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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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74
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144 Ratings
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 15.09%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | 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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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

BeerHunter76, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of mikeburd1128
2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

mikeburd1128, May 10, 2013
Photo of goblue3509
2.7/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper color with no head, no retention, and no lacing. The aroma is very faint, there is a toasted malt backbone with a slight hint of orange but it is hard to draw in. The taste is also a little faint, there again is a toast malt backbone with a touch of orange peel, and a touch of hops at the end. The mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation. Overall it is an average beer, not alot of aroma, not alot of taste, just kinda of bland. There is nothing to dislike, but also nothing to really keep you coming back.

goblue3509, Jun 11, 2010
Photo of Drknight
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Drknight, Sep 14, 2014
Photo of randylangford
3/5  rDev -5.7%

randylangford, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of zekeman17
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

zekeman17, Nov 08, 2012
Photo of aracauna
2.85/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A golden bronze color with a good head. There’s very low hopping and a slightly watery finish. It improved as it warmed as a nice fruitiness came out, but it never turned into a good pale. There were no flaws, but there just wasn't enough flavor here. The Celestial Gold was actually the better beer.

aracauna, Jun 07, 2004
Photo of Cylinsier
3.18/5  rDev 0%
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.

Cylinsier, Nov 23, 2009
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4/5  rDev +25.8%

Gww1864, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of apasternak
2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

apasternak, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of MikeCactusGordon
3/5  rDev -5.7%

MikeCactusGordon, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of Beejay
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.

Beejay, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of mschofield
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

mschofield, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the Church Brewworks in Pittsburgh.

Pours a lightly hazy copper, thick and fluffy ivory head. Lots of head-retention, lots of fine lacing throughout. Smells of citrusy hops, orange zest and lemon.

Taste is smoth pale malt, a light graininess. Citrusy hops, hints of orange zest, tangerine and lemon. I like prominent East Kent Goldings in a brew and this is what this beer purports to be. Mouth is creamy and smooth. Some light hops aftertaste. A good session brew. Not sure this would be anything more than average on tap but on cask, it's worth a try.

ViveLaChouffe, Jun 12, 2006
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3.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Basoos1, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of beergeek279
3.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

beergeek279, Dec 24, 2003
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2.63/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A medium amber colored beer, it is not as pale as many pale ales. Served with virtually no head. The aroma was hard to discern. The taste was overly bitter from the start, with an unpleasant finsh. A little malt made itself known on the taste, but the overall flavor was bitterness, and not the good type you get with an IPA. The mouthfeel was thin, and I was happy to finish this one a try a different beer, as I can't imagine drinking more than one of these. Hopefully this was an atypical sample of what this beer normally tastes like. From my sample, it should be removed from their normal offerings and replaced with a new recipe.

aaronh, Nov 24, 2002
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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

OriolesFan1008, May 30, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

HollyHops, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of pezoids
3.05/5  rDev -4.1%
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...)

pezoids, Jul 20, 2004
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

dexterk1, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of alcstradamus
3.58/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade with OneDropSoup. Thanks!

A--Nice dark copper color with a full finger of head in my Surly pint glass. Spotty lacing left behind.

S--Relatively empty smell, some faint lemon/grassy hops.

T--Nice balanced taste for an English Pale Ale, good biscuity malt backbone and a touch of earthy hops. Of course, in a world of American IPA's and DIPA's it is really tough to appreciate subtle styles like this. I enjoy the taste, but it doesn't have "enough" hop flavor to satisfy my taste buds. This brew is solid for what it is, though.

M--Medium bodied and creamy, very nice

D--Extremely drinkable brew here, solid all around but not spectacular in aspect. Thanks again for the extra!

alcstradamus, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of kbub6f
3.98/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

According to the blackboard, the Pipe Organ was cask-conditioned tonight. I don't know if I just got lucky or what. Anyway...

The beer is an almost perfectly clear, rich amber. The head is dead still, small, white and sticky. Quite spicy in the nose. The beer itself starts spicy/fruity and develops a fairly nice, buttery malt through the middle. Feel is viscous, falling short of unpleasant oiliness. The finish is a nice, dry, floral, spicy hop. I'm picking up some pleasant esters in this beer too. Overall, I really like this spicy, floral, fruity beer.

Edit: Ok, now I've looked at the other reviews. Looks like I'm the odd man out. Please send your unfinished growlers to Texas.

kbub6f, Jan 07, 2005
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

OldFrothingSlosh, Apr 15, 2006
Pipe Organ Pale Ale from Church Brew Works
74 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.