Chesapeake Pale Ale | AleWerks Brewing Company

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Chesapeake Pale AleChesapeake Pale Ale

Brewed by:
AleWerks Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bleedingshrimp on 11-06-2006

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Photo of khiasmus
1.77/5  rDev -51%
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 -44%
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 beerthulhu
2.54/5  rDev -29.6%
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 -29.4%
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 beerwolf77
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
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 -18.3%
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 -17.5%
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 rye726
3/5  rDev -16.9%
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 chinchill
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle (no date but purchased yesterday) served in a lager glass.

Pours apricot-amber in color, hazy and with plenty of sediment in suspension. It looks much better at the top where it is crowned by a tall, creamy head that has excellent retention and leaves the glass well coated with lacing.

Aroma: too musty and earthy, although some of this no doubt comes from the hops.

Flavor: better than the nose, with a mildly bitter balance although slightly sweeter than usual for this style. Fruity with sweet and bready grains underneath.

M: soft and smooth with medium carbonation.

O: a fruity, easy drinking APA with a relatively poor aroma.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.09/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes

Orange/amber pour with a finger of head. Smell is faint citrus hops and crayon wax. Taste is a bit of an improvement on the nose, with a nice balance between floral hops and biscuity malts. However, that crayon wax is still present and is a turnoff for me. Body is medium to medium/full. This would have been a nice pale ale if not for the one off-putting aspect.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A deep, hazy brownish-orange with a large, fluffy off-white head. Retention is good, and lacing is quite nice. Some tiny particles suspended in this unfiltered beer.

S: Citric (orange and grapefruit) and floral hops are prevalent. Some thin malt sweetness and alcohol are available as well.

T: Some vague caramel malts up front, followed by a somewhat harsh hop profile. Grapefruit and floral hops provide some nice flavor, but there's also a woody and metallic twang that is a bit unpleasant. Perhaps a bit piney and chemical as well.

M: Medium bodied, with light carbonation. A bit of dry bitterness into the finish.

D: This one is a bit off - it has potential but the flavor seems to have gone haywire. I suppose they were trying to make a really aggressive pale ale, but in reality they just missed the mark by a little bit.

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Photo of bkilpatr
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 08/30/08. Batch 22.

Pours a dark orange color with about two fingers of soft beige foam. The head receded slowly leaving slight lacing. Aroma is faint hops with some malts and a slight buttery smell. Smells fairly plain and not quite hoppy for a pale ale.

Taste is a fair amount of sweet malt up front with a bit of hops on the back end. Again, a buttery taste to the beer. Feel is a bit thin but plenty of carbonation. Drinkability is decent though the taste isn't spectacular. A decent pale ale, but not quite as much hops as I'd like.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Golden and hazy with no carbonation, a finger of yellowish head.

S: Fruity, sweet, honey, light pine quality, light pineapple, apples.

T: Light fruitiness like a slight pineapple quality, pears, light sweetness, light pine and light bitterness.

M: Medium lightly syrupy body, medium carbonation.

O: A nice brew I got at the Cheese Shop in Williamsburg, VA.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.26/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy golden rouge with a 1/2 inch head that falls to a ring and sparse islands of bubbles. Nose is rather nondescript, neither hops or malts coming to the fore, with more of a chalky water smell. Taste lacks any significant hop presence, yet it's smooth, with a citrusy carbonated finish. Mouthfeel is thin, but not unacceptable. This strikes me as a beer that is meant to appeal as broadly as possible. It takes no serious stance as an APA and thus while not offending anyone, it will lack a passionate following.

Rather than make a single non-descript beer, why not make two that don't sit on the fence?

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Photo of guinnessfan
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased from the pottery in Williamsburg.

A: Nice copper color with a 1 finger head. Poor retention but some nice sticky lacing.

S: Mild, not much going on. Wet chalk, maybe.

T: Somewhat hoppy, mildly sweet. Not as good as the IPA.

M: Medium to thin body, with a dry finish. Perfect carbonation, with constant bubble flow.

D: Decent taste, goes down easy, I give it a thumbs up.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper color with a huge, rocky white head. Good rentention, lots of lacing.

Smells slightly of hops, some sweet malts.

Taste follows smell. Some hop bitterness with lots of sweet malt in the backround. Mouthfeel is pretty basic.

Fairly drinkable, not a bad beer.

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Photo of HugoGrim
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a standard pint. Orangish rusty body. Thick head subsided to thin bubbly cap.

Initially a very sweet pillowy malt aroma. As it warmed slightly resiny hops and lightly toasted smells developed. After a few minutes the aroma was almost completely undetectable.

A person could mistake this for an IPA. Spicy bitter hops dominate the flavor. Earthy, woody, piney. Bitter hop aftertaste.

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Photo of farrago
3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Modest head, under a finger, just off-white, moderate pour yields a good amount of larger bubbles, likely contributes to rapid dissolve, the lacing is a touch wispy but does cling nicely. The liquid is a semi-cloudy metallic yellow to ochre, very few bubbles and the filminess makes them hard to see anyway. The nose has a pleasing stiffness to it, dried orange peels, salt, pretzel dough, good mix of grass and flowers, as it warms it delivers more peach, apricot, yellow apple fruit scents, average length. In the mouth it’s medium-bodied, low on the carbonation yet leaves a certain dryness behind. This hinders the flow of that apricot, pineapple, peach fruit, blunted sweetness and tartness. Very earthy to downright dirty, not in a bad way but clearly it is not going for maximal smoothness. Saline and grassy elements trump the orange, grapefruit citrus, even as the latter has kick and tries to lend sweetness. Chooses to get sticky on the palate rather than refresh and cleanse. Maybe the hops are too aggressive for an easy drinking APA, or there’s too little counterbalancing malts. Not bad really but nor is it memorable.

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Photo of hophead311
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Ches. Pale Ale is to me a very mellow, relaxed Pale Ale. Hops are there but not too intense. Color is a slightly cloudy golden color and aroma is subdued. I've had it out of the bottle and from the tap. It is very drinkable and a good addition to the Williamsburg Alewerks first lineup of beers, but not my favorite Virginia Pale Ale.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a nice golden color but pored absolutely no head what so ever. The beer had a nice smell to it and tasted and smelled like it had caramel in it. The beer had a slight hop taste but not too bad. It was a mild IPA. I will try this again one day.

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Photo of hophugger
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A run of the mill Pale Ale but still a contender amongst young brewerys and brewers. Good flavor with the just the right asmount of bitterness. Feels good on the palate, but good feel dissipates fast. Enjoy very cold for optimum flavor. Good Job, Alewerks

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Photo of clayrock81
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a darkish, reddish copper with a one-finger tan head that went away quickly and left lace down the mug. Didn't really pick up any subtle malt or fruit notes in this Pale Ale as the hops are a bit overpowering, and unfortunately they stay that way with the taste. Not as smooth or light as other PAs I've had and not as balanced. The hops are dominant over sweet malts like caramel and any citric or tart fruit seems to be overpowered by a leafy, herbal hoppiness that leads to my mouth drying out a little. Williamsburg Alewerks makes some damn good beers, but this one seems a little off.

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Photo of jordoo
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poored into a pint glass.

Its a light hazey orange color with some coppery tones. Fluffy smallish ivory head receides quickly and left some patches of lace. Smell is light citrus and floral hops with sweet carmal malts and a touch of honey. Taste is of sweet malts and doo, with floral and spicey hops that leave a plesant slightly bitter finish. Mouth feel is a little thin but still fine . Overall I found this a very drinkable quality APA that you certainly wouldn't have to offer to me twice on a hot summer day or almost anytime for that matter.

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Photo of StaggerRollRoll
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Fairly clear color with a touch of orange to it.
S: Smelled a little skunky when I paid attention to it, otherwise nothing too out of line.
T: Has a pleasant bite, not too much of an alcohol taste.
M: Nice tingling though a little flat. Head dissipated quickly, but could also be the crappy glass I pulled from the hotel room dishwasher.
O: A good, drinkable beer. I could put a few more of these down at will, though I probably won't go out of my way to seek it out.

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

A-golden amber color with a white frothy head and some lacing

S-citrus and some malt overtones and hint of yeasty bread

T-citrus and more caramel malt with mild hoppy flavor and slight bitter finish

F-medium body and moderate carbonation

O-a decent ale, but not overly noteworthy

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