Drake's 1500 Pale Ale | Drake's Brewing Co.

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Drake's 1500 Pale AleDrake's 1500 Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Drake's Brewing Co.
California, United States
drinkdrakes.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by oggg on 08-02-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
474
Reviews:
136
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
11.31%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
100
For Trade:
1
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4.84/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic pint, Drakes 1500 Pale Ale is a dull, brassy orange with an off-white head that leaves pretty heavy lace.

Smell is a big blast of grapefruit hops, spicy and resinous, some sweeter caramel malt. Love it, this is my kind of pale ale!

Taste is great, they are spot on with the IIPA hop flavor, really strong, but not overwhelming bitterness. Nice malty backbone makes up for the lack of heft normally found in hop bombs like this. Reminds me of Celebration but with way more hops, awesome.

Mouthfeel is oily and a bit chewy, medium bodied.

Drinkability is exceptional, wow. I love the huge hop flavor yet overall smoothness and light enough to really session. Super impressed with this beer.

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4.8/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Had a small sample of this from fellow BA Swillinbrews glass at Hollingshead Delicatessen earlier today, holy moly, it was so damned good I instantly decided to Blag* a whole Growler of the stuff whilst I enjoyed the Russian River Temptation and Supplication that was also on draft.

Described on the Tap Handle simply as “1500 Pale Ale”, it was explained to me that this meant that it was the 1500th Batch at Drake’s and that it was a special brew ‘based’ on the standard Pale Ale produced for the occasion. Though I am not sure where the BA prefix of “Imperial” comes from, strength is supposed to be between 5.5% – 6.5% allegedly.

Appearance: Only an hour after being poured into the Growler it’s back out and into a 24 ounce straight sided Pint Glass and I have to state that it looks fucking good. This has what I would call a perfect light brown coppery “Yorkshire Bitter” body. Has a racing lively carbonation on the swirl. The head forms large then drops to a low key but dense ½” off-white colored cap that retains a stabilized appearance throughout. A thoroughly solid presentation for a Session Pale Ale.

Nose: Hmmmm, smells like an IPA. Yet upon careful consideration of the nose, at least once you get past the spicy hops, it reveals a decent biscuit malt which does actually balance the hop laden aromas. Juicy feel to the aromas.

Taste: Luscious juicy hops, biscuit malts, toasted Muffins and a light grain feel soaked in dark fruits and caramel toasties. The hops really play a huge part here, some would surely say that this is an IPA but I say neigh, neigh, neigh….this is a hoppy Pale Ale, a different breed by far. The solid malt base, biscuit hue and toasted bread soaks up some of the hops and thereby represents all that is good about hoppy West Coast Pale Ales. The hops….mmm…..they are fresh, juicy and piney too. Oh my this is so good.

Mouthfeel: An Amazonian Goddess….Big, Bold and Beautiful. Lots of juicy hops and supporting malts. Yet throughout this hops and malts battle, it retains a low ABV and maintains a superb balance that maybe the hops edge, well at least towards the end of the drink anyways.

Drinkability: OK, I filled a whole (Alpine) Growler for much less than the price of filling my Cars Gas Tank…..and I never even moved from my Apartment whilst drinking this. The Beer Mileage on this one is terrible……if you get some of this you won’t move either until you’ve polished off a few off them believe me. I don’t know what the strength is, but I do know that this is one high quality Pale Ale that has some serious IPA aspirations, it borders between the two, but the solid biscuit malt retains an English Pale Ale, whilst the Columbus and Ahtanum hops continue to tease throughout. Ladies and Gentlemen the Drake’s 1500 Pale Ale has left the Growler…..

Overall: Well bless my little Yorkshire cotton socks, I am seriously impressed by this one!!! Not only does it look great, it has more than a decent enough nose for the style, a lovely hoppy West Coast trait in the flavor profile and a seriously dangerous Drinkability. As we say in Yorkshire, “bye eck lad, tha’s a reet gud Ale”. All factored together, this is, from the tap at least, a **DO NOT MISS BEER**.

If the Meatloaf Album ‘Bat Out of Hell’ was a beer, this would be it, over the top in parts, soft yetb hard classical rock meets a massive operatic infusion in its breadth and reach…..whether you like it or not, it works, and it works well.

Did I really give a Drake's beer a 4.75?? Guess so...Paradise by the Desk Board Light…..well deserved too.

I’m heading back to Hollingshead tomorrow for another Growler of this beauty!!!

*BLAG, Brit informal. Noun. 1. Late 19C - To steal, (originally a band robbery) 2. 1940s - To deceive, to hoax, 3. 1960’s (our favourite) To persuade, especially as in “Blag in/into,” to talk one's way into a party, concert. Blagger. Verb 1. A smooth talker, a persuasive person.

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.74/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very nice pale ale, probably better than Sierra

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4.7/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Hollingshead. This is a pale ale late hopped like an Imperial IPA. Uses Columbus and Ahtanum hops (never heard of this hop before)

Poured a coppery Ice-T color with a tan head that lasted. The aroma was slight malt but all about hops and pine, then a bit more hops. The up front hop taste hit my mouth but with a balance i should say. It was punchy citrus and pine on a good malt backbone. Hoppy for sure, then more pure hops to follow. I am very impressed with this one and will get a growler of it.

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4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured bright and golden epitomizing the style. The head was white and dense. So far so good.

Smell - Excellent. The dry hopping comes through magnificently. The pine and grapefruit reminds me of a nice Pliny. Nothing could be better about this smell and if they made an air freshener with this I would buy cases of it. There are few smells that instantly make me smile. This is one of them.

Taste- The taste is built around the hops. No noticeable maltiness, but some residual sweetness. Bitterness a little high for this style, but it is very close. Amazingly the aroma and hops don't overpower, but I cannot put my finger on why.

Mouthfeel - Smooth with just a little stickiness at the end. The aroma reminded me of Pliny but the taste and mouthfeel are more typical of the pale ale style. I would like just a tidbit more body.

Overall - This is a about as good as a pale ale gets. The dry hopping really does it for me. The best way to describe this is a Pliny light. I would not hesitate to buy this again or recommend it to a friend.

Edit: I am not sure if this Dry Hopped version is the norm or just a special release.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful light amber bronze that pours beautifully clear.

S: Dry hopped for sure with killer gorgeous aroma of floral, bread and caramel.

T: Wow one of the better smoothed out well balanced pale ales that has ever touched my lips. Light crisp caramel flavs with a mellow herbal/floral hops at the forefront and a doughy bread finish.

M: Medium bodied lightly carbonated body with a slightly dry finish

O: I have found myself a brilliantly crafted pale ale outside of Sierra and Stone. Thank you Drakes

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4.61/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice golden orange color. Pretty clear, head dissipates quickly

S- Citrus, pine, a little pepper

T- Nice citrus, a little spice and a dry bitter finish. Very hoppy for a pale ale. Drinks like an IPA. Awesome.

M- I've found this to be inconsistent with this beer.

O- Great session beer. One of my regulars.

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4.57/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Marin Breast Fest.

Light, pale, white toast malt body and biting grapefruit hops. A great sipping IPA. Bitter, tart, crispy, lip-smacking, exponentially refreshing. Perfect 5 for drinkability on this hot sunny day.

Why is this beer in the Double IPA category???? The brewery calls it a pale ale, but to me it's clearly an IPA.

Drake's beers always have a certain character that I love, but can't put my fingers on; a musty, earthy something (it's great). They make awesome one-off beers like this and the Whombock IPA.

Great job on this one, don't miss out. One of the most refreshing, hoppy-as-hell beers out there. Cheers.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear amber gold with a huge head that lasts, leaving mounds of cappuccino foam and lacing on the glass.

Aromas of wet hay malt, brown sugar, and piney hops.

Sweet malts transition into an intense bitter piney hoppy taste.

Body is medium weight, and the refined carbonation produces a very creamy mouthfeel.

This is a very drinkable Imperial style American Pale Ale. With a 5.2% ABV, this beer is more about the malt and hops and is very sessionable for those who like hops.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Drake's 1500 Pale Ale from Drake's Brewing Co.
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