Broken Rake Amber Ale | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

Broken Rake Amber AleBroken Rake Amber Ale
BA SCORE
3.23/5
94 Ratings
Broken Rake Amber AleBroken Rake Amber Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
Washington, United States
pyramidbrew.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BrewAskew on 08-23-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
94
pDev:
14.24%
Bros Score:
3.18
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
7
Trade:
0
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Photo of Offa
3.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this in Oct.2014, when I wrote down these notes which I failed to add on here till now but which I am copying here.

This was red amber, small off-white head soon thinning to ring and wisps.

Aroma was good but simple caramelly-toasty malt and some mild earthy-grassy hop.

Taste is orange, earthy-woody hop, caramelised bread crust, good sweet-bitter balance, simple but enjoyable and well-rounded enough to maintain interest.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a mostly clear brownish copper into Spiegelau IPA glass. Well-retaining, light tan head. Smell is inordinately sweet. Plums, raisins, caramel, barely bready. Maybe a little alcohol/esters, no hops. Not bad, but leads me to think it will taste a little too off. Luckily, that is not the case. More so bready on the palate, but caramel and dark fruit as expected. Just the slightest vegetal, almost peppery retro-olfactory hop burst as it nears back of tongue. Finish itself is surprisingly crisp, given its age. Medium-bodied. Medium level of carbonation, even though I was expecting either effervescence or flatness right off the pour. Still, it does eventually get quite flat and watery.

Not quite sure why there are no reviews more recent than 2011. I picked this up in a mixed 12-pack last year. Yes, that makes it "old," but not that old!

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4.12/5  rDev +27.6%

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3.52/5  rDev +9%

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3.64/5  rDev +12.7%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +39.3%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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2/5  rDev -38.1%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber.

This beer pours a hazy, sedimental (I saw Rammstein last night, so I'm making up my own convenient compound words!) dark orangish brown colour, with one finger of foamy, thin white head, which leaves little in the way of lace. It smells of creamed grain, bland orchard fruit, and mild leafy hops. The taste is muted caramel malt, kind of metallic at that, and earthy, leafy hops. The carbonation is quite sedate, the body medium weight, and smooth against a small zippy twinge. It finishes with an upswing in the sweetness - the malt adding some mild chocolate and leather, amongst some wet leaf hoppiness.

A so-so amber ale - the weird edginess in the flavour just doesn't make me want another.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer review from BA Mag Oct 2007.

Fall is a quick beer season. Most breweries have their summer seasonal still on the shelf and are working on their winter brew. Plus, if your fall seasonal is not an Oktoberfest it represents something of an uphill battle.

Deep brownish amber-bordering-on-mahogany color with perfect clarity. The head holds long and tight, with a few sticky rings of lace on the glass to boot. Aroma doesn't pop out, though some spicy citric hops, fruity esters, toasted malt and a vague diacetyl muddle the nose. Chewy, medium body with a long smoothness and deep crispness. Malt is present with toasted flavors throughout, but it gets whacked a few times by a minty citric hop bitterness and flavor, as well as some lively esters and a thin blanket of diacetyl. Hint of woody hop flavor and minerals in the middle. Finishes a little sweet, with some toasted grain and spice.

Decent, and a tasty fall seasonal, but not as drinkable as we thought it was going to be, though some interesting and complex malt and hops flavors make up for that. With that said, it is certainly worth a try.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber of this while visiting Edmonton, AB.

A - Pours a hazy golden brown with a reddish hue. Poured almost no head, only a thin amount of head around the edges. Very little carbonation noticeable. The colour is quite nice, but a little more action on the head would've made it that much more appealing.

S - A very odd scent on this one. Almost has a wet paint scent to it (eek!), but a sweet hoppy scent does come through on the nose as well.

T - Was expecting a stronger flavour on this one, but was mildly disappointed. Quite bitter, flavour is a citrus and honey with a bit of a coffee aftertaste. The malts definitely come through on the finish. Alcohol is a bit noticeable, but not overpowering.

M - Rather thick on the tongue, not overly carbonated, and reminiscent of a porter. Would've expected something a bit lighter from an amber ale.

D - Pretty tasty, though nothing overly memorable. By no means is it terrible, a nice amber ale, but I've had better. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.94/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into Corsendonk Chalice mar17 2010

A slightly hazy dark amber with a fast falling thumbs width of head that left no lace

S mild hops a little chocolate and some metallic toffee to go along with some nuttiness

T not to far from the smell just a little more malt and it has more sweetness too it. I rather like the chocolate aspects blending with the caramels

M fairly full, slightly syrupy and good carbonation make for a good feel

D other then its look this is a pretty decent beer and I would drink it again

I'm a little surprised this beer hasn't gotten more love from BA's but hey I liked it and you might too

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.24/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Glazed terra cotta with bright Sunkist edges. This is one of the darkest, richest amber ales in recent memory. Up top sits a thick chunk of golden beige colored foam that more than holds its own in the quality department. I'm not used to being impressed by beer of this style (or by beer from this brewery), but this one looks the part.

The nose is almost nonexistent. There's a whiff of steely caramel, a bit of fruit and a hint of hops that I could never have identified as Hallertau Hersbrucker. Here's hoping this broken garden implement isn't so broken on the palate.

By virtue of its relatively high ABV and the words 'full-bodied' on the neck label, it seems that Pyramid sees BRAA as a bigger than average amber ale. Too bad it doesn't drink like one. It's darker than the style average, however, thanks to what tastes like a fair amount of caramel malt.

Flavors include graham crackers covered with apple butter and a drizzle of melted caramel. That actually sounds pretty good, but the beer is little better than average in the end. On the other hand, that puts it near the head of the class as far as this brewery goes.

The Euro hops try to take the edge off the malty sweetness at the end of each mouthful, and just do succeed. Regarding the mouthfeel, it's medium-bodied to start, thins to light-medium on the swallow, and could use more (and more energetic) bubbles.

Like a broken rake, Broken Rake Amber Ale will eventually get the job done if you stick with it. Although it isn't a beer that I'd walk across the street for, it's a decent example of the style and went down easily enough.

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Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is a clear mahogany color, as advertised. The head pours pretty well and fades fairly quickly to foam, managing to leave some small patches of very thin lacing.
Caramel malt is up front in the aroma, followed by some banana, mild hops and a gentle spice.
The taste is consistent with the aroma, though there's more of a taste that's almost like mulling spices that is stronger than in the aroma. There's not much bitterness at all, either. The character is very strongly malt, with a very mild floral hops taste more in the finish. Balance is decent.
Body and carbonation are both light. Some may find the body a little thin. It's fairly crisp and starts off clean.
It's certainly worth a try. It does seem like it could go for either fall or winter, and I'd pick something else for a hot afternoon. It's a little more of a warmer.

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