Drake's Brewing Co.

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Drake's Brewing Co.
California, United States
American Pale Ale
Ranked #584
Ranked #17,745
3.87 | pDev: 11.11%
May 24, 2023
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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Rated by ivanbrew

5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I tried this beer out of the can is definitely nice and light and crisp with a little bit of a bitter finish I’d say good Pale ale
May 24, 2023
Rated: 3.9 by Timmmmaaayyy from Pennsylvania

Feb 14, 2023
Rated: 3.88 by Beergod420 from Michigan

Feb 04, 2023
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Draft at the Happy Viking. Dark golden color, thin head. Aroma and taste feature some rich caramel, toasted malts, and a light hoppy back end. exceptionally smooth and extremely tasty,
Oct 25, 2022
Rated: 4.37 by Beecham from California

Jun 14, 2022
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Reviewed by iamkishanshah from California

4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Look: Golden pale yellow in color, not completely transparent, 1/2 finger white head and amazing lacing

Smell: Raw mango, raspberry, fruity and floral aromas

Taste: Crisp and fruity (Raw Mango, berries and flavors), your classic west coast IPA with a very dry finish

Feel: Medium mouthfeel

Overall, I wonderful and tasty beer brewed with a lot of thought behind it.
Jun 11, 2022
Rated: 3.83 by bpkrippner from Missouri

May 30, 2022
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Reviewed by BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 3.43 by mikekreein from California

Jan 11, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by gefinley from California

Sep 25, 2020
Rated: 4 by bpfrush from Wisconsin

Oct 23, 2019
Rated: 3.67 by ProNR from Florida

Sep 12, 2019
Rated: 3.94 by FrankCastle from California

Aug 25, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Ice_Cream_And_IPAs from New York

Jul 28, 2019
Rated: 4 by bdlusa from Texas

Jun 25, 2019
Rated: 3.73 by TheBrewsky from California

Jun 22, 2019
Rated: 3.96 by Azpittil57 from Arizona

Jun 02, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Danzinar from California

Mar 21, 2019
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Reviewed by patre_tim from Thailand

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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
Rated: 4 by Karibourgeois from Texas

Feb 05, 2019
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Reviewed by iguanodon from Utah

3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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
Rated: 3.75 by DerwinWentworth from Utah

Oct 17, 2018
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Reviewed by StevieQ from California

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 3.35 by Antwon616 from California

Oct 08, 2018
Rated: 3.73 by paulish from New York

Jul 11, 2018
Rated: 3.35 by West-Coast_Beer-Belly from California

Jul 04, 2018
Rated: 3.81 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Jun 27, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by BarrelAgedG from California

Jun 17, 2018
Rated: 3.79 by Bum4ever from California

May 14, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by mklmcgrew from California

Apr 17, 2018
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Reviewed by BayAreaJoe from California

4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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
Rated: 4 by Kurmaraja from California

Dec 10, 2017
Rated: 3 by PprBurke from Virginia

Nov 04, 2017
Rated: 3.94 by festizio from California

Oct 30, 2017
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Reviewed by Act25 from New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 3.96 by heymikew from California

Sep 30, 2017
Rated: 4 by GaryColeman from California

Sep 20, 2017
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Reviewed by frasergrove from California

4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.09 by Driftpunx from California

Sep 09, 2017
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