Broken Rake Amber Ale - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 92
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 12.38%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.24/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (1,609 characters)

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. (710 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, with an autumal scene mixed with pyramids,

A: Pours a dark amber, with a pretty weak white head, which dissipates quite fast.

S: Smell is quite good, a full smell of caramel, toasted malt, and sugar.

T: Sugary sweet taste on the front, which leads to a drying, grassy bitterness. Not a bad taste, but overall is pretty weak.

M: Light, a little tart actually dry, not enough carbonation in this style I believe, the pop of the top is really light.

D: A fair amber, but there are much better ones out there, Pyramid is sort of a hit or miss brewery for me, their offerings are either really good or mediocre. Worth a shot, as I have never seen it down here before. (682 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (642 characters)

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. (361 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean/clear amber color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy off-white head, some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, and lots of caramel. The taste is malty/caramel. The finish is slightly bitter/dry. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad Amber, but would not buy again. (277 characters)

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 (580 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.94/5  rDev +22%
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 (641 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (521 characters)

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. (437 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.3/5  rDev +33.1%
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. (958 characters)

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. (841 characters)

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. (974 characters)

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

This autumn amber seasonal from Pyramid was a nice enough amber colour with a white head. The aromas were heavily malty and spicy. The taste was uncomplex and this stuff tasted like a watered down O-Fest to me...The mouthfeel was thin and watery but the drinkability was OK. This wasnt that bad, but they make some much better beers...

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.65/5  rDev -18%
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! (2,060 characters)

Photo of popery
2.42/5  rDev -25.1%
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. (674 characters)

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. (321 characters)

Photo of alexgash
3.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think I bought this because I liked the fall leaves on the label. Pours an orangish amber with a small off-white, quickly dissipating head. I want more head. Smells very malty, a little sweet, and a hint of hop backing. Taste is big cookie malts, a little toasty. Finish is moderately bitter, and the alcohol is not hidden very well. Mediocre fall beer, but again, I like the leaves. (385 characters)

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. (1,109 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (1,006 characters)

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. (427 characters)

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. (566 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
2.72/5  rDev -15.8%
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? (393 characters)

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. (416 characters)

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. (429 characters)

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Broken Rake Amber Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
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