Drake's 1500 Pale Ale - Drake's Brewing Co.

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Drake's 1500 Pale AleDrake's 1500 Pale Ale

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very good

424 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 424
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 25
Gots: 71 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Drake's Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: oggg on 08-02-2005

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Far Bar, Little Tokyo, Los Angels, CA.

Raul quite liked this bad boi. I mean, he didn't like it like he liked (name redacted) in high school; but Raul more so likens it to that flight attendant that he met while flying back home from Portland, Oregon. Not memorable like a first love, but freaky enough to stick with you. A bit crisp, a bit hoppy, nicely balanced... Yeah, Raul would continue to go on but he doesn't want to cry.

I love you my peeps.

Photo of andyfrancis
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Near amber pour with a near white head, leaving a nice, loose lacy film.

Piney hops and toasted biscuity malt on the nose. Really nice and clearly not to be taken lightly.

Almost light up front, more citrus now, well carbed, with a bubbly bitter bite followed by a caramely malt finish. Full flavored, without being heavy handed. Very nice.

Even though it starts a little watery, definitely leaves a hop oil coating.

This is a fairly new discovery for me, but I've had a couple pints and a couple bottles now and all have been really good.

Photo of magictrokini
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark gold, lots of carbonation, and a huge, rocky explosion of a white head. Thick lacing. Big helping of pine and citrus (orange peel) in the nose; wet and grassy, with some straw. Nice, crisp, clean taste. Bitter and biscuity up front, you can really taste the crystal malt. Moves slowly into an earthy, piney IPA-like flavor as it sweetens. More citrus as well. Not necessarily a dry finish, but abrupt. Light mouthfeel. One of the best APA's I've had.

Photo of ehammond1
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for this one, Uncle Larry!

A clear golden and light copper with a pillowy, moderately-sized off-white head that leaves gorgeous lined lacing down the glass. Very pretty pale ale.

A hoppy pale ale to be sure, with big amounts of grapefruit flesh and zest leading hte way in the aroma, along with some pine, and caramel sweetness.

The malt character is bigger in the flavor than I would have guessed after only smelling this beer. Sweet caramel, moderate bitterness, grapefruit flesh and zest, and a clean, mild pine and grass character. Balanced and very drinkable.

Medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation. Crisp, clean, refreshing.

A perfect pale ale to have after a long day.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange, darker yellow, nice 1.25" head to it. Very grassy aroma, grass first, hops second, not massively hopped, but appropriately for a pale ale, certainly.

Taste, pretty light body, more of the earthy grassy hops. Malt body is light, not really getting caramel from this one, you get a little bit of sweetness from it, but nothing distracting or that does not belong.

Doesn't lean towards pine or citrus all that much, a very light grapefruit I guess if you made me choose. I appreciate this beer for its easy warm weather drinking appropriateness. $9 a 6 pack, a pretty legitimate beer to have, I just wish I knew how old this was, its so hard to definitively review a hoppy beer that you have no idea how old it is.

Overall though, still probably hoppier than most pale ales out there. Bottle date it, and I'd give it a 4 overall.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a somewhat hazy, golden orange with a white, finger width head. Fair retention. Decent lacing with good stick.

Smell - Strong fruit on the nose - hits on citrus, stone fruit and some tropical notes. A hint of pine and peppery spice.

Taste - Starts with a sharp fruity bite, hitting on citrus and stone fruit. Underlying pine flavor. Mid-taste the malt flavors show up, though faintly, producing a subtle caramel and an earthy, almost nutty character. Finishes a touch spicy with a fair amount of orange pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Tingles the lips. Goes down nice and smooth.

Overall - Had this on tap early last week, and my bulletproof beer taste buds are telling me there's very little difference out of the bottle. Good, solid drinkable pale ale. Problem is, I could think of a good dozen or two pale ales I'd rather have. Personally, I think the malt backbone is just a tad too weak.

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Guest tap at Magnolia. Yellow colour, lots of lace lines. Good c-hop flavour and aromas.Big IBU, later discovered to be SImcoe and Amarillo concentrated Very smooth drinkability, above-average mouthfeel.Great example for the style.Love to get this again.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

Pours a finger and a half of head on a hazy straw colored body.
The aroma is a burst of lemon, pine and grapefruit with a little pineapple.
The taste has great balance. Nice moderate grapefruit bitterness mixed with honey sweet, finishes with a dry bitter.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to beachrez !!!

this pours a slightly murky dull orange with hints of brown. very light creamy head but retained rather well leaving light lacing.

they were not kidding on the dry hopping. huge citrus and sweetness. lots of tangerine, pineapple, and orange. light floral character.

wow.. again.. this is amazing. lots of bitterness kicks in from the beginning. light white grapefruit combined with a nice pine flavor. the grapefruit really comes through at the end. malt backbone is solid, flavorful, but lets the hops run this.

very full body with moderate carbonation. a slight dryness.

as soon as i smelled this, i knew it was going to be good stuff and it was. perfect flavors and a lower ABV = good drinking. i would love more of these. cali once again, does no wrong.

Photo of MiScusi
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Father's Office in Los Angeles.

A- Golden in color with a thick foamy white head.

S- sharp fruity hops, like fruit loops, very aromatic for a pale ale.

T- Citrusy, lots of hops, noticeably balanced like a pale ale with the base malt and a bit of crystal. Still the hops come through very nice and there is a good bitterness to this. No real astringency.

M- Just a bit on the heavier side of light. Has some body to it and isn't watery, but isn't thick or syrupy either.

D- Pretty good. As much as the flavor is good in and of itself I didn't want to drink this beer all night.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pale golden orange. Nice white head. Chunky collar. Pretty clear.

Smell - Popcorn malt. Grassy and grapefruit hops.

Taste - A little resiny. Grainy malt. Cracker malt, a little bit of that popcorn flavor. Minimal bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light. Medium carbonation. Drinkable.

Overall - Drinkable and pretty flavorful. Nothing unique, though.

Photo of nickhiller
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear amber with a thin head and a dash of lace.

S: fresh hops, I'm going to guess Cascade maybe (?), a little butter.

T: freshly cut gras and horse sweat, sweet dry finish with a little bit of smoke maybe.

M: medium to low body, pleasant carbonation.

O: perfectly good pale ale, not my favorite style these days, but I appreciate the craft/quality of this.

Photo of Spikester
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours amber with a slight haze. About a half inch of white head. Few lacings.
Smell is outstanding floral hops, slight breadiness.
Taste is quite bitter with a touch of grapefruit rind. Malts are mostly absent.
Mouthfeel is thin with a bitter medium dry finish.
Overall not a great Pale Ale. Could pass as an O.K. IPA. Wanted to like this after having their IPA a week or so ago. I even checked the bottled on date (6/26/2013) thinking it might be a bit old. If you are looking for a lighter summer IPA give it a try.

Photo of Topher78
4.39/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I poured this into my glass and golden colored brew that poured with about a fingers worth of an off-white head that left very nice lacing. The aroma was of citrus, pine and hints of grass. The taste centered more around the citrus but lacked the big bitterness of an IPA. Drakes 1500 APA had a very light bodied mouth feel and finished with some malt sweetness.

Photo of bcm119
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not a DIPA; seems like a regular english/american hybrid IPA.

Smooth, balanced IPA with great biscuit malt profile along with leafy, tea-like hops. Plenty of drying bitterness from early hopping and a nice bright earthy/leafy dry hop flavor. A touch of mid-palate cookie sweetness dries right up for a clean finish. Lots of subtle finesse in this beer. It makes many over-hyped double IPA's seem clumsy. Another great beer from a great brewery.

Photo of gregshead
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on 5/17/11. Reviewed from notes:

A: Pours with very little head. Clear light golden color

S: Lots of pine hops on the nose. Smells like a lightened IPA

T: Lots of astringency from beginning to aftertaste. Pine all the way through. Like bread malt back it up. Is this a pale ale of an IPA?

M: Carb a little low. Very light feel

O: A super hoppy place ale. I love it. Might be a a little more hoppy than a traditional APA but it is definitely enjoyable to my taste buds.

Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Pale and hazy apricot orange and yellow body. Lots of cola carbonation on the sides of the glass, and some rising to the top very quickly. Head is a fluffy off white with a nice controlled four finger size. Good retention and frothy island top and hold, with lots of soapy apperances though.

Very nice light bodied hop aroma, with hinting of West coast flavor. Citrus and a bit of pine, some grapefruit qualities, and a nice toast grain aroma. Pretty basic and solid.

Plate matches nicely. Giving to the notes on the nose, citrus warmth in the middle but with a lighter refreshing body. Aftertaste has a bit of toasty and biscuit like grains that compliment nicely. Mid palate fills with good mild juiced qualities with pale ale malt lightness, orange, grapefruit and mellow pine. Malt action hits nicely to cut through the hops letting you know what the base beer is.

Overall just a real solid West coast hopped up pale ale.

Photo of shawnchong
4.74/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very nice pale ale, probably better than Sierra

Photo of berkey
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a stemmed pint glass. Pale amber body with a fairly strong haze. Forms a medium sized cream colored head with slightly above average retention. Once the head does start to fade it goes almost completely but leaves very nice sticky lacing on all sides of the glass.

Strong nose of citrus and pungent bitter hops with modest sweet and bready malts. Secondary floral hop aromas also come through. Drake's actually makes pretty consistently great smelling beers.

Taste isn't bad but not as good as the aroma. Malts don't stand up to the hops quite as well as I'd like. Flavor profile is somewhat thin on the entry, there's a slight citrus hoppyness and that's about it. Nice dry bitter hop aftertaste and subtle yeast presence on the finish though. Once it gets all the way to room temp there's an enjoyable, albeit very fleeting, honey and caramel malt character to accompany the hops.

This brew is medium bodied with nicely balanced carbonation. Interesting, slightly dry feel isn't bad. Easy enough to drink, I finished two bottles for this review but that's mostly because I know I'll be very busy the next few weeks and don't want to let this sit long in fear of the hops fading.

This beer drinks essentially as advertised on the bottle: A pale ale late hopped like an IIPA. Not 100% sure of that concept as this beer has some minor balance problems. I'm giving high marks overall but I have mixed feelings about this one, it's a nice, interesting pale and I wouldn't turn one down, but not really sure if I'll buy it again. There are too many better hoppy ales out there, including a few from this brewer.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another new drakes ale for me to try. I actually started out my day with this one. Really wanted something not too heavy to get it going and this fit the bill quite well. Served cold and into a pint glass it was enjoyed on 11/01/2010.

The pour was a nice and light amber color with a smooth and even head of white lacing that reached a height of around two inches before settling back down and leaving a small head of lacing around the edges. Decent look for the style for sure.

Aroma was a little light and muddled if I am being honest. Small doses of piney hops coming through right away and followed closely by a light buttery malt profile that seems to start to bring some balance but becomes washed out half way through. Flavor is about the same as it really does not seem to have a firm direction in place and just has this light hop presence that is too balanced against the malt bill and cannot break out on its own. Odd. Nice feel and a fuller then I would have expected body seems to make it work, I was really just not feeling the flavor on this one.

Overall it was ok, but nothing to really right home about. Definitely a touch above average but that is about all I can say about it.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Pete's Brass Rail and Car Wash.

Appearance- amber color, thin head

Smell- bready malt, citrus hops

Taste- citrus hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was really good. I will be having this one again. Nicely Balanced

Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a sixer.

Pale copper hue with two fingers of suds on top. Clear, but doesn't look filtered to death.

Smells pretty nice, quite hoppy for the relatively low ABV. Floral, citrusy (oranges), a bit botanical even, with a modest biscuit malt backbone. Not massively dry hopped like, say, Hoppy Birthday or Zombie Dust, but significantly more bright and aromatic than the average APA.

Palate is pretty punchy and flavorful, very citrusy (again, orange comes to mind) and quite bitter - this has some big IBUs for a pale, but it isn't abrasive or imbalanced. The body is light, bordering on thin, and malt is almost negligible; strangely it seems to come through more in the aroma. The finish, as previously mentioned, is pretty sticky and lingering. Very satisfying stuff, a top notch west coast pale ale.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.14/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 4/26/13

Cheers to magictacosinus for sending me a couple of these

Appearance: Lightly cloudy, dark golden color with some lighter gold and orange highlights - small, off-white head - fades to a small, wispy cap, leaves some streaks and spots of lacing

Smell: Lightly hoppy and juicy in a non-aggressive way - fleshy tangerine and some ruby red grapefruit - maybe some hints of lemon as well - some grassy and earthy notes, with a touch of pine - some pale, sweet-ish malts in the back

Taste: Hoppy and fruity - tangerine and grapefruit flesh, with a touch of pith, floral citrus - moderate level of bitterness - additional fruitiness, including some hints of lemon and perhaps some tropical notes - pine needles, earth, and some herbal/grassy notes - malts are very pale, and lightly sweet - crisp and refreshing

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium, nicely carbonated, nicely crisp, dry finish

Overall: A great example of a style that doesn't quite exist yet

This is too hoppy to fit into the APA category. But the malt profile doesn't quite fit into the IPA category. This is more along the lines of the newfangled "session IPA" category (e.g., Founders All Day IPA), or simply the "hoppy APA" category (e.g., FFF Zombie Dust). Regardless of what the hell it is, I really like it. It's absurdly easy to drink and very interesting. Win!

Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Library Alehouse, Santa Monica, CA

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that died down leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except that the citrusy hops are a little subdued. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This APA is quite flavorful and nice and easy to drink.

Photo of vacax
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Factory in Long Beach. Pours orange gold in color with nice retention and lacing, highly bubbly. Aroma of extreme flora, geraniums, pine, and mango. Tastes of a possible excess in flowery flavors, like munching on flower petals nearly, spicy amounts of hops to a near warming level. The most sheer amount of hops thrown into a pale ale I have come across. Medium bodied with plenty of bubbles to make the hops pop on the palate. Tasty beer, though by the time half of my pint was gone I was beginning to wonder if this was hops overkill for a sessionable pale. Tasty stuff though.

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Drake's 1500 Pale Ale from Drake's Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.