Wolaver's Pat Leavy's All-American Ale
Otter Creek Brewing

Wolaver's Pat Leavy's All-American AleWolaver's Pat Leavy's All-American Ale
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From:
Otter Creek Brewing
 
Vermont, United States
Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
ABV:
6%
Score:
84
Avg:
3.69 | pDev: 9.76%
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
6
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Aug 19, 2015
Added:
Jan 07, 2009
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SCORE
84
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Rated by papat444 from Canada (QC)

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
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Aug 14, 2013
 
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Jul 04, 2013
 
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Jun 27, 2013
 
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Jun 04, 2012
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Reviewed by tempest from New York

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Picked up a single at Abe's. It shares a lot with your basic pale ale. The light citrus hops balance nicely against pale toasty malts. There's a mild sugary caramel note from specialty malts and a dry bitter finish. I had this around the same time as Penn Brewery's pale ale and the main difference is just lighter malts in the Wolavers.
Apr 11, 2011
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Reviewed by roddwolff from Mexico

3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
First beer with organic hops and malt i drink. Poured in a tonic glass. Look: Yellow honey, extremely cloudy, thick head; Smell: Pine and herbal hops with peaches essences; Taste: Earth hops with notes of peach and biscuity malts; Mouthfeel: Very bitter and dry, robust body and high carbonation; Drinkability
: Too fizzy but easy to drink.
Feb 05, 2011
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Reviewed by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a standard pint glass, presents with decent 1/2" thick off white head that disspates quickly but does cling the glass. Color is a light amber to copper, with decent carbonation.

Smell is biscuity, bready malt, hint of earthy scents and mild roast. Not much hop presence.

Taste is biscuity, bready, mildly roasted caramel malt. Mild sweetness, very little hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, flavors sit on the tongue and grab your cheeks. Just a touch on the sweet, cloying side.

The style of beer is very drinkable, but I think the touch of excessive malt sweetness makes this a beer you need to mix with others.
Dec 18, 2010
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Reviewed by beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.17/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
A: Poured a crystal clear, bright orange with a frothy 2 finger ivory-bone colored head that left a frumpy and splotchy lacing. Retention was good lasting for several minutes while a strong visible carbonation was present at first with large macro sized bubbles clinging to the glass walls, but quickly subsided to a faint whisper.

S: Fresh oranges and anice spicy hopping compliments of the fruggles provide a tropical notes of pineapple jucie that was sweet and tangy.

T: For flavor the spicy hopping opens things up with some tropical fruitiness of pineapples which was sharp and pronounced. Unfortunatley it quickly gave way and the flavor wimpered in the finish. Lemon peels with a soft touch of pine that was pretty much drained out by the fruity nature of the fruggles. The hopping was fresh and flowery while finishing with a slight dry finish. The malting appeared weak overshadowed by a wet lemony hopping. The hops individually would have been really nice but somehow the 3 hops utilized just didn't seem to blend well together. The beer finishes up with a sour country time lemonade finish that lingers long after the drink with a puckering lemon flavor that stays with you. Overall found the hopping to be to extreme in terms of variation and didn't blend well which hurt this.

M: The mouthful had a medium viscosity, slick with a soft carbonation.

D: Ok but really didn't leave an impression. Average. In terms of ingredients this was a true all American ale, unfortunately it didn't fair as well taste wise. A bit unbalanced and found it to be to lemony and fruity at the same time. Sweet, tangy hopping. Think this would have been a lot better if 1 or 2 of the hops were changed or left out. not a bad beer, just a bit strange and one not suited for multiples, which a good ale should be.
Oct 15, 2010
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Reviewed by mstyne from New York

3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
6 pack bought from Young's Pharmacy on NY 43.

"Since 1997". LOT 2633012110

Perhaps we can guess it was brewed in January 2010.

Poured a hazy yellow-orange into my Magic Hat Brewing Company pint glass. A VT kind of day I guess. A nice fruity, hoppy aroma. Substantial head and good lace.

This is a light flavored brew with just enough hop punch to keep things interesting. Very drinkable, but nothing really sets it apart from the crowd. That said, I imagine brewing organically is not an easy thing to do, and this is a fine end result for such a difficult process.
Jun 05, 2010
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Reviewed by thekevlarkid from Maryland

3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Out of a bottle this beer was an appealing, slightly rusty, tangerine color with one finger of yellow-tan head. The retention was not much to speak of, as the head quickly faded to a collar and the lacing was not much to speak of. The aroma was what I thought to be an appealing blend of citrus hops and floral hops (both Fuggles & Golding really came through) as well as a crystal (?) malt background. The flavors were more bitter than the aroma, reflecting the slightly musty Magnum hops but none the less well balanced. The citrus notes laid atop the slightly sweet malts like Egyptian cotton sheets on a comfy mattress. A session beer one could relax into. Not complex, but enjoyable. The mouthfeel was good, the body was medium, the carbonation appropriate.
May 11, 2010
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Reviewed by travduke from North Carolina

3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Orange/copper body, one finger head. Decent retention, amazing lacing.

Aroma: Fruity, biscuity, malty. Nothing really stands out.

Taste: Nice pine bitter hop presence which is balanced delightfully with a sweet malt.

Feel/Drink: Medium bodied, great drinkability.
Apr 18, 2010
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Reviewed by EStreet20 from New Jersey

3.11/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Continuing my Otter Creek/Wolaver's sampling of late.

12 ounce bottle. 20 ounce nonic pint glass.

A - Light orange/yellow amber with about a finger of off white head. Nice little lace rings on the glass.

S - Smell is grainy and fairly muted.

T - Taste is hard to describe here. Good amount of hop bitterness here but not a lot jumps out at me. Some earhty hop tones on the finish.

M - Light to medium body. Well carbonated.

D - Not bad brew here. Needs to either have some more malt pull through to go the sweet, balanced amber route or needs to ramp up the aroma/flavor hops to be a hoppy amber. Either way would make me say "I want more" about this beer a lot more than I am now.
Mar 31, 2010
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Reviewed by fragilemacabre from New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
This was brought to me and tasted without knowing it was an amber ale. I tend to dislike them (even from Stone, when I've liked every single beer I have tried from them), but I'm glad this slipped through the radar. It translates as much more of a low-key and malty IPA than an amber ale, reminiscent of what I didn't like about Southampton's IPA offering. It works in this, however, since it's light on the palate and still satisfying without shoving hoppy flavor down your throat (which is something I usually seek out in a beer, especially one with hops smack dab on the label). I wouldn't mind having this again.
Mar 12, 2010
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Reviewed by ommegangpbr from New York

4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
From the label and much of the description I guess I was expecting more of an IPA than an amber, though the label does eventually mention that this is an amber...
I might not have picked this up had I noticed, as I do not tend to enjoy most amber ales.
This one is an exception. Some of those amber ale flavors are in there but they don't hit me over the head. There's a bit of a black tea thing going on, along with some biscuity notes. The hops are strong but smooth; they don't hit you over the head either. The malt characters serve as a good foundation for the hops and the esters to play off of.
Very easy drinking all around. All in all I would generally prefer a hoppy IPA or pale ale but if I see this around again I would probably pick it up.
Mar 12, 2010
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Reviewed by phillipzayas from Texas

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
I liked this one. Not too hoppy, but it has a nice balance of sweetness and malty flavors combined with the hoppiness. The appearance was pretty spot on; clear, nice head retention, very amber. The taste wasn't what I really expected from an American Amber. I thought the taste was a bit too sweet, BUT it was still really good. The biggy that surprised me was the mouthfeel. The mouthfeel was very rich and long lasting and had a great carbonation level to it.
Feb 26, 2010
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Reviewed by plaid75 from New York

3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On draft at the Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell was very fruity with a hints of apricot and citrus.

The taste was slightly sweet and featured melon and apricot flavors.

The mouthfeel was full bodied.

Overall a fruity and flavorful ale.
Feb 08, 2010
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Reviewed by DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured into a pint glass. Bought this for a buck at local place.

4.0 A: Hazy dark orange color. 1 1/2 fingers of creamy head with average retention and a decent amount of lacing.

3.5 S: Hardly any hop aroma, maybe a touch of pine. Malts give off a subtle sweetness with hints of caramel. Not bad, but extrodinarily weak.

4.0 T: I was expecting a lot less taste than what is present. Very happy for that as these organic brews usually suck ass. Plenty of caramel and toffee flavor, way more than in the nose. Slight buttery taste than complements rather than detracts. Bittering hops do a good job at balancing. Flavor hops are piney in nature, not strong, but definitely there.

3.5 M: Medium body. The carbonation is quite bitey and thus this isn't that creamy.

4.0 D: This may very well be the best organic beer ever made.
Nov 17, 2009
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Reviewed by oberon from North Carolina

3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Iam not sure if I would put this in the amber/red ale category but hey who am I?Poured into a standard pint a clear light copper color with a fluffy,sticky,one finger head that settles into a frothy mass after leaving multiple rings of broken lace behind.Not much goin on in the nose just herbal hop and dry, lightly toasted malt.Flavors are more herbal and leafy from the hops than citric,at least on my palate,there is pretty dry and toasty malt feel through to the finish.A decent brew not anything to go crazy over but its drinkable with pretty good flavor.
Oct 29, 2009
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Reviewed by u2carew from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle. Consumed 10/03/09
A) Pours with a creamy quarter inch head. Lacing is tight and sticky. Slightly hazy. Upward carbonation. Copper in color.
S) Oranges. Peach. Apricot. Mellow malty sweetness in the caramel sense.
T) From the start a balanced caramel malt sweetness and floral bitter hop notes. Prominent caramel. Grapefruit and orange. A lingering hop bite in the finish and beyond.
M) Initially crisp. Smooth finish. Medium body.
D) A delicious PA. Well done Wolavers.
Oct 19, 2009
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Reviewed by dickroop from Maryland

4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
The beer poured light amber with good head and lacing. Had a nice hoppy aroma with floral and earthy notes. Promising...

Taste was outstanding. Hops were traditional English style with a little American Northwest zest. Malt was not too strong, almost a perfect balance of hops and malt. A sip generates aggressive hop bite that first attacks the palate with some peppery and fruit notes (pears?). Mid-palate, some caramel malt sweetness provides a nice counter to the bitterness, but sustained bitterness returns for a clean finish.

Mouthfeel is wonderfully light, the carbonation is even and enjoyable, with interesting sensations through the entire sip & swallow. Drinkabiliy is great, in spite of being "organic", this is a real winner that I'll look to buy and enjoy more of.
Sep 27, 2009
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Reviewed by blackie from Oregon

3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
a: tyranena nonic, produces a frothy off-white topping above a deep orange-amber beer, retention is high as attractive lace clings to the glass

s: bready grain with a caramel center supports a leafy herbal/grassy hop aroma with just a touch of dried citrus peel, some biscuit and other rustic grain, simple and well rounded

m: soft carbonation, medium in level with a lighter body

t: husky grains taste of fresh bread and impart only a mild caramel sweetness, hops are surprisingly assertive - in this context - and give a nice citric bitterness in the finish and provide herbal flavors throughout, great balance with enough flavor to keep me happy

d: would probably get bored with a six-pack but this one's worth a shot, easily drinkable

single from Whole Foods, Vienna, VA
Aug 26, 2009
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Reviewed by Reidrover from Oregon

2.8/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Light amber coloured beer..small off white head..not very impressive looking.
The aroma is totally none-descript..some bready malts is all I can make out.
Taste is marginally better more biter hops, but still that bready malt backing.
Kinda thin for style in the mouth.
Not impressed by this beer. Has no business in Oregon!
Jul 17, 2009
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Reviewed by wagenvolks from Texas

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle into a pilsner glass (bottled 1/27/09). Long story on the bottle about how Otter Creek ditched imported New Zealand hops for a local Oregon farmer's varieties of Fuggles, Goldings, and Magnum, as well as organically grown barley. "USA! USA! USA!"

Pours with a lighter-than-expected golden brassy color; clear, with a visibly active carbonation level. Nice head retention to the half inch of creamy, sawdust foam that leaves behind thick tufts of lacing. Perhaps it's partly psychological, but this beer even SMELLS organic. Light, floral hops compete with some dried grasses & herbs, while the background is dominated by grainy malts that suggest doughnut cake and bread crust.

Crisp amber malts lead the way with some floral grassiness and grapefruit peel. Stale crackers and grain husks mid-palate. A little too bitter on the finish as the Magnum hops lay down a hefty dose of IBU's, but it becomes more citrusy and enjoyable after a few minutes. Solid mouthfeel, juicy & refreshing at the same time, with a medium body and some stickiness after each sip. Nice drinkability, but I probably won't be having this again. Just too many better amber ales out there for this to become a member of my regular rotation.
Jul 02, 2009
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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Light amber color, clear. Modest head which surprised me given that the bottle bubbled over. Light lace.

Well-balanced aroma of malt/hop. Slightly sweet--berry like.

The flavor is far more dry than the smell would suggest. The carbonation was enough to overflow the bottle; it really cuts the otherwise decent body. Good bitter aftertaste. A middle-of-the-road amber.
Jun 26, 2009
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Reviewed by letsgopens from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A solid little selection; this Amber Ale pours a rather average golden/orange amber color with a frothy, creamy pearl head. The head recedes rather quickly and leaves very little lacing if any.

Toasty malt and a mild, sweet fruitiness. A hint of honey and plenty of spicy hops are present. A husky grain notes lingers as well with a hint of citrus tang.

Moderate biscuit malt backbone surrounded by a spicy, bitter hop profile. The bitterness lingers and apart from the soft citrus and mild malt, it dominates the flavor. Tasty but little to show in the way of complexity.

A definite crispness initiates the mouthfeel but soft, relatively low-level carbonation provides for a slick finish. Enjoyable but doesn't exactly stand out.
Jun 24, 2009
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Reviewed by clayrock81 from Florida

3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Poured a light red-gold hue with one-finger white head that stuck around a little. A hoppy smell more than malty, but still somewhat balanced. The beer isn't as balanced as its aroma, though, b/c it is medium-bodied and somewhat malty, but I found the balance off and the hop bitterness taking over, especially a rather dry and unpleasant backbite. A decent red but they need to tweak the hop amount.
May 28, 2009
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Reviewed by allergictomacros from Canada (ON)

4.37/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Clear gold with a smallish head of foam. Nose is caramel, heavy raw malt, toasty grain, and herbal hops. First sip: starts off with a bit of grapefruit and a grainy maltiness. Carbonation is fairly strong and prickly on the tongue. Second sip: has some oomph to the body with some slickness. Quite a well balanced brew with solid malt body and a heft dose of hops, especially on the back end. Feels stronger than expected (I didn't check the ABV before drinking). I kinda like this one. Solid quaffable brew with tons of well balanced flavour and no real weaknesses.
May 27, 2009
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Reviewed by albern from Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This beer is neither creamy and malty enough nor biting and hoppy enough to be truly interesting. So, the beer is kind of stuck in a nether world, but having said that, it isn't a bad beer to have around. The beer pours a nice golden amber color with a decent head, some lacing, and retention. The nose on the beer is quite floral, a bit musty in parts, maybe a touch of toffee, but no hops to be found.

The taste is somewhat caramely, not entirely smooth, with a slightly cracked grain crispness, but this is balanced out with a malty base. There are some leafy hops but not enough to be bittering or that interesting. The beer is just one of those that can't figure out what it should or wants to be. An okay beer, but not all that interesting either.
May 22, 2009
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Reviewed by cvstrickland from North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
The screwtopped longneck pours pale copper and clear in my DFH shaped pint and is capped with a finger's thickness of creamy ivory foam. The head quickly settles into a thin layer that blankets the sides of the glass, leaving a single band of thick webby lacing and a few scrappy freckles of foam behind.

The smell is mild and sweetly toasty with an herbal note and a dabble of aromatic green citrus.

The taste is sweetly toasted with a bittering note of burnt grain and dry grassy hops. The backbone of the flavor profile is grainy and somewhat undercooked, and is mild, cereally, and a touch starchy.

The drink is medium-bodied; the carbonation is just fine, and I'm all for organic practices, but this beer just lacks oomph. Plenty drinkable nonetheless.
May 14, 2009
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Reviewed by allengarvin from Texas

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This slightly hazy amber colored beer had a good initial head, but it collapsed rapidly. The nose is pleasantly simple caramel with a light dusting of hops. Taste is a bit more on the hoppy side, lightly resinous, and dryly bitter. Caramel is present but no more than gently sweet in the background, with a dry finish. Nicely carbonated, with a neutral texture.

Pretty drinkable beer, if not anything special.
May 12, 2009
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Reviewed by MisterDeeds from Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a light golden amber with a thin layer of head that recedes very quickly, leaving almost no foam. Appears to be extremely carbonated.

Smells earthy and hoppy, with a flowery and citrus kick.

Very smooth, with almost none of the expected bitterness up front. Some sweet grapefruit, then the earthy hops show up on the back end, as a slight layer of bitterness coats the throat.

Doesn't feel as carbonated as it looks, and it makes for a nice smooth feel.

Finishes crisp and citrusy, with enough hoppy bitterness to keep you thirsty for more.
May 05, 2009
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Reviewed by jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Pours a five finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Nice crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Flavor is some caramel, hops, lingering bitter aftertaste. $1.95 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.
Apr 23, 2009
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Reviewed by dogfishandi from New York

3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
poured from 12 oz. bottle at cellar temp. into pint glass. pours a very clear light amber color with some reddish orange hues to it. about a one finger head that lasted a couple minutes then faded to a ring and some patchy foam.

the aroma, not too huge, is of buttery caramel malts, light grains, and a touch of grassy hops.

very crisp, balanced taste to this one. first off you get a nice light buttery caramel maltiness that subsides into a pleasent hop bitterness. the hops really come in stronger than the aroma suggests.

nice light body, paired with a crisp, light, refreshing mouthfeel, buts the drinkability pretty high. i havent had too many organic beers, but this is definately one of the best that ive tasted. im not a huge fan of wolavers or otter creek, but this isnt too bad
Apr 20, 2009
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Reviewed by riversider76 from New York

3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Pours a clear copper with a fluffy white head. Not much retention and just a bit of laceing. Aromas is of carmel malts.Nice,but a bit weak.Body is medium with a bit too much fizz for me. Taste is all there. A wonderful mix of bready carmel malts, with a bit of hops in the finish.Hints of spice through out.Excellent!
Apr 19, 2009
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Reviewed by Vengeance526 from Louisiana

3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Pours a light copperish amber color with a small white head that quickly dissipates.

Smells of light hops with a bit of an earthy profile.

Hops are a bit more pronounced in the taste along with some hints of spice and faint caramel notes. Starts off hoppy but the bready malt notes quickly balance this one out nicely.

Mouthfeel seemed a little watery at first but it slowly grew on me over time. Pretty refreshing on a hot day, this was more drinkable than I had been expecting. I've never been a fan of these organic beers but this wasn't so bad and might be worth picking up a full sixer if the price is right.
Apr 06, 2009
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Reviewed by RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a foggy amber touched orange. Thin creme head. Flavor is a biting and almost acidic leafy thing. A bit too biting IMO. It still works though to some degree and as it warms (or I get used to it as I drink), it gets a bit better. I also feel like there is a fair amount of inky character to things as well on the backside at the start. As it warms it turns more into an earthy amber ale kind of thing. Typical feel on liquid body. Carbonation nips slightly at the tongue. A nice enough amber ale. I think if this were on cask it would be very interesting.
Apr 03, 2009
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Reviewed by WesWes from New York

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
The beer pours a dark gold color with a 1/4" white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice, pale and bisquit malt scent along with a light, grassy, hop aroma. The taste is decent. It has really nice malt character along with a pretty aggressive hop finish. It's a little unbalanced, although I enjoy the bisquit malt presence. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a medium bodied beer with a little too much CO2. This isn't a bad beer, but it could use a little tweeking. Kudos to Pat Leavy for the organic contributions. Keep up the good work Wolaver's!
Mar 26, 2009
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Reviewed by jsp2 from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Pours a clear light amber with a resilient and somewhat thin head of white foam. Smells of toasted barley, caramel, and herbal hops. Slight fruitiness gives way to a sour herbal hop punch, then a hit of malty sweetness that finishes with bitterness from the hops again. Somehow seems light and quenching despite the malt and hop presence. Pretty bitter and hoppy but sweet enough to be nicely balanced. One could have these in a session as they are light enough.

I picked up a 6er of these because it was on $2 off at whole foods. Great bargain for that price. According to the bottle it is made with organic hops from oregon and isn't pasteurized, which are both plusses to me. I would buy it again for a nice somewhat heavy session brew with flavor.
Mar 25, 2009
Wolaver's Pat Leavy's All-American Ale from Otter Creek Brewing
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 53 ratings