1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Full Moon Pale Rye Ale - Real Ale Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Full Moon Pale Rye AleFull Moon Pale Rye Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

576 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 576
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 13.24%
Wants: 20
Gots: 53 | 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.

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (42) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 576 | Reviews: 309
Photo of lawman834
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Slightly hazy, Golden Brown. Nice Lacing.
S-Citrus, mostly grapefruit.
T-Bitter and hoppy. A little grapefruit. Rye?
M-Kinda thick and Chewy.
D-Too bitter for me. Not very drinkable.

Overall-When I ordered this at the Alamo Brewhouse Theater in Houston TX (Great Place!), it was listed as Full Moon Rye Ale. They left out the Pale part. That would have clued me in on the fact it is basically an IPA, which thus far, I don't really like. I didn't really taste any Rye in this brew. Live and Learn.

Photo of hiikeeba
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another review from January I forgot to post. At the time, the brewery had just changed the labels and this was the last of the old labeled bottles. This is one of my favorite beers, so I'm sure I'm biased.

Appearance: Bronze-orange with red highlights. A slowly dissapating off-white head leaves a nice Belgian lace on the glass.

Aroma: Slightly malty with spicy hop accents.

Taste: Not an aggressively hopped beer. This lets the nutty rye come through. The hops start on the side of the tongue and finish on the top, a kind of subtle spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Full mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The slightly less aggressive hoppiness makes this one easy to drink. Easily my favorite of their line.

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

A long time local fave...

The pour is reddish amber, with a too-short lasting head. Not that much carbonation/bubbles, but I might have poured a bit a little too straight down as usual. Fresh out of the oven bread like aromas, with bit of an alcohol scent too.

Taste is definetly of rye, mild hop flavor, nectarines, and a touch of black pepper. Very unique taste from the dozens of pale ales on the shelves.

I'm glad Real Ale has finally become readily available here in deep South Texas. A mighty fine thirst quencher, and not too high on the alcohol, I usually go for two in a row.

Photo of shererjt
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy, reddish-copper color with a moderate, off-white head. Nice pale ale aroma; good hop nose and some spiciness with plenty of malt to balance. Body was medium. Hop flavor and bitterness were decent and there was an adequate amount of sweetness to round it out. I'd vote that it needed a bit more rye, but what's there was evident. Mouthfeel could have used some zing. Drinkability was solid.

A good effort. One of the very few commercial rye beers I've been able to locate. Nicely hopped as well.

Photo of malcontent
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Unfiltered appearance, reddish brown color with a super head.

Rich, sweet and bitter nose. Spicy followed by an odd bubblegum sweetness and hops dripping with butter. Really weird and almost like a hefeweizen with hops aged in oak barrels. Obviously that's not the case, just what it smells like.

Rye comes through right away backed by a gentle fruit sweetness (plums). Natural sugars are accompanied by and herbal kick and a building hop bitterness that isn't fully realized until the glass is nearly empty.

Mouthfeel has good thickness to it although I could go for a slightly crisper beer. Just a few more bubbles, please. Nevertheless, I really like this brew and could tear through...I mean, respectfully drink a few more and be quite happy.

Thanks to chadspivey for a winner here! Good brew.

Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of roblowther
4.63/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cloudy golden red with a undulating (extra point word) tan head. It looks like a pale ale should, in short. Aroma is sweet caramel malt and a surprisingly delicate hop note. The taste is crisp with the rye malt dominating. VERY refreshing, the sweetness of the malt balances the hops well. Tastes of rye bread and, well, rye bread. The hops come after the flavor as just a lingering note in your mouth. Seriously. This stuff rocks. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and light, adding to the refreshing nature of the beer. Its a good beer for those days when its just a bit too hot to sit in a biergarten but that doesn't stop you. The drinkability? Let's just say that the six pack didn't last long. :)

Photo of gpcollen1
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rusty brown with hints of red into my Carlsberg Imp Pint, head rises an inch or so slowly settling to a nice 1/8 inch throughout. Aromas hold the sweet air of rye accompanying the light roast sweetness and hops.

Taste is lovely with a light roasted flavor everpresent rye. Dominant hops hits midsip and ushers in a bitter dry finish, almost overpowering the sweet roasted flavors. This one is realy nice, just maybe a bit too hoppy/bitter for my tastes.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of ttu94
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Interesting beer. Not what I would call a true pale ale but maybe thats the rye. Looks nice and dark amber. Smells very nice. Not a great head but I messed up pouring it. A little hoppy to start but not overpowering. Finishes a with a little sweetness. All in all a very good beer. Enjoy.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

from mushroomcloud via secret bunny 2007

A - hazy light brown/dark orange, moderate carbonation and sediment, a half finger of white head fades to lace rather quickly

S - the initial aroma is a wel balanced bitter moderate hoppiness and rye malt sweetness, you can pick out the rye and distinguish it from regular malts, its distinctive grainy aroma is balancing and inviting

T - the taste is quite different, the rye seems to accentuate the hoppy bitterness into a near hop bomb, at least a hop blam, the bitterness is quite surprising, the rye adds another flavor level to an already quality brew

M&D - medium bodied, with a nice hop kick and bite, not hugely smooth, but an enjoyable beer with near IPA levels of IBU's, not a session brew, a bit to bitter to have in succession, but still a mighty tasty ale

Photo of goochpunch
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a copper amber with tons of swirling bubbles making their way to the fluffy off-white head that leaves tons of beautiful lacing. This is how an APA should look. Aroma is toasty malts, faint rye and a decent amount of herbal hops. Tastes of a malty pale ale yet the hops and bitter come through in the end giving some herbal and citrusy notes. Nice bitterness in the finish with some dryness. Rye mixes in with the hops in the finish and the tanginess lingers on in the mouth with the bitterness. Mouthfeel is nice and mellow with a moderate body. It could use a little more carbonation to pick up the flavors. Excellent drinkability. I could go through a 6 pack easily. This is just a solid beer all-around, but I can't help but say that this is a bit better on-tap, if you can find it.

Photo of BeerSox
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Clear deep amber with a hint of red. Almost no head that ends up as a razor thin cap.

Light malt aromas with a touch of piney hop aroma.

Toasty bread like malts lead off a citrusy bitter hop presence. A little bit of butter is in the middle. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish is filled with lingering grain and light bitterness.

This more what I would expect from an American Pale Ale, with its assertive hops and deep amber hue. However, I found their Rio Blanco Pale Ale a bit more drinkable. If you like hops, you will probably drift toward this one. Recommended.

Photo of Mickelswit
2.68/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Going in, I was expecting a beer with the flavors of hops and dry rye. This beer was somewhat surprising in having very little of either. There wasn't very much to smell in the nose, and the flavor seemed to be dominated by bittering hops with little to balance them. If there were flavoring hops, they didn't come across, and the trademark dry finish of rye was nowhere to be found. Nothing about it was terrible, but I would probably pass on this one next time around.

Photo of HoustonTX
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have always been a fan of this beer.

Pours a nice rustic copper color, with a small off-white head.
The aroma has a nice fresh piney hop profile, a touch of rye and earthy malt.

Upfront the beer produces a solid malt sweetness. This is followed soon after by some refreshing and strong piney hops. The back end of the beer has some nice earthy malt, and a thick layer of dry rye. Hops linger around as well.

This beer offers a good deal of flavor complexity for the style. However, it's hoppy enough to be considered an IPA. This will satisfy your malt, hop, and rye craving. All in all this is my favorite Real Ale beer, and an overall favorite.

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

Appearance: There was a pretty firm 1/4" head of small bubbles at first pour and this sticks around for at least a minute. The head fell to a ring around the edge of the glass and a thin wisp of film across the top of the beer that is most likely contributed by bubbles rising. The beer is somewhat cloudy, but you can see that there are some bubbles rising.

Aroma: The aroma is run by the hops, but there is a defined malt presence with a dry bready aroma that I am certain is from the Rye. As the beer warms up some, this Rye note is becoming more pronounced and is fooling my senses a bit into picking it up as a metallic aroma.

Taste: The flavor also has a significant amount of hops also, and this enhances the dry palate impression that I am getting from the Rye. There is a bit of oxidation to this beer also that makes the rye and bittering hops come across as somewhat papery. There is some fruitiness to this beer that reminds me of cherries and there is even a mild citrus fruit flavor here. The bittering doesn't rule the finish, but does add balance. There is a mild caramel and some toasty notes that are apparent late in the finish.

Opinion: This is a pretty tasty beer. I am afraid that this particular example may be beyond its prime age. I have had it in my refrigerator for the last 2 months, but it may have been past its prime when I got it. There is a "best before" notch on the label that I am pretty sure is on June, but there is no year. I have been pretty happy with Real Ale beers for the most part, so I will certainly try this beer again. Perhaps the next time I am at the brewery, they will have this one in the cooler. I would recommend it none-the-less.

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 Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Csims

Pours a cloudly golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice two finger off-white head which lasts a long time, nice sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is more malty than hoppy, slight citrus, and a touch of caramel. The taste follows the nose pretty much, malty, and slight hoppy with a touch of citrus and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice APA.

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

Review is from a 3 year old bottle. Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a deep amber, forming a light 1/4 inch head, that left very light lacing on the glass. The aroma is dominated by the hops, with not much else detectable. The taste is mostly hops, thick malt, and a slight citrus aftertaste. The mouthfeel is suprisingly heavy, reminding me of DFH 90 Minute IPA. Overall, a very interesting brew from Real Ale. I dont think I could drink too many at a time, but quite enjoyable. I think I like this one better than their Rio Blanco Pale Ale.

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

Before my visit to Austin, I didn't expect much out of the Texas brewing scene for some reason, but I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. This was the best Texas beer I had during my brief visit, and found this rye beer to be sweetly-hoppy, balanced with a good malt character (usually evident in rye beers I've found) and and an extremely light mouthfeel.

Color was a sparkling reddish amber with a finger of well-formed white head. Aroma was a (Cascade?) malty sweetness. Flavor was a gust of pineapple-ish notes up front with a rather malty finish. Malt feel was extremely light for an IPA or a rye beer, and was more akin to what you might get out of a heavier Czech lager (like a Pilsner Urquell or a Czechvar) rather than out of a rye beer. I could've had four of these things; this beer would be my own personal kryptonite if I lived in Austin.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a white wine glass at 45 degrees. Picked up in a trade with Csims - thanks!!

A - Pours a cloudy dark-caramel color with a small, but frothy, beige head. Mild carbonation.

S - Bready malt with mild hops in the background.

T - Biscuity malt fills my mouth, as they are met with subtle spices. Rye flavors are nice..toasty and dry-spiced. Very enjoyable.

M - Medium body with matching carbonation. Smooth, creamy finish.

D - Very enjoyable, makes for an excellent session beer. I get tired of the mildly- hopped/fruited pale ales after awhile...this raises the bar a little for other APAs.

Thanks to Csims for sharing this one!

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

Yellow with deep red hues. Suspended particles ranging from small to not-so-small. Moderate head.

Sharp hop smell, citric and mildly floral. This is matched by a deep malt sweetness, toffee and creamy. Smells like a toned down American IPA. Then there is a different sort of bitterness that I take to be the rye.

American hops in equal parts bitter and flavor, mostly citric. Rye bitterness is sharp and astringent. Beneath that there is malt, lightly sweet and sticky. The flavor is not as balanced as the aroma.

Very mild carbonation with moderate foamation. Smooth and creamy.

Interesting brew. Not my favorite - too bitter and not enough backbone malt. A stronger character malt could make this brew a great deal better. The cloudy particles are funny in that they hang perfectly suspended in the beer all the way through the end, there is no sediment. I don’t really mind them, occasionally I feel one in my mouth. Full Moon Pale Rye Ale is definitely not your run-of-the-mill pale-type-ale.

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

Thanks to Bentley for this brew.

A: Great looking beer. Pours a cloudy orangish toffee color with a fairly still body. The head is a sand tinted white, creamy but sparse across the top.

S: Yep, there's rye in this beer alright. Quite spicy with moments of orange, fresh dough and floral hops.

T: Begins doughy with strong caramel notes coursing through it. Spicy rye pops up next accompanied by some herbal hops. Doughy malts flair back up with a slight grain like character this time around. Finishes lightly bitter with dry mineral aspects.

M: Medium body with a hard mouthfeel with a touch of carbo sting.

D: The spicy rye is working really well with the horseradish cheddar chunk I'm gnawing on. Not your traditional pale ale but good none the less.

Photo of briman
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a medium copper color. Good clarity. Half inch off-white head, excellent retention. Lots of lacing.

Aroma is bready rye, caramel and citrus hops.

Flavor is bready and hoppy throughout with rye, & citrus notes. Dry, grainy finish with a moderate grapefruit hop bitterness which lingers into the aftertaste.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Teetering on the edge of having a slightly watery characteristic (though, I've never noticed this when I've had it on-tap). Good balance. Certainly sessionable.

Photo of SuperSpy
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark copper and crystal clear until I poured the yeast into the glass. A beautiful off-white head that dies down to a nice foam cap with lots of great lacing.

S - A balanced amount of piney, citrusy hops along with toasted malt aroma.

T - A toasted malt base with a wonderfully moderate citrusy hop flavor. The flavors are very well balanced but are all evident from beginning to end and into the aftertaste.

M - The medium body and moderate carbonation of this beer are really perfect for the flavors this brew brings to the pallete.

D - Open me a tab and keep them coming. I've found my beer for the night. The balance and subtlty of tastes lets your tounge relax and enjoy everything this beer has to offer without having to make an effort to search out each flavor.

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Full Moon Pale Rye Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 576 ratings.