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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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148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 15.31%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | 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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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.03/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

so I've enjoyed quadzilla a couple of times. It's now time to work through the more regular beers of this brewery.

pours a hazy amber color with a billowy off white head. some bready malts and light hops in the nose followed with a similar taste and a bit more hop bite in the taste and a residual sticky taste in the mouthfeel. Enjoyed over a grilled chicken salad.

barleywinebrewer, Jan 28, 2009
Photo of hopdog
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle acquired in trade with CMUBEERMAN (thanks!).

Opened to a loud PSST and proceeded to pour almost all head. Settled into a medium and see through orange color. Softer aromas of caramel, citrus, and floral. Tastes start of with caramel giving way to citrus. Slightly lively body (I would have expected it to be over carbonated with the way it opened and poured, but it wasn't).

Notes from: 11/24/06

hopdog, Jan 27, 2009
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(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.

rhoadsrage, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as part of a mixed case from Wide-Lo Beverage, Somerset, PA, while on vacation.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" beige head over the clear orangey amber brew. Head fades gradually, with plenty of lasting lace. Aroma is is balanced with a reaosnable hop character presence. Flavor follows the nose, actually more hops bitterness than I usually expect for the style. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinking is nice. Nothing bad to say here. Enjoy.

ppoitras, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of JamesS
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a decent, light copper color with a bit of head and minimal lacing. It has a nice bitter/eggy aroma, just not very strong. Same for the tatse, a decent hoppiness, very English, slightly jerky, but nothing spectacular. Goes down fine, not rough, not super smooth.

(Found in Ren Faire notes from August 2007)

JamesS, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.65/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A. Pours a hazy dark gold with tons of bubbles floating to the surface and an absolutely massive head (even with a patient pour) with good retention as well. Leaves behind some sticky lace.

S. Bready Malts and some spicy hop prescence. Definately alot going on in the nose.

T. A pretty well balanced beer with a malt backbone and some piney hops to even it out. Its a tad bitter, but not bad. As it warms a sweet caramel note sticks out. Very nice.

M. Medium body that goes down fairly well and leaves a bit of a dry and sour aftertaste.

D. Has an odd creaminess about it. I dig it. At 4.3 ABV its highly sessionable.

Stinkypuss, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of biegaman
3.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Patchy foam would quickly assemble, then crumble within minutes. No bubbles no lacing. Sickly appearance. Uneven tones dress the body, which we can consider (mostly) mahogany coloured.

A strongly nutty scent with light caramel from the malts and faint notes of pine via the hops. Weak. Almost fooled me into believing I had a cold.

The mouthfeel has a coarse, mineral texture. Some residual stickiness from the malts that forms a minor aftertaste. Not even enough body to consider this quenching, quickly repeated sips are needed as much as to satisfy the thirst as they are to be reminded of the flavour.

The flavour mimics the aroma with a nutty character as well as light caramel and pine. Bit of butterscotch. These flavours too are extremely faint and nearly non-existent. The texture and aftertaste remind me of fluoride.

This is a very easy going pale ale, maybe too easy going. It's not that it lacks the bells and whistles of other contemporary American examples, it's the fact that this offers the drinker very little to enjoy - no sight worth looking over, no smells to savour and no flavours to relish.

About my only appreciation of this beer is for the man who gave it to me, thanks leftmindedrighty!

biegaman, May 28, 2008
Photo of Deuane
3.28/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Bright copper with a thin off-white head that quickly fades to nothing.

S-Some sweet malt and earthiness, light on all accounts.

T-Sweet cornlike flavours with a bit of spicy hops...a bit. After a bit of warming the last few sips did produce a bit more of the sharp bitterness I wish it had clear through. Mostly bready malty for the most part.

M-Medium-light body with decent carbonation...nothing exciting.

D-This is ok...certainly drinkable but nothing stellar. I was hoping for a more solid English style PA...not here!

Deuane, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of Lordsloth
3.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle- thanks Scott!

Poured with a medium amber appearance, light head. Smells a bit of light malt, light hops. Tasted like a decent Pale Ale, but with some odd bitterness- different hops than I'm used to? Mouthfeel was all right. Drinkability was on the low side. I could maybe go for one or two of these at a time, not much more.

Not a bad beer, but not great, either.

Lordsloth, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber. Another boring nose. Flavor is kind of sweet and also carries a minor earth edge. A wee bit of almost spicy edge. Feel is standard. Easy to drink, but certainly not very interesting. And this is an English Pale Ale? Okay. If you say so.

RblWthACoz, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of dmamiano
2.25/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a medium copper color, not much head.
smells of yeast, malts...reminds me of a Belgian type of nose.
Taste is bitter, Belgian like. Nots of caramel malt.
Not like any English Pale Ale I have ever had.
Wondering if something isnt amiss with this one

dmamiano, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of ZimZamZoom
2.65/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy orangish color, with a thin white head.

Aroma is mostly nondescript, some hops evident and some interesting yeasty notes but very subtle.

Taste has some caramel notes and slight floral hops with a bit of a bitter hop finish. Not much going on here. Some esters are evident that are slightly Belgian in character. Interesting again.

This pale ale has some body, and it seems unreasonably filling for some reason.

I'm going to have to try this one again, but at this point am not terribly impressed.

ZimZamZoom, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of mobyfann
3.63/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paid $30 for a mixed case...

The beer pours an amber colored base with a medium white head, good head retention and nice lacing effects on the glass. The aroma is at first floral and spicy (ginger?) with mild hop tones.

The taste is rather light on the mouth, great light hop aftertaste and fairly drinkable if considered a light brew.

Final Thought: Why is this beer rated so low? It's a very standard APA that doesn't seem to scrimp on quality of ingredients.

mobyfann, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.45/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clean orange-ish/ yellow color with an off white head. Aromas of a semi sweet malt and just a hint of fruit. In the taste, clean, yet not much taste at all. A small bitter mouthfeel and a small hoppy aftertaste. A bit watery and kind of homebrewish, but ok. Seems a bit lighter than I remember.

OWSLEY069, Oct 14, 2007
Photo of MmmIPA
2.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is my second beer from this brewery and the first beer wasnt bad at all but it seems these beers get no love.I have a soft spot in my heart for beers that are brewed in Pa.Lets see how this is...

Nice sorda murky colored body with a nice off white thick head.The head is soapy and falls at a moderate pace and looks to leave some nice lacing.Small head stays with the beer as I drink it.

I smell some earthly hops and some malt.

First sip reveals a distinct flavor in this beer and some bittering on the back of my tongue.The sweetness hits the sides of my tongue but there is a taste in there that isnt familiar,mabey yeast?

The mouthful is ok and is creamy.

There is somthing off about this beer,mabey its old,mabey its bottle conditioned but there is just something not right.This is my first time having this beer but it doesnt have much of a hop flavor and I know its a EIPA but it should have some nice floral notes,which it doesnt have any.I would like to try this beer again in the future.

MmmIPA, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of flexabull
3.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright gold color with a decent white head.

Aromas are faint, fruit punch like, and a bit sweet.

Taste is dry, bread like, a bit sour, and with an aspirin like hops bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is above average. Carbonation is good, and the over all mouthfeel seems about right.

Drinkability is pretty good. This is a decent, but pretty blah pale ale. It's easy to drink though.

Bottle courtesy of eclectic. Thanks again.

flexabull, Aug 10, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.13/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

NJpadreFan, Aug 05, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.45/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Sammy, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of Derek
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper-bronze, off-white head, no retention or lace.

S: Candied fruit, cider, brown sugar.

T: Caramel-corn, butterscotch, light bread, metallic earthyness, good bitterness, slightly grassy hops.

M: Moderate body & carbonation.

D: Decent.

Commercial description:
"When the British introduced draught pale ale to America, the Pipe Organ Pale Ale is what they had intended. It is truly British in character. Brewed with pale ale malt and a touch of caramel malt, it has a light copper color and subtle body. The maltiness is carefully balanced with only the best English hops - East Kent Goldings. Although this beer has a fair amount of hops, the caramel maltiness perfectly balances its profile. Alcohol by Volume - 4.9%
"

Derek, Jul 18, 2007
Photo of ski271
2.65/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A- Clear, medium amber with a small, slightly off-white, foamy head that diminishes to a film and leaves very light lacing.
S- Juicy orange hops with a light bready malt base
T- A little metallic and astringent right away, then some disappointing hops flavors over some weak caramel malts.
M - Medium-light body, dry texture, moderate carbonation.
D- Definitely not a winner. Offers nothing to make me want to buy this again. It’s not terrible, but it’s sub-par. Easy to find a better English P.A. out there.

I love the brewery/restaurant for the atmosphere and the food... but the beer just isn't all that good. It just annoys me that this place does so well while the nearby Strip Brewery and Valhalla (who had far better beers) went under.

ski271, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.88/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Dark amber with thin white head. good head retention

S- good. malt and mild hops

T- sweet carmel malt. light hop afterbite. good balance.

M- Very Smooth. Light carbonation and light weight.

D- this is a highly drinkable brew. I reccomend it. Doesn't have a APA character...more of a amber/red character.

PittBeerGirl, May 16, 2007
Photo of dawg
3.03/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a bottle obtained during a case exchange. Church brew works is a local place about 20 minutes away.

Always nice to giva a crack at the local stuff. Right out of the bottle. Smelled a bit metallic from the cap. Nice and bitter from early hops. I think that I taste cascade and some amarillo. Nice pale body. Didn't carry the extract taste that I used to get from church BW.

Feels like a pale ale. Overall a nice treat. Wouldn't buy a case though.

dawg, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of bigdeuce
2.38/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The bottom line with this beer was, it looked good, tasted watery. It gave a decent malty front and tasted of some hops, so you wait for the hops to come and they never did. I tried some other styles they had presented to me and they were good. This one was lacing character and a backbone.

bigdeuce, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
2.25/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

jcdiflorio, Feb 15, 2007
Photo of tgbljb
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium amber color with moderate white puffy head.
Smell is light with slight hops notes. Some sweetnes also detected.
Taste is also mild with a light malt sweetness and a slight hoppiness.
Finishes light and refreshing.
As middle-of-the-road as you can get. Might make a nice crossover beer for your macro-drinking friends.

tgbljb, Feb 03, 2007
Pipe Organ Pale Ale from Church Brew Works
75 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.