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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Our flagship amber ale is brewed with English malt, hops and yeast. The extra malt lends a lightly toasted, chocolate flavor, a tawny color, and a smooth, rich character; it's perfect for sipping one or enjoying many.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - OCT 27, 2006
12 oz bottle. Another great brew by Drakes. Nice smell, perfect amber/red color, lots of lacing, with a big head. Lots of hops, malt, with a little nuttiness. A beer I could drink everyday.

3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FoolishMortal (989) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 18, 2005
Dark golden color with red accents. Caramel scent predominant. Dominant caramel notes with a syrup sweet character of a fair amount of crystal malt. Lightly hopped with the malt in mind for the major flavors, as noted. Not an exceptional representation of this popular style, but this is mainly due to the prevalence of amber ales in the microbrew market than mediocre craftmanship. This is a more balanced beer from a brewery that I have come to associate with more aggressive beers, in a flavor and mouthfeel sense.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Barreras (942) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Pours a deep dark brown typical of brown ales. Aroma of chocolate and roasted nuts. Taste leaves you with a mouthful, very distinct chocolate in the taste with a rich bitter finish. A very bitter aftertaste for an amber ale. Overall, a decent beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nolankowal (923) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Beerguy101, thanks again Mitch! Hazy amber pour with an off white head. Aroma of brown sugar, earthy hops and some caramel malt. Flavor of light sweet malt, brown sugar, and a bit of spice. Light body, easy drinkability with a fairly clean finish. Not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2006
Bottle via trade with stoutlover72. Pours a ruby amber color with a smallish beige head, some lacing. Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, floral hops. Flavor is toasted malt, nuts, sweet. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, bitter finish. Really good. Drakes is rapidly moving up my faves list.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2007
Bottle courtesy of the very generous aspidites! Thanks Mike! Poured a nice amber color with a beautiful creamy head. Smelled like malts and apples. Taste was sweet malts, citrus, and caramel. I enjoyed this one. Very drinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Deep tea-brown, with average, concentrically-arrayed head forming in glass. Aroma is hazelnuts, dark bread (pumpernickel) and charred coffee along with a general undertone of sticky malt. Tastes initially slightly sweet, then a big sweet slice of fresh baked bread dunked in some slightly overroasted coffee. Finishes a bit too clean really. Little hops character, but it’s to be expected for the style. Well done, but not as distinctive as other Drake’s beers I’ve had.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 20, 2006
Bottle. This is a monster amber. It is malty and hoppy at the same time with a substantial body. It pours with a copper color and a big head. Flavors are complex, there are malts, caramel, hops, and raisins. The alcohol is pronounced in the finish. This is less of a session beer than most ambers, it is quite heavy.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2009
A- Pours a very cloudy and hazy dark orange and amber hue, the head is a nice layer of white pillowy froth, big thick lacing on the glass S- Aroma is roasted and caramel malts, pine hops punch through the malts, some sweet fruits and nuts, nice earthy almost dirt-like scents, some pepper and alcohol T- Initial taste is mostly caramel and earthy malts which flows to floral and fruit hops and finishes with dry, spicy bitterness that fades quickly M- Medium-bodied with a thick watery texture and dialed-up, biting carbonation D- Pretty smooth and easy drinking at 6%abv, I don’t have much to say about this beer, nothing horrible but nothing great, overall a solid amber offering.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 24, 2005
Color is, oh nevermind - has a nice appearance, sporting an appropriate sized tan foam cap. Yes its a malty, bready brew, with just a hint of spice. Quite earthy and "english" malt character, good balance of hops. Nice beer, Drake’s seems to be able to add a positive dose of character to each style they approach, without straying too far.


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