1500 Pale Ale
Drake's Brewing Co.

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #570
Ranked #14,189
3.89 | pDev: 11.05%
Drake's Brewing Co.
California, United States
Very Good
1500 Pale Ale1500 Pale Ale
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
Reviews: 144 | Ratings: 512 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of patre_tim
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of iguanodon
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of StevieQ
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.21/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Act25
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Lots of citrus, pine and light berry hop notes upfront, with a light malt sweetness.

A: Light orange color, totally clear, with a moderately thin white head that has adequate retention, light lacing in the glass.

T: Bright citrus, pine and light berry hop flavors, very crisp, with light malt support and a moderately-light hop bitterness.

M: Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Tasty; the beer is crisp and clean with a great citrusy hop aroma and flavor – sessionable and easy to drink.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle dated 4/4/17. Pours orange with a finger of white head. Slightly sour citrus smell. Light feel. Taste has a malt foundation, some citrus and grassy hop flavor, and a bitter finish.

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Photo of KMillard
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy with a thick head that remains, defined lacing. This is dry hopped with specific hops that come through strong for a pale ale, not too woodsy pine needle, but if that flavor is not to your liking then this beer will not be a favorite. Overall it easy drinking and delicious.

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Photo of JeffBlue
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12/22/16, Pint draft, Drakes Brewery, 1500 Pale Ale (revisited), cannot recall initial impression, this time..fruity nose, first two tugs are pretty mellow...nothing jumps out, hop character is subtle but there, overall smooth and approachable pale, very good 3.9

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Photo of Skrumpy
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorite APAs. Golden amber in color, mostly clear. White, bubbly head with moderate lacing. Aroma is malt, floral, and citrus. Flavor is light citrus, grass, and malt. Very well balanced, but hoppy for a pale ale. Crisp finish with a slight bitter aftertaste. An excellent beer overall.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle. Hazy orange with a medium height white head and visible carbonation. Caramel, citrus hops and some tropical fruit. Refreshing and drinkable, could do with a bit more bitterness.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy deep golden color with slightly off-white head. Aroma has some citrusy and piney hops, slightly dank and vegetal. Taste follows, citrusy, slightly resiny and grassy hops, a bit of underlying malt sweetness, medium bitterness on the finish but mostly in the aftertaste. Medium body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's a classic, easy drinking pale ale.

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into chilled glass mug. Golden orange colour with a nice off white head. The aroma is not over powering. Smells of faint hops and slight citrus. Tastes very crisp with just a hint of malts. Goes down smooth and at 5.5 abv you can enjoy more than just the first bottle, which I think I will. Prost!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light mix of orange and yellow, very full head. Grassy dry hop aromas, c hops, not gigantic, but appropriate for a west coast pale ale for sure.

Light grassy hops continue on the first sip. Light malt bill, dry. Mild sweetness, reluctant to have any caramel in this one, malt is pale. Not a massive mouthfeel of hops, an above average pale ale you can drink a lot of in one setting should you choose to do so.

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Photo of argock
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great APA with balance but distinctive dry-hopped character with soft light caramel and pale malt base with a classic C-hop nose and flavor with grapefruit, pine, resin, honesysuckle, and floral notes. Delicious too of the class APA.

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Photo of Mehinaman
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this pale ale on draft at the Benchmark Eatery in Santa Barbara. It's a solid if not great pale ale. Still, gets the job done. Crisp, refreshing and goes down easy

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Base Camp Pizza in South Lake Tahoe, California.

Got a 32oz mason jar of the stuff, and thought it was quite nice. A slightly "dusty" malt aroma is what I get first, with some citrus oil underneath that. The flavor is much of the same. This is pleasant, but doesn't have an awful lot of flavor after a few sips. Regardless, it's tasty and I'd have it again.

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Photo of tasteology408
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

PROBABLY the best beer in the 6 pack line up. Just the right amount of alcohol to make you keep wanting to drink them. If you buy Any of drakes 6 packs this is the one.

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Photo of Hop_God
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Disappointed. Lacking in every aspect of a good pale ale

Golden to light orange

No nose to speak of. Subtle citrus

Pine to citrus. Lemon Lime

Med carbonation

Underwhelming. Slight bitter. Slight citrus. Not worth getting

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Photo of T100Mark
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a chilled shaker pint glass (at Gott's Roadside in Napa, CA).

Appearance - The color of new penny. Slightly hazy. A nice head made up of fine bubbles. Monster lacing.

Smell - Spicy hop smell. Herbal.

Taste - Crisp on the front end. Spicy hops. Mild malt flavor. The finish is a touch sweet. Not bad.

Mouth - Crisp. Resiny. Good carbonation.

Overall - Drake's refers to this beer as a "dry-hopped pale ale." I would definitely put this beer in the IPA category. Although a bigger/toastier malt foundation would have been appreciated, I did enjoy this beer.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.42/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rock &Brews, El Segundo, poured into shaker. Appearance is clear golden-orange with a short white head that hangs around and leaves some rings of lace on the glass. Aroma is hop-forward showcasing the citrus rind, pine, and orange/grapefruit juice character of the Simcoe and Amarillo hops. Some crackery malt notes are there if you seek them out. Taste is medium bitterness that is contrasted by a dry malt taste. Not a lot of sweetness. Medium body, crisp, average carbonation, long bitter finish.

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Photo of mxchap
4.31/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Deep gold to amber with orange hues. Nice foamy white head that lasts and leaves some gnarly lacing behind. [5]

Smell: Grapefruit, pine, and oranges. Definitely hop-dominated [4]

Taste: Strong, cohesive blend of citrus and pine (orange and grapefruit predominant). A pleasant bready sweetness lingers in the background. Some stronger roast bread flavors (biscuit and toast) are woven between the hop bitterness and the sweet malt. [4.5]

Feel: Somewhat creamy, but there is acidity and bitterness/resin present. Finishes dry, however with a lingering bitterness [3.5]

Overall: A wonderful pale ale. It feels a bit too "heavy" and resinous to drink a lot of it, but definitely has great presentation and flavor. [4.5]

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Photo of jchain
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A very hoppy Pale Ale that is -- in my opinion -- much better on tap than in the bottle. In the bottle the aroma becomes EXTREMELY hoppy -- overpowering, and too much, in my opinion. However, on tap it's much more well-balanced and becomes a much nicer drinking experience.

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