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

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Wolaver's Pat Leavy's All-American AleWolaver's Pat Leavy's All-American Ale

Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-07-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 53
Photo of Reidrover
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!

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Photo of letsgopens
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.

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Photo of EStreet20
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
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.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
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.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber to gold with a very wispy thin head. Carbonation level looks fairly light.

The smell of this reminds me so much of Magic Hat's Fat Angel, that is all I can think of! Sweet, buttery with a hint of some sort of hippy spice like sage or something.

Taste is pretty basic. Kind of sharp and metallic on the tongue. Very dry and bitter in the finish. Decent amount of hop finish but its very bitter and not well balanced. Actually I find this rather astringent.

Pretty standard ale, except that its organic. Not a favorite of mine but pretty drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of MisterDeeds
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.

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Photo of bitterthebetter
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear golden color with crisp white head

aromas of grapefruit, pine, biscuity malt

citrusy hops upfront with a biscuity malt body, slight pine hops on the finish

light bodied, very crisp, with a solid hop character and a good malt body

a smooth ale, I would consider it a pale/ambery ale with solid hoppy notes and a good malt balance.

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Photo of mstyne
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.

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Photo of selecter70
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have to say that I was excited to find this in my next door local supermarket (Foodmaster: actually they are expanding their beer & wine to be even more inclusive of small brewers- they've already done a great job in the last couple of years!). Regardless,
I brought the 6-pack home & eagerly poured an average looking decent pale ale. The aroma had a strongish apple scent, not sweet but like a decent cider with hoppy edges. The taste was crisp, again like a cider, though without the apple flavor, but a sparkly hop with malt aftertaste. A nice late summer, early fall pale ale.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a light copper color with a small head and plenty of visible carbonation. The smell a mix of hop spiciness and malt. The taste starts off with some sweet bready malt that's cut pretty quickly by some hops that last until the finish. The mouthfeel is a little watery with a decent amount of crispness from the carbonation. This is a pretty middle of the road beer, nothing that's fantastic but worth trying out if you see it.

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Photo of albern
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.

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Photo of roddwolff
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.

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Photo of smcolw
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.

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Photo of wagenvolks
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.

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Photo of oberon
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.

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Photo of fragilemacabre
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.

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Photo of tempest
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.

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Photo of WesWes
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!

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Photo of BDIMike
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly darkened golden color. There is a very high amount of carbonation that creates a medium-sized white head that has great retention and lacing throughout the drink.
The smell of this beer is very subtle. There is a malted barley aroma, fairly ordinary. I can barely detect any smell of hops. I was surprised by the lack of a strong hop smell especially with the picture of hops on the label.
The hops come out a lot stronger in the taste than in the smell. There is a good fresh hop taste. The barley balances it out very well with a bit of a caramel or toffee malt taste. A bit of sweetness in the aftertaste.
There is a good amount of thickness to this beer for an amber ale, but the beer still retains a very smooth mouthfeel.
Wolaver's newest creation is a very easygoing beer. It has a good balance to it of hops and barley with neither taste overbearing the other. Nothing spectacular to this brew, but a solid, balanced beer that goes down easy.

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Photo of cvstrickland
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.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
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.

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Photo of Stimack
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this brew up the other day on a whim as I have enjoyed the Wolavers brand in the past. This brew poured to an orange highlighted amber color with a small to medium sized very white colored head. The head retention on this brew was very good leaving some nice lacing down the side. The aroma is nice though a little muted. The malts give a roasted, buttery and nutty like scents off. The hop scent are light, but give a slight spiciness to the aroma. The flavor profile on this brew are more robust and interesting that the aromas where letting on. The malt profile here is nice the roasted and nut flavors really seem to come out along with a slight caramel taste. The hops, though still not strong, give a nice accompanying flavor as it adds a little spice that I felt on the back of my tongue. Once again a good offering from Wolavers, what seems to add to it for me is the organic American ingredients. Will get this again, more of a summer brew.

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