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Pietro Piegari - Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 45
Avg: 3.37
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: timbro81 on 09-22-2008

20 IBU
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Reviews: 35 | Hads: 45
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from davey, courtesy of the Local Goods 3 BIF so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

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

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character up front followed by some sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. The hops presence is mild but is strong enough to bring a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent mild beer that is worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of ZAP
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Muddied orange color..

S-Juicy oranges from the hops are the first impression...then some rustic, musty malt backing..

T-The rustic/musty maltiness is in front...lighter impression of juicy oranges...not a blend I experience too often...

M-Medium bodied...semi-dry finish...

D-An Ok amber ale...nothing spectacular and nothing horrible...probably wouldn't buy it again but if offered wouldn't pas it up.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Loud fizzy sound upon pouring, and the sound continued.
Malty, generally one dimensional aroma with a touch of hoppy grassiness in background.
Amber of orange with large off-white tan head. Quite clear.
Mild malt flavors with slight brunt _(or at least excessive toastiness), caramel (but not sweet), with bitterness showing late and lasting through an extended finish. Not a lot of hop flavors beyond the bittereness, but the finish isn't too bad. This warmed up nicely and when I added the yeast from the bottom of the bottle the fruity flavors increased.
Carbonation is soft and fine and mixes with a moderate light body.
All is all this is adequate. Drinks easily and lightly. I would accept this one if offerred.

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Photo of climax
3.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This one poured in the traditional choc fashion of hazy and dull. The color was amber, with some tan floaties in there. The head was mediocre, as was the retention.

The nose was a good balance of leafy greens and sweet caramel malt. Peat moss and some other unrecognizable spices rounded it out.

The same bit of smoked peat and spice were heavy on the pallet. The balance is still there, but distracted by the odd gamut of flavors. Apricot finish.

The body was medium, and the carbonation was very sharp. It had a smooth chalkiness to it that was pleasant and interesting.

Interesting, yet forgettable

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Photo of GeezLynn
2.98/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

My first Oklahoma beer after a big trade with coldmeat23. "Chapter 1, A Legacy Begins (off the label)" - seems like a good brew to start my tour with.

A: Cloudy red/orange shade with a large, frothy white head.

S: Mostly medium malts, with a little soggy cut grass smell.

T: Nice maltiness and a little dried fruit followed by an "off" flavor I can best describe as latex-like. More bitterness than typical for the style, which is a positive addition here.

M: Medium-bodied and fully carbonated.

Overall, I think this isn't too far from being a solid amber. Eliminate some of that "off" flavor and you'd have a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of BeerMark
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pietro Piegari from Krebs Brewing Co / Choc Brewing Co. pours a burnt amber color in my glass. Plenty of carbonation and leaves some lacing behind. Smells malty with some spiciness. Taste is quite good mixing the malts with some hops. This beer is a tasty representation of the American Amber style. Will pick some up from time to time.

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Photo of coldmeat23
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Served @ approx 40 degrees

it's a hazy, golden amber/brown colored liquid. A thin head of tannish colored foam forms and dissipates rapidly. It leaves some thin and wispy lacing.

Smells of caramel malts. Light toastiness. Mild toffee notes. Light traces of sweet, dark fruits.

Taste follows the nose. Toasted caramel malts. Light fruitiness. Very earthy. Light hop kiss on the finish.

Medium body with a light-to-medium level of carbonation. Smooth and mellow.

Very easy drinking. A good representation of the style from the boys down at Choc.

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Photo of CPeterson
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A -- A good pour yield a solid head that disappears rapidly and leaves light lacing. Copper / dirty blonde in color and a bit murky.

S -- Toasty caramel malts and slight toffee and fruits.

T -- Lightly toasted malt, nuts, light sweet tart fruit that fades into the background. Not mindblowing but pleasant.

M -- A little thin, consistent with many brewery's take on the style. A faint twinge of hop and a slight residual sweet.

D -- Very easy to drink, I could plow my way through quite a few of these. And as far as amber, I would say easily competitive if not more worth the money spent than other very popular ambers that some other breweries have built their reputation on. I'll pick it up again, although I wouldn't make it necessity.

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Photo of armock
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured an amber color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet caramel malt

T - Follows the nose with sweet caramel malt up front then some bitter hops come through

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

D - I like this beer quite a bit theres nothing super special about it but it has a good taste I think I could drink a few of these in a sitting worth checking out sometime

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear copper amber color. Poured <half finger white head that dissipated to a thin skim. Lacing washed down the side fo the glass.

S: Light caramel malt aroma with some light citrus

T: Slightly sweet roasted malts. Citrusy hops and a light bitterness to balance.

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Dry feel in the finish.

D: OK and goes down easy enough just not anything special.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of russpowell. Thanks Russ!

Just pulled out of the box, what, 15 minutes ago?

It pours a cloudy brownish orange colour with a 1 finger, 1/2 finger, small head of foam. It shrunk really fast but there's some decent lacing.

The smell has kind of a sweet bitter thing going on between the malt and hops with a bit of roastiness thrown in.

The taste has a light roasted malt to it but that's quickly overcome by some caramel malt sweetness and, oddly enough, a bit of a tartness that I wasn't expecting. It isn't overpowering by any means but I'm getting it and it's mostly in the finish and kind of ruins it for me. It has to be the character of the hops used(looking at their websire...Centennial) and I'd say the brewers should, perhaps, try others to get the brew closer in line with the style. Of course, that's my humble opinion.

Light bodied with a medium level of carbonation. No probs there.

Drinkability? Sadly, not very good. This just doesn't have the taste I expect from an Amber Ale and I'm pretty fussy when it comes to the style.

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Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Liquor World for a buck and change. The beer poured a slightly hazy red with a tall off-white head. This is a basic, but tasty and drinkable beer. It's clean and has a pleasant toffee and light chocolate orange. Oddly enough, the aroma reminds me of pizza crust. Still, this is a nice, basic lager. Worth a try if you're looking for a decent session beer.

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Photo of Docer
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle acquired from a trade.... nice to have something different over here in OR.

- Ever so slightly cloudy dark copper.. bit murky.. little to no head whatsoever... very light dusting of lacing in the glass.

- Sweet caramel malt, little bit of spice, pumpkin... overall kind of a malt and syrup..

- A smooth caramel malt, little bit of a zippy fresh zing.. slight zest... light carbonation makes it kind of a watery one..

- Little zingy and sour... ads to it's character which is lacking just a bit. Slight chewiness.... but not much.

- Super drinkable and light... hardly any carbonation makes it go down easy... but it is a basic amber, nothing really stands out.. and it isn't very complex overall. No hard feelings Choc!

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Photo of champ103
3.76/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy copper/orange color. A two finger white head forms. Spotty lace is left behind.
S: Grainy sweet malt. Lightly toasted. Not much else though.
T: Toasted caramel malt. Not overly sweet. Just enough floral hops for balance as the taste lingers. Very simple, but hits the spot.
M/D: A medium body that is well carbonated. Smooth and easy to drink. Something I can session.

This is a good beer. A no frills type that I really enjoy. Recommend.

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Photo of russpowell
3.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours caramel with a pinky of sand colored head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Toasty malt & not much else

T: Toasty malt, dryness & a touch of grainyness as this warms. Grainyness & dryness are the main features as this warms. Finishes dry & toasty, plus a touch watery

MF: Light/medium bodied, low carbonation

This drinks more like a mediocre American Brown, sorry Pete's Place, y'all missed the mark on this one. Either jack up the hops or malt or both!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.58/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clearish, dark amber body with a thin, wispy, white head.

Smell: Meager malt aroma with some light toasty hints to it, but then, oh dear, there are some slight sourish fruit hints as well. I'm getting too old for this.

Taste: Toasty malts with a mild sweetness washed down by a gulp of clean, clear tap water. This is followed by a disappointingly tart, light taste of apricot. Some citrusy hops and a light bitterness make a noble attempt to mask the off-flavors. Drying finish with a remaining tartness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: After finishing a dose of PP Amber, it's hard not to look as bummed out and downtrodden as the dude on the front label. I'm really starting to have some severe misgivings about this brewery.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a small off-white head that quickly dissipates. Smells of sweet fruits like cherries and apricots with some mild floral notes present. First sip is fresh and tasty but like other beers from Pete's Place there is just not enough flavor present. The flavor that is there is good....just not enough of it. It is clean and refreshing with a not so nice bitter finish.

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Photo of webbcreative
2.94/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Feb 22, 2009
Pours dark amber color, with an eggshell white head which didnt stick around for very long. smells kinda fruity, and metallic. Taste is also a bit metallic, which i have gotten before from this brewery. and kinda sour also lots of carbonation. overall not bad, just not that enjoyable to me.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 11 Jan 2009.

Poured in 0.4 L becker. One inch light brown quickly dissipating head. Highly carbonated. Faintly hazy copper color. Aroma is full of caramel, spiced rum. Tastes a bit like tea leaves and strawberries. Watery malt. Hint of strawberry jam in finish and aftertaste. Overall somewhat weak in flavor. Light body. Modest alcohol.

Sorry about that gford, I hadn't tried this before sending it out to you...

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Photo of gford217
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle courtesy of htomsirveaux poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy dark amber with a small whitish head that recedes to nothing quickly and leaves no lacing.

The aroma is sweet with caramel malts and some light fruits, especially apples. Slight toastiness in the nose but the sweetness is more prevalent.

The taste starts out with the same sweetness, fruit first and then giving way to a light caramel malt backbone. There is more of a toasted character than in the aroma. There is a hint of tartness to the finish, if ever so slight.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with lower carbonation than I was expecting.

This is a fair amber ale but nothing that stands out. The sourness of the finish is a little off-putting but it's not too bad overall.

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Photo of RodBurg
2.51/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Beertracker for this bottle. Pours a hazy amber color with little head.

Very light biscuit malt scent.

There are watered down flavors of caramel malt, biscuit, and citrus. Mouthfeel is weak and over-carbonated.

Didn't dig this one. Maybe its better when had fresh.

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Photo of skeetermoses
3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I liked this one, not a bad beer. I really enjoy the Choc beers, I really would like to try the Miners beers they offer. I tend to like the strong amber taste in a beer. This beer is fairly hoppy I do enjoy a good hoppy beer. Overall this is one I think that would make a good export.

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Photo of tronester
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brownish amber with a thin tan head. Smell is of toasted grain. Taste is very biscuity, malty with a hint of tart fruit. A nice earthy finish as well from the hops. Mouthfeel is rich, nice smooth carbonation. Quite drinkable, this is a nice, simple ale to relax with.

The first bottle of this I had tasted extremely tart and sour, so I was worried, but I guess I just got a bad bottle the first time around, as this one is quite nice.

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Photo of stephens101
3.76/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pete's has been putting out some tasty brews these days. While not quite as bold as some of the west and east coasters, there are still some quality, respectable brews coming out of Krebs lately.

A fizzy tan head grows and fades quickly leaving a thin layer of foam on top and no lacing. Light amber in color, this brew looks like a keeper, but that's not the part that counts. There's not a lot going on in the aroma department. I smell faint spice and distant malts and maybe even some caramel sweetness. The aromas are quite subtle, almost indiscernible.

Tastes malty and sweet. Very drinkable, with a certain almost creamy smoothness, but not overt. The spicy and sweet smells are also incorporated in the taste in the same subtle manner, which is not to say at all there is not taste to this brew. As with some of their other brews, I'm feeling a leaning toward some fruitiness, a fruitiness which is trying to break out, but not quite getting there.

I could most definitely have a few of these and be content, not wanting anything more.

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Photo of timbro81
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish caramel color with a nice head that is fast to fade away. Carbonation cannot be determined as the beer is a bit hazy due to the bottle conditioning. Smells of well balanced malts and citrus-type hops. Taste is hoppy up front with a hint of caramel malts that ends with a hit of the citrus hops from the nose. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp but perhaps a bit on the lighter side, not exactly a complaint. I often find Amber Ale to be neither one thing or another but Choc has pulled off a pleasant surprise. It is like they tweaked their Basement Batch by adding a bit more malt backbone, good.

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Pietro Piegari from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
78 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.