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Drake's 1500 Pale Ale - Drake's Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

377 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 21
Gots: 44 | 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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3/5  rDev -22.5%

StoicBeast, Jul 05, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

gleemonger, Jun 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

TheBronze, Jun 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

TicoCali, Jun 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

mettkea, May 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

theempire, May 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

mdillon86, May 12, 2012
Photo of iammatt
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

iammatt, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

BEERchitect, Apr 19, 2012
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
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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
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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

InfernoBoss, Apr 07, 2012
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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
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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
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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

mhaugo, Feb 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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

ATADakaCHAD, Feb 19, 2012
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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
Drake's 1500 Pale Ale from Drake's Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 377 ratings.