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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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307 Reviews
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Reviews: 307
Hads: 583
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 17.87%
Wants: 20
Gots: 72 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company visit their website
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 Sammy
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a hazy amber color and a somewhat modest head that retains well and provides good lacing

Smell: Modest fruity aroma

Taste: Starts out fruity, with a stone fruit and orange/lemon citrus apsect; after the swallow, the sour rye elements appear and lead to a nice bitter and sour finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Nice balance between the fruitiness and the bitter/sour flavors; refreshing

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A worthwhile attempt at borrowing English cask ale characteristics, but then they put it in a bottle. The beer pours with an orange, rust colored hue, significant haze, and a dainty, creamy head formation that lasted the session, leaving lacing behind. Aromas are a strong balance of sweet, biscuity, caramel malts and pine, citrus, floral hops. Flavors begin to favor the malts, allowing complimentary, spicy, grainy notes of rye to surface at mid-palate. The hop flavor also gains intensity late giving a round, complex bitterness to balance the rye. Estery with peaches, pears, apricots, mangos, and apples.Full textured to begin, but the body is cut nicely by the dryness of the hops and spicy graininess of the rye to make the beer quite refreshing and drinkable.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a deep hazy brown color ale with a big foamy head with good retention but no lacing. Aroma of rye malt with some light bitter hops also noticeable. Taste is a mix between some bitter hops with loads of rye malt which provide some complexity to a usually less complex refreshing style. Body is quite full for the style with some great carbonation.

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Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy amber in color, nearly opaque. The head holds up pretty well, lasting until halfway through the glass.

Aroma: Bready with earthy rye, citrusy hops and turbinado sugar.

Taste & mouthfeel: Caramel and rye bread, a bit on the sweet side for the style. Apricots, orange peel and earthy hops come out in the finish.

Notes: I found it slightly odd that a brewery called Real Ale Brewing Company would produce a non-bottle conditioned beer, but this is good stuff either way.

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Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle graciously shared by BA malcontent...

A 12oz. sample poured into a pint glass, big frothy foam that remained for the duration of the glass. A slightly hazed amber in color, it smelled lightly spicy and sweet with rye malt. Didn't get much hops in the nose.

Rye adds a nice degree of complexity to this ale, alternately malty and spicy, with a mild herbal hop note in there. Caramel with a decent degree of smoothness, it could use a touch more carbonation. A couple of these would be no problem in a session.

Tasted right after the Pale Ale, and this one was the winner in my mind.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blurry apricot with butter rum borders. The beer is crowned by a chunk of tight-bubbled foam that is the color of orange-brown sugar mousse. The cap is more firm than creamy, but still looks wonderful and is no slouch when it comes to decorating the glass.

The nose is more balanced than anticipated. It smells like caramel malt was used, although the brewery will only cop to 'malted rye and barley'. Unfortunately, the rye isn't exactly jumping out of the glass. Nor are the hops.

I love rye beer. Especially rye beer that is chock full of hops, like Founders Red's Rye. Full Moon Pale Rye is only modestly rye-like and could use a few more shovelfuls of little green cones. Don't get me wrong, it's good beer, it's just that it's a letdown compared to my probably unrealistically high expectations.

The malt backbone is *just* big enough for the ABV and tastes toasted and caramel-like. Again, there's a hint of spicy rye, though I probably couldn't have identified that grain if blinded. The Willamette and Cascade hops are responsible for an earthy fruitiness that favors bitter orange, along with a few shavings of white grapefruit rind. This beer is begging to be bigger.

There isn't much wrong with the mouthfeel. It feels roughly equivalent to an APA, which is pretty much what this is. The gentle feel of the carbonation gives it something of a cask vibe and makes drinking a breeze.

Since Real Ale probably sells this stuff as quickly as they can brew it, it's doubtful that they have any interest in an internet 'suggestion box'. I'm going to give my two cents anyway. They need to crank up the rye malt, crank up the hop load and change the hop bill to Centennial and Chinook. Now *that* would be a rye beer worth celebrating.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with golden highlights. It had a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of grassy hops and sweet caramel malt. There was a touch of rye aroma, too.

T - The rye comes through much stronger in flavor than in aroma. Sweet caramel malt is balanced out by some grassy hops.

M - It was crisp, sharp and had good bite on the tongue. A medium bodied ale that finished quite dry.

D - This is a nice rye pale ale. It's my first beer from Real Ale and I really enjoyed it. Looking for more from this brewery.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired this 12oz bottle in an extra from a very nice Austin, TX trader. Served right out of the fridge and poured into a Sam Adams fluted pint glass.

A - This one was poured in rather hard to try and get some liveliness going in it, which seemed to work, as the pour itself was very cloudy and hazy, with a very nice three finger high head of white colored foam on the top. Excellent retention on this one as well, as the head hung around for a good few minutes before finally settling down to just a thin layer of lace across the top, maybe a quarter of an inch thick that stayed with it until the very end. Nice side glass presentation as well, though it faded a bit towards the finish. There was definitely some carbonation streaming up as well throughout the glass. The color was a very ruddy and hazy looking light brownish amber. Really hard to see through it, though it was rather light. Overall not a bad look for a rye ale.

S - The aroma was practically non-existent, which to be honest was a bit of a shock to me. I had thought from the initial appearance of this one that it would have had a robust aroma to go along with the look, but alas, it did not, rather it was kinda dull with just the faintest of smells, until I let it warm up a bit to see if I could bring out some more of the subtleties in it. The first thing I noticed in regards to the aroma was the rye malt, they must have used crates of it in here, as it pretty much blocked everything else from coming through. I am a big fan of rye beers, but the aroma here seemed a little off to me. A very slight bit of hoppiness then ensued as well, very slight with just a floral citrus like aroma coming off of it; however, the rye malt slammed all over this. Some light hints of grain, maybe a touch of banana, but overall just a touch light for me.

T - Next up, I decided to take a quick taste of this one to see what might come of it. Now I was in an odd situation here, as I was very pleased with the appearance, but the aroma really left me looking elsewhere, so it is about time to settle this one up. I was kind of disappointed in it to be completely honest. I was hoping it would come through and show me a rather nice pale ale, however it was just plain watered down. Everything about it to me seemed to be too thin and watery. The rye malts were there, but muted, there was a very slight bit of orange hoppiness to it, but again, it was muted. There was some light grains, which actually came though rather nice in the finish, but the whole thing was just watery and disappointing overall.

M - Way too watery. It was actually somewhat full on just a weighted scale, I mean it was not a light bodied pale, there was definitely some substance to it, and the problem was that it was just way too watery on the flavors, which was very disappointing. The finish as well was hampered by this as there was really just nothing big to cap it with and the whole thing just ran away from itself far too much.

D - I mean I guess it was an okay session ale in way; I just really did not care for it. It was low in ABV and light enough in profile to be easily thrown down, but there was just something lacking about it.

Overall, I cannot say this was a complete disaster, as it was not; it was just maybe a bad batch? It reminded me a lot of some of the local brews we have around here, they taste like they are slippery or watered down and it really makes the taste suffer because of it. Oh well, I have a couple others from them, and I will see how they hold up.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Robert for sending me this one in a trade.

A: The pour is a clear, dark amber color with a thin white head and sticky lacing.

S: The nose offers up plenty of spicy rye along with sweet malt. Unfortunately, not very much in terms of hop aroma.

T: The rye and sweet malts seem to be a bit more in balance on the palate. There are also some fruity and sweet hop flavors to the beer.

M: The body is medium with a low to moderate carbonation.

D: An interesting beer and I liked what the rye added to it, but I would have preferred a bit more hoppiness to it.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, dark amber body with a small, though sustained off-white head.

Smell: Lightly toasted pale malts with a little kick of rye grain present. Light fruit notes of citrus and stone fruits.

Taste: Lightly sweet pale maltiness. Ah, and the same apricot fruit esters I picked up in their Rio Blanco. The spicy, grainy rye component enters into the picture right about the same time as some similarly spicy, citrusy hops. Medium-low bitterness. Finishes appropriately dry and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Just a tad watery.

Drinkability: A simple, straight-forward beer, but it's decent.

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Photo of oline73
2.74/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a small layer of off white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Slightly sweet malt. Some mild fruit notes. Kind of boring.

Taste: More interesting than the smell. Malt up front with some rye spice that carries into the finish. There is a slight hop bitterness that shows up for the second half of the sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish. A bit on the flat side.

Overall: Underwhelmed by this one. Nothing too impressive going on. I wouldn't want another.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for this one.

Pours a light creamy 1/2 finger head that fades at a medium pace over hazy nectar orange colored beer.

Nose is interesting, some fruits really come out with tangerine pear and some light tropical fruits, plenty of rye bringing more fruity rye but a bit spicy as well, light grassy and touch of tropical hops, and some light golden malts under it all.

Taste starts juicy and fruity as well, some light tangerine and other interesting fruits, plenty of rye as well but mostly the fruity rye and bit spicy as well, light toasty malts and reddish malt flavors, and light pale grassy hops, and a very slight metallic taste thanks to the rye. Finishes a bit bitter, almost turning astringent but not quite, with some dry and plenty of rye lingering.

Mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Drink is decent, no real booze, no real off flavors, the rye gets a bit heavy at times but never too much, a bit metallic but also not much.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from hojuwestlake, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of hops, rye and spice with some notes of citrus & caramel.

T: The taste is well-balanced, bready and hoppy with complimentary flavors of spice, citrus and caramel. The malt character is very hearty as I’ve come to expect from any beer with the word “rye” in its name. The after-taste is bready and sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good representation of style, I could drink a few of these, it’s a good beer to stick with for a while if it doesn’t get you too full first.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle served into a kitchen glass. Reviewed as a pale rye ale because it identifies as such in its name. Review is truncated as I wasn't in an ideal environment. Reviewed from notes.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a three finger wide head of white colour. Fluffy complexion. Above average thickness and creaminess. Scattered lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average (about 3-4 minutes).

Body colour is a quasitransparrent copper of above average vibrance. Translucent. Supple.

Sm: Nice floral and herbal hop character with a bit of pine in there too. Spicy rye. Pale malts. Some caramalt. Has a nice balance of aromatic malts and hops. A pleasant aroma of mild strength.

T: Pale malts and a dash of rye comprise the bulk fo the body. Floral hops dominate the hop profile with a hint of piney character. Nicely balanced, if simple. No complexity here, but maybe a bit of subtlety with the rye. A bit too bitter. Somewhat soapy - this may have spent too long in primary fermentation. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

Mf: Soft, smooth, and wet. Slightly overcarbonated. Not oily. Decent thickness and body.

Dr: Drinkable but far from great. A pretty average pale ale from Real Ale at a fair price point. I doubt I'd get it again. Pretty unremarkable overall. I'd like to see a bit more rye in the grain bill.


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

Pours a foggy amber with a thin creme head. Nose is very malty, grain-like, and "red" like an amber. Flavor carries a sturdy, fairly robust rye tone. Not a lot of complexity, but it's consistent and works well. Feel is smooth on liquid and the carbonation bites at the tongue. A nice rye.

Thanks to ballewblake for giving me a taste of this one a ways back and thanks again to jasonjlewis for reading my mind and throwing this as an extra that I wanted to try a full bottle of this in order to experience the full ride.

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Photo of russpowell
4.8/5  rDev +28%
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!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: a cloudy, reddish color, beneath a large, fluming, creamy, off-white head.
Aroma: soft and subtle, grainy, cerealy, faint whiffs of fruit, citrus, spice.
Invigorating flavor! A unique, unusual approach upon the palate...sweet, fruity, smotth and rounded, with a full, lush mouthfeel.
Medium bodied, bright and tasty, with a lasting citric/ orange flavor.
A very tasty brew, one that delighted my tastebuds every inch down.
thanks to kbub6f

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Photo of jwc215
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to armock for this!

Pours hazed copper with an off-white foamy head that thins and stays. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is bready with citric notes, a touch of caramel and a suggestion of mint. Mild, but pleasant enough.

The taste is of mild citric bitterness, slight bready notes and a caramel backbone that grows. A nice minty, dry finish adds enough to the flavor to give it the higher of two scores I was between. Overall - pretty mild, but nice.

The body is on the lighter side of medium-bodied with ample (though not aggressive) carbonation.

A nice easy-drinking beer that is mild, but pleasant. Though this is enjoyable, and I do like the rye touch (and it does say on the label that it is a "touch" so wasn't expecting for much rye to begin with), I preferred the Rio Blanco Pale from this brewery a bit more. Still, on its own its worth checking out if you can get it, for an easy drinking, balanced brew.

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Photo of mothman
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass. Pours ½ finger of khaki head. Decent retention. Color is an orange copper amber.

Aroma: Earthy and pine hops. Bready, caramel malts. A light amount of citrus.

Taste: The rye sticks out here more and brings some spice flavors with it. Floral hops, some bready malts with a caramel touch.

Mouthfeel: Bitter with some dry spice. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with malts.

Overall, a decent rye pale ale, but I still like Summits better. Still, it is somewhat drinkable. Not as hoppy as I would like it to be. Decent drinkability.

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Photo of stakem
2.91/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Standard 12oz bottle poured into a pint. The brew appears a clear copper with a yellowish tan froth across the top. A full wall of patchy lace sticks to the glass. When held to the light, it shows yellow around the edges and more deep orange through the body.

The aroma is light and mineral-filled. Some toasty grain sweetness couples with some mild fruity hop scent. Overall the aromatics here are quite muted but it maintains a fruited essence that I find to be quite similar to other brews that utilize rye.

The taste unfortunately carries the minerals along with a minor herbal hops inclusion. Mild fruity alcohol esters mix with some toasty grain sweetness. The taste is not horrible but it is plain, simple and forgetable.

Thia is a medium body brew with a light amount of carbonation. It is easy drinking but the mineral inclusion i could do without if i was going to have it again.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of billab914
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Freetail pint glass. It poured amber/orange in color with a thin white head scattered across the top of the beer. The head was thin but remained for a while and also left some moderate lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows the bready and slightly spicy rye flavor pretty prominently. Some lemony citrus is present as well and helps smooth it out. Pretty appealing aroma to it overall.

The taste also showcases that bready, spicy rye flavors throughout the beer. Like the nose, a bit of a lemony citrus comes through along with a moderate hop bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Drinkability is pretty good, I enjoyed the beer a lot. Rye is one of my favorite beer additions so I may enjoy it more then most though. I thought it showcased the rye nicely and had some nice complimentary flavors as well. Pretty solid beer overall.

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Full Moon Pale Rye Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 307 ratings.