Wolaver's Pat Leavy's All-American Ale - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 01-07-2009)
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Reviews by EStreet20:
Photo of EStreet20
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Continuing my Otter Creek/Wolaver's sampling of late.

12 ounce bottle. 20 ounce nonic pint glass.

A - Light orange/yellow amber with about a finger of off white head. Nice little lace rings on the glass.

S - Smell is grainy and fairly muted.

T - Taste is hard to describe here. Good amount of hop bitterness here but not a lot jumps out at me. Some earhty hop tones on the finish.

M - Light to medium body. Well carbonated.

D - Not bad brew here. Needs to either have some more malt pull through to go the sweet, balanced amber route or needs to ramp up the aroma/flavor hops to be a hoppy amber. Either way would make me say "I want more" about this beer a lot more than I am now.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Iam not sure if I would put this in the amber/red ale category but hey who am I?Poured into a standard pint a clear light copper color with a fluffy,sticky,one finger head that settles into a frothy mass after leaving multiple rings of broken lace behind.Not much goin on in the nose just herbal hop and dry, lightly toasted malt.Flavors are more herbal and leafy from the hops than citric,at least on my palate,there is pretty dry and toasty malt feel through to the finish.A decent brew not anything to go crazy over but its drinkable with pretty good flavor.

Photo of MisterDeeds
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden amber with a thin layer of head that recedes very quickly, leaving almost no foam. Appears to be extremely carbonated.

Smells earthy and hoppy, with a flowery and citrus kick.

Very smooth, with almost none of the expected bitterness up front. Some sweet grapefruit, then the earthy hops show up on the back end, as a slight layer of bitterness coats the throat.

Doesn't feel as carbonated as it looks, and it makes for a nice smooth feel.

Finishes crisp and citrusy, with enough hoppy bitterness to keep you thirsty for more.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from 12 oz. bottle at cellar temp. into pint glass. pours a very clear light amber color with some reddish orange hues to it. about a one finger head that lasted a couple minutes then faded to a ring and some patchy foam.

the aroma, not too huge, is of buttery caramel malts, light grains, and a touch of grassy hops.

very crisp, balanced taste to this one. first off you get a nice light buttery caramel maltiness that subsides into a pleasent hop bitterness. the hops really come in stronger than the aroma suggests.

nice light body, paired with a crisp, light, refreshing mouthfeel, buts the drinkability pretty high. i havent had too many organic beers, but this is definately one of the best that ive tasted. im not a huge fan of wolavers or otter creek, but this isnt too bad

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Otter Creek- Wolaver's Pat Leavy's All-American Ale.

A- bright golden orange/ brown with a good frothy head. Decent 1 ringed lacing.
S- Nice sweet pine hops with a touch of toffee malt.
T- Sweet caramel/ toffee malt with a slight overpowering pine hop bite. Good buttery/ biscuity bread flavors as well.
M- Sweet and piney. Good fresh oily green hop finish.

Overall- Very good! An Amber that has a good dose of hops. Tasty and worth seeking out.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool, first review for this one! picked up one 12 oz. bottle at the co-op in Brattleboro, VT.

This one is a very clear honey comb amber color, good carbonation with a light, white 1" head that seems willing to stick around.

The nose is very hearty, with a blend of rich amber malt, all spice and green veggies in the hops with a very subtle citric/fruity edge and slightly tart. A slight soapiness is detected later on.

This has a very hearty, earthy flavor, the balance is totally amazing with herbal spicey hops and a really clean malty backbone. spices and white pepper gives this hoppy-,alt balance a nice kick and a mild fruity current, mostly red fruits and wheat.

A crisp. light bodied feel with a long earthy finish, but not bitter at all. clean and refreshing.

I love the effort Wolaver's makes to ensure we get all organic ingredients from right here in the USA. Kudo's for the effort!!

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The story behind Pat Leavy's All-American Ale is fairly interesting, and I can relate. When I brewed an Organic lager at a brewpub in Philly in '98 I had to get organic malt from Canada and organic hops from New Zealand, so I totally understand. And there was very little choice of hop variety! So I support organic foods, and I support Wolaver's / Otter Creek for doing this series.

It pours a slightly hazy orange-copper body beneath a short head of creamy white foam that dissipates a bit too quickly, and leaves only minor lacing behind.

The nose is hoppy but not distinctly "American" in variety. I guess it is "American" in origin though. It's grassy, leafy, and spicy over a grainy, caramelish malt base.

The flavor offers more of everything, and the hops are fairly strong, showing even more spiciness. Malt follows, and it's got a good medium caramel core to it. At the swallow everything dissipates for a moment, followed by a quick flash of sweet caramel, and then it dries out completely as the bitterness rises along with residual leafy, grassy, and spicy hops. Fairly long, lingering finish.

Overall, it's a decent, well-crafted ale with a good balance, a firm structure, and a fair amount of hop flavor.

Photo of tempest
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Abe's. It shares a lot with your basic pale ale. The light citrus hops balance nicely against pale toasty malts. There's a mild sugary caramel note from specialty malts and a dry bitter finish. I had this around the same time as Penn Brewery's pale ale and the main difference is just lighter malts in the Wolavers.

Photo of Kolsch
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not my first choice as I ordered Wolavers IPA. They were out, so the bartender asked if I wanted to try this.

Appearance: Dark amber, not much head to speak of, maybe a small cusp.

Smell: average smell, some hops and bready malts.

Taste: Starts out with a small hop bite, then half way down the bready malts take over. Not overly sweet and pretty easy drinking. Finishing taste is on the hoppy side, though very slight.

Overall: Not a bad beer at all and one I could drink several of. Pretty balanced with no dominant flavor over another.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a crystal clear, bright orange with a frothy 2 finger ivory-bone colored head that left a frumpy and splotchy lacing. Retention was good lasting for several minutes while a strong visible carbonation was present at first with large macro sized bubbles clinging to the glass walls, but quickly subsided to a faint whisper.

S: Fresh oranges and anice spicy hopping compliments of the fruggles provide a tropical notes of pineapple jucie that was sweet and tangy.

T: For flavor the spicy hopping opens things up with some tropical fruitiness of pineapples which was sharp and pronounced. Unfortunatley it quickly gave way and the flavor wimpered in the finish. Lemon peels with a soft touch of pine that was pretty much drained out by the fruity nature of the fruggles. The hopping was fresh and flowery while finishing with a slight dry finish. The malting appeared weak overshadowed by a wet lemony hopping. The hops individually would have been really nice but somehow the 3 hops utilized just didn't seem to blend well together. The beer finishes up with a sour country time lemonade finish that lingers long after the drink with a puckering lemon flavor that stays with you. Overall found the hopping to be to extreme in terms of variation and didn't blend well which hurt this.

M: The mouthful had a medium viscosity, slick with a soft carbonation.

D: Ok but really didn't leave an impression. Average. In terms of ingredients this was a true all American ale, unfortunately it didn't fair as well taste wise. A bit unbalanced and found it to be to lemony and fruity at the same time. Sweet, tangy hopping. Think this would have been a lot better if 1 or 2 of the hops were changed or left out. not a bad beer, just a bit strange and one not suited for multiples, which a good ale should be.

Photo of u2carew
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Consumed 10/03/09
A) Pours with a creamy quarter inch head. Lacing is tight and sticky. Slightly hazy. Upward carbonation. Copper in color.
S) Oranges. Peach. Apricot. Mellow malty sweetness in the caramel sense.
T) From the start a balanced caramel malt sweetness and floral bitter hop notes. Prominent caramel. Grapefruit and orange. A lingering hop bite in the finish and beyond.
M) Initially crisp. Smooth finish. Medium body.
D) A delicious PA. Well done Wolavers.

Photo of blackie
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: tyranena nonic, produces a frothy off-white topping above a deep orange-amber beer, retention is high as attractive lace clings to the glass

s: bready grain with a caramel center supports a leafy herbal/grassy hop aroma with just a touch of dried citrus peel, some biscuit and other rustic grain, simple and well rounded

m: soft carbonation, medium in level with a lighter body

t: husky grains taste of fresh bread and impart only a mild caramel sweetness, hops are surprisingly assertive - in this context - and give a nice citric bitterness in the finish and provide herbal flavors throughout, great balance with enough flavor to keep me happy

d: would probably get bored with a six-pack but this one's worth a shot, easily drinkable

single from Whole Foods, Vienna, VA

Photo of plaid75
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell was very fruity with a hints of apricot and citrus.

The taste was slightly sweet and featured melon and apricot flavors.

The mouthfeel was full bodied.

Overall a fruity and flavorful ale.

Photo of selecter70
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have to say that I was excited to find this in my next door local supermarket (Foodmaster: actually they are expanding their beer & wine to be even more inclusive of small brewers- they've already done a great job in the last couple of years!). Regardless,
I brought the 6-pack home & eagerly poured an average looking decent pale ale. The aroma had a strongish apple scent, not sweet but like a decent cider with hoppy edges. The taste was crisp, again like a cider, though without the apple flavor, but a sparkly hop with malt aftertaste. A nice late summer, early fall pale ale.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Bought this for a buck at local place.

4.0 A: Hazy dark orange color. 1 1/2 fingers of creamy head with average retention and a decent amount of lacing.

3.5 S: Hardly any hop aroma, maybe a touch of pine. Malts give off a subtle sweetness with hints of caramel. Not bad, but extrodinarily weak.

4.0 T: I was expecting a lot less taste than what is present. Very happy for that as these organic brews usually suck ass. Plenty of caramel and toffee flavor, way more than in the nose. Slight buttery taste than complements rather than detracts. Bittering hops do a good job at balancing. Flavor hops are piney in nature, not strong, but definitely there.

3.5 M: Medium body. The carbonation is quite bitey and thus this isn't that creamy.

4.0 D: This may very well be the best organic beer ever made.

Photo of travduke
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange/copper body, one finger head. Decent retention, amazing lacing.

Aroma: Fruity, biscuity, malty. Nothing really stands out.

Taste: Nice pine bitter hop presence which is balanced delightfully with a sweet malt.

Feel/Drink: Medium bodied, great drinkability.

Photo of roddwolff
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First beer with organic hops and malt i drink. Poured in a tonic glass. Look: Yellow honey, extremely cloudy, thick head; Smell: Pine and herbal hops with peaches essences; Taste: Earth hops with notes of peach and biscuity malts; Mouthfeel: Very bitter and dry, robust body and high carbonation; Drinkability
: Too fizzy but easy to drink.

Photo of fragilemacabre
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was brought to me and tasted without knowing it was an amber ale. I tend to dislike them (even from Stone, when I've liked every single beer I have tried from them), but I'm glad this slipped through the radar. It translates as much more of a low-key and malty IPA than an amber ale, reminiscent of what I didn't like about Southampton's IPA offering. It works in this, however, since it's light on the palate and still satisfying without shoving hoppy flavor down your throat (which is something I usually seek out in a beer, especially one with hops smack dab on the label). I wouldn't mind having this again.

Photo of Reidrover
2.83/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light amber coloured beer..small off white head..not very impressive looking.
The aroma is totally none-descript..some bready malts is all I can make out.
Taste is marginally better more biter hops, but still that bready malt backing.
Kinda thin for style in the mouth.
Not impressed by this beer. Has no business in Oregon!

Photo of JTomczak
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of jdhilt
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a five finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Nice crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Flavor is some caramel, hops, lingering bitter aftertaste. $1.95 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

Photo of smcolw
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light amber color, clear. Modest head which surprised me given that the bottle bubbled over. Light lace.

Well-balanced aroma of malt/hop. Slightly sweet--berry like.

The flavor is far more dry than the smell would suggest. The carbonation was enough to overflow the bottle; it really cuts the otherwise decent body. Good bitter aftertaste. A middle-of-the-road amber.

Photo of jaxon53
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of cvstrickland
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The screwtopped longneck pours pale copper and clear in my DFH shaped pint and is capped with a finger's thickness of creamy ivory foam. The head quickly settles into a thin layer that blankets the sides of the glass, leaving a single band of thick webby lacing and a few scrappy freckles of foam behind.

The smell is mild and sweetly toasty with an herbal note and a dabble of aromatic green citrus.

The taste is sweetly toasted with a bittering note of burnt grain and dry grassy hops. The backbone of the flavor profile is grainy and somewhat undercooked, and is mild, cereally, and a touch starchy.

The drink is medium-bodied; the carbonation is just fine, and I'm all for organic practices, but this beer just lacks oomph. Plenty drinkable nonetheless.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass, presents with decent 1/2" thick off white head that disspates quickly but does cling the glass. Color is a light amber to copper, with decent carbonation.

Smell is biscuity, bready malt, hint of earthy scents and mild roast. Not much hop presence.

Taste is biscuity, bready, mildly roasted caramel malt. Mild sweetness, very little hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, flavors sit on the tongue and grab your cheeks. Just a touch on the sweet, cloying side.

The style of beer is very drinkable, but I think the touch of excessive malt sweetness makes this a beer you need to mix with others.

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Wolaver's Pat Leavy's All-American Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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