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Pipers Pale Ale - Dunedin Brewery

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Pipers Pale AlePipers Pale Ale

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 94
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 68 | Hads: 94
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.

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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.

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Photo of shaunb81
3.07/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pours a clear, amber with a dismal head and medium lacing.

Smell - Warm, bready malts and little hops here. Slightly watered down.

Taste - Pretty smooth drink. Flavor is almost nothing. Reminds me of a Yuengling. Not impressed.

Mouthfeel - Really smooth stuff. It's a little creamy after a bit. Carbonation is mild, so that makes this beer really drinkable.

Overall - This beer is okay. I would give it another go. It Has mild flavor and isn't crazy.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.86/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - It pours a drab copper-yellow hue, fairly translucent, with an initially huge head that collapses, leaving ridiculous lace.

S - The aroma is fairly muted; what is there is basically a lemony-citric hop and a small amount of minerality.

T - The taste can be summarized as hop and metal, mild on both accounts. Though I would say this offers something like tinny lemongrass flavors, it is strangely not horrible.

M - The feel is light enough, but not particularly special.

D - I would not seek this out, but it is a decent, inoffensive brew.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Thanks to Gtreid for this extra!

Only my second non-Cigar City Floridian brew. It pours a clear orange copper topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises mild florals and citrus notes and sweet toffee. The taste holds notes of floral bitterness, mild citrus peel, and toffee (not as sweet as in the nose). The body is light, with moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall a decent pale and refreshingly drinkable.

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Photo of portia99
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle received as an extra in a trade with blitzstyle. Thanks! Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - Pours a crystal clear pale copper color with a short finger of dense off-white foam with good staying power...no lacing left behind on the glass.

S - Nice, light caramel aromas with some spicy and floral hops. Bread-like malt in the background.

T - Hop bitterness with some herbal and grassy hop flavors and some metallic flavors close behind. Light caramel in the background. Something in there is making the bitterness a bit harsh and there also seems to be an ununusual, almost sourish flavor too.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation that is prickly on the tongue. The metallic flavor sits on the tongue and stays heavily there into the aftertaste. A bit distracting...

D - Not a bad example of a pale ale, but there are a few flavors in there that make this one miss the mark for my overall enjoyability. One is enough for me, but very glad to have a chance to try this, which until now I had not known about.

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Photo of jpittman80
4.13/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Nice copper color with off-white head. Lasts a bit, but fades towards the end.

S - Caramel. Lots of caramel. Maybe some hops?

T - Different. I don't want to dock this because it's different, because American Pale Ales are so varied. After drinking the entire bottle, I feel it tasted good, but not what I was expecting. Caramel malt dominates, but citrusy hops are present and make up a good deal of the flavor.

M - Smooth and soft, just like a pale ale should be.

D - This is a really easy beer to drink, and it's caramel (or Munich?) malts is very smooth and reminiscent of a Maibock for some reason. Quite a good session beer.

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Photo of Gtreid
3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Super clear amber color. One and a half fingers of slightly off white head appears and leaves some spotty lace.

A: Sweet malt and hops. Good amount of pine and orange peel. And a healthy dose of caramel malt.

T: Pretty sweet. More sticky sweet caramel malt, orange, pineapple, and pine sap. Finishes sweet and a touch dry.

M: Good amount of carbonation, medium body. I really like the feel of this one.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is ok, pretty sweet, so that'll limit it some. But overall, not too bad. I was pleasantly suprised with this. It's not the best APA out there, but it's solid. Skal.

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Photo of DosBeerigos
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

C. Pretty dang clear
H. Orange like a push-pop
N. Hint of Hops

Well this was a let down, well not really; but sorta. I was really excited about this one seeing that I found it in Tampa and decided I had to bring it back. This is the typical American Pale Ale. While it isn't a big price tag beer, it still might be cheaper for you to go and buy an entry level brew kit and a starter A.P.A. kit and have at it. I guess its sorta like give a man a fish he eats for a day teach a man he eats for the rest of his life...yah learn to drink for the rest of your life. Good entry level A.P.A. though; nothing complex. Although impressed with the clarity!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After several years of visiting the Dunedin, FL area, it was nice to see this bottle in a recent trade- sure brings back the memories.

This beer pours a very efforvescent and bright copper color. The carbonation helps to fuel the marshmallow-y head that persists atop the brew. Great lacing throughout.

Aromas of spicy hops bring along pine and citrus notes; a good blend of ginger, pineapple, spruce resins, and orange zest round out the hoppy nose. A much softer (and thinner) caramel malt base allows some grain notes to rise late. Mangos and appricots add a bit to the ester profile.

Hop flavor dominates in the same fashion as the nose. Same pine, orange, grapefruit, and spice notes ride far above the malt profile. Again, caramel taste waivers a bit to allow a highly-sparged grain flavor to come through too much. The maltiness seems to be a bit sweeter and heaftier, maybe Brittish malts? Also that earthy, piney, spicy hops make me think Brittish as well.

A very clean and refreshing beer that is light for both warm weather consumption and to not offend the more descerning beer drinker. Still, the beer may be a bit thin and watery late making me question again the sparge rates.

Thanks goryshkewych!

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Photo of Onenote81
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle received courtesy of Kiefdog. Thanks for the extra!

Pours a clear dark orange with a good-sized off-white head on top. Retention is decent, and it leaves nice sip rings on the glass edge. Smells sour at first whiff, but then it smells of veggies and breads.

Mouthfeel is decent with a medium amount of carbonation. Flavor is muted and tame with a bready, mealy presence and finishes slightly sweet with a caramel note. Bitterness is low in this beer. This is decent and serves as a good thirst-quencher, but I would grab other APAs before this one.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I got this brew in a trade (as an extra) with Kiefdog, Thanks Kevin!

Clear orange/amber color with a beige head that left some lacing.
The aroma is earthy with a malty background.
Taste is pretty malty sweet with a lighty bitter touch of hops.
Medium bodied with a pleasant feel.
I wouldn't go out of my way for this average APA, but it beats drinking B/M/C.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this as an extra in a recent trade with HOPSHUNTER. I have fond memories of Dunedin, as my dad and I visiting the Blue Jays spring training facility when I was a kid. Served in my Surly pint glass. This version was contract brewed in Greenville, South Carolina.

A - A half finger of quick dissolving off-white foam with minimal lacing and a scant ring left behind. Slightly hazed golden orange color, which I like quite a bit, and quite a few bubbles racing upwards.

S - Reminds me of Newbold IPA, with a touch of sweet corn mixed with the balanced citrus hoppiness and toffee malts. I do get a bit of tomato (as mentioned by other reviewers), but thankfully not the skunkiness.

T - Taste is pretty middling - lots of bready and slightly sweet malt, with only a touch of hoppiness to it. The taste isn't bad but it's kind of masked by some issues in the mouthfeel.

M - There's a huge amount of grittiness and carbonation burn - it actually makes it very difficult to taste anything, as all I get is tingle, burn, and grit.

D - If it weren't overcarbonated it would be fairly drinkable, but as it stands it's kind of harsh in feel and leaves me feeling bloaty after a half bottle. Not a drain pour, but not something I'd seek out again either.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this offering at the brewery in Florida last week. (And some others as well!) Then I bought a sixer from the local market. WHAT A DIFFERENCE! Two different brews. Turns out the bottles are brewed in Portsmouth NH (Redhook??) and they are really not doing this fine brewery any favors. I'd rate the bottles drinkable but not very good.

On draft it's a different dog, very nicely balanced, maybe a bit towards the malt. A mightyfine pale. Avoid the bottle but visit the brewpub for a fine selection of ales.

(March 27, 2009) I emailed the brewery and got a prompt and honest response:

'We use to bottle our own beer but it was too expensive. Our contract brewer is in South Carolina not New Hampshire though. I thought the Redhead came out much better than the Pale myself. Also the Piper's at the pub has probably been tweeked some since the bottles came out. We're always trying to improve.'

Beer folk are great! Just sayin'

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Photo of dakid618
2.81/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle thrown in as an extra by kiefdog(thanks kevin!) Poured into pint glass. Pours a crystal clear golden color with a half finger of pillowy off white head that leaves lacing plastered to the sides of the glass. I could smell the malt from this as soon as I opened the bottle. Mostly biscuitlike in aroma but some hint of faint citrus in there too. My first drink shocked me as it blasted my tongue with biscuity maltiness. Further drinks show a very small citrus hops background but you have to look for it. May be an old bottle but this one is definitely a malt bomb. Light mouthfeel with a very clean finish. Would be much more drinkable if there were some hops to balance it out. Overall just too malt heavy for me.

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Photo of righlander
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a crystal clear solid gold with a snappy pillow like head that dissipates quickly to a small lace
smells is eh...don't smell all that impressive. pale malt and not a lot of hops n the nose.
taste is heavily malty with some crisp hops. nothing exciting but it is good. I like it.
mouthfeel is pretty average nothing offensive going on. well carbonated
drinkability is good.

Notes: nothing exciting but a nice pale ale. I would buy it again if I was in the mood. the one thing i like about this the best it the malt. very powerful 2 row pale malt presence. smells and tastes strongly like fresh cracked pale malt.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep gold, good clarity, thick layer of tight yellowy foam, great head retention

Aroma: delicate citrusy/floral hop scent, caramel, mandarin peel

Flavor: medium malt sweetness with a crackery edge; citrus peel hop flavor and blossom honey; finishes semi-dry with a smooth bitterness lingering

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, pert carbonation, soft texture

Other comments: It can be tough to find beers from the small independent Florida breweries unless you go directly there. Luckily, my sister brought me some beers from Tampa. This is a tasty little number. Nice and refreshing!

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Pipers Pale Ale from Dunedin Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.