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Chesapeake Pale Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Chesapeake Pale AleChesapeake Pale Ale

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bleedingshrimp on 11-06-2006)
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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 slusk
3.59/5  rDev 0%
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.

slusk, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of HuntDaddy540
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

HuntDaddy540, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of blbarnett3
4/5  rDev +11.4%

blbarnett3, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of Mantooth
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Mantooth, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of afsdan
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

afsdan, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of fishrunner
4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

fishrunner, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of beerrat
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

beerrat, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of northstar23
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

northstar23, Feb 18, 2014
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 benloho
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

benloho, Jan 31, 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
Photo of farrago
3.35/5  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.

farrago, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of ahbaggins
4/5  rDev +11.4%

ahbaggins, Jan 10, 2014
Photo of kierancarobine
4/5  rDev +11.4%

kierancarobine, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of tard24
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

tard24, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of Gregaroo
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Gregaroo, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of HopHeadRyan
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

HopHeadRyan, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of Noelito76
2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

Noelito76, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of JandJMD
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

JandJMD, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of rderedin
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

rderedin, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of obywan59
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
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".

obywan59, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of Mattyb79
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Mattyb79, Oct 16, 2013
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
Chesapeake Pale Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.