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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3036) - Georgia, USA - JAN 14, 2004
Not as impressive as the blonde and the hefeweizen (mainly because those two beers are styles that are usually half-assed and bland but Drake's actualyl did something good with them), but this still isn't a bad beer. Slightly hazy ruby brown. The head is sluggish and fades quickly. The aroma is strongly malty and most of that malt is caramel. Then flavor is also heavily malty and while the hops are evident (mostly as a bitterness in the end, but some faint grapefruit rind), the malt remains dominate with it's caramel. The flavor edges on thick, but isn't. It's not as quaffable as the other two, but Drake's is still impressing me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - JUN 8, 2004
I am becoming very impressed with this brewery. This was nice and malty. It was light but still nice and flavorfull.

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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2007
12 oz’er from Saarlander. pours a slightly hazy amber with a creamy smooth off white head and nice lacing. a pleasant session type brew with aroma and flavors of mild caramel, toffee and just enough hop bitterness to tie it all together. nicely done.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5574) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2007
Aroma is grassy hops, caramel, toffee, and a little bit of roastiness. Complex aroma for an amber. Pours a hazy dark amber with nice head retention throughout the life of the beer. Flavor is nice mild bitter grassy hops, caramel, and some nice roast sweetness. This is a surprisingly complex amber ale. It finishes with a little citrus and a pleasant sweetness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Clear amber color with an offwhite head that retains very well and leaves good lacing. Smell is fairly hoppy; pine and some caramel notes come through. Taste begins a little grassy from the hops, but then gives you more toasty caramel flavors with some pine sap at the finish. Fairly high carbonation with a medium body, fairly slick on the tongue. I got this in a trade a little while back, so maybe it was a little old, but either way, this was a pretty decent beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6768) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2007
On tap at Pete’s Brass Rail and Carwash in Danville, CA. It pours gold with thin white head. The aroma is sweet with malts and has a hint of noble hops. The taste is mild and doesn’t come off overly sweet. I get sweet malts balanced somewhat with grainy malts. There’s also a pale maltiness mixed in there too.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fordest (1964) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 18, 2007
12 oz bottle. Lots of roasy caramel aromas. Flavors were toasty grains with decent hopping on the finish. Pretty good

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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
MattH (635) - California, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Bottle. Dark amber pour with a big white head. Aroma of dark toasty malts and a little green apple. Taste is dark malts, a lot of bitterness, and some nuttiness. Body is light to medium and carbonation is medium to heavy.


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