Drake’s Brewing Co ‘1500’ American Pale Ale


27752392_811788189005328_1900294361461971574_n“An American Pale Ale. For batch number 1500, Josh & Brian decided to brew a big hoppy beer, yet make it quaffable by keeping the alcohol level down. Turns out everyone liked it so much, that it is now brewed year-round. Loads of Simcoe and Amarillo hops are blended in the fermenter, just after fermentation has finished, to impart a huge aroma of pine and citrus.”

Glassware: Shaker.

Appearance: Hazy golden orange with a finger of well kept head over the top. Nice streaky lace sticking to the glass as it ebbs.

Aroma: Jam packed full of American ‘C’ hops – citrus, pine, wet grass, orange zest, subtle resins and earthy spice. Soft buttery malts in the background, moving in to caramel and honey as it settles. Fairly well balanced. Nice aroma.

Flavour: Good impression of orange peel and light grapefruit acidity upfront. Pine, hop oils, resin and grassy notes across the mid. Subtle dry and bready malts carry in to a bitter, grassy and piney finish with reasonable length on the rear.

Mouth feel: Spritzy, crisp and snappy with medium body and a well concealed ABV (5.5%). Average IBU (48) gaining a bit more traction in the swallow.

Overall: Pretty flawless APA. Somewhat safe though, getting a little on the uneventful side. Not a bad drop by any stretch of the imagination it’s just a middle of the road offering in our opinion.