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Broken Rake Amber Ale - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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BA SCORE
75
okay

92 Ratings
THE BROS
73
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 14.55%
Wants: 0
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: EagleTalon on 08-23-2002)
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Photo of vwbus7
4.5/5  rDev +39.3%

vwbus7, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of ccrida
4.33/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber (6.1% ABV) poured into an impy pint, Broken Rake is a clear bronze with a large, olive-tinged sand colored head that is pretty quick to subside to a thick collar and skim, leaving light, scattered lace.

Smell is sweet malt, brown sugar and caramel, with minty hops.

Taste is also mainly sweet amber malt, with herbal hops providing a spicy balance that keeps this from being cloying, and dominate the drier, bitter finish. Not the most depth, but another nice little under-appreciated Pyramid brew.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, one of the better amber's out there, nice maltiness tempered by hops that are neither grassy nor overly piney or citrusy, like most other American amber's. Not to far removed from some of the fest beers of the season, a nice beer and an nice price. A beer doesn't need to be super strong, flavorful or extreme to be very good, and for this style, this one suits me nicely.

ccrida, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of munimula
4.12/5  rDev +27.6%

munimula, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of Fabric8r
3.95/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

Fabric8r, Sep 26, 2003
Photo of wordemupg
3.95/5  rDev +22.3%
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

wordemupg, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of mnapier
3.95/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Service Temperature, 35 degrees. Service Glass German Balloon 12 ounce.

Appearance, is dark red & clear with a tan white foamy head and a faint mild white lace.
Aroma can only be described as a slight dirt earthiness, with some roasted toffee and sharp citrus.
Taste, is much like the aroma, earthy, some cloying and a mild biscuit. Overall mouthfeel, is medium.

Wouldn't necessarily go screaming for this but I have had a pint of this on draft and its much more defined.

mnapier, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of mikeys01
3.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I acquired a few bottles of the Broken Rake in a recent trade with a left coast BA and sampled my first last night. The Rake is a nice clear amber with a little bit of wispy white head. Aroma is very heavily malty and sweet, a bit bready. Taste is very smooth and dominated with sweet caramel malt flavors, and a little bit of tartness to counter, and just a little spice, making it a pretty tasty well rounded brew. Reminiscent of an Octoberfest marzen, a lighter than expected but very drinkable fall brew from Pyramid.

mikeys01, Oct 22, 2003
Photo of Spikester
3.9/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Spikester, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of choyhosoi
3.9/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this from a bottle

Appearance-Nice mohaghony color with a small steady head that just wouldn't fizzle away.

Smell- A nice sweet but hopp flavor was what I got I could smell a little caramel lingering also.

Taste-Very nice taste really smooth with a very pleasant finish

I would like to try a 6 to test the tolerance level but I would recommend these to anyone who can find them. Enjoy

choyhosoi, Oct 12, 2007
Photo of JDK
3.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Expecting an Oktoberfest but this was pretty hoppy for that style. Nice dark amber color with a 1/2" head with little to no lacing.
Medium carbonation but not bitey. As I said before, the aftertaste was a little tart, more hops than any of the seasonal beers I've tried but this is definately worth a try. Finishes nice a crisp.

JDK, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of dnichols
3.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed several 12 ounce cups of this brew at the Puyallup, Washington Oktoberfest.

A: I poured a clear slightly copper hue with a thin off white head that did not linger long into the experience. Unfortunately, I was served in a plastic cut so it was hard to get a fair evaluation of this brews appearance.

S: It clearly presents a nice malt profile. However, there were few other aromas present and event the malts were relatively faint.

T: It was sweet and malty with out the expected dominating presence of spices and hops.

M: It was light, well carbonated and very clean aftertaste.

D: This was an easy beer to drink. Low ABV, crisp and no harsh bitter flavors.

Comments: Nice brew. Easy choice for a long lazy afternoon or evening sitting in front of a campfire.

dnichols, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of Ricochet
3.78/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No head, little lace, really dark amber, a little cloudy. Smell was malt, sweet with a tiny hop note, about standard for this. Mouth was, mellow and creamy with a nice wheat aftertaste and the alcohol and hops bite a bit. Good mouth for sure.

Taste is, a little stronger hops profile and a bitter. This mixed well with the malt and actually was a little bit dry on the swallow. The sweetness with moderately toasted wheat aftertastes makes this a very good Amber, more what I'd think of an amber ale to be. They should make this a regular offer.

Not my favorite, but if you are looking for a ballsy amber beer, this would fit nicely.

Ricochet, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of snocntry
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

snocntry, May 30, 2012
Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.73/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a six pack of this at the local discount liquor store as I am a terrible sucker for seasonal beers. The people there highly recommended it, and being a fan of the Pyramid beers I figured I'd give it a shot.

A: The color of the beer was a nice full color for an amber ale, a little darker than what i expected. It left about a half inch of a tan colored head, that disappeared rather quickly, overall it looked quite inviting though.

S: With the smell, I couldn't really pick up much, definitely a few malt flavors though, and a little bit of alcohol, which I expected with an ABV of 6.1% on my bottle.

T: The taste is exactly what I would expect for an amber, except a little more full, the finish is somewhat bitter sweet with an interesting balance of hops. All in all a very flavorful beer.

M: The beer has a slight bite to it at first, and is carbonated a little more than what I prefer, but leaves the mouth with a smooth, almost creamy feeling.

D: This is a very good fall seasonal beer for the days where one can really feel that first tinge of coldness looming in the air, it is still very refreshing and would be perfect to enjoy at a late outdoor barbeque or football game.

pokesbeerdude, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of beerguy101
3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep cooper color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is malty and sweet. Robust malt flavor, slightly sweet malts. Very slight spicy hop flavor. Nicely balance. Great taste, smooth. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is malty, slightly bitter.

beerguy101, Sep 16, 2003
Photo of Jhickcox
3.64/5  rDev +12.7%

Jhickcox, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of flexabull
3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a faint head.

Aromas are of tea, malts, yeast and bread.

Taste follows the aromas, tea like, malty, yeasty and a bit spicy. Taste a bit different than other ambers I have tried. The spiciness is bolder and somewhat interesting.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Well carbonated.

Pretty nice, and easy drinking. Not going to wow you, but it's tasty, and easily could be a nice session beer.

flexabull, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of czechsaaz
3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is lots of light crystal with just a hint of hops. I also get a light fruity fermentation aroma that comes off as cherries and plums.

Light off-white head that fades WAY quick to nothing. There is rising carbonation all over the glass but nothing that adds foam to the glass. Color is spot on and really clear but the total lack of head is a bit off.

Nice malt forward start. I get caramel and a touch of roast malt and a little honey malt maybe. Then there's bittering hop oil to balance it out but not a lot of hop flavor. Some yeasty flavors of biscuits and some fruity esters too.

Medium to full bodied. That carbonation level is pretty good (which makes the lack of head a mystery. I tried a different clean glass and a more violent pour on another bottle and had the same.)

Pretty decent amber ale. Flavor wise it's kind of a session beer but at 6% a little strong for a session.

Post review editing: I think I'm the voice of dissent (again) on this one. Lots of people don't like it but then I don't think they're looking for an amber. This isn't a great beer but it's a lot better than a c-type rating.

czechsaaz, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of ojiikun
3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

ojiikun, Sep 24, 2007
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.

tempest, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of pezoids
3.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours like a cloudy ice tea. Amber orange in color with a small but creamy head. Sweet fruity aroma of tangy cherries, apricots along with something similar to corn syrup and sweet buttery malts. The flavor is unique with a bittersweet texture of roasted nuts. Papery body with some solvent like flavors detected. The finish is dry and makes me think of salt and pepper. Light, fruity, nutty and flavorful. An interesting beer.

pezoids, Feb 06, 2004
Photo of andrenaline
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

andrenaline, May 22, 2010
Photo of JaredGolia
3.52/5  rDev +9%

JaredGolia, Sep 15, 2014
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.

Brenden, Apr 21, 2009
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.

Reidrover, Aug 28, 2003
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Broken Rake Amber Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
75 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.