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Pipe Organ Pale Ale - Church Brew Works

Pipe Organ Pale AlePipe Organ Pale Ale

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 15.14%


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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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2012 07:09:35 | More by Rifugium
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cooncat

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this APA at my favorite beverage store in Erie, Pa. I noted that Church Brewing was from Pittsburgh, near enough to one of my favorite breweries, Victory Brewing. Decided to give it a try.

On the pour, you can be quite assertive and you will get a nice off-white head of moderate size. It is not particularly long lasting, but does leave some thin lacing once its settled. The color is more golden than I'd like to see in a Pale .. was hoping for a little deeper hue.

The nose is uncomplicated, with mostly notes of citrus and pine. Very minimal notes of malt presence.

The taste is a little thin, but balanced nevertheless. Some maltiness comes through the light hop flavor. Nothing overpowering so it should make a good session beer. There is a definite hoppy dryness to the finish, which is suitable for the style.

This doesn't come close to Great Lakes Burning River or Victory Hop Devil, but it is very drinkable, and would make a good session beer. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2005 17:51:41 | More by cooncat
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass a pale golden, almost copper color with barely half an inch of eggshell colored head. Nothing too remarkable about the aroma other than mild sweet malts and the slightest grassy hoppy smell. The taste is of bready grains and mild, grassy hops. Earthy and mildly floral. Thin mouthfeel with mild to medium carbonation. This could be a nice session beer, but I can think of a few better offerings. I'd like to try this on cask though.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2007 04:59:04 | More by ClockworkOrange
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev +5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 02:49:59 | More by biegaman
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Beejay

Virginia

3.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 00:27:43 | More by Beejay
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beergeek279

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served as a sample at CBW. The color was copper, with a decent head. The smell was a nice hoppiness. The taste was a Goldings hoppiness (fairly citrusy), with a caramel malt backing. The mouthfeel was quite thin. Drinkability-wise, could maybe have another.

Probably the biggest disappointment of all the CBW offerings. Though a decent flavor, it just doesn't have the body that a good pale ale should have. If they reformulated it to a bit more, I'd have it again; otherwise, with so many other good offerings, I'm afraid I'll have to pass.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2003 00:30:41 | More by beergeek279
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BitteBier

Indiana

3.28/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear, golden amber pour with a finger's worth of uniform head that fades pretty quickly but leaves a bit of lace. Nose is nondescript--neither skunky nor scintillating. Some light malts and a hint of hops. This carries over to the taste, which is good but uninspired. Malts are smooth and tasty, but this beer would be better if the malts were complemented by more hoppiness. Very drinkable but lacking the sort of character that make micros so interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2005 14:56:11 | More by BitteBier
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev +3.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 23:19:37 | More by Deuane
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
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%
"

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 03:15:07 | More by Derek
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oberon

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: cask

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

California

3.2/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2007 22:40:07 | More by flexabull
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JamesS

Indiana

3.18/5  rDev +0.3%
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)

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2008 16:07:04 | More by JamesS
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a honey amber gold, very mild head that goes away quick. Just a bit of lacing remains.

Smells malty and a bit toasty.

Tastes mostly of hops, but not strong hops. There really isn't much else there but the hops.

Feels full with soft carbonation as it goes down. Kind of "chewy" in the feeling.

Eh, not bad. Perhaps a little underrated, but on the other hand I prefer something in the taste to accompany hop bitterness, and this is just hops, but at the same time its like the held back. I suppose it might be a fun session beer for hopheads.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 00:28:03 | More by Cylinsier
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

While the place is fantastic, this beer was fair at betst.

Poured a cloudy light brown with a bit of a copper hue. The head was off-white and didn't hang around too long but did leave a bit of attractive lacing.

A bit of earthy hops combined with a big dose of caramel malts is all that the aroma offers.

Taste pretty much mirrors the aroma.

Mouthfeel was as expected with a light to medium body with low carbonation.

Overall, this is not a great example in my mind of even an english IPA. Hops are very low and mostly earthy.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2009 17:46:37 | More by jackorain
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mgbickel

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass from a 12oz bottle. The aggressive pour yielded a thin, single finger of pearl foam that dissipated quickly leaving virtually no signs of life behind. The body is much darker than I anticipated...orange amber with ruby lowlights.

The nose is rather weak. Some bready characters meet some mild hops. You can also pick up some caramel and malts...if you try really, really hard that is...

The taste is right there with the nose in character and strength. The malts start things off before an earth/grainy center takes over and quickly gives way to a mild, piney hop finish. Pretty much meh...

The mouth feel is light and watery, maybe a little oily...moderate carbonation.

This is drinkable, but nothing I would go out of my way for.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 02:43:49 | More by mgbickel
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2008 03:19:33 | More by RblWthACoz
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A pretty red hue that is lighter than ruby-colored but close to it. A small off-white head that sticks around for a little bit without leaving behind any lacing.

The aroma combines a lightly toasted malt sweetness with orange peel.

The flavor is fairly unimpressive; I know this is an english pale ale and not supposed to be a huge beer, but this one is a little weak. Low alcohol doesn't have to mean low flavor. The lightly toasted malt is there, and a hint of orange flavored hops.

The mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation.

Not a bad beer by any means, but not something I am crazy about either.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 16:07:08 | More by Hojaminbag
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pezoids

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served as part of their beer sampler. This one poured bright and clear. Golden in color with a decent size head (in proportion to the sample glass) and left a small amount of fine lacing. A light maltiness rises from the beer to meet the nose but doesn’t give off anything that assertive.

The taste is crisp and smooth with a nice pairing of sweet malt and bitter hops. A light to medium bodied beer that tends to give off some sourness in the finish. Overall this isn’t that bad, but I am left looking for more hop character. Just a bit too plain for me, I guess I’m just spoiled. Middle of the road at best.

(and that was before I noticed the 50/50 percentage, I swear...)

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2004 17:11:00 | More by pezoids
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Lordsloth

Wisconsin

3.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 16:10:18 | More by Lordsloth
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a couple of these in a recent BIF. Having never had anything at all from the brewery I was thrilled to be able to try something. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one started off the mini tasting with my brother in law on Friday.

The pour was nice, darker then I would have thought for the style with a big head of foam on top that faded quite quickly leaving behind some decent lacing. The aroma was light and heavy on the grain for sure. Lots of bready notes with only a token hoppiness to be found inside. Not really sure where this was going to be honest. As I took the first taste, again not really sure where this was going. Lots of bready and grain notes, hints of light, very light piney hops and a weird, almost grassy taste, it was ok, but not really what I was expecting. Decent carbonation, a little full for a pale ale, but not bad.

Overall I just think the style is off. It was way too malty and the hops are almost vanished underneath of this. Again, not really bad, I just would not go there again.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 01:41:48 | More by mikesgroove
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dawg

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2007 14:02:25 | More by dawg
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barleywinebrewer

New Hampshire

3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 01:19:53 | More by barleywinebrewer
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OldFrothingSlosh

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2006 22:18:19 | More by akorsak
Pipe Organ Pale Ale from Church Brew Works
74 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.