 | More by 67cuda
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jaswilson2

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-06-2013 17:48:54 | More by jaswilson2
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TaylorK

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

12-03-2013 12:25:49 | More by TaylorK
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brewerburgundy

California

4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-30-2013 00:53:14 | More by brewerburgundy
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farrago

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Little over a finger of eggshell white to light tan foam, lots of different bubble sizes with a mottled surface, adequate retention, the lacing comes in very broad sheets but then slowly slides down the glass sides. Cloudy coppery orange hued liquid, more gauzy than transparent, widely dispersed fat and sluggish bubbles throughout, has visual “density” to it. Sweet, approachable nose of tangerine, pink grapefruit citrus, cocoa led maltiness, supplemented by less aggressive pine sap and white pepper notes, comes with a credible amount of apricot and peach fruit scents too, it needs to warm up some to release the underlying herbaceous hoppiness. Medium-bodied, somewhat low carbonation gives it a firm mouth feel rather than creamy, however, this is some prickle going on. The white pit fruit has a dried fruit kind of sweetness, same for the pineapple flavors. Semi-tart feel to the orange, tangerine to white grapefruit citrus. Some breadiness and grassy bite, not simple even as it displays its constituent parts clearly. Malty finish softens its contours, very likable and easygoing.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 18:43:37 | More by farrago
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tgatort

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

11-15-2013 22:57:04 | More by tgatort
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obywan59

Virginia

3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchase on vacation from Wine Cheese & More, Chincoteague Island, VA

Pour a transparent but hazy orange with a 1 1/2 finger off white head that leaves some attractive lacing.

The aroma is definitely hop forward. Over ripe citrus and pine. Caramel and sweet malts.

Sweet malts are the backbone, but again the hops dominate. Spicy and piney. Tart citrus and dominant bitter hops in the end.

Medium to medium full in body. Peppery and slick in a good way. Decent alcoho burn.

Definitely worth a repeat. Full in flavor and aroma. Great mouthfeel. Maybe a little more bitter than the usual, but it works. Good balance.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 03:24:50 | More by obywan59
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blbarnett3

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.6%

10-18-2013 16:22:45 | More by blbarnett3
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz draft at Whole Foods.

Nice amber color, minimal head that clings to glass.

Not an over powering aroma, mix of sweet malt and hops.

Well balanced taste. Starts a little sweet, followed by medium hop flavor. 7.5% abv well hidden.

Light to medium body. Well carbonated

Overall a nice IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2013 18:40:38 | More by Dave_Treat
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Mantooth

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

09-21-2013 18:37:46 | More by Mantooth
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arizcards

Arizona

3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had a 12 oz sample at the Capital Ale House in Harrisonburg today for $3.00. Review from notes.

Beer was served orange with a nice white head.

Nose was pretty nondescript. Basic pale malts but the aroma hops were MIA.

Taste was well balanced pale malts being a pretty big player. But the hops win in the end with a nice combo of citrus, pine, and peach hops taking over that malt base.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and decently carbonated.

Overall a solid IPA that is worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2013 23:09:09 | More by arizcards
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davet100

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.6%

09-19-2013 20:43:14 | More by davet100
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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml Bottle as a gift from Virginia:
Medium amber with a thin, half centimetre head that is frothy looking and holds well.

Sweet with some tropical fruit notes and caramel to begin with followed by some malts and a faint bitterness. There is some pine coming through as well as some light floral notes but the aroma is not the strongest.

Sweet malts and caramel as well as a lot of bitterness. There an almost perfume like taste that has some pine and tropical fruits in there too. A little bit of citrus gets through as well and yet more bitterness to round things off with.

Light-medium body with light-medium carbonation as well, a very bitter kick from the hops and some sweetness too.

Definitely a drinkable beer but if I'm honest it's not a classic IPA nor one I'd be likely to try again although I did enjoy it, I just felt that the bitterness was a little to much when coupled with sweet caramel.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 19:50:54 | More by flyingpig
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap back on June 5th at House of 1000 Beers.

A - Pours a nice orange color, one finger of white fluffy head, good lacing.
S - Fresh orange zest, pineapple, a little grassy, pine, citrus juice.
T - Big pine bitterness, sweet orange candy like malt, lime.
M - Good feel, nice bitterness.
O - This is just solid all around good IPA, that I would gladly have again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2013 01:21:28 | More by Omnium
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AngusOg

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -11%

09-04-2013 10:13:38 | More by AngusOg
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VBWharfRat

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

08-15-2013 23:42:35 | More by VBWharfRat
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

07-23-2013 19:44:04 | More by Rhettroactive
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bcheng

Virginia

4.48/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I previously had this IPA from AleWerks that tasted so-so, but the fresh brew from this growler was drastically different and delicious. It almost tastes like a double-IPA, fresh hops, with a good amount of malt sweetness to balance it out, which also hides the alcohol very well. This is quite surprising and easy drinking. Giving this a good score because my wife enjoyed it, and for how well it went down -- it just hit the right spot in this warm weather.

Serving type: growler

07-14-2013 21:45:32 | More by bcheng
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dgherm

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

07-14-2013 12:07:30 | More by dgherm
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Gatordaddy

Maryland

4/5  rDev +9.6%

07-13-2013 20:18:03 | More by Gatordaddy
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Camjmorton

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

07-12-2013 03:35:47 | More by Camjmorton
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mhaugo

California

2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

06-28-2013 00:30:05 | More by mhaugo
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.49/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The malt base on this beer is thicker than I was anticipating it'd be. Keeps things earthy overall. Hop spiced tone is mildly there, as an accent. Overall this stays very earthy though. Feel is prett good. The malt bill is pretty high and the hops aren't as prevalent on the beer as I'd like, but it's still pretty nice. I think this would be very good on cask.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2013 03:40:52 | More by RblWthACoz
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nstroup

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +9.6%

06-24-2013 02:37:32 | More by nstroup
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick bubbly ring around the edge of the glass and a sheer half sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves scattered lines on the glass.

S- Very musty and earthy hops, my guess is Simcoe. The best word to use for the bouquet is "rustic."

T- The rustic nature continues in the flavor with an assertive bitterness containing more of the earth notes plus some toasty malt to complement. Drinkable without too much alcohol flavor and just a slight bit of metallic taste.

M- Pretty standard hop bite with a moderate dryness. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- A nicely done IPA that's well-hopped both in flavor and aroma. And, oh wow, I didn't even suspect for a second that it was as high in alcohol as it is. Way to go Alewerks. My first by them and it certainly won't be my last.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 02:07:20 | More by Immortale25
Drake Tail India Pale Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.