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Wolaver’s Pat Leavy’s All-American Ale

Formerly brewed at Otter Creek Brewing
Style: Amber Ale
Middlebury, Vermont USA


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This is a highly drinkable amber ale with delicious hop flavors and aromas, available in 6 pks and on draft. The second beer from Wolaver’s to be named in honor of an organic farmer. Frustrated that organic hops had to be shipped in from overseas, we set out to find a more local source. Pat Leavy agreed to grow organic hops for our brewery and this All American ale is brewed with his organic Fuggles, Goldings, and Magnum hops, and American-grown organic malted barley. We salute America’s organic farmers- especially Pat Leavy! Cheers!

sallad's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
sallad (115) - USA - JAN 27, 2010
slight haze, golden, with a thin fizzy head. grassy hops jump out with sweet caramel malt. Nicely balanced brew, decent bitterness to counter that malt. carbonation helps to coat the palate, and leaves a long (but mild) hop bitterness in the finish. relies too much on the caramel malt for my liking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
muzzlehatch (4835) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 22, 2016
Un-Muzzling Olde Muzzlehatch Ratings, #15. Vermont Brewer’s Fest, July 2008, sample 8 (draught). I believe this was listed as "Otter Creek All-American Ale". Dark amber - apple juice appearance, with a bit of head that lasts...nose is decent, fresh and somewhat pungent with resinous and vaguely citric hops, maybe the faintest hint of soap but not enough to distract...alas the dull, dry, cardboard body pretty much kills it - little malt, little sweetness, little anything.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Imaena (2231) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - AUG 12, 2013
Providence with Heidi and Matthew. Very Hoppy. I liked it well enough though. Will try this again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 24, 2013
Bottle:   Amber in color, thin frothy white head, spotty lacing.   Soft hoppy nose, more like a Pale Ale than an Amber.   On the tongue it has a decent malt base, soft hop background.   clean, and not much of an Amber.   Seems like maybe a hoppy amber or a malty pale ale?   What can I say, malty Pale Ale or hoppy Amber Ale.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Very middle of the road, not terribly malty, not terribly hoppy.   Decent beer, but rather boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bobman006 (339) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2011
Bottle. orange copper with white head. Aromas of Caramel, flower, grass. Flavors of caramel, honeysuckle, bright fruit. Balanced finish. Medium-thin body with smooth mouthfeel and moderate-low carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Poured into a pint glass. Bought this for a buck at local place. 4.0 A: Hazy dark orange color. 1 1/2 fingers of creamy head with average retention and a decent amount of lacing. 3.5 S: Hardly any hop aroma, maybe a touch of pine. Malts give off a subtle sweetness with hints of caramel. Not bad, but extrodinarily weak. 4.0 T: I was expecting a lot less taste than what is present. Very happy for that as these organic brews usually suck ass. Plenty of caramel and toffee flavor, way more than in the nose. Slight buttery taste than complements rather than detracts. Bittering hops do a good job at balancing. Flavor hops are piney in nature, not strong, but definitely there. 3.5 M: Medium body. The carbonation is quite bitey and thus this isn’t that creamy. 4.0 D: This may very well be the best organic beer ever made. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-17-2009 23:02:52

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2010
12oz bottle–pours a white head with amber color. Aroma is some pine, medium malt-some caramel. Taste follows.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14172) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 25, 2010
Bottle from Half Time. Pours hazy orange with a foamy off-white head. Aroma is mostly malty, with a light citrus note. Medium body; foamy carbonation. Flavor is malty roasted with some fruity/floral bitter. Very nicely bitter. Could be a touch of diacetyl. I seem to get that today. But the bitter goes a little peachy and it is just a wonderful thing. One of the better ambers, I’m sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 15, 2010
Bottle: copper color, white head. Citrusy nose and a malty flavor. Decent hop bitterness but a little one dimensional. Lacking in the finish. Decent.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
obguthr (5718) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - JUN 23, 2010
Weak honey nose, with pineapple hints. Hazy amber, thick head, good lacing. Weak honey flavor slightly tart, finishes with a light grassy bitterness. Weak overall, somewhat sessionable. Not exciting. I expect a lot more from craft beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
guzzler67 (1670) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 9, 2010
Bright amber appearance with an average size, off white head and good lacing. Toasted grain aroma with a light touch of wood. Hop flavors lean toward the spicy and herbal; whole grain, bready malts add some balance. More bitterness in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel with a lingering finish.

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