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Pipers Pale Ale - Dunedin Brewery

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Pipers Pale AlePipers Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
80
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87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Dunedin Brewery visit their website
Florida, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: StevieW on 08-18-2002)
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Photo of PorterLambic
2.28/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice coppery-red color, good tannish head, decent retention.
Smell is light with hops, fruit and maybe some malt present.
Taste is quite hoppy for an ale with a light fruit presence and a touch of malt hiding way in the back.
A medium/light brew, fairly crisp with little aftertaste. Supposedly the best Florida beer in 2003. Must have been a small, undistinguished field in my opinion. Have had others from Dunedin and find the consistency isn't there yet but I will keep checking back.

PorterLambic, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of CrellMoset
2.55/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle given as a gift by the owner of Kingdom Spirits and Liquors in Brandon, FL - thanks!! Poured into an American pint glass.

Appearance: A crystal clear orange yellow beer, very active, big bubbled carbonation, white, fine, sticky head with huge lacing.

Aroma: Faint husky grainyness, some empty hop spiciness, and an abnormally and off-puttingly large amount of oxidation. Perhaps the bottle's gone bad.

Taste: Very mild, and not too much flavor. Almost no hop presence, and only that same pale, empty, steely grainyness from the nose. Tastes like additives - mmm.

Mouthfeel: Thin but big-bodied and fluffy. Even bubble structure makes for a creamy feel, which is nice, even if it's a little too big-bodied.

Drinkability: This one was a dump, honestly. A very pale pale ale that was devoid of a lot of the notes you'd expect from a good pale ale, and the bottle seemed to have gone a little south as well. Perhaps it's better on tap?

CrellMoset, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of DieselSnorter
2.58/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Holy giant head batman!
It takes a while to pour this beer as no matter how careful you are, a HUGE head will form and try to overflow your glass. It takes a number of pours to get a full glass. Pours out a beautiful honey/amber color with a thick frothy head that leaves an intricate lacing . This beer would be great in TV commercials.

The smell was average, nothing exciting for me. I couldn't discern much of anything, but it wasn't a bad smell.

Mildly bitter with hints of citrus with a strong aftertaste. Didn't do a whole lot for me.

Mouthfeel was okay, kind of soft and mushy with high carbonation at the same time.

I probably woudn't drink too much of this. I was hoping this would be the local offering I would pick up regularly. This would be okay from time to time, or with maybe with a steak, but I won't be going out of my way to get more.

DieselSnorter, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of ommegangpbr
2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've always said that there's something wrong with Florida water and I present this beer as evidence.
This pours pretty enough; a pretty bronze color with nice clarity.
The smell is mild and slightly sweet.
Taste makes me think of tangerine rind with, maybe, a smidgen of apricot.
Mouthfeel is quite watery and smokey. Something just isnt quite right with it. The finish is not very enjoyable.
No need to bother with this brew. Hundreds of better pale ales out there.

ommegangpbr, Jan 19, 2006
Photo of BierReise
2.73/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've lived in Florida for 12 years and this is the first Florida brew I've tried. Deep gold with very little head. Flavor is bitter like an IPA but not as fragrant. Not much lacing to the glass and little improvement on flavor as it warmed. Not the worst but definately could be improved

BierReise, May 11, 2003
Photo of tfsimpkins
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

tfsimpkins, Mar 20, 2012
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.

KBoudreau66, May 29, 2009
Photo of dakid618
2.8/5  rDev -20%
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.

dakid618, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of ktrillionaire
2.83/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

ktrillionaire, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of mullenite
2.88/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

mullenite, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of blitheringidiot
2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Popped off the yellow DUNEDIN BREWERY cap and poured this out to see a hazy apricot hue topped off with a frothy dense khaki head cap that leaves a good lacing in the glass.

Light scents of citrus hoppy nose.

First swigs: Orange citus tang hops. Hardly any malt backing. Really comes off more like a mild but pale ale works. Aftertaste is cloying. Bitter astringent orange peel.

Thin to medium body. Soft carbonation.

Last swigs: This is orange swizzle stix pale ale. Nada mas.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

***Just had a pint at the Brewery. It is just as solid and balanced***

blitheringidiot, Sep 27, 2005
Photo of joeyels
2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

joeyels, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -14.3%

iemailjack, Jan 08, 2013
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!

DosBeerigos, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of Notacraftdrinker
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Notacraftdrinker, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of MasterSki
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

MasterSki, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of brentk56
3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very attractive beer, with a slightly hazy light copper color, a respectable head and plenty of lacing

Smell: Biscuity aroma with a modest amount of earthy hops; a smidge of caramel

Taste: Starts out with a biscuity flavor that is joined, after the swallow by an earthy, woody hops flavor that becomes rather husky on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation but it dries out your mouth in the finish

Drinkability: Fits more in the EPA than APA style category, this is a decent beer that suffers from a number of flaws that make it distinctive but ultimately unsatisfying

brentk56, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of Onenote81
3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Onenote81, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of shaunb81
3.08/5  rDev -12%
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.

shaunb81, May 07, 2011
Photo of shippos
3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to luckysevens82 for the opportunity.

pours an almost clear brilliant light pumpkin orange with a touch of haze and a decent head that settled down to a thin top. grapfruity aroma with a sweet malt character with a buttery diacetyl aroma in the distance. thin mouthfeel with a notable exchange between the hops and the malt flavors with the hops winning in the finish but they get there glory taken away from them by a buttery taste at the end just completely coating your mouth. drinkable yes, but i'd need some plain popcorn to deal with the all the butter after having a few of these.

shippos, Aug 25, 2004
Photo of portia99
3.15/5  rDev -10%
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.

portia99, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of BeerRun13
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nothin but foam out of this one... and it takes a long time to settle. Hazy orange color when it does. Lace climbs all the way out the glass when you finally drink it down.
Kinda musty aroma with a slight citrus touch.
Malty somewhat bready flavor. Some fruitiness. More pungent than citrussy hop flavor slight and pleasant bitterness.
Light to medium bodied. WAY overcarbonated = tough to even close your mouth with out it blowing up on you. Somewhat dry finish.
Nothing special here. Quite suprised that this one has any sort of medal. Maybe an overcarbonated batch... but the other dunedin brews suggest the same thing. It might be more enjoyable if I didn't have top wait 10 minutes a pour for an inch and a half of beer in my pint glass.

BeerRun13, Feb 21, 2007
Photo of Zorro
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Zorro, Apr 23, 2006
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.

righlander, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of skizziks
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz. bottle into a nonic. The pour raises a thick 2" off-white head, fluffy, slightly rocky with good retention and lacing. The beer is a deep gold, almost copper.

Aroma is of bready malt with some herbal hops. Aroma is a little weak.

Delicate flavor of biscuit malt with some citric hop and a slightly bitter finish. Ends a little coarse, but well balanced.

Body is medium-full, creamy and tongue coating. Fairly drinkable and pleasat but not too remarkable. The "kolsh-style" Celtic Gold is a better bet for a good Pale Ale from this brewery.

skizziks, Aug 20, 2006
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Pipers Pale Ale from Dunedin Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.