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Broken Rake Amber Ale - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Broken Rake Amber AleBroken Rake Amber Ale

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92 Ratings

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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 14.55%
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.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 92 | Reviews: 75
Photo of Voonder
3.26/5  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.

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.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.32/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of tronester
2.91/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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.

Photo of beveritt
3.29/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of Redwood21
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
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

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.12/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of daliandragon
3.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of Pegasus
3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of elricorico
3.23/5  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.

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.

Photo of czechsaaz
3.61/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.69/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Photo of CoolJosh
3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of Graham5161986
2.79/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of Psilo707
2.55/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

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.

Photo of Soneast
2.59/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a perfectly clear brown and a nice froth of off-white foam.

Aroma is very weak, and rather boring. Just some sweet malt and sugary honey. Not getting much hop aroma.

A fairly pedestrian brown/amber. It's malt forward, with some nutty caramel and sweet tea. Hops are there, i guess...but it's just so sweet and unbalanced. Got some hops in there, but it's jsut for bitterness, not getting any good flavorful hop aroma or florals.

Light mouthfeel, but a bit sticky in the finish. Overall a pretty uninteresting and generic brew.

Photo of Spikester
3.88/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Photo of IronDjinn
2.71/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Photo of HardTarget
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear brown amber glass holds a solid head but doesn't lace.

S: Earthy, a bit a British hops and malt sweetness gives the package a "fallen leaves" autumn smell.

T: Fairly sweet, a bit worty (under attenuated) for my tastes. The earthy hops go floral and have a full flavor but little bittering.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, nothing special or wrong here.

D: Not my cup of tea, but a solid amber that I wouldn't turn my nose up at. If you like ambers, this is worth a try.

Photo of elniko
2.88/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of Slynger
1.99/5  rDev -38.4%
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.

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