1500 Pale Ale | Drake's Brewing Co.

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3.87/5
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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
Ranking:
#11,230
Reviews:
140
Ratings:
498
pDev:
11.11%
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Ratings: 498 |  Reviews: 140
Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Guest tap at Magnolia. Yellow colour, lots of lace lines. Good c-hop flavour and aromas.Big IBU, later discovered to be SImcoe and Amarillo concentrated Very smooth drinkability, above-average mouthfeel.Great example for the style.Love to get this again.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a clear honey orange with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of pine and citrus zest hops with some slight malt aromas. Taste is the same with a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good pale ale that is easy to drink.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Library Alehouse, Santa Monica, CA

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that died down leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except that the citrusy hops are a little subdued. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This APA is quite flavorful and nice and easy to drink.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Who says that pale ales should be tame, balanced, and intended for simpler palates? Certainly not Drake's because theirs is bursting with hop character, surpressed malts, and highly citrusy for an effect that's more of a light IPA rather than the mundane pale ale.

Bright golden and with brilliant clarity, the beer releases a froathy white head that retains a creamy and lush head right down to the last sip. Leaving textured patterns of lace behind, the foam character of this beer is very impressive.

Very citrusy to the nose and hop-forward scents of grapefruit, orange zest, and soft pine seemingly dominate the aromas with the most supple caramel and bread notes that remind me of graham crackers.

The hoppy focus continues in taste with a clean and thin caramel malt flavor that evades the sweetness that's associated with the simple sugars. This dry malt flavor is ther perfect pillow for the spicy hop character of white grapefruit pulp, freshly mulled orange peel, and bitter pine resin particularly in finish. Although the dry malt character reveals a mild grassy or vegetal taste from hops, the citrusy focus is well celebrated.

Dryness continues in taste as the early carbonation evades the liquid quickly develops into a bone-dry finish of mild hop astringency, mild alcohol warmth, and resiny bite.

More of a pale ale, Drake's pale ale drinks much more like a 5.5% IPA with superb drinkability and cleanliness.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Disneyland thimble glass (own it!) in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed from notes. Label gives ABV as 5.5% and IBUs as 48. No best before date is displayed. Served refrigerator cold and not paired with food. Expectations are above average.

Pour wasn't vigorous. Side-poured at a 45 degree angle; I didn't anticipate undercarbonation.

A: Pours a two finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and average (~two minute) retention. Colour is a semitransparent copper-gold. Nothing stands out. It isn't particularly appealing, but I'd say it's generally so.

Sm: Sheer hops. That's it. A mild strength aroma. I can tell it's dry hopped.

T: Pleasantly hoppy, but built with an eye for balance. Enjoyable and pleasant, without too much bitterness. No alcohol comes through. Refreshing. Simple, but likable. Balanced pretty well and fairly well built.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours generally. A touch thick, but it's excusable. Not too sharp. Cream isn't present, which is appropriate given the style. A bit sharp.

Dr/Ov: Drinkable but a bit boring. I wouldn't call it bland, but it's certainly lackluster. I like it for what it is, but I'd only get it again if it were on-draught. It hides its ABV well, but the ABV is merely average. It's nothing special.

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Photo of brentk56
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color; the frothy head holds its position and adds a nice swath of lace

Smell: Grapefruity pith with a lemony edge and a pale biscuit malt character underneath

Taste: The biscuity malt introduction is quickly subsumed by a load of grapefruit pith and an almost floral lemony character; after the swallow, the sweetness of the malt provides a subtle balance and lingers in the finish along with the pith flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium body with spritzy carbonation

Drinkability: More of an IPA than their IPA, this beer packs a wallop of flavor into a low abv level; very nice

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Photo of Boone757
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LXIXME
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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 paulish
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a sixer.

Pale copper hue with two fingers of suds on top. Clear, but doesn't look filtered to death.

Smells pretty nice, quite hoppy for the relatively low ABV. Floral, citrusy (oranges), a bit botanical even, with a modest biscuit malt backbone. Not massively dry hopped like, say, Hoppy Birthday or Zombie Dust, but significantly more bright and aromatic than the average APA.

Palate is pretty punchy and flavorful, very citrusy (again, orange comes to mind) and quite bitter - this has some big IBUs for a pale, but it isn't abrasive or imbalanced. The body is light, bordering on thin, and malt is almost negligible; strangely it seems to come through more in the aroma. The finish, as previously mentioned, is pretty sticky and lingering. Very satisfying stuff, a top notch west coast pale ale.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of mactrail
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hops are up front. Slow bitterness takes over the tongue and it does seem more and more bitter as you sip. Anybody know what kind of hops these are? Thin but decent hint of malt. Label claims 5.2% abv.

I find it pleasant and quite drinkable. Citrus flavors, tart, and aromatic. Not excessively hopped but definitely one for the pale ale drinker. On the cloudy side with lots of yeast in the bottom of the bottle.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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1500 Pale Ale from Drake's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 498 ratings