Pipe Organ Pale Ale - Church Brew Works
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3.35/5 rDev +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!
08-27-2005 17:51:41 | More by cooncat
3.35/5 rDev +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.
01-16-2007 04:59:04 | More by ClockworkOrange
3.33/5 rDev +4.4%
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!
05-28-2008 02:49:59 | More by biegaman
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
3.28/5 rDev +2.8%
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!
03-13-2008 23:19:37 | More by Deuane
3.28/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
12-24-2003 00:30:41 | More by beergeek279
3.28/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
02-22-2005 14:56:11 | More by BitteBier
British Columbia (Canada)
3.25/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
"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%
07-18-2007 03:15:07 | More by Derek
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
3.2/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
08-10-2007 22:40:07 | More by flexabull
3.18/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
11-23-2009 00:28:03 | More by Cylinsier
3.18/5 rDev -0.3%
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)
08-17-2008 16:07:04 | More by JamesS
Pipe Organ Pale Ale from Church Brew Works
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