Drake's Brewing Co.

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Drake's Brewing Co.
California, United States
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #622
Ranked #17,397
3.87 | pDev: 11.11%
Jul 12, 2021
Aug 02, 2005
Very Good
Notes: As we approached our 1500th batch in San Leandro, the brewers decided to attempt something different. They set out to make a pale ale with a clean, stripped down malt bill and plenty of late addition hops that would give the beer huge flavors and aromas of bright citrusy American hops without overwhelming the balance with bitterness. The resulting beer packed the aromatic and flavorful hop punch of a West Coast-style IPA at a very easy drinking 5.5% ABV. The brewer and the people loved it. Now 1500 is a Drake’s flagship beer.

Malt: American 2-Row Barley, Patagonia Crystal 35
Hops: Bittering – Warrior; Whirlpool – Simcoe, Cascade, & Amarillo
Dry-hop: Simcoe & Amarillo
Yeast: White Labs 001
Original Gravity: 12.2 degrees Plato
IBUs: 48
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

Aroma of pine, orange, hops oils, light bready malts. Taste is citrus with a slight pine. Malt profile is laid back and allows the delicate hops to shine. Easy to drink and refreshing.

Jul 12, 2021
3.43 by mikekreein from California on Jan 11, 2021
3.75 by gefinley from California on Sep 25, 2020
4 by bpfrush from Wisconsin on Oct 23, 2019
3.67 by ProNR from Florida on Sep 12, 2019
3.94 by FrankCastle from California on Aug 25, 2019
3.75 by Ice_Cream_And_IPAs from New York on Jul 28, 2019
4 by bdlusa from Texas on Jun 25, 2019
3.73 by TheBrewsky from California on Jun 22, 2019
3.96 by Azpittil57 from Arizona on Jun 02, 2019
3.75 by Danzinar from California on Mar 21, 2019
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3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by patre_tim from Thailand

Soft straw with moderate, soft carbonation and 2 fingers of white head.

Smells of skunk, pine, pineapple, melon and lemon tea.

Tastes of soft melon, pineapple, citrus an pine.

Light body with light carbonation. Soft and pillowy.

I got this in Redding where I am drinking it March 15th, 2019.

Mar 16, 2019
4 by Karibourgeois from Texas on Feb 05, 2019
Photo of iguanodon
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by iguanodon from Utah

12 oz. bottle. Pours hazy gold with a medium white head. Aroma is caramel, citrus, flowers. Taste is sweet malt, citrus, just the right hop bitterness. Excellent balance. This is a great APA.

Dec 24, 2018
3.75 by DerwinWentworth from Utah on Oct 17, 2018
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4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by StevieQ from California

It has a very pronounced pleasant piney aroma. The aroma also has a hint of citrus to it, but I'd characterize the aroma as a lot more piney than citrusy. It's not too bitter. It has a good balance of acidity, sweetness, and tolerable bitterness. The appearance is slightly cloudy, totally acceptable to me. The color is light blond. I love this beer.

Oct 15, 2018
3.35 by Antwon616 from California on Oct 08, 2018
3.73 by paulish from New York on Jul 11, 2018
3.35 by West-Coast_Beer-Belly from California on Jul 04, 2018
3.81 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Jun 27, 2018
3.75 by BarrelAgedG from California on Jun 17, 2018
3.79 by Bum4ever from California on May 14, 2018
4.1 by mklmcgrew from California on Apr 17, 2018
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4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BayAreaJoe from California

Bottled 1/31/18, consumed 3/4/18

Poured crystal clear pale straw with a small had that left no lacing.

Aroma is a great mix of pine and citrus fruit, some sweet malt and danky hops to balance.

Taste is a pleasant blend of everything from the aroma.

Mouthfeel is medium for a pale ale, great balance and drinkability, nice firm pleasant bitterness.

Overall, this is an outstanding pale ale featuring a couple of my favorite hops in Simcoe and Amarillo - I love the flavor profile from this pairing. One of my favorite pale ales for sure.

Mar 05, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by StonedTrippin from Colorado

a pretty classic west coast style dry hopped pale ale here, appreciably hoppy without being too strong, oily, bitter, or intense. an old school session type beer that has all day potential and is interesting and robust enough to remain interesting at the same time, awesome balance to it, and a great food beer, which extends it even more. golden in color, foaming white head on top, lots of visible carbonation from the tap. the smell has a little pine to it, fresh for sure, but also a distinct citrus zest quality, more lemon to me than orange or grapefruit, not at all bitter or intense to me, but pleasant and fresh. the flavor is the same on the hop side, simcoe hops likely leading the way here, at least thats what i reckon. the malt base is really simple and clean, a pale two row and a pinch of light crystal may well be all, its lightly biscuity without any real sweetness to it, supportive of the hops, and light in body, perfect for the style. no yeast character here to speak of at all. the more beers i have from drakes, the more i realize they have these hoppy styles down, this is excellent, if just a little samey and conventional. good stuff, easy as can be.

Dec 17, 2017
4 by Kurmaraja from California on Dec 10, 2017
3 by PprBurke from Virginia on Nov 04, 2017
3.94 by festizio from California on Oct 30, 2017
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3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Act25 from New Jersey

My first Drakes, glad to savor their flagship.
a) Hazed golden body with bumpy white head that resolves into a film and laces mightily.
s) Citrusy, juicy, cidery, hop forward, piney.
t) Hoppy start (pine, citrus, grass, cider) laid on a caramel malt base. Textures of white grapefruit rind, orange peel, pine resin landing in a curvy, waving, sun-baked grassy finale.
f) peppery, dry, nice bite, slightly thin.
o) A hoppy APA at sessionable levels, try 24.

Oct 27, 2017
3.96 by heymikew from California on Sep 30, 2017
4 by GaryColeman from California on Sep 20, 2017
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4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by frasergrove from California

This beer gets nowhere near the amount of love it should...gotta drink it fresh though. Pours a west coast hazy pale body with a fluffy white head that lingers. Aroma is lightly tropical and piney, some medium biscuit underneath. Crisp and clean flavor, nice lingering bitter bite with a medium body. Fantastic pale ale.

Sep 10, 2017
4.09 by Driftpunx from California on Sep 09, 2017
3.91 by HaoleBoy from California on Sep 04, 2017
3.77 by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee on Aug 25, 2017
3.48 by mapagano from California on Aug 18, 2017
4.04 by pveilleux from Massachusetts on Aug 17, 2017
3.94 by Jerseyislandbeer from Jersey on Jul 16, 2017
3.94 by Shy5 from Oregon on Jul 04, 2017
3.57 by VelvetExtract from Massachusetts on Jun 15, 2017
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