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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

338 Ratings
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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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan


4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

Appearance: Bright oranges and luscious ruby reds. Light beige head with weak retention. It glows somewhat.

Smell: Veggie. Pine. Lemon. Grapefruit. Honey and Vanilla. The flavors are light but there are a lot of them. The malts are bready and biscuity caramel malts.

Taste: Close to the smell. Slightly bitter but not overpowering. The hops are stronger than the malts. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel: Thin. Well balanced nice and cleansing.

Overall: This is a great low abv daytime pale ale. It's crisp with a quick bite, characteristic but not overpowering. A solid APA.

08-27-2011 06:46:16 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
Photo of rlee1390


4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

A-Cloudy amber orange, with one finger of head.

S-Citrus and grapefruit

T-Rather citrusy, solid bitterness, great balance.

M-Light, smooth with some carbonation.

O-The best APA I've had to date. Not overly powerful with the flavor but the balance is near perfect.

08-13-2011 21:52:52 | More by rlee1390
Photo of avaldivia


4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Clear hazy golden copper color. Very nice head with great retention and lacing.

S: Very piny and citrusy. I get some apricot, peach, and mango notes.

T: Nice flavor. Hop is prominent. A bit more floral than I was expecting, but very nice. Nice sweetness on the end.

M: Crisp, medium bodied. Good carbonation.

O: Excellent Pale Ale. I have felt for a while that Drakes Brewing doesn't get enough attention around the Bay Area. I hope that will start to change. They have a solid line up and this is a prime example.

08-09-2011 17:47:03 | More by avaldivia
Photo of TheGordianKnot


2.15/5  rDev -44.2%

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.

07-28-2011 14:15:27 | More by TheGordianKnot
Photo of DovaliHops


4.15/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours a very hazy, golden-amber color with a bunch of little floaties in it. Large white head that hangs around for quite some time. Scent is VERY citrusy and hoppy. Lovely floral, pine, and citrus hop notes make this brew smell more like an IPA than a pale ale. Tastes more like an IPA too! There are some intense bitter hop flavors in this beer. A very complex blend of citrus (lemon and grapefruit) with piney bitterness, and some subtle flower and perfume notes. Finishes very bitter on the back of the tongue. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with somewhat of a crisp finish. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this is one of my favorite pale ales out there. It's just like drinking a very low ABV IPA!

07-20-2011 04:28:30 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of BetterWatching


4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

A- Out of a 16oz. bottle into a Bruery Tulip. Pours a golden orange with a head that quickly dissipates.

S- Pine and hint of citrus. I've had this beer fresh on tap and remember much more citrus. Perhaps this bottle is a little old.

T- Starts bitter and ends bitter like a good IPA. Reminds me of Stone IPA actually, how is this a pale?

M- Nothing overly notable. Perfect feel for an everyday beer.

O- I love this beer and it's my go-to everyday beer at the moment. It is hoppy and smooth.

On a side note- if the overwhelming characteristic of a beer is tons of hops, isn't it an IPA. I know there is a slight difference in the malt bill but in all reality this beer is one of my favorite IPA's.

07-03-2011 20:43:50 | More by BetterWatching
Photo of gregshead


4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

Enjoyed on 5/17/11. Reviewed from notes:

A: Pours with very little head. Clear light golden color

S: Lots of pine hops on the nose. Smells like a lightened IPA

T: Lots of astringency from beginning to aftertaste. Pine all the way through. Like bread malt back it up. Is this a pale ale of an IPA?

M: Carb a little low. Very light feel

O: A super hoppy place ale. I love it. Might be a a little more hoppy than a traditional APA but it is definitely enjoyable to my taste buds.

06-23-2011 05:04:00 | More by gregshead
Photo of PerHops


4.6/5  rDev +19.5%

A- Nice golden orange color. Pretty clear, head dissipates quickly

S- Citrus, pine, a little pepper

T- Nice citrus, a little spice and a dry bitter finish. Very hoppy for a pale ale. Drinks like an IPA. Awesome.

M- I've found this to be inconsistent with this beer.

O- Great session beer. One of my regulars.

06-22-2011 03:29:40 | More by PerHops
Photo of codfeast


4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

Bottle to pint.

A: Tan, copper nice creamy head, sticky lacing.

S: Lemon, mango, pine, and flowers.

T: Tastes of flowers, citrus then some sweet malt and a slightly bitter finish.

M: Med. carbination, with an oily finish.

O: A real good beer. Finish is suprisingly not very bitter, given the DIPA smell. Taste is nicely balanced, right up there with Red Chair for top west coast APA's

06-03-2011 18:41:11 | More by codfeast
Photo of ILessThan3Brett


4.4/5  rDev +14.3%

Young bottle poured into tulip. Light straw color. Moderate head dissipates immediately to heavy lacing. Heavy floral nose.

Best and most unique Drake's beer I've had by a fair margin. Fairly light, with high drinkability. Fairly coarse, abundant carbonation, which I don't usually like, though I think it actually works reasonably well in this beer. This beer's defining characteristic is that it has as much or more of the flowery bouquet of a good, floral IPA or DIPA, but little to none of the hop bitterness. Bottle text suggests that floral/pine/citrus notes are produced by blending in an unusually large amount of Simcoe and Amarillo hops just after fermentation is finished.

This beer is all about hop and ester aromaticity and it's not about too much else, but then again, I don't think it's trying to be. I doubt it's trying for complexity and balance; it's really just a highly drinkable vehicle for flowery esters. And that can make for a pretty good beer.

05-10-2011 12:04:26 | More by ILessThan3Brett
Photo of alenonbeeradv


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%

A - a nice gold/tan with copper hues. A creamy head that reduces to a collar with legs.

S - piney and resiny. hoppy and skunky. Kinda sweet like tropical fruit. fresh.

T - most of the smell translates to the taste but more malt and bitterness from the hops.

M - med high carbonation. a lot of the flavor seems to get lost just sittin there but after a short moment the flavors settle.

O - stoked to have tried this. can't find a bottle here in socal but maybe it's cause I haven't looked all that hard. nice one.

05-06-2011 19:57:54 | More by alenonbeeradv
Photo of whatthehull


4/5  rDev +3.9%

Tasted April 28th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a La Chouffe tulip

A - golden, copper and straw. One finger white head and some nice lacing

S - lots of hops. Big hops for a pale ale. Floral, orange, pineapple, wheat, barley, some fresh cut grass. Sugary yeast, toasted and earthy. Crystal malt, sugary

T - pineapple, carnations and daisies, dandelion, orange, wheat, sweet yet bitter yeast. Grassy, silky and hops, hops and more hops. Sugary

M - acidic, long finish, fluffy, yet chewy and well balanced

D - wonderfully drinkable. Smooth, silky and yet light and tasteful

Final thought - wow, for a pale ale this I one is the cats meow

05-03-2011 03:23:17 | More by whatthehull
Photo of FosterJM


4/5  rDev +3.9%

329th review on BA
bottle to pint

App- A nice dark orange with a one finger head. No lacing as drink progressed.

Smell- Big piney resiny notes. Nice malt character with a lot of big citrus.

Taste- Great character to this beer. A smaller beer but tasted much bigger than it was. Balanced all the way around and quite a pleasant taste with a duality of malty grapefruit and a nice back end hops finish.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Spicy malts remain on my tounge.

Drink- Pretty good for my 1st Drakes. I was wanted to try a rotational beer before I grabbed the bigger 22oz. Had this with home made sausage/pepperoni and a multiple veggies.

03-21-2011 02:53:35 | More by FosterJM
Photo of madvermin


4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

Pours a light caramel orange with excellent transparency and a whipped white one-finger head that dissipates fast and leaves moderate spotty lace.

Nose is strongly citric, with lots of grapefruit juice and orange to go with a bit of bready malt in the back. Smell is heavily shaded towards the hops, and I love how juicy and fresh the citrus notes come out - there is a slight oily herbal scent that adds to it all.

Taste follows with an initial grapefruit zing, followed by a (relative to the style) strong bitterness that is earthy and dirty in character (in a very good way). Malt is very much in the background again, offering up some graininess and cracker type tastes, but really just not doing as much as it should. Fortunately the hop component of this beer is so pleasantly acidic, bitter, and flavorful. Get a decent bit of resin and pine to top it all off.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp as it should be, but gets a tad bit watery in the middle of the beer before being rescued by the carbonation. Speaking of which, this beer has a lot more carbonation than was expected when looking at the head - it almost fizzes on the tongue initially and never stops being lively. I thought this aided the drinkability a fair amount due to it masking the watery character in the middle, but the lack of malt balance does hurt this a bit. Can't knock the hop flavors at all though - this has some phenomenal traits for a pale ale which keep it memorable.

03-14-2011 22:34:04 | More by madvermin
Photo of HipHop5


4.38/5  rDev +13.8%

1 finger head that retain modestly. some lacing but nothing crazy.
Typical PA light golden color with great hops citrus nose.
Strong bite right up front. Quite enjoyable after taste on the back of the tongue. IBU don't hide a bit on this great PA. The malt caramely light to medium body help balance the hop bite that linger quite some times. The carbonation is pretty high but fine witch makes it pleasant and easy to drink.

I hope I can find more since it much harder to get some Moon
Man fro New Galarus in WI (witch is even better in this style of
dry hoped PA)

Enjoy, as this is an amazing brew.

03-02-2011 05:19:02 | More by HipHop5
Photo of DijonKetchup


3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

Poured into a 33 cl glass.

A nice caramel-y looking brew, shows that it has a bit of character from the get-go. Decent head build and retention. Smells piney and citusy, kind of wish it was either/or. Also has a bit of muskiness to it. Clearly dry-hopped and I am sure that this beer might have problems if it gets too old. Smell might be the weak point of this beer, although one would suspect otherwise. First sip shows that this pale ale has some oompf to it, as the label states 48 IBUs, which sounds about right. Some roastiness and caramel components give this beer a nice quality - definately not your average PA and it gets better as it warms. Mouthfeel is good for the nearly 6% ABV stated on the label.

Once again, I think I am drinking my beers too cold, but this is a very nice sessionable and hoppy brew. Make sure it's fresh, as the dry-hopping could be an issue with older samples.

12-01-2010 03:11:43 | More by DijonKetchup
Photo of 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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3.68/5  rDev -4.4%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with nearly continuous white foam residue. Minimal lacing remains on the glass.

S: Present in the smell is sweet tropical fruit, lime and grapefruit citrus, and a faint mineral edge. The lush hops fade quickly revealing some sharp toasty malt.

T: Begins with toast and delicate floral hops, son joined by bright lemon citrus. Grapefruit rind becomes more assertive as the astringent mineral finish approaches. Bitterness remains restrained, even at its peak.

M: Thin viscosity, a little watery, with moderate carbonation. There is no sense of sticky or oily resins usually associated with hop-forward beers.

D: Fine when enjoyed by itself, so that the nuanced flavor components featured in this beer do not become overpowered. There is clearly a limited ability to pair harmoniously with food here--volatile solvent qualities take the place of the more attractive hop aromatics when in the presence of assertive savory flavors. This beer is similar in many ways to the Stone collaboration San Diego session ale, but seems less worthy now when seen in the shadow of that new brew (which does what this beer attempts to do, but better.)

10-02-2010 19:30:05 | More by beagle75
Photo of 321jeff


4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

12oz bottle poured into my Troegs Pint glass.

Pours amber with golden edges and a finger's worth of white head. Head fades to a thin layer that lingers for awhile leaving some nice lacing.

Aroma is pretty potent with lots of citrus and bubblegum. Some dough is evident in the background as well. This is probably the best smelling pale I've had in awhile, but it may also be the freshest.

Taste is sweet right off the bat with more citrus, mostly orange and maybe some grapefruit as well. Finishes with a bready flavor that hangs on.

The 1500 is medium in body with tons of prickly carbonation dancing across my tongue. A very enjoyable pale ale that I wish was available locally.

09-29-2010 22:31:09 | More by 321jeff
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3.18/5  rDev -17.4%

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.

09-08-2010 05:30:41 | More by illidurit
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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

I had this on tap at Pete's Brass Rail and Car Wash.

Appearance- amber color, thin head

Smell- bready malt, citrus hops

Taste- citrus hops

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was really good. I will be having this one again. Nicely Balanced

07-17-2010 13:48:33 | More by jeffjeff1
Photo of bump8628


4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

Hazy orange-gold with a white head that never leaves.

The hops have a decidedly orange character with bits of herb and pine supporting. Malt stands back to let the hops shine. Loads of juicy hop flavor for the style, but with the bitterness of a standard pale ale.

A pale ale hopped like an IPA I guess is the simplest and a fairly accurate descriptor. Based on that, I figured I would like this more than I do. It's certainly good as indicated by my rating, but something is keeping me from saying, "WOW."

07-13-2010 15:43:14 | More by bump8628
Photo of Chizoad


3.93/5  rDev +2.1%

From a bottle at a restaurant. A memorable orange with an off-white foam. Pretty good looking beer. First whiff, and I'm not going to mistake this for anything other than a pale ale. Big pine and citrus with malt undertones.

The evergreens dominate the palate, but what makes this stand out from the pack is the excellent grapefruit rind that sneaks in at the end, barely balancing the pine resin.

Thankfully the bitterness doesn't build up, and the carbonation keeps it working perfectly. Pretty drinkable for a pale ale.

07-04-2010 16:14:06 | More by Chizoad
Photo of hooliganlife


4.43/5  rDev +15.1%

thanks to beachrez !!!

this pours a slightly murky dull orange with hints of brown. very light creamy head but retained rather well leaving light lacing.

they were not kidding on the dry hopping. huge citrus and sweetness. lots of tangerine, pineapple, and orange. light floral character.

wow.. again.. this is amazing. lots of bitterness kicks in from the beginning. light white grapefruit combined with a nice pine flavor. the grapefruit really comes through at the end. malt backbone is solid, flavorful, but lets the hops run this.

very full body with moderate carbonation. a slight dryness.

as soon as i smelled this, i knew it was going to be good stuff and it was. perfect flavors and a lower ABV = good drinking. i would love more of these. cali once again, does no wrong.

06-16-2010 00:10:15 | More by hooliganlife
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4.43/5  rDev +15.1%

Foggy dark yellow/amber, big fluffy head that lingers for awhile. Smells strongly of hops, bitter, refreshing. The hops are obvious when first sipped, but they mellow out nicely leaving behind a sweet maltiness that is very pleasant. Slightly citrusy. Very drinkable - low enough ABV that you could have a couple of them, and the hops are calm enough that it won't kill the palate. A very delicious pale ale - and I usually dislike this style. This is a good beer for people who avoid bitter/hoppy beers. Perfect for BBQs and sunny afternoons.

06-01-2010 06:11:01 | More by pennywhistle
Drake's 1500 Pale Ale from Drake's Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 338 ratings.