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

382 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 382
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 22
Gots: 48 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of ehammond1
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bh123
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of tlazaroff
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wonderfully clear aroma on this one, caramel underneath a beautiful tropical bouquet of hoppy goodness. Very enticing and inviting.

Orange in color with a nice gradient to dark yellow. Clear as day and those little bubbles inside are soothing to the eye. The head is white, and sits as a thin layer on top of the beer, but laces nicely in rings as you sip it.

Bitterness right away, and it feels like more IBU than it says on the bottle. It has a sharp hop-bite, followed by a bit of carbonation-bite. Flavors are all hop-derived, and very little (if anything) from the malt. Carbonation, like I said is a bit on the sharp side. It's not fully carbonated, but it's sharp. Body is medium-light and easy drinking. Drake's 1500 is a solid Pale Ale, one I wish I could easily buy on the east coast.

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5/5  rDev +29.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a decently murky burnt red/orange. Two fingers white head. Rapidly dissipating. Moderate lacing. Look to be little yeasties floating in solution.

S: Right off the bat, you can tell this isn't the ordinary citrus driven West Coast APA. Tropical and stone fruit dominates the nose. Peach, apricot, mango. Floral essence in there as well, along with a bit of caramel sweetness from the malt. Expressive.

T: Many of the similar fruit flavors in effect. Stone fruit and tropical galore. Some citrus, but not nearly the amount I find in almost any other California APA or IPA. Strong, bracing...almost astringent like bitterness come across the palate. Without the insane malt bill of many IPA's, this brew's modest 48 IBU's comes across as being much more bitter.

M: Medium bodied, with good effervescence. Finishes crisp and oh so bitter.

O: An intricate, powerfully flavored session brew. Drinkable and damn bitter without dealing with 7%+ ABV's. The best APA I've had yet.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Tucquan
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-07-14 in San Francisco, CA

A - Darkish golden-orange with a 1-finger head and decent lacing.

S - malt, citrus, light peach, hop floral. Very fruity.

T - mild roasted grain, herbal tea, dank, pine, significant red grapefruit zest, hop oils. Finish is dry, citrus, herbal and plenty of lingering bitterness.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Prickly for a pale ale.

O - Enjoyable with its own unique flavor. Plenty of smell and taste. Hoppier than a SNPA. Not as aromatic as a Zombie Dust. I liked the second one even better than the first; a good sign. Worth seeking out.

Drake's 1500 Pale Ale from Drake's Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 382 ratings.