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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

338 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 338
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 19
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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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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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-19-2012 00:46:16 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.55/5  rDev -7.8%

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of pine and citrus zest hops with some slight malt aromas. Taste is the same with a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good pale ale that is easy to drink.

03-25-2012 02:47:20 | More by UCLABrewN84
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metter98

New York

3.88/5  rDev +0.8%

On-tap at Library Alehouse, Santa Monica, CA

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that died down leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except that the citrusy hops are a little subdued. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This APA is quite flavorful and nice and easy to drink.

11-02-2013 23:31:42 | More by metter98
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Sun-splashed Sunkist orange with a generous amount of vigorous carbonation. The result is a large cap of less-than-sticky foam the color of old newspaper. The head is persistent, however, and the glass ends up with a few blips of sudsy lace.

The nose is pure West Coast APA/IPA. Plenty of juicy grapefruit makes guessing the hop bill a no-brainer. Centennial (and maybe one of the other C-hops) is almost certainly in use. The only thing that's Imperial about this 5.2% ale is that it supposedly contains an IIPA's amount of hops. We'll see about that.

1500 Pale Ale just might contain an IPA's amount of hops. Given the APA-like ABV, does that make it an Imperial pale ale? Quite possibly. Enough with the style discussion, just know that this brew is a very well-hopped, pale-malted ale that is damn tasty if you happen to be a quart low on lupulins.

Other than a slight nod toward toasted bread, the barley side of things is all crackery malt. There aren't enough malt sugars for it to be biscuity. Pure essence of white grapefruit is aided by a bit of lemoniness. Each mouthful is brought to a close with a bitter-tart, dry, crisp finish. Simple beer. Drinkable beer. Good beer.

Forget how the head looks (which isn't bad, after all), because there's a boatload of crusty lace on the glass in the end. The mouthfeel isn't as buzzy as first feared. In terms of heft, it's right on the money for the style... as long as we forget all that 'Imperial' nonsense.

1500 Pale Ale was so named because it was Drake's Brewing's 1500th batch since opening their doors in 1989. That isn't much beer over that much time, but then everything these guys brew is good to outstanding. Quality over quantity is the very definition of craft beer. Bottom line: this one doesn't disappoint... especially if you're a hophead.

03-10-2009 13:19:59 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +9.1%

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color; the frothy head holds its position and adds a nice swath of lace

Smell: Grapefruity pith with a lemony edge and a pale biscuit malt character underneath

Taste: The biscuity malt introduction is quickly subsumed by a load of grapefruit pith and an almost floral lemony character; after the swallow, the sweetness of the malt provides a subtle balance and lingers in the finish along with the pith flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with spritzy carbonation

Drinkability: More of an IPA than their IPA, this beer packs a wallop of flavor into a low abv level; very nice

01-22-2010 01:05:44 | More by brentk56
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

08-06-2014 04:51:58 | More by zestar
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%

Who says that pale ales should be tame, balanced, and intended for simpler palates? Certainly not Drake's because theirs is bursting with hop character, surpressed malts, and highly citrusy for an effect that's more of a light IPA rather than the mundane pale ale.

Bright golden and with brilliant clarity, the beer releases a froathy white head that retains a creamy and lush head right down to the last sip. Leaving textured patterns of lace behind, the foam character of this beer is very impressive.

Very citrusy to the nose and hop-forward scents of grapefruit, orange zest, and soft pine seemingly dominate the aromas with the most supple caramel and bread notes that remind me of graham crackers.

The hoppy focus continues in taste with a clean and thin caramel malt flavor that evades the sweetness that's associated with the simple sugars. This dry malt flavor is ther perfect pillow for the spicy hop character of white grapefruit pulp, freshly mulled orange peel, and bitter pine resin particularly in finish. Although the dry malt character reveals a mild grassy or vegetal taste from hops, the citrusy focus is well celebrated.

Dryness continues in taste as the early carbonation evades the liquid quickly develops into a bone-dry finish of mild hop astringency, mild alcohol warmth, and resiny bite.

More of a pale ale, Drake's pale ale drinks much more like a 5.5% IPA with superb drinkability and cleanliness.

04-19-2012 04:12:57 | More by BEERchitect
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -8.3%

Another new drakes ale for me to try. I actually started out my day with this one. Really wanted something not too heavy to get it going and this fit the bill quite well. Served cold and into a pint glass it was enjoyed on 11/01/2010.

The pour was a nice and light amber color with a smooth and even head of white lacing that reached a height of around two inches before settling back down and leaving a small head of lacing around the edges. Decent look for the style for sure.

Aroma was a little light and muddled if I am being honest. Small doses of piney hops coming through right away and followed closely by a light buttery malt profile that seems to start to bring some balance but becomes washed out half way through. Flavor is about the same as it really does not seem to have a firm direction in place and just has this light hop presence that is too balanced against the malt bill and cannot break out on its own. Odd. Nice feel and a fuller then I would have expected body seems to make it work, I was really just not feeling the flavor on this one.

Overall it was ok, but nothing to really right home about. Definitely a touch above average but that is about all I can say about it.

11-03-2010 01:14:01 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%

A: A very cloudy pour with a massive white head that leaves tons of lacing.

S: The nose is almost all hops. The primary scents I pick up are orange and a lot of resinous pine. There is an ever so slight bit of sweet malt sneaking through.

T: The taste is somewhat harsh. As with the aroma, there are a lot of orange and pine flavors, but the bitterness isn't quite as "clean" as many other IPAs and Pale Ales I have come across. The malt is very subdued here as well.

M: The beer is well carbonated and has a medium body. The beer might be a bit on the thin side, however.

D: This is not as drinkable as most APAs that I've had. The bitterness that I alluded to in the taste is welcomed, but it isn't well balanced, I feel.

11-21-2009 03:10:00 | More by womencantsail
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kjkinsey

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

09-26-2012 20:53:57 | More by kjkinsey
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Texasfan549

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

10-05-2012 13:42:44 | More by Texasfan549
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

04-21-2014 00:19:42 | More by GRG1313
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +3.9%

02-11-2014 01:29:43 | More by jaydoc
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4/5  rDev +3.9%

11-14-2011 18:52:08 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

Bottle from a sixer.

Pale copper hue with two fingers of suds on top. Clear, but doesn't look filtered to death.

Smells pretty nice, quite hoppy for the relatively low ABV. Floral, citrusy (oranges), a bit botanical even, with a modest biscuit malt backbone. Not massively dry hopped like, say, Hoppy Birthday or Zombie Dust, but significantly more bright and aromatic than the average APA.

Palate is pretty punchy and flavorful, very citrusy (again, orange comes to mind) and quite bitter - this has some big IBUs for a pale, but it isn't abrasive or imbalanced. The body is light, bordering on thin, and malt is almost negligible; strangely it seems to come through more in the aroma. The finish, as previously mentioned, is pretty sticky and lingering. Very satisfying stuff, a top notch west coast pale ale.

01-19-2012 04:01:48 | More by largadeer
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

01-10-2013 15:37:27 | More by SocalKicks
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev 0%

This is much more malty than I would have expected from Drake's. There are definitely a lot of hop spice tones that seem to be restrained by the seemingly high amount of malt presence. Which seems an odd thing to say since the hop spice tones really kick in at some points and burn on my tongue. High carbonation bites on my tongue as well. Overall, this apa could use a bit more finesse, imo. There is no grace or power about it, in any direction. Nice to drink though.

08-23-2012 07:56:46 | More by RblWthACoz
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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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mactrail

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Hops are up front. Slow bitterness takes over the tongue and it does seem more and more bitter as you sip. Anybody know what kind of hops these are? Thin but decent hint of malt. Label claims 5.2% abv.

I find it pleasant and quite drinkable. Citrus flavors, tart, and aromatic. Not excessively hopped but definitely one for the pale ale drinker. On the cloudy side with lots of yeast in the bottom of the bottle.

02-23-2010 06:11:04 | More by mactrail
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Halcyondays

California

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark amber with a tough, rocky white head that isn't going anywhere.

S: Scent is a linear blunt attack of piney hops, 1-dimensional, smells like a fir tree.

T: Tons of hops for a 5.2% beer, the malt can't contain it all at once. On the first sip, had a strong biting bitterness of pine, bitter melon and alcohol which hit the tongue immediately and dissapeared, it seemed like it went up into my nose, it went so quickly, but I kept coming back. Fairly one-dimensional hop flavours, but they are good. Malt gives a light toffee, typical light amber ale flavour.

M: Fairly light-bodied, full of hop resin, can be challenging at times.

D: Definitely has more hops than expected as an APA, an interesting experiment, I thought it worked pretty well.

10-01-2008 02:58:19 | More by Halcyondays
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Gavage

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.9%

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 2" fluffy head that slowly fell. Thick lace painted the glass during the session.

Smell: oranges and a soft bitterness were the dominant aromas.

Taste: Caramel, orange, a bit of grass / earthiness, and a nice floral bitterness. Nicely balanced flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and mildly dry late.

Overall: this beer was very easy to enjoy and tasted great as it seemed to be a super fresh keg. This can be a sessionable beer and can be enjoed with a variety of foods.

02-15-2014 21:23:35 | More by Gavage
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kojevergas

Texas

2.85/5  rDev -26%

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.

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02-11-2012 07:27:52 | More by kojevergas
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GClarkage

California

3.13/5  rDev -18.7%

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.

12-08-2008 22:06:34 | More by GClarkage
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.28/5  rDev -40.8%

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.

08-22-2009 03:19:16 | More by corby112
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Drake's 1500 Pale Ale from Drake's Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.