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Chesapeake Pale Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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81
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180 Ratings
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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 2
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bleedingshrimp on 11-06-2006

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Ratings: 180 | Reviews: 80
Photo of HunterScott
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Honey and light hops. A basic pale ale, satisfying but nothing special.

Photo of Davepoolesque
2.64/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Blah. Why would someone willingly drink this?

Photo of Moondoggy68
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed this pale ale many times a few years ago while on a business stay in Colonial Williamsburg. It was particularly good with the cheese tray appetizer!

Photo of Zraly
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light honey gold with a white head. Faint hops in the nose.

Sweet malt with nuanced hop notes of pine, citrus, and spice in the finish. Medium-bodied and easy to drink. Carbonation is appropriate for style. Nice, dry finish. Clean profile.

A tasty pale ale. Local for me. Not too heavy, and not too light in terms of style. I recommend, especially if you can get it relatively fresh in Virginia.

Photo of rjs246
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a pale ale. It was good. It was not bad. I would drink it again.

Photo of Brewndruid
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Excellent pale ale, highly recommend it! For me, not only is this a will buy again, it is a must buy again! Well balanced, Easy to drink, and very refreshing.

Photo of patre_tim
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Golden and hazy with no carbonation, a finger of yellowish head.

S: Fruity, sweet, honey, light pine quality, light pineapple, apples.

T: Light fruitiness like a slight pineapple quality, pears, light sweetness, light pine and light bitterness.

M: Medium lightly syrupy body, medium carbonation.

O: A nice brew I got at the Cheese Shop in Williamsburg, VA.

Photo of leantom
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Love Alewerks and decided to give its pale ale a try. Here goes:

A: OK, nothing special. The beer pours a cloudy orange with very little head. There's modest lacing but nothing special.

S: Again, OK. I can easily detect the presence of Chinook and Cascade hops, making this a definite American Pale Ale (as opposed to the English styles). The beer smells of lemons, grapefruit and orange peel; not much malt character as the hops predominate.

T: Very good for what it is. Very mild, a definite pale ale (and not an IPA). Can taste a light malt backbone with a faint smattering of Pacific Northwest hops. The hops impart a taste of lemons, orange peel, pine and grapefruit. Very drinkable.

M: OK, kind of resembles the appearance. Not a lot of carbonation or protein content. Goes down smoothly with little character.

O: A nice beer. Nothing to brag about but it does its job well. Might get it again.

Photo of StaggerRollRoll
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Fairly clear color with a touch of orange to it.
S: Smelled a little skunky when I paid attention to it, otherwise nothing too out of line.
T: Has a pleasant bite, not too much of an alcohol taste.
M: Nice tingling though a little flat. Head dissipated quickly, but could also be the crappy glass I pulled from the hotel room dishwasher.
O: A good, drinkable beer. I could put a few more of these down at will, though I probably won't go out of my way to seek it out.

Photo of hophugger
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A run of the mill Pale Ale but still a contender amongst young brewerys and brewers. Good flavor with the just the right asmount of bitterness. Feels good on the palate, but good feel dissipates fast. Enjoy very cold for optimum flavor. Good Job, Alewerks

Photo of slusk
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden, clear with a modest white head. Good head retention and very nice lacing.

S: Nice upfront spicy hop with citrus notes. mostly grapefruit. A bit of malt sweetness, but balanced more toward the hop side.

T: Nice bright citrus, grapefruit hop flavor backed up by a muted malt sweetness that takes a backseat. It tastes as a pale ale should with a hop forward balance. Good bitterness, but not overwhelming, A dry finish with a pleasant aftertaste.

M: light bodied and refreshing. Medium carbonation.

O: I like this beer. I'd like to taste a little more character in the malt, some fruity undertones would round out this brew nicely. The hop aroma and bitterness are spot on but it misses the mark just a bit on the overall malt flavor. I would have no problem buying a sixer of this brew. Nicely done overall.

Photo of chinchill
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle (no date but purchased yesterday) served in a lager glass.

Pours apricot-amber in color, hazy and with plenty of sediment in suspension. It looks much better at the top where it is crowned by a tall, creamy head that has excellent retention and leaves the glass well coated with lacing.

Aroma: too musty and earthy, although some of this no doubt comes from the hops.

Flavor: better than the nose, with a mildly bitter balance although slightly sweeter than usual for this style. Fruity with sweet and bready grains underneath.

M: soft and smooth with medium carbonation.

O: a fruity, easy drinking APA with a relatively poor aroma.

Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head and some floaties in it. Smell is hoppy, some malts as well. Taste is balanced, some fruits, a touch of sweetness, flavorful and tasty. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable brew.

Photo of farrago
3.34/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Modest head, under a finger, just off-white, moderate pour yields a good amount of larger bubbles, likely contributes to rapid dissolve, the lacing is a touch wispy but does cling nicely. The liquid is a semi-cloudy metallic yellow to ochre, very few bubbles and the filminess makes them hard to see anyway. The nose has a pleasing stiffness to it, dried orange peels, salt, pretzel dough, good mix of grass and flowers, as it warms it delivers more peach, apricot, yellow apple fruit scents, average length. In the mouth it’s medium-bodied, low on the carbonation yet leaves a certain dryness behind. This hinders the flow of that apricot, pineapple, peach fruit, blunted sweetness and tartness. Very earthy to downright dirty, not in a bad way but clearly it is not going for maximal smoothness. Saline and grassy elements trump the orange, grapefruit citrus, even as the latter has kick and tries to lend sweetness. Chooses to get sticky on the palate rather than refresh and cleanse. Maybe the hops are too aggressive for an easy drinking APA, or there’s too little counterbalancing malts. Not bad really but nor is it memorable.

Photo of obywan59
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Purchasesd on vacation from Wine Cheese & More, Chincoteague Island, VA

Light yellow-gold in color with a white chunky head and thick sticky lacing. Hazy with swirls of sediment and rising bubbles.

Fruity and sweet in the nose. Peach or apricot. Floral perfume and pine. Biscuity.

Lightly sweet with over ripe citrus or doughy bread. Bitter hops from middle to end with a brief spike of tropical spice.

Medium bodied, leaning towards full. Rather syrupy and mostly smooth with light pepper. Slightly warming. Drying and lightly astringent.

Good to very good. If the spice had been more pervasive, and there were better balance between sweet and bitter (a bit sweeter), it would have been a solid "very good".

Photo of smakawhat
4.26/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A bit dull opaque orange to muted yellow body color, with some faint carbonation. Slightly hazy and murky. Head forms real nice and fluffy with a three finger tall head, that has good retention and staying power. Speckeled lacing coats the glass while drinking very nicely.

Great nose on this beer. Ripping hop marmalade and bitter apricot fruit with lots of herbal tea aromatics. Pure orange pekoe and wonderful hop fruit sensing. Very enjoyable.

Palate matches much of the nose with a bit of a neutral palate. Malt density is noticeable without too much sweetness or sugar. Moderate carbonation with a juicy fruit marmalade action. Finishes very clean and a good pine hop bitter to match, hinting at honey sweetness on the finish. Chewy fruit rind and zesty to go with the tea like hop herbality.

Overall a real solid pale ale, and a good one to have in the arsenal and know about.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.54/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: A billowy off white head sits atop a cadmium orange colored body. Visible carbonation is strong, fast and vibrant while the lacing sticks well in an encompassing band.

S: Lemony pale grains, lightly dry, not much else here. Weak, monotoned, disappointing.

T: The flavor was lemon, tastes a bit dirty and old hop and grain wise. Lemon grass, stale hop flowers, seems again old with a chemical lemon hint.

M: Mouthful was decent carbonation wise, medium body, bready feel, but leaves with a washy feel.

O: Overall not really crisp, not flavorful, very muddled, a homongenous mess with no definable aspect of quality or sharpness. Lacks in almost everything a good pale ale should be. a simple avoid.

Photo of ckollias
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear golden hue with a medium, white, 3-finger head that slowly dissipates down the side of the glass, leaving a nice trail and ending in a solid lace.

S: Malty aroma up front followed by some citrus notes and finishes slightly hoppy.

T: Equal mix of sweet and bitter. Malt and hops mix well together with some mild citrus notes.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent pale ale – nice combo of the malt and hops to be a well-balanced beer.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (batch code 05 14 12) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Very hazy coppery orange. Off-white very thin head dissipated very quickly after pouring, just leaving a ring at the edge. Some tiny strands and islands of lacing noted. Ho hum.

Smell: When first poured, a bit sweet and floral. As it warmed up, a bit of citrus, a bit of pine, and bit of skunk.

Taste: What it lacks in smell it makes up for in taste. Crisp hop bite up front, smooth malt middle, then quick transition to lingering piney/grapefruit citrus bitter finish. Not an amazing APA flavor, but the notes of flavor stand out 1, 2, 3 as they hit my tongue.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, but a tad watery. Good carbonation. Definite hop oil stickiness to the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: I have had better APAs, but while the individual components don't amaze me, together they work okay such that I think this would be quite good with a fresh catch from the Chesapeake bay. One is enough though, although I could probably finish a larger bottle or glass if it were made available.

Photo of FosterJM
2.98/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1393rd Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

Thanks to my coworker Kathleen for bringing me this from VA

App- A creamy hazy looking orange to orange yellow fading brew with a small 1/4" head. A couple dots of cling. About it.

Smell- Big ol english malts with a over ripened fruit and a ton dry grass behind it. A bit sticky and sweet with a lot of caramel as well.

Taste- Really reminds me of Cisco Wales and Brooklyn 55. Just pretty and caramel. The citrus is pretty tame and grassy kicks in on the finish.

Mouth- A pretty full body with also a medium carbonation with a ton of sweet caramel and orange peel.

Drink- Average at best. Non offensive but not something id come back to.

Photo of Dave1999
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange colour with a thin white head.

The smell is citrus hops, lemon and malts.

The taste is more on the hoppy side with a bitter after taste. The malts do come through as well though so there is some balance.

The mouth is light/medium with medium carbonation.

A pretty decent pale ale and would happily drink this again but I don't think I'd buy it myself.

Photo of cyclonece09
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a hazy amberish color with a small white head that leaves some nice lacing. Has a strong floral aroma that is very sweet and pleasing. Hops dominate the taste pallet, but there is still a sweet malty taste and it has a nice balance. Speaking of taste balance, the mouthfeel is great. Carbonation seems right and body is full, but not too full. Hop bite is there, but not overpowering. Overall, a great beer.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheapeake Pale Ale by Williamsburg AleWerks

Appearance: Hazy golden orange body beneath a frothy head of off-white that holds remarkably well and leaves beautiful lacing about the glass. I'll assume that this is unfiltered, or close to it; and that it fits right in at Colonial Williamsburg where an unfiltered beer would be apropos.

Smell: Grainy and gently sweet with leafy, piney/grassy and floral/citrus notes from the hops.

Taste: Solidly bitter right up-front and straight through into its dry, lingering finish... perhaps a bit over-done, perhaps not. The malt is fairly straightforward and quite flavorful with just a bit of golden caramel character. The hops are initially piney/leafy and citrusy/floral, but when combined with the rising bitterness they appear more grassy, and even spicy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and gently crisp. Nice, almost seemingly natural carbonation.

Overall: Pretty impressive. If they were going for a 'historical' beer they've done it, except for the bitterness, which is a bit high; and the obvious use of Pacific Northwest hops. And although I don't particularly find the yeast character to be English in nature (I'm guessing it's Chico... it's very clean), I find the overall character of the beer (dry-malt-hops) to be very English (it reminds me of one of the newer, American hopped English summer ales). An enjoyable quaff: I wish I'd had a full Imperial pint, and I wish it had been draught instead of bottle. I enjoyed its 'rustic' charm and I'll look for it again.

Photo of mdaschaf
2.55/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a small white head on top that quickly dissipates to a thin layer on top. Pretty nice lacing around the glass. There are TONS of floaties in this beer though. They float throughout and cover the bottom.

S: Lots of lemon, but not really in the normal sort of hoppy lemon aroma, more like pine-sol lemon. This is mixed with an apple cider that has been sitting for too long.

T: Not a whole lot going on, some pale grainy malt and a little bit of lemon. The finish is sourish though, not hoppy at all.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: Not really sure whats going on with this beer, but I'm not a fan.

Photo of engagechad
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a single from Total Wine in Richmond, VA - Pint

Pours a very nice amber orange with great head and good lacing. Smells hoppy and spicey, a little hop forward. Taste is awesome, I would take this over a SNPA for a staple pale. Mouthfeel is right on, perfectly bitter with some spicey prickley backbone.

Overall this is a great pale that I am proud to have coming from my home state.

I have had TWO beers from Williamsburg and both were amazing.

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Chesapeake Pale Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.