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Chesapeake Pale Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Chesapeake Pale AleChesapeake Pale Ale

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Reviews: 78
Hads: 187
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 2
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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AleWerks Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bleedingshrimp on 11-06-2006

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Photo of jl55378008
4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one isn't in my usual repertoire, but I bought a six-pack for some friends from out of town. It's been forever since I've had it, and I think this is the first time I've had it in bottle, and I have to say I am seriously impressed. It doesn't really do anything that is making my head explode, but this is one incredibly drinkable and tasty beer. I can see myself drinking a bunch of this on a regular basis. Right now I'm pounding it like it's going out of style.

N: A little malty, with some spicy hop characteristics. Just a touch of pine, and not citrus so much, but rich and spicy.

T: Hops are present at the front, but not in any way overpowering. Hops and malt are very balanced, alcohol is not really noticeable.

M: Holy crap, this is smooth. It just is.

Drinkability: Immense. Not as bitter as SNPA, not as malty as some English pale ales, and right now it's just hitting the perfect notes for me. This is my new standard session beer, and I'd definitely say that even if I didn't live 5 minutes from the brewery.

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Photo of engagechad
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
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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Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium copper color with moderate white puffy head. Good retention and nice sticky lacing.
Smell shows an abumdance of piney and citrusy hops.
Taste is superb. There is the perfect amount of hops to balnace the cirtusy hops nicely.
Finishes with a great blending of the haops and malt to form a nice easy drinking beer.
Great drinkabilaty. Would be nice to session.

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Photo of breweryaprntc13
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark golden/ amber color, one finger pale white head, thin lacing that recedes slowly.

A: Strong floral and citrus hops, notes of grassy hops, and a slight hint of caramel underneath.

T: Great mix of floral and citrus hops that will please any hop head; caramel malts present for balance but not overpowering the hops.

M: smooth considering the bitter hops, bit more bitter finish, with medium to high carbonation.

D: A delicious pale ale, one of the better standard pale ales I have had. I will definitely be drinking this beer many more times in the future.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.26/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Photo of Moondoggy68
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
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!

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Photo of Nipitato
4.19/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a six-pack at some grocery store in Richmond, VA.

A: Amber head. Just a touch opaque and glowing. Topped with a thin off white head w/ more substance on the perimeter.

S: This is a great aroma. Superb graham cracker like malt aroma is a perfect balance to a subtle grapefruit hop character. Overall balance is towards the malt. Some sugary sweetness on top.

T: Lots of mineral character here. Good bitterness is not harsh - well done and is prominent throughout. Malt character provides balance. The graham cracker character so strong in the nose comes through in the taste as well.

MF: Moderate body with moderate carbonation. No harshness or astringency.

D, notes: I was really impressed by this beer's nose. This is an easily drinking quite sessionable beer. A bit above average from the typical APA.

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Photo of Braudog
4.12/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

One of my new local favorites since WAW opened. My first sampling: It poured a nice solid copper hue with a big, substantial head. The aroma was very subtle with a floral haze. For the first session, I got a nice rounded hoppy, grassy, citrusy flavor. This is an excellent American pale ale and definitely #1 on my list of local favorites. Well done.

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Photo of sholland119
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the 11th Street Alehouse, 8/13/10.

A-Pours a clear copper amber with a thin white head and some decent stickiness.

S-Nice blast of hops, mostly grapefruit with some floral hops as well, and a nice caramel malt backbone.

T-Nice caramel malt notes with a nice blend of citrus hops and a bitter, earthy finish that is pleasant but not overpowering.

M-Medium bodied, lightly bitter.

D-Really tasty. Rather hoppy for the style, but that is not a complaint in my world. A totally different experience drinking this on tap than the bottles I have had of this in the past.


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Photo of mmmbeer
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. It pours a hazed amber with medium carbonation, and two fingers of tan head that leaves moderate lacing. It smells a bit sweet, with toasted malts and hints of lemony/piney hops. On the palate, there are notes of crystal and caramel malts, balanced by piney/green, and citric (lemon, grapefruit) hops that impart a medium bitterness on top of a medium, drying body, that has medium carbonation and leaves a long finish. Overall a good session pale ale that isn't too complex and at times hovers on the border of IPA territory.

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Photo of JamesS
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice mid-copper color with some decent head and lacing. Nice crisp and slightly hoppy scent, a little citrus and a little earthy. Good pale ale flavor with some very nice hoppy finishing (slight citrus and a little floral). Goes down very smoothly with no hop roughness.

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Photo of asabreed
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of JayQue
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a well crafted and good tasting pale ale. Pours a hazy orange/amber with a big off white head. Head retention is good and lacing is thick.

Smell is ok - malty and a little floral hoppiness. Nothing outstanding.

Tastes good. Primarily malty but the floral/aromatic hops creep in about half way thrugh and some mild bitterness is detectable at the end.

Mouthfeel is rich enough for the style and nice and crisp.

Drinkability is excellent. Strong taste, low abv and looks good sitting in the glass. Very sessionable and very nice.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: small head over a clear orange-amber beer, light retention and spotty lacing

s: a thoughtful concoction of pale and toasted grains, great balance of mild caramel with the crisp, peppery hop aromas of citrus and fresh evergreen

m: a medium body and carbonation on the lighter side

t: pale and toasted malts provide a light grain base for the citric hops, light caramel sweetness, finishes cleanly with a pleasantly sharp bitter effect

d: easy, and a high quality pale...what an amazing turnaround this brewery has made over the past few months

single from the brewery

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Photo of Brewndruid
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange color and a slightly hazy texture. There was an inch of fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, hops, and a bit of pine. Standard APA aroma.

T: Tasted of mild hops, malt, pine, and a little caramel thrown in for good measure. Slightly bready and a bit earthier than most beers of the style. A solid flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: Nothing special or new here, but still a good, sturdy American Pale Ale.

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Photo of oelergud
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semitransparent dark ruby body. Good carbonation, light tan creamy head. Decent retention and lace.
Floral, abit grassy and doughy, sharp and strong.
The taste is different but good. Pine hops with a good malt presence, sharp licorice root, hoppy but not overly so. The aftertaste is long lingering growing resin as it goes.
Medium body and coating, dry finish.
If in the mood for a very hoppy pale ale this is the one to have.


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Photo of hops4me
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from Total Wine in F-burg, VA. I heard problems of infection in their beer and thought I would check it out. Poured into the glass with one finger of head with some splashing in the pour. It has a gold to dark gold body. Good sticky lacing. Smells of sweet grain and bread. Very faint caramel. Floral and citrus hops take over. The taste is grassy and pine hops with the malty sweetness coming through in the aftertaste. That aftertaste quickly gives way to the bitterness in the hops. It is a light to medium body pale ale with good drinkability. I will buy this again and look foward to try their other beers. I am glad there was no souring on this one.

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Photo of 7UCK
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a hay golden amber. Fomy head is about averge depth, is fairly dense and has good retention leaving spotty lacing.

Aroma has a nice soft citrus and floral bouuet with malts smelling thin but sweet.

Taste is pretty desent although hops are very subdued here. Perhaps alittle old.
Hops have a slight citus flavor but not alot of hop pop. Malts have a caramel sweetness along with toasted biscuits.

This beer has a medium smooth feel. It's lightly carbonated and has a semi dry and semi bitter aftertaste.

Pretty basic pale here and it's pretty good. Case worthy at that.
The beer I bought came from a gift shop on a bridge in the middle of the chesapeake so fresh I'm sure it is not.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of Zraly
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Chesapeake Pale Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
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