Pipers Pale Ale - Dunedin Brewery
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3.15/5 rDev -10%
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.
02-21-2007 00:48:16 | More by BeerRun13
3.5/5 rDev 0%
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.
02-19-2007 02:59:31 | More by daliandragon
3.68/5 rDev +5.1%
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:
12-08-2006 02:24:26 | More by sponberg
3.25/5 rDev -7.1%
Dispensed from a one pint bottle into a pint glass. A rather large, white, somewhat wispy head forms on top of a slightly hazy, golden orange colred brew.
Not much in the aroma. Smells like beer but nothing noticeable.
This beer tastes a lot like an ESB. Certainly not as hoppy as most APA, maybe EPA. Nice hops that balance well with the light malts. I like the taste but doesnt seem to meet the qualifications on an APA, in my opinion.
Mouthfeel is a bit astringent. Nice body though and the drinkabitlity is quite nice. Certainly a beer that can be had more than once in a session.
11-28-2006 22:12:10 | More by SaCkErZ9
2.58/5 rDev -26.3%
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.
10-20-2006 00:54:46 | More by DieselSnorter
3.28/5 rDev -6.3%
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.
09-29-2006 06:56:21 | More by IntriqKen
3.7/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
09-23-2006 22:37:40 | More by DaveFL1976
3.7/5 rDev +5.7%
Appearance: Orange amber color, decent head with some lacing but not much. Comes in a nice 16 oz brown bottle that I'll be sure to reuse for homebrew.
Smell: pine hops on a biscuity malt base, with some mineral character as well
Taste: A good malt base that makes me think this is APA is jsut leaning to the APA side of the amber/APA divide, but that might be because I thoughtlessly preceded this with an IPA. Hops are perhaps a touch harsh.
Mouthfeel: Fairly light body, good carbonation, but for me by the end of the 16 oz bottle it was a little light in that respect.
Drinkability: Not a bad APA, my dad stopped by the brewery and picked up a four-pack and a glass for me, so it's got good associations.
08-25-2006 00:45:49 | More by hunteraw
3.2/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
08-20-2006 16:24:57 | More by skizziks
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
3.05/5 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
3.53/5 rDev +0.9%
Pipers Pale Ale pours a copper color with a fluffy off white head from a brown pint bottle. Aroma is mild, but has a floral hoppy quality to it. Interesting taste, floral and astringent hoppiness seem to be battling it out. Kind of a bitter aftertaste. Not bad, not great, worth a try.
06-25-2006 23:37:27 | More by Drew966
4/5 rDev +14.3%
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.
05-08-2006 17:42:49 | More by surfadelic23
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
3.63/5 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
2.28/5 rDev -34.9%
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.
03-06-2006 21:35:36 | More by PorterLambic
2.68/5 rDev -23.4%
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.
01-19-2006 07:32:56 | More by ommegangpbr
2.98/5 rDev -14.9%
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.
01-17-2006 14:43:19 | More by joeyels
2.95/5 rDev -15.7%
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***
09-27-2005 02:42:58 | More by blitheringidiot
3.73/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
09-13-2005 02:32:58 | More by hustlemuscle
4.1/5 rDev +17.1%
This is a nice, clear copper color with a foamy head. The head reduces to an eighth-inch-thick layer a few minutes after pouring.
This ale smells of hops and sweet malt. It's the first hoppy beer I've had from Dunedin.
The taste is good with plenty of bitter notes. The hops, so plentiful in the smell, are also well-represented in the taste. This beer isn't balanced, which isn't a problem for this hophead.
The mouthfeel is also good. It is smooth with low carbonation fizz.
This is a good beer and the best I've had from Dunedin.
07-11-2005 05:13:58 | More by Shaw
3.8/5 rDev +8.6%
Poured into a pint glass slightly chilled, it pours a honey gold color with lots of nice cascading into a 2 inch white, foamy head. The aroma is very pungeunt for i can smell it 2 feet away.
Aroma is mainly of sugary hops along with some possible honey/wheat aromas. Maybe some grapefruit sneaks in, but nothing distinct. Very basic, and it doesn't blow you away for complexity, but a nice aroma overall.
Taste is of some peppery hops that is followed by an alochol tingly finish along with some more pine flavors that hit after the swallow. Maybe a little grassy on the finish. Some sweetness pokes through on my palete, but nothing crazy. A pretty earthy pale ale, which has good flavor.
This one is balanced pretty well between decent carbonation, a smooth body and a slight alcohol finish.
Overall, this is the best Dunedin I've had yet. Pretty good ale that I enjoy considering the time of the year (Spring).
05-18-2005 02:07:45 | More by Fish113d
3.7/5 rDev +5.7%
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!
03-30-2005 02:27:29 | More by sulldaddy
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
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
Pipers Pale Ale from Dunedin Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.