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

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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
Ratings:
476
Reviews:
136
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
11.31%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
100
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 476 |  Reviews: 136
Photo of Sazz9
3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Ry-Dog
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of EdTheEdge
3.39/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EatonHops
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SerialTicker
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Base Camp Pizza in South Lake Tahoe, California.

Got a 32oz mason jar of the stuff, and thought it was quite nice. A slightly "dusty" malt aroma is what I get first, with some citrus oil underneath that. The flavor is much of the same. This is pleasant, but doesn't have an awful lot of flavor after a few sips. Regardless, it's tasty and I'd have it again.

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Photo of furballkazoo
3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tasteology408
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

PROBABLY the best beer in the 6 pack line up. Just the right amount of alcohol to make you keep wanting to drink them. If you buy Any of drakes 6 packs this is the one.

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MJSJr
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MonkeyPilates
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Anaxagoris
3.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alpha309
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fyredude76
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Even better right off the bright tank.

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Photo of Schwegler
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GFish
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of manuelnoah
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Munich86
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dbauer
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shawnchong
4.74/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very nice pale ale, probably better than Sierra

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Photo of Hop_God
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Disappointed. Lacking in every aspect of a good pale ale

Golden to light orange

No nose to speak of. Subtle citrus

Pine to citrus. Lemon Lime

Med carbonation

Underwhelming. Slight bitter. Slight citrus. Not worth getting

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Photo of pmangold
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of T100Mark
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into a chilled shaker pint glass (at Gott's Roadside in Napa, CA).

Appearance - The color of new penny. Slightly hazy. A nice head made up of fine bubbles. Monster lacing.

Smell - Spicy hop smell. Herbal.

Taste - Crisp on the front end. Spicy hops. Mild malt flavor. The finish is a touch sweet. Not bad.

Mouth - Crisp. Resiny. Good carbonation.

Overall - Drake's refers to this beer as a "dry-hopped pale ale." I would definitely put this beer in the IPA category. Although a bigger/toastier malt foundation would have been appreciated, I did enjoy this beer.

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Photo of BigGingDrinker
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bali_hi
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Keg of 1500 ale pale drank.

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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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