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Pastrami On Rye - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Pastrami On RyePastrami On Rye

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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 17.77%
Wants: 9
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch # 61.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with solid aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 00:34:21 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of kjkinsey


3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

05-13-2014 22:54:50 | More by kjkinsey
Photo of spycow


3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

01-12-2013 01:40:50 | More by spycow
Photo of Texasfan549


3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

05-13-2014 22:55:29 | More by Texasfan549
Photo of TMoney2591


3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I may not be the biggest fan of deli meats and the sammiches made therefrom, but a beer based thereupon is like catnip to a beer fan and ticker like myself. Get some! This stuff pours a deep ruby-sienna topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises toasted rye bread, black pepper, mild mesquite smoke, and light allspice. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some sweet molasses, mild fig, and a bit of peppery heat in the background. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mildly slick feel. Overall, I'm conflicted about this beer: I generally like it, but I'm disappointed in the lack of pastrami-on-rye-ness. The spicing sounds like it would be a spice bomb of the sort that mimics a spice rack falling into the mash tun or something, but I could mainly only go with the pepper and the allspice (of all things, the allspice...). The smoke is mild, the rye malt doesn't assert itself as much as it could, and the dill is pretty much nonexistent. Moreover, the sweetness, which is already unexpected, reigns pretty supremely in the grand scheme of things. But, again, it's not a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination, it's just not a Short's-style flavored beer. It's just an imaginative, tasty beer. Good times.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 04:31:22 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of GRG1313


3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

05-15-2013 03:32:07 | More by GRG1313
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.

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 01:52:56 | More by emerge077
Photo of MasterSki


3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at Julie's place for Christmas Day dinner. Served in a wine glass.

A - White foam settles to a thin collar, a few wisps, and a few specks of lace. Dark brown body with some lighter chestnut highlights at the edges of the glass.

S - Interesting mix of spices and rye. A hefty dose of coriander and caraway, as well as a hint of allspice. Perhaps a touch of alcohol in there; I didn't realize how high the ABV was when I popped this, but it's definitely an 'Imperial' pastrami beer.

T - The taste is a mix of caramel, chocolate, and rye, with more of the malt character coming out. The spices show up in the finish, but don't dominate like they do in the aroma. Evocative of rye bread I suppose, although I don't eat enough pastrami to know how successful this beer was in that regard.

M - Chewy texture that finishes a bit dry from the rye malt. Medium body, with moderate-to-low carbonation. Alcohol is better concealed here, as this goes down pretty smooth even with the higher ABV.

D - Not really my thing. It largely achieves what it sets out to do; I'm just not convinced I needed a beer of this ilk in my life. I could have stood for a touch more smoked malt personally, and I'd rather have 3 Floyds' Ham on Rye went it comes to sandwich-themed beers. If you dig pastrami, give this a shot but otherwise tread carefully.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 20:49:54 | More by MasterSki
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 19:18:48 | More by jlindros
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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.


Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 00:37:43 | More by Rifugium
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

12-02-2012 18:42:56 | More by imperialking
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 17:17:03 | More by rhoadsrage
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3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

12-11-2013 02:01:46 | More by XmnwildX12
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

01-27-2014 13:55:36 | More by InspectorBob
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Handwritten: Batch# 55

Brown and garnet color mix. Makes me think of the crust on some dark rye bread with some pastrami or corned beef in between the slices. Very quick tan head, only a rinf of foam for the whole 22 oz. bottle. Can't mke out any bubbling from the dark, rusty and muddy color.

Smokey and spicey aroma from start to finish. I think I can almost smell the pastrami. Black pepper, carraway, dark rye bread. I must admit that I love pickles, but I'm glad I don't smell that final addition to and awesome beer sandwich.

Syrupy palate from start to finish. The middle to finish is heavy on the carraway and mustard seed. The peppercorn maintains continuity throughout the palate. The rye is a little bit much. Especially mixed with your pastrami herbs. Smokey, even meaty, but I love that part of the flavor profile. This beer makes me think of a liquid, alcoholic, pastrami sandwich of sorts. I like it. I recommend that all BA's try this beer if they can get their hands on it.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 21:06:35 | More by scruffwhor
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Ontario (Canada)

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!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 16:34:52 | More by liamt07
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 00:25:57 | More by Alieniloquium
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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

12-10-2012 18:47:19 | More by AgentZero
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4.5/5  rDev +28.9%

12-29-2013 03:53:22 | More by cjgator3
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2.16/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 23:02:56 | More by rudzud
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North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +14.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 21:53:43 | More by Axnjxn
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3/5  rDev -14%

09-22-2013 06:36:08 | More by smartassboiler
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New York

3.99/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 03:57:27 | More by cosmicevan
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District of Columbia

3.86/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I picked this up at a Binny's in Chicago.

Batch #55

Served in a Delirium Tremens glass.

A: Much, much darker than I was expecting. Dark, dark brown, fairly consistent in its color distribution, with a cool mocha head on top.

S: Not as potent as I was thinking it would be. I got brown sugar and some roast. So far, it's not the rye bread, meat sandwich I thought it would be.

T: Tasted like a brown ale with a twist. Nice flavor, actually. I definitely identified the caraway and corriander. As far as reminding me of a pastrami sandwich, it definitely did not do that.

M: Thick, much thicker than I was expecting actually. Sticky, sticky, with a nice bitter fennel quality. The lacing was a nice screen of goo.

O: This totally didn't scream pastrami sandwich to mean, but it was still pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 01:22:59 | More by Chaney
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3/5  rDev -14%

12-17-2012 15:47:27 | More by thewimperoo
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Pastrami On Rye from Pipeworks Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.