Broken Rake Amber Ale | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Broken Rake Amber AleBroken Rake Amber Ale

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

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.

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Reviews: 77 | Ratings: 94
Photo of Graham5161986
2.79/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a nice amber-red with a sizeable, bubbly, off-white head that dissipates to almost nothing and doesn;t leave much in terms of lacing. the smell is of sweet, citrusy caramel malts with a touch of breadiness and some grassy hops in the background as well. Taste is of crisp, bready grains with a good amount of that Belgian sugary fruit sweetness on the finish. I do detect a some metallic notes and I can see why others have noted a bit of a soapy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied and very crisp, decent carbonation and a bit of an oily finish that leaves my palate feeling a bit weird (soapy perhaps???). Overall, an interesting ale that has some decent flavours up front, but in the end, just seems to miss the mark. I don't think I would buy this beer again. Oh well, simply a below-par brew form an otherwise quality brewery.

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Photo of Psilo707
2.55/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Very solid amber look to it. Lacing is pretty decent on the sides as well. Thick head.

S: Smells like oranges! Deep scent of fruits and tangyness.

T: Eck. What? Really? How can it be this bad when none of the other aspects showed signs? The taste is pungent and overly... sour tangy. I don't like it at all.

M: Decent, at best. The taste distracts from the mouthfeel though.

Drinkability: Crap.

Overall: Would not buy again. Probably my least favorite brew from Pyramid. I am somewhat depressed that I have to finish the rest of this 6 pack before buying anything else.

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Photo of canucklehead
2.8/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is a malty amber beer that has a fatal flaw to enjoying more than one; the soapy aftertaste. I can handle the real lack of strong flavours ( there is malt and a nice caramel midbody ) but the soapy mouthfeel on the finish is very apparent once you notice it. Too bad because this could be a decent fall session beer.

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Photo of Soneast
2.59/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear coppery color. 2 fingers of off white head which dissipates quickly leaving a thin sudsy layer. Minor lacing.

Smells like a malt beverage.

Tastes of roasted malts maybe a little bit of toffee in there. Watery finish, unpleasant sweet/malty after taste. Medium-low carbonation.

Pretty mediocre Amber ale. Kinda feels like you're drinking a high class malt liquor, which isn't exactly good.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a perfectly clear brown and a nice froth of off-white foam.

Aroma is very weak, and rather boring. Just some sweet malt and sugary honey. Not getting much hop aroma.

A fairly pedestrian brown/amber. It's malt forward, with some nutty caramel and sweet tea. Hops are there, i guess...but it's just so sweet and unbalanced. Got some hops in there, but it's jsut for bitterness, not getting any good flavorful hop aroma or florals.

Light mouthfeel, but a bit sticky in the finish. Overall a pretty uninteresting and generic brew.

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Photo of Spikester
3.88/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red amber with a good amount of white head. Fair amount of lacings. Aroma is floral hops some maltiness. Taste is mildly bitter hops with a full malt backing. Smooth overall. Mouthfeel is very good. Drinkability is very good and a bit high at 6.2% abv for a session beer.

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Photo of IronDjinn
2.71/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Deep russet amber in appearance, bubbly, frothy off-white head that slowly dissipates.

Flowery honey sweetness first in the aroma, some grassy hops, and a runny sweet malt that's difficult to peg down. Malt settles down to a mild caramel as it warms.

Flavour kind of bottoms out with the malt right from the start, a bit of mild sticky toffee, floral hops kick in on the finish, however not much going on in between or afterwards.

Mouthfeel is the lighter side of medium-bodied, quick rush of carbonation, gets thin on the finish.

Not really my bag, especially for a seasonal, I was expecting more, especially from the propoganda on the label. A mediocre amber ale, glad I just picked up one in an mix 'n match 6-pack.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear brown amber glass holds a solid head but doesn't lace.

S: Earthy, a bit a British hops and malt sweetness gives the package a "fallen leaves" autumn smell.

T: Fairly sweet, a bit worty (under attenuated) for my tastes. The earthy hops go floral and have a full flavor but little bittering.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, nothing special or wrong here.

D: Not my cup of tea, but a solid amber that I wouldn't turn my nose up at. If you like ambers, this is worth a try.

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Photo of elniko
2.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A: Deep rich amber coloring, head minimal. Carbonation apparent. Average looking brew.

S: Mostly alcohol on the nose, a little maltiness there as well. Not the best smelling brew.

T & M: Hmm..a strange brew. Mouthfeel is just a little too carbonated, slightly overwhelms. Taste is solid, decent balance of malt with hops.

D: Drinkable, but definitely not in the top of best Ambers that I've had. I would not seek out again.

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Photo of Slynger
1.99/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Slightly hazed orangey amber with an off-white lid.

It's lightly toasted with the barest hint of sweetness, but mostly some tangy-tartness that is not enjoyable. A moderate amount of musty-spicy, earthen like hops help just a bit.

Really un-enjoyable. Will not try again.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance has an orange amber with a thin head that dissapates rather quickly. Smell of slight caramel, light spice and malts. Taste seems a little unbalanced towards the bitterness than malt with light spice. Mouthfeel is slick, but could have more body. Not bad, but I would want something a little more hearty in my fall ales.

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Photo of allengarvin
2.72/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A mostly clear brown-colored beer, with unfortunately little head on top. Aroma is malty, not unpleasant, with a slight toasted edge. Rather sweet taste lacking any character... this tastes like kit homebrew made on someone's first attempt, with no particular hop presence, no good malt, and an odd sour tang.

Bleagh, absolutely the worst Pyramid beer I've ever had. What were they thinking?

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Photo of ccrida
4.3/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber (6.1% ABV) poured into an impy pint, Broken Rake is a clear bronze with a large, olive-tinged sand colored head that is pretty quick to subside to a thick collar and skim, leaving light, scattered lace.

Smell is sweet malt, brown sugar and caramel, with minty hops.

Taste is also mainly sweet amber malt, with herbal hops providing a spicy balance that keeps this from being cloying, and dominate the drier, bitter finish. Not the most depth, but another nice little under-appreciated Pyramid brew.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, one of the better amber's out there, nice maltiness tempered by hops that are neither grassy nor overly piney or citrusy, like most other American amber's. Not to far removed from some of the fest beers of the season, a nice beer and an nice price. A beer doesn't need to be super strong, flavorful or extreme to be very good, and for this style, this one suits me nicely.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle.

A- a very nice crisp and clear mahogany color. Nice dark wood color to it and i am very impressed with that. No head though so no lace. lose a half point for that.

S- a sweet caramel malt. a hint of toasted as well. it actually has hints of soap smells. i dont know what that is all about.

T- kind of dry and sweet like a wine. i can taste strong floral hops in the mouth as well. Very pronounced. i do taste sopa like substance as well to finish it off. odd

M- dry and wish washy of soap mixed with dry hops. different but ok nonetheless.

D- hard for me to put more than 2 of these down. a nice beer to try but not for me.

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Photo of woemad
3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane. My first bottle from Pyramid in a long while. "Best by" date on the neck label indicates that I need to drink this up by January 12, 2010. I'm guessing that it's pretty fresh, loaded with preservatives, or both.

Poured a dark amber color, with an inch of off-white foam. No lace to speak of.

Malty and a little bit soapy, with a very modest, herbal hop scent. Not a bad smelling beer, but not interesting, either.

Like in the nose, this is a malty beer with a very slight hop presence. Not bad tasting, but bland, bland, bland.

Medium bodied, with a mouthfeel slightly more slick than water.

Bland and uninteresting beer. The reason I so rarely drink Pyramid beers is because I tend to think that beers like this will be what I get - drinkable in that they are not offensive, but with nothing else to reccomend about them. Obviously, this beer has done nothing to change that.

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Photo of tempest
3.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Stooge's in Allentown, PA, served in a pint glass. Appears a clear amber with a short off-white head.

Meh, it's good but it's just another amber ale. It starts with smooth caramel and finishes with roasted toffee from crystal malts. The transition between the two flavors is a little off, but it's still a fairly drinkable and overall enjoyable brew.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.41/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pyramid- Broken Rake

A- Golden reddish brown with a thick heavy lacing head.
S- Light sweet sugary malt slight spicy touch.
T- Sweet slight dried cherry malt. Big hit of alcohol in the body and finishing off sugary.
M- Good solid caramel malt throughout with a dose of alcohol in the middle. Good sweet finish.

Overall- Good malty taste alc. is a little too noticeablr for this one. A 6er of this will be enough for an evening.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The broken rake poured a mahogany like the bottle professed with a single finger foam head and no lacing to speak of.

The aroma malty sweet with a faint hop aroma. The taste was silky malt goodness. Muted hop on the back end. In the mouth is was creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall not a bad brew but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz picked up from the new batch today.. ~1.45 from the Coop.

2 finger lite tan head.. lite spotty lacing.. brew is a polished amber.

Aroma is toasty and biscuity.. a little grassy.. I believe I can even get a little bit of dried leaves in there :-)

Flavor is pretty much the same as the nose but with a little bit of caramel sweetness.. some subtle spiciness .. descent body and good carbonation.. tastes very fresh right now.

There is no way I would have rated this one this high, but it is really pretty tasty.. and again, this is a very fresh bottle.


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

Poured from the 12oz twist off bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours with a pretty thin head of foam, maybe a half finger that quickly fades to the slight film over the top. Lacing clings to the sides of the glass. Beer is a very clear amber.

Smell- Malts upfront with a good hoppy scent on the tail end. A bit of citrus and a bit of pine on the nose. Malts smell like Vienna to me with a hint of caramel malt.

Taste- Rich and creamy with a good sweet malt balance. Hops follow with a big soapiness. Very soapy. I'm not sure if the malts or the hops are causing this but this has a very Dial soap flavor like I was just mouthing off to my mother. Malt is strong upfront but that backbone is pretty unfortunate.

Mouthfeel- The soapiness lingers. The beer is well carbonated and medium bodied, but the smoothness that should be there is overpowered by the soap taste. Perhaps my tongue is just sensitive to this taste.

Drinkability- I have heard from many that this was a very drinkable beer. Sadly, after several of these I can't agree with them. It looks like I'll be handing the rest of this off to someone else in the room.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle, with an autumal scene mixed with pyramids,

A: Pours a dark amber, with a pretty weak white head, which dissipates quite fast.

S: Smell is quite good, a full smell of caramel, toasted malt, and sugar.

T: Sugary sweet taste on the front, which leads to a drying, grassy bitterness. Not a bad taste, but overall is pretty weak.

M: Light, a little tart actually dry, not enough carbonation in this style I believe, the pop of the top is really light.

D: A fair amber, but there are much better ones out there, Pyramid is sort of a hit or miss brewery for me, their offerings are either really good or mediocre. Worth a shot, as I have never seen it down here before.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.73/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No head, little lace, really dark amber, a little cloudy. Smell was malt, sweet with a tiny hop note, about standard for this. Mouth was, mellow and creamy with a nice wheat aftertaste and the alcohol and hops bite a bit. Good mouth for sure.

Taste is, a little stronger hops profile and a bitter. This mixed well with the malt and actually was a little bit dry on the swallow. The sweetness with moderately toasted wheat aftertastes makes this a very good Amber, more what I'd think of an amber ale to be. They should make this a regular offer.

Not my favorite, but if you are looking for a ballsy amber beer, this would fit nicely.

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Photo of JDK
3.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Expecting an Oktoberfest but this was pretty hoppy for that style. Nice dark amber color with a 1/2" head with little to no lacing.
Medium carbonation but not bitey. As I said before, the aftertaste was a little tart, more hops than any of the seasonal beers I've tried but this is definately worth a try. Finishes nice a crisp.

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Photo of choyhosoi
3.88/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this from a bottle

Appearance-Nice mohaghony color with a small steady head that just wouldn't fizzle away.

Smell- A nice sweet but hopp flavor was what I got I could smell a little caramel lingering also.

Taste-Very nice taste really smooth with a very pleasant finish

I would like to try a 6 to test the tolerance level but I would recommend these to anyone who can find them. Enjoy

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Photo of Wasatch
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean/clear amber color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy off-white head, some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, and lots of caramel. The taste is malty/caramel. The finish is slightly bitter/dry. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad Amber, but would not buy again.

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Broken Rake Amber Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
3.23 out of 5 based on 94 ratings.
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