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:
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Added by Bleedingshrimp on 11-06-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
207
Reviews:
82
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
12.26%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
31
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 207 |  Reviews: 82
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy pale gold little head, but nice lacing on the sides. Maybe mango on the nose, taste very citrus-y and mango. Minimal carbonation and slightly dry in the end. Solid pale ale.

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Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of chinchill
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
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 NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheapeake Pale Ale by Williamsburg AleWerks

Appearance: Hazy golden orange body beneath a frothy head of off-white that holds remarkably well and leaves beautiful lacing about the glass. I'll assume that this is unfiltered, or close to it; and that it fits right in at Colonial Williamsburg where an unfiltered beer would be apropos.

Smell: Grainy and gently sweet with leafy, piney/grassy and floral/citrus notes from the hops.

Taste: Solidly bitter right up-front and straight through into its dry, lingering finish... perhaps a bit over-done, perhaps not. The malt is fairly straightforward and quite flavorful with just a bit of golden caramel character. The hops are initially piney/leafy and citrusy/floral, but when combined with the rising bitterness they appear more grassy, and even spicy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and gently crisp. Nice, almost seemingly natural carbonation.

Overall: Pretty impressive. If they were going for a 'historical' beer they've done it, except for the bitterness, which is a bit high; and the obvious use of Pacific Northwest hops. And although I don't particularly find the yeast character to be English in nature (I'm guessing it's Chico... it's very clean), I find the overall character of the beer (dry-malt-hops) to be very English (it reminds me of one of the newer, American hopped English summer ales). An enjoyable quaff: I wish I'd had a full Imperial pint, and I wish it had been draught instead of bottle. I enjoyed its 'rustic' charm and I'll look for it again.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of mdaschaf
2.55/5  rDev -29%
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 atrocity
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ZEB89
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of BMart
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of smakawhat
4.26/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A bit dull opaque orange to muted yellow body color, with some faint carbonation. Slightly hazy and murky. Head forms real nice and fluffy with a three finger tall head, that has good retention and staying power. Speckeled lacing coats the glass while drinking very nicely.

Great nose on this beer. Ripping hop marmalade and bitter apricot fruit with lots of herbal tea aromatics. Pure orange pekoe and wonderful hop fruit sensing. Very enjoyable.

Palate matches much of the nose with a bit of a neutral palate. Malt density is noticeable without too much sweetness or sugar. Moderate carbonation with a juicy fruit marmalade action. Finishes very clean and a good pine hop bitter to match, hinting at honey sweetness on the finish. Chewy fruit rind and zesty to go with the tea like hop herbality.

Overall a real solid pale ale, and a good one to have in the arsenal and know about.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of tone77
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head and some floaties in it. Smell is hoppy, some malts as well. Taste is balanced, some fruits, a touch of sweetness, flavorful and tasty. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Gavage
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a one finger head that lasts a while. Spotty lace paints the glass.

Smell: some light citrus and floral hop bitterness are easily detectable.

Taste: caramel, soft grapefruits, some fruit sweetness, and a mild bitterness are the main flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish. Brief fruity and bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability: a bit above average pale ale, but the flavor profile needs a kick to get it into the good category.

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Photo of afsdan
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of AngusOg
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

OK, I'm a Virginia virgin, this is my first beer from this state. My bottle was brown and contained 12 fl oz, there was a batch code but no Best Before Date I could find, is that normal?

Anyway it was drank on 22nd April 2009 and poured into a 'La Chouffe' stemmed tulip shaped glass (most likely the first time these two have ever met up).

I liked the look of it, good deep amber body with a huge cream/tan head. The body wasn't clear because I poured the lot in, sediment and all, the murky liquid promised hidden treasures of the hoppy kind, the head stayed, which was nice!

You Virginia guys like hops in your Pale Ales, right? This had a good aroma of hops, not overpowering, but they did monopolize the smell, only letting a hint of yeast sneak out now and again.

Again the hops took over within the taste, not much gets past the flavours imparted by those pesky hops, I tried to find other flavours, but failed. A sweetness in the fisrt instance makes way for a drier finish, but the hops win out over everything else throughout the drink.

Good carbonisation, lively without too much fizz, although I did start to burp towards the end of the tasting.

I enjoyed my venture into this state (beerwise)and may well return one day.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
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 Davepoolesque
2.64/5  rDev -26.5%
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 beerthulhu
2.54/5  rDev -29.2%
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 Rhettroactive
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an orange color and a slightly hazy texture. There was an inch of fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, hops, and a bit of pine. Standard APA aroma.

T: Tasted of mild hops, malt, pine, and a little caramel thrown in for good measure. Slightly bready and a bit earthier than most beers of the style. A solid flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: Nothing special or new here, but still a good, sturdy American Pale Ale.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazed amber orange color with solid cap of frothy white head, great retention and lacing. Scent is mild, dominated by grassy but bold hops, notes of citrus and a lightly sweet, somewhat nutty malt backbone. Tastes stradles the border between American (bold pine and citrus hops, lightly sweet pale malt) and English (earthy hops and nutty malts). Medium bodied, light dryness. A nice pale ale that has some good qualities taken from American and English styles.

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Chesapeake Pale Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
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