Pipers Pale Ale - Dunedin Brewery

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Pipers Pale AlePipers Pale Ale

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 94
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 11.71%
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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Photo of brentk56
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
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 (616 characters)

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! (1,217 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,328 characters)

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. (493 characters)

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. (475 characters)

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. (993 characters)

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

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. (335 characters)

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. (413 characters)

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. (1,251 characters)

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

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! (402 characters)

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

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. (850 characters)

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. (674 characters)

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? (635 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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). (539 characters)

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. (509 characters)

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 (679 characters)

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. (342 characters)

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. (359 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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. (598 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am pouring a cold pint bottle into a pint glass. The beer pours a clear amber color with .5 cm of bright white creamy head floating on the surface. The head had to be coaxed out of the bottle with an agressive pour half way through.
Aroma is very very mild. A bit of husky grain and a little soapy scent, some sweet toffee, but where are the hops that the label talks up? First sip reveals a fairly lite body with small yet tingly and widely spaced carbonation. Flavor is where the hops are hidden! Just a brief shot of sweet toffee is overtaken by dry bitey, grassy and grapefruit hops. Quite a long bitterness coats my palate well after I swallow. Some nice dry qualities as well. I was worried about this beer until it hit my tongue. Quite nice, crisp and clean beer. Dont judge this one by its cover! (807 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
2.31/5  rDev -34%
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. (498 characters)

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. (1,041 characters)

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. (547 characters)

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. (557 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
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*** (595 characters)

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