OldMrCrow (2405) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2007 Bottle -- thanks, aspedites!
Amber ales don’t have to be yawners, and Drakes is among a few west-coast breweries leading the charge. And their salvation need not lie in IPA-level hopping, as this one demonstrates.
The bewer pours a deep red-brown with a small head. Burnt caramel, roast nuts, and rotting wood on the nose. The aroma offers all of the above against an earthy, solid backbone, a sour hint, chewy malts but little sugar, full earthy / plum-skin hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is thin enough to be quite sippable, but buttery-smooth enough to provide ample body. This is a masterfully brewed beer and a welcome antidote to the amber ale boredom that sets in after one has sampled a few dozen of the large-micro ambers.
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 14, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (in NZ). Tawny in both colour and taste. A vinous note to the toasty malt, chocolate certainly, though also a little nuttiness. "Love the Drake"? Not quite.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - APR 7, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I have to say that I really didn’t think this was an amber ale, but more along the lines of an ESB. Very nice body to it with a fruity hoppiness to it to let you know you are drinking a Drakes product. The beverage was full and round with a clean crisp finish. VERY drinkable and very enjoyable.
illidurit (2284) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy medium brown color with a creamy beige head. Good head retention and lacing. Bready malts with a chocolatey tinge. Also some toast and caramel. Flavor has some cocoa and toast with lighter orange and butter notes. Sort of earthy and maybe a bit vegetal. Nice heft to the body but not a very clean mouthfeel. Reasonably drinkable.
Enniskillen (2045) - Salinas, California, USA - FEB 28, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Body is a brown ruby with a nice cream colored head. Aroma is caramel, floral, and almost like a soapy irish spring aroma. Tase is like a brown, caramel, nutty, like espresso, but with the same maltiness of a amber. More like a fusion beer.
blackisle (2043) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - SEP 10, 2016
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 35.5cl. Poured into s shaker. Clear deep amber, tall frothy off-white to beige head, half-way lasting, good lacing; aroma light toasted malts, caramel, fruity notes, wet hay; taste light sweet and bitter, malty, burned caramel; dry malty aftertaste, earthy notes; medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation; ok.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Dark amber color with an off white head. Aroma, caramel and a light hoppy presence. Flavor was caramel and some toffee, with a mild bitterness.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an amber color with a tan head. Aroma is malty caramel, toast,
and some aged citrus hops. Flavor is malty, toasty, crystal malts, and
a slightly bitter citrus finish.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark amber to light brown color.Small off white head that faded quickly but left a nice lace behind.Malty sweet aroma with hints of caramel and faint fruit with a light hop presence showing through.Malty taste with a fairly strong hop presence,faint caramel and maybe a hint of grapefruit but it seems a bit subdued by the malt.As it warms it becomes a little sweeter and maltier,with the hops starting to mellow a bit.The finish is malty and hoppy bitter.Very nice and interesting brew.Full flavored and nicely done.Well worth trying again.Thanks Flipbrewer for this nice addition to my rating experience.
Bule (1836) - California, USA - SEP 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Hilltop. Pours an amber brown color without much head. Lots of hops and maltiness.