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Pastrami On Rye - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Reviews: 28
Hads: 110
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 35.65%
Wants: 11
Gots: 9 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 12-01-2012

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Reviews by cosmicevan:
Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this was a must try for me as i have a weakness in my soul for a pastrami sandwhich. bottle picked up in chi-town a week or two ago. enjoyed from my pipeworks snifter.

a - pours brown with maroon highlights when held to the light. thin greyish cream colored head that was gone quick leaving an oil slick of bubbles and a ring of head around the surface.

s - wow. very unique. lots of spicing on a seemingly fruity base. all spice, corriander, candied sugar, rye. pleasing but not like the pastrami sandwich off the grill though.

t - yowza. i thought the nose had a lot going on, well i was mistaken, the flavor is nutty. it is like a sweet brown ale with some fruit, rye, all spice and other pot pouri spicing and a dash of smoke. it is a tad reminiscent of a pastrami sandwich, but i doubt i'd make that jump if it wasn't called what it is called.

m - zesty. medium bodied with a ton going on. seems too much is going on in this one.

o - overall, extremely interesting and different. reminds me somewhat of burly gourd with all that zip and zest. i like this, but i can see many people not digging this one. if nothing else, this was one of the more crucial ticks for me considering my obsession with pastrami sandwiches. cheers to pipeworks for doing something really out there.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of joeseppy
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of schmidtmattsays
1.22/5  rDev -66%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Awful taste that got worse as it warmed.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.77/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of ItsGotaBeUrBull
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of waddellc2
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of beersdmf17
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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.

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.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of smakawhat
4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Batch #543.

Deep walnut brown to black body, with a tan simple and very uniform three finger head on creation. Cascades nicely, but with small growth, and settles evenly in a solid layer. Minimal pill like lacing, with a good presence.

Well this nose doesn’t lie as per advertised. Salt. Huge clove and mustard seed going on, with some spicy quality. Yup giving the pastrami spices as advertised. A nice bit of mild roast and sweetness manages to sneak out giving some beer angles and some sense of bringing everything back to earth. This is well controlled so far, this has the potential for disaster though. Very impressive and still in control though.

Palate is a lot fun. Full bodied. Rich creamed mouthfeel, hints of milk and vanilla richness and just a touch of chocolate. Spice angle works beautifully, with a mid palate of pepper and brown spiced action, and balanced sweetness. Rye spiced angle is very toned down, but manages a bit of pepper kick, and even a tinge of sourness that comes from spice as opposed to yeast. Tangy, rich, vibrant, and creamy to boot.

This is a really excellent creation, and how recipe and taste and balance can be melded into good character. It may not be for everyone though.

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Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, cola color with milked-coffee brown bubbles clinging to side of glass. Smells like a typical smoked beer, sweet and smoky. Mouthfeel is nothing special, but works with the style.

The smoke quality is not as intense on the palate as in some traditional German smoked beers, but is still omnipresent and in your face. The weird thing is that when the smoke fades, the flavor profile changes to that of a Christmas beer with clove, nutmeg, and other spices. I get a faint amount of heat from the pepper flakes, which was unexpected. The taste is complex but not sure if it is something I would drink often.

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Photo of PatB1987
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of ricoslim
3.96/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wesside89
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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

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Photo of bismarksays
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of xdtfx
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sgoro
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.34/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of calcnerd
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of liamt07
4.2/5  rDev +17%
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!

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Pastrami On Rye from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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