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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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Ratings: 572
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 20
Gots: 49 | FT: 1
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Real Ale Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-12-2001

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to thickerfreakness for this one.

A - Brownish copper with a tan head and a bit of lacing.

S - Bready with butterscotch, lemon zest, a slight mustiness and a bit of spicy rye.

T - Spicy rye bread notes with biscuit, caramel and a touch of citrus hops.

M - Medium body with low carbonation creating a thicker moutfeel and a less refreshing quality than in most pales.

D - A little too sweet and spicy without any hops for my taste.

Photo of ATPete
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle received in a trade.

A- Pours a nice rusty, copper, amber color. It sports a small, patchy white head with some lacing. Hazy with some slowly rising carbonation.

S- A well balanced nose of toasty rye, hops and malts.

T/M- This beers got some very nice body to it. The smokey malts and rye character are definitely upfront. The fresh hops used and a bright citrus note pokes through mid-palate. The nutty/rye/malt after taste is very good and inviting. Other notes im getting are subtle chocolate, and orange rinds. The carbonation level is perfect...

D- leaving this one incredibly drinkable! i need more!, i cant find this here in NJ so this ones going on to my wants list right after im done with this review. A very well done brew, i recommend if you like a moderately hopped pale ale with great body...and if you can find it

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

A : Pours a hazy copper color with a small amount of head

S : The aroma is very nice with a good amount of rye and a tad bit of hops

T : Lots of rye followed by a little bit of hop bitterness

M : Light bodied with a crispness to it

D : Really good and drinkable. Definitely worth having again.

Photo of aerozeppl
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JonathanL7890 for the opportunity to try this.

A: Dark and cloudy copper color. Minimal amount of white head that settled around the rim of the glass.

S: Smells like rye no doubt. Nice spiciness to it. Slight mustiness in the back.

T: Starts off with a weird sweetness than I cannot put my finger on. After that the carbonation takes over and it it a feel and the flavors play second fiddle. Then right into a burst of rye. Reminds me of being in a Jewish bakery. Finishes with something else I cannot put my finger on. Really nice.

M: Solid medium body. Carbonation is dead on.

D: Have not had many rye beers before but I think I should. Definitely different but in a good way. If I had this available locally I would definitely grab a sixer every once in a while.

Photo of Avryle
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazy copper color with a thick, light-tan head

S- Cinnamon and ginger. Not really getting the rye, just spiciness

T- There's the rye! Very heavy on the rye where it hits you up front and follows through to the finish when it lingers with a light, pine-y hop bitterness. There is a tanginess in the body as well that I can't quite identify.

M- Medium bodied. Light on the carbonation.

D- Rye is such an intense flavor on its own, that I'd only be okay drinking one, maybe two, of these before needing to move on.

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

A-Hazy, amber with a ridiculous light tan head that just would not go away. I am not sure if it is always like that or I was just "lucky"! Took away from app. since I had to wait so damn long to drink it!

S-Spicy notes with an odd fruitiness that I simply could not put my finger on. A bit of dry maltiness, with hops about nil, or is that fruitiness the hops? Not a "bad" aroma...just odd. I give it a slighty above average simply for the interest factor.

T-Somewhat sweet flavour that is taken over with that odd fruitiness. I am not really sure what that is! Slightly astringent from the rye malt. Not bad overall.

M-Medium-light with a clean, crisp finish. Fairly smooth with no rough edges.

D-An interesting beer....nothing bad about it but nothing great. That odd fruity saroma and tsate have me puzzled though. I cant say I will be clamoring for more of this but I wont distain from drinking the other bottles I have.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a deep ruby color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is of spicy rye, caramel, and grapefruit hiding underneath. The taste is spicy, then malty, then the hops kick in for a bit, then it turns spicy again in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with perfectly moderate carbonation, and a silky texture. Overall, this is a great pale ale. I really wish this were available in my area. If it were it would find itself in my fridge often. What a wonderful session beer!

Photo of HopDerek
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to thickerfreakness for including this in our trade.

Pours a clear rich amber color with thin off-white head, average retention, little lacing. Smells of lemon rind, butterscotch, bread, and floral hops. Taste has some rye bread notes to it mixed with a solid caramel flavor, finishes only mildly bitter from a combination of cut grass and citrus peel. Medium in body and low in carbonation, smooth and sweet, but a bit unbalanced, needs more bitterness, somewhat syrupy. Fairly easy to drink and low in abv, but is a little weak compared to other rye ales.

Photo of nickss
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with about a 2 finger eggshell-colored head. Despite the myriad of bubbles streaming from the bottom, the head subsides rather quickly to form a 1/2" cap. Lots of lacing.... not too shabby.

The aroma is of rye, lemon rind, hay, and a certain musty maltiness. Not very hoppy in the nose, but not bad, either.

This beer is certainly more about the rye than it is about the hops. More well balanced than I had hoped, and by this I mean that I wish it had a bit more hop profile. Nevertheless, all in all a fairly tasty beer.

This is the aspect of the beer that shines in my opinion. The carbonation is subdued, and it is the perfect thickness to make this one a true quaffer. Drinkability is through the roof.

All in all... a well conceived brew.

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 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 WeisGuy
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to JDV for throwing this in as an extra in our recent trade.

a - pours a cloudy burnt orange color, one-inch ivory head with little retention or lacing

s - nicely balanced though subtle, piney hops mix in nicely with the fruitiness from the rye malt, hints of alcohol

t - like the nose, well balanced between a good amount of piney hops and the nice backbone of rye malt, some apple, not much alcohol, some graininess lingers on the finish

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, somewhat dry on the finish

d - quite drinkable because of the balance and the moderate alcohol presence

Very nice beer overall...perhaps a decent session beer. Nicely balance though nothing really jumps out or is overly interesting. Well worth a try.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap 4/24 @ Ginger Man Austin

Classic IPA pour-tight, soapy, bready head with copper clear body

Smells like a sweet grapefruit out of the tap. Mellows with warmth. Almost perfect for an APA but needs a supporting cast.

Grapefruit is all over the place in this one. It's great but that's about all I'm getting-it's sheerly dominant. Malt profile emerges with warmth. ISO more soapy, floral hop bitterness. Some slate comes about with warmth, as does some earthy, grassy but slightly floral hops. Very good.

Cleaner than normal-grapefruit pith aftertaste with malty earth tones. A little disjointed but interesting.

This has a lot of elements that work well individually but whole is not greater than sum of parts. This leaves me enjoying the effort but a little confused. Still, in Bill Parcells terms, "ya shopped for the groceries. Now cook the dinner."

Photo of wcudwight
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to wolfman17 for the beer.
Color is a mixture of orange/amber and gold. Flighty head struggles to form and then gives up. The lace hangs around awhile longer and then also leaves.
Aroma of butterscotch, faint hops and a bit of rye.
The flavor has much more caramel malt taste than I was expecting. The hops give more of an herbal earthy flavor than the typical piney/citrus flavors of the style. The rye adds a nice bit of spiciness. Especially in the finish.
Mouthfeel is light to medium. Pretty typical APA mouthfeel.
Nice drinkable beer.
I love rye beers mixed with lot's of hops. Terrapin's Rye Pale Ale and Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye. This is not in the same class as those but is still a good beer.

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of BigJTrucker
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this brew in a trade with "Turbine2475"

Pours a deep hazy orange brown color, white head settles fairly quickly to a thin foam. Lots of thick lacing. I get a heavy bready aroma, with some fruity notes, raisins, apricots maybe. Taste is lightly rye, would be nice if it was a bit heavier, but still okay. A nice dose of hop bitterness and malted rye on the finish. Mouthfeel is very moist, but fairly thin for a rye beer. Slightly grainy texture. A very nice rye beer, not my favorite of the style, but i would easily enjoy more of this.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of JonathanL7890
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's about time I got around to reviewing this beer. This has been one of my "go to" beers for awhile.

Had on tap at the Real Ale Brewery.

Pours a dark amber with a medium head and nice lacing.

Nice hop aroma. Not as good as some pale ales but respectable.

Taste is very clean, the rye gives it a bit of a sharp finish that combines with the hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is on par with at 5.2

Drinkability -- Great ! I drink the hell out of this --

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

Bought this as part of a sampler pack from Real Ale. I really wasn't sure what to expect as this is only the second rye beer i've tried.

Pours a nice amber color with a small white head.

Smell is not overwhelming with a small hop prescense and a faint malt background.

Taste is surprisingly good with just enough rye malt in the back to make it distinctive as opposed to other pale ales.

Drinkability is very good. I could easily drink several of these in one sitting.

I must say i was pleasantly surprised by this beer, another impressive offering from the guys at Real Ale. Glad to see they're thinking outside the box.

Photo of jkanavel
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

if the head were a little more developed, this beer, and I know this sounds crazy, is on par with Dogfish head 60 minute IPA. I know thats pretty much heresy, but I'm sticking to my guns on this one. Gone are the days when I'd shell out 10 bucks for a sixer of DFH. This one is local, and it costs me 3 dollars less.

A really rewarding offering from one of the better breweries in Texas.

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 ballewblake
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a tulip for maximum smelliness.

Pours a dark amber with a one finger white head that doesn't last long. Nice white ring around the glass with a puffy cloud in the center of the pale ale while it goes down, lite lacing on the glass.
Smell is nice and hoppy, but not too strong, just right for a pale ale. Taste is slightly flat on the carbonation, really smooth and lite against the tongue. A good session brew.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks go to turbine2475 for this bottle. Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber with a small head, but what's there sticks around. Smells fruity with grape, cherry, and plum plus a bit of spicy grain. The rye is noticeable, it's got some of the same aromas as a decent body of rye whiskey. The taste is a bit softer, and the fruit has been greatly diminished. It is soft and lightly spicy with some characteristic rye graininess. I'd like to see a sharper rye profile, with more spice and fruit, but it is pleasant enough. Mouthfeel is also soft and a tiny bit sweet with malt. Fairly nice and pretty refreshing. I like rye beers and I'm glad to try this one.

Photo of nrbw23
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice rich amber color with very little head and no lacing at all.

S- Well, bready and rye for one and a little hops.

T- Kind of biscuity and could taste the rye for sure on this one. A good taste that is very different from other pale ales.

M- Low carbonation and I think maybe a litte dry.

D- Very drinkable beer, well balanced and goes down nice.

Thanks to JonathanL7890 for this one!!!

Photo of kcillini77
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up in Austin.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Haven't had a lot of rye pale ales. The rye seems to give an edge to this pale ale that is a little unusual, but I'm liking it. Kind of hard to describe, but all in all a damn good beer. Would be quite sessionable if I had more available to me.

Hats off to Real Ale for this one.

Full Moon Pale Rye Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 572 ratings.