1500 Pale Ale | Drake's Brewing Co.

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1500 Pale Ale1500 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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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle given to me by one of my best beer customers that he picked up when out in CA. Poured into a Stella tulip glass.

AP: Nice looking amber-orange colour with a 3/4" foamy white head that dwindles down to 1/8", moderate lacing on the side of the glass.
AR: Very impressive aroma on this one. Good bready malts with some caramel and a hint of spicy rye in the background. Hops aromas are a combo of tropical and floral with orange, tangerine, pineapple, guava and honeysuckle, jasmine and lavender. Very nice.
T: The malts are bigger in the flavour than the aroma and the tropical aromas are tamer, but still very tasty. Malts are more biscuit and cereal grains and make a good foundation to carry the hops flavours. Nice soft bitter pink grapefruit finish with a hint of green needle pine. The floral aspects and the bit of spicy rye are in the flavour as well. Well done, but if the tropical aromas had carried over more in the flavour I'd have rated the taste higher.
M: Moderately carbonated, medium body, a bit of acidic crispness mid palate then an off dry finish.
OV: I really enjoy this beer. Fairly hoppy for an APA, but not in a way that makes you think IPA, almost like a Pilsner on steriods. Nice balance between the malt bill and the hops. Very good effort from Drakes.

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On tap at Far Bar, Little Tokyo, Los Angels, CA.

Raul quite liked this bad boi. I mean, he didn't like it like he liked (name redacted) in high school; but Raul more so likens it to that flight attendant that he met while flying back home from Portland, Oregon. Not memorable like a first love, but freaky enough to stick with you. A bit crisp, a bit hoppy, nicely balanced... Yeah, Raul would continue to go on but he doesn't want to cry.

I love you my peeps.

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1500 Pale Ale from Drake's Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 492 ratings