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Pastrami On Rye - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 17.48%
Wants: 8
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 12-01-2012)
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Reviews by bryang002:
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

bryang002, Dec 12, 2012
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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip)
Batch 50
A- This beer has a dense walnut brown body with a thin tan head that fades to a ring of tiny bubbles.

S- The cloth band aid aroma fills the nose and some dry slightly fruity spices grow after that. There is all spice and others are well blended and take on an old men’s cologne quality.

T- The nougat flavor has some mellow brewer’s licorice and caraway seed flavor. There is some deep toasted malt flavors that are buried underneath and as the beer opens there is a milk stout flavor that comes to the top. There are also some candy ester flavors that stay dry but lead to a cloth band aid finish that grow in the finish. There is a lingering herbal hop spice flavor.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a slippery texture and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- I’m not going to lie, I pulled this beer out of the DBF a few times only to put it back for fear of the train wreck that might be inside? It was a very interesting and odd beer but I’m glad I tried it and it was very interesting to see how all the flavors came together. The smoke was ok and with the Belgian yeast esters and spices flavors it was a lot of things all going on at once.

rhoadsrage, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of joeseppy
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

joeseppy, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of cjgator3
4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

cjgator3, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Brown body. Not much of a head. Thin khaki collar.

Smell - Lots of cola. Tons of spice. Deep caramel.

Taste - Sweet caramel. Spice kicks in quickly. Cola. Spicy as hell, but it doesn't scream pastrami. Medicinal sweetness in the finish. Very sweet.

Mouthfeel - Sweet, but not too heavy. Sluggish drinking though.

Overall - The spices don't work. It's not quite gross, but it's too sweet and spicy.

Alieniloquium, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of Vonerichs
3.76/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Rather flat appearance, murky reddish brown. The head is nothing more than some surface bubbles with no longevity.

Smells of cola then heavy on the spices. Corriander, allspice, and caraway. I would have never picked out the caraway but for knowing from the description, but having known that it was obvious.

I'm really disappointed by the lack of smoked malt presence, as I think a heftier dose would have played well with the spices. The spices dominate and finish with an earthy tobacco spice. It has a nice little heat in the finish, like a spicy beef jerky.

Mouthfeel is light considering the higher abv. Carbonation is low.

I was expecting something with more of a smoke flavor. It's an ok beer but some smoke flavor would have been a nice contrast to the spicy finish.

Vonerichs, Sep 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

ItsGotaBeUrBull, Nov 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

GRG1313, May 15, 2013
Photo of waddellc2
3/5  rDev -14%

waddellc2, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of beersdmf17
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

beersdmf17, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2013: Batch #61. Re-visiting this after telling the brewer I would. Objectively it's a nice beer, if it was handed to me with no false pastrami expectations on my part, i'd have nothing to say. It's an enjoyable spiced beer (think WInter Warmer) that hits the right notes in cold weather, post-holidays. Toasty malt and dry herbs in the aftertaste, unsweetened dark chocolate and juniper. If you like spiced beers, this is your huckleberry.

12-08-2012
Gave this beer a week per the brewer's personal recommendation, in order for the spices to settle out. Served in a large mug, it has a fingers width of tan foam on the surface. Dark brown body. Initial aroma of bubblegum... huh. Later some chocolate sweetness emerges, and a hint of spice, though not especially well defined. Ideally should be served above 50º, per the brewer.

First sips bring malty sweetness, chocolate, some black pepper and mustard seed tingling bitterness, ghostly ancho impression and a wisp of smoke in the end. It has a substantial feel, as if a BSDA and Rauchbier collided on some faraway planet. Dark chocolate bitterness in the aftertaste, a slight notion of coffee. Chewy, smooth feel with lower carbonation. Touch of alcohol surfaces as it warms. A little more caraway and smoked malt would've gone a long way here. It's a bit sweeter and less savory than expected, though the spicing does lend a mild savory element.

Objectively it's a good beer, I enjoyed drinking it and will pick it up again. If it wasn't billed as a tribute to a pastrami sandwich, I wouldn't have to say it failed at doing so. But since it is, as a pastrami lover i'd have to say it's not exactly an approximation of pastrami in liquid form... the tribute seems to be a very loose one. Oh well, maybe that's for the better. Recommended for fans of spiced Belgians and BSDAs.

emerge077, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of TexIndy
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

TexIndy, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of PatB1987
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

PatB1987, Nov 06, 2014
Photo of wesside89
4/5  rDev +14.6%

wesside89, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

mfnmbvp, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of bismarksays
4/5  rDev +14.6%

bismarksays, Nov 13, 2014
Photo of sgoro
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

sgoro, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of calcnerd
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

calcnerd, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of liamt07
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from buzze40, 650ml into a tulip. Batch 55.

Deep brown with burgundy hues, brown head with light retention and no lacing. Nose of rye bread, caramel, molasses and pastrami spices. Taste is bready, sweet malts, toffee, pastrami spices, mustard seed (thanks label!) and peppercorns are present, although minimal. Medium feel, great balancing malt sweetness. Love the spicing and hella tasty. Thanks Brian!

liamt07, Mar 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +14.6%

JALIEN, Dec 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

cnbrown313, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -14%

smartassboiler, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of jlindros
2.24/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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.

jlindros, Jan 19, 2014
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2.46/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Pickles.

Rifugium, Jan 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

AgentZero, Dec 10, 2012
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Pastrami On Rye from Pipeworks Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.