Williamsburg Pale Ale | Williamsburg Brewing Company

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Williamsburg Pale AleWilliamsburg Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Williamsburg Brewing Company
Virginia, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 19 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by avylover:
Photo of avylover
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A golden yellow colored brew that poured with a decent size head that did'nt hang around too long .Smell is of floral hops mainly, with a slight maltiness poking through in the background. The taste a bit grainy and full of bittering hops. There is a very floral taste to this beer but it's missing something, most noteably any sort of malt backbone. Bitter hops linger on the tongue for awhile, with only a floral flavor to speak of. Not a very balanced beer, very thin mouthfeel, but cleansing. A different sort of Pale Ale, and not really to my liking.

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Photo of Billolick
3.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, poured amber and a bit cloudy. White head, tiny bubble film, bready and hoppy nose. Nice soft carbonation, creamy lucious mouthfeel Malt carries alot of weight here, but hops come in citrusy,resiny, piney. Nicely balanced ale, British style. Quality stuff, worth seeking out.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz amber bottle.

Appearance: Poured a cloudy "apple cider" color. Moderate white head minimized quickly to a tiny layer. Small amount of lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit aroma very apparent, with other citrusy smells in the smell.

Taste: An interesting flavor. It really tasted like iced tea. Strange, eh? Not very bitter, either. A well-balanced flavor with the malty sweetness supporting the hoppy flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. More of a creamy mouthfeel than I expected.

Drinkability: Kind of tough to get over the whole "iced tea" flavor. It wasn't bad, but I wanted a different flavor and dryness from this one.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The contract brewed bottles from Frederick don't do an exact job of replicating the original, but this is a fine beer that I could enjoy again and again. It's hazy (bottle conditioned) orange-amber body is topped by a short head of creamy white foam that dissipates shortly but maintains a nice creamy collar and leaves some decent splotchy lace. The flavor and aroma appear the same with bright, citrusy and floral hops over a delicately caramelish and biscuity malt. Its bold bitterness anchors it, and it finishes fairly short and dry. It's not a complex beer, but it is well-balanced and offers a good deal of straightforward drinkability.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.03/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a surprise, this one! It pours a luxurious cream hued head, the pour threw a very yeast-hazed orange/reddish liquid. Lots of big, herbal-scented Cascade hops hits the olefactories, also offering notes of a bracing malty/fruity background. The taste is fresh and flowery super bitter hoppiness mixed with yeasty/fruity tastes as well. The hoppy hops carry thru right into the long, bitter dry finish...hell is this an IPA or Pale Ale?? Very hoppy and very tasty!

Noticed on the bottle that it's contract brewed by Fredricksburg Brewing, interesting.

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.77/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an oak colored yellow. A small white head was present, fading to a thin almost nonexistent lace. This may be due to glass that it was poured in came to me like it was rinsed off with water before it was poured.

Aroma. Oak. This ale smell a bit on the oak side with hints of malt and hops.

Taste: A malt start turning quickly over to the aged oak taste and a rush of hops. A bitter finish bought this ale to an end. The aging in oak barrels was present thought the beer. I did enjoy this ale but the taste is one to be acquired. The first two sips were a bit ruff but there may be other factors involved. (Like the left over Crest taste) After the edge wore off I found it to be more enjoyable. I would like to try more ales of this conditioning.

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Photo of LPorter33
3.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank on tap at the "College Delly" in Willamsburg, VA. This place shouldn't be serving any type of decent beer as they presented it in a plastic cup. Am I back at Cornell attending a nasty frat party? Anyway...

Appearance = From what I could tell, it's a darkish red/brown/amber color. Decent head and lacing. A respectable looking APA.

Smell = Not much coming through. More malt than hops although pretty standard.

Taste/Overall = This one reminded me of Sarnac's Pale Ale. A very typical, standard APA without much really going for it. Since I don't live anywhere near Williamsburg, I doubt I'll have the opportunity to try this again and with the local micros around in New England, you won't hear me complaining.

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Photo of andyo
1.95/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Bought a 6-pack this past Friday.

Upon opening the first beer, I noticed something wrong immediately. There was a really weird smell coming out of this bottle. Ok- so I pour this one into my glass. What a beautiful appearance! A nice HUGE pillowy head that stuck around and receaded to some very nice sticky lacing as I drank this beer. The taste on the other hand was horrible. Kind of like drinking an over-hoppy budweiser. And what I noticed wrong in the smell, I could clearly taste in the beer. It tasted like a sour-mettalic taste. Weird. Not sure where that came from, but I am sure that this beer was past its prime, and not very well made in the first place. It reminded me more of a steam beer than anything else.

Look like I will be handing these out to unsuspecting guests, and/or using the rest for bratwurst. Disapointing.

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Photo of Dithyramb
2.9/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Simple labeling on the bottle, with a typical “Williamsburg” scene in the background. No freshness dating.
Pours a hazy orangish amber. Very difficult to raise a head
Very faint citrus and malts on the nose.
Not overly complex in the flavor profile. There are some light citrus hops bouncing around, but they are really taken over by a biscuity malt. Had some wet cardboard flavors near the end.
Overall: Easy drinking where you could have a few, but definitely misses the mark on the bitterness scale for your typical American or British pale ale.

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Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled version contracted brewed by Frederick Brewing Co., Frederick, MD.

Golden color with lots of suspended sediment, a full light tan head, good carbonation, and spotty lace. Citrusy hop aroma but a balanced hop/malt flavor with light bitterness. Light-medium bodied with a light bitter finish.

A solid session Pale Ale -- not too strong either way.

Per label: "Bottle Conditioned", 1.052 O.G., 40 IBU, 7 SRM

Per W.B.Co. website: A rich, light copper, medium bodied ale profiling a clean Centennial hop bitterness, signature “American” Cascades, and the earthy aroma of Willamette hops.

Lasered date? (on neck): 3092 (Julian ?)
Tasted: 08/16/03

($1.25 / 12 oz.)

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Photo of Gavage
2.84/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an amber / orange color with a 1" head that lasted a bit. Some spotty lacing developed. The aroma was a turnoff, as a soapy caramel tone was strong. The glass was simply rinsed with water after drinking another beer before this, so I know it wasn't a soapy glass.

The flavor was leaning towards the sweet side, as caramel, ripe fruits, and mild bitterness dominated. Some soft tart tones arrived during the finish.

Medium bodied brew. Lightly crisp and dry for the mouthfeel. The finish was very dry. Drinkability is very average.

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Photo of tgbljb
2.85/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle purchased at the brewery. poured a slighyly cloudy amber color wiht off-white head. Smell is slightly hoppy without being over-pouring. First taste has a metallic tone to it. At first I thought it was the glass, so I tried a different one, but the metallic taste was stilll there. The metallic taste seems ti subside as the glass empties. Hopefully the bottle was still fresh since I purchased it at the brewery. Dissapointed.

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Photo of ThreePistols
4.15/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask Conditioned on the hand pump at the Green Leafe Cafe in Williamsburg VA.

Light copper color with a white foamy head. Hoppy, citrusy nose. Medium body. Well carbonated. Clean, crisp, citrusy, with loads hops flavor and bitterness. Centennial hop, “American” Cascades, and the earthy aroma of Willamette hops with a light balance of malt-caramel flavor. Refreshing.

Good for the style, however this is not my favorites because of the amount of hops. But I am learning to appreciate hops more each day. Maybe one day I'll be a real hophead. All the same though, this is a very good beer.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer poured hazy pale golden yellow. The head was white and frothy and lasted to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with and English hop aroma. The maltiness was subtle and in the background.

The flavor was bitter and fairly harsh. The balance was not well accomplished and the fruity flavors did not meld with the harsh bitterness in the beer.

The finish was dry and bitter, the kind of bitterness that is harsh and lasting well into the aftertaste and beyond. The body was medium.

12 ounce bottle.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark yellow with a foamy head that dissappeared fairly quickly but left sticky lace on the glass. Smell was hoppy as expected, more floral than resin. Taste was crisp, just slightly sweet (some APAs are overly sweet up front) and a decent amount of bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel was a little thin, but doesn't detract too much. There are much better APAs out there.

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Photo of winomark
2.87/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Contract brewed in Maryland.

Appearance: Light copper with a fleeting, bone-white head and copious amounts of bubbles.

Aroma: Nice hop spice and bitterness. Rich malt adds depth to the nose. Quite pleasant.

Taste: Malt and hops fight for dominance; neither wins. Finish is very dry and tannic. Somewhat disappointing.

Mouthfeel: Very light throughout the palate.

Drinkability: The better of the two beers from this brewery that I have tried, but nothing spectacular. If in the area, try it, but no need to see this one out.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.32/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to pentathlete.

The beer pours a hazy peachy color with a finger of head that falls to a nice coating over the brew. The nose hit me as I opened the bottle. I get a lot of spicey hop with citrusy hops playing underneath it along with a caramel and orangey malt. Smells nice to me for an APA. The flavor is not as good as the nose. There is an odd, offputting flavor in there...almost a sour/bitter combination. Maybe too much bittering hop without enough flavoring hop. I'm not impressed with this flavor. The feel is a very light moderate with a moderate carbonation. Drinkability suffers from the flavor. It lacks a nice caramel malt in the flavor and too much bite on the bittering hop without any of the hop sweetness in the flavor. Its okay.

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Photo of Scooter77
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this cask-conditioned beer on the hand pump at the Green Leafe Café in Williamsburg. Pours a hazy yellow color with a 1/4-inch white head. As the froth dies down, it leaves a thin lace splattered on the sides of the glass. Aromas are quite oaky mixed with a burst of hops and citrus peel. The taste of charred oak is very well balanced with the bitterness of the hops, finished of by a refreshing crispness of citrus fruit. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Given the chance, I will most definitely drink it again.

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Williamsburg Pale Ale from Williamsburg Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.3 out of 5 with 19 ratings