Drake Tail India Pale Ale | AleWerks Brewing Company

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Drake Tail India Pale AleDrake Tail India Pale Ale
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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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Ratings: 262 |  Reviews: 103
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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Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of mrterdferguson
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of seagis
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased a single bottle of this at a local beer and wine store. I poured it off into a glass and noted that the head, such as it was, disappeared almost immediately. I wasn't really terribly put off by this, though.

I like the color. It has a nice, hazy, apple-cider-ish tone to it that was appealing but not necessarily memorable. The aroma has a pleasant citrus touch, though. I say touch because it is not overpowering but rather something that just sort of shows up (for lack of a better way to word it) at your nose and rather blossoms from there. It starts off mild and grows prevalent as you continue to inhale it.

The malt characteristic of this beer is fairly heavy at the onset of the tasting. As it works its way through, though, the hoppy citrus elements begin to really begin to show their strength in a very nice way. The finish is just short of astringent, and I think that's a good thing. It seems to flash from one flavor profile to the other, and it does it well. For a beer that is 7.5% ABV, I think the alcohol profile is well muted. If I were unaware of that I think I would easily go through two or three of these before I realized what I was doing.

The mouthfeel is pleasant enough as well. Nothing great, but certainly nothing to complain about. It starts off a bit muted and begins to have a bit of a bite as the character of the hops begins to show through. It doesn't feel heavy, but it isn't exactly light, either. It has a nice, pleasant, medium body to it that works well with the flavor profile.

Overall, I have to admit that I really liked this. The individual bottle was a shade over $2, so it was money well spent in my opinion.

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Photo of jtierney89
1.5/5  rDev -59.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Hazy orange glow with about a half finger of head that recedes quickly. Very oily hop nose, lots of floral and earthy notes, pungent and stings the nostrils.

A little too slick, a little too acidic with too much grapefruit and citrus, and a bit too floral. Malt is there enough to create body but not able to create any harmony with the hops. Reminds me of Weyerbachers Hops Infusion but without the in your face dryness of Hops infusion. Tries to be balanced and drinkable and a hop bomb at the same time but ends up confused on the tongue with an overly slick feeling in the mouth and a touch of alcohol heat.

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Photo of ncaudle
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of djre4orm
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of GFish
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of CrowdedMill
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of PGVG
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of tanner1980
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of mdillon86
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of 3Hops
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of jereb33
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of rhhjr
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Yabev15
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of HarmonMW
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of AndrewMichael
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of TheBigBoy
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of littlelorib
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First thing i noticed when i opened the bottle was a big whiff of grapefruit. It pours a golden amber, not quite clear, with slightly less than a fingers worth of head. Smells of the previously mentioned grapefruit with grass and spice. Taste is a bit disappointing, a little of a watery mouthfeel with fairly one dimensional bitterness. Overall, drinkable, but several IPAs with better flavor are easily obtainable.

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Photo of CliffBrake
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy orange with a small head that dissipates almost immediately.

A bit of orange rind on the nose - a little faint. Orange marmalade and sweet biscuit lead to herbal hops, finishing with an astringent, peppery bitterness.

Medium body. Mouthfeel is dominated by puckering bitterness.

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Drake Tail India Pale Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 262 ratings