rouhlas (3783) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - FEB 24, 2017 beertholomeus (1814) - California, USA - MAR 12, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark amber color with a one finger tan head. Smells strongly of malts and some toffee, caramel and hop aromas. Tastes of malts and caramel with some hop bite. Slight bitter finish. Medium body and decent carbonation. Overall a great amber/esb style ale.
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. blackisle (2813) - Amsterdam IJburg, NETHERLANDS - SEP 10, 2016
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. Idiosynkrasie (7963) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - AUG 1, 2016
355ml bottle. Clear, dark ruby colour with average, frothy, half-way lasting, moderately lacing, off-white head. Slightly fruity hoppy and chocolately malty aroma, hints of red berries and milk chocolate. Taste is mildly toasty grainy, chocolately malty, minimally nutty, slightly dry hoppy, fruity overtones, hints of red berries, subtle sweetness. Slightly inharmonious, somehow unconnected hop and malt flavours, beyond that cleaned up to an excessive state of conformity that repudiates any sign of provenience and peculiarity (not to mention the word "idiosyncrasy"). batneil (773) - - APR 9, 2016
Smells a little of treacle and malt and had a similar taste. Amber colour with lasting head. Nice malty taste with nice amount of fizz. (K) andrewje41 (4245) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2015
Overnight Drakes started popping up in Seattle, and for this I am grateful. Draft pour pint at Toranado Seattle. Solid amber here, and has what I look for in one. Pours a deep dark thick brown with an infinite foam head and lacing. Soft malt forward aroma. Creamy body with a nutty malt lingering flavor. Very cream centered. Very tasty beer in a style I tend to avoid. Impressed with this one.
sfnative (18) - - MAY 9, 2015
On tap (Lucky 13). I knew this would be a West Coast take on an amber beer and many of Drake’s brews are over hopped for my taste but I liked this. Too dark indoors to see the color but it gave the impression of being on the darker edge of "amber." Smooth; malts and hops in relative balance, at least by Northwest standards. Neither cloyingly sweet nor painfully bitter. Liked it and will try it again next time I’m in. DSG (15237) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 16, 2015
[2/21/15] Draught at Winter Brew Fest 2015 in San Diego. Clear amber. Aroma of malt, toast and some floral hops. Sweetish flavor, malty and toasty, with some floral hops and a mild bitterish finish. Medium-bodied. Easy-drinking. slowrunner77 (12804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
"typical or slightly darker thn avg for the style. fresher and better balanced than others, with a lean towards the malty side. some nuts & toffee in the aroma, toasted malt flavor. "
tightslice (1435) - Redwood City, California, USA - SEP 20, 2014
On tap at Flavor in Half Moon Bay, CA. Pour is medium amber. Aroma is caramel, black tea. Taste is smooth malts then quickly turns to mild bitternes (A bit unexpected at first but grows more enjoyable). jackfrost9p (338) - California, USA - JUN 10, 2014
Yet another great beer from Drakes. Somewhat similar to their IPA without the hops. Overall, nice job.