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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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546 Ratings
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Ratings: 546
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 20
Gots: 34 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-12-2001)
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Photo of AustinBeerLvr


3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just bought a mix six pack, which has 2 of the Pale Rye Ales, 2 of the Brown Ales, and two of the Pale Ales. Poured this Pale Rye Ale first, as I have heard several things about it among beer enthusiasts here in Austin.

The beer pours a very nice interesting cloudy orange color that is clear. As it was poured, it had about a two inch head. As it was consumed, it leaves a very nice amount of lacing on the glass as well.

The smell of this beer is good, as there are absolutely no off scents at all. I would have scored it higher, except for the fact that there just isn't much there. Still, I found myself taking several deep sniffs of it to see if I could sense new armoas.

This is defentiely one of the maltiest pale ales I have ever had, as there really aren't much hops there. The funny thing is, the beer actually has kind of a sourness to it, which is usually not something I like in a beer. In this case however, it actually tastes like it fits right in with the beer. The only thing this brew is missing are some more hops to make it a little more balanced and interesting. The beer tastes pretty much the same through the whole sip, which isn't a bad thing, but it could use more hops to make things more interesting, especially considering the style. It's mouthfeel is about typical of a well brewed pale ale, not too heavy, but certainly not thin.

This is a fairly interesting pale ale that is defenitely worth trying. It's not my favorite pale ale, but it's still a very well brewed beer. Since it's brewed only 50 miles from where I live, it has the advantage of being nice and fresh. Also, its drinkability is high, as there really aren't any off-flavors nor is the beer too strong. If you are visiting (or live) in Central Texas, give this brew a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 02:34:14 | More by AustinBeerLvr
Photo of mynie


3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best by October of 2006.

Pours dark red with a big, but non-retentive, head. Lots of haze, tasty little bits floating inside it, and good lacing.

Smells very intensely of rye malt--very grainy and a little sour, like apple juice. That malt is nice, but there's almost nothing by way of hops. A bit of caramel also sneaks its way in, as it warms.

Tastes a little sweet, and very cidery. Big, big rye, but no hops. I've never before had a rye that wasn't heavily hopped, and so this is my first time fully coming to terms with the rye. While it's sweet and sour acidity is certainly complex and nice in its own way, I don't think I'll be drinking these too often.

An alright beer. Maybe if I ever find more ryes like it, I'll come back to it and try it again, to see how it compares.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2006 19:18:00 | More by mynie
Photo of KeithPatton


4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this one at JP Hops House in West Houston. I'm a Rye junky at heart. The beer was on tap, had a good tan head, the aroma was of malted barley and rye, with hops. The flavor profile was crisp, clean little if any real fruitiness, the rye and barley malt flavor came through nicely, offset by a nice hop character. The beer is a medium brown- red, medium body. This is the first one I ask for when I sit down. This is one of the few places I have found this brew in Houston.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2006 18:00:19 | More by KeithPatton
Photo of ppoitras


4.53/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from assurbanipaul as part of Too Much Beer (2MB) BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the really cloudy coppery amber brew. Head fades at a reasonable pace, with plentiful lacing. Aroma is pale grains, with a whiff of rye noted, and ample fruitiness. Taste is robust malt sweetness, balanced and more so by the fruity hops. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is superb. This one I could revisit all day.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2006 21:17:39 | More by ppoitras
Photo of teg8612


3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nice Amber color with a tannish head. Laces nice.

S-My nose tingles with the hops. Grapefruit notes.

T-Rye malt gives this a nice creamy spice flavor that balances out those hops. Cirtus notes with an earthy pine aftertaste. Milder than the smell suggested.

M-Medium body with moderate carbonation.

D-Very balanced. Spicier than other APA's with mellower hops. Very nice change but the Rye seems to scare some people off this brew as it isn't very common. More like a Bitter but a very nice interpratation though.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2006 21:45:09 | More by teg8612
Photo of russpowell


4.83/5  rDev +30.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2006 04:23:34 | More by russpowell
Photo of jwff


4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap tonight at the Flying Saucer featured as the fire sale beer (2.50 pint). Reddish amber with ample white head. Smell was kind of weak, hopefully it was just the atmosphere, but this wasn't a problem with my other beer tonight. I got faint hops with some mild fruit, and what is probably rye. This is my first rye beer OBTW. Taste is amazing. There is a lingering hop bitterness that just rides the palette and is in no way offensive. This is brought in with tart fruits that are in no way overpowering, but very balancing to the taste. Very drinkable with it's smooth but not too syrupy sweet mouthfeel. This is a solid drinker and I'm proud to say it's from Texas.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2006 04:02:28 | More by jwff
Photo of acrawf6


3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice orange amber with a nice slightly tan head. nice lacing.

Smell. A sharp hoppyness, if i had to guess, i would say it's cascade hops with a grapefruit aroma. is nice.

Taste. Hops are very mild, lots of balance, the rye plays quite a factor, imho. Hops are just slightly citrusy, more earthy, slightly pine. not bitter at all.

Mouthfeel. Little less carbonation than usual Great balance, medium body.

Overall, a pretty good beer, i love the balance... i just i wasnt in a hoppy mood right now- i think i would appreciate this one more. But with the rye and balance, i would have guessed this one was more of an esb rather than apa, but thats not really a big deal.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2006 02:20:08 | More by acrawf6
Photo of Crosling


3.45/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light Orange. Very similar to the standard Real Ale Pale Ale is the aroma, strong tropical fruits (tangerine, mango and peach) and a spicy hoppiness. Dry, husky malts provide notes of caramel. The tropical fruitiness continues into the taste with a finish of spicy, peppery hops. What an aroma....

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 02:14:45 | More by Crosling
Photo of cheers2beers


4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in Wiezen glass:

Appearance: This is my first rye beer and I can honestly say it was an exceptional beer in my opinion. This beer poured a bright amber/pumpkin color with a slightly off white head that maintained throughout the entire sitting. A decent amount of laceing was found along with vigorous beading inside this fine liquid.

Smell: The aromas are one of a kind,very expressive. High amounts of rye and wheaty, hoppy zest! Sweet earthy malts followed by enriched herbal notes.

Taste: This beer is bitter and yet,crisp at the same time. Much like the nose the ryes and wheat breads seem to play the biggest roles. Subtle hops contribute to the bitterness. Seems to have an orange peel taste with just a touch of brown sugar. Very clean.

Mouthfeel: This beer seems to be thin overall,like I would image it to be. Slightly bubbley finish with a decent amount of carbonation throughout.

Drinkability: This is a great beer to drink from spring to fall. It would stand up to a wide variety of foods. It almost killed me to write this review ,because I really wanted to just turn this bottle up.


Serving type: bottle

03-08-2006 22:47:42 | More by cheers2beers
Photo of VoodooBrew

South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had previously reviewd a bottled version of this beer, and had suspected that there was a major flaw with my bottles that the brewers had not intended. Well let me say that I can safely put to rest any notion that Full Moon Pale Rye Ale is anything short of a magnificent beer.

Things are off to a superb start with the aroma, which is rich and malty. As a homebrewer, a smile immediately came to my face: this smells like a fresh hot mash! Malt is big in the flavor, with a nice dose of caramel. Rye imparts a sharpness to contrast the big round malt, as the hops appear mid-palate with a wave of bitterness. This easy, smooth drinker finishes with a caramel sweetness.

I would like to rescind my negative comments previously made about this beer. Pale Rye Ale is a real winner.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2006 01:02:16 | More by VoodooBrew
Photo of kdog630


3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a rich copper color with a prominent head. Hung around for a while and left a smattering of lace throughout the glass.

Hops break through the maltiness of the aroma. Not overpowering, but definitely welcome.

Excellent taste and mouthfeel. The rye imparts a smoothness that makes for a clean finish. Maltiness on the front of the tongue with just enough carbonation to fill the mouth with flavor. The hops come through at the end to really make this a drinkable beer. Will definitely get a six the next time I'm in the SA area.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2006 19:42:43 | More by kdog630
Photo of pentathlete


3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to assurbanipaul for the bottle. I've also had the pleasure of having this brew on tap at the Flying Saucer in Addison, TX.

Hazy dark yellow with a small light beige head and plenty of stickiness. Not much going on in the nose, plenty of clean water, touch of sweet malt (is it the rye?) but not much else. Taste begins smooth and malty, giving way to a carbonic bit that segues into a blend of sweetness and hops. Nice finish, flavorful but not overpowering. Mouthfeel is medium, body is light. This goes down way too easy. Session beer right here.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2005 02:38:45 | More by pentathlete
Photo of assurbanipaul


4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice rice amber color with a thick off-white head. Aroma is sweet and sour malts, some light citrus.

Taste is nicely malted, softer than a pale ale, not quite as hoppy. Has some faint soured wheat (rye?) flavors that blend very well. Bready and clean, very light citrus, no diacetyl at all. Finish is quite dry.

Mouthfeel is medium and easy to drink, definitely quaffable. If only this were available in my area, it would be a fridge staple. The world needs lots more rye beers.

Re: For those who gave lower scores and mention they might have received an old batch, I've also encountered this taste. After a while, it gets not only stale but soured like buttermilk. This is a wonderful beer but, like Brittany Spears, it will not age well at all.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2005 03:27:46 | More by assurbanipaul
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured hazy amber golden with an off-white and frothy head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was spicy rye with caramel and graham crackers. Also present was a pineapple fruity aroma and a light citrus.

The flavor was spicy light rye with a nice earthy hop presence. The hop bittering was light and citrusy with a bit of grassiness.

The finish was dry with lasting rye spice flavor into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the texture was creamy. A well done rye and a nice beer.

12 ounce bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2005 16:59:39 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of beerdiablo


4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A flagship brewer of Ales in Texas whose quality continues to rise.

This APA pours a nice, dark yellow/brown with a nice head and has a bit more of a bite due to the inclusion of the rye, which has set this beer apart.

The spice overtones make a nice accompaniment to chicken and dishes
with garlic.

In all, this does fine as session ale. I recommend alternating it with
a lighter tasting beer, such as their Fireman's #4 to provide contrast.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2005 01:27:27 | More by beerdiablo


4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange with some low-lying golden highlites. 1/4" off-white head has good retention. Some lacing.

Aroma of caramel balanced nicely with great orange peel hops. Smells fresh.

Nice rich caramel/toffee mingles with a delicious tangy hop flavor. The rye is hard for me to pick out because I have not had any other ryes. Doesn't matter because this is one hell of a good beer.

Full, round mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. The main points of this beer is how well balanced it is and how fresh it tastes.

Highly drinkable. These guys make some good beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 03:50:28 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
Photo of texashammer


4.5/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very attractive beer. Orange/amber color, slightly hazy, with a full creamy rocky head. The nose is lots of hops and spices. It is incredibly appetizing. When I sip, I get a zingy bite from the spicy, bitter hops. It is so good! Full body, smooth mouthfeel, appetizingly dry finish that leaves me wanting more. I could drink this forever.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2005 16:21:30 | More by texashammer
Photo of dungaree


4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2005 20:10:18 | More by dungaree
Photo of DarthMalt


3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"I wouldn't know a Rye grass if it hit me in the face."
Therefore, fellow BA, understand that--before you read my review--I don't know what in the Hell I'm talking about! But I know what I like.

Color, pour and head seem about the same as the other beers from this brewery--firmly above average. Aroma is definitely musty and must have something to do with that rye! Foretaste gives a definite, quenching twang on the tongue that might be the elusive flavor I am not cognizant of. Foretaste gives way to a snappy bittering-hop finish with echoes of Rueben sandwiches in the background….

That quenching rye thing is moderately addictive.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2005 07:06:12 | More by DarthMalt
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2005 23:03:53 | More by Sammy
Photo of allengarvin


4.53/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask-conditioned at Texas Craft Beer festival. Hazy amber color, very full and creamy head. Aroma is outstanding: peppery & citrusy, a wonderful blend of hops and rye malt. Flavor likewise is very good. Starts out lightly bitter with good rye flavor, not overwhelming like some ryes. A pleasant spicy pepperiness with just a touch of sweetness. Moderately fruity, more so than I've noticed in the bottle, and somewhat yeasty at the finish. Carbonation is moderately low, mouthfeel full.

The bottled version is alright but mostly ordinary. This cask-conditioned was incredibly good, with every flavor contributing equally and fully. The best beer of the festival!

Serving type: cask

05-19-2005 02:28:02 | More by allengarvin
Photo of goodbyeohio


3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

sits heavy in my goblet, a crimson-brown crown of bubbles and lacing. heavy thickness and suspended body stifles carbonation. beer generates a sweet nutty malt aroma like brown sugar and baked goods. inviting.

taste is tangy berry and heavy on the rye malt with light mouthfeel. ends with a bit of unpleasant adjunct sweetness intertwined with hops.. however it doesn't linger and repetitive steps quell this anomaly.

drinkable overall, flawed but enjoyable. not familiar with this brewery but this would give me enough hope to try further offerings from real ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2005 13:43:17 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of mgdeth


3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Hazy orangish amber color, with a huge pillowy head. Highly carbonated, possibly to the point of harboring a wild yeast. Too fizzy. The haze is probably to be expected.

Smell - Floral hops mix with a nice malt aroma. There is also a citrusy smell present.

Taste - Spicy malt flavor, presumably from the rye malt, is mixed with a good serving of hop bitterness. I also want to say that I detect a phenolic taste, but I'm not sure. Grainy flavor creeps in the aftertaste. There is a citrus taste in there as well.

Mouthfeel - Overall body is abot right for an ale of this size. Gritty, which is not all bad. My guess is that many drinkers would be turned off by the feel of this beer. I sort of like it.

Drinkability - While the beer is quite pleasingly flavorful, the taste does not seem to be very clean. The citrus aftertaste is not the greatest either.

Comments - I have mixed feelings about this beer. The rye malt really adds to the beer, and I would gladly quaff a few of these in a sitting. However, I think I may have gotten an old or slighlty flawed batch. Still, I think this beer should be tried by everyone.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2005 02:18:32 | More by mgdeth
Photo of Redrover


3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap while visiting Austin for business. This was by far the best choice they had and I was glad to see quite a few people quaffing it.

Served in a standard pint glass, the hazy dark copper with a small white head. Nice sheets of lacing.

The aroma was of soft pine and a grainy smell. The smell could be kicked up a bit.

The taste was solid. A little more citrus (grapefruit) than pine from the hops. I also got an orangey taste about 1/3rd through the beer. Seems well balanced with some definite grainy oat like tastes as well.

Nice low carbonation and very easy to drink. Could be a nice session beer. Well Done!

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2005 17:01:45 | More by Redrover
Full Moon Pale Rye Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.