1500 Dry Hopped Pale Ale

new school American-style pale ale

Generously dry-hopped with Amarillo and Simcoe for a bright, piney punch, 1500 brings together orange blossom and grapefruit notes with a touch of honey sweetness. We don’t like choosing favorites, but 1500 is our perfect everyday hoppy beer.


  • ABV: 5.5%
  • IBUs: 48
  • Orig. Gravity: 12.2° plato
  • Final Gravity: 1.09° plato


  • Yeast: California Ale 001
  • Malt:  Two Row, Crystal 35
  • Hops: Hallertauer Mandarina, Lemondrop, Simcoe, Amarillo, Cascade


  • Wood-Fired Pizza with Pepperoni, Peppers, & Onions
  • Burger with Gorgonzola
  • Fish and Chips with Lemon and Malt Vinegar


  • 3rd Place – 2014 California State Fair – American Pale Ale
  • Gold – 2013 San Diego International Beer Competition – American Pale Ale 
  • Gold – 2013 LA International Beer Competition – American Pale Ale
  • Silver – 2010 World Beer Cup – American Pale Ale
  • Silver – 2008 Great American Beer Festival


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 is packed with an aromatic and flavorful hop punch. The brewer and the people loved it. Now 1500 is one of Drake’s flagship beers.

An amazing beer that’s a master course in hops presentation. The hops are expertly showcased using a perfectly crafted base beer that’s bitter, dry and yet remains balanced—all characteristics that accentuate the hops and keep the beer very drinkable. – Review

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine
Review Score: 97