Drake's Brewing 1500 Pale Ale

Drake's Brewing 1500 Pale Ale. 5.5 % abv. 48 IBU. Copper color. Opaque. Pours an ivory head with decent retention and excellent lacing. Sweet nose of herbs with bitter orange peel. Front flavors of toffee and bitter hops. The hop bite is abundant, more so than many beers with double the IBU. Aftertaste leaves fresh hops along the sides of my tongue ro hang around a while. This is a great brew that I would definitely have again.

From the brewery:

"A hop-forward American Pale Ale. Loads of Simcoe and Amarillo hops are blended in the fermenter just after fermentation has finished to impart a huge aroma of pine and juicy citrus. Available Year Round. As we approached our 1500th batch in San Leandro, the brewers decided to attempt something different. They set out to make a pale ale with a clean, stripped down malt bill and plenty of late addition hops that would give the beer huge flavors and aromas of bright citrusy American hops without overwhelming the balance with bitterness. The resulting beer packed the aromatic and flavorful hop punch of a West Coast-style IPA at a very easy drinking 5.5% ABV. The brewer and the people loved it. Now 1500 is a Drake’s flagship beer."