Red Marker Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Red Marker AleRed Marker Ale

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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 15.29%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Riverwarrior on 05-12-2008

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Ratings: 132 | Reviews: 57
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Photo of Tiderion
3.56/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am biased. This is one of my favorite beers.

A: Copper and amber hues. Full head to look at.

S: Little bit of a hop aroma. Nothing too amazing here.

T: Clear toasted malt flavor, comes off a bit burnt but that is the point of many amber ales. Slight hoppy bitter finish.

M: Nothing unusual here. Standard feel with less carbonation. No graininess.

D: I could drink this all day.

Photo of chinchill
2.59/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle (no date but purchased 2 days ago) served in a snifter.
An unusual amount of ressure released by uncapping. Pours dark and murky red-brown in color, hazy and with an over-sized, creamy tan head that has excellent retention and leaves the glass well coated with lacing.
Aroma: infected?
Flavor: better than the nose and drinkable, but still poor.
Feel: soft and smooth with high carbonation.

O: possible infected, making 2 out of 3 (all different beers) for me from this brewer. Should re-visit but the lack of quality control discourages that.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.47/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a murky dark brown with reddish highlights with a quarter of a finger of off-white colored head that quickly dissolved into a wispy lacing of foam that entirely covered the top of the beer. The foam leaves a nice lacing of halos on the sides of the glass as the beer is drunk.

Aroma: Lots of malt and bready aromas. Some dried stone fruit, like raisins or prunes or figs. Some candied sugar too.

Taste: Nice balance of malt and bread and the fruitiness of raisins, prunes or figs, followed by some nice hops to round everything. Sort of reminded me of Fig Newtons, but in a very good way!

Mouthfeel: Medium-full, with a good chewiness to the beer as well and some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of only 5%, there hardly any alcohol present on the palate.

Overall: This is a very good amber that has a very good balance between the malt and the hops. I liked it very much!

Photo of 7UCK
3.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Poured out a cark ale, more of a brown/caramel color

S- Slight hops with a slight citrus.

T- a little bit of a roasted malt taste, with a slight bitter and hoppy taste.

D- A very potent after taste, but very smooth to drink

All in all not a bad beer.

Photo of asabreed
3.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice not-surprisingly amber color with good carbonation, a billowing yet lacing-leaving head, in spots more than clumps.

Smell: Roasted malts and hops with some sourness and citrus, along with a mild hint of burnt sugar and funk, which adds a weird element I'm not sure is supposed to be there, though it's interesting.

Taste: Too mild in the roasted malt and hops categories, with a sourness that seems to dominated and mask the other flavors. Finish is too sour and hoppy and masks and semblance of sugar or malt, and brings it down to a subtle hardly-reminiscent version of the style.

Mouthfeel: Too watery and slick, with too little carbonation to bring out the flavors.

Drinkability: Maybe the weakest effort I've had thus far by Williamsburg, as I've enjoyed the rest quite a bit. There's something off here, a weird off-balance weirdness to the brew, and I'm not sure why it exists. I can't say I didn't enjoy it, but I certainly can't say I was craving another after I was done.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really like the looks of this beer...a deep mahogany red, just glorious, with a tan head that isn't the hugest, but certainly has amazing staying power. Add to that attractive slashes of lace, well, even if it's not the greatest beer in the world, it was almost worth the price (not much) for looks alone.

Smell is very candy-like vibe, big gooey caramel meets cherry taffy. Seriously, if you twisted caramel- and cherry-flavored taffies together, this is what you'd get.

Rich flavor, still candy-like, with hops being rather straightforward even amidst the malt-based, those hops taking on a mild citrus character. The balance of sweet and bitter is quite good. Only caveat is this has tell-tale signs of malt having been burnt in the boil. It's a tricky flavor to grapple with, the tongue having to decide with the brain whether this is char (nah...), toasted grains (too polite) or, yes, okay, something burnt. But then, it could just be my imagination and maybe they're using some severely roasted grain to begin with. The fiery color makes me wonder even more. I like the mystery going on here, and I like the taste.

Smooth carbonation, soft bubbles, the feel is a compromise between bubble attack and a nice velvety caress.

If you can accept the burnt flavor as a "unique personality trait" and not a "character flaw" then you'll like this beer. I'm okay with it. Maybe I'm feeling benevolent tonight, but this is actually a good, unique, quaffable brew with its own personality.

Photo of hophugger
3.49/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a nice beer from my hometown. Nice ale flavor but lacking a bit of boldness associated with most ales. Overall, a commendable effort and an enjoyable beer, served well chilled. Flavor tends to lose its appeal as it warms. Bravo for bringing a good beer that is brewed in Williamsburg

Photo of Riverwarrior
3.92/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S = Huge butterscotch notes with a little caramel in the background. It's like sticking your head in a bag of "Werther's" candy.

T = Butterscotch was dominate with a hint of caramel. Near the end, some hop bitterness appeared which rounded out the sweetness perfectly. The bitterness level was low and the finish was semi-sweet.

MF = Medium body, moderate carbonation, and smooth going down.

Overall, this is a very solid ale with high drinkability. This would make a great session beer.

Photo of Bung
3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz, Found this at the Grapevine in Fort Mill. Hope it's not too old, no idea on dating.
Poured a fairly vibrant red, very thin layer of white head. Doesn't retain and does not lace to well.

Very malty aroma, light leather and treacle. Lighter cocoa. Candied sugar also, pretty sweet. I could see how people would not like that, but for me it's fine.

Taste has much balancing hop presence. Piney and lightly spicey herbal hops equally present with solid caramel malt and peat, leather, some cocoa.

Heavy side of light bodied. Coats very well for a smaller beer. Carbonation more present in the mouth than appearance. Could drink a bunch of this no problem.

I must have got a newer bottler, none of the negative qualities described previously were found for me.

Photo of jfmorey
3.81/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Black Bear Bistro in Warrenton, VA

Very nice ruby amber color

Generally a good balance between malty and bitter hops, which is exactly what I want in this style of beer. Lacks the complexity for a higher rating, but certainly worth drinking.

I have also had this in a bottle, much better on tap.

Photo of wingman14
3.06/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark browning red with a huge off white head. The smell is zesty and citrus, with some yeast and malt notes. Starts sour with zesty citrus tones, followed by some slight malt flavor, but the zest is the drive of this beer. The aftertaste is a little bitter with some sweet. The malt flavor really comes out in the aftertaste after a couple sips. The taste is odd, not necessarily what I would call an amber, more like a sour beer. The mouthfeel is medium/light with plenty of carbonation, and could use better balance. This is an ok drinker, interesting flavors kept me intrigued but not something I would get regularly.

Photo of smakawhat
3.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Faint two finger tan head, simple pimple right off the pour. Some good staying power, but she is tiny. Body is a very deep red, crystal clear, but blood and dark with barely a hint of dark mahogany brown to it which makes it hard to see through. Settles to a thin cap and collared ring with even pinhead bubbles.

Nose is filled with lots whipped chocolate sensations. Good sense of sweet powdered spices, dry clove, lots of nutmeg. A very nice aroma almost winter warmer sensing.

Very mellow hop forward but not a booming presence on the palate. Hints of large grapefruit oil on the palate. Clean finish with oil character and coating. Slightly wet, without a chewy or malty depth and presence, some caramel to this would really hit the spot. Interesting the hops seem to star but they are not aggressive, which is fine with me. Slight hints of herbality and tea with the grapefruit also.

An interesting subdued hoppy amber, but with a nice fruit presence. Kind of dig it.

Photo of Immortale25
3.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a reddish light brown color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Toasty, sweet malt with some mild hop character that's mostly earthy. Also some weird must from the yeast

T- The toastiness continues but it's quite a light toastiness as is the hop bitterness and flavor. Easy to drink, though pretty plain.

M- Also plain with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- I feel like they wanted to make a red that was very red, but not all the way brown, yet they ended up at a halfway point which doesn't really lead to anything interesting. Like they wanted to redefine the style but ended up making something very...plain. But it has enough character to keep it drinkable, hence the generous score.

Photo of slusk
3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: This brew pours a slightly cloudy red/amber with a dense light tan head. Good head retention and nice lacing.

S: Nice aroma of caramel and graham with a balanced citrus and mild pine hop. A little bread crust in the background.

T: Caramel and raisin balanced with a citrusy, somewhat earthy hop. A bit of lemon in the finish. Finishes semi-dry. with low aftertaste.

M: Medium body with a mild creaminess. low/moderate carbonation. A little acidity on the tongue and the tiniest bit of astringency

O: The aroma is quite nice but the flavors are a bit muted for the style. The flavor seems to fade quickly. Just not that exciting a brew. Definitely a nice beer though, just not as good as some others in the same style. Almost drinks more like a mild. Having said that, I'd order this in a restaurant but probably wouldn't buy a sixer.

Photo of obywan59
3.7/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with an off-white head.

Smell is rich in malts with over ripe citrus and pine from the hops.

Light even sweetness from the malt up front, with a refreshingly fruity and bitter follow up by the hops.

There's a bite of carbonation early, but overall it's smooth and creamy. Maybe a bit too smooth.

Not a lot going on here, but I really like the fruity hop component. It played nicely off the sweet malt. A good spring brew, though it would probably be just as refreshing in summer.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle (batch code 07 12) poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Coppery orange with hints of red - maybe a tad murky on the table and slightly hazy. Not very bright for a red. Off white head upon pouring died back to a thin skin all the way across the top and a slightly thicker ring at the edge of the glass. Some strands of lacing here and there.

Smell: When first poured, mostly malt with caramel notes. As it warms up, not a lot of smell - bit of the malt, but muted. With a swirl I can pick some hops that are grassy, citrus, and piney combined.

Taste: Most of the flavor seems to come at the end with this beer. Hard to pick out much of anything at first, then a quick note of malt. The ending has tea-like bitterness, a bit of grapefruit citrus, toasted malt and cracker. Not really amazing in flavor, but definitely refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Despite not making a lot of noise upon cracking the bottlecap, the beer has lively carbonation on the tongue, just south of fizzy. Some lingering hop oils and stickiness on the teeth, but otherwise a bit watery.

Overall / Drinkability: It's just okay. Nothing amazing. I find one is enough and I'm done.

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Poured into a pint glass. Bottle.

3.25 A: Clear deep amber brown color. One and a half fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is below average but a short ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Definitely hop forward. Floral with some early citrus notes. A touch of earthy hops underneath. Caramel maltiness with toastiness and a touch of cracker.

2.75 T: The taste is poorly balanced for an amber ale. There's not enough malt character. Moderate bitterness with a touch of tanginess to it. Earthy mountain stream component. There's some caramel and toastiness again, but it's not strong enough and it comes off as slightly watery.

2.5 M: Lighter watery body. It could use a touch more carbonation. Lacking creaminess too. Not a big fan here.

2.75 D: It's not horrible, but it's well below average for the style.

Photo of patre_tim
3.89/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep brown cherry red filtered brew with lots of carbonation, 2 fingers of beige head. Fine thin lace like lacing.

S: Citrus, sweet toffee, fruity like cherries, coffee, very candy like.

T: Fruity like fruit punch, citrus, light toasted malts, coffee. Light bitter hops linger on the palate as well as fruity notes.

M: Medium body, medium high foamy carbonation, smooth finish.

O: Got this one in Williamsburg, VA, at the cheese factory, drank in Clyde, NC June 23, 2014. Really well done in spite of mediocre reviews.

Photo of rdub
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the brewery fresh bottle into my new Williamsburg AleWerks pint glass. Side note: I tried all the brews from the Alewerks and they all shared a common taste, even between styles. Must be te water. Anyway, poured a murky reddish brown. Aroma of mostly malt with just a touch of hops. I'm thinking like a 4:1 ratio. Kind of reminded me of old school Killians. Just your basic red.

Photo of breweryaprntc13
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On Tap poured into a pint glass.

Look: Dark Amber with a dirty white head, two fingers thick but quickly settles. Medium to thick lacing.

Aroma: Caramel comes on strong, hint of a hop smell, with some earthy notes and a slight chocolate finish.

Taste: Smooth caramel with surprisingly bitter hops finish. Dark roasted malts are subtle underneath the caramel giving it hints of possibly coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light body with low to medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not the best beer I've had from AleWerks but it makes for a great session beer. None of the flavors come on too strong and overall it is great to share a pitcher with friends.

Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours light brown with amber/reddish hues. A thin off-white/tannish head that stays tops it off. A little bit of lacing sticks.

The smell is bready, with toasted notes, and vague fruitiness.

The taste is of lightly toasted breadiness, some caramel, and some leafy, tea-like bitterness. Mild maltiness balanced by mild roast/toast and mild bitterness. It has a soft, dry finish.

Light-to-medium-bodied with medium carbonation, it's pretty smooth.

An easy-drinking, mild amber. Could push it up a notch or two in both malt and hop categories and still be "sessionable".

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate amber color with a two-finger off white head. Decent recent but fails to create any lacing. The nose is fairly one dimensional, mostly consisting of some mildly-toasted bread. There are some faint, earthy hops in there as well. The taste adds in a bit of a caramel touch along with fresh dough and toast. Slight bitterness and moderately dry. Medium body and a bit chewy with somewhat high carbonation levels. Drinks fairly well. Not their best, but solid nonetheless.

Photo of 57md
3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours reddish-copper with a finger of head that dissipated quickly but left some lacing. Considerable amount of malt in the nose. Malt profile is solid upfront, but it thins out on the finish. The finish is slightly bitter, but it is definitely a diminuendo instead of a crescendo.

Photo of ckollias
3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a hazy brown hue with a frothy, white, 2-finger head that quickly dissipates in to a wispy lace leaving a nice trail down the glass.

S: Not a huge nose here. Malty scent with a slight hoppy background.

T: Smooth malty flavor that is a little more sweet than bitter. Finishes slightly hoppy.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent red ale – nothing special – or anything I would grab again. But it was enjoyable and easy to drink.

Photo of mralphabet
3.26/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from Growler filled by the kind people at Williamsburg Alewerks.... into a 16 oz pint glass.

A: Pours a nice dark copper color.. 2 fingers of big fluffy head.. that settles to a nice layer and ring... wonderful lacing from start to finish.

A: Right up front I'm getting sweet roasted malt.. hint of caramel and a little grassy hops.

T: Sweet caramel malt right up front, quickly changes over to a grassy hops mid palette and finishes with the bitter hops.

M: Mid bodied and a little oily from the hops.. Carbonation is pretty light.

O: Not a bad little Red... Little more hops than I'm used too in a red but not bad... ABV is good so this could be a good session beer it you liked it...

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Red Marker Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.