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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: 141
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 15.05%
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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Photo of rxthree


3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

01-02-2014 03:43:35 | More by rxthree
Photo of ItsBeer4Me


3/5  rDev -6%

09-08-2013 23:32:38 | More by ItsBeer4Me
Photo of Dodo2step


3.53/5  rDev +10.7%

P- Barley's and Hops

A- a brownish red hue type of color that is somewhat hazy yet clear. A one finger head that has some sticking but not much.

S- a toasted type of maltiness with some orange peel on the back end. Not a bad nose at all.

T- a charred roasted black type of flavor at first, but then tapers off to a smokey malt with some pungent hops.

M- smokey and coating. Draws some flem and mucous. Goes down smooth though. very crisp and clean.

D- not bad overall and would be a nice beer if you were outside in the winter working on something.

12-29-2009 22:05:46 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

2.65/5  rDev -16.9%

Cloudy orangish color, with a thin white head.

Aroma is mostly nondescript, some hops evident and some interesting yeasty notes but very subtle.

Taste has some caramel notes and slight floral hops with a bit of a bitter hop finish. Not much going on here. Some esters are evident that are slightly Belgian in character. Interesting again.

This pale ale has some body, and it seems unreasonably filling for some reason.

I'm going to have to try this one again, but at this point am not terribly impressed.

01-27-2008 00:41:45 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of slimntubbs


2.5/5  rDev -21.6%

01-30-2012 04:28:41 | More by slimntubbs
Photo of OneDropSoup


2.88/5  rDev -9.7%

Pours a burnt orange color, near brown, that fades to a medium orange at the bottom of the glass. Very thin head, almost none, with a few tiny, slow bubbles. Little to lacing.

I smelled the malt right away, a subtle caramel character. It reminded me of the Church's Thunderhop IPA, which is a little too sweet & malty for my liking. The malt just gives a little "hi" & then recedes, a more subdued version of the Thunderhop.

The taste is more bitter, just a tiny bit of citrus & not a lot else to report on. That caramelized malt note that's so up front in the smell seemed to go into hiding. Some lemon in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel's on the thin side of moderate, a little watery.

I wouldn't avoid this one, it's fine -- not my favorite offering from CBW by far, but it's got its place. There was really something missing in the taste, which didn't deliver on the aroma.

07-10-2009 13:47:28 | More by OneDropSoup
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -29.5%

pours a medium copper color, not much head.
smells of yeast, malts...reminds me of a Belgian type of nose.
Taste is bitter, Belgian like. Nots of caramel malt.
Not like any English Pale Ale I have ever had.
Wondering if something isnt amiss with this one

01-27-2008 01:27:10 | More by dmamiano
Photo of abcramer


3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

05-22-2012 04:03:51 | More by abcramer
Photo of ski271


2.65/5  rDev -16.9%

A- Clear, medium amber with a small, slightly off-white, foamy head that diminishes to a film and leaves very light lacing.
S- Juicy orange hops with a light bready malt base
T- A little metallic and astringent right away, then some disappointing hops flavors over some weak caramel malts.
M - Medium-light body, dry texture, moderate carbonation.
D- Definitely not a winner. Offers nothing to make me want to buy this again. It’s not terrible, but it’s sub-par. Easy to find a better English P.A. out there.

I love the brewery/restaurant for the atmosphere and the food... but the beer just isn't all that good. It just annoys me that this place does so well while the nearby Strip Brewery and Valhalla (who had far better beers) went under.

07-01-2007 19:22:02 | More by ski271
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -29.5%

poured from a 12oz brown long neck bottle into a nonic glass.

Cloudy,copper color. Not much head,even tried a hard center pour with no luck, just a slight white ring of foam around the inside of the glass.A streak or two a lace on the sides of the glass.

Faint citrus,pine aromas,slight notes of a carmell/toffee. Bisquity and grassy seem most present. A weak aroma overall.

Weak,watery tastes,some sweet malt,slight citrus/pine a bit of bisquit.
A very Macro quality to the taste,a dissapiontment to me. Seemed i've had better beer than this from the Church Works.

Light mouthfeel,clean,a grainy feel. A beer for the "Masses?"
Not impressed at all with this beer,hope I get a better offering from The Chuch next time.

02-15-2007 03:32:47 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of bigdeuce


2.38/5  rDev -25.4%

The bottom line with this beer was, it looked good, tasted watery. It gave a decent malty front and tasted of some hops, so you wait for the hops to come and they never did. I tried some other styles they had presented to me and they were good. This one was lacing character and a backbone.

03-15-2007 18:26:23 | More by bigdeuce
Photo of tmars13


3/5  rDev -6%

09-18-2012 15:50:01 | More by tmars13
Photo of mgbickel


3.13/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

06-01-2010 02:43:49 | More by mgbickel
Photo of Mark5252


3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

07-15-2012 01:43:17 | More by Mark5252
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

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

4/5  rDev +25.4%

06-26-2014 03:14:30 | More by vwbus7
Photo of santoslhalper


2.73/5  rDev -14.4%

Appearence: Poured a dull copper with a thin, fizzy white head.

Smell: The smell is mostly malt focused with hardly any hops to it. The malts are slightly bready, but nothing very special.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Again, as with the smell, hardly no hops, but the malt taste is a little more inviting. The malts are bready and cereal like with a nice grainy taste. But it's unblanaced, and that turns me off. The mouthfeel is thin and cloying.

Drinkability and Overall: The lack of hops really killed me. This is not a pale ale in my opinon. What it is I don't know, but I don't know that this in an average beer. I hope it's just a problem they're having since they just recently started bottling. I'll try this again in a few months. If you're in the area, pick up some Clipper City Pale Ale. You'll be much happier.

04-23-2005 23:14:32 | More by santoslhalper
Photo of jackorain


3.13/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

09-02-2009 17:46:37 | More by jackorain
Photo of rcjennings


3/5  rDev -6%

05-04-2014 14:05:42 | More by rcjennings
Photo of burnstar


3.48/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

03-06-2011 02:58:54 | More by burnstar
Photo of spedprof

West Virginia

3/5  rDev -6%

12-13-2011 04:01:52 | More by spedprof
Photo of beerhast


2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

09-01-2014 20:34:16 | More by beerhast
Photo of tugdriver7


3.68/5  rDev +15.4%

I had high hopes for this one. All the pieces were in place: (1) great craft brewery; (2) fun, thematic name in colorful bottle; (3) great, rich amber color in the glass; and (4) subtle malt and roasted carmel in the nose. Unfortunately, the taste--though exceptional when compared to many, more common English Ales--wasn't as complex nor quite as rich as expected. When I go to "Church," I'd take the Dunkel over the Ale.

07-27-2006 01:51:00 | More by tugdriver7
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +9.7%

11-26-2012 23:10:03 | More by sdaly3
Photo of Snellgg5

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +17.6%

05-29-2014 23:01:50 | More by Snellgg5
Pipe Organ Pale Ale from Church Brew Works
74 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.