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Pastrami On Rye - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 18.21%
Wants: 9
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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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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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4.17/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a dark brown with 1 finger light beige head. Big waves and leopard spotting of lacing.

S- big cinnamon, peppers, light chocolate, and some nutmeg.

T- sweet roasted malts, cinnamon and peppers, nutmeg, and a slight bitter, smoke finish.

M- medium body and carbonation. Very smooth and creamy with some slickness.

O- very interesting and tasty beer. I actually expected it to be a lot weirder than it was.

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4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours dark dark brown, almost black with a thin half finger fizzy head that dissipates rather quickly.

Roasted dark malt and lots of spices are forward in the taste. The combination of everything gives it a cola like smell. Some rye can be detected along with lots of allspice and carraway notes

Lots of smokey dark malt, rye, and caraway flavors are forward some allspice comes through midway through the swallow. Roasted smokey malt is the dominate flavor that sustains through the swallow.

Mouthfeel is good, not super thick and carbonation is low so it keeps it very drinkable through a meal.

Overall all the combination in this brew does give it a brisket sandwich like feel that paired perfectly with the pulled pork I ate with it. It may be a little overwhelming if not drank with a meal.

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4.02/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a Brasserie d'Achouffe tulip. Batch # 55

A: Pours a dark ruby color with deeper sienna highlights in the body. A light khaki heads forms on the pour and recedes to a thin film and ring.

S: Big peppercorn presence up front with a little rye. Bready malts and a little mesquite. A little cinnamon stick as well.

T: Rye bread and peppercorn upfront. Rich malt backbone with a touch of smoke. The finish actually has a little peppery spice to it. Minimal dark fruit character, like roasted figs. Slight cinnamon comes out as it warms. The alcohol is nicely hidden.

M: Medium bodied with a little chew to it. Medium carbonation levels with a smokey finish.

O: I actually thoroughly enjoyed it. I was expecting much more spice, but the subtle spice with the emphasis on the peppercorns and rye definitely worked. It drinks really well for 8.50% as well. Would recommend.

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4/5  rDev +15.6%
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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3.99/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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!

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3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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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Pastrami On Rye from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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