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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

349 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 349
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 20
Gots: 34 | 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 kiya
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

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 +8.8%

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 +29.5%

DJButters, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of jenray
4/5  rDev +3.6%

jenray, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of jlb502
4/5  rDev +3.6%

jlb502, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev +3.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of nelson4
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%

Appearance - Poured bright and golden epitomizing the style. The head was white and dense. So far so good.

Smell - Excellent. The dry hopping comes through magnificently. The pine and grapefruit reminds me of a nice Pliny. Nothing could be better about this smell and if they made an air freshener with this I would buy cases of it. There are few smells that instantly make me smile. This is one of them.

Taste- The taste is built around the hops. No noticeable maltiness, but some residual sweetness. Bitterness a little high for this style, but it is very close. Amazingly the aroma and hops don't overpower, but I cannot put my finger on why.

Mouthfeel - Smooth with just a little stickiness at the end. The aroma reminded me of Pliny but the taste and mouthfeel are more typical of the pale ale style. I would like just a tidbit more body.

Overall - This is a about as good as a pale ale gets. The dry hopping really does it for me. The best way to describe this is a Pliny light. I would not hesitate to buy this again or recommend it to a friend.

Edit: I am not sure if this Dry Hopped version is the norm or just a special release.

nelson4, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of AwYeh
2.7/5  rDev -30.1%

A: Cloudy orange-amber color with a thin coating of off-white head. Dissipates rapidly but does leave decent lacing.

S: Strong citrus and pine hops here, with orange sticking out in particular. There's a sticky sweet aroma that probably is coming from the combination of hops and malts. Light musty scent present too.

T: Weedy, piny hops really dominate the flavor here; a "sticky" flavor starts things off before a bitter wash really clears everything else out. Not a particularly bad taste, but it's rather one dimensional and not something I would look for.

M: Medium bodied with a moderate dose of carbonation lending some texture.

O: There is a very strong flavor here but that's not enough to carry the beer; I'll give it another chance in the future but this particular glass wasn't outstanding.

AwYeh, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of nickhiller
4/5  rDev +3.6%

A: clear amber with a thin head and a dash of lace.

S: fresh hops, I'm going to guess Cascade maybe (?), a little butter.

T: freshly cut gras and horse sweat, sweet dry finish with a little bit of smoke maybe.

M: medium to low body, pleasant carbonation.

O: perfectly good pale ale, not my favorite style these days, but I appreciate the craft/quality of this.

nickhiller, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of litheum94
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

Reviewed 10/2/11.

This beer has serious head; it fills the entire glass with an airy, orange tinged foam. Slowly collapses in on itself, but it takes a while. It took me a good 15 minutes to be able to pour the whole bottle. Body is very a murky amber color. Spider web lacing left on the glass.

Strong aromas of pine cone and pitch. Bright citrus tones. Cracker malts.

Dry and crackery at first, with some lemon peel zest. Some fruit sweetness leads into a dose of bitterness, piney and full of resin flavors. Bitterness lingers on the tongue.

This pale ale has some serious bitterness, and it's highly sessionable. Another great beer from Drake's.

litheum94, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of colforbin73
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

drake's is one of my GOTO local breweries, along with Lagunitas and Russian River. they put out very high quality beers and have been coming out with fantastic limited offerings, such as AROMA COMA and HOPACALYPSE.

1500 pours a luscious amber with a huge white head of froth that sticks moderately to the glass as you drink it down.

this beer is dry hopped and it pays off in the aroma -- good and hoppy fresh, with a note of the biscuity malt that forms the taste base of this brew.

this is a highly quaffable, sessionable beer -- and to be honest, it is not as good as their amazing ALPHA SESSION brew, which comes in with an ABV under 5% but a powerful display of hop flavor. nonetheless, 1500 is a top shelf american pale ale with a very dry clean finish, biscuity malt base, not too sweet, and a generous hop flavor and aroma.

excellent beer!

colforbin73, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

BerkeleyBeerMan, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of rlee1390
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

rlee1390, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of avaldivia
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

avaldivia, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of TheGordianKnot
2.15/5  rDev -44.3%

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.

TheGordianKnot, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%

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!

DovaliHops, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of BetterWatching
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

BetterWatching, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of gregshead
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

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.

gregshead, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of PerHops
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%

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.

PerHops, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of codfeast
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%

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

codfeast, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of ILessThan3Brett
4.4/5  rDev +14%

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.

ILessThan3Brett, May 10, 2011
Photo of alenonbeeradv
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

alenonbeeradv, May 06, 2011
Photo of whatthehull
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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

whatthehull, May 03, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
4/5  rDev +3.6%

329th review on BA
bottle to pint
12oz

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.

FosterJM, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of madvermin
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

madvermin, Mar 14, 2011
Drake's 1500 Pale Ale from Drake's Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 349 ratings.