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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

350 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 350
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 20
Gots: 34 | 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%

cjnuxoll, Jul 31, 2013
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2/5  rDev -48.2%

dertyd, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
2/5  rDev -48.2%

HaveUSeenMyCellar, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of TheGordianKnot
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 I don't think this is incredibly outdated, its just too light in character.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.

TheGordianKnot, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of corby112
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.

corby112, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of AwYeh
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.

AwYeh, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of Murrhey
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.

Murrhey, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of scot959
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

scot959, Sep 12, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

marct, May 24, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

DBow, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of ILikeGoodCider
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.

ILikeGoodCider, Jul 28, 2009
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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.

C

kojevergas, Feb 11, 2012
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2.9/5  rDev -24.9%

John_Squires, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of d0ggnate
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.

d0ggnate, Mar 26, 2008
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

ATADakaCHAD, Feb 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Joe_Mahma, May 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

s_squared4, Jul 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

dvsbizzyb, Sep 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

bruindre, May 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

StoicBeast, Jul 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Herky21, Oct 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

terence, Dec 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

johnny29er, Aug 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Smarty_Pints, Oct 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

DrRei, Jul 30, 2014
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Drake's 1500 Pale Ale from Drake's Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.