aracauna (3707) - 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. 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. 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. marcus (10871) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 1, 2006
On tap at Drake’s. This dark brown ale poured with a nice off-white head. The flavor is very hoppy with a carbonated mouthfeel. Better than most ambers I have tried. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2006
12 oz. bottle via trade with IrishBoy - Pours a deep amber/reddish color with an average size off white head. Light lacing. Has a toasted malt aroma. Flavor is also a toasted malt with some residual sweetness. Medium body. A very nice Amber. Thanks Richard.
Kiapepito (110) - Port Angeles, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2006
thanks to irishboy for this one! we actually used this beer to marinate our carne asada. it gave it a very nice taste. of amber color with some white head on it. the aftertaste was of spices. very nice tasting. papajohn (1250) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - DEC 26, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2006 Bottle from Winter Brews gift pack: Sweet malty aroma with some nuttiness and caramel. Chill haze reddish amber color with a small beige head. Flavor starts rich caramel sweet followed by nuts, a mild spicy bitterness and a light dry finish. Medium bodied and smooth with moderate carbonation. barleyPops (1183) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2007
12 oz’er from Saarlander. pours a slightly hazy amber with a creamy smooth off white head and nice lacing. a pleasant session type brew with aroma and flavors of mild caramel, toffee and just enough hop bitterness to tie it all together. nicely done. riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 2, 2007
Aroma is grassy hops, caramel, toffee, and a little bit of roastiness. Complex aroma for an amber. Pours a hazy dark amber with nice head retention throughout the life of the beer. Flavor is nice mild bitter grassy hops, caramel, and some nice roast sweetness. This is a surprisingly complex amber ale. It finishes with a little citrus and a pleasant sweetness. badbeer (434) - Iowa, USA - AUG 18, 2007
Clear amber color with an offwhite head that retains very well and leaves good lacing. Smell is fairly hoppy; pine and some caramel notes come through. Taste begins a little grassy from the hops, but then gives you more toasty caramel flavors with some pine sap at the finish. Fairly high carbonation with a medium body, fairly slick on the tongue. I got this in a trade a little while back, so maybe it was a little old, but either way, this was a pretty decent beer.