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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: 552
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 20
Gots: 39 | 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 SuperSpy
4.08/5  rDev +10%

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.

SuperSpy, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%

12oz. bottle at The Onion in Houston.

Hazy, deep gold color. Medium size, off-white head. Good lacing through end.

Aroma hard to get as beer is pretty cold. Maybe rye, maybe my imagination. Some fruit, very light, maybe peach?

Nicely bitter. Some caramel and biscuity flavors. Small touch of rye. Very little sweet in this beer.

Medium in body and carbonation. A bit drying.

Overall, quite nice. Good flavor. I could drink a few of these.

, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%

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.

IntriqKen, Nov 18, 2006
Photo of pweis909
4.08/5  rDev +10%

Picked this up as part of an assorted 6-pack at the HEB grocery store when I was visiting Austin. This is the first time I've had a brew with rye. I found it to add a pleasant complexity to the malt, maybe you would call it spicy or tangy? Additionally, mildly sweet malt flavor apparent, some hoppy aroma and bitterness that was a nice complement. My favorite of the Real Ale Brewery assorted 6-pack.

pweis909, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of AlesRTasty
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%

A - Amber, slight tan head with good retention
S - Slightly malty, toasty biscuit aroma
T - wow, this is a lot hoppier than I expected, quite delicious. good amount of citrus flavor that does not linger on the tongue
M - very crisp, carbonated and refreshing
D - this could become one of my new favorites. I just hope that it continues to be available in my area.

AlesRTasty, Nov 02, 2006
Photo of irishtimepiece
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%

Clear orange with a creamy off white head that settles to a cap and laces surprisingly well. Spicy rye aroma is excellent with some hops in there as well, but is pretty faint. Not much else there. Taste is interesting. Citrusy hops are present, but are second to the rye malt. Quite bready at points. Slightly sour tinge. Fairly balanced overall, very pleasant. Fullbodied mouthfeel with good carbonation. An extremely drinkable beer. I can drink these all day.

irishtimepiece, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

AustinBeerLvr, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of mynie
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

mynie, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of KeithPatton
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

KeithPatton, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of ppoitras
4.53/5  rDev +22.1%

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.

ppoitras, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of teg8612
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

teg8612, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of russpowell
4.83/5  rDev +30.2%

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!

russpowell, May 31, 2006
Photo of jwff
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%

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.

jwff, May 24, 2006
Photo of acrawf6
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

acrawf6, Apr 21, 2006
Photo of Crosling
3.45/5  rDev -7%

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....

Crosling, Mar 30, 2006
Photo of cheers2beers
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%

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.


cheers2beers, Mar 08, 2006
Photo of VoodooBrew
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%

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.

VoodooBrew, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of kdog630
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

kdog630, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of pentathlete
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

pentathlete, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of assurbanipaul
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

assurbanipaul, Nov 30, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

GCBrewingCo, Nov 26, 2005
Photo of beerdiablo
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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.

beerdiablo, Oct 26, 2005
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%

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!

Photo of texashammer
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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.

texashammer, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of dungaree
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%

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.

dungaree, Aug 19, 2005
Full Moon Pale Rye Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 552 ratings.