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Red Marker Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

Red Marker AleRed Marker Ale

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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 16.2%


Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company visit their website
Virginia, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Riverwarrior on 05-12-2008)
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Riverwarrior

Texas

3.93/5  rDev +22.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 10:30:59 | More by Riverwarrior
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slvrmon82

Delaware

3.88/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2008 21:13:51 | More by slvrmon82
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Bung

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 03:15:20 | More by Bung
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jfmorey

Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2011 20:36:27 | More by jfmorey
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obywan59

Virginia

3.69/5  rDev +15%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 01:11:53 | More by obywan59
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FenwaySquid

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 01:45:00 | More by FenwaySquid
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 04:22:22 | More by 57md
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.61/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 01:09:23 | More by smakawhat
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev +12.1%
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".

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 15:52:50 | More by jwc215
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Tiderion

Virginia

3.58/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2009 03:32:59 | More by Tiderion
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farrago

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 18:46:16 | More by farrago
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JayQue

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 17:52:59 | More by JayQue
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.51/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Batch Code: 7-17-13:

Into a pint glass:

A: dark red/amber colored body with a one and a half finger white foamy head that dies within a minute, leaves some light foamy lacing

S: lightly hopped but in front of the caramel malts which actually do come out a bit stronger as the beer warms

T: combined fairly nicely between the hops and caramel, light caramel aftertaste, lingering dry caramel finish

M: light to medium, fairly sessionable, carbonation seems to be pretty good for the style and for me

O: not a bad American Red Ale, when in VA, I'd probably have it again

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 16:26:54 | More by BeerKangaroo
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2010 10:52:25 | More by Thorpe429
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 17:41:07 | More by micromaniac129
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Pinto21

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 22:21:04 | More by Pinto21
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Jeffreysan

Maryland

3.48/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 22:56:13 | More by Jeffreysan
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 23:33:45 | More by Metalmonk
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gregoryhersh

Texas

3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 20:38:06 | More by gregoryhersh
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Apellonious

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz out of a six from mcdougal's.

A - pours a murky reddish brown , with an odd green hue. Little to no head on the pour, thin lace.

S - malt toffieness, mild sourness, bread

T - More malts and bread, some mild hops and grains. Slight hints of smoke and chocolate. Pretty tasty, but nothing overly complex or noteworthy here. Fruit and some sweetness appear as the beer warms.

M - a little on the thin/watery side, but it has a good level of carbonation.

O - drinkable red/amber ale that is recommended to try, but doesnt quite hold up to some others in this category. Interested in trying some others from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 22:04:19 | More by Apellonious
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damndirtyape

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 23:46:13 | More by damndirtyape
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Seanibus

California

3.33/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep reddish brown with a mediocre head. The aroma is malty and firm, with a little cinnamon behind it. The flavor is malty and mildly spicy, with some cinnamon and nutmeg, and a little broad, woody bitterness on the finish. Not a terribly complex beer, but not terrible either.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 20:31:20 | More by Seanibus
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12-ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass yields a clear dark copper body with an ivory cap that recedes quickly to a soapy ring leaving no lacing.

The smell of the drink is lightly toasty with caramel and an undeniable aroma of sugar-sweetened iced tea.

The taste is sweet with a somewhat malt-fruity character and a mostly unsweetened caramel syrup finish. Lightly black tea-style earthy hops provide a bit of dusty dry bitter finish in that comes on stronger as the drink progresses.

On the thin side of medium-bodied and very lightly carbonated. Meh.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 01:31:36 | More by cvstrickland
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mralphabet

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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...

Serving type: growler

09-28-2011 04:17:09 | More by mralphabet
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ckollias

Maryland

3.25/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 01:25:49 | More by ckollias
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Red Marker Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.