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

Drake's 1500 Pale AleDrake's 1500 Pale Ale
486 Ratings
Drake's 1500 Pale AleDrake's 1500 Pale Ale

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

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

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Paccamacca for the extra!

bottle date of 12/9/13.

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: hazy orangy yellow bodied beer with 2 fingers of soapy/sudsy white head. Head drops to a thin and uneven ring. Heavy lacing on the glass.

Smell: grapefruit and pine. Dankness in the hops. Light bready malts.

Taste: moderate hoppy bitterness, resinous pine and chalky hops. Grapefruit and orange rinds. Light bready and doughy malts.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Really drinkable and I contribute the drinkablility to the almost perfect level of bitterness found in this American Pale Ale.

Overall: Nice bright APA that almost borders on the line as an IPA. Drakes makes a nice hoppy beer here.

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3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear golden color with an impressive one finger foamy white head with really nice lace down the glass.

S: Bready malt smell with hints of caramel and a touch of piney and grassy hops. Very clean cut.

T: Sweet and bready malt flavors upfront with a light kiss of grassy hops resin on the finish. Some light pine and grain in there as well. Very straight forward and pretty well done.

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3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a fairly nice head that is bubbly. The head lasts quite a while and leaves some very thick lacing. The beer itself is a copper and clear. The beer has a nice bready smell in addition to a dry hopped smell. However, the hop smell dominates the bready smell. The main taste notes are hops with some bits of bready flavor in the aftertaste. The hops are fairly present and the hops from the dry hopping are fairly strmg. The hops have a grassy pine smell and the malts give a sweet and bready taste. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth and clean feel. The carbonation is fairly light. Overall, a pretty good beer and worth getting.

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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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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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Drake's 1500 Pale Ale from Drake's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 486 ratings
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