andrewje41 (3876) - 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. 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. smcd (366) - USA - APR 2, 2006
(12oz Bottle. 04/2006) Subtle nose of stewed malts and the resulting caramel. Clear, deep amber with medium, off-white head that dissipates to a prominent ring (but little film). No lace. Very mellow, malty with notes of astringent grain and caramel. An almost orangey hoppiness and creamy finish that lingers for just a few seconds. Very tasty. GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - APR 7, 2006
I have to say that I really didn’t think this was an amber ale, but more along the lines of an ESB. Very nice body to it with a fruity hoppiness to it to let you know you are drinking a Drakes product. The beverage was full and round with a clean crisp finish. VERY drinkable and very enjoyable. BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 10, 2006
Bottle: Amber color, nice sticky head and lacing. Sweet toast, bread, rich malts, nice subtle hops. The flavor is rich and balanced, toasty umami. Lots of rich backdrop and malts. Nice finish, lightly bitter.
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - NOV 16, 2006
12oz bottle poured a cloudy amber color with a nice rocky head and good lacing. Had a sweet caramel with some almost burnt biscuit aromas. Some small hop presants. The taste had a good balance of flavors, mixed malts with some nutty almost Brown Ale qualities. A good amount of hop bitterness and flavor peak through the rich malts. Overall one of the top ambers and another winner from Drakes. HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 20, 2006
Bottle. This is a monster amber. It is malty and hoppy at the same time with a substantial body. It pours with a copper color and a big head. Flavors are complex, there are malts, caramel, hops, and raisins. The alcohol is pronounced in the finish. This is less of a session beer than most ambers, it is quite heavy. TheBeerGod (6216) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Bottle. Courtesy of stoutlover72. Thanks Garrett! Cloudy amber pour. Small fizzy tan head that recedes rather quickly. Nose is caramel, sweet malts, light citrus hops, and cocoa. Taste is malty and somewhat sweet but has a nice hop balance to it. Some light cocoa, caramel, hints of pine and light citrus notes. Body is creamy and smooth. Medium overall feel and a pleasant carbonation tingle. Finishes with more caramel, sweet malts, citrus notes and light cocoa. Really nice beer! Great session style beer! irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 20, 2007
pours brownish amber with good tan head - nice lace and retention. very nice nose of dusty cocoa and light refined hoppiness, w/some underlying caramel. creamy malt sweetness is touched by a bit of roast bite and herbaceaous hoppiness. good balance/easy drinker. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Bottled. Poured clear reddish-brown with a short-lived cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up a hefty dose of lightly-aged caramels, a great blend of mixed chocolates, herbal, and drier floral hoppage.. I can’t think of anything that I’d rather have from my Amber Ale. The flavor for the most part held serve.. toasty caramel and chocolate at the core with supple pine and floral bitterness extending outward.. sweet finish, and well-balanced with its bitterness. Pretty close to medium-bodied with great flow on the palate.. left a refreshing, lightly-bitter finish. Well done!