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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | 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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Photo of stakem
2.83/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle with no indication of bottle date and what I assume is a new label design that boldly displays the name of the brewery and name as Drake's Amber. Description states this as an ESB with 5.9% abv and 28 ibus.

The bottle cap was removed and large bubbles swelled to the surface before I could even get a glass in hand. A careful pour down the side of a pub glass formed 3 fingers worth of large bubbles with only half the bottle poured. The yellowish tan cap quickly dissolves down to a finger of creamy head that is cratered and uneven all over the top of the brew. It hangs in thick patches about the glass. The color of the brew underneath the rich cap is a clear copper amber color with a constant stream of rising bubbles that support more than a finger's worth of solid head.

The aroma of this brew includes a very rich scent of sweet caramel malt. There is a bit of fruity alcohol and citrus/fruit hop character. A light amount of sulfur is also evident mixed with a scent of grass and herbs.

The taste of this brew is grassy and herbal with a bit of a sulfur and mineral note to it. The caramel malt sweetness that was so pronounced in the nose takes on more of a toasted quality in the flavor of this brew. A lingering bitterness hangs in the mouth tasting grassy and herbal with a bit of a medicinal quality. There is a dry almost bitter fruit character in the backend of the taste that mixes with a musty grain flavor that lasts inside the mouth and just doesn't go away. The flavors really clash in this brew and it does not make for an enjoyable experience.

This is a medium bodied brew with an excessive amount of carbonation that just doesn't go away. The smell and the taste of this brew are quite polar, and unlike the qualities you look for in an ESB. All together this brew is quite disjointed and just not doing it for me. Even the alcohol inclusion in this brew is off. It clearly states this brew is 5.9% alcohol but the warming factor and solvent taste it produces in the back of your throat would indicate more.

Photo of LakerLeith
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy amber with a small head that disappears a bit too quickly.

Smell: Earthy malts, a bit of chocolate/cocoa and lots of hops.

Taste/mouthfeel: Lightly roasted and bready malts underneath ample hop bitterness. The finish is slightly thin. This is extra hoppy for an amber, but the hop flavor isn't overly impressive. Medium in body and effervescence.

Notes: A decent and fairly solid amber, but not something I'd go out of my way to drink. Drake's has better brews than this.

Photo of hoegaardenhero
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the beer pours a dark hazy amber with only minimal head that fades fast leaving nothing. it smells very strongly of toffee with hints of apple. the taste is of syrupy sweet tofee/caramel roasted malts with just a tiny hint of the fruitiness of malts at the end. definitely a little on the sweet side. mouthfeel is thick but a little bit on the cloying/syrupy side. overall a decent beer but nothing amazing.

Photo of dvsbizzyb
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of climax
3.13/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one poured a completely cloudy chestnut brown with ruby highlights. The head was creamy and massive, lasting as well. The lace consisted of solid wave marks as it receded.

The nose was cidery to me, hopefully not a bad beer. Citrus and a bit of caramel round it out.

The flavor is big malt with a hoppy aftertaste. The malt profile consists of cocoa, caramel and a bit of earthy hop flavor with a leafy aftertaste.

The body is medium with a lot of carbonation. It's pretty smooth in the mouth and leaves a long chalky finish. I'm left feeling like this may have not been a 100% good example of this beer, my findings were a dark cloudy body (most reviews say a transparent amber). The cidery nose makes me even more uneasy.

Photo of Mikeb8
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of justinbrown
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Joe_Mahma
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of blindmike
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of sjrodriguez
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of hayesjw
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: A burnt copper/orange. Head is off-white and small. Drops to an almost non-existent cap with a small creamy collar.

Smell: Sweet bready malts. Some caramel malt sweetness. A hint of toffee and some grassy notes. Sweet. Some hints of citrus with a nice clean yeast profile. So much biscuit dough. Cooked and caramelized malts. A bit of roasty and toasty malts.

Taste: Some slight hints of citrus hopping,. A bit of pith. Sweet caramelized malts. Some caramel and toffee with a ton of undercooked biscuit dough. Lightly toasted. Pretty mellow. Warming drops the sweetness a touch. Clean yeast profile, but still present.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to slightly above average carbonation. Medium body. Clean, very clean.

Overall: From this beer dinosaurs are made.

Good. Bready and easy drinking. Not much going on, but that's cool.

Photo of mactrail
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with a modest swirl of lacing in the snifter. Some bready tastes. Fairly sharp in the mouth with decent carbonation. Faint scent of piney hops. Starts out as a pleasant well-balanced ale but doesn't seem to wear well. Flavor veers off to some earthy malt and that old fruit taste. Fairly bitter. Brewery says hops are East Kent Goldings and Willamette. Metallic aftertaste. The fruity and browned biscuit flavor becomes more pronounced as you drink.

Photo of Gavage
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of illidurit
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy medium brown color with a creamy beige head. Good head retention and lacing. Bready malts with a chocolatey tinge. Also some toast and caramel. Flavor has some cocoa and toast with lighter orange and butter notes. Sort of earthy and maybe a bit vegetal. Nice heft to the body but not a very clean mouthfeel. Reasonably drinkable.

Photo of jhammerly
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to IntriqKen for this beer.

Brownish body with an amber hue and creamy off-white head that fell into a thin cap within minutes. The smell of toasted malt and a bit of sweet caramel. The taste is the same as the aroma, but I taste some hints of cocoa and some hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is good - light to medium bodied. A good beer that has potential to be highly drinkable.

Photo of Offa
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty good ale, solid, with lasting character, but not great or complex, a bit lopsided and uninteresting.

Dark red-brown-copper, it has a medium head, tan with orangie hints, slowly shrinking to a thin, permanent sheet of foam and leaving some weak hints of foamy lace.

The smell is malty and dark, toaty bread crust, slightly burnt caramel, hint of stwed plums and scorched dried fruit, plus light earthy-woody hints.

The taste is similar, darkly malty, toasted bread crust, slightly burnt caramel and overly caramelised prunes. It's dryish with a light sweetness, but a light burnt-spicey-peppery bitterness taking over by the finish and lingering a bit. That said, it's enjoyable and has lasting character that holds up well, even if it lacks complexity and the character it has is a bt heavy-handed and one-dimensional.

It's pleasant enough to drink but it's a bit heavy and is more like a brown ale in some ways.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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Drake's Amber Ale from Drake's Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.