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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bleedingshrimp on 11-06-2006

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
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 soupermirl
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At first glance after pouring this beer into a glass, one wouldn't think by the look of it this beer is a pale ale. It is a bit darker that most pale ales I've had. When you take a sniff, then it is very noticable that it is an American style pale ale. Hops feel the nose with one little sniff. It almost looks unfiltered, almost. It is frothy when poured. When one tastes the beer, they find that it is in fact a hoppy american pale ale. Not too hoppy, but much more hops than malt. Pretty decent beer. Hop Heads should enjoy it.

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Photo of Nipitato
4.19/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a six-pack at some grocery store in Richmond, VA.

A: Amber head. Just a touch opaque and glowing. Topped with a thin off white head w/ more substance on the perimeter.

S: This is a great aroma. Superb graham cracker like malt aroma is a perfect balance to a subtle grapefruit hop character. Overall balance is towards the malt. Some sugary sweetness on top.

T: Lots of mineral character here. Good bitterness is not harsh - well done and is prominent throughout. Malt character provides balance. The graham cracker character so strong in the nose comes through in the taste as well.

MF: Moderate body with moderate carbonation. No harshness or astringency.

D, notes: I was really impressed by this beer's nose. This is an easily drinking quite sessionable beer. A bit above average from the typical APA.

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Photo of TheMistler
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very hazy, though not quote opaque, nut brown color, with some slight orange highlights. White, creamy head that displayed a bit of a delayed-release. Drapery lacing.

An array of malts to the nose, including caramel and chocolate. Hints of bread, maybe a yeasty note. Light citrus.

Intermingling, very light citrus accompanies caramel malt, a slight peanut flavor if not overall "nutty" notes. Aftertaste is a solid bitter note. Slight peanuts again, as well.

Lots of carbonation. Not prickliness, but a bit of the burning feeling one gets when they drink a soda too fast. While it goes down very easy, the drinkability is greatly affected by what I feel to be too much carbonation. Nice, solid flavor, though, which is good to remind me of the pleasures of a tasty, 5% (or so) ABV beer, when Doubles and Imperials and such have become so much of what I "seek."

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Photo of hops4me
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from Total Wine in F-burg, VA. I heard problems of infection in their beer and thought I would check it out. Poured into the glass with one finger of head with some splashing in the pour. It has a gold to dark gold body. Good sticky lacing. Smells of sweet grain and bread. Very faint caramel. Floral and citrus hops take over. The taste is grassy and pine hops with the malty sweetness coming through in the aftertaste. That aftertaste quickly gives way to the bitterness in the hops. It is a light to medium body pale ale with good drinkability. I will buy this again and look foward to try their other beers. I am glad there was no souring on this one.

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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 Gavage
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
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 JayQue
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a well crafted and good tasting pale ale. Pours a hazy orange/amber with a big off white head. Head retention is good and lacing is thick.

Smell is ok - malty and a little floral hoppiness. Nothing outstanding.

Tastes good. Primarily malty but the floral/aromatic hops creep in about half way thrugh and some mild bitterness is detectable at the end.

Mouthfeel is rich enough for the style and nice and crisp.

Drinkability is excellent. Strong taste, low abv and looks good sitting in the glass. Very sessionable and very nice.

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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 bkilpatr
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
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 asabreed
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Medium-red color, huge head, tons of lacing in rings overall.

Smell: Very balanced roasted malts and citrus hops with bursts of grainy earthiness.

Taste: Hops-dominated with mild sourness and fruit and an earthy hoppy backbone, a lot of hops and bitterness, mostly, but the malt keeps creeping through to balance everything out. Hoppy and dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Good balance of carbonation in this seemingly more medium-bodied brew.

Drinkability: One of my favorites in their line-up with a nice hop bite and good citrus hop backbone.

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Photo of jordoo
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
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 Hojaminbag
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
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 NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Williamsburg AleWerks- Pale Ale

A- Deep copper with a huge frothy head.
S- Light citrus and pine oil.
T- Oily pine resin with a fruity toffee malt.
M- Sweet maly dominant with a dry rind bitterness.

Overall- My 1st beer from Williamsburg and a good 1 at that. A simple 2 dimensionable PA but a good session beer regardless. Glad I picked up a 6er.

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Photo of Redwood21
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very nice with a darker than normal oakish hue mixed with a very sticky white head

S: Not strong, initial pine like notes, maybe a bit of resin( think pine sap) but nothing that lasted

T:not strong in any way, but good nonetheless. not a lot of tasting notes other than its a good solid though not wowoing example of the style, i think in that regard it makes the beer highly drinkable.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium copper color with moderate white puffy head. Good retention and nice sticky lacing.
Smell shows an abumdance of piney and citrusy hops.
Taste is superb. There is the perfect amount of hops to balnace the cirtusy hops nicely.
Finishes with a great blending of the haops and malt to form a nice easy drinking beer.
Great drinkabilaty. Would be nice to session.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date. It pours a hazed amber with medium carbonation, and two fingers of tan head that leaves moderate lacing. It smells a bit sweet, with toasted malts and hints of lemony/piney hops. On the palate, there are notes of crystal and caramel malts, balanced by piney/green, and citric (lemon, grapefruit) hops that impart a medium bitterness on top of a medium, drying body, that has medium carbonation and leaves a long finish. Overall a good session pale ale that isn't too complex and at times hovers on the border of IPA territory.

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Photo of BravoTwo
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this both at the brewery on-tap and from the bottle. This beer poured a nice dark amber with a head that had staying power, really nice color.

The taste of this beer was flavored with nice hops taste, with out being overpowering, unlike some other reviewers, mine had no aftertaste or off flavor. Not a strong hops presence, just enough to be tasty.

Overall, this is a nicely done APA, which I could easily drink several of at a sitting.

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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 HugoGrim
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
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 Atlas1
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd never had an AleWerks beer before, so I decided to kick things off with their Pale Ale. Not a bad effort by the folks down in Williamsburg. Not bad at all.

Pours a rich brown amber color with a healthy head that sticks around throughout and leaves trace lace elements. The aroma is malty and floral, with some slight strawberry hints to it. I also get a dank musty scent as well, but it's not a displeasing aroma. Somewhat bready too. The taste is mostly malty, with a noticeable hop kick at the end. Sweet in the middle with a lingering bitterness at the finish. Very pleasant. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a dry finish, due to the hops. I like this beer. I'd say this is a very drinkable pale ale. Not the best pale ale I've ever had, but certainly something worth returning to. I don't know what the ABV is here, but I find this to be a definite session beer, based on taste and drinkability. It may be a bit sweet up front for some tastes, but it's a nice springtime, summertime ale. Would work quite nicely with a lamb dish with mint, and maybe some roasted vegetables.

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Photo of guinnessfan
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
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 arguemaniac
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an attractive copper/orange with a frothy light tan thatÂ’s well retained. Sweet, malty aroma with a nice flowery touch. The caramel/toffee palate features a good amount of sweetness with a solid, piney hop flavor and spice.

Well-balanced and fairly tasty.


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Photo of oelergud
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semitransparent dark ruby body. Good carbonation, light tan creamy head. Decent retention and lace.
Floral, abit grassy and doughy, sharp and strong.
The taste is different but good. Pine hops with a good malt presence, sharp licorice root, hoppy but not overly so. The aftertaste is long lingering growing resin as it goes.
Medium body and coating, dry finish.
If in the mood for a very hoppy pale ale this is the one to have.


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Photo of edmedina
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I saw this at one of my favorite beer shops and picked one up. When I poured the beer it was dark and almost clear. Maybe a little darker at the head, so it was would seem to me. The smell? Well I didn't really smell anything. I am getting over a cold and maybe that is the problem here but I was expecting to smell something. However, I found that I couldn't really get any distinguishable smell. The taste was bitter, which I like, and definitely wet. Sometimes Pale Ales can leave a dry taste to me but not this one. I did have only the 1 bottle but I found it as a good and enjoyable beer.

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Chesapeake Pale Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
3.6 out of 5 based on 201 ratings.
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