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Drake Tail India Pale Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

194 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 194
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 2
Gots: 18 | 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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droomyster

Virginia

3.99/5  rDev +9%

Pours a slightly hazy copper body with a small white head with decent retention. Pleasant aromas of caramel sweetness with a touch of citrus and notes that remind of the whiff one gets upon opening a honey-flavored cereal box. Hops are assertive on the front and back ends, with a caramel and fruity middle. Finish lingers long with strong hints of grapefruity goodness. I like this IPA quite a bit.

02-26-2013 03:51:47 | More by droomyster
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4/5  rDev +9.3%

02-17-2013 22:36:22 | More by bsuedekum
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rturn2

Georgia

4/5  rDev +9.3%

02-14-2013 00:42:35 | More by rturn2
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ckollias

Maryland

4/5  rDev +9.3%

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a medium-dark golden hue with a white, 2-finger, head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace with a great trail down the side of the glass.

S: Strong hoppy aroma with a touch of fruity notes.

T: Nice and hoppy flavor with a bitter bite. Hints of citrus and pine in the background

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This was an excellent IPA – nicely hopped but in good balance.

02-10-2013 19:14:04 | More by ckollias
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.04/5  rDev -16.9%

Smells like oranges, pear, spice, nice citrusy IPA.

Taste is really disappointing, somewhat stale bready malt, faded hop bitterness, only hints of citrus...not very good.

Pretty good mouthfeel but it doesn't make up for the taste.

Disappointing, pretty mediocre IPA.

5.7/10

02-06-2013 03:20:10 | More by AlexFields
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MQ4188

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.3%

This beer is a very, very good IPA. No, it is not a huge, 10+ .abv iipa. It follows the style as described by the American ipa standard. Balanced, with a perfect lacing on the glass, hop forward with a peak hop kick near the end.

It finishes with a sweet hop finish.

This is a really great IPA! It follows the style and .abv nicely.

Of course, the beer snobs rate it down because its not Pliny, or Hopslam, give me a break!

Haters need to do a better job reading the criteria for what the different styles are supposed to be. Extreme doesn't always equate to good....

02-05-2013 22:45:19 | More by MQ4188
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zapahoppa

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

02-05-2013 01:40:00 | More by zapahoppa
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Thundershatner


4/5  rDev +9.3%

01-22-2013 21:18:35 | More by Thundershatner
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +3.3%

a light copper/orange in color with a small amount of head which quickly dissipated. smells of caramel, grassy hops, grapefruit citrus. very tangy grapefruit taste up front, followed by an earthy bitterness that ligers for a bit then finishes off with a sweet bready malt flavor. medium body (on the lighter end) and highly carbonated. a nice tasting ipa but honestly falls short of being anything special. messy mix of characteristics which would be a lot easier going down with less carbonation.

01-18-2013 06:04:58 | More by facundoCNB
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cliff1066

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

12-31-2012 06:35:00 | More by cliff1066
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mrterdferguson


3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

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

New Jersey

1.5/5  rDev -59%

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.

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

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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

Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.3%

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

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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


3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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


3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -18%

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

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

07-05-2012 06:32:49 | More by rhhjr
Drake Tail India Pale Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.