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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
83
good

184 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | 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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mrterdferguson


3.25/5  rDev -11%

12-17-2012 03:07:09 | More by mrterdferguson
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LJWalker

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-05-2012 04:34:23 | More by LJWalker
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seagis

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased a single bottle of this at a local beer and wine store. I poured it off into a glass and noted that the head, such as it was, disappeared almost immediately. I wasn't really terribly put off by this, though.

I like the color. It has a nice, hazy, apple-cider-ish tone to it that was appealing but not necessarily memorable. The aroma has a pleasant citrus touch, though. I say touch because it is not overpowering but rather something that just sort of shows up (for lack of a better way to word it) at your nose and rather blossoms from there. It starts off mild and grows prevalent as you continue to inhale it.

The malt characteristic of this beer is fairly heavy at the onset of the tasting. As it works its way through, though, the hoppy citrus elements begin to really begin to show their strength in a very nice way. The finish is just short of astringent, and I think that's a good thing. It seems to flash from one flavor profile to the other, and it does it well. For a beer that is 7.5% ABV, I think the alcohol profile is well muted. If I were unaware of that I think I would easily go through two or three of these before I realized what I was doing.

The mouthfeel is pleasant enough as well. Nothing great, but certainly nothing to complain about. It starts off a bit muted and begins to have a bit of a bite as the character of the hops begins to show through. It doesn't feel heavy, but it isn't exactly light, either. It has a nice, pleasant, medium body to it that works well with the flavor profile.

Overall, I have to admit that I really liked this. The individual bottle was a shade over $2, so it was money well spent in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 01:03:11 | More by seagis
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jtierney89

New Jersey

1.5/5  rDev -58.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Hazy orange glow with about a half finger of head that recedes quickly. Very oily hop nose, lots of floral and earthy notes, pungent and stings the nostrils.

A little too slick, a little too acidic with too much grapefruit and citrus, and a bit too floral. Malt is there enough to create body but not able to create any harmony with the hops. Reminds me of Weyerbachers Hops Infusion but without the in your face dryness of Hops infusion. Tries to be balanced and drinkable and a hop bomb at the same time but ends up confused on the tongue with an overly slick feeling in the mouth and a touch of alcohol heat.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 00:26:42 | More by jtierney89
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ncaudle

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

10-13-2012 14:55:12 | More by ncaudle
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djre4orm

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.6%

10-04-2012 16:17:12 | More by djre4orm
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GFish

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

09-23-2012 23:41:17 | More by GFish
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

09-20-2012 21:42:28 | More by rolltide8425
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CrowdedMill


3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

09-19-2012 11:26:45 | More by CrowdedMill
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PGVG

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

09-17-2012 23:33:25 | More by PGVG
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tanner1980


3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

08-31-2012 01:26:34 | More by tanner1980
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

08-12-2012 03:04:07 | More by mdillon86
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3Hops

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -17.8%

08-02-2012 20:39:38 | More by 3Hops
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jereb33

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

07-19-2012 18:19:56 | More by jereb33
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rhhjr

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

07-05-2012 06:32:49 | More by rhhjr
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Yabev15

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -11%

06-07-2012 17:19:18 | More by Yabev15
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HarmonMW

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

06-01-2012 20:39:57 | More by HarmonMW
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.6%

05-20-2012 02:29:30 | More by AndrewMichael
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.8%

04-06-2012 20:16:28 | More by TheBigBoy
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avisong

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

04-06-2012 03:53:40 | More by avisong
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littlelorib

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First thing i noticed when i opened the bottle was a big whiff of grapefruit. It pours a golden amber, not quite clear, with slightly less than a fingers worth of head. Smells of the previously mentioned grapefruit with grass and spice. Taste is a bit disappointing, a little of a watery mouthfeel with fairly one dimensional bitterness. Overall, drinkable, but several IPAs with better flavor are easily obtainable.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 00:25:30 | More by littlelorib
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 23:03:05 | More by CliffBrake
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Hanzo

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

03-27-2012 01:54:13 | More by Hanzo
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LambicKing

Florida

3/5  rDev -17.8%

03-24-2012 02:54:51 | More by LambicKing
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DMPollock

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

02-28-2012 15:29:19 | More by DMPollock
Drake Tail India Pale Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.