Pipers Pale Ale | Dunedin Brewery

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Pipers Pale AlePipers Pale Ale

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Dunedin Brewery
Florida, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by StevieW on 08-18-2002

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Photo of TripelJ
4.55/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now Quaffing: Dunedin Piper's Pale Ale

I live in Florida, and I think this is probably the first beer that I've had from my own state. We are known for Oranges and Old People, but this little gem from Dunedin does a fine job of making even me forget that. Pours a beautiful hazy copper-gold with a huge, fluffy white head that easily stood one inch above the rim of the glass and receded slowly with moderate lacing. The aroma reminds me of the classic american pale ale, a touch of sweetness and a clean, floral/citrus hop aroma--very nice. The taste makes me feel like I'm split in two, with one half in the US and the other in the UK. The beginning is all malt, very akin to the English pales I've had. There seems to be more of a subtle transition between the malt and hops here, with a little less crispness, but the hops still do a perfect job of balancing the whole beer out. The mouthfeel is medium in body and is enhanced by the head that just refuses to die. This could easily be a session beer, and is nice change of pace from the Pales I've been drinking lately.

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Photo of SigEp
4.47/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite Dunnedin offering! Hoppy-slightly vegetal-in the lines of Dogfish 60 minute, with a very crisp-clear and clean appearance and mouthfeel. Straw to peach in color and fills the pint-glass perfectly. Definetly could call itself IPA if it felt like it. If you're going to Disneyworld or Busch Gardens on vacation, this is the Florida beer you need to try before you go home to those cold northern wastes.

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Photo of StevieW
4.32/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale copper in color, nice beige bubbly hop filled head. Noticable hop aroma, although I am not sure which variety is used. Taste is typical American Pale Ale, hoppy and crisp, but with a subtle scotch ale influence. Slightly earthy, spicy taste, with a crisp finish. Subtle oak whisky taste is more noticable as the beer warms. A bit lit bodied, but very complex and very tasty. If you ever find yourself in the Tampa, FL look for the Dunedin beers.

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Photo of wilfonzo
4.25/5  rDev +21.4%

Photo of ecoboy
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured at the Grog Pub at the brewery 11/03.

Very nice! Not far from the British standard of "pale" and definitely recommended to fans of Fuller's et al.

Aroma is mostly about the malt. Nice-multi-charactered malt center, with hops bittering enough to keep the pint from ending up cloying.

The head stayed alive the length of the pint as well. This should be a must-sample when in Dunedin, or FL as it will reassure beer lovers that sometimes less-than-stellar water can still result in a fine ale.

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Photo of jpittman80
4.13/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Nice copper color with off-white head. Lasts a bit, but fades towards the end.

S - Caramel. Lots of caramel. Maybe some hops?

T - Different. I don't want to dock this because it's different, because American Pale Ales are so varied. After drinking the entire bottle, I feel it tasted good, but not what I was expecting. Caramel malt dominates, but citrusy hops are present and make up a good deal of the flavor.

M - Smooth and soft, just like a pale ale should be.

D - This is a really easy beer to drink, and it's caramel (or Munich?) malts is very smooth and reminiscent of a Maibock for some reason. Quite a good session beer.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I sampled a few Dunedin beers while at the brewery recently, and liked each one that I tried. This is the first time I've tried one of their bottled beers. This is a nice pale ale, similar to Sierra Nevada in color and taste. I would rate it somewhere between a Sierra and a Flying Dog. Nice, refreshing, good balance with the hops. Fruity and refreshing. I will definitely buy more every time I'm up that way. The brewery is terrific, and they make quality beer. I'm happy to say that we have a good micro-brewery down here (we take a lot of heat - no pun intended!).

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Photo of Shaw
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice, clear copper color with a foamy head. The head reduces to an eighth-inch-thick layer a few minutes after pouring.

This ale smells of hops and sweet malt. It's the first hoppy beer I've had from Dunedin.

The taste is good with plenty of bitter notes. The hops, so plentiful in the smell, are also well-represented in the taste. This beer isn't balanced, which isn't a problem for this hophead.

The mouthfeel is also good. It is smooth with low carbonation fizz.

This is a good beer and the best I've had from Dunedin.

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Photo of sloejams
4.07/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I walked into a shop here in Tampa Bay, really longing for something local. I've been to Tampa Bay Brewing a few years ago and was well impressed. I wanted something like that, but in a bottle and now and from a big ole chain liquor shop.

Stomped in there with a purpose, only local beer there was from the Dudedin Brewery and fucking bless them - it was a pint bottle. It was a part of a 4 pack but also very clearer available as a single. Boom.

It had a hop presenceI wasn't really expecting (maybe because I just got out of a Devil Ray game and was a long way from the hop bomb West Coast I call home). It stood it's own with the West Coast PAs I know too well. If anything the hops seem a bit overbearing. Yes, this surprised me.

From what I've had - this is the best beer I've had in a bottle from Florida.

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Photo of jbone78
4.01/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thought this was a brewpub and I guess I was right. This beer was contracted to South Carolina. Poured golden with a nice head and the head lasts a while. Light hop character with a dry apple finish. It is crisp beer that goes down nice.

And that's all I got.

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Photo of Machoo
4.01/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oldest microbrew in FL. Good outing for afternoon or evening. Have live music. They're onion rings with sauce were pretty money.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah, after visiting the brewery I was wondering how they ever found the space to bottle. I thought they might have just had a Meheen and done a few hundred cases at a time; but I see it's a contract brew. So...

A: Clear golden amber body beneath a creamy head of off-white. The head retention is good, and the lacing is better than average. A few streams of tiny bubbles can be seen steadily rising upwards.

S: Sweetish, doughy and caramelish malt greets you in the nose, gently backed by soft, leafy hops.

T: The flavor follows the aroma, and it's a very nicely rounded and balanced combination of sweetish malt and soft English hops. A stiff bitterness balances it, and it finishes dry with some residual malt and hops.

M: Medium bodied with a dextrinous edge. Moderate carbonation. Gently creamy and smooth.

D: Quite nice! Like most English pale ales it's quite drinkable. The malt component is solid and flavorful, and the hop balance is very nicely done. I could enjoy a few of these.

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Photo of surfadelic23
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had bottles of this and tried it on tap and man is the tap stuff fresh! Was at the brewey the other day and tried this again...
This is a nice light copper colored ale that pours a thin head and leaves some lace on the glass. Boy do the hops come through nicely on this one. Not overpowering at all. This has great hop flavor without being a "HOP-BOMB". Since it is more subdued, it contributes to the overall drinkability and makes for a very pleasant mouthfeel.

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Photo of rebel1771
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a massive head that fades quickly.

S: Sweet caramel malts mixed with a spicy hop twang.

T: Malty sweetness up front along with a bite of piney hop bitterness, nicely balanced. Aftertaste fades to a slight honey flavor.

O: Solid brew here. The only thing I didn't like was that the beer was a bit over carbonated, it came spewing out of the bottle when it was opened.

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Photo of ninaturner
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of dstc
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color. Big foamy off-white head that falls slow. Big foamy lace.

Rather clean citrus aroma.

Rather bold flavor. Mild hops come through but obvious malts are present. Seems to be nicely balanced.

Medium bodied in the mouth with moderate carbonation.

Decent beer. Easy drinking.

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Photo of GeorgiaBeerMoose
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish copper color and is topped by a reasonably thick tan head. There is a nice persistent carbonation. Aromas of crystal malt and spicy hops, both in a good balance with each other. The hop aroma is slightly pine like, notes of citrus, basically subtle yet pungent at the same time. The taste is full of flavor, malty, hoppy and with a hint of diacetyl, which, is ever so slight so that it contributes positively to this beer. This is a fair bit more hoppy than I would have guessed from the aroma. This beer does not use your typical American suite of hops either, it is hopped with hops that are European in origin. The hops contribute a spicy, pine-type flavor that finishes with a nice bite of hop bitterness. This is a great beer, very well balanced with solid malt contributions. Eminently quaffable, and a great session beer.

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Photo of maxson924
3.96/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rdgreenberg85
3.94/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured medium amber golden with a yellow head which fell quickly but laced the glass.

The aroma was muted and earthy hops and some fruitiness. Also present in the aroma was a yeasty, bready aroma and muted caramel.

The flavor was tasty with a biscuit flavor flanked by a very nice hop backbone. Some citrus existed in the flavor, but also some earthiness. What sweetness was present in the flavor is well balanced by the bitterness.

The finish was dry with lasting pleasant bitterness long into the aftertaste. The body was medium.

16 ounce bottle, very thick. Thanks poundboy.

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Photo of hudsonvalleyslim
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this offering at the brewery in Florida last week. (And some others as well!) Then I bought a sixer from the local market. WHAT A DIFFERENCE! Two different brews. Turns out the bottles are brewed in Portsmouth NH (Redhook??) and they are really not doing this fine brewery any favors. I'd rate the bottles drinkable but not very good.

On draft it's a different dog, very nicely balanced, maybe a bit towards the malt. A mightyfine pale. Avoid the bottle but visit the brewpub for a fine selection of ales.

(March 27, 2009) I emailed the brewery and got a prompt and honest response:

'We use to bottle our own beer but it was too expensive. Our contract brewer is in South Carolina not New Hampshire though. I thought the Redhead came out much better than the Pale myself. Also the Piper's at the pub has probably been tweeked some since the bottles came out. We're always trying to improve.'

Beer folk are great! Just sayin'

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Photo of Derek
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoyed a couple of these at Tropicana Field (our seats were just down from the World of Beer kiosk!).

A: Amber-copper, off-white head, some retention and lace.

S: American hops (pine & citrus), toffee and a hint of cotton candy.

T: Plenty of flavour, grapefruit, pine, toffee, bread and caramel. Quite acidic.

M: Higher than moderate body is a little syrupy (surprising for this style & climate). Moderately high carbonation.

D: Quite good.

Could use a little more bitterness and/or attenuation (or less caramel malt).

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very solid pale ale from this fine little brewery. The copper body was slightly hazed on this glass. A small just-off-white head struggled to stay alive and did so long enoguh to give decent lacing on the glass.

Understated English style hopping in the smell. A bit of a fruity sense overall. The flavor is mostly of the malt base with some nice hop notes creeping in, but not in an overwhelming manner. Very nicely balanced. Smooth and easy drinking feel. Good drinkability; very nice.

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Photo of 86sportster883
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a 16oz bottle of Pipers Pale Ale during a recent visit to the Dunedin Brewery. The PPA pours hazy amber with a good sized off white head. Fruity, and occasionally floral, hop esters mingle with bready and mildly citric sour notes. Moderate hop flavors dominate a grainy malt background. The finish is dry with moderately light and lingering hop bitterness. Medium light body and carbonation helps make this a smooth and easy drinking beer. I liked it, but would have preferred a touch more malt character to support the hops.

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Pipers Pale Ale from Dunedin Brewery
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 100 ratings