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Red Marker Ale - AleWerks Brewing Company

Red Marker AleRed Marker Ale

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100 Ratings
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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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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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afordney

Tennessee

2.58/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The pour was a deep amber reddish color, very pretty and clear. The head was about a thumb thick and left pretty tight lacing on the edges of my glass.

aromas of hop spice, nothing overwhelming and very smooth.

taste is sharply bitter and a little sour, the bitterness drowns out anything else that might be going on.

very light and very bitter

This beer looked and smelled better than it tasted. I don't think I'd go for another.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 22:27:02 | More by afordney
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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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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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breweryaprntc13

Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2010 17:17:32 | More by breweryaprntc13
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JamesS

Indiana

2.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a decent slight copper color with tinges of orange; has a bit of initial head, but no lacing. Decent scent, some malt sweetness, but nothing sticks out. Same with the taste, a very bland, although not bad, flavor; some decent sweet malt grains and notmuch else. Went down fine. I would not turn this beer down, but I would never buy it myself. The lowest of the AleWerks brews I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 17:20:10 | More by JamesS
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

2.58/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Maybe I had a bad bottle of this (though I doubt it), but this was bad. Appearance is an average brown copper color, hazed with an un-retentive tan head that leaves no lace a thin crown. Aroma is the worst part of this, very sweet, slightly medicinal, I don't want to think much more about this, but whatever it was, it's not natural. Flavor is average, bready and malty with a mild, dry hop flavor throughout, but my mind might being playing tricks on me on distinguishing how sweet the flavor is compared to the aroma. This was hard to finish the bottle, blindly I never would have called this an amber, I probably would have pegged the style as an American drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 03:03:40 | More by yourefragile
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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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TheMistler

District of Columbia

3.08/5  rDev -4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 20:16:12 | More by TheMistler
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rugerj

Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2009 00:35:45 | More by rugerj
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soupermirl

Mississippi

3.2/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 00:37:14 | More by soupermirl
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wingman14

Ohio

3.05/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 02:22:27 | More by wingman14
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orcasteve

North Carolina

2.08/5  rDev -35.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 17:43:50 | More by orcasteve
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eljefe21

Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 02:13:40 | More by eljefe21
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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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Hatchman

Virginia

2.2/5  rDev -31.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2008 21:19:15 | More by Hatchman
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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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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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asabreed

New York

3.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 04:52:04 | More by asabreed
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bubbaoyster

Virginia

2.4/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 00:46:23 | More by bubbaoyster
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jordoo

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 16:20:19 | More by jordoo
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Minkybut

Virginia

3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 20:32:26 | More by Minkybut
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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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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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Red Marker Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.