Drake's 1500 Pale Ale - Drake's Brewing Co.
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Reviews by ccrida:
4.85/5 rDev +25.6%
12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic pint, Drakes 1500 Pale Ale is a dull, brassy orange with an off-white head that leaves pretty heavy lace.
Smell is a big blast of grapefruit hops, spicy and resinous, some sweeter caramel malt. Love it, this is my kind of pale ale!
Taste is great, they are spot on with the IIPA hop flavor, really strong, but not overwhelming bitterness. Nice malty backbone makes up for the lack of heft normally found in hop bombs like this. Reminds me of Celebration but with way more hops, awesome.
Mouthfeel is oily and a bit chewy, medium bodied.
Drinkability is exceptional, wow. I love the huge hop flavor yet overall smoothness and light enough to really session. Super impressed with this beer.
03-28-2009 23:46:52 | More by ccrida
More User Reviews:
4.09/5 rDev +6%
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.
08-19-2013 05:30:32 | More by andyfrancis
4.03/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
01-05-2009 16:59:25 | More by magictrokini
3.85/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
10-22-2012 03:11:54 | More by ehammond1
3.8/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
08-22-2012 16:58:36 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.68/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
12-21-2012 23:02:00 | More by TheSixthRing
3.98/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
05-30-2010 04:36:08 | More by Sammy
Drake's 1500 Pale Ale from Drake's Brewing Co.
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