This is the second beer from Drakes Brewing that we sourced – a tasty American style pale ale.
As often happens, this beer was a special brew to celebrate the 1500th batch brewed at the San Leandro brewery. The intention as stated by the brewert was ‘to make a pale ale with a clean stripped down malt bill and plenty of late addition hops , without overwhelming the beer with bitterness’.
Seems people enjoyed this new creation, and it became a regular on the roster. It has evolved into one of the breweries flagship beers, and been recognised a few times in beer awards.
Drakes is quite open about the ingredients of their beers, so any home brewers wondering can reference their website.
Needless to say this beer has a pretty clear, golden body with those wonderful fruity aromas from the dry-hopping with Simcoe and Amarillo.
The flavour is an easy balance of citrus and grassy hops, with an undercurrent of sweet malt backbone. The beer is crisp and quite dry, and very easy to drink. Guess that means the brewers achieved what they set out to do!