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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Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 53
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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Photo of dedrinker
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber-orange color, quite clear, and beautiful under the light. Thin, but creamy/ foamy off-white head clings to the glass and looks soothing. Smells like a little biscuit and caramel with some PNW hops floating gently on top. Tatses quite the same with a pleasingly smooth medium body. Finishes on a mild see-saw of hops and malt. This is a great Pale Ale. It takes the best of the English and American versions and fuses them together seamlessly. You've got the fruit and cookie-like malt of some English Pale Ales with the hop character and relatively drier nature of the American. I don't care if this is organic or not, but Wolavers should re-brand this recipe and sell it year 'round, so retired beer snobs like me can have this go-to beer comfort all the time.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a single of this for $1.69.

Appearance is a very light orange/red color, small amount of bubbles ascending towards the top of the thin white head.

A very faint smell, hard to put a nose on it but there's some sweetness there.

Some nice mouthfeel to this one, nice and creamy taste to it. Some slight bitterness/hops to it, think pale ale like. Taste is clean and smooth with a unique but good bitter aftertaste to it.

Not sure if its just a solid beer or if it's all the "organic ingredients" used, but I enjoyed it a lot and was very drinkable.. good work Wolavers.

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

Cool, first review for this one! picked up one 12 oz. bottle at the co-op in Brattleboro, VT.

This one is a very clear honey comb amber color, good carbonation with a light, white 1" head that seems willing to stick around.

The nose is very hearty, with a blend of rich amber malt, all spice and green veggies in the hops with a very subtle citric/fruity edge and slightly tart. A slight soapiness is detected later on.

This has a very hearty, earthy flavor, the balance is totally amazing with herbal spicey hops and a really clean malty backbone. spices and white pepper gives this hoppy-,alt balance a nice kick and a mild fruity current, mostly red fruits and wheat.

A crisp. light bodied feel with a long earthy finish, but not bitter at all. clean and refreshing.

I love the effort Wolaver's makes to ensure we get all organic ingredients from right here in the USA. Kudo's for the effort!!

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