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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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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.

oberon, Oct 29, 2009
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.

NeroFiddled, Mar 07, 2009
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.

RblWthACoz, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of WesWes
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark gold color with a 1/4" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice, pale and bisquit malt scent along with a light, grassy, hop aroma. The taste is decent. It has really nice malt character along with a pretty aggressive hop finish. It's a little unbalanced, although I enjoy the bisquit malt presence. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium bodied beer with a little too much CO2. This isn't a bad beer, but it could use a little tweeking. Kudos to Pat Leavy for the organic contributions. Keep up the good work Wolaver's!

WesWes, Mar 26, 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
Photo of oriolesfan4
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.

oriolesfan4, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +8.1%

wrightst, Oct 03, 2014
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 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.

jdhilt, Apr 23, 2009
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.

plaid75, Feb 08, 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 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.

Brad007, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light red-gold hue with one-finger white head that stuck around a little. A hoppy smell more than malty, but still somewhat balanced. The beer isn't as balanced as its aroma, though, b/c it is medium-bodied and somewhat malty, but I found the balance off and the hop bitterness taking over, especially a rather dry and unpleasant backbite. A decent red but they need to tweak the hop amount.

clayrock81, May 28, 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 jaxon53
4/5  rDev +8.1%

jaxon53, Jun 27, 2013
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
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 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.

allengarvin, May 12, 2009
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.

NJpadreFan, Feb 26, 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 thekevlarkid
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 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

dogfishandi, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of albern
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is neither creamy and malty enough nor biting and hoppy enough to be truly interesting. So, the beer is kind of stuck in a nether world, but having said that, it isn't a bad beer to have around. The beer pours a nice golden amber color with a decent head, some lacing, and retention. The nose on the beer is quite floral, a bit musty in parts, maybe a touch of toffee, but no hops to be found.

The taste is somewhat caramely, not entirely smooth, with a slightly cracked grain crispness, but this is balanced out with a malty base. There are some leafy hops but not enough to be bittering or that interesting. The beer is just one of those that can't figure out what it should or wants to be. An okay beer, but not all that interesting either.

albern, May 22, 2009
Photo of allergictomacros
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.

allergictomacros, May 27, 2009
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!!

GratefulBeerGuy, Jan 13, 2009
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Wolaver's Pat Leavy's All-American Ale from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
84 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.