Raleigh Tavern Williamsburg Pale Ale | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Raleigh Tavern Williamsburg Pale AleRaleigh Tavern Williamsburg Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by JohnnyM2002 on 10-09-2006

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by 6470zzy:
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3.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this one at one of the shops in Colonial Williamsburg.

A- Pretty clear amber with a 1/2 head of white foam.

S- I am getting fresh cut flowers and an elusive caramel aroma

M- Medium carbonation with a not too assertive body, definitely a session style ale with just the right amount of hop bitterness.

D- Bring on the six pack, you can knock these back and not burn out your taste buds

Bottle is CLEARLY marked with the date of 031109 although not with ABV

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Photo of Tiernan
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Darker reddish amber color with a thick off white head.

Smell: Light hops

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of bitter hops with a hint of malty sweetness.

Overall: Not bad, glad I tried it.

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Photo of briandaube
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Bierleichen
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of KensWorld
2.78/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a bottle to a pint glass. Indeed, the ABV is unknown. This is an obviously obscure beer and, as expected, no bottling date in sight. Thanks to the in-laws...

A: Large off-white foamy head. Diminished rather quickly but left a nice collar and a thin creamy film. The lacing was good. The body has a medium saturation of orange/brown/amber color and is particularly clear.

S: Pale, biscuity malts of sweet bread and toast, caramelly. Light grassy hops.

T: There is a noticeable lack of particular flavor. The flavors are comprised of clove, plum, date and miscellaneous fruity esters. It is a bit watery for my taste but it does improve, as always, as the temperature increases. The flavor duration is short and it is lightly bitter. Still, not good.

M: Eh. Light to medium body, thin, oily texture that is slick on the tongue. To save itself from a complete disaster, the mouthfeel remains average by having the right amount of carbomation.

D: Coming in with low expectations (this beer is more of a touristy thing, and it is a contract brewed beer), I wasn't surprised that this beer wasn't that great. The aromas were very nice, the flavor was just verrrryyy weak. Definitely not for a serious beer drinker. It also seems that the role of the hops and malts were switched. Did Tobias Funke direct this recipe? (Reference for Arrested Development fans only! If you don't already know about this cancelled show...shame on you and get on it!)

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Photo of EN27
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mcslain
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Received as a gift from a visit to Colonial Williamsburg. Pretty cool that this historic colonial site has made an attempt to offer a tavern style ale. What would be cooler though is if they actually made a tavern style ale on site, rather than going through Old Dominion brewing. (of which i am not a huge fan)

Appearance is a murky orange gold, and fizzy like a home brew. Decent head with minimal lacing.
Smell is grass and straw. Not great.
Taste is more grass and straw. Light on hops w a strong malt presence.
Mouth is little thin and maybe a little over carbonated.

Overall, drinkable but not great. If I was in Colonial Williamsburg I could drink them. But as a sixer to take home, there is no need.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Copper filtered, no carbonation, 3 fingers off white head.

S: Caramel, lemon and lemon peel, brown tea. A little stinky foot.

T: Caramel, toffee, little citrus, brewed un-sweet tea.

M: Medium light body, lots of carbonation.

O: A nice good English pale ale, brewed with tradition. I got it in Williamsburg, VA, and drank it at Table Rock Lake, MO, August 7th, 2014.

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Photo of pathman
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CHickman
4.03/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy amber reddish color with a huge 2 finger foamy light tan head that faded very slowly and left excellent foamy lacing sticking to the sides. The lacing was great and left lovely foamy rings as it went down.

Smells and tastes of grapefruit, orange peel, caramel, citrus hops, lemon zest, wheat bread, graham cracker, piney hops, sweet malt and flowers or light herbs. A general malty sweetness mixes well with the hops, allowing the citrus fruit to cut through and add very nice balance.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and almost slick, with mild carbonation, a medium body that's a little chewy, trailing with a slightly bitter, sweet and grainy finish that has a slight yeasty or bready essence. Really tasty beer that was much better than I anticipated, I'd definitely have it again.

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Photo of AngusOg
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of nigeldazooman
2.49/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Very hoppy for a pale ale. Little misleading.

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Photo of uvachief
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Old school recipe. Not complex but easy to drink. Liked it. Drank from 12 oz bottles. No idea what it looked like. Drank a few and didn't complain.

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Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.69/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pburland23
3.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a single bottle while in Williamsburg for a wedding.

Pours a light, fluffy head that hangs around longer than I thought it would. Nice reddish amber color.

The smell is nothing memorable. It's fruity and grassy. Not much malt scent available.

It tastes like a pretty run of the mill APA. If this is what they were drinking in colonial Williamsburg then life was pretty good. It's a little sweet around the edges but otherwise a passable version of the style. The mouthfeel is average as is the drinkability. You could definitely sit in the tavern with a few mugs and plot against the British crown.

I'd be curious to see if any of the taverns in Williamsburg have it on tap. I'd be more than happy to give it a try.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of tgbljb
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Colonial Williamsburg.
Poured a medium amber color wuth massive white puffy head. Good rentention.
Smell is pleasant, being a nice combination of grassy hops and subtle malt.
Taste also combines the malt and hops in good proportions, forming a nice refreshing easy drinking beer.
Try one if you are at Colonial Williamsburg. You will not be sorry.

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Photo of rorjets
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

Picked up this one from a shop in Colonial Williamsburg, along with two other Colonial Williamsburg licensed beers made by Alewerks. This one is called Raleigh Tavern WMSB Pale Ale, brewed by Old Dominion. An English style ale, this has a thin head on the pour that disappears quickly. The first taste is malty sweet, followed by the what seemed to be a pretzel flavor on the tongue. The finish is clean, with no evident bitterness. Not a particularly noteworthy ale, but quite drinkable. The two made by Alewerks were much more interesting beers.

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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.4/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of vabeerguy
3.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I bought this when I visited Colonial Williamsburg. It is brewed by Old Dominion Brewing Co out of Dover Delaware. Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Nothing special to like and nothing to dislike. Your average pale ale although I was surprised that it had more of a bitter hop bite than I thought it would.

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Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of admonster00
3/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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