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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

395 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 395
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 23
Gots: 53 | 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:
Beer added by: oggg on 08-02-2005

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Photo of jlb502
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of nelson4
4.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of AwYeh
2.72/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of nickhiller
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of litheum94
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of colforbin73
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rlee1390
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of avaldivia
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of TheGordianKnot
2.16/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of BetterWatching
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of gregshead
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of PerHops
4.57/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of codfeast
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of ILessThan3Brett
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of alenonbeeradv
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of whatthehull
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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

Photo of FosterJM
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of veinless
4.04/5  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.

Photo of HipHop5
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of DijonKetchup
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev -9%
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.

Photo of beagle75
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
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.)

Drake's 1500 Pale Ale from Drake's Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 395 ratings.