Pipers Pale Ale - Dunedin Brewery

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Pipers Pale AlePipers Pale Ale

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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Dunedin Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: StevieW on 08-18-2002

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Ratings: 94 | Reviews: 69
Reviews by sponberg:
Photo of sponberg
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A lively brew, to put it mildly. Pours EXTREMELY effervescently (read: one carbonated SOB) and amused the hell out of my kids when a one ounce refill pour into a half full glass caused an overflow. Slightly cloudy gold with a white head and a lot of it - think the Larry Tate of beers. Solid aroma - slightly yeasty, honey-toasty malt with some citrus hops and a faint whiff of diacetyl.

Starts with a slightly rindy bitterness with a biscuity maltiness, again with hints of buttery tang. Not as much going on here as the aroma would have me believe. Slight yeastiness in here as well. The underlying bitterness follows through all sip long, with faint citrus hoppiness to the end along with the biscuity malt. Very consistent, no surprises. Slightly thin, obviously carbonated mouthfeel. Definitely a drinkable, quaffable beer - on tap this would be a solid session brew in the hot Florida weather.

Thanks to Wingnut for the bottle - there are signs of beer life in the Sunshine State. :thumbup:

More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No IPAs on tap, but the server said this would satisfy my hops urge.
Served in a pint glass the beer was a hazy orange color. It had a medium-sized white head and lots of lace.
Sweet malt aroma. Citrus and floral hops.
Hops up front, mostly grapefruit but a little bit of piney hops there too. Biscuity background.
Nicely balanced.
Good beer.

Photo of sloejams
4.07/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I walked into a shop here in Tampa Bay, really longing for something local. I've been to Tampa Bay Brewing a few years ago and was well impressed. I wanted something like that, but in a bottle and now and from a big ole chain liquor shop.

Stomped in there with a purpose, only local beer there was from the Dudedin Brewery and fucking bless them - it was a pint bottle. It was a part of a 4 pack but also very clearer available as a single. Boom.

It had a hop presenceI wasn't really expecting (maybe because I just got out of a Devil Ray game and was a long way from the hop bomb West Coast I call home). It stood it's own with the West Coast PAs I know too well. If anything the hops seem a bit overbearing. Yes, this surprised me.

From what I've had - this is the best beer I've had in a bottle from Florida.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A massive white craggy head topped this pale amber colored beer in the glass. It took me 3 pours to finally empty the bottle the head was so massive. And it stayed forever. A half hour later and I still have over 1/4" of sticky lacing covering the top of this brew.
Aroma is slightly sweet and toasty without much in the way of hops,however A little soapy smelling as it warms, too.
Taste is sweeter than I would like from a pale ale...seems a cross between a scotish, a light amber, and a pale. As it warms toasted flavors become even more prominent. Mildish hops come at the end, but a little too little too late.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, after visiting the brewery I was wondering how they ever found the space to bottle. I thought they might have just had a Meheen and done a few hundred cases at a time; but I see it's a contract brew. So...

A: Clear golden amber body beneath a creamy head of off-white. The head retention is good, and the lacing is better than average. A few streams of tiny bubbles can be seen steadily rising upwards.

S: Sweetish, doughy and caramelish malt greets you in the nose, gently backed by soft, leafy hops.

T: The flavor follows the aroma, and it's a very nicely rounded and balanced combination of sweetish malt and soft English hops. A stiff bitterness balances it, and it finishes dry with some residual malt and hops.

M: Medium bodied with a dextrinous edge. Moderate carbonation. Gently creamy and smooth.

D: Quite nice! Like most English pale ales it's quite drinkable. The malt component is solid and flavorful, and the hop balance is very nicely done. I could enjoy a few of these.

Photo of dirtylou
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz single, from BIF across america and BRoss42

appearance: pours in its entirety into a great dane imperial pint glass...the appearance is actually very impressive...a clear amber-orange body with a very nice beige snow cap and great retention

smell: fairly high malt presence, hops are grassy and herbal...peppery, roasted nuts, sweet and bready....i like them a little hoppier but nothing bad going on here

taste: sweet caramel malt, slightly fruity, heavy roasted nut taste which I kind of like for this beer, apple, grassy hop presence but not a hop monster...pretty good

mouthfeel: a little thin, chalky, slight bitterness

drinkability: pretty easy drinking

Photo of cjgator3
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Judged "Best Beer in Florida" printed on label. 16oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark orangish copper color with a semi-sticky white head. The smell consists of a biscuity malt aroma with caramel, bread and some nice pine/citrus hops as well. The taste begins with a brief malt presence and is quickly covered up by a long and lingering hop bitterness. The taste is good but it suffers a little because of it's lack of balance. Overall, this is a pretty decent good beer with a good dose of hops.

Photo of surfadelic23
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had bottles of this and tried it on tap and man is the tap stuff fresh! Was at the brewey the other day and tried this again...
This is a nice light copper colored ale that pours a thin head and leaves some lace on the glass. Boy do the hops come through nicely on this one. Not overpowering at all. This has great hop flavor without being a "HOP-BOMB". Since it is more subdued, it contributes to the overall drinkability and makes for a very pleasant mouthfeel.

Photo of rebel1771
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a massive head that fades quickly.

S: Sweet caramel malts mixed with a spicy hop twang.

T: Malty sweetness up front along with a bite of piney hop bitterness, nicely balanced. Aftertaste fades to a slight honey flavor.

O: Solid brew here. The only thing I didn't like was that the beer was a bit over carbonated, it came spewing out of the bottle when it was opened.

Photo of hustlemuscle
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pleasant golden out of the faux silk-screened bottle (a clever clear sticker!) with a decent head. Clear, with slight carbonation and the head leaving a thick, ragged lace.

Candy caramel malts and slight hops greet the nose. Same candy malts join a slightly astringent hop profile on the toungue. Overall a decent brew, my first florida beer that did not disappoint. A bit thin, but pretty smooth. Overall, a solid brew.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy pale amber with a nice stream of bubbles coming up from the glass. Bice big white head gave way slightly but stuck around till the bottom of the glass. Sone nice lace held outh till the end. The smell was slightly hoppy, with more of a grassy earthy tone to it, hints of sweetness as well. The taste was a bit light, watered down, but was a typical pale ale. Very smooth going down and overall a fine pick. This would make a nice session ale and always good to try something new.

Photo of SigEp
4.47/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite Dunnedin offering! Hoppy-slightly vegetal-in the lines of Dogfish 60 minute, with a very crisp-clear and clean appearance and mouthfeel. Straw to peach in color and fills the pint-glass perfectly. Definetly could call itself IPA if it felt like it. If you're going to Disneyworld or Busch Gardens on vacation, this is the Florida beer you need to try before you go home to those cold northern wastes.

Photo of StevieW
4.32/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale copper in color, nice beige bubbly hop filled head. Noticable hop aroma, although I am not sure which variety is used. Taste is typical American Pale Ale, hoppy and crisp, but with a subtle scotch ale influence. Slightly earthy, spicy taste, with a crisp finish. Subtle oak whisky taste is more noticable as the beer warms. A bit lit bodied, but very complex and very tasty. If you ever find yourself in the Tampa, FL look for the Dunedin beers.

Photo of dstc
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color. Big foamy off-white head that falls slow. Big foamy lace.

Rather clean citrus aroma.

Rather bold flavor. Mild hops come through but obvious malts are present. Seems to be nicely balanced.

Medium bodied in the mouth with moderate carbonation.

Decent beer. Easy drinking.

Photo of mullenite
2.84/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange/light amber with a 3/4 finger white head that dissipated a little fast and leaves no lacing at all.

Smell is a bit of stale wheat and pineapple. Almost skunked but it's not really the same smell. Kind of that cheap beer smell.

Taste is not as bad as the smell. Still get that cheap taste, especially on the way down, but there is at least a noticeable malt and hop presence there.

Medium-light body good carbonation, mouthfeel is probably the only part of this beer that I really enjoyed.

This review is for the version bottled in South Carolina. I really need to get down to the brewery and tell them to end their contract because it's not helping them from what I've been reading.

Photo of Zorro
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pint bottle received from LuckySevens82 and BIF33 - Team Spring.

Pours a clear amber to really close to red colored ale with a fast fading white head.

Smell is quite sweet and quite hoppy with a good pine and menthol smell to it. Quite clean smelling but not real complex.

Taste is sweet and malty at the very start with a little hop astringency. Good hop flavor that is very much herbal and not "C" hops flavor at all. Good flavor but there is a slight harsh edge to this.

Mouthfeel is good.

An OK if basic pale ale.

Well I can't say that anything about this ale is all that interesting. Sure it is drinkable but I will see if any SNPA is available first.

Photo of DaveFL1976
3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a pretty honey body and a thick, fairly sticky tan head. Unfortunately there's just not much hop aroma that comes out of the beer. A slight nose of bittering hops and sweet malty backbone. Taste is pretty nice. Sweetish malty character and a nice bittering hop end. Again, not much in the way of aroma hops (unfortunately). Medium mouthfeel and fairly highly carbonated. Good drinkability, but not as good as their Celtic Gold.

Photo of jbone78
4.01/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thought this was a brewpub and I guess I was right. This beer was contracted to South Carolina. Poured golden with a nice head and the head lasts a while. Light hop character with a dry apple finish. It is crisp beer that goes down nice.

And that's all I got.

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah I am going to try to do this from memory.

Amber color with a thicker white heading.Left some good lacing throughout the session.

Smell is nicely malted with a decent backing of hops.

Nice malty backbone with a little twang of hops on the backend. Medium bodied with good carbonation and very very smooth going down.

Drinkability is very good I had a few of these after the double IPA.

Photo of daliandragon
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool little story on the back label about the bagpipes being the "ancient instrument of war"; I'm a sucker for beers with historical overtones, as so many seem to have. This pours a medium amber with strong orange tinting and a thin white head. Plenty of carbonation bubbles sizzling to the top at a constant rate. Nose is nearly nonexistent with some very light, buttery hop action.

Mellow for a pale ale with medium hops but low bitterness. Some late balance helps provide a pleasant aftertaste. Mouthfeel is overcarbonated at first but thinner at the finish than I'd like. Overall, this is a drinkable pale ale with a mild but round and easy to quaff flavor.

Photo of KBoudreau66
2.78/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a see though light orange color with a finger or foamy white head that will dissipate immediately.

I can't really explain what's going on with the nose on this brew. It has a somewhat skunky aroma, and it almost smells a little bit like tomato's? It has a faint floral hop aroma in the background

I'm starting to wonder if this bottle may be tainted. There's no way to be able to tell if it is or not, but the taste is very similar to what was going on in the nose. It's medium bodied and has a lot of carbonation. This beer isn't a drain pour or anything, but I really wasn't overly impressed with it.

Photo of ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottle with reasonably involved silkscreening obtained via trade with BierReise. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a half inch of whitish head which shrunk down to a small layer of foam reasonably quickly. Excellent light lacing. An orangey-gold in hue, with a slight but sharp hop aroma. Flavor is of light malt, which is quickly overcome by hops bitterness, as it should be in a pale ale. Also a slight fruity taste that shows up in the middle but is also overshadowed by the hops. Mouthfeel and drinkability are not a problem with one. The one to have when you're having more than one?

Photo of chaunur
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light Amber with a slight reddish tint, Thin head that quickly disappeared but left nice lacing down the glass. A crisp aroma with a slight citrus smell and a fresh baked bread aroma in there also. Hoppy but not overpowering, the malt flavors still came through. Well balanced beer. Flavorful and a averageg feeling in the mouth. Easy to drink. A pretty typical pale ale.

Photo of Rifugium
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Clear, copper color, bubbly carbonation, topped off with a finger or so of foamy white head; nice retention and lacing. Hops in the nose, leafy, citrusy, bready malt backbone. The flavor reflected the aroma--this was standard stuff--nice balance of sweet bready malts and mildly bittering hops. Medium body, fairly dry. Nothing new and amazing, but solid and drinkable overall.

Photo of joeyels
2.97/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First beer I've tried from Dunedin, overall a nice offering. Pours a golden brown with very little head that you have to almost drag out of the bottle. Smells a bit fruity with the hops barely coming through. Taste is mediocre, starts with a faint taste of hops that fades quickly. Almost no aftertaste to speak of. I felt that the taste started off good and just dissapeared in my mouth.

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Pipers Pale Ale from Dunedin Brewery
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