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Red Marker Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

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Red Marker AleRed Marker Ale

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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 15.64%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Riverwarrior on 05-12-2008)
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Photo of TheMistler
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep brown, maybe slight red notes. A brownie batter color (though the beer is not opaque). Kinda pleasant to my eyes. Off-white head, not too much of it. A little bit of drapery lacing, but not much. The head is certainly nothing to write home about.

A clean nose, nothing really stands out. Whiffs of dough / yeast, a slight citrus twang, caramel malt.

Some caramel sweetness - caramel malt hovers to varying degrees throughout the taste. Dark toast is predominant note, to my mind. Indistinct tangy bittering comes in at the end, is not insubstantial. I'm not sure how I feel about the finish.

Light to medium in body, with lots of tiny, prickly CO2. I'm not huge on the carbonation, but a slightly chewy feel fits - to my mind - the toast aspect of the brew.

TheMistler, May 30, 2009
Photo of rugerj
3.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer pours a medium brown color with some ruby highlights, small head is present and dissipates quickly, no t much lacing left in glass. Smell is of toasted malt with some slight caramel notes. Taste was of toasted malt with a subdued malty sweetness. Virtually no hop aroma. Mouth feel was average for the style, not too heavy.

A decent beer if you like amber ales, one of my least favorite styles. Nothing stands out here but not a badly made beer.

rugerj, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of soupermirl
3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown in color not really red. Smells malty and a lot like caramel and yeasty. Nice head and good left over ring. Taste was good, but not great. Sort of bitter but didn't really seem hop bitter. Not a whole log of mouth to it, but a decent beer non the less. Fairly easy to drink.

soupermirl, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of wingman14
3.05/5  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.

wingman14, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of orcasteve
2.08/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

got as a gift from my parents trip to williamsburg so i was excited to try this one, but i am not impresed, this one poured a dark amber color with a 3 finger head on it, the taste is watery, and a bad combanation of dry sour and then rough bitter and an aftertaste that just wont quit, i taste lemon in the middle witch is the only thing that i liked in this beer at all, this is almost a drain pour but i maneged to choke all of this one down

orcasteve, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of eljefe21
2.25/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Dark redish-copper color. Poured to an almost non-existent head.

S: A faint tart smell.

T: An almost ice tea flavor with a slight lemon finish.

M: Some carbonation, which is a little surprising considering the dull appearance of the beer. Fairly light bodied.

D: Not at all what I expected from an American Amber. It might make a decent summer beer because of the tartness, but nothing I'll ever buy again.

Served: in a standard pint glass.

eljefe21, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
3.28/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

cvstrickland, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of Hatchman
2.2/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Looks good with a dark red/brownish color. No head at all, and no lacing. Appears to have no carbonation whatsoever.

Smell: A little of malts, roasted nuts and chocolate, but smells like they let it burn and scraped some off the bottom.

Taste: Sour at first, but gets better after it breaths. Looks aren't deceiving in that there is a definite lack of carbonation. They definitelly let some of the ingredients cook too long.

Mouthfeel: Feels thin and once again, lack of carbonation makes it taste flat.

Drinkability: Living close to Williamsburg in Chesapeake, I really wanted to like this beer since it is a local. But I feel I wasted the $8.50 on this 6 pack and I'm wondering how I'm going to choke the other 5 down. Strongly considered pouring it all out, but I can't abuse alcohol like that. Let's just say I won't buy it again... EVER!

Hatchman, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
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".

jwc215, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of JayQue
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

JayQue, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of asabreed
3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

asabreed, Aug 06, 2008
Photo of bubbaoyster
2.4/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Wish all the best for the Williamsburg AleWerks but this beer needs reworking.

Cloying, sweet, acidic aftertaste ruins what starts off as a reasonable combination of color and carbonation. What hop flavor is present is quickly wrecked by finish. Thought I might have a bad bottle , but another one confirmed the problem.

I won't buy again.

bubbaoyster, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of jordoo
2.68/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poored into a pilsner glass.

Comes off a hazey brown almost icetea like color with some red tints when held up to the light. Small quickly dispersing head that left some patchy foam floating around the top. Smell is of a toasted sweet malt hint of grassy hop and possibley candied plump. Taste has some malt sweetness slight hop bitterness and a poor fruit tone. It also has a slight chemical/acidic aftertaste. On the thin side for a red ale, and with everything considered it wasn't the easiest beer to finish.

jordoo, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of Minkybut
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a very dark red color. The head was tan and I thought I was in for a great beer. The beer was smooth with a malty finish. But it also had a chemically aftertaste also that was not very good. The beer actually was very watered down tasting I thought. Like someone had actually added water to it. I will noyt buy again.

Minkybut, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of slvrmon82
3.88/5  rDev +19%
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.

slvrmon82, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of Riverwarrior
3.93/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Riverwarrior, May 12, 2008
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Red Marker Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.