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Edenton Joseph Hewes Revolutionary Ale | Edenton Brewing Company

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Edenton Joseph Hewes Revolutionary AleEdenton Joseph Hewes Revolutionary Ale

Brewed by:
Edenton Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ByTor2112
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Immense white head from my bottle. Golden straw color.
Aroma is sweet and slightly hoppy, I get a small hint of corn, and it hints at being lagerish. Hops are very light.
Crisp but light hop bitterness hits the palate. Just a plain staright ale here. Light in body, hops are light and crisp, not spicy but make presence known then fade away. A good froth releases some estery sweetness but flavor stays the same. Very basic ale, not much complexity but rather drinkable.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz. bottle sent in a recent swap with Metalmonk; poured to my lovely Abita pint glass. Label has an American Revolution-era portrait and signature of Joseph Hewes, a representative from North Carolina to the Continental Congress and signer of the Declaration of Independence (thanks wikipedia!).

A: I'd be hard-pressed to find a more "golden" beer. A glowing blonde ale, slightly hazy, with a scattering of carbonation and a pencil-thin white head. A wispy ring encircles the glass once the head dies, almost no lace.

S: There's corn, no doubt, and some malty graininess. An adequate sprinkling of fresh hops. Meh.

T: Slightly sweet, corn and malt comingled. A moderate hop bitterness gives the flavor a cleanness. I almost found a subtle doughy spice, then it disappeared. A touch of citrus tang in the finish. Flavors aren't too bad, they're just benign...I'd give a '3' but my wife really liked and ranked it a '4'...therefore a '3.5' it is...

M: Pretty crisp and clean. Lighter mouthfeel and body, seems very fresh. A fair amount of gassy carbonation and a bit of starchy stickiness in the finish.

D: A decent beer but nothing outstanding to bring me back. A summery, borderline "session" beer at best. Certainly quaffable, I suppose "worth a try" would be my recommendation...the first US Secretary of the Navy deserves a better beer, dammit!!!

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.24/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In the glass this looks unpromising, with a pale, nearly sick yellow color and a poor head which lasts no more than a few seconds.

Feed corn, caramel corn, Fiddle Faddle, Corn Pops breakfast cereal...yes, the aroma is rather corny. Sweet and malty too, some butter there, but generally dominated by that corn element. I like it, reminds me of my local guilty pleasure, Legend Lager, but I can't help but think it could use more depth. Something more beerlike perhaps.

Flavors also lean on the corn side, with a bitter sweetness that mildly satisfies. But the overall profile is flatline and bland, having no real depth to recommend it. Crisp, yet also somewhat sticky in the finish. The more I sip, the less I like. There's just not a lot going on here, yet nothing foul to report either.

Nice enough in the mouth...a bit more substantial than the flavors. Velvety, buttery, without any heaviness.

There's subtle, there's simplicity...and then there's boring. Joseph Hewes is on the boring side. But it drinks quite well since there are no overtly offensive characteristics that I can identify. Bottom line? I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of blackie
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

appearance: The pour gives a very slight, white head that soon recedes almost completely. The beer is golden in color.

smell: Sweet, pale graininess and a nice American hop aroma. Smells good.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is light, as is the body. Seems pretty undercarbonated.

taste: Very flavorful and tasty for a blonde ale. Plenty of sweet, pale grains and a nice boost of hop flavor to balance things out. An unusually flavorful beer for the style, which keeps it from getting boring.

drinkability: Very easy drinkability...five down and no problem

six-pack purchased from Peace Street Market for $6.99

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Photo of dirtylou
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Peace Street Market in Raleigh

appearance: pours a hazy golden orange, very small light white head with very little lace

smell: aromas fairly faint, lemon grassy, light citrus notes, grassy hop presence, very light toasted grain

taste: big green grassy taste, squeezed lemons, sweet and fruity, light pineapple, nice earthy feel...def the best american blonde i have ever tried

mouthfeel: a little chalky, medium-light body,

drinkability: good session

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Photo of tgbljb
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a hazy apricot color with short creamy white head that very rapidly disappeared. Smell is fruity and malty with a touch of piney hops. Taste is moderately sweet and fruit with a solid hop bitterness coming through. Finishes more dry than sweet and leaves a pleasant feeling in the mouth. A nice drinking session beer.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was another beer I got from Beer Poker at the Flying Saucer. This time I was much mor eimpressed with my selection than before. Never heard of this one from Edenton. At first smell, taste and appearance I though this was a wheat beer, especially with it's unfiltered hazy look. Very noticeable fruits in the smell and taste. Quite easy to drink (altough by this point of the night, I was pretty full). Great selection after a hot summer day . . . not so much for a cold February night.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale straw to light yellow in color with a full white head, lots of suspended sediment, good carbonation, and bits of lace. Nice grainy malt profile and light hop aroma. Grainy malt flavors dominate with a nice hoppy balance and finish; nicely balanced with medium bitterness. Medium-light bodied and relatively smooth with a nice grainy dry finish.

A sessionable Blond Ale for sure ...

Per EBC website: 5% ABV.
Perle, Tettnang, and Hallertau hops.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yeast-swirled lemon peel beneath a two finger cap that is closer to eggshell than to pure white. A short collar of lace is beginning to appear and looks tacky enough to give a good accounting of itself as the glass empties. We'll see. There's nothing at all flashy about the appearance, but then blonde ales aren't about flash anyway, they're about solid, jack of all trades competence.

The aroma, while not immediately impressive, strikes me as having that same solidity. Its lightly buttered, untoasted white bread maltiness holds the center while the German hops hold a restrained party at the periphery (nothing too wild, they're Germans after all). As blonde ale noses go, this one is better than average.

Even though the flavor follows the nose's lead, it reaches a slightly different destination. There's nothing specific that I can point to, but that won't stop me from trying to figure it out as I empty the bottle into my gullet. For whatever reason, the flavor rings that little carnival bell in my head that lights up in neon with 'good beer'.

The smell description applies to the flavor as well, so I won't attempt to re-phrase in order to say the exact same thing. The hops have freer reign on the palate. That's it! Hops are what make this beer go and are responsible for that 'certain something' that appeals to me. Of all the characteristics imparted by the Deutschland Trio (Perle, Tettnang, Hallertau), lemon zestiness is the one that makes the biggest impression.

There isn't much to say about the body/mouthfeel. It's as solid as all the rest and is without appreciable faults. It's on the lighter side of medium, which is par for the course regarding blonde ales, and gets the job done without calling attention to itself. The restrained, yet effective, carbonation doesn't falter even as the last few ounces exit the glass.

Joseph Hewes Revolutionary Ale may not be revolutionary, but it's still good beer. It's hoppier than most blonde ales, and that alone earns my gratitude. I could see myself buying sixers of JHRA to take to summertime cookouts if it was available locally.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a slightly-cloudy gold color with a thick, sticky white head that lingers pretty well.

Smell is lightly hopped, sweet, just a little bit lemony, with some little yeasty scents coming through. A clear bready malt base gives this one a nice backbone.

Flavor is similarly light, with the yeasty flavors coming through more clearly and playing against the hops well. The hops are just a little bit big, but they give a nice little citrusy flavor in there. The malty biscuit flavors are clear, too, and give it quite a nice foundation for the fruitiness.

Overall: Pretty good cheap blonde ale, an easy drinker and one that's worth trying if you see it.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from GCBrewingCo as part of BIF 20. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 2" off-white head above the slightly cloudy 18K golden brew. Head isn't going anywhere, fueled by voracious streams of bubble form the bottom of the glass, and lacing is sporadic but foamy. Aroma is citrus and pale malts. Taste starts with a light pale malt sweetness, which is quickly overpowered by the tart citrus character. Mouthfeel is okay, could use a bit more sweetness to smooth the ride, and drinkability is the same or a bit better. Not a bad blonde here, but not something I would start shaking the trade trees to revisit either.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a nice white head that retains well enough. Aroma is pretty simple, slighty spicy hops aroma followed by a bready malt scent. Flavor begins with a nice, clean bready flavor followed by a lightly spicy hops flavor and finishes dry and bitter. Nothing exceptional here, but a great session beer and descently flavorful...cant beat it for $10 a case at the brewery

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Photo of charlottebeerguy
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this beers pours a deep gold color. I smell a few hops but it is very faint.thought it smells like it might have some good malt character.The beer is very light bodied not what I presumed at all. there is some minimal lacing action going on but nothing really to speak about.It is very drinkable though if you drank a 6 pack of this you would not feel like you just went to an all you can eat.ah there are the hops I smelled, very light hops most noticabled on the finish. this beer does go down well but nothing oout of the ordinary.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a 2 finger head and good lace. Aroma of a semi rich malt with a bit of honey, a hair of citrus. Not a huge hop presence is detected. Taste of a slightly caramelized malt with some definate citrus notes accompanied by a sharp, but not stong ,hop presence. A subtle hop bitterness is left in the aftertaste and is vey easy drinking. Very refeshing. A great everyday kind of beer.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Blue & Gray BIF and AK Smoked Porter for the opportunity!

I am sampling a chilled bottle in a pint glass. The beer gushes open when I pop the cap, luckily I had glass ready and only spilled a few drops. A large fluffy eggshell white head foams up very quickly to fill the glass. I let this recede and refill the glass.
The beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with some small streams of carb rising to surface. The head now rests effortlessly on the surface.
THe aroma is fruity with green apple and I think lemon dominating but allowing some light caramel to come through as well. There is a slight medicinal smell as well. Uh oh bad beer? ON ward!
First sip reveals, an average body with very mild and finely bubbled carbonation.
Flavor is very lite and refreshing with a brief sweet caramel and then finishes with a nice citrusy hop backbone that I didnt expect after the nose. The finish is also a little dry and leaves a orange peel bitterness in the back of my mouth. QUite a decent flavor profile on this one that started a little off-kilter. A good beer on a hot day!

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bland hues of slightly foggy orange hues with an ivory dense ½” head cap that steadily hangs in there.

Aromatic fruity scents of some estery peach and some delicate banana.

First swigs: Initially fluffy Tang fruity front with a chalky peach estery dull citrous twinge.

Diluted watered down light to medium feel that washes back with a diluted overall feel, however lending to some drinkability, but lacking in carbonation. Tacky cloying aftertaste.

Last swigs: Not quite Revolutionary, but an easy drinker of an ale that lacks any identity. Probably better out of the bottle than deserving a serious review. Overall just above average. Part of a mixed case with a Red, Nut Brown and another.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

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Photo of WesWes
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale and bisquit malts. It has a breadlike aroma with some hops as well. The taste is good. It has a very smooth and malty flavor with a mildly bitter hop finish. It has a breadlike taste that gives it a bit of an earthy feel. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. I love the aroma and taste.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - a slight chill haze to this nicely goldened up blond. Thin white head holds at a thin cap and laces thinly but very well.

Aroma - grainy, a twist of yeast, fairly plain.

Taste - malt foundation with some citrus following. Very smooth, tasty hop profile, equal parts fruit and bitterness but staying in check and not over-riding the malt. Tastewise, this is a most well-endowed blond.

Mouthfeel - good body, smooth, average carbonation, on par for the style.

Drinkability - tasty and light enough for more than a one-night's stand worth of enjoyment. Props to merlin48 for letting me borrow one of his blonds this evening...

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Photo of beerinator
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear peachy yellow with hints of orange when the beer hits the light.

Aroma: Sweet malt nuttyness with drifting rumors of fruit. Little to no bitterness in the aroma.

Taste: Malty upfront with balancing bitterness towards the middle leading to a fairly smooth finish. The hops show up with a slight sharp bitterness. There are notes of fruit in the taste as well. Mouthfeel is a touch on the thin side.

Notes: Very drinkable. A bit of depth keeps this one from becoming a boring beer. A good choice for session drinking.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearence: Pours a medium golden coler with a rich, creamy bleach white head. Clairty is dead on, but no signs of carbonation.

Smell: The smell is the usual amber/blonde ale generic malt smell with a decent hop background.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Oddly enough, this is much less generic than it smells. It has a very nice, light feel to it without lacking any character. It's complex and exciting, but it doesn't go overboard. What great balance!! The mouthfeel is smooth but a bit thin.

Drinkability and Overall: Again, Edenton has take the 6% cap and almost used it to their advantage, making a smooth, crisp, thirst quenching beer that is incredibly enjoyable. Not bad!

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Photo of Stimack
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a few bottles of Edenton’s brews while in NC for business. The Revolutionary Ale poured to a cloudy golden color with a nice sized white head that left a lot of lacing through out the brew. The aroma has a few different aspects, Can notice a solid malt aroma that is balanced with buttery and fruit like scents that go quite nicely all together. The taste is similar to the aromas, the buttery diacetyl is more pronounced and the malt characteristic seems to take a bit of a back seat. Also notice a fruit like taste that does not seem to come from hops but maybe from the yeast? Over all this is a nice beer; I would get it again when visiting NC.

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Photo of ski271
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light orangish-gold with a slight haze. Head is small, white, tight, and mostly diminishing by first sip, but a stubborn film stays behind. Good lacing.

Smell: Orange rind up front over a nice light malt backbone. Sweet and fruity and quite pleasant.

Taste: No real big flavors standing out here. Instead, a soft, balanced, soothing ale. At first I wasn’t too thrilled by it, because I was wanting something with more of a hops kick to it. It’s inviting with a nice, small semi-sharp bite of hop bitterness, mellowing then to reveal a nice toasted malt sweetness with hints of citrus. Then I feel it turned a little hollow on the dry finish, but still not bad at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body, smooth texture, soft carbonation.

Drinkability: I was a little disappointed after a good start, but it’s still very drinkable, highly-sessionable brew. I don’t know if I’d seek it out again, but I’m very glad I tried it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Note: Edenton seems to be having some problems with bottling. Out of the 24 bottles in my case, 11 were high fills that contained 13 ounces, while 4 barely held 11. The high fills are fine, but the short bottles show signs of oxidation. - Only properly filled bottles were sampled for reviews).

Joseph Hewes pours a just-slightly hazy, amber body that's capped by a short layer of creamy white foam. The head retention is limited, but it holds OK; and it does leave some nice thin lace about the glass. Some nice malt with a dollop of buttery diacetyl; some subtle yeasty fruit esters; and a cusp of leafy hops greets you in the nose. It's medium bodied with a fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation, and in the mouth it lends a mild caress to the tongue before becoming slightly creamy. The flavor is centered around a diacetyl laced maltiness that's enhanced by a thread of yeasty fruitiness and some leafy, earthy, and subtly spicy hops (Fuggles?). It's bitterness solidly backs it, and leads to a dry finish that lingers with some buttery diacteyl that fades to reveal a long-lingering bitterness. Not bad! In the English vein, this is a pretty decent ale. It's light enough to have more than a couple; and has enough character to keep it interesting. And I find it's best enjoyed at cellar temperature... as it might be in Britain. Good show!

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Photo of Skidz
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to AKSmokedPorter for this one, and the wet lap.

I should have seen it coming. The bottle was filled nearly all the way to the top, only about a half inch from the top. Took off the cap, sizzle, fizz, WHAM! Beer oozing out over the top and onto my lap. Smells good though.

Pours out pale gold and sits hazy amber in the glass with a nice, large fluffy white head.

Aroma is highly penetrating and seeps deep into your lungs. I'm becoming a fan of this ever since I tried out Raftman. Nice malty sweetness with interesting fruity aromas; tropical all the way. Toasty and boast a nice floral/herbal hop aroma. Love the smell of this one.

Sweet and malty up front and brings in a good amount of rich, fruity flavors. Starfruit, pinapple then an interesing toasted flavor of baked/grilled fruit, apples in particular. Mild hoppiness makes it's way in with spicy and herbal notes and finished nicely bittered with one last kick of fruitiness.

Crisp in the mouth with good loads of carbonation well suited for the medium body. Refreshing in the overall fruity (how many times have I used this word?) sense of it. Classic feel.

This is just an all around good beer. Easy to drink, and rightly so. It just feels and tastes right. I want more.

And as AKSmokedPorter said in his review, "A pleasant surprise," I too agree, in more ways than one. :)

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Edenton Joseph Hewes Revolutionary Ale from Edenton Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 28 ratings