Full Moon Pale Rye Ale - Real Ale Brewing Company

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Full Moon Pale Rye AleFull Moon Pale Rye Ale

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Ratings: 580
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 20
Gots: 63 | FT: 1
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-12-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.14/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours an attractive dark apricot body with a health off white head.

Aroma is sweet malts, grainy hops, and just a touch of rye. Faint and lighter than I would like.

Taste is off putting yet bland. Very sweet and unbalanced with damp grain flavors and a pineapple hoppy finish. I really don't get much rye character. The sweetness is almost cloying.

Drinkability is low, very low.

Not my kind of beer at all.

Photo of dill
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was my first 'rye beer' to try and I quite enjoyed the style. I don't have others to measure it against, but I thought this was a really well-balanced beer with a nice amount of bready rye flavor and aroma with a touch of sweetness. It was really easy to drink and I was surprised at how fast I drank it. I would like to try it as it warmed up a bit more.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange/iced team color with a white head. The aroma is rye with some earthy hops. The flavor is heavy on the rye with earthy hops, biscuit and caramel malt. The aftertaste is strong rye. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. A great showcase of what rye can bring to a beer.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by date 5/18/2009. Pours burnt orange with a nice two finger white head that stays around for a while. Smells both hop fruits and alot like bread. Taste is rather smooth with a slight malted sweet bread taste and a nice hop bite at the end. Mouthfeel is excellent. It might be a little heavy. Overall, I've never had another rye. That being said, I have a feeling this rye could have a little more "rye" to it.

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle consumed at Pedicab in San Antonio, TX.

Pours a slightly hazy amber-copper color with a one-finger off-white head. the head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of grainy caramel malts with mild amounts of rye and milder amounts of floral hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Somewhat dry caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of spicy rye. The rye definitely has more presence in the flavor profile than it did in the aroma. Midway through the sip very light hints of citrus hop flavors make an appearance before fading into a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall this was a middle-of-the-road rye beer for me. The rye was there but didn't pop and nothing else really stood out as above average. Worth a shot but not worth seeking out.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer pours the color of honey, a nice amber brown with a tan head that dissipates quickly.

Nose has a distinct rye characteristic that is a little yeasty and smells of slight baked bread.

Taste is of a typical pale ale with some rye flavors. Its not a heavy rye and its quickly eclipsed by some floral and apple flavors. There is a slight biscuit aftertaste combined with a subtle dryness.

This beer is just above average. Not one that I would turn away if offered but also not one I would buy again.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many, Many thanks to assurbanipaul for this brew.
Pours a medium foggy tea color in the glass with a nice small white head that melts to a ring of moderately sticky lacing.
Aroma is mostly toasted malt to me.
Flavor is a wonderful surprise of toasted malt followed with fresh citrus hops....all of it playing under the crisp, bready, spicy tones of Rye.
I love a rye beer and find them rarely.
This Rye Pale Ale is a great blend. The Rye is DEFINITELY there...you don't have to look for it. It leaves your palette clean and dry with just a touch of white pepper left on the tongue.
Good job on a wonderful brew.

Photo of mutterfudder
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from htomsirveaux. Much thanks William! Poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

A - copper color with some slight haze to it. The head pours rocky and quickly settles to bubbles around the sides of the glass.

S - An odd sweetness blends in with a bready malt nose. Is it apricot? Maybe caramel? Don't know. It's interesting and unexpected.

T - Much more balanced than the nose, but still an interesting little sweetness shows up in the finish. Rye bready boldness balanced well with the hops and the mild sweetness. Very good.

M / D - The mouthfeel is effervescent and fresh, with a nice hop aftertaste. Very drinkable in the sense of it's an easy drinking beer and not an overpowering flavor.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle > 16 oz. SA glass

Thanks to rick Sawyer and Team Sinister for this bottle.

Pours out a cloudy, red hued, amber color, big carbonation and a mild 1/2" tall crown that dissipated pretty quick.

The aroma is very nice with a spicey, pineapple and ginger with fresh wheat 'n grains in the malt, mellow strawberries rounds it off.

A semi-sweet wheat malt flavor quickly gives way to an abundant array of fruity, citrus hop flavor's like, pineapple, peaches,and strawberries. It's a clean, springwater current that eases the balance. The Rye gives a freshly cut wheat field effect and the malt brings in a sweet current. There is a slightly astringent, vodka-like effect in the heat right a the end.

Light bodied feel, crisp, clean with a decent smooth edge in the finish.

for the most part, I really enjoyed it.

Photo of Stigs
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, thanks to BA'er Exiled for another quality trade

served in a SA Perfect Pint glass

A - poured about a half inch of loose bubbly dark cream colored foam. the beer is hazy, light amber in color.

S - strong sweet malts, emphasizing on honeyed biscuits and lightly toasted nuts. just a kiss of light grassy hops at the end.

T - begins with a meld of sweet biscuity malt and honey, wet grassy hops, and light rye. turns a little soapy through the middle before hops take over at the end, bringing along some pine now through the finish.

M - light body with moderate playful carbonation. a little sticky and dry, finishes with lingering bitterness and rye spice.

D - grew on me after the first couple sips as the hops and rye took a little bit to take hold. decent balance, and ineteresting enough to have a few during whatever games you like to watch. thanks Jason!

Photo of Sammy
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Soapy and cream head, dirty blond main body. Soapy tasting. Thank you Joey Capps. Strong carbonation, promise of grapefruity hops aroma, turns out to be bitter but more powwdered malt sweet, some rye there, clove and pepper aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's cloudy (bottle conditioned) amber body reveals some orange-ish/golden highlights beneath a frothy head of off-white foam that's bouyed by the fine bubbles rising from beneath. The retention is quite good and it leaves some nice lace. The nose is distinctly rye-like with a floral character that compliments some mild, citrusy hops. It's unusual, but not off-putting. Malty aroma with citric hints. It's just lightly crisp in the mouth with a very fine, natural carbonation that softens to leave it silky smooth once warmed. The flavor is quite similar to the aroma with a distinct rye flavor dominating whatever other malt is there. Still, the rye is not over-done; nor is it as floral or citrusy as the nose suggests. It's well-balanced by a firm bitterness; and it finishes dry with a residual rye flavor that lingers nicely. Interesting and enjoyable.

Photo of ElGordo
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My boss brought a bottle of this back for me from his trip to SXSW. Pours a golden-amber color with almost no head, just a few creamy tan wisps. Aroma of mostly sweet caramel malt and some light fruity hops. Palate is smooth and well-balanced, a nice mixture of mellow malt and fruity hops that's rather agreeable. Body is a bit creamy, and considerably heavier than I would have expected. A well-constructed, serviceable beer that is (out of a sample size of four) the best beer I've had from the Republic of Texas.

Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Gingerman. Appears clear amber with thin lacing.

Certainly a departure from your everyday pale ale, I like that. There's the fruity juicy and peppery rye malt character along with balanced citrus hops and a slightly grassy finish. There's a random peanut butter and chocolate note in the back that adds a great complexity. I paired this with their knockwurst on a stick, and they made a great pair. I recommend this one for any sort of grilling.

Photo of mikey711
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Second time that I have had this beer and it was much better then the first time.

A: Amber color with a soapy looking head that did not retain well. No lacing either and minimal carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass

S: Mild lemon soapy hop note that is pleasant but not much too much else. Doesnt have much rye spice

T: Slightly grainy with a hint of caramel. THe hop flavor comes through fairly well

M: Very light, medium body. More carbonation would have helped

D: This is an excellent session beer. It lacks some of the big bold flavors, but is a nice change of pace and something I could drink all day

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got a bunch of Real Ale brews from Jeffers5000. Thanks man.

Pours a golden color with some red hues. Head turned into a film but had good lacing.

Aroma is again not much. But in this one I can smell the rye. I love rye beers.

Taste is pretty good. Better than the pale ale. But has a similar background taste. A decent rye character an bitterness.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. A little thick IMO

Overall better than the pale ale but still a little typical brew pub tasting.

Photo of russpowell
4.8/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BBD of 1 aug 06

Pours amber/orange with a tight 1.5" sand colored head. Very good lacing &good head retention

Nice biscuitty/rye pepperry spicy aromas compete for your nostril's attention

Taste: Big time toasty/peppery rye flavors up front, yum. Slight citrus hopsmack sneaks in on the corner of the tounge. Also a slight alcohol burn. Then a slight fruittyness sneaks in as well. Finishes peppery & quenching& crisp

Great balance, medium body & very good carbonation

This is a quaffer. I loved this stuff when I had it at the GABF in 04 on draft & this is very nice the bottle as well. Wish I could've found this somewhere else besides central market in san antonio, yummy! Easily one of the best rye beer's I've ever had!

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy orange amber with 1 1/2 fingers of firm off-white head. This peters down into a thin creamy layer that skims the surface, flareing up nicely, and leaving a solid cascade of lacing back that sticks. Floral and spicy hops punch up the front of the aroma, which is then quickly followed by soem light, grainy rye notes and thicker accents of bread and citrus, which combine to impart a sharp tang in the nose.

The same grainy rye character sticks out to me even more in the taste, along with that sticky and tangy medlee of toasted bready pale malts and citrus. Lucikly this is nicely balanced by a moderately bitter hop profile that helps end this with a satisfying dry and spicy finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a somewhat prickly feel that doesn't get too sharp, also possessing a creamier flow underneath.

This was nice. Just the right amount of rye here, which helped spice up an otherwise enjoyable Pale Ale. Good stuff.

Photo of bditty187
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy from the bottle conditioning, peachy-tawny hue with a slight gold highlight, I really like the color of this ale. The head was massive in size; uncontrollable actually, it reached three fingers in size, easily. It was off-white in color, rocky. It took many pours to get all the beer into the pint glass. After a long while the head rested to a modest cap. This cap remained the entire consumption. The subsequent lacing was spotty and it didn’t cling well. After some delay I got around to smelling this beer. I got whiffs of Cascade hops, citrus and pine aromas. It is lovely but not potent. The rye is noticeable too, hints of grain. There is some fruitiness, peaches and oranges. Lovely. I like the nose, it isn’t very talkative but I understand what it is saying. Inviting. The palate is charming but I am a sucker for rye and West Coast hops! Is there a better mix? No. Moving on. The rye influence is not huge but it is easily noticeable and quite tasty. I really like the spice it adds. The hopping is solid as well; there is a good amount of citrusy flavors and a trace hint of spruce. Acidic. This is the focal point of the beer and it lasts until the end. At the finish the malt became known and imparts caramel sweetness. The aftertaste is heavy on the rye and hops, pleasantly dry and bitter. As I got to the end of the beer I noticed it tasted much sweeter at room temperature, it reminded me of peach juice. I kind of liked this new characteristic. If I drink this again I will start the beer much warmer. Lesson learned. The body is a little fuller than medium, the carbonation is moderate and the mouthfeel is very pleasant, surprisingly filling in the mouth. I really enjoyed this beer; I would love to have six-packs of this around locally. I got a 12-ounce bottle via a trade. Thanks Morris729!

Photo of Bierschenker
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a « Stange »
A big thumbs up to HardTarget for bringing this over!

While pouring I was worried because I didn't see a head developing, but it was fine in the end. A thin but firm egg shell coloured cover. A cratered and snowed plateau.
The beer itself has a misty peach orange colour. It's warmer in the centre of the glass. A lot of carbonation is racing to the top.
The scent is very pleasant: moderately sweet, but still teasing. The aroma of a wheat field after a stormy rain shower combined with freshly cut peaches. And that fresh hop bitterness mostly uncommon to Belgian beers.
It tastes sweet and bitter. Grape like sweetness.
Mouthfeel is creamy.
The aftertaste gives a peach like sweetness and fresh hop bitterness.wet cookies with fruit and chocolate chips.

Texan liquid goodies.

Photo of dungaree
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pilsner glass from the tap at the Gingerman in Houston. Thin head with a light copper attractive appearance. Very satisfying from the first taste to last. The hops complemented the brew and were very well integrated into the taste so as to not be overpowering. Nice solid taste of malt and yeast too. Great mouthfeel. One of those beers that doesn't lose something by warming a bit on a hot night. Very pleased with my first experience of the Real Ale Brewery.

Photo of alleykatking
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle I got from ballewblake aka Blake. Thanks again for everything I got in the Secret Santa BIF...you went above and beyond!

A- Pours hazy copper amberish color. When held to the light there is some orange tint to it. Half finger light white head that dies down quickly. Light spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Pale caramel malts. nice rye smell that takes up most of the nose. Light alcohol smell. Light bitter hops as well in the tail end of the aroma.

T- This pale has malts come in play first. Pale malts come on with a good dashing of rye. Rye comes into play nicely and makes a good fit. Light earthy hopping in the back of the beer that mixes with the rye in this beer nicely as well.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little high I thought. Creamy in the mouth during the drink. Nice rye and light malt in palate and aftertaste during the beer itself.

D- Very drinkable. Would love to gather more of this. Nice rye style beer which I have grown fond of as a style itself. Makes me wish I could get it here in Indiana.

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured In: Wine Glass
Attained through a trade (Thanks Neil)

Appearance: Pours a burnt orange and amber color with a thin layer of head sitting on top. The first pour unleashed a strong wave of effervescence, although not much head was produced. The subsequent pours weren't as lively. Still, a steady, but thin stream of bubbles are climbing their way to the top. No lace is on the side of the wine glass.

Smell: The nose is surprisingly spicy, I'd have to assume from the rye malt. Underneath the rye malt rests cereal grains, and some herbal and citrus hops, though faint.

Taste: Spice from the rye malt and slightly sweet pale malt shines through up front. Some herbal hops including a grassy flavor as well as some orange peel citrus at the end of the tasting. Moderate level of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: After letting it sit for a bit and some of the carbonation died off, I'm left thinking it needs just a little bit more body. It's sitting on the medium to thin side. Otherwise, it's a smooth drinker.

Drinkability: An interesting beer, and my first one from Real Ale. I felt like the rye malts really came out in the nose and up front on the palate. This was a well balanced pale ale with a nice twist from the rye.

Photo of TAMU99
2.53/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reddish/light brown ale with a thin head. Taste is quite acidic with a bitter aftertaste. Perhaps covered by the hops, but the rye certainly doesn't make a strong appeance in the profile. There is a hint of rye in the stong hoppy smell.
This one a a little too bitter for more than one. Again, try the Brewhouse Brown from this brewery.

Photo of philipquarles
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz, Full Moon is a hazy light amber with a nice white foam cap that dissipates to a film. Decent lacing. Aroma of a nice malted barley body, along with just a hint of rye. Slight grassy/floral character. This is a good indicator of the taste--principally malty, with a decent amount of hop bitterness that doesn't come through as much. Again, very light rye at the end. A nicely done, well balanced beer over all.

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Full Moon Pale Rye Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
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