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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

334 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 18
Gots: 29 | 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)
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Reviews by d0ggnate:
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d0ggnate

California

2.95/5  rDev -23.4%

Another draft offering while sampling beer at 21st Amendment.

A: Golden brew lively with bubbles. Thin white lasting head.
S: Pungent hops with hints of melon.
T: Smooth lemon/citrus tones.
M: Bitter spots and lingering taste.
D: A hoppy pale ale that I found enjoyable, but a bit out of character for its name. I actually did not know when I was drinking this that it was an Imperial Pale, so this makes more sense now.

03-26-2008 21:02:59 | More by d0ggnate
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freshflesh

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

06-15-2014 00:57:23 | More by freshflesh
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andyfrancis

California

4.09/5  rDev +6.2%

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
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Todd

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

08-04-2013 21:38:33 | More by Todd
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Beerswag

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

07-30-2013 15:03:28 | More by Beerswag
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

08-04-2013 21:41:19 | More by Jason
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aquazr1

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

05-08-2014 00:22:33 | More by aquazr1
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magictrokini

California

4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

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
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mjtiernan

New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

01-11-2013 05:11:07 | More by mjtiernan
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ehammond1


3.85/5  rDev 0%

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.

10-22-2012 03:11:54 | More by ehammond1
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sourdog

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

04-04-2014 19:27:32 | More by sourdog
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

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
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Beer21

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

05-02-2014 21:21:03 | More by Beer21
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mattdbh

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

10-08-2012 22:38:34 | More by mattdbh
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ste5venla

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

10-03-2012 21:20:05 | More by ste5venla
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InfernoBoss

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

04-07-2012 06:44:21 | More by InfernoBoss
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

06-06-2013 00:00:12 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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TheSixthRing

California

3.68/5  rDev -4.4%

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
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

05-30-2010 04:36:08 | More by Sammy
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dertyd

California

2/5  rDev -48.1%

06-02-2013 03:25:50 | More by dertyd
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DJButters

California

5/5  rDev +29.9%

12-06-2011 01:59:12 | More by DJButters
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abaer123

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

07-01-2014 23:15:40 | More by abaer123
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cliff1066

Virginia

4/5  rDev +3.9%

12-31-2012 06:30:00 | More by cliff1066
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Beernoobie

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

08-17-2014 16:55:59 | More by Beernoobie
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

06-16-2010 00:10:15 | More by hooliganlife
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Drake's 1500 Pale Ale from Drake's Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 334 ratings.