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: 10 | 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 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 m_hall
3.17/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Standard pour from 12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint. Beer is a slightly hazy dark amber-brown capped by a two fingers tan head with short retention, leaving a light film on top. Lacing, however is quite good.

Aroma is roasted malts with earthy and citric hop notes. Not heavily aromatic, but fairly nice.

Flavor is not nearly as malty as one might expect from the style. There's a distinct nature of toasted (even burnt) malts, some nutty, some bread-y, but no real caramel-like sweetness. A somewhat steely hoppy bitterness follows, but even on the short finish the aftertaste is still dominated by the toasted bread-crust like flavors. Not unpleasant, mind, just rather one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel is light and water-y. Carbonation is rather light. I don't see an ABV on the bottle, but according to the site it's 5%, and that seems about right.

Overall I'm a little puzzled by this one... I can't help but feel like I'm drinking half a beer for some reason. Mind you, what's here is quite good, and it's a very easy-drinking beer, and there's no obnoxious flavors that would lead one to believe there's bad brewing involved... but I feel like there's a decided lack of complexity. American Amber Ales are known for bread-y and biscuit-like characteristics (see: Fat Tire) but I feel a little something extra should be here to give this a lift. As it is, it's good, if not terribly exciting.

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 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 Ihadbeer
4.1/5  rDev +25.4%

Sometimes Breweries make mistakes that make the beer even better!

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

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 Apellonious
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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 jayhawk73
3.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an amber color with reddish highlights. Weak off white head, and minimal lacing on my snifter. The nose is bread, toast, caramel malt, and slight hops. Not bad. Taste is the same profile, but it's a little watered down in the taste department. Feel is medium, with malt roast coming through the most. Overall, an ok beer with several flaws. Cheers.

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 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...

Photo of avalon07
2.65/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a light amber color and a clear consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Very little lacing.

S: A weird, slightly off-putting aroma of malt, hops and a soapy quality.

T: Tasted of some malt, piney hops, and that same soapy quality. Not a very appetizing flavor. Unfocused and a bit on the thin side.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is definitely not a very memorable beer. Could have been better than it was.

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.

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