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

Wolaver's Pat Leavy's All-American AleWolaver's Pat Leavy's All-American Ale

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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10%

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's visit their website
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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Photo of dickroop


4.43/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured light amber with good head and lacing. Had a nice hoppy aroma with floral and earthy notes. Promising...

Taste was outstanding. Hops were traditional English style with a little American Northwest zest. Malt was not too strong, almost a perfect balance of hops and malt. A sip generates aggressive hop bite that first attacks the palate with some peppery and fruit notes (pears?). Mid-palate, some caramel malt sweetness provides a nice counter to the bitterness, but sustained bitterness returns for a clean finish.

Mouthfeel is wonderfully light, the carbonation is even and enjoyable, with interesting sensations through the entire sip & swallow. Drinkabiliy is great, in spite of being "organic", this is a real winner that I'll look to buy and enjoy more of.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 19:17:03 | More by dickroop
Photo of dedrinker


4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber-orange color, quite clear, and beautiful under the light. Thin, but creamy/ foamy off-white head clings to the glass and looks soothing. Smells like a little biscuit and caramel with some PNW hops floating gently on top. Tatses quite the same with a pleasingly smooth medium body. Finishes on a mild see-saw of hops and malt. This is a great Pale Ale. It takes the best of the English and American versions and fuses them together seamlessly. You've got the fruit and cookie-like malt of some English Pale Ales with the hop character and relatively drier nature of the American. I don't care if this is organic or not, but Wolavers should re-brand this recipe and sell it year 'round, so retired beer snobs like me can have this go-to beer comfort all the time.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2009 15:19:53 | More by dedrinker
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear gold with a smallish head of foam. Nose is caramel, heavy raw malt, toasty grain, and herbal hops. First sip: starts off with a bit of grapefruit and a grainy maltiness. Carbonation is fairly strong and prickly on the tongue. Second sip: has some oomph to the body with some slickness. Quite a well balanced brew with solid malt body and a heft dose of hops, especially on the back end. Feels stronger than expected (I didn't check the ABV before drinking). I kinda like this one. Solid quaffable brew with tons of well balanced flavour and no real weaknesses.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 03:32:02 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 21:50:44 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of Brad007


4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden/light red color with a thin one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is sweet with a hint of smoky malt and light hop bitterness in the nose.

Taste is smooth with the hop bitterness standing front and center, followed by the smoky malt in the middle. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is full of hops and smoky/sweet malt. Nothing offensive here.

Let's see, it's a drinkable all-american organic ale. Wolaver's is the only organic brewery that I truly respect and they put out a decent ale here.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 00:22:32 | More by Brad007
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 00:16:57 | More by u2carew
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle

Pours a warm orange color with a small but strong white head that leaves some soapy stickage. Subtle and earthy nose of fresh hops and some spices, almost nutmeg or even rye. English in style for sure, more of a pale ale or a hoppy mild than an amber ale in my opinion. Good balance, i really enjoy the hop character. Incredible drinkability. Looks like Mike is really turning that place around.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 22:46:12 | More by ATPete
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the label and much of the description I guess I was expecting more of an IPA than an amber, though the label does eventually mention that this is an amber...
I might not have picked this up had I noticed, as I do not tend to enjoy most amber ales.
This one is an exception. Some of those amber ale flavors are in there but they don't hit me over the head. There's a bit of a black tea thing going on, along with some biscuity notes. The hops are strong but smooth; they don't hit you over the head either. The malt characters serve as a good foundation for the hops and the esters to play off of.
Very easy drinking all around. All in all I would generally prefer a hoppy IPA or pale ale but if I see this around again I would probably pick it up.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 05:42:42 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of riversider76

New York

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a fluffy white head. Not much retention and just a bit of laceing. Aromas is of carmel malts.Nice,but a bit weak.Body is medium with a bit too much fizz for me. Taste is all there. A wonderful mix of bready carmel malts, with a bit of hops in the finish.Hints of spice through out.Excellent!

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 21:25:41 | More by riversider76
Photo of marlinsfan4


3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a single of this for $1.69.

Appearance is a very light orange/red color, small amount of bubbles ascending towards the top of the thin white head.

A very faint smell, hard to put a nose on it but there's some sweetness there.

Some nice mouthfeel to this one, nice and creamy taste to it. Some slight bitterness/hops to it, think pale ale like. Taste is clean and smooth with a unique but good bitter aftertaste to it.

Not sure if its just a solid beer or if it's all the "organic ingredients" used, but I enjoyed it a lot and was very drinkable.. good work Wolavers.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 23:23:10 | More by marlinsfan4
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

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 01:47:13 | More by blackie
Photo of jsp2


3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light amber with a resilient and somewhat thin head of white foam. Smells of toasted barley, caramel, and herbal hops. Slight fruitiness gives way to a sour herbal hop punch, then a hit of malty sweetness that finishes with bitterness from the hops again. Somehow seems light and quenching despite the malt and hop presence. Pretty bitter and hoppy but sweet enough to be nicely balanced. One could have these in a session as they are light enough.

I picked up a 6er of these because it was on $2 off at whole foods. Great bargain for that price. According to the bottle it is made with organic hops from oregon and isn't pasteurized, which are both plusses to me. I would buy it again for a nice somewhat heavy session brew with flavor.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 01:15:04 | More by jsp2
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

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!!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 23:05:12 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 18:52:16 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of allengarvin


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

This slightly hazy amber colored beer had a good initial head, but it collapsed rapidly. The nose is pleasantly simple caramel with a light dusting of hops. Taste is a bit more on the hoppy side, lightly resinous, and dryly bitter. Caramel is present but no more than gently sweet in the background, with a dry finish. Nicely carbonated, with a neutral texture.

Pretty drinkable beer, if not anything special.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 00:49:31 | More by allengarvin
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

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

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 00:38:34 | More by dogfishandi
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 23:02:52 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of Vengeance526


3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copperish amber color with a small white head that quickly dissipates.

Smells of light hops with a bit of an earthy profile.

Hops are a bit more pronounced in the taste along with some hints of spice and faint caramel notes. Starts off hoppy but the bready malt notes quickly balance this one out nicely.

Mouthfeel seemed a little watery at first but it slowly grew on me over time. Pretty refreshing on a hot day, this was more drinkable than I had been expecting. I've never been a fan of these organic beers but this wasn't so bad and might be worth picking up a full sixer if the price is right.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 22:06:17 | More by Vengeance526
Photo of phillipzayas


3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I liked this one. Not too hoppy, but it has a nice balance of sweetness and malty flavors combined with the hoppiness. The appearance was pretty spot on; clear, nice head retention, very amber. The taste wasn't what I really expected from an American Amber. I thought the taste was a bit too sweet, BUT it was still really good. The biggy that surprised me was the mouthfeel. The mouthfeel was very rich and long lasting and had a great carbonation level to it.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 21:49:19 | More by phillipzayas
Photo of travduke

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 21:38:55 | More by travduke
Photo of plaid75

New York

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2010 17:02:31 | More by plaid75
Photo of Stimack

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this brew up the other day on a whim as I have enjoyed the Wolavers brand in the past. This brew poured to an orange highlighted amber color with a small to medium sized very white colored head. The head retention on this brew was very good leaving some nice lacing down the side. The aroma is nice though a little muted. The malts give a roasted, buttery and nutty like scents off. The hop scent are light, but give a slight spiciness to the aroma. The flavor profile on this brew are more robust and interesting that the aromas where letting on. The malt profile here is nice the roasted and nut flavors really seem to come out along with a slight caramel taste. The hops, though still not strong, give a nice accompanying flavor as it adds a little spice that I felt on the back of my tongue. Once again a good offering from Wolavers, what seems to add to it for me is the organic American ingredients. Will get this again, more of a summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 02:42:31 | More by Stimack
Photo of RblWthACoz


3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a foggy amber touched orange. Thin creme head. Flavor is a biting and almost acidic leafy thing. A bit too biting IMO. It still works though to some degree and as it warms (or I get used to it as I drink), it gets a bit better. I also feel like there is a fair amount of inky character to things as well on the backside at the start. As it warms it turns more into an earthy amber ale kind of thing. Typical feel on liquid body. Carbonation nips slightly at the tongue. A nice enough amber ale. I think if this were on cask it would be very interesting.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 16:50:47 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of BDIMike


3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly darkened golden color. There is a very high amount of carbonation that creates a medium-sized white head that has great retention and lacing throughout the drink.
The smell of this beer is very subtle. There is a malted barley aroma, fairly ordinary. I can barely detect any smell of hops. I was surprised by the lack of a strong hop smell especially with the picture of hops on the label.
The hops come out a lot stronger in the taste than in the smell. There is a good fresh hop taste. The barley balances it out very well with a bit of a caramel or toffee malt taste. A bit of sweetness in the aftertaste.
There is a good amount of thickness to this beer for an amber ale, but the beer still retains a very smooth mouthfeel.
Wolaver's newest creation is a very easygoing beer. It has a good balance to it of hops and barley with neither taste overbearing the other. Nothing spectacular to this brew, but a solid, balanced beer that goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 00:49:45 | More by BDIMike
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 14:50:36 | More by cvstrickland
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Wolaver's Pat Leavy's All-American Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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