Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - OCT 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 18, 2005
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Barreras (978) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - MAY 31, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
nolankowal (931) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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 itís to be expected for the style. Well done, but not as distinctive as other Drakeís beers Iíve had.
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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 donít have much to say about this beer, nothing horrible but nothing great, overall a solid amber offering.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 24, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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, Drakeís seems to be able to add a positive dose of character to each style they approach, without straying too far.