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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

353 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 20
Gots: 36 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oggg on 08-02-2005)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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4.09/5  rDev +6%
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.

andyfrancis, Aug 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Todd, Aug 04, 2013
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aquazr1, May 08, 2014
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4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

magictrokini, Jan 05, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

mjtiernan, Jan 11, 2013
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3.85/5  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.

ehammond1, Oct 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

sourdog, Apr 04, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 22, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

TheSixthRing, Dec 21, 2012
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Drake's 1500 Pale Ale from Drake's Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.