Chesapeake Pale Ale | AleWerks Brewing Company

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Chesapeake Pale AleChesapeake Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company
Virginia, United States
alewerks.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bleedingshrimp on 11-06-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
208
Reviews:
83
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
32
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 208 |  Reviews: 83
Photo of khiasmus
1.77/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

All I can suppose is that this bottle is infected.

A- Beautiful. Slightly cloudy amber with four fingers of pillowy head that extend a full inch above the glass and jiggle as I walk to my seat. Leaves a few spiderwebs on the glass as it dissipates.

S- Oops. Something's off here. Some good caramel malt and some very piney hops, well-balanced... but what's this? Plastic? Hand sanitizer? Some sort of awful, chemical smell comes in and makes me wonder what it will taste like...

T- Awful. Truly awful. Decent malt flavor up front, and then come tons of sour, and tons of... Burning plastic, or hair... you know the smell, well it's that taste. I'll drink it till I finish reviewing, then it's down the drain.I've had four swallows and feel drunk already. It must be infected.

M- Smooth and creamy, with some medium carbonation and a dry finish.

D- I'm off to pour it out. I may have to try this again, But my guess is this small brewery may have some sanitation issues. See my other reviews of their beers... they're quite inconsistent. Next time I'm in VA, I'll try another of these, and I'll re-review. I hope this isn't what it really tastes like. ouch.

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Photo of cvstrickland
2.02/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

12-ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint glass yields a clear pale copper body with a cap of creamy ivory foam. The head retains nicely and leaves fluffy swaths of lacing on the glass. It is truly a shame that such a nice appearance was wasted on a beer this poor, but it's just like your mama told you... you can't judge a book by its cover.

The smell is husky, sourish malts with a heft of drywall dust and cardboard.

The taste is a flash of sour malt with dry component at its core, with a harsh chemical bitterness that makes my teeth squeak. Iodine, Quinine, Aspirin.

Horrendous. Awful. The worst of a truly mediocre lot in a truly mediocre sampler from AleWerks.

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Photo of Noelito76
2.25/5  rDev -37.5%

Photo of beerthulhu
2.54/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: A billowy off white head sits atop a cadmium orange colored body. Visible carbonation is strong, fast and vibrant while the lacing sticks well in an encompassing band.

S: Lemony pale grains, lightly dry, not much else here. Weak, monotoned, disappointing.

T: The flavor was lemon, tastes a bit dirty and old hop and grain wise. Lemon grass, stale hop flowers, seems again old with a chemical lemon hint.

M: Mouthful was decent carbonation wise, medium body, bready feel, but leaves with a washy feel.

O: Overall not really crisp, not flavorful, very muddled, a homongenous mess with no definable aspect of quality or sharpness. Lacks in almost everything a good pale ale should be. a simple avoid.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.55/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a small white head on top that quickly dissipates to a thin layer on top. Pretty nice lacing around the glass. There are TONS of floaties in this beer though. They float throughout and cover the bottom.

S: Lots of lemon, but not really in the normal sort of hoppy lemon aroma, more like pine-sol lemon. This is mixed with an apple cider that has been sitting for too long.

T: Not a whole lot going on, some pale grainy malt and a little bit of lemon. The finish is sourish though, not hoppy at all.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: Not really sure whats going on with this beer, but I'm not a fan.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
2.64/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Golden orange in color. Fairly clear in appearance. Nothing really happening in this beer. Subtle nondescript hop flavors. Blah. Why would someone willingly drink this?

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Photo of KenC
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of Rhettroactive
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of atrocity
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of surfrogue1
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Photo of beerwolf77
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from old notes.

A: Amber orange, at least a fingers worth of white head. Sticky lace left behind thin cap.

S: A good dose of citrus and pine greet me initially. A mild malt sweetness comes through as well. Fairly stock.

T: More malt in flavor than the nose led on. The pine comes in but falls off quickly leading to a harsh acrid bitterness.

M: Medium to light body. Light carbonation.

D: Overall less than stellar. Possibly not the freshest bottle.

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Photo of likethetaste
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this at a local Farm Fresh. This look good when poured. A nice but not exceptional amber color with a long lasting head with good lacing.

Has a nice aroma. Yeasty with a slight fruity flowery smell.

The taste is not great. It taste ok with some slight fruit flavor but has a extra harsh after taste that makes this not a "good" beer, just ok.

I could drink it again but will not buy it again.

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Photo of FosterJM
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1393rd Review on BA
Bottle to Pint
12 oz

Thanks to my coworker Kathleen for bringing me this from VA

App- A creamy hazy looking orange to orange yellow fading brew with a small 1/4" head. A couple dots of cling. About it.

Smell- Big ol english malts with a over ripened fruit and a ton dry grass behind it. A bit sticky and sweet with a lot of caramel as well.

Taste- Really reminds me of Cisco Wales and Brooklyn 55. Just pretty and caramel. The citrus is pretty tame and grassy kicks in on the finish.

Mouth- A pretty full body with also a medium carbonation with a ton of sweet caramel and orange peel.

Drink- Average at best. Non offensive but not something id come back to.

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Photo of flyersfan900
2.99/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden with a thick white head.

Smell: Light hops and citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops with a hint of citrus.

Overall: Good IPA. I would have this one again.

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Photo of avisong
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Kmlund
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of VBWharfRat
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of GClas
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of rye726
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a murky brown with tints of orange and a thin beige head. Nose has fruity malts, grassy hops and caramel candies. Taste is also pretty malty for an APA, but also has some soft, bitter hops. Body is a bit thin and the carbonation seemed somewhat low.

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Photo of Molson2000
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of jrob21
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Chesapeake Pale Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
3.6 out of 5 based on 208 ratings.
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