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Red Marker Ale | AleWerks Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Riverwarrior on 05-12-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,286
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
145
pDev:
14.68%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1
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Photo of Kaiyotee
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of beerrat
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Christieson
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of hozersr
3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of AGB
3.77/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 88caprice
3.32/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KM_Seahawk
3.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle
A - pours hazy light brown with reddish/orange hues and thin beige head that remains for a while. Some lacing while drinking.
S - faint aromas of dark fruit, honey and herbal grassiness. Really faint I can hardly smell anything.
T - sweetness, brown sugar & toffee upfront, balance out with grassy bitterness and a hint of smoke on the end.
M - thin & watery with moderate carbonation
O - I don't know what to make of this, strange style. There are some flavors but it's water down to me. Just ok, not bad but could be more.

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Photo of Chvck1
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Skabiski
3.02/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of FriedSlug
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of admonster00
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another beer from my Dr. of Psych friend. This ale pours a murky brownish red with a fantastic head of foam that lingers LONG with substantial foamy lacing. Nose of bittering hops, light bread crust, light sweet caramel malt, and some light fruit notes. Flavors follow the nose with light caramel and toffee notes, fresh bread crust, and juicy bittering hops, ending with a light citrus/sweet malt note. Nice carbonation, lively mouth feel. Nice. Just what the doctor ordered.

Cheers

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.17/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of godawgs
3.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of m_hall
3.17/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Standard pour from 12 oz. bottle into a nonic pint. Beer is a slightly hazy dark amber-brown capped by a two fingers tan head with short retention, leaving a light film on top. Lacing, however is quite good.

Aroma is roasted malts with earthy and citric hop notes. Not heavily aromatic, but fairly nice.

Flavor is not nearly as malty as one might expect from the style. There's a distinct nature of toasted (even burnt) malts, some nutty, some bread-y, but no real caramel-like sweetness. A somewhat steely hoppy bitterness follows, but even on the short finish the aftertaste is still dominated by the toasted bread-crust like flavors. Not unpleasant, mind, just rather one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel is light and water-y. Carbonation is rather light. I don't see an ABV on the bottle, but according to the site it's 5%, and that seems about right.

Overall I'm a little puzzled by this one... I can't help but feel like I'm drinking half a beer for some reason. Mind you, what's here is quite good, and it's a very easy-drinking beer, and there's no obnoxious flavors that would lead one to believe there's bad brewing involved... but I feel like there's a decided lack of complexity. American Amber Ales are known for bread-y and biscuit-like characteristics (see: Fat Tire) but I feel a little something extra should be here to give this a lift. As it is, it's good, if not terribly exciting.

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Photo of robebo44
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dlmvh5150
2.68/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of jrob21
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ragarazor
3.24/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Rbodacious
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of cjgiant
3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at brewery:
Poured nice dark amber, with large amount of red-tan foamy-to-soapy head. Lacing significant. Nose has more hop profile than I'm used to in an amber, which works for me. Nose is herbal hops with some metallic background.

Taste is cluster to ambers I've had in past, crisp dark bread cracker, light copper, and then an earthy to herbal hop ending. Feel is what I usually think about ambers, thin (not as watery as most, though). Body is medium light, and the beer is actually refreshing.

Better amber in my eyes than most, with maybe a little more hops than normal for the style. Not sure that hops is as obvious from a bottle.

Edit: adjusted based on second tasting on tap at local restaurant later in week. Can't speak to freshness of the place's keg, but the hops definitely were less involved in the glass I had there (note: it didn't taste old or skunked, just definitely a notch less enjoyable than at brewery, unsurprisingly).

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4/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Poured into a pint glass. Bottle.

3.25 A: Clear deep amber brown color. One and a half fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is below average but a short ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Definitely hop forward. Floral with some early citrus notes. A touch of earthy hops underneath. Caramel maltiness with toastiness and a touch of cracker.

2.75 T: The taste is poorly balanced for an amber ale. There's not enough malt character. Moderate bitterness with a touch of tanginess to it. Earthy mountain stream component. There's some caramel and toastiness again, but it's not strong enough and it comes off as slightly watery.

2.5 M: Lighter watery body. It could use a touch more carbonation. Lacking creaminess too. Not a big fan here.

2.75 D: It's not horrible, but it's well below average for the style.

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Photo of Ihadbeer
4.1/5  rDev +25.4%

Sometimes Breweries make mistakes that make the beer even better!

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Red Marker Ale from AleWerks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.27 out of 5 with 145 ratings
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