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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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 77
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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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a six pack of this at the local discount liquor store as I am a terrible sucker for seasonal beers. The people there highly recommended it, and being a fan of the Pyramid beers I figured I'd give it a shot.

A: The color of the beer was a nice full color for an amber ale, a little darker than what i expected. It left about a half inch of a tan colored head, that disappeared rather quickly, overall it looked quite inviting though.

S: With the smell, I couldn't really pick up much, definitely a few malt flavors though, and a little bit of alcohol, which I expected with an ABV of 6.1% on my bottle.

T: The taste is exactly what I would expect for an amber, except a little more full, the finish is somewhat bitter sweet with an interesting balance of hops. All in all a very flavorful beer.

M: The beer has a slight bite to it at first, and is carbonated a little more than what I prefer, but leaves the mouth with a smooth, almost creamy feeling.

D: This is a very good fall seasonal beer for the days where one can really feel that first tinge of coldness looming in the air, it is still very refreshing and would be perfect to enjoy at a late outdoor barbeque or football game.

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Photo of dnichols
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed several 12 ounce cups of this brew at the Puyallup, Washington Oktoberfest.

A: I poured a clear slightly copper hue with a thin off white head that did not linger long into the experience. Unfortunately, I was served in a plastic cut so it was hard to get a fair evaluation of this brews appearance.

S: It clearly presents a nice malt profile. However, there were few other aromas present and event the malts were relatively faint.

T: It was sweet and malty with out the expected dominating presence of spices and hops.

M: It was light, well carbonated and very clean aftertaste.

D: This was an easy beer to drink. Low ABV, crisp and no harsh bitter flavors.

Comments: Nice brew. Easy choice for a long lazy afternoon or evening sitting in front of a campfire.

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Photo of mnapier
3.95/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Service Temperature, 35 degrees. Service Glass German Balloon 12 ounce.

Appearance, is dark red & clear with a tan white foamy head and a faint mild white lace.
Aroma can only be described as a slight dirt earthiness, with some roasted toffee and sharp citrus.
Taste, is much like the aroma, earthy, some cloying and a mild biscuit. Overall mouthfeel, is medium.

Wouldn't necessarily go screaming for this but I have had a pint of this on draft and its much more defined.

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Photo of ojiikun
3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Typical stubby single poured into a nice big goblet. It took some acrobatics to get any head at all to form. Body is really quite dark; any darker and it'd be hard to call a 'red'! Actually quite more brown that red, at least it's crystal clear. Head is quite white, while it lasts. Some lace, even on the very clean glass.

Smell is super-sweet, hoppy, and almost belgian-ish. Lots of good mellow hops with tropical notes. Malts are mineraley and dextrine, could fool you for candi. Dark, but not toasty. Some yeast, a modern strain. Body tastes a good deal lighter than the smell would suggest, but the hops jump forth and give a nice little bite; quite unexpected and pleasing. Yeast turns up the funk and almost brings out some of the toastyness of the grains. Pleasing black tea backside with a finish that's got a bit of an off - celery maybe - but fades quickly.

Feels light, but a litle syrupy on the tongue. Not nearly as carbonated as I'd like for this volume and thickness. Drinkable, but hardly refreshing, and sadly - not high grav enough to really be all that warming. All of that said, one of Pyramids better seasonals and a nice departure from their endless linke of heffes.

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Photo of flexabull
3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a faint head.

Aromas are of tea, malts, yeast and bread.

Taste follows the aromas, tea like, malty, yeasty and a bit spicy. Taste a bit different than other ambers I have tried. The spiciness is bolder and somewhat interesting.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Well carbonated.

Pretty nice, and easy drinking. Not going to wow you, but it's tasty, and easily could be a nice session beer.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On my grocer's shelves, poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a burnt amber color and is clear. A fizzy off-white head forms, but is neither sticky nor resilient.

The smell is good, earthy notes of malted grain.

The taste is malty, with a peat flavor, a bit of an acerbic sensation, and a mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is smooth and well-bodied.

A drinkable fall brew, but not a remarkable one. I'd have this again , especially on sale, but it's not a great seasonal beer. Just another average offering from Pyramid.

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Photo of livingregret
2.48/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

-Having just picked this up, I was a little apprehensive after reading some reviews on this particular drink. That being said let's get on to my novice like review
--Pours as a darker than normal Ale. It has a reddish shine to it that is slighty off due to brown hues. The head VERY quickly disapates
--Smell. I really enjoy the smell of this drink. Reminds me of some old Ale, has a woodish smell and you can clearly smell the malts
--Taste. There is a definite malty taste w/ some earthy roots attached to it. Goes back to the woodish smell...very earthy.
--Mouthfeel...this is where the beer let me down some. It very quickly slides away and disappears from your mouth. There is a slight taste left in your throat that is almost metallic.
--Drinkability...while not my favourite drink, it will suffice when I need 1 quick drink.

Edit: After drinking a few more of these...I find my liking of them is dwindling. Having more than one in a night is just not something I feel like I can do when there are other great drinks. I had to change my drinkability on this drink because of that fact.

Edit the 2nd Time: I ran out of good beer and only have Broken Rake left I had no choice...but to drink them again. BUT this time, as my fiancee told me, if you don't breath through your taste like coke!! Not as sweet, but it really taste like coke! So I raised the drinkability because of this great information...low on good beer and want to make em last? Drink this in it's place and don't breathe through your nose!! WOOHOO!!

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Photo of germaniac
2.9/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a little darker than standard amber, brown hues mixing into the clear reddish shine. Smells malty and nutty, with a hint of caramel. Taste is pretty much all malts, sweet and cloying, leaning again towards caramel.Thin and unappealing as a fall seasonal. Finishes a little too harshly to be that drinkable.

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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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