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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
81
good

205 Ratings
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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 2
Gots: 21 | 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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4/5  rDev +9.3%

brewerburgundy, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of farrago
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

farrago, Nov 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

tgatort, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of obywan59
3.99/5  rDev +9%
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.

obywan59, Nov 06, 2013
Photo of blbarnett3
4/5  rDev +9.3%

blbarnett3, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of Dave_Treat
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Dave_Treat, Oct 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Mantooth, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of arizcards
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

arizcards, Sep 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

davet100, Sep 19, 2013
Photo of flyingpig
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

flyingpig, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of Omnium
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Omnium, Sep 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

AngusOg, Sep 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

VBWharfRat, Aug 16, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Rhettroactive, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of bcheng
4.48/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

bcheng, Jul 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

dgherm, Jul 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Gatordaddy, Jul 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Camjmorton, Jul 12, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

mhaugo, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

RblWthACoz, Jun 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

nstroup, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Immortale25, Jun 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Mattyb79, Jun 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

JMUbrewz, Jun 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

tgeorgf, Jun 12, 2013
Drake Tail India Pale Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.