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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   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.


3.3
   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 itís to be expected for the style. Well done, but not as distinctive as other Drakeís beers Iíve had.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pinkzambia (1395) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 9, 2007
Bottle: Clear amber color with a small off-white head. Roasted malt aroma of light chocolate and mellow coffee notes. The flavor is iced coffee with a bit of sweetener, but the kind where you can taste the grounds. It makes this a not too sweet amber ale and closer to a porter. Not bad. Thanks Jordan.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (9063) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2007
On tap @ Drakes poured a clear dark amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of carmel and light fruitiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel, bread and light fruitiness with a crisp lightly bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbill (3274) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2007
12 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with dirty_martini. Pours a hazy reddish amber with a moderate off-white head that was gone before mid-glass. Very nice aroma of buttery caramel. The aroma intensified as the beer warmed. The caramel was present in the flavor, but not nearly as much. The dominant flavor was a sharp resinous pine which left a lingering bitter taste well after the swallow. A bit over the top with the hops for my tastes.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2008
12 Oz Bottle-Trade w/Snojerk321-ironic we ended up entering these ratings back to back. Clear amber color w/a slight head & good lacing. Had some floral hops on the front end, body had flavors of caramel, molasis, & toffee. Felt it was a little hop heavy; only thing which kept me from scoring this beer much higher. Long hop finish. Good solid brew, just a step away f/greatness! Thanks for this one!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Cloudy amber color with off white head. Hoppy aroma with light malt. Flavors were of light caramel and hops. Nice bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7789) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Bottle. Pours with a voluminous, light brown, creamy head. Hazed amber body. Great lace. Aroma of toffee, crystal malt, light hops. Taste is nutty and woody with a bit of caramel. Slightly metallic. Fizzy.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
joeneugs (2932) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Pours dark amber with a nice khaki head. Aroma is fruity with minerals. A bit metallic. The flavor is fairly sweet with some dark fruit, bread, and a mildly spiced hop finish. Full bodied for an amber ale.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mu11igan (133) - Davis, California, USA - DEC 23, 2010
12oz bottle pours a dark brown body with a very thin tan head. Aroma is bready malt with some subtle caramel and chocolate notes. Flavors follows aroma, but also brings along much more hop character. Very nice, complex amber ale. The wife approves, as well.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (6719) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 7, 2011
Draft. Bronze beer with a cream colored head. Malt and light grapoefruit aroma with light pine. Malt and hoppy flavors with some treacle and earth backing. Medium bodied. Light PNW hops and malt linger with light earthiness. Good balance.
Earlier Rating: 4/16/2006 Total Score: 3
Bottle. Ruby color with a nice beige head. Light nutty, slightly roasty aroma. Nutty flavor balanced with grassy hops and a bit of chocolate. Nothing outstanding, but a lot going on for an amber. Thanks Mike.


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