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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

368 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 368
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 22
Gots: 41 | 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 DM1293
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

DM1293, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of dbmernin83
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

dbmernin83, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of olafphysics
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

olafphysics, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of InfernoBoss
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

InfernoBoss, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of baybassboy
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

baybassboy, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of Murrhey
2.7/5  rDev -30.2%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of justinbrown
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

justinbrown, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of augie
4/5  rDev +3.4%

augie, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of PatrickSwayze
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
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

PatrickSwayze, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of tony223366
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

tony223366, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +3.4%

mhaugo, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of KimenTshom
4/5  rDev +3.4%

KimenTshom, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of ATADakaCHAD
3/5  rDev -22.5%

ATADakaCHAD, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of DocJitsu
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

DocJitsu, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

BucannonXC5, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -26.4%
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
Photo of Philousa
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Philousa, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

largadeer, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of kiya
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Vault One Sixty Four in San Mateo...

Pours a medium-light brown color with an intense head that sits through the entire pint.
The nose is of freshly cut grass, water crackers, and a great hop finish.

Taste is great on this one, starting with grassy front moving onto a slightly bitter middle then a strong hop finish. The hop depth on this is pretty amazing, it develops well on the tongue and even lends to a beer that's very drinkable despite it's intense bitterness for such a "mainstream" brew. As it warms up i sense crisp apples and burnt caramel poking through the hoppiness.

Mouthfeel is spot on, making this an easy to drink hoppy beer for when you're feeling like an IPA but want it to pair better with lighter foods. Overall quite impressive, definitely would buy this in larger quantities.

kiya, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of CliffBrake
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jules11788 for the extra!

Hazy orange with a light head leaving modest lacing.

Inviting, malty nose with biscuit and toast and a bit of citrusy hops. However the hops really open up with the taste. Herbal notes dominate, with plenty of citrus (orange and lemon).

Good lingering bitterness, medium mouthfeel. A nice pale ale with plenty to recommend it in both the hops and malt departments.

CliffBrake, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of DJButters
5/5  rDev +29.2%

DJButters, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

jenray, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

jlb502, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Drake's 1500 Pale Ale from Drake's Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.