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

Drake's 1500 Pale AleDrake's 1500 Pale Ale
BA SCORE
3.87/5
486 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#8,873
Reviews:
137
Ratings:
486
pDev:
11.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
102
Trade:
1
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Photo of flagmantho
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer on-tap in my OBF pint glass at Oregon Brewers Festival.

Appearance: good color; a nice medium orange hue with a light effervescence and a tiny bit of haze. There's a thin layer of ivory foam as well.

Smell: a nice, standard pale ale aroma; heavy, resiny hops with some citrusy character. A little light in intensity, but even with that it's a little rough around the edges.

Taste: the flavor is much less raspy than the aroma. Butterness is a little rough at the end, but is at a low level so it works. Moderate hop character; orangey and grapefruity. It's not a sweet pale ale, more of a resiny, hoppy one. I like it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation yielding a nice creaminess. Not bad.

Overall: a basic but functional pale ale; I could drink a fair amount of this.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

a nice clean golden pour with 2 fingers of white fluffy head and tons of sticky lacing. lots of herbal and grassy/pine hop aroma with a sweet tea like malt backbone. the flavor of this beer consists of a biscuity malt base with LOTS of hops.. grassy and herbal at first then turning to a resinous piney bitterness, with a grapefruit zest. a ver well balanced hop profile for a pale ale, this is fantastic. a lighter medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation - on the watery side of pale ales, but the tastyness makes up for it.

a very nice and sessionable beer - if only it were distributed here in nj.

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up a fair amount of head which appears to have solid retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a medium amber which glows a yellow orange when held up to the light. A fair amount of lacing is being left behind.

Nose- Certainly smells like an IPA- very warm and inviting. All the usual suspects are there: pine, citrus (orange and lemon), resin, and hints of spice. The lemon notes last longer than any other scent.

Taste- This is reflective of the nose but is a little bit more subdued especially when it comes to the pine and resin. The citrus levels are about the same as they are on the nose but there is definitely more spice on the palate. Not the most exciting pale ale as it seems a little thin and watery. Some resin does linger on the finish. A good pale ale but not in the same league as a SNPA or a Red Chair. The aroma promises more than the flavor profile delivers though it is true to the style. Slight hints of grapefruit appear after some minutes.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with just a little carbonation. It could maybe use more.

Drinkability- Pretty easygoing but a little boring at the same time. A little more expensive than my standard pale ales. Probably won't buy again.

Overall- Not a bad beer at all and faithful to the style. However, it simply does not stand out or impress in anyway (except for the aroma). Worth a shot though.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled 4/02/13

a: slightly hazy golden, orange color. It has a nice head, some lacing. Looks nice.

s: a nice dankiness, some resinous hop notes, and a very prominant malt backbone. Nothing outstanding, but different than the norm.

t: you get that charred malt character right away, characteristically found in Sculpin IPA, but then the bitterness and hops just don't quite show up. 48 ibus... should be more perhaps to balance the beer more.

overall, pretty good, worth drinking, not worth seeking out. Especially when Sierra Nevada Pale Ale and Lagunitas New Dogtown are all over the place.

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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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