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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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very good

325 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 325
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 17
Gots: 21 | 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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1/5  rDev -74.1%

07-31-2013 05:12:33 | More by cjnuxoll
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2/5  rDev -48.2%

06-02-2013 03:25:50 | More by dertyd
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2/5  rDev -48.2%

08-12-2013 00:55:11 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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2.15/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

No bottle dating, poured into globe tulip...

A- Another orange looking beer tonight. Finger head that dies quickly.

S- Very soapy. Earthy and floral hops very minimal, with a sweet bready malt casting shadow over the hop profile. Not the best first impression; maybe this is a bit past freshness?

T/M- Watery. Not very bitter, but the hops there are earthy. Not much flavor here, all around lackluster. I don't think this is incredibly outdated, its just too light in character. Light, thin body... Too thin.

O- Honestly, having this shortly after my first experience with Daisy Cutter made me appreciate DC so much more and made this beer unappealing. I don't think this is a horrible beer, I just think it appeals to the masses more than other craft pale ales do. Wasn't my cup of tea, but could understand someone getting enjoyment from this.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 14:15:27 | More by TheGordianKnot
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2.28/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light golden amber/orange color with a massive 3 finger bubbly frothy head and lots of visible carbonation bubbles rising to the top of the glass. The carbonation makes it look almost soda like. Frothy pillowy head has great retention with large chunks of soapy lacing coating the glass.

Sweet light crisp fruit aroma with hints of apple and pear. There is also an earthy pilsner malt presence that balances out the citrus hop notes. Slight hint of alcohol as well.

Very fizzy overcarbonated mouthfeel. Very earthy piney dry finish. None of the light fruit and citrus notes from the aroma are evident at all. Caramel malt backbone is minimal not providing enough of a balance to the aggressively hoopy bite. The mouthful and taste make it seem kind of oxidized but it's not quite that bad. I would like to try another bottle and revisit.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 03:19:16 | More by corby112
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2.7/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Cloudy orange-amber color with a thin coating of off-white head. Dissipates rapidly but does leave decent lacing.

S: Strong citrus and pine hops here, with orange sticking out in particular. There's a sticky sweet aroma that probably is coming from the combination of hops and malts. Light musty scent present too.

T: Weedy, piny hops really dominate the flavor here; a "sticky" flavor starts things off before a bitter wash really clears everything else out. Not a particularly bad taste, but it's rather one dimensional and not something I would look for.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate dose of carbonation lending some texture.

O: There is a very strong flavor here but that's not enough to carry the beer; I'll give it another chance in the future but this particular glass wasn't outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 06:14:36 | More by AwYeh
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2.7/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Reviewed live. This is actually a 5.5%, dry-hopped beer of the same name. So I'm not sure if this is the right category.

A- Pours a thin white head. Little retention. Thick spotty lacing. Pale golden color with brilliant clarity.

S- Floral hoppiness is the key smell here. Blackberries, garden salad smells and pine, but mostly hop oil with a floral twinge.

T- Heavy hop oil and some soapiness. Grassy flavors are there as well. Very hop-forward with a light finish.

M- Lighter but heavy carbonation is nice.

O- Sub-par unless you are in a very hoppy mood for this dry-hopped rendition of Drake's 1500.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 05:38:47 | More by Murrhey
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

09-12-2013 02:45:48 | More by scot959
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

05-24-2013 04:30:17 | More by marct
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

07-09-2014 23:18:17 | More by DBow
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2.8/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed on 07.27.09 (my birthday!) at JJ Brewsky's in Camarillo, CA. On-tap delivered in a 14oz pint glass ($3 American pint night!).

A: Pours like a flat DIPA. I understand this is a Pale Ale late-hopped like a Double. medium-cloudy brown. Looks like a good carb profile.

S: Malty, hoppy, and sweet (like bubblegum).

T & M: Soft tasty hops, some caramel sweetness, but light thin body, with little alcohol taste. Sierra Nevada without any bite.

D: Finishes w/more hops than the body but fairly uneventful.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2009 05:14:19 | More by ILikeGoodCider
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2.85/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Disneyland thimble glass (own it!) in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed from notes. Label gives ABV as 5.5% and IBUs as 48. No best before date is displayed. Served refrigerator cold and not paired with food. Expectations are above average.

Pour wasn't vigorous. Side-poured at a 45 degree angle; I didn't anticipate undercarbonation.

A: Pours a two finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and average (~two minute) retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper-gold. Nothing stands out. It isn't particularly appealing, but I'd say it's generally so.

Sm: Sheer hops. That's it. A mild strength aroma. I can tell it's dry hopped.

T: Pleasantly hoppy, but built with an eye for balance. Enjoyable and pleasant, without too much bitterness. No alcohol comes through. Refreshing. Simple, but likable. Balanced pretty well and fairly well built.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours generally. A touch thick, but it's excusable. Not too sharp. Cream isn't present, which is appropriate given the style. A bit sharp.

Dr/Ov: Drinkable but a bit boring. I wouldn't call it bland, but it's certainly lackluster. I like it for what it is, but I'd only get it again if it were on-draught. It hides its ABV well, but the ABV is merely average. It's nothing special.


Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 07:27:52 | More by kojevergas
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2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2008 21:02:59 | More by d0ggnate
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

02-19-2012 04:47:10 | More by ATADakaCHAD
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

05-21-2014 07:25:12 | More by Joe_Mahma
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

09-11-2013 05:53:49 | More by dvsbizzyb
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

05-04-2013 17:59:12 | More by bruindre
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

07-05-2012 02:23:17 | More by StoicBeast
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

10-22-2013 23:11:59 | More by Herky21
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

12-25-2012 03:53:29 | More by terence
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

08-07-2013 15:35:43 | More by johnny29er
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

10-11-2013 03:28:05 | More by Smarty_Pints
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3.11/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed February 13th, 2013 at The Fat Dog.

Beer is a medium burnished copper with a 2 finger, off-white creamy head.

Aroma of grassy, pine hops.

Fairly restrained caramel and toasty malt. Moderate bitterness seems strong in comparison to malt. Slight pine and citrus flavor on finish.

Mouth feel unremarkable, save for a little creaminess.

Overall, quite average.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2013 02:37:42 | More by charlzm
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3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12/08/08- Purchased at Hi-Times in Costa Mesa, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Darker amber colored pour. Larger four fingered head with a nice creamy milkshake like froth. Leaves behind excellent small clumps and patches of lace.

Smell- Nose of light toasted malt combined with a nice lightly sugary citrus hop profile.

Taste- Hmmm, definite DIPA this is not. Maybe and english pale ale or a single hopped ipa. Super sharp and bitter extreme grapefruit pith hop flavor. Really doesn't taste like anything but bitterness. Seems like only one hop as well. Malt is hidden way in the back.

Mouthfeel- Carbonation is mid range to heavy and leaves a longgg lasting bitterness on the back of the tongue.

Drinkability- I'll pass on this one in the future. It started out promising, but not really miy kind of beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 22:06:34 | More by GClarkage
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3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Gold with a tangerine center and a dense khaki-colored head. Pine forward aroma with notes of sap atop a foundation of slightly stale pale malts. Light candied citrus hops in the flavor with a soapy finish. Substantial bitterness but overall lacking in hop flavor. Pale and crystal malts balance evenly with the hops. Dry with a medium-light body. Similar to SNPA but better executed.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 05:30:41 | More by illidurit
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Drake's 1500 Pale Ale from Drake's Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.