Established in 2006 by Chuck Haines, Alewerks Brewing Co. is located just a short distance from historic Colonial Williamsburg, Va. The brewery utilizes a direct fired brick-clad Peter Austin brew house which distinguishes it from many larger breweries which use a steam based process.

It currently produces seven year-round, four limited, four seasonals and six specialty beers, one of which is a fairly new addition to the lineup: Unrequited, a double red IPA coming in at 8.3 percent ABV.

Poured from a 22-ounce bottle, I immediately notice the reddish-brown color that distinguishes this as a red IPA. It is partly cloudy, allowing some muddled light through and the off-white, golden hued head is tremendous, leaving behind layered, sticky lacing.

Pineapple is the first thing that hits my nose, followed by some orange juice and pith, a light herbal essence, roasted malts and a bit of spiciness.

Taste is semi-bitter, earthy hops, sweet malts, toast and grapefruit rind. Because of the red IPA status, this is far from the juicy, fruity flavors that normally come with a double IPA. Balance is fairly even across the board, but the malts and the bitterness stay at the top. Mouth feel is slightly chewy, tannic and dry. Carbonation is good but is just a tiny bit under what I hope for and the finish is bitter hops, roasted malts and a light bit of burnt caramel at the very end.

Alewerks Unrequited
BREWERY: Alewerks Brewing Co.
LOCATION: Williamsburg, Va.
ABV: 8.3 percent
IBU: n/a
PRICE: $9.99
AVAILABLE IN: 22-ounce bottles
Overall, Unrequited is a red IPA that has the basic characteristics that it should have. The malts and the bitterness from the hops would have played a little better if a touch more of citrus had come through to help improve the balance. The dryness on the palate is a little more than expected and the tannic feel was just about as strong as a glass of wine.
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