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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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Ratings: 100 |  Reviews: 69
Photo of MasterSki
3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this as an extra in a recent trade with HOPSHUNTER. I have fond memories of Dunedin, as my dad and I visiting the Blue Jays spring training facility when I was a kid. Served in my Surly pint glass. This version was contract brewed in Greenville, South Carolina.

A - A half finger of quick dissolving off-white foam with minimal lacing and a scant ring left behind. Slightly hazed golden orange color, which I like quite a bit, and quite a few bubbles racing upwards.

S - Reminds me of Newbold IPA, with a touch of sweet corn mixed with the balanced citrus hoppiness and toffee malts. I do get a bit of tomato (as mentioned by other reviewers), but thankfully not the skunkiness.

T - Taste is pretty middling - lots of bready and slightly sweet malt, with only a touch of hoppiness to it. The taste isn't bad but it's kind of masked by some issues in the mouthfeel.

M - There's a huge amount of grittiness and carbonation burn - it actually makes it very difficult to taste anything, as all I get is tingle, burn, and grit.

D - If it weren't overcarbonated it would be fairly drinkable, but as it stands it's kind of harsh in feel and leaves me feeling bloaty after a half bottle. Not a drain pour, but not something I'd seek out again either.

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Photo of KBoudreau66
2.78/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a see though light orange color with a finger or foamy white head that will dissipate immediately.

I can't really explain what's going on with the nose on this brew. It has a somewhat skunky aroma, and it almost smells a little bit like tomato's? It has a faint floral hop aroma in the background

I'm starting to wonder if this bottle may be tainted. There's no way to be able to tell if it is or not, but the taste is very similar to what was going on in the nose. It's medium bodied and has a lot of carbonation. This beer isn't a drain pour or anything, but I really wasn't overly impressed with it.

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Photo of mullenite
2.84/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange/light amber with a 3/4 finger white head that dissipated a little fast and leaves no lacing at all.

Smell is a bit of stale wheat and pineapple. Almost skunked but it's not really the same smell. Kind of that cheap beer smell.

Taste is not as bad as the smell. Still get that cheap taste, especially on the way down, but there is at least a noticeable malt and hop presence there.

Medium-light body good carbonation, mouthfeel is probably the only part of this beer that I really enjoyed.

This review is for the version bottled in South Carolina. I really need to get down to the brewery and tell them to end their contract because it's not helping them from what I've been reading.

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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 dakid618
2.81/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle thrown in as an extra by kiefdog(thanks kevin!) Poured into pint glass. Pours a crystal clear golden color with a half finger of pillowy off white head that leaves lacing plastered to the sides of the glass. I could smell the malt from this as soon as I opened the bottle. Mostly biscuitlike in aroma but some hint of faint citrus in there too. My first drink shocked me as it blasted my tongue with biscuity maltiness. Further drinks show a very small citrus hops background but you have to look for it. May be an old bottle but this one is definitely a malt bomb. Light mouthfeel with a very clean finish. Would be much more drinkable if there were some hops to balance it out. Overall just too malt heavy for me.

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Photo of righlander
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a crystal clear solid gold with a snappy pillow like head that dissipates quickly to a small lace
smells is eh...don't smell all that impressive. pale malt and not a lot of hops n the nose.
taste is heavily malty with some crisp hops. nothing exciting but it is good. I like it.
mouthfeel is pretty average nothing offensive going on. well carbonated
drinkability is good.

Notes: nothing exciting but a nice pale ale. I would buy it again if I was in the mood. the one thing i like about this the best it the malt. very powerful 2 row pale malt presence. smells and tastes strongly like fresh cracked pale malt.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep gold, good clarity, thick layer of tight yellowy foam, great head retention

Aroma: delicate citrusy/floral hop scent, caramel, mandarin peel

Flavor: medium malt sweetness with a crackery edge; citrus peel hop flavor and blossom honey; finishes semi-dry with a smooth bitterness lingering

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, pert carbonation, soft texture

Other comments: It can be tough to find beers from the small independent Florida breweries unless you go directly there. Luckily, my sister brought me some beers from Tampa. This is a tasty little number. Nice and refreshing!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear amber with a thin Creme head. Nose is minor tones of nuts, but really barely anything there at all. Flavor is a bitter, tangy citrus thing. Nothing really complex, but it works. Feel is a high biting carbonation and the liquid is typical. This is a decent pale ale. Some proper cask conditioning might do it well.

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Photo of CrellMoset
2.54/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle given as a gift by the owner of Kingdom Spirits and Liquors in Brandon, FL - thanks!! Poured into an American pint glass.

Appearance: A crystal clear orange yellow beer, very active, big bubbled carbonation, white, fine, sticky head with huge lacing.

Aroma: Faint husky grainyness, some empty hop spiciness, and an abnormally and off-puttingly large amount of oxidation. Perhaps the bottle's gone bad.

Taste: Very mild, and not too much flavor. Almost no hop presence, and only that same pale, empty, steely grainyness from the nose. Tastes like additives - mmm.

Mouthfeel: Thin but big-bodied and fluffy. Even bubble structure makes for a creamy feel, which is nice, even if it's a little too big-bodied.

Drinkability: This one was a dump, honestly. A very pale pale ale that was devoid of a lot of the notes you'd expect from a good pale ale, and the bottle seemed to have gone a little south as well. Perhaps it's better on tap?

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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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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 cjgator3
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Judged "Best Beer in Florida" printed on label. 16oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark orangish copper color with a semi-sticky white head. The smell consists of a biscuity malt aroma with caramel, bread and some nice pine/citrus hops as well. The taste begins with a brief malt presence and is quickly covered up by a long and lingering hop bitterness. The taste is good but it suffers a little because of it's lack of balance. Overall, this is a pretty decent good beer with a good dose of hops.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy pale amber with a nice stream of bubbles coming up from the glass. Bice big white head gave way slightly but stuck around till the bottom of the glass. Sone nice lace held outh till the end. The smell was slightly hoppy, with more of a grassy earthy tone to it, hints of sweetness as well. The taste was a bit light, watered down, but was a typical pale ale. Very smooth going down and overall a fine pick. This would make a nice session ale and always good to try something new.

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Photo of BeerRun13
3.12/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nothin but foam out of this one... and it takes a long time to settle. Hazy orange color when it does. Lace climbs all the way out the glass when you finally drink it down.
Kinda musty aroma with a slight citrus touch.
Malty somewhat bready flavor. Some fruitiness. More pungent than citrussy hop flavor slight and pleasant bitterness.
Light to medium bodied. WAY overcarbonated = tough to even close your mouth with out it blowing up on you. Somewhat dry finish.
Nothing special here. Quite suprised that this one has any sort of medal. Maybe an overcarbonated batch... but the other dunedin brews suggest the same thing. It might be more enjoyable if I didn't have top wait 10 minutes a pour for an inch and a half of beer in my pint glass.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool little story on the back label about the bagpipes being the "ancient instrument of war"; I'm a sucker for beers with historical overtones, as so many seem to have. This pours a medium amber with strong orange tinting and a thin white head. Plenty of carbonation bubbles sizzling to the top at a constant rate. Nose is nearly nonexistent with some very light, buttery hop action.

Mellow for a pale ale with medium hops but low bitterness. Some late balance helps provide a pleasant aftertaste. Mouthfeel is overcarbonated at first but thinner at the finish than I'd like. Overall, this is a drinkable pale ale with a mild but round and easy to quaff flavor.

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Photo of sponberg
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A lively brew, to put it mildly. Pours EXTREMELY effervescently (read: one carbonated SOB) and amused the hell out of my kids when a one ounce refill pour into a half full glass caused an overflow. Slightly cloudy gold with a white head and a lot of it - think the Larry Tate of beers. Solid aroma - slightly yeasty, honey-toasty malt with some citrus hops and a faint whiff of diacetyl.

Starts with a slightly rindy bitterness with a biscuity maltiness, again with hints of buttery tang. Not as much going on here as the aroma would have me believe. Slight yeastiness in here as well. The underlying bitterness follows through all sip long, with faint citrus hoppiness to the end along with the biscuity malt. Very consistent, no surprises. Slightly thin, obviously carbonated mouthfeel. Definitely a drinkable, quaffable beer - on tap this would be a solid session brew in the hot Florida weather.

Thanks to Wingnut for the bottle - there are signs of beer life in the Sunshine State. :thumbup:

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dispensed from a one pint bottle into a pint glass. A rather large, white, somewhat wispy head forms on top of a slightly hazy, golden orange colred brew.

Not much in the aroma. Smells like beer but nothing noticeable.

This beer tastes a lot like an ESB. Certainly not as hoppy as most APA, maybe EPA. Nice hops that balance well with the light malts. I like the taste but doesnt seem to meet the qualifications on an APA, in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is a bit astringent. Nice body though and the drinkabitlity is quite nice. Certainly a beer that can be had more than once in a session.

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Photo of DieselSnorter
2.61/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Holy giant head batman!
It takes a while to pour this beer as no matter how careful you are, a HUGE head will form and try to overflow your glass. It takes a number of pours to get a full glass. Pours out a beautiful honey/amber color with a thick frothy head that leaves an intricate lacing . This beer would be great in TV commercials.

The smell was average, nothing exciting for me. I couldn't discern much of anything, but it wasn't a bad smell.

Mildly bitter with hints of citrus with a strong aftertaste. Didn't do a whole lot for me.

Mouthfeel was okay, kind of soft and mushy with high carbonation at the same time.

I probably woudn't drink too much of this. I was hoping this would be the local offering I would pick up regularly. This would be okay from time to time, or with maybe with a steak, but I won't be going out of my way to get more.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A massive white craggy head topped this pale amber colored beer in the glass. It took me 3 pours to finally empty the bottle the head was so massive. And it stayed forever. A half hour later and I still have over 1/4" of sticky lacing covering the top of this brew.
Aroma is slightly sweet and toasty without much in the way of hops,however A little soapy smelling as it warms, too.
Taste is sweeter than I would like from a pale ale...seems a cross between a scotish, a light amber, and a pale. As it warms toasted flavors become even more prominent. Mildish hops come at the end, but a little too little too late.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a pretty honey body and a thick, fairly sticky tan head. Unfortunately there's just not much hop aroma that comes out of the beer. A slight nose of bittering hops and sweet malty backbone. Taste is pretty nice. Sweetish malty character and a nice bittering hop end. Again, not much in the way of aroma hops (unfortunately). Medium mouthfeel and fairly highly carbonated. Good drinkability, but not as good as their Celtic Gold.

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Photo of hunteraw
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange amber color, decent head with some lacing but not much. Comes in a nice 16 oz brown bottle that I'll be sure to reuse for homebrew.

Smell: pine hops on a biscuity malt base, with some mineral character as well

Taste: A good malt base that makes me think this is APA is jsut leaning to the APA side of the amber/APA divide, but that might be because I thoughtlessly preceded this with an IPA. Hops are perhaps a touch harsh.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light body, good carbonation, but for me by the end of the 16 oz bottle it was a little light in that respect.

Drinkability: Not a bad APA, my dad stopped by the brewery and picked up a four-pack and a glass for me, so it's got good associations.

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Photo of skizziks
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz. bottle into a nonic. The pour raises a thick 2" off-white head, fluffy, slightly rocky with good retention and lacing. The beer is a deep gold, almost copper.

Aroma is of bready malt with some herbal hops. Aroma is a little weak.

Delicate flavor of biscuit malt with some citric hop and a slightly bitter finish. Ends a little coarse, but well balanced.

Body is medium-full, creamy and tongue coating. Fairly drinkable and pleasat but not too remarkable. The "kolsh-style" Celtic Gold is a better bet for a good Pale Ale from this brewery.

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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 brentk56
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very attractive beer, with a slightly hazy light copper color, a respectable head and plenty of lacing

Smell: Biscuity aroma with a modest amount of earthy hops; a smidge of caramel

Taste: Starts out with a biscuity flavor that is joined, after the swallow by an earthy, woody hops flavor that becomes rather husky on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation but it dries out your mouth in the finish

Drinkability: Fits more in the EPA than APA style category, this is a decent beer that suffers from a number of flaws that make it distinctive but ultimately unsatisfying

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Photo of Drew966
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pipers Pale Ale pours a copper color with a fluffy off white head from a brown pint bottle. Aroma is mild, but has a floral hoppy quality to it. Interesting taste, floral and astringent hoppiness seem to be battling it out. Kind of a bitter aftertaste. Not bad, not great, worth a try.

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