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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Ratings: 478 |  Reviews: 136
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Consumed February 13th, 2013 at The Fat Dog.

Beer is a medium burnished copper with a 2 finger, off-white creamy head.

Aroma of grassy, pine hops.

Fairly restrained caramel and toasty malt. Moderate bitterness seems strong in comparison to malt. Slight pine and citrus flavor on finish.

Mouth feel unremarkable, save for a little creaminess.

Overall, quite average.

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Photo of MCain04
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Acquired as an extra in a trade with WestCoastBrew2, thanks bud. Poured into a 14 oz Hop Leap Tulip.

Appearance: Clear, orange/amber color. Pure white head, 2 fingers, creamy, great retention and lacing. Great looking beer.

Smell: Not a ton on the nose, smells of some clean lemon and pine, a bit of citrus fruit, but not a whole lot.

Taste: Clean, refreshing, and crisp. Not too hoppy, not too malty. A little bitter on the end. Very easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation, very clean and crisp but smooth as well, leaves the palate dry. Nice.

Overall: A great session beer, perfect for a 6-pack to watch a game and eat a bunch of greasy food. Not something I'd seek out for the taste alone, but the whole package is attractive.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Topher78
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I poured this into my glass and golden colored brew that poured with about a fingers worth of an off-white head that left very nice lacing. The aroma was of citrus, pine and hints of grass. The taste centered more around the citrus but lacked the big bitterness of an IPA. Drakes 1500 APA had a very light bodied mouth feel and finished with some malt sweetness.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a somewhat hazy, golden orange with a white, finger width head. Fair retention. Decent lacing with good stick.

Smell - Strong fruit on the nose - hits on citrus, stone fruit and some tropical notes. A hint of pine and peppery spice.

Taste - Starts with a sharp fruity bite, hitting on citrus and stone fruit. Underlying pine flavor. Mid-taste the malt flavors show up, though faintly, producing a subtle caramel and an earthy, almost nutty character. Finishes a touch spicy with a fair amount of orange pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Tingles the lips. Goes down nice and smooth.

Overall - Had this on tap early last week, and my bulletproof beer taste buds are telling me there's very little difference out of the bottle. Good, solid drinkable pale ale. Problem is, I could think of a good dozen or two pale ales I'd rather have. Personally, I think the malt backbone is just a tad too weak.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of CharlesRiver
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle capped. Pours out a lovely copper to light brown color with a nice soft white head. Smell is a bit lacking relative to the draft version that I just had about 2 hours ago at their barrel house. I do get a minor trace of some hoppyness which I can't identify.

Flavor brings it back in to check with a firm bitterness. It does have some lower malt notes but I wish the hops shined a bit more. Bitterness is were it should be but the flavor and aroma is just plain lacking. I realize that it's hard to get the notes I'm looking for in a bottled beer.

Would I buy this beer again? In a second! It's a lovely example of what a brewery can put into a bottle. On draft, I personally would consider this a world place American Pale Ale.

Go buy this beer and enjoy the hell out of it.

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4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Color is a golden-tinged amber with a very good initial burst of carbonation. Lots of bubbles seem to rise to the top. The head doesn't seem ever fully recede, and for the most part a nice little foamy ring remains at the top, and with every sip tons of lacing stick to the walls of the glass in the process. This looks like every fresh batch of very hopped pales ales I've ever had, which may predict great things to come.

Oh yes, those advertised dry hops are fully kicking in already in the aroma. What's perplexing is despite the alcohol not being as strong here as it is in your average, well made IPA, it has a near *identical* aroma to such beers! There's very predominant citrus aromas, ranging more towards the orange peel and lime varieties. The hoppy, oily resin seems strong here, but there's nicely balanced toffee malts and slight yeastiness that make it pretty worthwhile.

Upon one sip - and then in the next 10 minutes, half of the glass downed - I declare this to be one of my new favorite locally made pale ales. This has the same consistency of many IPAs, but doesn't have as strong of an astringent aftertaste, nor an alcoholic feel that whacks the senses out of you. The malts and hops are seriously balanced here, but the addition of dry hops in a rather unorthodox manner make this a slightly different drinking experience indeed. The hop presence is very much alive here, and the syrupy, thick body of the beer makes it easy and soothing to drink.

Very excellent stuff in my opinion, and in some ways more enjoyable than their IPA, as I could have several of these in one setting due to the lower ABV. It's a nice little twist on the APA style, and could fool anyone into thinking that this was a proper IPA. I paired this with morbier cheese to much delight. I will definitely be buying more of these these in the future.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprised I have never had this before though have seen it often.

Pours a clear apricot colored ale with a nice off-white head. Light lacing.

A combo of malt and citrus on each sniff. Pine, malt, orange peel, grass and more earthiness abound. Getting a lot of pineapple too. Not bad.

The taste was definitely different from the smell. A lot of hops and bitterness are evident. This brew is dry-hopped and it works well. Getting a bunch of orange peel here. Dry and quick finish. A pretty big taste for a Pale Ale.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated.

Overall I thought this was a nice session. The dry-hop is a nice addition and turns this to full bodied meal. Bordering on an IPA and the awards it has won in the past are evident that this is a nice beer. Worth checking out and very sessionable.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this on tap and found it fresh and refreshing, crisp and crackling.

It pours a clear golden yellow with light foam. It has a great aroma of floral orange and a light pine hint. The flavor all but screams fresh citrus, with an orange-tangerine note dominating, and the body has a pleasing weight and finish to it. Satisfies the hop itch and seems ‘light’ enough to enjoy a few at the bar.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at a strange curry house in San Francisco with 50 (mostly micro) taps and an Irish name... odd, but so glad I stopped! |Drake’s has surprising flavour for such a light ABV beer.

Pours a light golden amber colour with a moderate white head and impressive residual lacing. Impressive aroma of tropical fruits with hoppy citrus undertones. Well balanced flavour of caramelized malt sweetness and tropical fruit “c” hops – a very nice combination with an impressively lingering bitter finish.

Accidently stumbled onto this beer, but definitely one of the highlights of this past week’s beer vacation in CA. Hope to see again!

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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