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Broken Rake Amber Ale - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

Broken Rake Amber AleBroken Rake Amber Ale

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87 Ratings

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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 14.06%

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 biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -4.7%
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
Photo of BeerAdvocate


3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 00:24:52 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 00:49:32 | More by andrenaline
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +23.4%
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
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.28/5  rDev +2.5%
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
Photo of Brenden


3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
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
Photo of Haybeerman


3.4/5  rDev +6.2%
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
Photo of Voonder

Alberta (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev +0.9%
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
Photo of wheatyweiss


2.28/5  rDev -28.8%
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
Photo of htomsirveaux


3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
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
Photo of tronester


2.88/5  rDev -10%
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
Photo of DoubleJ


3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's autumn in January as I get to a beer I've had in my fridge for some time. On to the beer:

Hazy amber color with a tint of orange coloring. the head rose well, but doesn't retain itself well. Sweet in the nose...almost marzen-like....not much else. Taste...well, it's very malty in flavor. It tastes almost like an oktoberfestbieer. Sweet and caramely upfront, bready notes echoe in the aftertaste A bit more carbonation than I would like, but it cancels out some of the sweetness from this beer. Faint hop bitterness. Dark bread towards the end of the sip. the aftertaste leaves some bready note. A solid seasonal offering from Pyramid.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 03:55:34 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of beveritt


3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 21:16:37 | More by beveritt
Photo of Redwood21


3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: don't joke with me here, this is a decent beer but the head is disastrous and non existent the color is a nice amber color but that is just not enough.

S: also non existent but it tries and does not smell bad, just not good, its indifferent

T: not bad, not great great intro right? there is an amber taste to it. there is a slight malt character but nothing to crazy

this is an ok beer, its nothing amazing and the style is adequately represented

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2008 05:26:55 | More by Redwood21
Photo of jasonjlewis


3.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 00:30:56 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 04:55:32 | More by daliandragon
Photo of Pegasus


3.45/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2008 03:23:38 | More by Pegasus
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Alberta (Canada)

3.2/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2008 04:08:48 | More by elricorico
Photo of popery


2.4/5  rDev -25%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 06:28:43 | More by popery
Photo of czechsaaz


3.6/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 07:31:19 | More by czechsaaz
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2.73/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 02:47:43 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of CoolJosh


3.13/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A Reddish Amber red with some orange coloring. Pours a half finger very light yellow head that completely diminishes to nothing. Fairly very carbonated.

S Apricot, Caramel, metallic scent. Nothing special here. Smells flat, although this beer is very carbonated in appearance as noted above.

T Onset some nutmeg spices, really carbonated mouthfeel, and a slightly hoppy finish with no malt balance, not well flavored. To amend on that, not really good flavoring of those that are prevelant.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 07:04:18 | More by CoolJosh
Photo of Graham5161986

British Columbia (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 05:54:10 | More by Graham5161986
Photo of Psilo707


2.48/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 23:32:12 | More by Psilo707
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Broken Rake Amber Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
75 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.