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Chesapeake Pale Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Chesapeake Pale AleChesapeake Pale Ale

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Ratings: 157
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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Photo of Thorpe429
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Thorpe429, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +11.4%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -16.4%

ygtbsm94, Sep 15, 2013
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
Photo of BlackHaddock
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

OK, I'm a Virginia virgin, this is my first beer from this state. My bottle was brown and contained 12 fl oz, there was a batch code but no Best Before Date I could find, is that normal?

Anyway it was drank on 22nd April 2009 and poured into a 'La Chouffe' stemmed tulip shaped glass (most likely the first time these two have ever met up).

I liked the look of it, good deep amber body with a huge cream/tan head. The body wasn't clear because I poured the lot in, sediment and all, the murky liquid promised hidden treasures of the hoppy kind, the head stayed, which was nice!

You Virginia guys like hops in your Pale Ales, right? This had a good aroma of hops, not overpowering, but they did monopolize the smell, only letting a hint of yeast sneak out now and again.

Again the hops took over within the taste, not much gets past the flavours imparted by those pesky hops, I tried to find other flavours, but failed. A sweetness in the fisrt instance makes way for a drier finish, but the hops win out over everything else throughout the drink.

Good carbonisation, lively without too much fizz, although I did start to burp towards the end of the tasting.

I enjoyed my venture into this state (beerwise)and may well return one day.

BlackHaddock, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of Gavage
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a one finger head that lasts a while. Spotty lace paints the glass.

Smell: some light citrus and floral hop bitterness are easily detectable.

Taste: caramel, soft grapefruits, some fruit sweetness, and a mild bitterness are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish. Brief fruity and bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability: a bit above average pale ale, but the flavor profile needs a kick to get it into the good category.

Gavage, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of afsdan
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

afsdan, Mar 22, 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 smakawhat
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

smakawhat, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
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
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 Rhettroactive
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Rhettroactive, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

avalon07, May 17, 2011
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
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
Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Boone757, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of clayrock81
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a darkish, reddish copper with a one-finger tan head that went away quickly and left lace down the mug. Didn't really pick up any subtle malt or fruit notes in this Pale Ale as the hops are a bit overpowering, and unfortunately they stay that way with the taste. Not as smooth or light as other PAs I've had and not as balanced. The hops are dominant over sweet malts like caramel and any citric or tart fruit seems to be overpowered by a leafy, herbal hoppiness that leads to my mouth drying out a little. Williamsburg Alewerks makes some damn good beers, but this one seems a little off.

clayrock81, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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

blackie, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazed amber orange color with solid cap of frothy white head, great retention and lacing. Scent is mild, dominated by grassy but bold hops, notes of citrus and a lightly sweet, somewhat nutty malt backbone. Tastes stradles the border between American (bold pine and citrus hops, lightly sweet pale malt) and English (earthy hops and nutty malts). Medium bodied, light dryness. A nice pale ale that has some good qualities taken from American and English styles.

rfgetz, May 09, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
2.98/5  rDev -17%
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.

FosterJM, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of AngusOg
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

AngusOg, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of BMart
3/5  rDev -16.4%

BMart, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of Suds
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very clear, pale golden-amber color. The head is a little shallow, but appropriately sudsy. Nice citrus hop aroma. Although there is a little malt in the background, the hops really stand out...earthy, grassy, and sharp. The malt comes forward a bit more in the taste...just a touch of caramel and pale malt. Nicely balanced, the beer is semi-dry. A little carbonic in mouthfeel, but that does give it a very refreshing trait. Solid American style pale ale.

Suds, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of tgbljb
4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

tgbljb, Dec 12, 2007
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
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Chesapeake Pale Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 157 ratings.