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Tavern Ale | AleWerks Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,724
Reviews:
99
Ratings:
238
pDev:
10.84%
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Ratings: 238 |  Reviews: 99
Photo of blstewart
5/5  rDev +35.5%

Photo of theroguebrewer
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

Photo of GeoJ
4.65/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance is an opaque looking, dark brown. Almost stout/porter-like compared to other brown ales. No real head, minimal lacing. Aroma of bready malts - quite inviting.

Taste is simply wonderful. More hoppy than most brown ales. A quick hop jolt followed by malt sweetness in perfect balance. Nutty, almost chewy, mouthfeel is superb - just the right amount of carbonation, goes down so smooth that I can easily see quaffing a bunch of these. This just might be the most perfect balance of hops/malts I've ever tasted.

The hops sneak back in for a palate cleansing finish, nice and dry with an aftertaste that makes you excited to reach for the glass for the next sip. And it gets even better as the brew warms a bit.

I LOVE brown ales and porters/stouts. This is very close to a perfect cross between the styles. Not as heavy as a porter, a little less sweet than most brown ales, totally refreshing in any case.

I regret having only one bottle as part of a "make-your-own" six-pack. Can't wait to pick up a six-pack, at the very least.

Outstanding! Gives the venerable Sam Smith Nut Brown a serious run for the money, and I'm proud that's it's brewed right here in Virginia. Kudos, Williamsburg Ale Works!

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Photo of erwityk
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of rorjets
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this six pack at a local Food Lion in Newport News, VA while staying with my cousin for a visit. I wish I had picked up a couple more, as we plowed right thru the six, and they were delicious! One of the better Ales I have had recently. I will definitely search it out the next time I am in the area, as I don't think it gets wide distribution.

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Photo of Cyrano41
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of beerrat
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of olbubba
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of GinDC
4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Categart
4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sherlockholmez
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%

Photo of mtnwesdew
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ryan4120
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L - deep brown with a medium tan head that doesn't really stick around
S - caramel and malt. Roasty. sweet and very pleasant.
T - Rich malt and caramel with a roasted/toasted butty flavor throughout. A little earthiness throughout as well.
F - Medium body with a medium amount of carbonation. Smooth but somewhat thin.
O - A very nice brown ale - hits all the notes you'd expect from a brown ale - caramel, with roasted malt and a nutty taste throughout.

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Photo of tjmiller718
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of khiasmus
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first sampling from this brewery, I'm skeptical. Label looks a bit cheesy... and why would you spell it like that? Needs some class. Poured into an Allagash glass, with the yeast swirled and added. reading the BJCP guidelines for American Brown as I review.

A- Very dark brown, so dark that I can't really tell if it's clear or not... when held up to the light, I can see some mahogany highlights around the edges. Poured with a finger and a half of creamy light tan head, and retains it quite well.

S- Mmmm. Big, malty, nutty aroma with notes of roasted grain and molasses.

T- Malty and sweet up front, with a bit of caramel and a lot of cane sugar. Gives way to a deep, roasted grain character with just a light hint of hops in the back. Finish is malty with roastiness and some faint hops balancing nicely.

M- Medium-full body, medium-low carbonation, and a bit dry in the finish. Spot on.

D- I love it. I just presented it to my roommates, however, and they didn't like it... but then again, my roommate doesn't like brown ales, period, so... I'll have it again, and it makes me wish I was closer to VA. I highly suggest trying it. It's closer to the porter side of brown ales, but well within style. If you like roasted grain, this one's for you.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of PackPride
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown color, that lightens a little at the bottom of the glass with a quarter of a finger of off-white colored head that quickly disappeared into a thin wispy lacing of foam that covered the entire top of the beer.

Aroma: Lots of strong dark bread and roasted malts. There’s hints of dark chocolate and caramel as well. Very pleasant.

Taste: Very malty and bready with some nice, slight hoppy bitterness at the end. Roasted nuts and fresh bread.

Mouthfeel: Medium and a little chewy, with some really good carbonation to tickle the taste buds and coat the palate.

Overall: This is a very tasty, very satisfying brown ale. I’ll certainly get it again.

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4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice looking pour with a one finger head quickly receding to a lingering ring around my pint glass. Dark brown pour that invites a taste.

S: Malty with a slight hoppiness in the whiff. Certainly some hoppiness but it was entwined with some musty, chocolaty, woodiness that was very enticing.

T: Wow! I really like the woodiness in this brew. A definate recommendation.

M: Very good.

D: I could quaff a couple of these. Very good brown ale. I think George Washington would like this one.

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Photo of micromaniac129
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lighter ruby brown color.
I too, did an agressive pours and produced a large tan head dense and long lasting with good lacing down the glass.

Aroma has a nice rich malty smell. Also in there are nutty, bread crust and toasted malts. A sutle hint of floral hops.

Taste finds a nice richly malted brew.
Slightly roasted malts hazelnuts and chocolate.
Sweet, caramel malts. Hops? just enough to balance and lend some bitterness.

A medium mouthfeel brew. Litely carbonated giving the beer a smooth soft feel, like a bitter.

I liked this beer, it' a pretty good example of the style.

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Photo of drink_like_a_wahoo
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ordybill
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Aroma- A very nice malt aroma with maybe an earthy undertone.
Appearance- A dark brown ale with an off-white head.
Taste-Has a strong malt flavor with a light bitterness at the end.
Palate- Medium bodied with a well balanced mild carbonation.
Overall- This is a really good beer. Doesn't appear to have a wide distribution. if you can find it I would give it a try.

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Photo of BierManVA
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not normaly a Brown Ale kinda guy but I find this to be very drinkable and nicely complex for the style.

Smooth and sweet with a nice bready mouthfeel. Very dark in color. A nice wood and earth smell.

This bier takes you to a cool, dimly lit pub with stone walls and a roaring fire.

An excellent brew from this new local.

John

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Photo of argock
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.60.

A: Murky brown with solid 1-finger beige big-bubbled head with decent retention and a few specks of lace.

S: Surprisingly hoppy aroma with citrus and pine blended nicely with caramel and toasted malts

T: This brown ale gives DFH Indian Brown a run for its money and then some. A very substantial malt backbone of caramel and roasted dark malt to given a slightly toastier sweet malt flavor plays very well off of the PNW type of hoppiness with citrus, pine, and lighter herbal flavors. I would even say that, flavorwise, this is an ale in the mold of St Rogue's Red but in the brown ale style. Really big flavor and well-done.

M: Medium body is right on with medium carbonation and a slightly sour but most sweet and lightly bitter aftertaste.

D: A very nice surprise from Williamsburg Alewerks. I will be buying a fair amount of this in the months to come -- it surpasses even the big craft brewers' brown ales with its exceptional flavor aroma and very good feel.

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Photo of JayQue
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really pleasantly surprised with this one. Pours a slightly cloudy brown color with plenty of light getting through and reddish highlights. Medium size light tan head, decent retention and light lacing on the glass. Very pronounced and pleasant smell of malt and dark fruit (plums etc.)

Tasted good. Malty but not overly sweet, rich taste of fruit and a little bitterness in the finish. Not a boring, non-descript Brown Ale

Mouthfeel was best of all. Very rich and smooth, reminiscent of a good stout after a few sips. No annoying sweetness or chalkiness with the malts. The hint of bitterness at the end is just right.

This is a very drinkable beer. Ideal for savoring or for mass quantities.

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