Drake's Expedition Ale

Drake's Brewing Co

USA

I've seen this characterized as an amber ale but it's really closer to...well, I really don't know, but it's definitely not an amber ale. It starts sweet and malty like an amber but then you're hit with hops, IPA level hops. While I was drinking this I kept thinking of Crystal Pepsi. If you poured it in a glass it looked just like Sprite but then you drank it and it tasted like Pepsi and the disconnect confused you until you either got motion sickness and threw up or your brain exploded. That's probably the biggest reason it only lasted those few glorious months in 1993; too many people's brains exploded. Oh Crystal Pepsi, you left us too soon; if only those fatcats at PepsiCo had given you the chance to blossom like the delicate flower you w...Wait, what was I talking about again? Oh yeah,anyway the reason I was reminded was because it's a pretty dark beer, and then it comes off tasting like an IPA and I had to fight to keep my brain from exploding. So I suppose if you liked Crystal Pepsi or you've ever wondered what would happen if a hophead and a malt guy had one of those "You got chocolate in my peanut butter! You got peanut butter in my chocolate!" moments you should give this thing a try. Just be careful about your brain.

Reviewed: August 30, 2008

Rating: 6/10

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