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Drake's Amber Ale - Drake's Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

89 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Drake's Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mark on 01-30-2003)
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xoqx

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was a real treat on the hand pump at Ben 'n Nick's Bar in Oakland, CA, though I suspect it took less time for Drakes to brew it than for our sever to finally take our order and deliver it. The color was wonderfully mahogany. There were malty, hoppy smells present; more hops than I would expect for an amber. I appreciate a brewery that’s willing to properly hop an amber style, but people who don’t love hops might find this one too bitter for their liking. The taste was wonderfully complex, even though it was slightly overchilled for a hand-pumped beer. This amber beer was very balanced between a smooth malt beginning and a fruity hop finish. The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth and then well rounded by the hop bitterness. Drinkability is good for an amber.

Serving type: cask

01-19-2006 08:12:14 | More by xoqx
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mac8113

California

4/5  rDev +5.8%

07-24-2014 01:34:52 | More by mac8113
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B_B

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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TheSixthRing

California

3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours clear and has a dark ruby color with a hint of brown. Head is khaki and a holds finger's width with fair retention, giving way to a broken layer of surface suds. Fair lacing with little stick.

Smell - Toffee and caramel with touches of chocolate and a light metallic note.

Taste - Follows the nose. Plenty of assertive toffee upfront with very light caramel. Cocoa powder and a touch of roasted malt character comes through mid-taste and into the finish, mixing with a touch of metallic twang in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with sharp, bitey carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall - A pretty good beer by Drake's here, something I'd consider buying again if it were on sale, as SN Stout and Anchor Porter are similar in both flavor profile and price, but better overall. Drinks much closer to an American brown or porter than an ESB.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2014 03:44:01 | More by TheSixthRing
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

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3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
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Smell: caramel and some fruit sweetness comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, bread, ripe fruits, and a bit of earthiness are the main flavors. The bitterness is soft and takes a back seat here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a mild flavored ale that is a bit tame overall, but it is very easy to consume.

Serving type: on-tap

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Drake's Amber Ale from Drake's Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.