ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2006
Bottle via trade with stoutlover72. Pours a ruby amber color with a smallish beige head, some lacing. Aroma is caramel, brown sugar, floral hops. Flavor is toasted malt, nuts, sweet. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, bitter finish. Really good. Drakes is rapidly moving up my faves list. chadje (209) - California, USA - FEB 27, 2007
UPDATED: APR 24, 2007 A pretty dark amber ale, darker than most. Has a smilir taste to Fat Tire, but I prefer this one a little more. Has nice roasted flavor to it. jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAR 25, 2007
Bottle. Hop nose tells me it’s a Drake’s brew. Malty, coffee, toffee, caramel punch initially. Dark chocolate and hop bitterness in the finish. rayOfBeer (674) - El Cerrito, California, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Poured from tap a clear amber with an medium off-white head. Aroma has a lightly toasted malt nose. Flavor has some toffee sweetness, bittersweet chocolate, smooth roast grain and a little nutitness ending in a mild floral hoppiness. I really liked this amber because it has more dimensions than most other ambers I’ve had. Lots of flavor and a good balance with the sweet and bitterings. I’ll be drinking this one again. elihapa (1554) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUL 12, 2010
Bottle. Pours dark copper and red. Aroma features a powerful waft of caramel, toffee, ripe plum, ripe orange. Perfect creamy, medium-body mouthfeel. Flavor follows suit, with blasts of fruit-forward hops, pronounced toasted caramel and toffee candy, a bit of earthy minerality, strong flavor finish with bitter undertones. Hoppy, malty, robust, satisfying for the style. As my friend affectionately noted, this is “an amber for beer geeks.”
iammatt (13) - California, USA - JUL 7, 2012
Pours a rich copper, deep color color with a finger width off white head that slowly fades to cap the whole beer, leaving lacing behind as the beer is drank. The smell of sweet toffee and grain dominate the nose. The beer opens with a huge sweet, toasted grain taste that is quickly balanced by the hops leaving behind a pleasant, almost candy aftertaste with the back of the tongue bitterness from the hops. Has a medium body and a sweet mouth feel with ample carbonation. A good amber ale, easily drinkable, generously hopped and plenty of malt to balance it out.
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Bitter hoppy malty toasty. Most ambers are big on the caramel and pretty mellow. Not 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. aracauna (3610) - 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. 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.