Drake Tail India Pale Ale | AleWerks Brewing Company

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Drake Tail India Pale AleDrake Tail India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Westsidethreat on 11-08-2006

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Photo of oldn00b
4.41/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time having this since Alewerks wen unfiltered. Definitely changed this beer big for the better.

Look is hazy gold, frothy head with nice lacing.

Nose is big citrus, juicy, a bit tropical.

Flavor follows in the big juicy IPA category.

Feel is spectacular and vastly improved at this point.

If you haven't had this beer in the past 6 months or so it is definitely worth revisiting. I think it is much better than an 83 (current rating) and that the older version is likely holding this score down.

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Photo of Cyrano41
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass, dark orange in color with bright highlights. Clears from the bottom with a decent finger's width of head. Lacing is light but persistent. The aroma is very fruity with an emphasis on citrus but an after note of hoppy bitterness. The feel was light with a lot of carbonation; effervescing pleasantly on the tongue. The first thing I noticed was the sweetness, not what I was expecting from an IPA, but in a good way. As the citrus sweetness faded, the hoppy bite came in behind for some characteristic IPA flavors. In general, I don't understand the fanatical devotion to that kick-you-in-the-teeth bitterness that most IPA fans seem to crave, but this beer is one of a select few IPAs that show me the style does have some redeeming qualities. I will recommend this to both my BA and non-BA friend.

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Photo of ordybill
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Big scent of hops and citrus
Appearance- Pours a clear golden yellow with almost no head.
Taste- Very hoppy with a hint of citrus.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with mild carbonation.
Overall- A pretty good American IPA. I recommend that you try it.

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Photo of leantom
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Visited Virginia and picked this up before going home to Indiana. Here goes:

A: Alright. Cloudy orange-brown with a decent head and moderate lacing. Some carbonation.

S: Very light, but still detect citrus, pine, and some grapefruit. Also some cloying malt sweetness.

T: Follows the nose but with some added orange peel. Moderate hops and good malt.

F: Well carbonated but somewhat light.

O: Very average.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.89/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery from a pint glass.

4.0 A: Yellow orange color. Creamy off white head with lots of lacing.

4.25 S: Mango and grapefruit. Floral with some earthiness.

3.75 T: Moderate bitterness. Flowers as above.

3.75 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and super smooth.

3.75 D: Solid all around.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

A: Cloudy amber, with a thin head that quickly faded. Lacing was fair, may have been better if I'd been more aggressive in my pouring.

S: Not a powerful nose, but peach and grapefruit stand out.

T: Pretty sweet up front, just shy of cloying (I suspect from some added sugar to kick up the AVB); very little flavor of the grain. The hops bitterness is medium, and outlasts the sweetness; I detect grapefruit pulp and pine notes.

M: Quite nice mouthfeel, with a good moist/crisp balance, and just a touch of dryness at the end.

O: A little sweeter than I like my IPA's, which I admit is just a personal taste thing. It's decent enough that I could see bringing a six'er of this to a party to share, and know that it would be appreciated (while keeping the "good stuff" at home in my refrigerator)

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Photo of Brewndruid
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Alewerks is fast becoming one of my top breweries. A Nother… Must buy…! If you haven't tried this, you have to! It is just a phenomenal beer. Well-balanced delicious not overwhelming in the least.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy medium copper-ish amber in color with moderate amounts of fine visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass with some faint golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall creamy foamy dark beige head that very slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glas. Moderate to heavy amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts with pine and citrus/orange rind hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of sweet caramel malts. That is followed by slightly stronger flavors of citrus/orange rind and pine hops which imparts a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy but slightly sticky in the finish.

O: Interesting combination of hops aromas/flavors over the top of the sweet caramel malts - though the hops win out. Good but not great. Easy enough to drink with well hidden ABV.

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Photo of slusk
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an ever so slight hazy copper with a nice creamy dense white head. Good lacing, good retention.

S: Predominant grapefruit and citrus aroma with a citrusy orange malt note coming through. slight bit of candied ginger.

T: Grapefruit, pine and citrus in the forefront with a mild earthy hop underbelly. A mild orange malt sweetness fills in the background and fades fairly quickly. Nice lingering bitterness of grapefruit and an ever so slight green apple with a bit of bread crust late in a dry finish. I suspect being a pale beer, the Orange notes are coming from a hops addition.

M: Medium carbonation, not too overpowering. Doesn't bite the tongue. Medium light body with a slight oily finish.

O: Very good example of the style. The hop bitterness is nice and the hops are clean and fresh tasting. The malt notes are a bit underwhelming for my taste. I like a clean separation between the hop bite and the malt presence, the lines are a bit blurred in this area. All I all, It's a well done beer. I myself like a slight bit more malt presence but it's just a matter of personal preference. Still a really nice brew.

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Photo of stevoj
3.34/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Beer heaven. Decent East Coast IPA, hits all the right notes without being outstanding in any one category. A bit of a light IPA. Still a good quaff.

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Photo of farrago
4.26/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Little over a finger of eggshell white to light tan foam, lots of different bubble sizes with a mottled surface, adequate retention, the lacing comes in very broad sheets but then slowly slides down the glass sides. Cloudy coppery orange hued liquid, more gauzy than transparent, widely dispersed fat and sluggish bubbles throughout, has visual “density” to it. Sweet, approachable nose of tangerine, pink grapefruit citrus, cocoa led maltiness, supplemented by less aggressive pine sap and white pepper notes, comes with a credible amount of apricot and peach fruit scents too, it needs to warm up some to release the underlying herbaceous hoppiness. Medium-bodied, somewhat low carbonation gives it a firm mouth feel rather than creamy, however, this is some prickle going on. The white pit fruit has a dried fruit kind of sweetness, same for the pineapple flavors. Semi-tart feel to the orange, tangerine to white grapefruit citrus. Some breadiness and grassy bite, not simple even as it displays its constituent parts clearly. Malty finish softens its contours, very likable and easygoing.

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Photo of obywan59
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchase on vacation from Wine Cheese & More, Chincoteague Island, VA

Pour a transparent but hazy orange with a 1 1/2 finger off white head that leaves some attractive lacing.

The aroma is definitely hop forward. Over ripe citrus and pine. Caramel and sweet malts.

Sweet malts are the backbone, but again the hops dominate. Spicy and piney. Tart citrus and dominant bitter hops in the end.

Medium to medium full in body. Peppery and slick in a good way. Decent alcoho burn.

Definitely worth a repeat. Full in flavor and aroma. Great mouthfeel. Maybe a little more bitter than the usual, but it works. Good balance.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz draft at Whole Foods.

Nice amber color, minimal head that clings to glass.

Not an over powering aroma, mix of sweet malt and hops.

Well balanced taste. Starts a little sweet, followed by medium hop flavor. 7.5% abv well hidden.

Light to medium body. Well carbonated

Overall a nice IPA.

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Photo of arizcards
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had a 12 oz sample at the Capital Ale House in Harrisonburg today for $3.00. Review from notes.

Beer was served orange with a nice white head.

Nose was pretty nondescript. Basic pale malts but the aroma hops were MIA.

Taste was well balanced pale malts being a pretty big player. But the hops win in the end with a nice combo of citrus, pine, and peach hops taking over that malt base.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and decently carbonated.

Overall a solid IPA that is worth a shot.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml Bottle as a gift from Virginia:
Medium amber with a thin, half centimetre head that is frothy looking and holds well.

Sweet with some tropical fruit notes and caramel to begin with followed by some malts and a faint bitterness. There is some pine coming through as well as some light floral notes but the aroma is not the strongest.

Sweet malts and caramel as well as a lot of bitterness. There an almost perfume like taste that has some pine and tropical fruits in there too. A little bit of citrus gets through as well and yet more bitterness to round things off with.

Light-medium body with light-medium carbonation as well, a very bitter kick from the hops and some sweetness too.

Definitely a drinkable beer but if I'm honest it's not a classic IPA nor one I'd be likely to try again although I did enjoy it, I just felt that the bitterness was a little to much when coupled with sweet caramel.

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Photo of Omnium
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap back on June 5th at House of 1000 Beers.

A - Pours a nice orange color, one finger of white fluffy head, good lacing.
S - Fresh orange zest, pineapple, a little grassy, pine, citrus juice.
T - Big pine bitterness, sweet orange candy like malt, lime.
M - Good feel, nice bitterness.
O - This is just solid all around good IPA, that I would gladly have again.

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Photo of bcheng
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I previously had this IPA from AleWerks that tasted so-so, but the fresh brew from this growler was drastically different and delicious. It almost tastes like a double-IPA, fresh hops, with a good amount of malt sweetness to balance it out, which also hides the alcohol very well. This is quite surprising and easy drinking. Giving this a good score because my wife enjoyed it, and for how well it went down -- it just hit the right spot in this warm weather.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The malt base on this beer is thicker than I was anticipating it'd be. Keeps things earthy overall. Hop spiced tone is mildly there, as an accent. Overall this stays very earthy though. Feel is prett good. The malt bill is pretty high and the hops aren't as prevalent on the beer as I'd like, but it's still pretty nice. I think this would be very good on cask.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick bubbly ring around the edge of the glass and a sheer half sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves scattered lines on the glass.

S- Very musty and earthy hops, my guess is Simcoe. The best word to use for the bouquet is "rustic."

T- The rustic nature continues in the flavor with an assertive bitterness containing more of the earth notes plus some toasty malt to complement. Drinkable without too much alcohol flavor and just a slight bit of metallic taste.

M- Pretty standard hop bite with a moderate dryness. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- A nicely done IPA that's well-hopped both in flavor and aroma. And, oh wow, I didn't even suspect for a second that it was as high in alcohol as it is. Way to go Alewerks. My first by them and it certainly won't be my last.

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Photo of Dave1999
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque orange colour with a small white head.

The smell is citrus hops,oranges,grapefruit, very nice.

The taste is sweet at first, slightly fruity finishing with a little bitterness. As the beer warms up you can detect a very subtle maltiness to the finish and even some honey.

The mouthfeel medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This was actually a pretty good easy drinking ipa. Pretty well balanced and covers its abv very well. The bitterness is pretty low for an ipa but it doesn't make it less enjoyable.

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Photo of droomyster
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper body with a small white head with decent retention. Pleasant aromas of caramel sweetness with a touch of citrus and notes that remind of the whiff one gets upon opening a honey-flavored cereal box. Hops are assertive on the front and back ends, with a caramel and fruity middle. Finish lingers long with strong hints of grapefruity goodness. I like this IPA quite a bit.

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Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a medium-dark golden hue with a white, 2-finger, head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace with a great trail down the side of the glass.

S: Strong hoppy aroma with a touch of fruity notes.

T: Nice and hoppy flavor with a bitter bite. Hints of citrus and pine in the background

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: This was an excellent IPA – nicely hopped but in good balance.

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Photo of AlexFields
3.09/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Smells like oranges, pear, spice, nice citrusy IPA.

Taste is really disappointing, somewhat stale bready malt, faded hop bitterness, only hints of citrus...not very good.

Pretty good mouthfeel but it doesn't make up for the taste.

Disappointing, pretty mediocre IPA.


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Photo of MQ4188
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a very, very good IPA. No, it is not a huge, 10+ .abv iipa. It follows the style as described by the American ipa standard. Balanced, with a perfect lacing on the glass, hop forward with a peak hop kick near the end.

It finishes with a sweet hop finish.

This is a really great IPA! It follows the style and .abv nicely.

Of course, the beer snobs rate it down because its not Pliny, or Hopslam, give me a break!

Haters need to do a better job reading the criteria for what the different styles are supposed to be. Extreme doesn't always equate to good....

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a light copper/orange in color with a small amount of head which quickly dissipated. smells of caramel, grassy hops, grapefruit citrus. very tangy grapefruit taste up front, followed by an earthy bitterness that ligers for a bit then finishes off with a sweet bready malt flavor. medium body (on the lighter end) and highly carbonated. a nice tasting ipa but honestly falls short of being anything special. messy mix of characteristics which would be a lot easier going down with less carbonation.

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