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Chesapeake Pale Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Chesapeake Pale AleChesapeake Pale Ale

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160 Ratings
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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Bleedingshrimp on 11-06-2006)
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Ratings: 160 | Reviews: 74 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by damndirtyape:
Photo of damndirtyape
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

damndirtyape, Jul 17, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Mantooth, Apr 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

amstokesdb9, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.14/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

chinchill, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of mdaschaf
2.55/5  rDev -29%
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.

mdaschaf, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Williamsburg AleWerks- Pale Ale

A- Deep copper with a huge frothy head.
S- Light citrus and pine oil.
T- Oily pine resin with a fruity toffee malt.
M- Sweet maly dominant with a dry rind bitterness.

Overall- My 1st beer from Williamsburg and a good 1 at that. A simple 2 dimensionable PA but a good session beer regardless. Glad I picked up a 6er.

NJpadreFan, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of 7UCK
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- this poured out a orange/brown/red. It had a nice head and was dark for a Pale ale.

S- Nice hop smell, slight citrus with a nice sweet piney smell

T- Citrus, hoppy and slight bitterness.

D- Hoppy for a Pale Ale, but great to drink. A decent after taste and a nice summer drink served cold.

7UCK, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of asabreed
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Medium-red color, huge head, tons of lacing in rings overall.

Smell: Very balanced roasted malts and citrus hops with bursts of grainy earthiness.

Taste: Hops-dominated with mild sourness and fruit and an earthy hoppy backbone, a lot of hops and bitterness, mostly, but the malt keeps creeping through to balance everything out. Hoppy and dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Good balance of carbonation in this seemingly more medium-bodied brew.

Drinkability: One of my favorites in their line-up with a nice hop bite and good citrus hop backbone.

asabreed, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of Metalmonk
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mildly clouded reddish orange sunset color, with a blinding white head, creamy and firm. Looks a beaut.

Nice aroma too, having a citrus element buried by a sweeter, kind of butterscotch-like maltiness, but certainly not in an off or awful diacetyl sort of way. A hugely welcoming smell.

Simple aroma, simple taste, and a taste that very much mirrors the smell. Lighter touches of citrus (like grapefruit), with a rind-like bitterness to the finish, although it's a mild kind of bitterness, certainly not a hop bomb wallop. The malt is the most impressive and forward component of the taste, having that buttery, creamy flavor (and feel), a bit nutty, quite a bit of caramel/toffee...could almost be classified as an English pale ale if it weren't for the grapefruit-like traces in here.

As said, texturally this is on the creamier side of things, just enough carbonation to keep it lively, even providing a sharpness on the back end, and meshed well with the young/green bitterness of the finish.

Very pleased with this beer. It's pure, simple, very enjoyable. It doesn't set my imagination off on uncharted courses or anything, but for a beer to sip on a nice spring day, hey, glad this is readily available in these parts. Good stuff.

Metalmonk, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of KenC
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

KenC, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

NeroFiddled, Nov 01, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16.4%

avisong, Apr 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

cliff1066, Dec 27, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

HuntDaddy540, Apr 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

jeffy_two_times, Sep 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

tanner1980, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of rwill2001
4/5  rDev +11.4%

rwill2001, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of hophugger
3.39/5  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

hophugger, May 02, 2014
Photo of thagr81us
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Massive thanks goes out to breweryaprntc13 for giving me a bottle of this at Sexual Chocolate '11! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured yellow-orange with a three finger off-white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, and sweet hops. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, roasted malt, and caramel hops. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. The caramel aspect to this one definitely ties everything together. It was fairly well balanced, but it seemed that it was lacking in intensity slightly. Really glad I got a chance to try this one. It is definitely worth trying at least once.

thagr81us, Feb 04, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

GFish, Sep 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Swift989, Aug 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

kierancarobine, Jan 04, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

zp6167a, Oct 14, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

tone77, Jan 23, 2014
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2.54/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

beerthulhu, Oct 02, 2013
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Chesapeake Pale Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.