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Pipe Organ Pale Ale - Church Brew Works

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Pipe Organ Pale AlePipe Organ Pale Ale

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139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 15.05%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Church Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2001)
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Reviews by jameswaldo:
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jameswaldo

New York

1.73/5  rDev -45.8%

A good friend and neighbor brought this home from Pittsburgh, where his second visit to the Church found the fairly cozy sandwich pub had gone upscale and not pleasantly so.
Poured the 12 oz into a pint glass as is my wont, got very little head that disappeared quickly. No lacing. Nice color and haze, though.
Smells a bit like yeast, a bit like old hops, and somewhat like canned malt syrup.
Tastes like a poor imitation of a craft beer. Uncapping bottle gave very tiny psst, so with that too-quiet opening and dead head I thought brew would be undercarbonated, but thin fizzy tongue pins seemed carbonated plenty enough. Mouthfeel watery, hops aftertaste a larger hop component than it was before swallowing.
I still have a few bottles of this and found it becomes fairly drinkable when I mix it with a very hoppy homebrew I just bottled last week.

08-22-2010 16:09:48 | More by jameswaldo
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oberon

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev +0.3%

Poured a dull slight hazed lighter copper with a nice from the cask head,nothing really going on aroma wise really a light sweet biscuit-like aroma hints of leafy hop but very faint.With lack of a better word this ale even cask conditioned was bland lightly sweet and toasted with not much hop presence to be had a touch of citrus in the finish but you really have to stretch to get it.Not much here to write home about I was hoping for more of a hop presence and just more flavor over all.

07-03-2006 00:42:13 | More by oberon
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -6%

On-tap at the brewery.

Color is clear copperish in appearance with minimal head. Softly scented with some sweetness and citrus zest. Flavor is also subtle. Some hoppy notes here and there, maybe some peppery spice, some sweetness. Nothing to write home about. Dry finish with thin mouthfeel. Average in every sense of the word.

04-15-2006 21:45:42 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -29.5%

poured from a 12oz brown long neck bottle into a nonic glass.

Cloudy,copper color. Not much head,even tried a hard center pour with no luck, just a slight white ring of foam around the inside of the glass.A streak or two a lace on the sides of the glass.

Faint citrus,pine aromas,slight notes of a carmell/toffee. Bisquity and grassy seem most present. A weak aroma overall.

Weak,watery tastes,some sweet malt,slight citrus/pine a bit of bisquit.
A very Macro quality to the taste,a dissapiontment to me. Seemed i've had better beer than this from the Church Works.

Light mouthfeel,clean,a grainy feel. A beer for the "Masses?"
Not impressed at all with this beer,hope I get a better offering from The Chuch next time.

02-15-2007 03:32:47 | More by jcdiflorio
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

03-23-2013 17:23:26 | More by williamjbauer
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.73/5  rDev -14.4%

This beer pours a copper amber gold tone with a nice formed white head leaves nice even lacing, not bad. Toasted malts with hop pellets forms the aroma here the hop tone is eerily similar to straight cascade hop pellets smells like my first homebrew with a mild fruity edge thrown in there. The hops taste of once again the cascade hop pellets with a grainy sweetness lackluster all around. Light-medium in body mild carbonation drinks pretty smoothly. As for ordering this beer again I have to say that from now on it's a rule to stick with their specialties rather than their regulars.

03-28-2004 19:17:48 | More by WVbeergeek
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

2.93/5  rDev -8.2%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm copper colored clear body with a sudsy white head of foam that sticks to the glass as it disappears. There is a good carbonation of bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- This beer has a very clean smell with a light white plastic note and a faint green hop hint. Even as the beer warms the smell is a clean.

T- This beer has a soft soapy flavor that gives way to pale malt notes and a soft dry toast hint the comes through more as the beer warms. There is a mellow bitter hop finish with a soft plastic note that turns into more of a melon flavor.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizzy finish.

D- The odd plastic note increases as the beer warms and the bittering hops are the only real flavors that stand out in this beer. Not much depth to the hops or malt flavors to support it.

01-06-2009 23:12:44 | More by rhoadsrage
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3/5  rDev -6%

03-22-2013 19:22:46 | More by LXIXME
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -1.9%

Church Brew Works- Pipe Organ Pale Ale

Appearance- Golden orange brown with a small fizzy head.
Smell- Sweet toffee malt slight touch of clove and alcohol.
Taste- I detect clove and alcohol blended into a heavy caramel toffee malt.
Mouthfeel- Sweet throughout. Quite lifeless. Very sweet cloying aftertaste.

Overall- Bland. Not worth another try.

08-05-2007 22:15:54 | More by NJpadreFan
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HeyJim

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -6%

07-02-2013 18:27:10 | More by HeyJim
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ruffdawg

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

09-30-2012 16:43:53 | More by ruffdawg
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +8.2%

Shinitribe's bottle. More of a malt play, caramel malts with orange fruitiness. Middle mouthfeel, High carbonation. Goldings hops, but understated hops, this pale pales in what is the standard-bearer today. Not a bad beer though, but a training-wheels.

07-18-2007 03:30:37 | More by Sammy
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

01-20-2014 00:32:21 | More by WoodBrew
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rmolledo

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +23.2%

A: Dark reddish brown with a tine white head. small amount of lacing.

S: Nutty, Caramel, Malty, English Hop Aroma, Toffee. milk chocolate. Wonderful Aroma.

T: Very Nutty with caramel flavors. yeasty, biscuity, bready, toasty. lots of malt complexity. brown malt? taste chocolate milk for some reason... subtle english hop character towards the end and hop residue on lips.

MF: low/moderate carbonation. Smooth.

D: A very aromatic and flavorful beer. I enjoyed it.

09-04-2010 01:24:20 | More by rmolledo
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prototypic

Ohio

2.53/5  rDev -20.7%

Pipe Organ Pale Ale pours a lighter gold color. Looks like a brighter yellow color when held to light. It’s crystal clear, save for all the bubbles rising to the surface. A soft, white collection of bubbles rises just above the surface and falls back just as quickly. Very short retention. Lacing was also extremely light. Barely worth mentioning.

The nose is not very good. It’s weak and really needs more strength. There’s a slight bit of caramel malt there. Smells a little sweet. It honestly smells earthy and grainy more than anything. That’s a bit odd. There might be a bit of grassy, earthy hops, but it’s tough to tell. Not much else going on. Alcohol is masked pretty well and goes unnoticed for what it’s worth.

The flavor is not any better. It kicks off with an earthy, grainy flavor that’s quite prominent throughout. Not a fan of that at all. There is a bit of light, caramel malt flavor, but it seems far too light for an American Pale. It’s a little sweet, but not all that much. Hops are subtle, but are noted. They taste mostly grassy and earthy. They’re definitely bitter though. I don’t think there’s enough malt there to provide much balance.

The body is definitely on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is active, but doesn’t seem buzzy. Nevertheless, it feels too thin and isn’t smooth. Needs more malt in a bad way. If it tasted better, it’d be really easy drinking. It needs more in that department though.

Pipe Organ Pale Ale is quite disappointing. Its biggest problem is easy to identify – it needs more of everything. More aromatics, more malt, more hops, more body, you name it. There’s nothing overtly repulsive about it, it’s just not good beer. There are many, many American Pales that put this one to shame. I’d take a pass on this one. Much better out there if you’re in the market for the style.

09-08-2012 02:57:30 | More by prototypic
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DerekP

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +10.7%

Pipe Organ Pale Ale is orange-amber with a dull glow. A tiny head recedes to a stable, bubbly rim.

Fruity in the nose: pineapple, peach. Some amber malts underneath the hops comes through faintly.

A pleasant, light touch in the first taste. Balanced hops and malts mostly, with just a bit more bitterness. There's some peachy hops flavor, but the beer is dry overall.

A simple, approachable and purposely sessionable pale ale. It won't blow anyone away, but it's a solid beer that won't crush you after a few, which is its big draw for someone like myself.

01-01-2013 00:53:48 | More by DerekP
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dexterk1

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

09-29-2012 00:37:04 | More by dexterk1
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apasternak

District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

02-17-2014 21:00:35 | More by apasternak
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Snellgg5

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

05-29-2014 23:01:50 | More by Snellgg5
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

05-10-2013 22:11:08 | More by mikeburd1128
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -6%

A: The ale is a golden-to-copper colored beer with a small head that does not last for long.

S: There is a malty sweet grain aroma and a slight hint of hops.

T: The hops in the ale are subtle and low key, adding just a hint of earthy flavor to the beer. The malts are grainy and ill-defined, preventing the beer from finding its way.

M: Mouthfeel is alright, if unspectacular. Both the hops and the malts fall a little short in realizing their potential.

D: The ale is light enough that having a few is not a problem; just don’t expect a full flavor.

09-18-2006 22:18:19 | More by akorsak
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WVHillbilly72

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +25.4%

07-26-2014 22:31:21 | More by WVHillbilly72
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Beejay

Virginia

3.3/5  rDev +3.4%

A: A little bit of head on this, it is slightly tan and dissipates quickly. A very murky brown with red notes. Seems very dark for a 'pale ale'

S: Nice american hops aroma. There is a nice malty sweetness in there as well, strong with caramel notes.

T: Bit of bitter right at the front. Slight grassy flavors with a few citrus notes. There are some malty notes in here, but though the hops seem to overpower then a bit.

M: Medium in thickness, slightly oily texture, but very slight. Carbonation seems good.

D: Nice but this seems to be a bit out of balance for me. I feel like the hops are a little strong for a pale ale, and in sampling both the IPA and Pale ale it feels like the same beer, but the IPA being slightly more bitter. I would like to see something a little more interesting.

10-13-2010 00:27:43 | More by Beejay
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thomscottson

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

07-15-2013 21:43:03 | More by thomscottson
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tugdriver7

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev +15.4%

I had high hopes for this one. All the pieces were in place: (1) great craft brewery; (2) fun, thematic name in colorful bottle; (3) great, rich amber color in the glass; and (4) subtle malt and roasted carmel in the nose. Unfortunately, the taste--though exceptional when compared to many, more common English Ales--wasn't as complex nor quite as rich as expected. When I go to "Church," I'd take the Dunkel over the Ale.

07-27-2006 01:51:00 | More by tugdriver7
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Pipe Organ Pale Ale from Church Brew Works
74 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.