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

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

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Otter Creek Brewing
Vermont, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by ClockworkOrange on 01-07-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 47
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 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 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 allergictomacros
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.

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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 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 allengarvin
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.

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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 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 dogfishandi
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

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Photo of riversider76
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!

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Photo of Vengeance526
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
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.

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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 jsp2
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.

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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 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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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 NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The story behind Pat Leavy's All-American Ale is fairly interesting, and I can relate. When I brewed an Organic lager at a brewpub in Philly in '98 I had to get organic malt from Canada and organic hops from New Zealand, so I totally understand. And there was very little choice of hop variety! So I support organic foods, and I support Wolaver's / Otter Creek for doing this series.

It pours a slightly hazy orange-copper body beneath a short head of creamy white foam that dissipates a bit too quickly, and leaves only minor lacing behind.

The nose is hoppy but not distinctly "American" in variety. I guess it is "American" in origin though. It's grassy, leafy, and spicy over a grainy, caramelish malt base.

The flavor offers more of everything, and the hops are fairly strong, showing even more spiciness. Malt follows, and it's got a good medium caramel core to it. At the swallow everything dissipates for a moment, followed by a quick flash of sweet caramel, and then it dries out completely as the bitterness rises along with residual leafy, grassy, and spicy hops. Fairly long, lingering finish.

Overall, it's a decent, well-crafted ale with a good balance, a firm structure, and a fair amount of hop flavor.

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Photo of ATPete
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle

Pours a warm orange color with a small but strong white head that leaves some soapy stickage. Subtle and earthy nose of fresh hops and some spices, almost nutmeg or even rye. English in style for sure, more of a pale ale or a hoppy mild than an amber ale in my opinion. Good balance, i really enjoy the hop character. Incredible drinkability. Looks like Mike is really turning that place around.

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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 NJpadreFan
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A- bright golden orange/ brown with a good frothy head. Decent 1 ringed lacing.
S- Nice sweet pine hops with a touch of toffee malt.
T- Sweet caramel/ toffee malt with a slight overpowering pine hop bite. Good buttery/ biscuity bread flavors as well.
M- Sweet and piney. Good fresh oily green hop finish.

Overall- Very good! An Amber that has a good dose of hops. Tasty and worth seeking out.

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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 Brad007
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden/light red color with a thin one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is sweet with a hint of smoky malt and light hop bitterness in the nose.

Taste is smooth with the hop bitterness standing front and center, followed by the smoky malt in the middle. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is full of hops and smoky/sweet malt. Nothing offensive here.

Let's see, it's a drinkable all-american organic ale. Wolaver's is the only organic brewery that I truly respect and they put out a decent ale here.

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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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