Pipers Pale Ale - Dunedin Brewery
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3.53/5 rDev +0.9%
Tangerine peel orange capped with a small, dirty white head that has a finely pitted, sandblasted surface. One thick ribbon of lace sits near the top of the glass with broken sheets maintaining a link to the receding surface of the beer. The nose is of orange-grapefruit juice, but isn't nearly aromatic enough.
Inadequate malt, at least for the degree of hopping. The citrus fruit hops provide plenty of bitterness, but the flavor is somewhat harsh due to a lack of countering sweetness and smoothness from the malted barley. The flavor profile is two-dimensional and deflates too quickly, leaving remnants of bitter grapefruit zest, desiccated pine needles and crushed aspirin. A dry, bitter finish is the inevitable result and makes this beer a minor chore to drink.
I'm much more forgiving of hoppy beer than I am of malty beer and can tolerate poor balance more easily as long as it's hop favorable. The body firms up a tad with warming and the flavor benefits as well. It's as if friendly little beer gremlins snuck into the glass and sanded off the burrs and rough edges.
Piper's Pale Ale is a better than average beer that suffers from imbalance. As a hop lover, I'm pretty understanding and can still find enjoyment, but I can easily see how others wouldn't be as generous. Thanks to BierReise for the bottle.
09-11-2004 23:30:28 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.05/5 rDev -12.9%
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
07-21-2006 02:19:50 | More by brentk56
3.68/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
03-19-2007 22:38:29 | More by mikesgroove
3.5/5 rDev 0%
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.
07-23-2009 00:57:34 | More by BEERchitect
3.5/5 rDev 0%
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.
06-24-2010 03:44:00 | More by TMoney2591
4/5 rDev +14.3%
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.
09-07-2009 01:48:06 | More by NeroFiddled
3.5/5 rDev 0%
Pours a crystal clear amber with a thin Creme head. Nose is minor tones of nuts, but really barely anything there at all. Flavor is a bitter, tangy citrus thing. Nothing really complex, but it works. Feel is a high biting carbonation and the liquid is typical. This is a decent pale ale. Some proper cask conditioning might do it well.
11-19-2008 08:00:25 | More by RblWthACoz
3.03/5 rDev -13.4%
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.
06-01-2009 23:31:03 | More by MasterSki
3.48/5 rDev -0.6%
Color is amber, clear, and head is short and fast-gone. Aroma is the stand-out, though: fruity, piney, citrusy. Is it Cascade hops? Smells like it. Fruity, zingy, with an above-all impression of apricots.
Palate is smooth, slightly hoppy, and very tasty.
Easy-drinking, but lacking anything extra to push it above the ordinary ale. Went down nice, but easily forgotten.
Thanks to JohnnyDuvel, still!
03-30-2003 21:01:26 | More by feloniousmonk
3.58/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
01-05-2013 06:04:26 | More by Rifugium
4/5 rDev +14.3%
Pours a clear reddish copper color and is topped by a reasonably thick tan head. There is a nice persistent carbonation. Aromas of crystal malt and spicy hops, both in a good balance with each other. The hop aroma is slightly pine like, notes of citrus, basically subtle yet pungent at the same time. The taste is full of flavor, malty, hoppy and with a hint of diacetyl, which, is ever so slight so that it contributes positively to this beer. This is a fair bit more hoppy than I would have guessed from the aroma. This beer does not use your typical American suite of hops either, it is hopped with hops that are European in origin. The hops contribute a spicy, pine-type flavor that finishes with a nice bite of hop bitterness. This is a great beer, very well balanced with solid malt contributions. Eminently quaffable, and a great session beer.
05-31-2004 18:33:34 | More by Gueuzedude
3.18/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
04-23-2006 05:00:26 | More by Zorro
3.65/5 rDev +4.3%
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?
03-17-2004 22:30:36 | More by ppoitras
British Columbia (Canada)
3.85/5 rDev +10%
I enjoyed a couple of these at Tropicana Field (our seats were just down from the World of Beer kiosk!).
A: Amber-copper, off-white head, some retention and lace.
S: American hops (pine & citrus), toffee and a hint of cotton candy.
T: Plenty of flavour, grapefruit, pine, toffee, bread and caramel. Quite acidic.
M: Higher than moderate body is a little syrupy (surprising for this style & climate). Moderately high carbonation.
D: Quite good.
Could use a little more bitterness and/or attenuation (or less caramel malt).
08-11-2006 23:33:32 | More by Derek
3.63/5 rDev +3.7%
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
04-12-2006 22:34:07 | More by dirtylou
3.45/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
04-08-2007 21:16:42 | More by cjgator3
3.53/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
02-13-2011 20:21:35 | More by lordofthewiens
3.45/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
06-02-2009 21:55:33 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
3.9/5 rDev +11.4%
The beer poured medium amber golden with a yellow head which fell quickly but laced the glass.
The aroma was muted and earthy hops and some fruitiness. Also present in the aroma was a yeasty, bready aroma and muted caramel.
The flavor was tasty with a biscuit flavor flanked by a very nice hop backbone. Some citrus existed in the flavor, but also some earthiness. What sweetness was present in the flavor is well balanced by the bitterness.
The finish was dry with lasting pleasant bitterness long into the aftertaste. The body was medium.
16 ounce bottle, very thick. Thanks poundboy.
09-24-2004 22:55:05 | More by GCBrewingCo
Pipers Pale Ale from Dunedin Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.