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

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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4/5  rDev +8.1%

wrightst, Oct 03, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

JTomczak, Aug 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

stinkydaddy, Jul 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

jaxon53, Jun 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

staticmaneuver, Jun 04, 2012
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.

tempest, Apr 11, 2011
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.

roddwolff, Feb 05, 2011
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.

mvanaskie13, Dec 18, 2010
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.

beerthulhu, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of mstyne
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

6 pack bought from Young's Pharmacy on NY 43.

"Since 1997". LOT 2633012110

Perhaps we can guess it was brewed in January 2010.

Poured a hazy yellow-orange into my Magic Hat Brewing Company pint glass. A VT kind of day I guess. A nice fruity, hoppy aroma. Substantial head and good lace.

This is a light flavored brew with just enough hop punch to keep things interesting. Very drinkable, but nothing really sets it apart from the crowd. That said, I imagine brewing organically is not an easy thing to do, and this is a fine end result for such a difficult process.

mstyne, Jun 05, 2010
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3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was an appealing, slightly rusty, tangerine color with one finger of yellow-tan head. The retention was not much to speak of, as the head quickly faded to a collar and the lacing was not much to speak of. The aroma was what I thought to be an appealing blend of citrus hops and floral hops (both Fuggles & Golding really came through) as well as a crystal (?) malt background. The flavors were more bitter than the aroma, reflecting the slightly musty Magnum hops but none the less well balanced. The citrus notes laid atop the slightly sweet malts like Egyptian cotton sheets on a comfy mattress. A session beer one could relax into. Not complex, but enjoyable. The mouthfeel was good, the body was medium, the carbonation appropriate.

thekevlarkid, May 11, 2010
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.

travduke, Apr 18, 2010
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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.

EStreet20, Mar 31, 2010
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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.

fragilemacabre, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of ommegangpbr
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.

ommegangpbr, Mar 12, 2010
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.

phillipzayas, Feb 26, 2010
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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.

plaid75, Feb 08, 2010
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.

DavoleBomb, Nov 17, 2009
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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.

oberon, Oct 29, 2009
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.

u2carew, Oct 19, 2009
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.

dickroop, Sep 27, 2009
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

blackie, Aug 26, 2009
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!

Reidrover, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of wagenvolks
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pilsner glass (bottled 1/27/09). Long story on the bottle about how Otter Creek ditched imported New Zealand hops for a local Oregon farmer's varieties of Fuggles, Goldings, and Magnum, as well as organically grown barley. "USA! USA! USA!"

Pours with a lighter-than-expected golden brassy color; clear, with a visibly active carbonation level. Nice head retention to the half inch of creamy, sawdust foam that leaves behind thick tufts of lacing. Perhaps it's partly psychological, but this beer even SMELLS organic. Light, floral hops compete with some dried grasses & herbs, while the background is dominated by grainy malts that suggest doughnut cake and bread crust.

Crisp amber malts lead the way with some floral grassiness and grapefruit peel. Stale crackers and grain husks mid-palate. A little too bitter on the finish as the Magnum hops lay down a hefty dose of IBU's, but it becomes more citrusy and enjoyable after a few minutes. Solid mouthfeel, juicy & refreshing at the same time, with a medium body and some stickiness after each sip. Nice drinkability, but I probably won't be having this again. Just too many better amber ales out there for this to become a member of my regular rotation.

wagenvolks, Jul 02, 2009
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.

smcolw, Jun 26, 2009
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Wolaver's Pat Leavy's All-American Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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