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Pastrami On Rye - Pipeworks Brewing Company

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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 17.53%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of Axnjxn
4.01/5  rDev +15.2%
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!

Axnjxn, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of sirrancelot
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

sirrancelot, Nov 23, 2013
2/5  rDev -42.5%

MITCHELLMPLS, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of wesside89
4/5  rDev +14.9%

wesside89, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of ItsGotaBeUrBull
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

ItsGotaBeUrBull, Nov 05, 2013
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Irishmafia
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Irishmafia, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of cp45
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

cp45, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of tbergsli
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

tbergsli, Oct 17, 2013
Photo of pixieskid
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

pixieskid, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -13.8%

smartassboiler, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of Vonerichs
3.76/5  rDev +8%
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
Photo of bcm75
4/5  rDev +14.9%

bcm75, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of Fcolle2
4.11/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Fcolle2, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of KFBR392
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch #203

Appearance: Pours with a medium to dark brown color. Sits a very dark brown in the glass. A thin layer of head on the pour and was not present while drinking. No carbonation in the glass while drinking. No lacing. Looks like a heavy brew.

Smell: A lot of cinnamon and sugary bright molasses sweetness burst out of the glass. A very cola sweetness going on here. Some earthy, heavy herbs, and leafy green tones pop up. Slight synthetic cough syrup texture going on as well. Flat, low on carbonation.

Taste: The front is filled with spices and earthy herbs. Cinnamon and some bitter tones come through on the body. Rye with a meaty body round out the back end of this brew. The finish is heavy sugars with more spices lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Interesting transitions of sweet to a really heavy spiced feeling.

Overall: I remember an early spiced beer I had from Pipeworks and this is certainly a step up from that. This brewery continues to make tweeks and adjustments to their beers as needed. This is an interesting brew but certainly a bottle share.

KFBR392, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of CityofBals
1.5/5  rDev -56.9%

CityofBals, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of cnbrown313
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

cnbrown313, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of Kaveman
2.25/5  rDev -35.3%

Kaveman, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
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 jschott75
3/5  rDev -13.8%

jschott75, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of Ak555667
2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

Ak555667, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of facundoCNB
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

a deep brown almost black pour with a finger of head which quickly dissipated. smells of wood barrels, mustard seed is very dominant, getting some ginger too.. odd smelling beer, not quite the pastrami scent i was expecting. the flavor is a slightly charred, but sweet, malt profile with a rye bread type flavor.. definitely getting the mustard seed again, but not as dominant as it was on the nose.. not really getting any peppercorn or coriander, but i can taste the allspice.. almost a nutmeg flavor in there. medium body, low carbonation.

well, this was an interesting one. probably filled my quota with this style. not really what i was expecting honestly i was hoping to get mostly a peppercorn flavor, since that's my favorite part of pastrami. definitely worth trying once though, but i'd put it right up there with pumpkin beers, where it's more of a novelty thing than something you'll want to drink more than one of.

if you're like me, and was hoping for a slightly spicy peppery feel, go for their saison with peppercorn, now THAT is what i was expecting from this one.

facundoCNB, May 19, 2013
Photo of prender1482
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

prender1482, May 18, 2013
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

THEOPTIMATOR88, May 16, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

GRG1313, May 15, 2013
Pastrami On Rye from Pipeworks Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.