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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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90 Ratings

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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 14.6%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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 TheLongBeachBum


2.68/5  rDev -16.8%

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!

12-23-2003 04:57:02 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Photo of RoyalT


3.48/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

11-08-2003 01:51:33 | More by RoyalT
Photo of goindownsouth


3.18/5  rDev -1.2%

Another intriguing brew from Pyramid. This was on-tap at one of my favorite haunts, and it offered an amber-red color right off the get go. The head was omnipresent, even in its lacy form towards the very end. This brew offers a good bit of sweetness, in fact, more than I expected. Not bad overall.

Zum wohl!

10-23-2003 16:35:05 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of mikeys01


3.93/5  rDev +22%

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.

10-22-2003 04:39:41 | More by mikeys01
Photo of alexgash


3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

10-10-2003 17:26:05 | More by alexgash
Photo of clvand0


2.45/5  rDev -23.9%

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.

10-09-2003 14:48:40 | More by clvand0
Photo of francisweizen


3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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...


10-06-2003 22:45:26 | More by francisweizen
Photo of Fabric8r


3.95/5  rDev +22.7%

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.

09-26-2003 22:37:37 | More by Fabric8r
Photo of Brent


2.53/5  rDev -21.4%

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.

09-18-2003 13:40:00 | More by Brent
Photo of beerguy101


3.68/5  rDev +14.3%

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.

09-16-2003 00:15:53 | More by beerguy101
Photo of elmocoso


2.65/5  rDev -17.7%

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.

09-07-2003 18:21:15 | More by elmocoso
Photo of hoppygirl

New York

3.3/5  rDev +2.5%

Auburn color is inviting. Nose is caramel and smoky, which tells me this is going to be a malty ale. I am not surprised by the taste-malty, with almost a smoky Belgian-style finish. The mouthfeel is big and robust-nothing whimpy. The hops peak in on the finish, although not enough for me. Solid and approachable, this beer is easy to drink.

09-05-2003 19:56:07 | More by hoppygirl
Photo of Reidrover


3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

08-28-2003 03:47:03 | More by Reidrover
Photo of Gusler


3.33/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

11-14-2002 17:14:58 | More by Gusler
Photo of EagleTalon


3.45/5  rDev +7.1%

This is a nice cool weather beer. it has a sweetish alcoholic flavor mixed with caramel malt notes. The head dissappears quickly. It is not a hoppy beer. It is balanced with Hallertauer hops to give it a German ale character. If you found Snow Cap to be too bitter and hoppy for you last winter, Broken Rake makes a nice substitute. Stock up on this one now becuase it is available in the fall only.

08-23-2002 07:03:59 | More by EagleTalon
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Broken Rake Amber Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
75 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.