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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

378 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 378
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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Photo of alenonbeeradv
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

FosterJM, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of madvermin
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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
Photo of HipHop5
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

HipHop5, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of DijonKetchup
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

DijonKetchup, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

mikesgroove, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of beagle75
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.)

beagle75, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of 321jeff
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

321jeff, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of illidurit
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

illidurit, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

jeffjeff1, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of bump8628
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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."

bump8628, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of Chizoad
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Chizoad, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of hooliganlife
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

hooliganlife, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of pennywhistle
4.43/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

pennywhistle, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Guest tap at Magnolia. Yellow colour, lots of lace lines. Good c-hop flavour and aromas.Big IBU, later discovered to be SImcoe and Amarillo concentrated Very smooth drinkability, above-average mouthfeel.Great example for the style.Love to get this again.

Sammy, May 30, 2010
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear amber gold with a huge head that lasts, leaving mounds of cappuccino foam and lacing on the glass.

Aromas of wet hay malt, brown sugar, and piney hops.

Sweet malts transition into an intense bitter piney hoppy taste.

Body is medium weight, and the refined carbonation produces a very creamy mouthfeel.

This is a very drinkable Imperial style American Pale Ale. With a 5.2% ABV, this beer is more about the malt and hops and is very sessionable for those who like hops.

Beerenauslese, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of callmescraps
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On a whim. Wanted an easy drinker.

Appearance- A deep gold, light copper color. Half an inch of white head. Laces ok. Darker than expected, less "pale" honestly.

Smell- A nice bready, biscuit smell. Some good grapefruit/citrus hops. Nicely balanced. Very appealing.

Taste- Starts off with a nice biscuit, or toasted bread, and follows with a strong hop bite. There is some burnt caramel action as well. The hops are more bitter than fruit-like. Plenty of grapefruit on that bitter end.

Mouthfeel- A tad syrupy. But nice.

Drinkability- Goes down very, very easy.

This is a very enjoyable beverage. It's like an IPA, but goes down so smooth. I'll be having it again.

callmescraps, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of mactrail
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hops are up front. Slow bitterness takes over the tongue and it does seem more and more bitter as you sip. Anybody know what kind of hops these are? Thin but decent hint of malt. Label claims 5.2% abv.

I find it pleasant and quite drinkable. Citrus flavors, tart, and aromatic. Not excessively hopped but definitely one for the pale ale drinker. On the cloudy side with lots of yeast in the bottom of the bottle.

mactrail, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of vacax
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Factory in Long Beach. Pours orange gold in color with nice retention and lacing, highly bubbly. Aroma of extreme flora, geraniums, pine, and mango. Tastes of a possible excess in flowery flavors, like munching on flower petals nearly, spicy amounts of hops to a near warming level. The most sheer amount of hops thrown into a pale ale I have come across. Medium bodied with plenty of bubbles to make the hops pop on the palate. Tasty beer, though by the time half of my pint was gone I was beginning to wonder if this was hops overkill for a sessionable pale. Tasty stuff though.

vacax, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of brentk56
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color; the frothy head holds its position and adds a nice swath of lace

Smell: Grapefruity pith with a lemony edge and a pale biscuit malt character underneath

Taste: The biscuity malt introduction is quickly subsumed by a load of grapefruit pith and an almost floral lemony character; after the swallow, the sweetness of the malt provides a subtle balance and lingers in the finish along with the pith flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with spritzy carbonation

Drinkability: More of an IPA than their IPA, this beer packs a wallop of flavor into a low abv level; very nice

brentk56, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A very cloudy pour with a massive white head that leaves tons of lacing.

S: The nose is almost all hops. The primary scents I pick up are orange and a lot of resinous pine. There is an ever so slight bit of sweet malt sneaking through.

T: The taste is somewhat harsh. As with the aroma, there are a lot of orange and pine flavors, but the bitterness isn't quite as "clean" as many other IPAs and Pale Ales I have come across. The malt is very subdued here as well.

M: The beer is well carbonated and has a medium body. The beer might be a bit on the thin side, however.

D: This is not as drinkable as most APAs that I've had. The bitterness that I alluded to in the taste is welcomed, but it isn't well balanced, I feel.

womencantsail, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of berkey
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a stemmed pint glass. Pale amber body with a fairly strong haze. Forms a medium sized cream colored head with slightly above average retention. Once the head does start to fade it goes almost completely but leaves very nice sticky lacing on all sides of the glass.

Strong nose of citrus and pungent bitter hops with modest sweet and bready malts. Secondary floral hop aromas also come through. Drake's actually makes pretty consistently great smelling beers.

Taste isn't bad but not as good as the aroma. Malts don't stand up to the hops quite as well as I'd like. Flavor profile is somewhat thin on the entry, there's a slight citrus hoppyness and that's about it. Nice dry bitter hop aftertaste and subtle yeast presence on the finish though. Once it gets all the way to room temp there's an enjoyable, albeit very fleeting, honey and caramel malt character to accompany the hops.

This brew is medium bodied with nicely balanced carbonation. Interesting, slightly dry feel isn't bad. Easy enough to drink, I finished two bottles for this review but that's mostly because I know I'll be very busy the next few weeks and don't want to let this sit long in fear of the hops fading.

This beer drinks essentially as advertised on the bottle: A pale ale late hopped like an IIPA. Not 100% sure of that concept as this beer has some minor balance problems. I'm giving high marks overall but I have mixed feelings about this one, it's a nice, interesting pale and I wouldn't turn one down, but not really sure if I'll buy it again. There are too many better hoppy ales out there, including a few from this brewer.

berkey, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of juhl31
3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

-the color is really nice to me. cloudy and a bit of sedi. the head poured a crazy tall. like 75% of the beer started as head but it calmed down and looked nice

-smelled like some cleaning agent off the bat for me. then some malt. not much else

-tastes palesque, but takes a bit to get there. some hops, some malt

-does the imperial mean a ton of carb for this beer? drinks like a seltzer which i dont like

-it is okay, wouldnt go for another too quick

juhl31, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of EliottJW
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I don't know about this beer... I feel as though it peaks when it's poured and only tails off afterwards... to the point that I thought I might have gotten a bad bottle, but looking back on some other reviews, everything seems to be in line.

it pours nice enough, a deep, murky amber, almost approaching brownish. TONS of head that actually makes it tough to pour, but ends up retaining quite nicely once the beer is being consumed. soapy, spotty lacing rides down the sides of my glass as I take this one in.

smell is off a bit... fruity? hoppy?... almost tropical fruits come to the front. not a whole lot of malt character necessarily, just sweet.

this is a new taste for me. a blast of citrusy sugar on the tongue that actually turns a bit funky... almost sour, becomes pine almost exclusively after swallowing. I was surprised how long the pine lingers before giving way to a citrusy aftertaste maybe 2 minutes down the road.

all I can say about the mouth is that its WAY too over carbonated. it was clear this would be the case right from the pour, but wow... it's almost painful how carbonated this beer is.

I'm gonna call this one average as far as drinkability goes... I'm really not interested in another.

EliottJW, Sep 16, 2009
Drake's 1500 Pale Ale from Drake's Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.