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Expedition Ale - Drake's Brewing Co.

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Expedition AleExpedition Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 16
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Drake's Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mark on 04-19-2003)
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Furball

California

2.28/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I've had good luck with most of Drakes brews, but this one was not one of those.

The appearance is typical, a darker amber. It seems to have a tendency to pour with a really thick head that is neither sweet or flavorful in any manor. The clarity is minimal.

The smell has to be one of the most offensive elements of this beer, as it is sour and almost a mold-like, organic smell, but really not in a good way.

On first taste, this beer is bitter, sour, and just plain foul. I actually have a very hard time drinking this. I find it so sour that I really can't taste much else in the brew. As for the mouth feel, just imagine all the moisture being drawn out of your mouth. It's drying and thin.

It kind of bothers me to review this beer so poorly as I really like Drakes in general. We've had this on the keg several times and just finished one right now, and I can promise that I won't be getting this brew again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2004 01:44:57 | More by Furball
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jmechy

California

3/5  rDev -24.2%

12-04-2011 03:21:11 | More by jmechy
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -24.2%

11-23-2011 23:03:56 | More by jenray
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mactrail

Washington

3.13/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

White foam and a load of lacing on this mahogany amber brew. A damp basement smell mars the first sips. Acidity slides off into a hint of sourness. After the brief malty flirtation it leaves you with a dirty bitterness that goes on and on. Murky, sharp, a hint of burnt fat.

I just don't get this over-hopped big red style. Start with a wet cardboard malt base and dose it with too much earthy hops? I know they can make great beers like the Aroma Coma, so this flat, harsh taste is a surprise. In the 22 oz bomber.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 04:28:39 | More by mactrail
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himynameisping

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

11-28-2013 09:17:08 | More by himynameisping
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BeerTruck

Portugal

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

06-18-2012 22:54:43 | More by BeerTruck
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

09-22-2012 21:19:47 | More by t0rin0
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from fartingdog courtesy of Birthday Club 2, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a dark copper color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of caramelized malt and hops along with some spice & citrus in the background.

T: The taste is malty and smoky with a strong hops bitterness that prevails as the most dominant flavor. There are minor but complimentary flavors of caramel, nuts & citrus as well. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, it's a good beer and is one worth drinking for a while but to me it just seems kind of ordinary. Therefore, if it were available around here, it would probably be a beer that I would routinely pass on.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 02:36:48 | More by TheManiacalOne
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joepais

Maine

3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass produced a finger worth of head that settled to a thick lace on top of a cloudy brown body

Aromas of sweet malts and spice with a light floral hop note at the end

Flavors of toasted malts with a strong bitter not all of it is from the hops

Good mouthfeel medium with enough carbonation to keep it crisp on the tongue

A good ale more of a hybrid than a true Amber but drinkable none the less

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 19:25:47 | More by joepais
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TheEremite

California

3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Looked great. Dark brown with a tan head. It looked a bit like a porter, pretty dark for an amber or a red ale. Huge hop aroma. Smells like an IPA. Tastes of hop bitterness and malty crystal sweetness. Fairly pronounced chocolate notes. This beer is very full bodied for a red. In general I really like over hopped red ales, they're much more interesting than the usual malty, sweet and boring brewpub reds. I had low expectations for this beer and was pleasantly surprised. The first 1/4 of the glass was really nice, but the malt and hop bitterness began to build up and at some point it became a bit much. I like the idea of this beer, and I enjoyed drinking it, but it doesn't make for much of a session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2008 16:33:39 | More by TheEremite
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received from largadeer. Thanks Chris. Into my Stone pint glass.

A: Deep amber with a little bit of sediment that i missed. Solid light brown head with great retention and excellent lacework

S: Lots of leafy hops up front but giving this a swirl reveals a good deal of citrus character. Mild caramel malt character in the back. Quite massive for an amber, acutally

T: Tons of bittering hops up front a lot of orange and citrus rind character. Mild caramel malt sweetness comes through before a completely bitter finish takes over.

M: Carbonation is ample but the bitterness is a bit overpowering IMHO

D: The bitterness is something that hurts the drinkability of the beer

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 16:14:15 | More by DefenCorps
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mynie

Indiana

3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a really magnificent dark red. Very dark, like grape juice, with translucence coming through only at the bottom of the glass.

Smells just a little bit of age, but a robust and tasty age. Light fruit, plenty of plums, and still enough hops to let me know that this was either an incredibly over hopped red or that it's not very old at all.

Taste like lightly aged malt and big west coast hops. Tastes like a well hopped red, pretty much. Malt and hops balance each other well, though not too many complexities come through.

Pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2007 04:35:26 | More by mynie
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle acquired in trade with jimbowood (thanks!).

Poured a deep and cloudy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, oranges, and a little earthy. Tastes of caramel, citrus, and toffee. For an amber ale, I really liked this one.

Notes from 6/29/07

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 14:13:29 | More by hopdog
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

04-18-2014 05:39:07 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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rbrefbeerman

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

05-13-2012 16:36:01 | More by rbrefbeerman
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DaveHS

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours maple wood brown with ruby highlights and 1/4 inch of khaki colored head.

S-Piney sharp hop aromas, pale, grainy maltiness. An interesting sweet and sour fruit aroma. Strawberry?

T/M-Fairly dry. Mouth coatingly dry tannic hoppiness. Medium bodied, with a grainy, unobtrusive malt profile. This one's all about showcasing the hops. The finish is dry and bitter. It sticks in the back of the throat and lingers for a little while.

O-Solid. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 01:03:56 | More by DaveHS
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codynevels

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

11-12-2012 21:30:01 | More by codynevels
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Pinche_Oso

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

12-13-2012 20:28:54 | More by Pinche_Oso
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beerpadawan

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

08-27-2012 16:33:47 | More by beerpadawan
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ADZA

Australia

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice red hue and i mean red with a creamy three finger head that stays and leaves clingy lacing everywhere,the smell is burnt toffee,caramel malts,treacle and also some underlying piney hops,the mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation and has tastes of marzipan,caramel treacle,redgum honey,piney bitter hops to keep that sweetness in check with the finish being dry and a touch bitter,overall its a nicely balanced Red Ale and id drink it again cheers.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 07:06:39 | More by ADZA
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 19 Nov 2007. bottle courtesy of my brother, thanks!

Extra large huge cascading foamy head. Cloudy dark oak color. Smells like vanilla, tea, caramel, slightly floral. Tastes of sweet candied almonds. Fair amount of semisweet chocolate. Becomes more bitter towards the finish. Texture is foamy and creamy.

A says reminiscent of a chocolate orange.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 05:12:57 | More by htomsirveaux
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hiku7

California

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is dominated by caramel malt, toastiness, and a very slight roastiness. Citrusy hops, with a clean yeast profile.

Pours opaque red to brown with a long lasting cream color head. Three fingers high. Great lacing.

Flavor is mostly caramel, but there is a phenolic smoky off flavor that detracts a bit. Earthy woody lasting hop bitterness speaks of California origins.

This is a full bodied, creamy and somewhat chewy brew.

I love imperial amber/red beers, and this one is borderline in that category, but this one didn't capture my attention. A little disappointed in the smoky phenolics coming through. Overall, still not a bad beer and right up my alley, so my scores are probably higher than others might give it.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 05:32:28 | More by hiku7
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kawilliams81

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Jester King pint.

A- pours a light copper color with a 2 finger off-white head. Nice blotches of lacing cover the glass.

S- toasted amber malts, some rye, and some pine.

T- slight caramel flavor, toast, spice, citrus and some pine bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slight dryness lingers.

O- nice amber ale. Slightly dry and doesn't have a lot of citrus, but I like the rye spice in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 02:41:01 | More by kawilliams81
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sweetbrew82

California

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass/ no freshness date

P: Dark brown with amber edges and a tan head that looks beautiful! The thick and creamy foam is 2 fingers tall and gets quite rocky, forming huge dimples as it deflates. A thick coating of lace plasters the glass with each and every sip. Nice!

A: Roasty toasty malts, caramel, brown sugar, and some piney hops. Smells pretty good, but nothing that'll blow you away with power or complex

T: The malts are more toasty upfront with caramel and brown sugar making for a sweet start. Pine resin and grapefruit-flavored hops soon make their way to the forefront to counterbalance the sweetness with some much needed alpha-acidity. The caramel malts seem to turn a little more roasty on the back end as the hops deliver a spicy kick on the semi-dry finish.

M: Medium bodied with not much creaminess or silkiness to talk about. It is semi-sticky from the hops, but feels a little over-carbonated, and isn't as smooth as it could be.

Notes: This is a pretty well-balanced American Amber that features some good, solid flavors with a nice hoppy bite to it. A solid effort from a good brewery. Worth a shot

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 06:30:11 | More by sweetbrew82
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Troyone

California

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darkish amber color with a copper hue, biege head that sticks around, and some carb action.

Has a sweet caramel malt smell with lots of citrus hops.

Light/mod sweet/acidic, mod/heavy bitter, roasted, and almost burnt caramel malt taste with lots of grapefruit/orange hops flavor.

Medium bodied, slightly syrupy texture, soft almost flat carbonation, and a metallic/astringent finish.

Hopheads should enjoy this one, I'm not sure about the balance but plenty of hops for the some what smooth and rough grapefruit finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2005 01:44:57 | More by Troyone
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Expedition Ale from Drake's Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.