AleWerks Brewing Company Reviews




radagast83
3.8
AleWerks Marleyís Lament
I donít know what I was thinking drinking this at the start of August when it was nearly 100 degrees outside. But whatever. This beer instantly made me think of Anchorís Our Special Ale. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Aroma was holiday spices, light eggnog with notes of mint, coffee. Light gingerbread. Flavor was similar - dark brown sugar notes in this one too. Interesting.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Kinz
3.9
AleWerks Secret Admirer
On tap at Mekong, glad to be able to try it. Poured golden, nice head. Big hoppy aroma, lots of citrus, tropical fruit, slight pine. I have been getting this profile quite a bit lately, and Iím not complaining. Dry crackery malts. Very similar in a lot of ways to the Gaffer that I had just had. Well done, liked it a lot.
Saturday, August 20, 2016

BiddleBrau
2.9
AleWerks Chesapeake Pale Ale
Bottle from brewery. Honey gold with visible carbonation, just off white head. Corn and malt in aroma some citrus. Light, crisp, mild overall.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

obguthr
3.3
AleWerks Superb IPA
Draft: Mild lilly and new plastic aroma. Cloudy amber, medium head, good lace. Orange peel, still some subtle new plastic notes. Medium body, easy carboration.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

tsd08460
4.6
AleWerks Droste Effect
Bomber from Whole Foods Fair Lakes Aroma: roasty, chocolate, coffee Appearance: black with a brown head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish, Delicious
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

dresden
3.1
AleWerks Brewmasters Reserve Springhouse Ale (2010-)
Pale golden. Apricot and light fruit aroma. Light cracker make, apricot, very yeasty. Overall ok.
Sunday, August 14, 2016

Ferris
3
AleWerks Brewmasters Reserve Springhouse Ale (2010-)
Bottle - Stone fruit and some funk. Cloudy gold with a decent white head. Funky stone fruit and some odd yeasty notes. The yeasty notes throughout are a bit odd.
Sunday, August 14, 2016

flatearthman
4
AleWerks Droste Effect
Crisp nose and lacey tan head with a velvet mouthfeel. Notes of chocolate and toffee on front pallet with a slightly malt bitterness on the finish. This beer at 9.2% has almost no alcohol taste that some exhibit. Drinking and sipping it is a wonderful experience.
Friday, August 12, 2016

Maverick34
3.4
AleWerks Superb IPA
Draught. Slightly cloudy yellow orange pour. Clean fresh hops with citrus. Not bad.
Thursday, August 11, 2016

ChadPolenz
4.6
AleWerks Bitter Valentine
2015 BJCP Category: 22A Double IPA

AROMA: Strong orange aroma, some alcohol. Some clean malty sweetness in the background. 10/12

APPEARANCE: Flame orange hue, hazy body, visible sediment and CO2. Moderate off white froth leaves great lacing. 3/3

FLAVOR: Orange flavor akin to sweet peel rather than bitter peel. Some sherbet or candy-like flavors. Bitterness is strong and dank, but not syrupy or resiny. There is a firm malty backbone, but it is not especially sweet. Alcohol is subtle. Well balanced. 17/20

MOUTHFEEL: Medium-full body. Too thick to be crisp, but too carbonated to be syrupy. Alcohol warmth is minor and complements the palette. Very smooth and surprisingly quaffable (not a sipper). 5/5

OVERALL IMPRESSION: An excellent overlooked DIPA. Kind of an orange bomb, but tasty, well balanced, and highly drinkable nevertheless. 9/10

TOTAL SCORE: 45/50

DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

slowrunner77
3.4
AleWerks Superb IPA
12 oz from Tavour. Moderately fresh. Aroma and flavor a little subdued, but mango and passion fruit as advertised. Pleasant if not a standout.
Tuesday, August 09, 2016

radagast83
4.4
AleWerks Secret Admirer
22oz bottle. Poured a beautiful golden orange color with a medium sized white head. Aroma was a sharp hoppy aroma of citrus and pine resin. Incredibly tasty with a mild malt sweetness and a juicy hop character. Alcohol is in there, but itís really smooth and easy to drink. This beer was amazing.
Monday, August 08, 2016

Maverick34
3.7
AleWerks Brewmasters Reserve Springhouse Ale (2010-)
Bottled. Bubblybpiur Tons of bubble gum and bananas hit you up front then a sweet finish. Pretty well
Monday, August 08, 2016

emusche
3.7
AleWerks Droste Effect
Pours black with tan head, nice sticky lacing. Nose is chocolate, malt, little booziness. Taste is Baker's chocolate, some roast, mild astringency and burn, faint coffee notes as well. Mouthfeel is oily and pleasant. A nice offering. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Sunday, August 07, 2016

OldGrowth
3.2
AleWerks Coffeehouse Stout
bottle, from unknown. batch code 11 18 15 good aroma, sweet coffee and chocolate. dark orangy brown color, not much head, faded quick, no lace. sweet flavor. medium body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, sweet finish. perfectly fine coffee stout, nic eitís a lower abv stout with this much flavor, best part imo. suppose a coffee addition will do that....good to try, Alewerks is a solid brewer.
Sunday, August 07, 2016

solidfunk
4
AleWerks Secret Admirer
Very nice. Lots of peel and some citrus, pineapple. Orange pour with good head and lacing. Bitter finish with some tang. Tao at Red Apron.
Sunday, August 07, 2016

Maverick34
3.9
AleWerks Secret Admirer
Bottled. Clouded amber pour. Sticky lacing. Strong smell of mangos. Bursting with juice. Some resin oushop plus pineapple. Quite good. Not just another iipa
Friday, August 05, 2016

JStax
3.5
AleWerks Brewerís Choice Rapadou Porter
22 ounce bottle poured into a brandy snifter. The beer is a dark brown to black with a khaki head of foam. Good retention. The beer is a pretty strong ashy presence. A little footy. Sweet and roasty. Big body and moderate carbonation.
Sunday, July 31, 2016

nimbleprop
3.9
AleWerks Droste Effect
22oz bottle pours a muddy brown/black with some tan head. Nose of smoke, malt, chewy grain, toast, a little earthy. Flavor is malt, bread, chewy grains, earthy, chocolate, coffee. Dry finish.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

jc1762
4.1
AleWerks Secret Admirer
Tap into a snifter showing lightly filtered orange with a finger of clean white foam. The nose is subtle with clean guava and very light tropical fruit. The palate is moderately carbonated and medium bodied. Flavors of juicy tropical fruit (pineapple, mango, a bit of kiwi) and a clean juicy finish. Still dry throughout and just in general a very well made IIPA.
Sunday, July 24, 2016

GenDV138
3.4
AleWerks Superb IPA
4 oz pour on draft at Spacebar. Hazy yellow with off-white head. Aromas of citrus and floral notes. Tastes of lemon lime citrus, floral notes. Medium-light body with a dry finish. Not quite superb but solid.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Braudog
4.2
AleWerks Droste Effect
Bottle. Muscular pour, with quite the creamy mouthfeel. The chocolate aspect is reminiscent of a little unsweetened brownie mix. This hides its 9% power pretty well, but doesnít take long to make itself evident to your brain cells. (#6242, 7/20/2016)
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

tia
3.7
AleWerks Droste Effect
Tap @ the Answer. Dark and roasty. Has a bit of an odd twist, but I actually like that. Creamy.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Travlr
3.3
AleWerks Secret Admirer
Draft at Churchkey. Cloudy golden color, massive white head. Summer fruit aroma. Taste is earthy light onions. OK.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

obguthr
3.9
AleWerks Wolf Banjo Berliner Weisse
Draft: Mild briney cumquat and toejam aroma. Milky yellow, thick head. Neutral lime initially, tart at midpalate, lactic grain and malt finish. Medium body, soft almost too soft though. Nice transitions, complexity, and tartness level.
Sunday, July 17, 2016

hershiser2
3.5
AleWerks Superb IPA
$2.10 bottle from Wine Warehouse. Pours slightly hazy golden with a large white head. Hefty hop aroma: lemon zest, grapefruit, slight pepper. Flavor is lemon lest, tingly hops all over, light grapefruit, light pineapple. I donít know about superb, but itís good.
Saturday, July 16, 2016

solidfunk
3.7
AleWerks Droste Effect
Roasty and some caramel. Black pour with good head and lacing. Some chocolate. Bittersweet finish. Bottle.
Sunday, July 10, 2016

hershiser2
4.2
AleWerks Brewmasters Reserve Grand Illumination Ale (Bourbon Barrel)
Bomber #1154 of 2500 from Market Street Wine Shop Uptown. Pours thick and hazy medium-dark brown with no head to speak of. Looks like tea thatís been desecrated with a splash of milk. Amazing aroma of vanilla, bourbon, caramel, cherry. Taste is sweet dark cherry and other fruits, vanilla, light earth, and bourbon. Effing amazing.
Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Iphonephan
3.8
AleWerks Droste Effect
From a 22 oz bottle purchased at Whole Foods. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of milk chocolate. Flavors of chocolate and leather. Bitter finish.
Monday, July 04, 2016

mike5326
3.6
AleWerks Droste Effect
Poured from a bottle. Dark brown color, medium tan head. Medium syrup and charted malt aroma. Full body with a creamy texture and a sweet charred malt flavor and a sweet finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Monday, July 04, 2016

Luvystypotables
3.5
AleWerks Droste Effect
A subdued aroma of smoked malt and bourbon. Pours a dark brown color with a thin brown head. Oily feel and a sweet chocolate bourbon taste. Slightly bitter finish.
Monday, July 04, 2016

kidobutai
2.9
AleWerks Red Marker Ale
Poured from a bottle. Good head but short lived. Intriguing copper -red color, not quite clear though. Good sweet aroma, fruity, tart taste and a little bitter.
Saturday, July 02, 2016

obguthr
4.3
AleWerks Droste Effect
Draft: Bakerís chocolate nose. Black, medium beige head, good lacing. Rich dark chocolate and walnut. Full body, soft carbonation. My gosh this is tasty!
Friday, July 01, 2016

bkurtz
3.8
AleWerks Superb IPA
Pours a hazy, deep golden with a nice carbonation. Great aromas of orange, mango, and grapefruit. This is a good one.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

TheBeerGod
3.8
AleWerks Droste Effect
Bottle. Black pour with a short brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, burnt caramel and hints of coffee. Taste is big roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee notes, vanilla and caramel. Body is medium with a dense, creamy carbonation and light stickiness. Ends with more chocolate, roasted malt, light coffee, vanilla and caramel.
Sunday, June 26, 2016

zizzybalubba
4
AleWerks Superb IPA
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine, Chesapeake, VA (bottled May 12, 2016). Hazy yellowish-orange pour with a frothy off-white head. Aroma of tropical fruit, tangerine, and mango. Taste of grapefruit, passion fruit, mango, pineapple, and light caramel malt. Moderate lingering bitterness. I donít know that I would go so far as to call this superb, and Iím not sure what "ambitiously brewed" means, but this is a very good IPA.
Saturday, June 25, 2016

bytemesis
4
AleWerks Secret Admirer
Bottle, grabbed by Walt and ferried by Neil - networks are great :). Shared in a hotel lobby in Laurel, MD. Pours quite hazy golden orange, medium creamy off-white head, dissipates slowly, nice lacing. Aroma is tropical, juicy, passionfruit, pine and perfume. Flavor is light plus sweet, light plus bitter, juicy and dank. Medium body. Solid effort, but not amazing.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

DCLawyer
3.6
AleWerks Droste Effect
Bomber->snifter from Whole Foods. Dated 4/27/15. Deep brown with bare lite brown head. A; strong coffee and chocolate, toffee malt, bread. T: malt forward, with chocolate and toffee, some soy. Eh. Expected much more.
Tuesday, June 21, 2016

flatearthman
4
AleWerks Imperial Pumpkin Ale
Bottle dated 10/19/15 and opened 06/19/16: Sweet woody nose that pours with a quickly dissipating head and a translucent orange hue. Pleasant carbonated mouth feel. Front pallet of oak w/ toffee sweet malt and spice but not much pumpkin taste. Finishes semi-sweet.
Sunday, June 19, 2016

Brewbie
3.3
AleWerks Washingtonís Porter
12oz bottle, pours thick dark black, thin tan head. soft chocolate aroma, thick taste, milk chocolate, malts, some sweetness
Saturday, June 18, 2016

rosskyle
3.8
AleWerks Drake Tail Ale IPA
12oz bottle. Hazy orange golden color with a white head with sediment in the bottom. Hops pine tropical fruit aroma. Resin pine orange hops and malt flavor. Medium body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Saturday, June 18, 2016

jake65
3.9
AleWerks Brewmasters Reserve Bourbon Barrel Porter
Bottle share. Dark brown pour with a modest beige cap. Aroma is rich with bourbon barrel notes, sweet vanilla and fudge. A bit boozy. Big flavors of sweet vanilla and chocolate accented heavily by the barrel treatment. Lightly bittersweet, but mostly sweet. Definitely feels like a big boozy desert beer.
Friday, June 17, 2016

stevoj
4.2
AleWerks Brewmasters Reserve Bourbon Barrel Porter
22oz bottle from share on 6/11/16. Dark brown, muddy pour capped off with a small beige, tight head. Barrel aging takes center stage in aroma and taste.Bourbon really brings out the smoky, chocolaty nature of the porter. Really knocked my socks off.
Friday, June 17, 2016

rosskyle
3.4
AleWerks Chesapeake Pale Ale
Served on tap at Dulles. Hazy orange color with a white head. No much aroma. Slight hop and citrus along with basic pale aleness. Medium light body. Ok easy drinking beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Friday, June 17, 2016

BiddleBrau
3.3
AleWerks Drake Tail Ale IPA
Orange, hazy big dense white head. Orange hop aroma. Cloying orange hop flavor that overstays its welcome.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

BiddleBrau
3.6
AleWerks Washingtonís Porter
A near black beer with nice tan head. Cocoa malt nose. Nice creamy palate, first some chocolate then finishes roasty. Sweetness balances roastiness. My type of porter.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

BiddleBrau
3.2
AleWerks Superb IPA
Hazy gold white head. Citrus hop aroma, hint of pine. Resinous sharp hop flavor, citrus profile some greenness. Malt coats the tongue but this is about the hops.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

BiddleBrau
2.5
AleWerks White Ale
Dark gold white head, visible carbonation. Hint of malt and Spice. Carbonation Pricks on the tongue some malt a little bit of spice and hop bite. Finishes a bit murky. Would never guess this was a white ale.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

BiddleBrau
3.3
AleWerks Tavern Ale
Tap at brewery. Clear brown head of big bubbles. Toasty malt nose. Toasty malt palate, some sweetness, finishes clean.
Monday, June 13, 2016

argeru
4.2
AleWerks Secret Admirer
Tap from brewery. Beautiful pour, bright hazy orange. Big creamy tangerine, orange, bit of wheat and lupulin. Very fresh. Good stuff, we came back two more times this week just for this.
Sunday, June 12, 2016