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Broken Rake Amber Ale - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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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: 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 Slynger
1.98/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Slightly hazed orangey amber with an off-white lid.

It's lightly toasted with the barest hint of sweetness, but mostly some tangy-tartness that is not enjoyable. A moderate amount of musty-spicy, earthen like hops help just a bit.

Really un-enjoyable. Will not try again.

Slynger, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of BGsWo22
2/5  rDev -38.1%

BGsWo22, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of wheatyweiss
2.28/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

wheatyweiss, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of popery
2.4/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An amber ale with a good malt flavor and an unfortunate tinny undertone. The beer pours an alright color for an amber. The head puffs up quickly but dissipates very quickly. The smell is sweet with malt, but a tinny note rears its ugly head. The flavor is similar with an overly sweet maltiness. Hops are present in flavor and taste but rather anemic ultimately, and the sweet malt drowns them out largely for the tongue. The feel is better than it was for Pyramid's Apricot Ale, my only other stab at Pyramid that I wrote notes for. The carbonation is still not quite right, but it's not bad either. It's fairly drinkable and would be even more so if not for the tinniness.

popery, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of clvand0
2.45/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Strange name, so I had to try it. Came in a 12oz bottle. Pours a light amber color with very little head and no lacing on the glass. The aroma is grassy, grainy - mostly earthy scents. The flavor is much the same as the aroma. Very earthy with grains being the most prominent taste. There was something weird about the taste/mouthfeel that I really didn't like. I almost want to say it was sour, but that's not a good description - don't know how to classify it, but I didn't like it much. The drinkability is just alright.

clvand0, Oct 09, 2003
Photo of Psilo707
2.48/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Very solid amber look to it. Lacing is pretty decent on the sides as well. Thick head.

S: Smells like oranges! Deep scent of fruits and tangyness.

T: Eck. What? Really? How can it be this bad when none of the other aspects showed signs? The taste is pungent and overly... sour tangy. I don't like it at all.

M: Decent, at best. The taste distracts from the mouthfeel though.

Drinkability: Crap.

Overall: Would not buy again. Probably my least favorite brew from Pyramid. I am somewhat depressed that I have to finish the rest of this 6 pack before buying anything else.

Psilo707, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of livingregret
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%
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!!

livingregret, Aug 22, 2007
Photo of Brent
2.53/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Brent, Sep 18, 2003
Photo of Soneast
2.63/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear coppery color. 2 fingers of off white head which dissipates quickly leaving a thin sudsy layer. Minor lacing.

Smells like a malt beverage.

Tastes of roasted malts maybe a little bit of toffee in there. Watery finish, unpleasant sweet/malty after taste. Medium-low carbonation.

Pretty mediocre Amber ale. Kinda feels like you're drinking a high class malt liquor, which isn't exactly good.

Soneast, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of elmocoso
2.65/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of my least favorite of the line up. I might be biased, because of the lack of hop profile. Anyway:

It was a tarnished ruby color with no head or collar. Moderate carbonation and little nose. There was a good malt taste which went over well, but not much in the way of hops to balance it out.

The mouthfeel was average and the allover drinkability was too. Not a bad drinker, but not as exciting as it could have been.

elmocoso, Sep 07, 2003
Photo of IronDjinn
2.68/5  rDev -17%
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.

IronDjinn, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.68/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: A 12 fluid ounce brown glass bottle that was picked up for a $1 from a recent trip to my local Beer Store, it was on "clear out" from a broken 6-Pack, so figured it was worth a try. A colorful looking label shows a pair of Pyramids set against a dark blue night sky. The neck label states that this is a Fall Seasonal. The main label lists the beer as a 6.4% Amber Ale. Had a Screw Top that I prized off with a Bottle opener.

Appearance: A dark copper colored body, very clear, but filled with a rampant activity from the dissolved carbonation when first poured, which in turn helped to form a large tan colored head. This head quickly disappeared to a very thin broken covering, which together with the fact that there was no lacing resulted in a rather poor eventual appearance.

Nose: A bit like a malty Nut Brown with some caramel thrown in for good measure. It also has a somewhat disconcerting aroma that is off-putting, I can’t quite put my finger on that but it’s not nice that’s for sure.

Taste: A malty brew, toasted with some biscuit aspects. Light middle with a somewhat cloying caramel feel at the death. The ending also has a little metallic aspect to it. Rather strange.

Mouthfeel: A sweet stickiness develops after a few mouthfuls. Other than that this is a rather thin brew. The ending is very cloying as you reach the last third of the bottle.

Drinkability: Having a 12 ouncer is always great news when you have an average beer that you want to Review but not get stuck with, if you know what I mean. I now know why there was a broken Six-Pack of this in the Beer Store, not many could probably face another one of these perhaps.

Overall: Not that impressed with this one to be honest. Very, very average.

The label says “…Broken Rake is a robust malty beer worthy of putting off the chores. Besides the leaves are happy just where they are.”

Yeah right. Well I live on the 11th Floor next to the Beach where there are no Trees or Leaves, and if you’ll excuse me I need to go and do my Ironing now!

TheLongBeachBum, Dec 23, 2003
Photo of allengarvin
2.68/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A mostly clear brown-colored beer, with unfortunately little head on top. Aroma is malty, not unpleasant, with a slight toasted edge. Rather sweet taste lacking any character... this tastes like kit homebrew made on someone's first attempt, with no particular hop presence, no good malt, and an odd sour tang.

Bleagh, absolutely the worst Pyramid beer I've ever had. What were they thinking?

allengarvin, Oct 02, 2008
Photo of Graham5161986
2.73/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a nice amber-red with a sizeable, bubbly, off-white head that dissipates to almost nothing and doesn;t leave much in terms of lacing. the smell is of sweet, citrusy caramel malts with a touch of breadiness and some grassy hops in the background as well. Taste is of crisp, bready grains with a good amount of that Belgian sugary fruit sweetness on the finish. I do detect a some metallic notes and I can see why others have noted a bit of a soapy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied and very crisp, decent carbonation and a bit of an oily finish that leaves my palate feeling a bit weird (soapy perhaps???). Overall, an interesting ale that has some decent flavours up front, but in the end, just seems to miss the mark. I don't think I would buy this beer again. Oh well, simply a below-par brew form an otherwise quality brewery.

Graham5161986, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.73/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 11/2/2008 (bottle):

Pours a clearish light brown body, very active bubbles on the side of the glass. Lowish whitish head but quickly diminishing. Malty nutty aroma, with some fresh smells like hay. Some fruitiness too, like strawberries or something. Malty taste, that same hay-like smell. Some light berry fruitiness, maybe fig. Average mouthfeel, not too thin, a little fizzy on the tongue. Eh, not my style.

jujubeast6000, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of canucklehead
2.8/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is a malty amber beer that has a fatal flaw to enjoying more than one; the soapy aftertaste. I can handle the real lack of strong flavours ( there is malt and a nice caramel midbody ) but the soapy mouthfeel on the finish is very apparent once you notice it. Too bad because this could be a decent fall session beer.

canucklehead, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of tronester
2.88/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

tronester, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of soper2000
2.9/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

soper2000, Apr 12, 2004
Photo of germaniac
2.9/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a little darker than standard amber, brown hues mixing into the clear reddish shine. Smells malty and nutty, with a hint of caramel. Taste is pretty much all malts, sweet and cloying, leaning again towards caramel.Thin and unappealing as a fall seasonal. Finishes a little too harshly to be that drinkable.

germaniac, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of elniko
2.9/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Deep rich amber coloring, head minimal. Carbonation apparent. Average looking brew.

S: Mostly alcohol on the nose, a little maltiness there as well. Not the best smelling brew.

T & M: Hmm..a strange brew. Mouthfeel is just a little too carbonated, slightly overwhelms. Taste is solid, decent balance of malt with hops.

D: Drinkable, but definitely not in the top of best Ambers that I've had. I would not seek out again.

elniko, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of DOCRW
3/5  rDev -7.1%

DOCRW, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of mechanicalprints
3/5  rDev -7.1%

mechanicalprints, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Stoffel
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Stoffel, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Rando23
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Rando23, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -7.1%

ejimhof, Sep 07, 2013
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Broken Rake Amber Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
75 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.