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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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136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 15.09%
Wants: 0
Gots: 5 | 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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Ratings: 136 | Reviews: 78 | Display Reviews Only:
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

06-26-2012 19:03:17 | More by jmdrpi
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JPMcKirk

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -5.7%

06-15-2012 01:39:47 | More by JPMcKirk
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OriolesFan1008

Maryland

2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

05-30-2012 21:23:27 | More by OriolesFan1008
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +6.9%
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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abcramer

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-22-2012 04:03:51 | More by abcramer
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NoProblem

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -5.7%

04-29-2012 00:57:52 | More by NoProblem
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MrJuengling

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-13-2012 07:35:58 | More by MrJuengling
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

3/5  rDev -5.7%

02-16-2012 17:19:51 | More by Tyrawlings
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psnydez86

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +41.5%

01-30-2012 22:27:38 | More by psnydez86
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slimntubbs

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

01-30-2012 04:28:41 | More by slimntubbs
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oline73

Maryland

2.6/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 22:32:38 | More by oline73
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nmann08

District of Columbia

2/5  rDev -37.1%

01-14-2012 17:25:51 | More by nmann08
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fizzyted

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

12-25-2011 01:46:55 | More by fizzyted
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spedprof

West Virginia

3/5  rDev -5.7%

12-13-2011 04:01:52 | More by spedprof
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IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a copperish amber color with a small white foam head that quickly dissipates to a film. No lacing.

S: Some mild citrus and pine hops. There is some mild toast and burnt caramel.

T: Starts off with a citrus hop flavor. The toast and caramel come through in the middle and dominate the taste the rest of the way. Not much citrus hop bitterness on the back end.

M: Leaves more of a caramel syrup taste on the palate with not much bitterness. Seems a tad thin. I wonder how this would be on cask.

O: Not a huge fan of this brew. Could use some more hops and some more carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 14:12:25 | More by IronCitySteve
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mschofield

Massachusetts

2.68/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark for a pale ale, a caramel amber, clear with a one finger white head, leaves rings of lacing.

Citrus, pine and caramel aroma.

Taste has a lot of dark caramel malts, this may be better cast as an amber. Hops and the darker caramel notes clash. Pithy bitterness, raw. Bitterness lingers.

Medium bodied, needs refinement and maybe needs to decide if it's a pale or an amber.

thanks to radioscooter for the sample

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 21:29:26 | More by mschofield
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burnstar

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish gold. Smell is light malt and floral hops. Nice bready malt flavor. A bit of toastiness. Significant hop bitterness which lingers in the finish. Light bodied and well carbonated. Very easily drinkable. Anyway, seems like more of APA than an English pale ale to me- I guess because of the hop presence. I think this is a good light and pleasantly bitter sessionable pale ale.

Serving type: growler

03-06-2011 02:58:54 | More by burnstar
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured ontap into a pint glass. Pours a coppery hue with a lovely creamy off-white head which left nice lacework upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of herbal and tropical fruit hop esters, caramel and biscuity malts, some earthy minerals and a hint of heather. The taste is slightly sweet caramel supported by a light twangy hop bitterness. Straight forward but could use a slight more bitterness which is more apparent on the finish with a slight metallic note. The mouth feel is smooth and slightly more body than expected from a Pale Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2011 18:48:51 | More by CuriousMonk
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Kkottonmouthkngz

Massachusetts

2.38/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

i will revisit this beer and review some day, but have to record in the short minute i have...
almost unpalatable... ok at first but quickly became too heavy and over over hopped for a pale ale. my tongue just began to stick and get weighed down.
will revisit.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 01:05:52 | More by Kkottonmouthkngz
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice dark amber with an inch of head

S - A bit hoppy with a bit of pale malt. Smells pretty good.

T - Not bad. It's a pretty smooth English pale ale and I know since it has sort of a medicinal taste to it in the back but the hops (which are pine in taste) and malt (sort of candy like) play well to make it tolerable. Very nice.

M - Very light yet bitter.

D - Well I couldn't enjoy more than one but it really was pretty nice. I loved how hoppy it was even though it was an English pale ale which are usually more malt based. Nice ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2010 07:06:10 | More by DrDemento456
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Beejay

Virginia

3.3/5  rDev +3.8%
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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stakem

Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from a friend visiting from Pittsburgh. No indication of freshness on the bottle via dating or date code but I trust it is relatively fresh considering it was picked up at the brewpub.

Pours a slightly hazed orange color with 2 fingers of white head that has a tint of yellow about it. The head fades leaving quite a bit of sticky lace that clings in patches to the glass.

The aroma of the pipe organ smells of grassy hops minorly reminescent of a mixture of fruity rind caught somewhere inbetween grapefruit and oranges. As it warms, the amount of fruity hop character smelling like grapefruit meets oranges increases.

The taste of this brew is hoppy upfront tasting of the predescribed rind of both grapefruit and orange. Through the body is a bit of toasty malt that accents the bitterness of the hops that at this point start to cling inside the mouth more than I am use to for a pale. Throughout the body of this brew is a taste that I can only describe as being "green." It is a flavor that reminds me of when I first started homebrewing and bottled a few batches prematurely. It is a flavor of yeast that just doesn't go away and clings inside the mouth that is quite distracting and is borderline offputting with a flavor that is on the urge of tasting like plastic and bandaids.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden and it lends itself as a could-be session beer but one was enough for me and I dont know if I will be able to finish the entire glass. I would not recommend this to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 02:49:44 | More by stakem
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rmolledo

Florida

3.93/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

1.73/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from the bottle. I really enjoyed this beer. Has a nice hop forward presence, some floral and citrus fruits. Also well balanced with some biscuit and cracker like malt flavors. The smell gives a hint of hops. Mouthfeel is very smooth. Very drinkable on a hot evening, it would be easy enough to enjoy a couple of these. The alcohol is very well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 23:01:33 | More by mtnbikerpa
Pipe Organ Pale Ale from Church Brew Works
74 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.