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

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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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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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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours an orange golden color, objects visible but a bit blurry through my Widmere Brothers Series 924 glass. Decent finger of near white head. Retention is so-so, a thin layer remains across the surface about 5 minutes late. Lacing is fantastic

S - Lots of sweet caramel malts, bitter with more passive citrusy aromas (grapefruit/lemongrass).

T - Pretty mild for sure. Very well balance between milder hoppy/citrus bitterness and sweet caramel malt backbone. Kind of simple and weaker than what I strive for but still very much enjoyably to drink - something I could really enjoying drinking 6+ of in a social setting. Aftertaste is pretty sweet from the malts.

M - A little too heavy to be called light bodied but pretty light. Incredibly crisp and easy to drink!

O - Nothing to write home about but this beer certainly deserves some respect. Nicely balanced (mild flavors) and very enjoyable to drink.

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Drake's 1500 Pale Ale from Drake's Brewing Co.
3.89 out of 5 based on 476 ratings.
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