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

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Added by Westsidethreat on 11-08-2006

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4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh 12 oz. bottle from 6'er purchased at the brewery, poured into Das Festhaus pint glass.

A: Beautiful, clear, deep copper color, with a nice pillowy, 4-finger head. Great lacing and retention.

S: Nice hop, malt and a slight citrusy aroma.

T: Bitter hops and citrus zest, combined with a caramelized malty goodness. Good and interesting balance. Dry hop finish.

M: Somewhat thicker and creamier than normal. Crisp ending clean taste.

D: Great beer but perhaps a little too strong to session. Definately one of the two beers from the Alewerks that I really liked.

Good beer that I hope they make available on cask. The guy at the brewery said it may be a possibility in the future.

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4.23/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very good-looking beer. It's got a great deep (more red than amber)-copper color that's very clear. Just looking at this brew makes me want to drink it. Off-white clingy receding head.

S: I can smell the hoppiness at the crack of the bottle. Overtones of dry (crisp) clean citrus. It takes a few sniffs to get to the citrus, but it's there. Very slight scent of alcohol.

T: Outstanding. Before the intense hoppiness hits you, there's a slight caramel/biscuit taste there. Once that's over, it's a mouthfull of bitter hops. Dry and true to its style.

M: Seems a bit heavy. There's a lot going on in this beer. Smooth initially but towards the end, I almost want to pucker up a bit - not due to a sour taste but due to the dryness. Very, very crisp.

D: I am an IPA fan and this one is the complete package. Most likely, this one will be a mainstay in my home.

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3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GenCornwallis for this opportunity

A: Somewhere between cranberry juice and rootbeer...quite thick looking. Lots of little bubbles meander from the bottom of the glass to the top. Head is fairly creamy, light beige with a greenish tint. Its fallen quite a bit but some good swatches lay across the top of the body and a quality ring remains around the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet malts and citrus...you know this is gonna be good. Some pineapple, earthy pine hops and a touch of OJ.

T: Begins with an interesting flavor right on the tip of the tongue. Mixture of sap, hoppy oils and bittered orange peel. Moves towards juicy grapefruit and some earthy, dirty bitterness. A huge blanket of pine bittering hops move and streak right down the center of the tongue leaving a wake of destruction in its path. Aftertaste has a bit of red berry off the vine and more serious hops.

M: Medium body, a bit thinner than I would have suspected

D: This beer could easilly pass as an xmas ale IMO. Only drawback is the dirty bitterness that plagues this (and so many other) beers. At least its not cookie cutter and can stand out in a crowded IPA marketplace.

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Drake Tail India Pale Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
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