JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 16, 2005
Pours glowing amber in color with a quickly diminishing, fluffy white head. Toasty bread aroma mingles with some sweet malt. At first, while cold, sweet caramelly malts dominate. As it firms, the earthy, british hops jump out to bring this fine ale to perfect balance. Slight pepper in the finish. Top shelf Rodger! 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. Suttree (6385) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 9, 2005
Cloudy, uh, well, amber color. Nice tan head. Malty, bready, mildly spicy aroma. Upon her first sip, The Bride announced that this was way too flavorful for an amber - Spicy sweet, with prominent dark bread and cereal flavors, on a syrupy smooth palate. Like me, it’s rich and smooth (except I’m not rich. or smooth). Crisp dry finish. Thanks to Darkelf for the Trade! hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2005
Bottle acquired in trade with DarkElf. Poured a dark and cloudy amber color with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of oranges, citrus, and caramel. Caramel malts dominate the tastes with the hops noticeably lurking in the background. Sweet start with a light bitter finish. DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 24, 2005
(12 oz bottle: BevMo in La Jolla, CA) While not as good as their basic IPA, which is outstanding, the amber proves to be another solid, very flavorful and enjoyable beer from Drake’s. It has a strong, dominant maltiness that’s a bit roasty, caramely, moderately sweet, quite earthy and woody. Overall, I get a bit of "Old Ale" type of maltiness. I can’t distinctly detect the hops, but there is a mild bitterness to this beer, though that may be partially a result of the lightly roasty malt too. Earthy maltiness dominates the nose. Medium to full body provides for a substantial, round mouthfeel. Dark amber in color, and slightly hazy, but the light tan head is on the small side, facing to a rim after awhile. Lace is almost non-existant. Yet another winner in Drake’s lineup.
FoolishMortal (990) - 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. aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 10, 2005
Very balanced amber. this not my style. not a fan of crytal malt. But good for style some crystal and caramel malt note light bittering I would guess in the 16-20 IBU range. session beer. 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. JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2004
Pretty IPAish. Gold color, with a froth head. Aroma is like a dandilion, moderately malty sweet, more bitter than malty. Average body for the style, dry finish. Average beer. aracauna (3599) - 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.