Tavern Ale | AleWerks Brewing Company

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Tavern AleTavern Ale
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
Ratings:
230
Reviews:
95
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
10.9%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
40
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 230 |  Reviews: 95
Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dmorgan310
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Boone757
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear dark mahogany in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and moderate amounts of ruby red + garnet red highlights. The beer has a half finger tall creamy foamy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of toasted malts, caramel/brown sugar, cocoa, nuts, and earthy hops.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of toasted and caramel malts with a light amount of brown sugar sweetness and just a touch of nuttiness. That is followed by a very light flavor of earthy hops which imparts a light amount of bitterness in the finish which does not linger for long.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: I think this beer is fairly well balanced - not too malty/sweet and not too hoppy/bitter. Enough complexity to be interesting but not overly complex. Overall, easy to drink and enjoyable. Reminds me of a slightly stronger version of the brown ales I used to grab in the pubs when in the UK.

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Photo of atrocity
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of woodychandler
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks again to my local trading partner, tone77, who always helps me with some bottles to keep my numbers up.

I used my best aggro pour style to generate two fingers' worth of dense, light-tan head with decent retention. Color was a deep, dark brown with cola highlights. Nose was simply chocolate or cocoa. I felt like I was sniffing cocoa powder or a chocolate bar! Wow! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a roasty chocolaty taste in the mouth. It had a charcoal smokiness to it, along with the chocolate that I felt kind of unbalanced its flavor. Finish was likewise more roasty than chocolate. The style is pretty broad, but I am going to score it as middle-of-the-road.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from mdaschaf, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a deep reddish brown color with a moderate sized off white head. Smells of caramel and chocolate with a hint of mineral and ash. Taste follows the smell really well. A bit of mineral watered caramel, raisin, and chocolate with a hint of earthy mineral in the finish. Medium to thin body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet chalky mouthfeel. Middle of the road brown ale with hints of flavor. :) I would have loved a bit more body on this one.

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Photo of BMart
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Dark chestnut out of the bottle and hitting the glass with a deep mahogany brown color. Creamy forming small head of two fingers tall, tan in color with a creamy top. Settles to a simple well sized bubbles puck and collar.

Good nose. Hints of roasty nuts and toasty bread. Light hints of chocolate as well and some milky creamy sensations.

Creamy slightly light palate hits the mouth with lots of coating sensations. Good hints of chocolate and a grainy crunch malt density. Steely like finish and moderately carbonated to make for some playful flavor profile. Nutty slightly tannic in the mid palate as well.

Overall an interesting melding of flavors for a brown and well put together, quite solid.

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Photo of jwc215
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with a fizzy, bubbly tan head that pops down (in a rather unpleasant way) to a thin, slowly vanishing, cover.

The smell is nutty with a bit of caramel/toffee. There is a floral/leafy something going on that detracts from malt aromas.

The taste is of toffee - towards chocolate - sweet with a leafy bitterness that is slightly metallic. There's something I can't quite pinpoint, but is unpleasant (sourish?). It throws it off, but, thankfully, is in the background. Finishes sweetish.

It is on the lighter side of medium-bodied, with carbonation that borders aggressive.

A "forgettable" brown. The maltiness almost shows itself nicely, but there are detractors (metallic and that "something else") that get in the way. Maybe it was to create balance, understandably, but done in the wrong way. In the end, I neither "like" nor "dislike" this one. Ho-hum feelings about it, mainly from the little irritants about it that add up.

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Photo of VeganUndead
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some hops. Taste is good, malts up front, a bit nutty, some hops are present. Feels full bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a good quality brew.

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Photo of Gavage
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: cloudy brown in color with a 1" head that slowly falls. No lacing develops during the session.

Smell: very mild aroma as only a hint of caramel is detectable.

Taste: caramel, bits of chocolate, ripe fruits, some hints of brown sugar, mild bitterness, and an overall earthy tone.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Smooth throughout. Very brief aftertaste.

Drinkability: the flavor is all over the board, so this becomes tough to finish the pint glass. Try some other styles from this brewery first.

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Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of yourefragile
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Dark brown, cola color, large fluffy tan head supported by steady carbonation and large streaks and clumps of lacing. Mild aroma of caramel and malt, not very strong or complex. Body is very creamy and smooth, mildly thick and chewy, with a strong pinch of carbonation. Flavor is a little sweeter and syrupy than expected for the style, at first thought this might have been a porter. Strong malt body with caramel and brown sugar sweetness and slight hop presence in finish. Looking at my scores for this beer, the categories that "matter" are fairly pedestrian and the more frivolous categories I have jacked up but I feel like the overall scores represents how much I enjoyed this.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at a local bar and received a nice, thin head w/ a light brownish red color. Maybe the tap did something and I will admit it was served colder than I prefer, but there was not much smell (I will have to have another). But the taste delivered a moderate dryness from the malt (roasted maybe, but not burnt), but not overpowered by them. Also hints of fruit were picked up, and it went down very smooth w/ a touch of sweetness (caramel?). I will try this again, but is not at the top of my list as there are other brown ales that are better. I am hoping the temperature I received my beer (not ice cold, mind you) neutralized some of the malt and hop charateristics and it is better.

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Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a medium brown color with ruby tints and a cloudy consistency. There was a huge, foamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A good aroma of malt, sugar, and that nuttiness you get with most brown ales.

T: Tasted of malt, brown sugar, and a bit of the nutty quality. The taste wasn't quite as sharp as the other components in this beer, but it was still pretty decent.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Despite a few bumps in the road, this is a solid and drinkable beer.

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Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to guinnessfan for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The brown ale is aptly named, a dark brown wonder that has a cola color and is opaque. Atop the ale, a 3 finger head has left dried patches all around the glass.

S: The nose is mostly malts, caramel and nuts primarily. Decent hops midway through.

T: The ale delivers a nice pop from the first sip, lots of caramel malt mixed with nutty dryness. The result is a dry yet sweet malt body. The ale seems to be under-carbonated, removing some of the crispness from it, but also allowing each sip to linger. Caramel and chocolate, spiced up with some coffee, drive the finish.

M: The ale is a heavy hitter in the malt department, full of chocolate, coffee and caramel. A very filling ale that is a nice dessert.

D: Much better than I was expecting, a warming ale that doesn't skimp on the flavor.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of jmdrpi
3.19/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, bottled 12/14/15

pours a dark brown, but with no head. looks like flat cola. very mild aroma, just a little sweet. flavor is well balanced - bready and mild caramel flavor. thinner bodied, I'd like thicker.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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Tavern Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
3.67 out of 5 based on 230 ratings.
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