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Broken Rake Amber Ale - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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BA SCORE
75
okay

88 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 14.6%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: EagleTalon on 08-23-2002)
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into Corsendonk Chalice mar17 2010

A slightly hazy dark amber with a fast falling thumbs width of head that left no lace

S mild hops a little chocolate and some metallic toffee to go along with some nuttiness

T not to far from the smell just a little more malt and it has more sweetness too it. I rather like the chocolate aspects blending with the caramels

M fairly full, slightly syrupy and good carbonation make for a good feel

D other then its look this is a pretty decent beer and I would drink it again

I'm a little surprised this beer hasn't gotten more love from BA's but hey I liked it and you might too

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 22:49:14 | More by wordemupg
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Alberta (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 03:44:24 | More by biboergosum
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Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber of this while visiting Edmonton, AB.

A - Pours a hazy golden brown with a reddish hue. Poured almost no head, only a thin amount of head around the edges. Very little carbonation noticeable. The colour is quite nice, but a little more action on the head would've made it that much more appealing.

S - A very odd scent on this one. Almost has a wet paint scent to it (eek!), but a sweet hoppy scent does come through on the nose as well.

T - Was expecting a stronger flavour on this one, but was mildly disappointed. Quite bitter, flavour is a citrus and honey with a bit of a coffee aftertaste. The malts definitely come through on the finish. Alcohol is a bit noticeable, but not overpowering.

M - Rather thick on the tongue, not overly carbonated, and reminiscent of a porter. Would've expected something a bit lighter from an amber ale.

D - Pretty tasty, though nothing overly memorable. By no means is it terrible, a nice amber ale, but I've had better. Definitely worth a try.

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05-22-2010 00:49:32 | More by andrenaline
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Glazed terra cotta with bright Sunkist edges. This is one of the darkest, richest amber ales in recent memory. Up top sits a thick chunk of golden beige colored foam that more than holds its own in the quality department. I'm not used to being impressed by beer of this style (or by beer from this brewery), but this one looks the part.

The nose is almost nonexistent. There's a whiff of steely caramel, a bit of fruit and a hint of hops that I could never have identified as Hallertau Hersbrucker. Here's hoping this broken garden implement isn't so broken on the palate.

By virtue of its relatively high ABV and the words 'full-bodied' on the neck label, it seems that Pyramid sees BRAA as a bigger than average amber ale. Too bad it doesn't drink like one. It's darker than the style average, however, thanks to what tastes like a fair amount of caramel malt.

Flavors include graham crackers covered with apple butter and a drizzle of melted caramel. That actually sounds pretty good, but the beer is little better than average in the end. On the other hand, that puts it near the head of the class as far as this brewery goes.

The Euro hops try to take the edge off the malty sweetness at the end of each mouthful, and just do succeed. Regarding the mouthfeel, it's medium-bodied to start, thins to light-medium on the swallow, and could use more (and more energetic) bubbles.

Like a broken rake, Broken Rake Amber Ale will eventually get the job done if you stick with it. Although it isn't a beer that I'd walk across the street for, it's a decent example of the style and went down easily enough.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 13:17:44 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 15:09:52 | More by Brenden
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Certainly less amber and more toward the reddish end of the color sprctrum here. Bit of a chill haze to it. Head and lacing so-so

Sweet malt and a hint of that 'west coast' hop.

Decent balance. Would say it sways more towards a red/brown ale in the way the flavours work. Booze aspect certainly there. Malt and hop in decent harmony.

Not bad, not great, worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 03:17:46 | More by Shadman
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy red/amber color. Poured a 2 finger light tan head with fair retention. Laced in thin patches.

S: Big sweet caramel malts followed by a light over ripe banana smell. Spicy bittering hops finish.

T: Consistent to smell with sweet caramel malt. Ample bittering hop to the finish with a faint sweetness that lingers.

M: Light body. Balanced carbonation. For the most part, clean and crisp in the finish (diminishes as it warms).

D: Nothing wrong in the beer, but not inspiring. Easily session this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 23:32:39 | More by Haybeerman
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Voonder

Alberta (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep amber colour with thin off-white head. Smell - hops hit nose at first, some caramel, and spices perhaps, but hops are overhelming. Taste - not bad combination of hops and malts, but it seems to be a litle bit off balance. Pretty thin, somewhat sweet, I guess it's not that bad, I would call it too hoppy for an amber ale. Somewhat drinkable. There are a lot of better examples of the style around.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 04:09:30 | More by Voonder
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wheatyweiss

Wisconsin

2.28/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint.

Pours a moderate amber with a very active one finger fizzy head that disappears immediately. No lacing or spotting.

Aroma is sweet nutty malt with a side of brown sugar and light molasses. Weak in the aroma department I had too whiff pretty deep to get what I got.

Flavor is nutty roasted grain with a touch of a hint of a little bit of flavor. There is not a lot going on here. Nutty roasted grain and then the finish there is not much depth.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with a biting carbonation that is somewhat off putting.

Won't buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 23:46:48 | More by wheatyweiss
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 10 Nov 2008.

Poured in a shaker pint glass. Small yellowish head. Medium carbonation. Clear light peach color. Aroma is sweetly nutty, caramel and nutmeg, slight banana. Light in flavor. Hint of caramel and brown sugar, faint hop bitterness. Finishes dry with a medicinal aftertaste. Light body.

Easy to drink but would probably not seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 22:05:19 | More by htomsirveaux
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tronester

Oklahoma

2.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber/brown with zero head. Smells of stale malt. Taste is extremely malt based, with a wierd tangy/sour flavor in the finish. A slight amount of bitterness from the hops. Good mouthfeel. Drinkability is so-so, I would drink it again, but wouldn't seek it out. There are a lot better choices out there IMO.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 00:33:20 | More by tronester
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Broken Rake Amber Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
75 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.