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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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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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4/5  rDev +25%

Gww1864, Nov 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

zekeman17, Nov 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

ruffdawg, Sep 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

dexterk1, Sep 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -6.3%

tmars13, Sep 18, 2012
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2.53/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

prototypic, Sep 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +17.2%

lupercmda, Sep 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

Mark5252, Jul 15, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

HollyHops, Jul 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +25%

davidIPA, Jul 03, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

jmdrpi, Jun 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -6.3%

JPMcKirk, Jun 15, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

OriolesFan1008, May 30, 2012
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3.4/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the brewery

Pretty standard offering. Poured a copper color, slightly hazy, with a small and somewhat short-lived head. Simple aroma: toasted grains, sweet malts, low-key hoppage. Taste follows the aroma, as expected, grains, sweet malts, vaguely caramel, pine and citrus notes and a bit of earth. A bit bland in the aftertaste. Light-medium body, fairly drinkable. A slightly above average APA here, nothing special, but nothing really too bad.

Rifugium, May 22, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

abcramer, May 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -6.3%

NoProblem, Apr 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

MrJuengling, Apr 13, 2012
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Tyrawlings, Feb 16, 2012
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psnydez86, Jan 30, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

slimntubbs, Jan 30, 2012
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2.6/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper amber color with a finger of off white head that fades to a thin layer on top of the pour. This is a dark beer given the style.

Smell: Bready sweet malt, I'm getting some caramel and cherries. This one is a bit too far on the malty side.

Taste: Again, I'm not sure this should be classified as a pale ale. At least there are some hops here, but I feel like they are fighting against the malt taste. The caramel and cherries from the smell show up, but the finish is bitter from citrus peel hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This isn't a terrible beer, but it's not very well thought out. They need to lighten up the malt profile to make it a good pale.

oline73, Jan 21, 2012
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2/5  rDev -37.5%

nmann08, Jan 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +9.4%

fizzyted, Dec 25, 2011
Pipe Organ Pale Ale from Church Brew Works
75 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.