Drake's Amber Ale - Drake's Brewing Co.
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 89 | Reviews: 44 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by xoqx:
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 thats willing to properly hop an amber style, but people who dont 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
More User Reviews:
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
3.34/5 rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
Appearance: dark amber in color with a short head that breaks down quickly.
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
02-13-2014 04:23:40 | More by Gavage
Drake's Amber Ale from Drake's Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.