Broken Rake Amber Ale | Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

Broken Rake Amber AleBroken Rake Amber Ale
94 Ratings
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:
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Added by BrewAskew on 08-23-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Mark
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nothing too exciting here. Standard amber color with slight off white head. Some lacing. Decent malty taste with subtle hops. A decent drinkable beer if one is slumming in mediocre microdom. That's kind of where most of Pyramid's beers fall. They taste better than they really are when one is at their awesome happy hour. Worth a try, just don't expect much.

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Photo of soper2000
2.95/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another one of pyramids seasonals. It pours an opaque brown with a head that resembles coke (builds up quickly and dissapears just as fast). Smell is malty with some carmel sweetness present as well. Taste is pretty bland. Some roasted malt is present as is more sweet flavor. I have yet to have a Pyramid brew that doesn't have this syrupy sweetness to it. I guess that's good if you like it but i certainly don't. Mouthfeel is pretty thin again. I always seem to find Pyramid brews on the "mixed sixer" shelfs, i guess they don't move enough on their own and after sampling this i'm glad i didn't throw down anymore money for a six pack of this.

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Photo of budsboy
3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz, screw top bottle. Pours deep clear brown with a fizzy white head that disappears quickly.

Malts and spice nose with hints of fruit.

Mixed fruit juice taste at first. Some woody spice with a bitter aftertaste.

Looks good, but pretty light weight stuff. A bit fizzy on the tongue.

Drinkable enough, though disappointingly light.

I suppose if your in the mood, this would be a nice beer in a pinch. This is my second go at it, and I recall liking the first one more, so mood must be the key.

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Photo of stirgy
3.57/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours like a cloudy ice tea. Amber orange in color with a small but creamy head. Sweet fruity aroma of tangy cherries, apricots along with something similar to corn syrup and sweet buttery malts. The flavor is unique with a bittersweet texture of roasted nuts. Papery body with some solvent like flavors detected. The finish is dry and makes me think of salt and pepper. Light, fruity, nutty and flavorful. An interesting beer.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.65/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: A 12 fluid ounce brown glass bottle that was picked up for a $1 from a recent trip to my local Beer Store, it was on "clear out" from a broken 6-Pack, so figured it was worth a try. A colorful looking label shows a pair of Pyramids set against a dark blue night sky. The neck label states that this is a Fall Seasonal. The main label lists the beer as a 6.4% Amber Ale. Had a Screw Top that I prized off with a Bottle opener.

Appearance: A dark copper colored body, very clear, but filled with a rampant activity from the dissolved carbonation when first poured, which in turn helped to form a large tan colored head. This head quickly disappeared to a very thin broken covering, which together with the fact that there was no lacing resulted in a rather poor eventual appearance.

Nose: A bit like a malty Nut Brown with some caramel thrown in for good measure. It also has a somewhat disconcerting aroma that is off-putting, I can’t quite put my finger on that but it’s not nice that’s for sure.

Taste: A malty brew, toasted with some biscuit aspects. Light middle with a somewhat cloying caramel feel at the death. The ending also has a little metallic aspect to it. Rather strange.

Mouthfeel: A sweet stickiness develops after a few mouthfuls. Other than that this is a rather thin brew. The ending is very cloying as you reach the last third of the bottle.

Drinkability: Having a 12 ouncer is always great news when you have an average beer that you want to Review but not get stuck with, if you know what I mean. I now know why there was a broken Six-Pack of this in the Beer Store, not many could probably face another one of these perhaps.

Overall: Not that impressed with this one to be honest. Very, very average.

The label says “…Broken Rake is a robust malty beer worthy of putting off the chores. Besides the leaves are happy just where they are.”

Yeah right. Well I live on the 11th Floor next to the Beach where there are no Trees or Leaves, and if you’ll excuse me I need to go and do my Ironing now!

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Photo of RoyalT
3.49/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Nice, dark brownish-orange body with what looked like a terrific head until five seconds later when it disappeared. James Brown would have been proud at the way this head bobbed up and down so quickly.

Smell – This smells more like a strong/old ale. There’s some big malts soaked in woody alcohol and mixed with caramel and brown sugar syrup. This one smells like a mouthfull.

Taste – Everything takes a huge step back at the taste. The malt is there, but rather thin and watery. The sugars are here in droves, though. Especially prominent is the brown, almost liquified banana. There’s a suggestion of hops as well. I’m sure it’s in there, I just can’t put my finger on it.

Mouthfeel – This is the ale’s weak point, IMHO. If this was heavier in the body it would be a real find.

Drinkability – If you want a strong/old ale that’s labeled a seasonal Amber at the bargain basement price of $1.16 a piece, run out and stock up on this one.

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

Another intriguing brew from Pyramid. This was on-tap at one of my favorite haunts, and it offered an amber-red color right off the get go. The head was omnipresent, even in its lacy form towards the very end. This brew offers a good bit of sweetness, in fact, more than I expected. Not bad overall.

Zum wohl!

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Photo of mikeys01
3.92/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I acquired a few bottles of the Broken Rake in a recent trade with a left coast BA and sampled my first last night. The Rake is a nice clear amber with a little bit of wispy white head. Aroma is very heavily malty and sweet, a bit bready. Taste is very smooth and dominated with sweet caramel malt flavors, and a little bit of tartness to counter, and just a little spice, making it a pretty tasty well rounded brew. Reminiscent of an Octoberfest marzen, a lighter than expected but very drinkable fall brew from Pyramid.

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Photo of alexgash
3.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think I bought this because I liked the fall leaves on the label. Pours an orangish amber with a small off-white, quickly dissipating head. I want more head. Smells very malty, a little sweet, and a hint of hop backing. Taste is big cookie malts, a little toasty. Finish is moderately bitter, and the alcohol is not hidden very well. Mediocre fall beer, but again, I like the leaves.

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Photo of clvand0
2.47/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Strange name, so I had to try it. Came in a 12oz bottle. Pours a light amber color with very little head and no lacing on the glass. The aroma is grassy, grainy - mostly earthy scents. The flavor is much the same as the aroma. Very earthy with grains being the most prominent taste. There was something weird about the taste/mouthfeel that I really didn't like. I almost want to say it was sour, but that's not a good description - don't know how to classify it, but I didn't like it much. The drinkability is just alright.

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

This autumn amber seasonal from Pyramid was a nice enough amber colour with a white head. The aromas were heavily malty and spicy. The taste was uncomplex and this stuff tasted like a watered down O-Fest to me...The mouthfeel was thin and watery but the drinkability was OK. This wasnt that bad, but they make some much better beers...


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Photo of Fabric8r
3.93/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a case of Pyramid beers at Costco, and this was the seasonal brew. Had this on tap near Safeco Field, and was very happy to get it in bottle form.

Full body and full malt flavor. Not a lot of hops, but you can tell they are there. Great smooth and fully rounded mouthfeel. A real pleasure to have this at home now.

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Photo of Brent
2.54/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A fall seasonal that is not an O'fest, a spiced beer or strong harvest ale - I suppose they buck the trend by releasing an amber. Very attractive golden-bronze color. A little sweet caramel malt in the aroma. Rather flat and one-dimensional, malty-sweet with no meaningful hopping and an unpleasant fermented refined sugar bittersweetness at the finish. Not at all what I would want to kick back with on a crisp fall afternoon.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep cooper color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is malty and sweet. Robust malt flavor, slightly sweet malts. Very slight spicy hop flavor. Nicely balance. Great taste, smooth. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is malty, slightly bitter.

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Photo of elmocoso
2.65/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of my least favorite of the line up. I might be biased, because of the lack of hop profile. Anyway:

It was a tarnished ruby color with no head or collar. Moderate carbonation and little nose. There was a good malt taste which went over well, but not much in the way of hops to balance it out.

The mouthfeel was average and the allover drinkability was too. Not a bad drinker, but not as exciting as it could have been.

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Photo of hoppygirl
3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Auburn color is inviting. Nose is caramel and smoky, which tells me this is going to be a malty ale. I am not surprised by the taste-malty, with almost a smoky Belgian-style finish. The mouthfeel is big and robust-nothing whimpy. The hops peak in on the finish, although not enough for me. Solid and approachable, this beer is easy to drink.

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

Ok first of the fall seasonals ( or autumn as I prefer)..comes in the typical Pyramid stubbie 12 oz brown bottle.
Pours a nice crystal clearlight brown colour..almost reddish..small pure white head that goes fast though good lacing is left behind.
mm this is a very very malty smelling beer..pretty exciting if your a malthead.
taste is also malty though with a nice bitter aftertaste..which I suppose is the hops.
Nice and smooth mouthfeel
Quite a drinkable ale..I had this last autumn and didnt like it at all..seems like at least they made it more drinkable.

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Photo of Gusler
3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a crystal clear deep copper color, the head is paltry in size, and vanishes leaving only microscopically small bits of lace. Nose is malt, nutty sweet, and hints of caramel. Front is malt and cloyingly sweet, top skimpy, the finish inconsequentially acidic, sufficiently hopped, dry aftertaste. A drinkable beer, that is pleasant enough, but nothing to “Write Home About”. Ranks #876 on my current 1000 beer master list.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.42/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice cool weather beer. it has a sweetish alcoholic flavor mixed with caramel malt notes. The head dissappears quickly. It is not a hoppy beer. It is balanced with Hallertauer hops to give it a German ale character. If you found Snow Cap to be too bitter and hoppy for you last winter, Broken Rake makes a nice substitute. Stock up on this one now becuase it is available in the fall only.

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