IrishBoy (4233) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 9, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 7, 2006 Amber body with a light tan head. Caramal malt aroma with a coffee malted taste with a faint hint of molasses. DedicatedToFun (4003) - Santa Monica, California, USA - SEP 29, 2012
Overall okay Amber, hops and yeast, tawny color, but smooth and nice overall. rouhlas (3784) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - FEB 24, 2017
From tap at Drake’s Dealership, Oakland. Clear amber color with small light beige head. Malty and light hoppy aroma, caramel, bread, grassy. sweet and bitter taste. Light to medium oily body with soft carbonation. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2007
12 oz bottle. Dark amber with a putty head and speckles of lace. Toasty nose gives way to a light dusty orange. Bitter lemon and citrus hops. A little caramel stop before resiny drying. Good bite for an amber. Light carb, body a bit thin. DYCSoccer17 (3708) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 24, 2007
12 ounce bottle purchased from the Davis Food Co-Op. Aroma is very pleasant. Moderately sweet, chocolate malty aromas present with some light floral spicy hoppy notes. A bit of brown sugar is also in there as well. Mmmm, smells good. Mostly transparent dark amber/light mahogany body with a rather frothy light tan head. Very attractive. Lightly sweet malty start, which quickly becomes quite cigar tobacco-like in terms of flavor. This then becomes quite creamy with a leathery, roasted, and toasted maltiness later. Some mild coffee flavors are also present with a small amount of floral hops late. I’ll tell you what, this is the benchmark of amber ales. This is what any brewer should strive for. Unfortunately, too many brewers mail in their amber ales for shit. This is dope.
aracauna (3682) - 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. SpringsLicker (3677) - Tennessee, USA - APR 18, 2006
Thanks to awaisanen for this!
Drake’s pours into the glass with a beautiful creamy off-white head over a reddish amber body.
Caramel malt in the aroma is joined by some light hops.
Well balanced and clean. Perhaps an unexciting style, but this brew is solidly done just the same. beerbill (3618) - 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. puzzl (3264) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Slightly floral, citrus nose, a little lemon. Hops in the flavor are prevalent but there is a decent chocolatiness that is pretty nice. A little hard to put down, but a well balanced beer. kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 3, 2007
12oz bottle, courtesy of Naven (?). Thanks, Dave! Pours a milky, brownish-yellow appearance; off-white head with good lacing. Wet malts and nougat in the aroma. Medium-to-full, sweet mouthfeel: caramel and nougat, with hints of milk chocolate. Medium, roasted malt and citrus finish.