Pastrami On Rye | Pipeworks Brewing Company

Pastrami On RyePastrami On Rye
BA SCORE
50%
Liked This Beer
3.48 w/ 112 ratings
Pastrami On RyePastrami On Rye
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
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Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TMoney2591 on 12-01-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,293
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
112
Liked:
56
Avg:
3.48/5
pDev:
18.1%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
8
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 112 |  Reviews: 28
Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.89/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Batch # 61.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with solid aromas and flavors.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2013: Batch #61. Re-visiting this after telling the brewer I would. Objectively it's a nice beer, if it was handed to me with no false pastrami expectations on my part, i'd have nothing to say. It's an enjoyable spiced beer (think WInter Warmer) that hits the right notes in cold weather, post-holidays. Toasty malt and dry herbs in the aftertaste, unsweetened dark chocolate and juniper. If you like spiced beers, this is your huckleberry.

12-08-2012
Gave this beer a week per the brewer's personal recommendation, in order for the spices to settle out. Served in a large mug, it has a fingers width of tan foam on the surface. Dark brown body. Initial aroma of bubblegum... huh. Later some chocolate sweetness emerges, and a hint of spice, though not especially well defined. Ideally should be served above 50º, per the brewer.

First sips bring malty sweetness, chocolate, some black pepper and mustard seed tingling bitterness, ghostly ancho impression and a wisp of smoke in the end. It has a substantial feel, as if a BSDA and Rauchbier collided on some faraway planet. Dark chocolate bitterness in the aftertaste, a slight notion of coffee. Chewy, smooth feel with lower carbonation. Touch of alcohol surfaces as it warms. A little more caraway and smoked malt would've gone a long way here. It's a bit sweeter and less savory than expected, though the spicing does lend a mild savory element.

Objectively it's a good beer, I enjoyed drinking it and will pick it up again. If it wasn't billed as a tribute to a pastrami sandwich, I wouldn't have to say it failed at doing so. But since it is, as a pastrami lover i'd have to say it's not exactly an approximation of pastrami in liquid form... the tribute seems to be a very loose one. Oh well, maybe that's for the better. Recommended for fans of spiced Belgians and BSDAs.

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Photo of jlindros
2.24/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Batch 61, shared with rudzud, thanks to oN3xM for thsi one.

No head, light legs, no light coming through weird brown color.

Nose is weird, like embalming spices, pickled ass, pickling spices, peppercorns, weird brown malt that gets slightly sour, brine.

Taste is bleh, a sour malt that was supposed to be smoky but instead is fake smoke and sourness, little peppercorn, also picking spices and clove, some brown malts and sweet honey ham glaze, hint brown sugar. Plenty of warming tingly booze too, warming and meh. Finish is meh, sticky syrupy and slimy, boozy, lingering weird spices, but then finally a mild actual smoked pastrami taste.

Mouth is a bit thin and boozy, decent but lighter carb.

Overall bleh, drain pour, just not good, maybe this varies batch to batch or bottle to bottle, but this was not very good.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.49/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hmm. Odd. Medium brown pour with a thin ring of bubbles on top, no real lacing, but some streaky legs were left behind on the glass. Smell was briny, with something that vaguely resembled wet rye bread, light peppery spice. Tasted like, well, a pickle beer. Pickles, pickles, and more pickles. Briny and peppery, more pickles, maybe a hint of honey ham, clovey spice. Pickle beer. Light-medium body, thin mouthfeel, conservative carbonation. I don't know, I like beer, I like pickles, I like pickles soaked in beer (try whiskey dills sometime), and beer with a side dish of pickles, but I can't quite bring myself to drink a glass of full-blown pickle beer. I don't know how they made this beer, nor do I really want to know, but it really tasted like they dumped a cup of pickle brine into a cup of bready brown ale, bottled it up, and called it a day. A novelty at best, and not a very good one. Now I think I'll take a break from saying "pickles" for a while.

Pickles.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Brown body. Not much of a head. Thin khaki collar.

Smell - Lots of cola. Tons of spice. Deep caramel.

Taste - Sweet caramel. Spice kicks in quickly. Cola. Spicy as hell, but it doesn't scream pastrami. Medicinal sweetness in the finish. Very sweet.

Mouthfeel - Sweet, but not too heavy. Sluggish drinking though.

Overall - The spices don't work. It's not quite gross, but it's too sweet and spicy.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I may not be the biggest fan of deli meats and the sammiches made therefrom, but a beer based thereupon is like catnip to a beer fan and ticker like myself. Get some! This stuff pours a deep ruby-sienna topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises toasted rye bread, black pepper, mild mesquite smoke, and light allspice. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some sweet molasses, mild fig, and a bit of peppery heat in the background. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mildly slick feel. Overall, I'm conflicted about this beer: I generally like it, but I'm disappointed in the lack of pastrami-on-rye-ness. The spicing sounds like it would be a spice bomb of the sort that mimics a spice rack falling into the mash tun or something, but I could mainly only go with the pepper and the allspice (of all things, the allspice...). The smoke is mild, the rye malt doesn't assert itself as much as it could, and the dill is pretty much nonexistent. Moreover, the sweetness, which is already unexpected, reigns pretty supremely in the grand scheme of things. But, again, it's not a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination, it's just not a Short's-style flavored beer. It's just an imaginative, tasty beer. Good times.

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Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of imbibehour
4.43/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Batch #543.

Deep walnut brown to black body, with a tan simple and very uniform three finger head on creation. Cascades nicely, but with small growth, and settles evenly in a solid layer. Minimal pill like lacing, with a good presence.

Well this nose doesn’t lie as per advertised. Salt. Huge clove and mustard seed going on, with some spicy quality. Yup giving the pastrami spices as advertised. A nice bit of mild roast and sweetness manages to sneak out giving some beer angles and some sense of bringing everything back to earth. This is well controlled so far, this has the potential for disaster though. Very impressive and still in control though.

Palate is a lot fun. Full bodied. Rich creamed mouthfeel, hints of milk and vanilla richness and just a touch of chocolate. Spice angle works beautifully, with a mid palate of pepper and brown spiced action, and balanced sweetness. Rye spiced angle is very toned down, but manages a bit of pepper kick, and even a tinge of sourness that comes from spice as opposed to yeast. Tangy, rich, vibrant, and creamy to boot.

This is a really excellent creation, and how recipe and taste and balance can be melded into good character. It may not be for everyone though.

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Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of BeerOps
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of liamt07
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from buzze40, 650ml into a tulip. Batch 55.

Deep brown with burgundy hues, brown head with light retention and no lacing. Nose of rye bread, caramel, molasses and pastrami spices. Taste is bready, sweet malts, toffee, pastrami spices, mustard seed (thanks label!) and peppercorns are present, although minimal. Medium feel, great balancing malt sweetness. Love the spicing and hella tasty. Thanks Brian!

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Photo of MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at Julie's place for Christmas Day dinner. Served in a wine glass.

A - White foam settles to a thin collar, a few wisps, and a few specks of lace. Dark brown body with some lighter chestnut highlights at the edges of the glass.

S - Interesting mix of spices and rye. A hefty dose of coriander and caraway, as well as a hint of allspice. Perhaps a touch of alcohol in there; I didn't realize how high the ABV was when I popped this, but it's definitely an 'Imperial' pastrami beer.

T - The taste is a mix of caramel, chocolate, and rye, with more of the malt character coming out. The spices show up in the finish, but don't dominate like they do in the aroma. Evocative of rye bread I suppose, although I don't eat enough pastrami to know how successful this beer was in that regard.

M - Chewy texture that finishes a bit dry from the rye malt. Medium body, with moderate-to-low carbonation. Alcohol is better concealed here, as this goes down pretty smooth even with the higher ABV.

D - Not really my thing. It largely achieves what it sets out to do; I'm just not convinced I needed a beer of this ilk in my life. I could have stood for a touch more smoked malt personally, and I'd rather have 3 Floyds' Ham on Rye went it comes to sandwich-themed beers. If you dig pastrami, give this a shot but otherwise tread carefully.

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Photo of rudzud
2.16/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice brown hue with a thin halo.

S - Aromas of peppercorns, malts, and brine.

T - Taste is worse than the smell, peppercorns, weird spice notes, brown ale like tendencies, lingering meaty pastrami finish though that's nice, but yeah, awful.

M - Mouthfeel is crisp but lightly carbonated, lots of alcohol.

O - Overall this beer was downright awful. This was just a mess, drainpour.

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

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3/5  rDev -13.8%

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