Broken Rake Amber Ale - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Broken Rake Amber AleBroken Rake Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
75
okay

92 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 14.55%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pyramid Breweries, Inc. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: EagleTalon on 08-23-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 92 | Reviews: 75
Reviews by ojiikun:
Photo of ojiikun
3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Typical stubby single poured into a nice big goblet. It took some acrobatics to get any head at all to form. Body is really quite dark; any darker and it'd be hard to call a 'red'! Actually quite more brown that red, at least it's crystal clear. Head is quite white, while it lasts. Some lace, even on the very clean glass.

Smell is super-sweet, hoppy, and almost belgian-ish. Lots of good mellow hops with tropical notes. Malts are mineraley and dextrine, could fool you for candi. Dark, but not toasty. Some yeast, a modern strain. Body tastes a good deal lighter than the smell would suggest, but the hops jump forth and give a nice little bite; quite unexpected and pleasing. Yeast turns up the funk and almost brings out some of the toastyness of the grains. Pleasing black tea backside with a finish that's got a bit of an off - celery maybe - but fades quickly.

Feels light, but a litle syrupy on the tongue. Not nearly as carbonated as I'd like for this volume and thickness. Drinkable, but hardly refreshing, and sadly - not high grav enough to really be all that warming. All of that said, one of Pyramids better seasonals and a nice departure from their endless linke of heffes.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.49/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Nice, dark brownish-orange body with what looked like a terrific head until five seconds later when it disappeared. James Brown would have been proud at the way this head bobbed up and down so quickly.

Smell – This smells more like a strong/old ale. There’s some big malts soaked in woody alcohol and mixed with caramel and brown sugar syrup. This one smells like a mouthfull.

Taste – Everything takes a huge step back at the taste. The malt is there, but rather thin and watery. The sugars are here in droves, though. Especially prominent is the brown, almost liquified banana. There’s a suggestion of hops as well. I’m sure it’s in there, I just can’t put my finger on it.

Mouthfeel – This is the ale’s weak point, IMHO. If this was heavier in the body it would be a real find.

Drinkability – If you want a strong/old ale that’s labeled a seasonal Amber at the bargain basement price of $1.16 a piece, run out and stock up on this one.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer review from BA Mag Oct 2007.

Fall is a quick beer season. Most breweries have their summer seasonal still on the shelf and are working on their winter brew. Plus, if your fall seasonal is not an Oktoberfest it represents something of an uphill battle.

Deep brownish amber-bordering-on-mahogany color with perfect clarity. The head holds long and tight, with a few sticky rings of lace on the glass to boot. Aroma doesn't pop out, though some spicy citric hops, fruity esters, toasted malt and a vague diacetyl muddle the nose. Chewy, medium body with a long smoothness and deep crispness. Malt is present with toasted flavors throughout, but it gets whacked a few times by a minty citric hop bitterness and flavor, as well as some lively esters and a thin blanket of diacetyl. Hint of woody hop flavor and minerals in the middle. Finishes a little sweet, with some toasted grain and spice.

Decent, and a tasty fall seasonal, but not as drinkable as we thought it was going to be, though some interesting and complex malt and hops flavors make up for that. With that said, it is certainly worth a try.

Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is a clear mahogany color, as advertised. The head pours pretty well and fades fairly quickly to foam, managing to leave some small patches of very thin lacing.
Caramel malt is up front in the aroma, followed by some banana, mild hops and a gentle spice.
The taste is consistent with the aroma, though there's more of a taste that's almost like mulling spices that is stronger than in the aroma. There's not much bitterness at all, either. The character is very strongly malt, with a very mild floral hops taste more in the finish. Balance is decent.
Body and carbonation are both light. Some may find the body a little thin. It's fairly crisp and starts off clean.
It's certainly worth a try. It does seem like it could go for either fall or winter, and I'd pick something else for a hot afternoon. It's a little more of a warmer.

Photo of biboergosum
3.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber.

This beer pours a hazy, sedimental (I saw Rammstein last night, so I'm making up my own convenient compound words!) dark orangish brown colour, with one finger of foamy, thin white head, which leaves little in the way of lace. It smells of creamed grain, bland orchard fruit, and mild leafy hops. The taste is muted caramel malt, kind of metallic at that, and earthy, leafy hops. The carbonation is quite sedate, the body medium weight, and smooth against a small zippy twinge. It finishes with an upswing in the sweetness - the malt adding some mild chocolate and leather, amongst some wet leaf hoppiness.

A so-so amber ale - the weird edginess in the flavour just doesn't make me want another.

Photo of soper2000
2.95/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another one of pyramids seasonals. It pours an opaque brown with a head that resembles coke (builds up quickly and dissapears just as fast). Smell is malty with some carmel sweetness present as well. Taste is pretty bland. Some roasted malt is present as is more sweet flavor. I have yet to have a Pyramid brew that doesn't have this syrupy sweetness to it. I guess that's good if you like it but i certainly don't. Mouthfeel is pretty thin again. I always seem to find Pyramid brews on the "mixed sixer" shelfs, i guess they don't move enough on their own and after sampling this i'm glad i didn't throw down anymore money for a six pack of this.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.41/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pyramid- Broken Rake

A- Golden reddish brown with a thick heavy lacing head.
S- Light sweet sugary malt slight spicy touch.
T- Sweet slight dried cherry malt. Big hit of alcohol in the body and finishing off sugary.
M- Good solid caramel malt throughout with a dose of alcohol in the middle. Good sweet finish.

Overall- Good malty taste alc. is a little too noticeablr for this one. A 6er of this will be enough for an evening.

Photo of tempest
3.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Stooge's in Allentown, PA, served in a pint glass. Appears a clear amber with a short off-white head.

Meh, it's good but it's just another amber ale. It starts with smooth caramel and finishes with roasted toffee from crystal malts. The transition between the two flavors is a little off, but it's still a fairly drinkable and overall enjoyable brew.

Photo of beveritt
3.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a stubby 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Picked this up as a single a few months ago and am just now getting around to sampling it. Label depicts two pyramids with a very Midwestern scene of a few trees and leaf covered ground in the foreground. Best by 12/28/08. I am a few days late, oh well. My first beer of 2009, picked for no specific significance.

Appearance: Pours with maybe half a finger of medium tan head. This settles extremely quickly, leaving absolutely nothing behind. The beer itself is a rich copper hue, very pretty. No sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Caramel sweet malt with hints of cherries and bubblegum in the finish.

Taste: Sweet caramel malt with a fruity and sugary finish. Tastes of cherries and peaches. Mellow finish, with just the slightest hint of hop bitterness and a slight, lingering sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good.

Drinkability: All in all, a decent middle of the road beer. Nothing over the top with respect to flavor or complexity, but nothing off putting either. Its one major drawback is a complete lack of head retention.

Photo of elricorico
3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Coppery amber, very clear body with plenty of visible carbonation. Pour generated a near perfect two finger beige head, but it fell to a half a finger rather quickly. Pretty good lacing.

Smells of malty caramel with a bit of flowery hop to balance it out. Simple but nice.

Also simple in flavours. Toffee flavour throughout is pleasant, and the citrus and floweriness of the hops works too, but there is just a touch of solvent at the back end that keeps this one from being good all around.

This has some body, but still feels very wet, if that makes sense. Carbonation is on the lower side of medium. Could be better here.

Not a bad beer by any stretch, just some minor tweeks could make this a winner. As it stands now, I wouldn't bother getting it again.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.42/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice cool weather beer. it has a sweetish alcoholic flavor mixed with caramel malt notes. The head dissappears quickly. It is not a hoppy beer. It is balanced with Hallertauer hops to give it a German ale character. If you found Snow Cap to be too bitter and hoppy for you last winter, Broken Rake makes a nice substitute. Stock up on this one now becuase it is available in the fall only.

Photo of Spikester
3.88/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red amber with a good amount of white head. Fair amount of lacings. Aroma is floral hops some maltiness. Taste is mildly bitter hops with a full malt backing. Smooth overall. Mouthfeel is very good. Drinkability is very good and a bit high at 6.2% abv for a session beer.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle.

A- a very nice crisp and clear mahogany color. Nice dark wood color to it and i am very impressed with that. No head though so no lace. lose a half point for that.

S- a sweet caramel malt. a hint of toasted as well. it actually has hints of soap smells. i dont know what that is all about.

T- kind of dry and sweet like a wine. i can taste strong floral hops in the mouth as well. Very pronounced. i do taste sopa like substance as well to finish it off. odd

M- dry and wish washy of soap mixed with dry hops. different but ok nonetheless.

D- hard for me to put more than 2 of these down. a nice beer to try but not for me.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz picked up from the new batch today.. ~1.45 from the Coop.

2 finger lite tan head.. lite spotty lacing.. brew is a polished amber.

Aroma is toasty and biscuity.. a little grassy.. I believe I can even get a little bit of dried leaves in there :-)

Flavor is pretty much the same as the nose but with a little bit of caramel sweetness.. some subtle spiciness .. descent body and good carbonation.. tastes very fresh right now.

There is no way I would have rated this one this high, but it is really pretty tasty.. and again, this is a very fresh bottle.

3.5/3.5/3.5/3/3.5

Photo of livingregret
2.48/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

-Having just picked this up, I was a little apprehensive after reading some reviews on this particular drink. That being said let's get on to my novice like review
--Pours as a darker than normal Ale. It has a reddish shine to it that is slighty off due to brown hues. The head VERY quickly disapates
--Smell. I really enjoy the smell of this drink. Reminds me of some old Ale, has a woodish smell and you can clearly smell the malts
--Taste. There is a definite malty taste w/ some earthy roots attached to it. Goes back to the woodish smell...very earthy.
--Mouthfeel...this is where the beer let me down some. It very quickly slides away and disappears from your mouth. There is a slight taste left in your throat that is almost metallic.
--Drinkability...while not my favourite drink, it will suffice when I need 1 quick drink.

Edit: After drinking a few more of these...I find my liking of them is dwindling. Having more than one in a night is just not something I feel like I can do when there are other great drinks. I had to change my drinkability on this drink because of that fact.

Edit the 2nd Time: I ran out of good beer and only have Broken Rake left I had no choice...but to drink them again. BUT this time, as my fiancee told me, if you don't breath through your noise...it taste like coke!! Not as sweet, but it really taste like coke! So I raised the drinkability because of this great information...low on good beer and want to make em last? Drink this in it's place and don't breathe through your nose!! WOOHOO!!

Photo of Brent
2.54/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A fall seasonal that is not an O'fest, a spiced beer or strong harvest ale - I suppose they buck the trend by releasing an amber. Very attractive golden-bronze color. A little sweet caramel malt in the aroma. Rather flat and one-dimensional, malty-sweet with no meaningful hopping and an unpleasant fermented refined sugar bittersweetness at the finish. Not at all what I would want to kick back with on a crisp fall afternoon.

Photo of IronDjinn
2.71/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep russet amber in appearance, bubbly, frothy off-white head that slowly dissipates.

Flowery honey sweetness first in the aroma, some grassy hops, and a runny sweet malt that's difficult to peg down. Malt settles down to a mild caramel as it warms.

Flavour kind of bottoms out with the malt right from the start, a bit of mild sticky toffee, floral hops kick in on the finish, however not much going on in between or afterwards.

Mouthfeel is the lighter side of medium-bodied, quick rush of carbonation, gets thin on the finish.

Not really my bag, especially for a seasonal, I was expecting more, especially from the propoganda on the label. A mediocre amber ale, glad I just picked up one in an mix 'n match 6-pack.

Photo of Gusler
3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a crystal clear deep copper color, the head is paltry in size, and vanishes leaving only microscopically small bits of lace. Nose is malt, nutty sweet, and hints of caramel. Front is malt and cloyingly sweet, top skimpy, the finish inconsequentially acidic, sufficiently hopped, dry aftertaste. A drinkable beer, that is pleasant enough, but nothing to “Write Home About”. Ranks #876 on my current 1000 beer master list.

Photo of Fabric8r
3.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a case of Pyramid beers at Costco, and this was the seasonal brew. Had this on tap near Safeco Field, and was very happy to get it in bottle form.

Full body and full malt flavor. Not a lot of hops, but you can tell they are there. Great smooth and fully rounded mouthfeel. A real pleasure to have this at home now.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.12/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a 3/4 finger head that fades a little quickly, Nice red color.

Smell is of caramel and crystal malt sweetness, no hops to balance. There is a touch of biscuit aroma as well.

Taste is of sweet caramel and crystal malts without the hop backbone to balance it out.

This beer doesn't have enough body. It has a little bit of a watery mouthfeel with mild alcohol astringency.

This beer represents the poor end of the amber/red ale spectrum IMO.

Photo of Pegasus
3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Quite clear, with the color of well-toned copper, sports a massive, dense off-white head, which retains rather well. Thin patchy lace adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Sweet caramel malt dominates the aroma, as well as restrained herbal hops and faint ripe bananas. There is also a slightly spicy note.

Taste: Opens with strong sweet caramel notes, as the taste progresses, metallic and medicinal hop notes assert themselves solidly, without being overpowering. Finishes with a faint caramel sweetness, and mild metallic hop flavors.

Mouth feel: A touch thin, but soft and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Not spectacular, but pleasant and inoffensive.

Presentation: Packaged in a short brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a perfectly clear brown and a nice froth of off-white foam.

Aroma is very weak, and rather boring. Just some sweet malt and sugary honey. Not getting much hop aroma.

A fairly pedestrian brown/amber. It's malt forward, with some nutty caramel and sweet tea. Hops are there, i guess...but it's just so sweet and unbalanced. Got some hops in there, but it's jsut for bitterness, not getting any good flavorful hop aroma or florals.

Light mouthfeel, but a bit sticky in the finish. Overall a pretty uninteresting and generic brew.

Photo of daliandragon
3.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one doesn't look particularly interesting; features a clear brown with a reddish tint and almost no head. The nose is basic caramel malt with a little nuttiness but not much complexity.

The texture could use some thickening although it's not like there's a taste explosion for it to carry. A respectable caramel and toasted malt base matches the style and the finish is reasonably smooth. Drinkable and fine but rather boring. Not something to move heaven and earth to find, to say the least.

Photo of Mark
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nothing too exciting here. Standard amber color with slight off white head. Some lacing. Decent malty taste with subtle hops. A decent drinkable beer if one is slumming in mediocre microdom. That's kind of where most of Pyramid's beers fall. They taste better than they really are when one is at their awesome happy hour. Worth a try, just don't expect much.

Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok first of the fall seasonals ( or autumn as I prefer)..comes in the typical Pyramid stubbie 12 oz brown bottle.
Pours a nice crystal clearlight brown colour..almost reddish..small pure white head that goes fast though good lacing is left behind.
mm this is a very very malty smelling beer..pretty exciting if your a malthead.
taste is also malty though with a nice bitter aftertaste..which I suppose is the hops.
Nice and smooth mouthfeel
Quite a drinkable ale..I had this last autumn and didnt like it at all..seems like at least they made it more drinkable.

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Broken Rake Amber Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
75 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.