Pipers Pale Ale | Dunedin Brewery

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Pipers Pale AlePipers Pale Ale

Brewed by:
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 hustlemuscle
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pleasant golden out of the faux silk-screened bottle (a clever clear sticker!) with a decent head. Clear, with slight carbonation and the head leaving a thick, ragged lace.

Candy caramel malts and slight hops greet the nose. Same candy malts join a slightly astringent hop profile on the toungue. Overall a decent brew, my first florida beer that did not disappoint. A bit thin, but pretty smooth. Overall, a solid brew.

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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 Fish113d
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass slightly chilled, it pours a honey gold color with lots of nice cascading into a 2 inch white, foamy head. The aroma is very pungeunt for i can smell it 2 feet away.

Aroma is mainly of sugary hops along with some possible honey/wheat aromas. Maybe some grapefruit sneaks in, but nothing distinct. Very basic, and it doesn't blow you away for complexity, but a nice aroma overall.

Taste is of some peppery hops that is followed by an alochol tingly finish along with some more pine flavors that hit after the swallow. Maybe a little grassy on the finish. Some sweetness pokes through on my palete, but nothing crazy. A pretty earthy pale ale, which has good flavor.

This one is balanced pretty well between decent carbonation, a smooth body and a slight alcohol finish.

Overall, this is the best Dunedin I've had yet. Pretty good ale that I enjoy considering the time of the year (Spring).

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am pouring a cold pint bottle into a pint glass. The beer pours a clear amber color with .5 cm of bright white creamy head floating on the surface. The head had to be coaxed out of the bottle with an agressive pour half way through.
Aroma is very very mild. A bit of husky grain and a little soapy scent, some sweet toffee, but where are the hops that the label talks up? First sip reveals a fairly lite body with small yet tingly and widely spaced carbonation. Flavor is where the hops are hidden! Just a brief shot of sweet toffee is overtaken by dry bitey, grassy and grapefruit hops. Quite a long bitterness coats my palate well after I swallow. Some nice dry qualities as well. I was worried about this beer until it hit my tongue. Quite nice, crisp and clean beer. Dont judge this one by its cover!

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tangerine peel orange capped with a small, dirty white head that has a finely pitted, sandblasted surface. One thick ribbon of lace sits near the top of the glass with broken sheets maintaining a link to the receding surface of the beer. The nose is of orange-grapefruit juice, but isn't nearly aromatic enough.

Inadequate malt, at least for the degree of hopping. The citrus fruit hops provide plenty of bitterness, but the flavor is somewhat harsh due to a lack of countering sweetness and smoothness from the malted barley. The flavor profile is two-dimensional and deflates too quickly, leaving remnants of bitter grapefruit zest, desiccated pine needles and crushed aspirin. A dry, bitter finish is the inevitable result and makes this beer a minor chore to drink.

I'm much more forgiving of hoppy beer than I am of malty beer and can tolerate poor balance more easily as long as it's hop favorable. The body firms up a tad with warming and the flavor benefits as well. It's as if friendly little beer gremlins snuck into the glass and sanded off the burrs and rough edges.

Piper's Pale Ale is a better than average beer that suffers from imbalance. As a hop lover, I'm pretty understanding and can still find enjoyment, but I can easily see how others wouldn't be as generous. Thanks to BierReise for the bottle.

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Photo of shippos
3.11/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to luckysevens82 for the opportunity.

pours an almost clear brilliant light pumpkin orange with a touch of haze and a decent head that settled down to a thin top. grapfruity aroma with a sweet malt character with a buttery diacetyl aroma in the distance. thin mouthfeel with a notable exchange between the hops and the malt flavors with the hops winning in the finish but they get there glory taken away from them by a buttery taste at the end just completely coating your mouth. drinkable yes, but i'd need some plain popcorn to deal with the all the butter after having a few of these.

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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 ppoitras
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottle with reasonably involved silkscreening obtained via trade with BierReise. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a half inch of whitish head which shrunk down to a small layer of foam reasonably quickly. Excellent light lacing. An orangey-gold in hue, with a slight but sharp hop aroma. Flavor is of light malt, which is quickly overcome by hops bitterness, as it should be in a pale ale. Also a slight fruity taste that shows up in the middle but is also overshadowed by the hops. Mouthfeel and drinkability are not a problem with one. The one to have when you're having more than one?

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Photo of LuckySevens82
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an okay pale ale.
Being from FL, I was anxious to try a local beer. I wasn't disappointed, but I was expecting a bigger flavor.
Poured a deep orange with a very large head (could have been my fault). The lacing was nice and stayed through the whole beer.
Smells were very much characteristic of other pales. Hoppy, some caramel, a little alchohol, nothing to jump for joy at.
Tastes very much like a lot of other pales as well. There is, as far as I can tell, not a whole lot to distinguish this beer from others. Which is by no means a bad thing. Dunedin has made an excellent example of an american Pale Ale. If I were ever in the mood for a good pale, I could definitely see myself reaching for this one again.

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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 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 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 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 BierReise
2.75/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've lived in Florida for 12 years and this is the first Florida brew I've tried. Deep gold with very little head. Flavor is bitter like an IPA but not as fragrant. Not much lacing to the glass and little improvement on flavor as it warmed. Not the worst but definately could be improved

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is amber, clear, and head is short and fast-gone. Aroma is the stand-out, though: fruity, piney, citrusy. Is it Cascade hops? Smells like it. Fruity, zingy, with an above-all impression of apricots.
Palate is smooth, slightly hoppy, and very tasty.
Easy-drinking, but lacking anything extra to push it above the ordinary ale. Went down nice, but easily forgotten.
Thanks to JohnnyDuvel, still!

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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 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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