Red Marker Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Red Marker AleRed Marker Ale

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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 14.98%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | 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: 135 | Reviews: 58
Photo of Ihadbeer
4.1/5  rDev +25.4%

Sometimes Breweries make mistakes that make the beer even better!

Photo of Acks
3.99/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy amber color, mid size head with some retention.
S: Hoppy and a scent of caramel.
T: A little sweet, good caramel taste with decent amount of hops.
M: Heavy but smooth, resonates well on the tongue afterwards.
O: Good beer, a lot of flavor without being too heavy.

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 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 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 slvrmon82
3.83/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stopped in at the brewery and talked to Geoff for a while. It was a really small little place.

The appearance was a dark clear red. A little darker than most. Smell was great with lots of hints of sugar and malts. Very roasty smelling. Taste was good. Not great but pretty good. Very sweet but very dry at the end. Lots of sugar and malts. Mouthfeel was very crisp and creamy. Lots of carbonation. Drinkability is up there but a little to sweet.

A very good tasting beer.

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 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 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 FenwaySquid
3.67/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle, no dating that I could find, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark reddish brown color, there might be bubbles rising but I couldn't see inside, The head formed small, 1 finger at most, and faded quickly into some lacing. Nice color but I'd like a bigger head.

Aroma: Sweet caramel and a slight hoppiness.

Taste: Sweet caramel again, some piney hops come through in the middle and dominate the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, crisp. The carbonation balanced well.

Overall: A decent red ale. Great session beer if nothing else. And for those of us from SE Virginia, it's local.

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 Brutaltruth
3.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer from my Dr. of Psych friend. This ale pours a murky brownish red with a fantastic head of foam that lingers LONG with substantial foamy lacing. Nose of bittering hops, light bread crust, light sweet caramel malt, and some light fruit notes. Flavors follow the nose with light caramel and toffee notes, fresh bread crust, and juicy bittering hops, ending with a light citrus/sweet malt note. Nice carbonation, lively mouth feel. Nice. Just what the doctor ordered.

Cheers

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 cjgiant
3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at brewery:
Poured nice dark amber, with large amount of red-tan foamy-to-soapy head. Lacing significant. Nose has more hop profile than I'm used to in an amber, which works for me. Nose is herbal hops with some metallic background.

Taste is cluster to ambers I've had in past, crisp dark bread cracker, light copper, and then an earthy to herbal hop ending. Feel is what I usually think about ambers, thin (not as watery as most, though). Body is medium light, and the beer is actually refreshing.

Better amber in my eyes than most, with maybe a little more hops than normal for the style. Not sure that hops is as obvious from a bottle.

Edit: adjusted based on second tasting on tap at local restaurant later in week. Can't speak to freshness of the place's keg, but the hops definitely were less involved in the glass I had there (note: it didn't taste old or skunked, just definitely a notch less enjoyable than at brewery, unsurprisingly).

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 farrago
3.56/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An aggressive pour yields a little around two fingers of off white foam, mostly larger bubbles and it dissolves down to the surface swiftly to leave a spotty covering across the surface, about average stick to the lacing, thin streaks here and there. Reddish brown liquid, more of a metallic orange at the glass bottom and rims, clear and easy to see through, few visible bubbles. The nose offers malt, mocha, hard caramel, scones and pie crust, boozy vanillin notes, mix of red cherry to apricot fruit, turns to mixed unprocessed grains after awhile, lacks some in the length department. Medium-bodied, likewise on the stern side in the mouth not clenched per se but not flowing openly. Dry in texture even without much carbonation and prickle, stunts the flavors a bit. Cocoa, cola, smidge of black licorice to go with the pie crust, challah bread, and pastry dough. Has a mineral water component as well. There’s no real flaws here it is simply hard to warm to, doesn’t offer depth or richness in any one area. Drinkable but you’d likely lose interest halfway through the second bottle.

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 JayQue
3.51/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown color with a lot of light coming through when held to a light. Small off white head that fades to a covering of the glass.

Not much aroma.

Strong, slightly sweet malty taste, hint of caramel. Very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is rich enough and crisp. Drinkability is good. This is a nice mild, malty beer. Good with food, or as a session beer. Nothing outstanding but a good solid beer.

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 micromaniac129
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an brownish amber color with a little head. Head fades fast due to it's loose structure and not much in way of lacing on the glass.

aroma is mostly of malts.

Taste is lightly malty with some biscuit at end.

Mouthfeel is medium and has a slight bitter finish. Carbonation is light.

An OK beer but I don't think I'd buy it again. Seems to lack flavor and is slightly weak. Some more hops for balancing would be good.

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 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 Pinto21
3.47/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown amber with nice tan/white head that fades to nice lacing fairly quick. Bit darker than expected/wanted for an amber.
Smell is toasted malts with a hint of hop to the finish, but it is mostly toasted malt.
Taste follows the nose. Almost entirely toasted biscuit malt with some sweetness to it as well with a touch of hops to the finish. Hops are a bit fruity and floral.
Mouth and drink are both nice. As it should be with a bit oily mouth in the finish but still pretty dry.

Bottle might not be the freshest, as I would expect more hop notes to it, but still a solid beer. A bit more ESB like than Amber IMO, but either way well crafted sessionable beer.

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 gregoryhersh
3.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice, rich red/golden color. Not much head on the pour. Beer itself is dry, citrusy with pine aftertaste. Mouthfeel has the taste holding in the back of your cheeks for a while, but not too strong. A good sipping beer; nothing special, but tasty. Probably an autumn beer, not a mid-winter one as I'm trying.

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Red Marker Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.