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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

325 Ratings
THE BROS
85
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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TheBronze

Washington

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-13-2012 03:15:13 | More by TheBronze
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TicoCali

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

06-02-2012 03:27:00 | More by TicoCali
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mettkea

Nevada

4/5  rDev +3.6%

05-24-2012 00:41:17 | More by mettkea
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theempire

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

05-18-2012 18:10:28 | More by theempire
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-12-2012 06:11:20 | More by mdillon86
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iammatt

California

3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a fluffly two finger head that fades to a cap leaving behind tons of lace. Hops galore is what can easily describe the taste. Tons of orange, citrus, and some chronic in there, no grain to speak of. Citrus and Pine hit the pallate first followed by the wonderful pine and resinous flavors of the hops. A bit of crystal malt sweetness comes in at the end to help bring the beer together. This may as well be an IPA, which is where my one complaint comes. With the huge hop aroma and aftertaste I'd like a bit more malt to balance the beer out. All together a very good hop forward beer, may as well be an American IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 02:58:42 | More by iammatt
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 04:12:57 | More by BEERchitect
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DM1293

California

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste - I get a piney hop kick up front. Its fairly crisp, finishes with a little bit of citrusy goodness. The bitterness is kind of annoying though, it lingers longer than I'd like it to and shows up in an oily fashion to begin with.

The beer overall is pretty solid, the smell and mouthfeel are pretty good, but for the taste, I have better ones in mind. Still, worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 05:43:42 | More by DM1293
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dbmernin83

California

3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is what I've been craving for the last few days. A light hoppy, crisp flavorful brew. No malts in sight on this one. Citrusy hops on the nose and dominate the tongue. A touch lighter than some APAs, but not thin. This is not an APA, this is an IPA light. Diet IPA. All that great IPA flavor with a 1/3 less the alcohol.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2012 18:47:05 | More by dbmernin83
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olafphysics

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

04-07-2012 23:14:14 | More by olafphysics
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InfernoBoss

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

04-03-2012 16:05:52 | More by baybassboy
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Murrhey

Montana

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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

03-24-2012 03:59:43 | More by justinbrown
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augie

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-23-2012 13:47:28 | More by augie
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PatrickSwayze

California

4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful light amber bronze that pours beautifully clear.

S: Dry hopped for sure with killer gorgeous aroma of floral, bread and caramel.

T: Wow one of the better smoothed out well balanced pale ales that has ever touched my lips. Light crisp caramel flavs with a mellow herbal/floral hops at the forefront and a doughy bread finish.

M: Medium bodied lightly carbonated body with a slightly dry finish

O: I have found myself a brilliantly crafted pale ale outside of Sierra and Stone. Thank you Drakes

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 03:56:39 | More by PatrickSwayze
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tony223366

California

3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice caramel color, nothing too amazing though. Actually the clarity isn't great, it's pretty cloudy which is something you don't want in a pale. It makes up a little ground with the fluffy white head that's pretty attractive. It would have gotten a below average score if it had any worse of a head!

S: Damn this smells good! They weren't joking about the aroma hops. Huge floral aroma's pound the nostrils first. That turns into more of a citrus that's followed by a caramel malt and some pine.

T: The taste definitely holds up nicely. First up is that citrus coming into the forefront. Then some nice caramel malts followed by a nice breadiness (or biscuity if you will). Finish is lightly bitter, just about appropriate for a pale, maybe a touch more.

M: This is the only place that the beer falls a little flat. It feels thin and that it needs a little more carbonation.

O: A tasty beer from Drake's. I would gladly drink this anytime. I'm hoping to get some on tap sometime. Nothing too amazing but really solid.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 05:58:53 | More by tony223366
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mhaugo

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-25-2012 17:21:02 | More by mhaugo
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KimenTshom

California

4/5  rDev +3.6%

02-19-2012 18:27:35 | More by KimenTshom
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ATADakaCHAD

California

3/5  rDev -22.3%

02-19-2012 04:47:10 | More by ATADakaCHAD
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DocJitsu

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

02-16-2012 02:35:59 | More by DocJitsu
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BucannonXC5

California

3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz. bottle into a pint glass. Color was caramel amber. Tons of head, maybe because of a bad pour, but at least four fingers. Plenty of thick cloudy lacing. Lots of think cloudy film on the sides.

Nice smell, really what a pale ale should smell like. Light caramel notes.

Somewhat close to the taste, but still some differences. More of a dark fruit taste than the smell. Surprisingly slightly bitter late with a butter finish.

Light body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Smooth, watery finish.

This beer had its moments, but it could have been much better. The buttery taste just hit a nerve.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 09:49:27 | More by BucannonXC5
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kojevergas

Texas

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

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours the classic pale/copper color of an American Pale. Great clarity with little head. Big hop aroma: piney, some citrus, not very floral. A bit aggressive, one might say. Especially for a Pale. Some biscuity malt lies behind the hops. Orange citrus flavor with wheat bread malt that doesn't last long before the piney hop bitterness takes over and lingers a good while. very balanced in viscosity but acidic in feel from the dry hopping, no doubt.

If I was to make an American Pale for a brewery, I'd make it solid and slightly different. Drakes made it boldly different, and I have to admit it payed off. While I wouldn't reach for this most nights, it's still a solid beer with a good kick. I commend Drake's for doing something drastic with a typically boring style, while not going too far off the deep end.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 05:12:40 | More by Philousa
Drake's 1500 Pale Ale from Drake's Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 325 ratings.