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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 2.95/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92/5   ABV: -
American Ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Butters (4042) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Well I have put off posting my rating on this for a bit because I wanted to wait for their All-American Cream Ale to come out for comparison. Draft last fall at Green Leafe Cafe. Poured a dark golden honey color with good white head. Aroma was grainy and slight caramel hints. Tasted about the same. Other people mentioned ’fruity’ but I didn’t pick up on that. Mouthfeel was somewhat thin with moderate carbonation.. Wasn’t crazy about it but the rest of my table liked it well enough because we ordered several pitchers of it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
JK (5732) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2007
From Skyview. An acidic aroma and acidic flavor. Prominent unprocessed grain flavor, barley, and some hops. Gold color, dry, and fairly simple. Light on the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4864) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2007
A growler ported in by Skyview. Dark brown color with a large head. Chalky and dry malt aroma. The malt taste manages to be both sweet and dry. A little molasses. Dry hop finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2007
My parents were kind to pick up a growler of the American Ale straight from the brewpub in Williamsburg, VA. Pours a somewhat dark golden amber brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissolves to a fine film and white ring. Aroma of multi-grain malt, a touch of citrus, some yeast and a touch of honey. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonation with flavors of light caramel malt and some flowery hop flavors. Finish is slightly watery, light malty with a light malt aftertaste. An average ale at best.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DocLock (9982) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2007
Draft at Greenleafe Tavern while on vacation. The pour was medium goldish, and I got aroma notes of mild hopcitrus, some pale malt, light fruit, honey, and ssome of that slight yeasty funk note that I seem to detect in most Williamsburg beers. Medium to light palate heft, with mild flavors of hopcitrus, light skinned fruit, and pale malt.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Braudog (6341) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2007
Draft at the Greene Leaf Cafe; Light amber and moderately carbonated. Sweet aroma kinda sneaks up on you and then there’s almost a vinegary touch. This drinks quite light, but it drinks so starchy it almost comes across like that vinegar I got in the aroma. Little odd, bitter finish, almost tart. I supposet this sounds bad, but actually the beer’s not bad ... it’s OK, but somewhat of a let down for WAW. (#2950, 5/24/2007)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheBeerGod (6010) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2007
Sampled at the Virginia Beer Fest. The keg was labeled Alewerks American Ale, but after speaking with maniac and his conversation with the brewers, for now we’ll leave it named Alewerks Ale. I’ll try and dig up as much info as I can for this. Came out golden bodied. Small white head. The nose seemed rather faint to me. Light grains, some faint caramel and light malt. Taste was on par with the aroma. Again nothing exciting but still well done. Light grains, some hops, softer malts and touches of fruit. Body is light-medium to medium. Soft carbonation. Ends with more grains, soft caramel and fruits and touches of maltiness. Average.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 25, 2007
Virginia Beer Fest 2007. The head brewer told me that this is their American Ale. This is meant to be their general purpose beer. "Give me an Alewerks" and this is what they plan to give you. Clear golden amber body with a small white head. Somewhat grainy light caramel aroma. Grainy carmel and light fruit flavor. For a general purpose beer, this isn’t too bad.

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