Pastrami On Rye - Pipeworks Brewing Company
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3.53/5 rDev +0.9%
22 oz. bottle, with a handwritten Batch #55 on the label. Label is copyright 2012, and I know this bottle has been chilling on the shelf at the store for over a year, so this was a pre-cellared bottle. Finally excited to have it.
Poured into a clear balloon snifter.
A - The pour is beautiful, a dark creamy caramel color but opaque in the glass. Three big fat fluffy fingers of mocha head. Very nice head retention. Looks very nice.
S - The smell is kind of strange, but nice. Some yeast must, cream, chocolate, cola, & dark spices. Cracked peppercorns are pretty apparent, but most of the other spicing isn't very distinct. Smells smooth; some time in the bottle seems to have mellowed this beer. Faint alcohol astringency.
T - Taste follows the nose - chocolate malts, mild smokiness, cola, cherrywood, indistinct herbal spicing, and some mild heat from the peppercorns on the finish.
M - Feel is mostly clean with a fair amount of peppery heat on the finish. Medium-full bodied with some heavy thickness to it.
Overall, a strange, but interesting beer from Pipeworks. To me, it most closely resembles some type of heavily spiced winter warmer. Probably not something I would have again though, unless I could pair with an actual pastrami on rye sandwich.
Pipeworks Pastrami On Rye ---3.5/5
02-01-2014 00:13:42 | More by mfnmbvp
2.46/5 rDev -29.7%
Hmm. Odd. Medium brown pour with a thin ring of bubbles on top, no real lacing, but some streaky legs were left behind on the glass. Smell was briny, with something that vaguely resembled wet rye bread, light peppery spice. Tasted like, well, a pickle beer. Pickles, pickles, and more pickles. Briny and peppery, more pickles, maybe a hint of honey ham, clovey spice. Pickle beer. Light-medium body, thin mouthfeel, conservative carbonation. I don't know, I like beer, I like pickles, I like pickles soaked in beer (try whiskey dills sometime), and beer with a side dish of pickles, but I can't quite bring myself to drink a glass of full-blown pickle beer. I don't know how they made this beer, nor do I really want to know, but it really tasted like they dumped a cup of pickle brine into a cup of bready brown ale, bottled it up, and called it a day. A novelty at best, and not a very good one. Now I think I'll take a break from saying "pickles" for a while.
01-26-2014 00:37:43 | More by Rifugium
2.24/5 rDev -36%
Batch 61, shared with rudzud, thanks to oN3xM for thsi one.
No head, light legs, no light coming through weird brown color.
Nose is weird, like embalming spices, pickled ass, pickling spices, peppercorns, weird brown malt that gets slightly sour, brine.
Taste is bleh, a sour malt that was supposed to be smoky but instead is fake smoke and sourness, little peppercorn, also picking spices and clove, some brown malts and sweet honey ham glaze, hint brown sugar. Plenty of warming tingly booze too, warming and meh. Finish is meh, sticky syrupy and slimy, boozy, lingering weird spices, but then finally a mild actual smoked pastrami taste.
Mouth is a bit thin and boozy, decent but lighter carb.
Overall bleh, drain pour, just not good, maybe this varies batch to batch or bottle to bottle, but this was not very good.
01-19-2014 19:18:48 | More by jlindros
2.16/5 rDev -38.3%
Thanks to JLindros for sharing.
A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice brown hue with a thin halo.
S - Aromas of peppercorns, malts, and brine.
T - Taste is worse than the smell, peppercorns, weird spice notes, brown ale like tendencies, lingering meaty pastrami finish though that's nice, but yeah, awful.
M - Mouthfeel is crisp but lightly carbonated, lots of alcohol.
O - Overall this beer was downright awful. This was just a mess, drainpour.
01-17-2014 23:02:56 | More by rudzud
4.01/5 rDev +14.6%
bomber into a stemmed chalice. Batch #203
Pours a dark brown with a mild half inch beige head. Smell is reminiscent of a winter warmer...you get those roasty malts and spices in the aroma. The taste is definitely spicier than the nose implies. Good amount of smoked malts up front and lots of peppercorns on the back end with a great flavor. Very spiced beer (not hot spicy) and very complex. Higher side of medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall a very spiced up beer that might not be for everyone. Peppercorns are definitely dominate. I enjoyed it quite a bit!
11-26-2013 21:53:43 | More by Axnjxn
Pastrami On Rye from Pipeworks Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.