Full Moon Pale Rye Ale
Real Ale Brewing Company

Full Moon Pale Rye AleFull Moon Pale Rye Ale
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Rye Beer
Ranked #170
Ranked #36,820
3.73 | pDev: 13.14%
Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Full Moon Pale Rye AleFull Moon Pale Rye Ale
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear pale amber producing 1.5+ fingers of somewhat lasting, beige, foamy head that leaves motes & streaks of lacing. Aroma is lightly toasted malt, pumpernickel, a little brown sugar, rye spice & a leafy floral, light grapefruit background. Taste is malty, bready, fresh cut pumpernickel, caramel/brown sugary with rye spice; finishing wit caramel/honey, rye spice, floral, tropical fruit & orange/tangerine citrus hints that become a musty malt, bitter dryness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation, tongue coating creamy but slightly oily with a nice prickle.

Jan 06, 2015
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MDDMD from Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-orange amber color with a smallish white head and some lacing

S-citrus, malt, rye, orange

T-doughy malt, rye, citrus, little pine, mild bitter finish, flavors fade out

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-average rye beer, but easy drinking, not a lot to distinguish this beer

Feb 27, 2014
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Radome from Florida

3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a goblet.

A - Beer is a rich gold-to-amber color with lots of orange. Slightly hazy. Head is off-white and not very thick on the pour. It fades to just a wisp on the surface but thick, creamy lace on the glass.

S - Strong NW US hops aroma, as you'd expect for an IPA. But there is also an earthy, spicy note that must be the rye. Sharp aroma in the finish that seems medicinal.

T - Initial flavor is of grassy, spicy hops. This is followed by bready malt that balances the hops burn. Some spiciness from the rye adds complexity.

M - Medium body. Medium to high hops bitterness. Very slight alcohol presence. Low to medium carbonation that still comes across as creamy.

O - This is a decent and enjoyable IPA with a little added complexity from the rye flavors and aromas.

Jan 31, 2014
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

2.85/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle served into a kitchen glass. Reviewed as a pale rye ale because it identifies as such in its name. Review is truncated as I wasn't in an ideal environment. Reviewed from notes.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a three finger wide head of white colour. Fluffy complexion. Above average thickness and creaminess. Scattered lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average (about 3-4 minutes).

Body colour is a quasitransparrent copper of above average vibrance. Translucent. Supple.

Sm: Nice floral and herbal hop character with a bit of pine in there too. Spicy rye. Pale malts. Some caramalt. Has a nice balance of aromatic malts and hops. A pleasant aroma of mild strength.

T: Pale malts and a dash of rye comprise the bulk fo the body. Floral hops dominate the hop profile with a hint of piney character. Nicely balanced, if simple. No complexity here, but maybe a bit of subtlety with the rye. A bit too bitter. Somewhat soapy - this may have spent too long in primary fermentation. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

Mf: Soft, smooth, and wet. Slightly overcarbonated. Not oily. Decent thickness and body.

Dr: Drinkable but far from great. A pretty average pale ale from Real Ale at a fair price point. I doubt I'd get it again. Pretty unremarkable overall. I'd like to see a bit more rye in the grain bill.


Nov 15, 2013
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fizzgig from Texas

3.01/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Opaque medium copper. Half finger head with aggressive pour, didn't last long.

S: Dissolved quickly with the head, couldn't get much smell off it after that, maybe a hint of pumpernickel or (surprise) rye bread, pretty faint so hard to tell.

T: Slightly overdone pizza crust. Some bitterness comes on late and a hint hangs onto back on tounge for a while. Some other stuff but hard for me to pick out.

M: Decent coating, mild carbonation thickens a bit.

O: Better than I expected, first shot at a rye beer. Drinkable especially with food. Not great but not bad. Doubtful I will be looking for it again, though.

Jul 20, 2013
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has since been retired. Did not review at that time but remember it having a good rye flavor with some sweetness, but it was a little light on the hops.

Jun 07, 2013
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tubeyes from Texas

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A Hazy amber, min white head, some lacing.
S lots of awesome hoppyness and mild esters
T more great hops flavors, rye wheatyness
M creamy mouth feel, low carbonation, mild hoppy aftertaste
O very enjoyable brew, enjoyed thoroughly, the label of the beer is. Van Gogh-esque style painting of the old Blanco County courthouse. Had in bottle at Banter in Denton.

Feb 12, 2013
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mooseisloose from Florida

3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Popping the top this brew has a sweet wafer smell and noble hop smell. Pours to a slightly cloudy yellow-orange with a wispy off white head. Taste is chaulky and sweet and sour with a balanced amount of bitterness that combines and starts at the front of the palate and moves to the back of the palate with a champagne type fizz. Mouthfeel, already described, is fizzy but not overpowering. This brew is a unique flavor of fizzy sweetness with a slight bitterness for balance. Not a a great sessioner but a good hot weather brew with solid flavor.

Nov 22, 2012
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pasdachuri from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slight hazy golden amber color with about an inch off white head.

A hoppy rye nose as the name suggests.

Good Hop punch up front that finishes with a bready malt balance. Surprisingly good, well balanced taste.

I believe this beer has placed Real Ale Brewery on my permanent map. Very happy with this selection.

Oct 27, 2012
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stakem from Pennsylvania

2.91/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Standard 12oz bottle poured into a pint. The brew appears a clear copper with a yellowish tan froth across the top. A full wall of patchy lace sticks to the glass. When held to the light, it shows yellow around the edges and more deep orange through the body.

The aroma is light and mineral-filled. Some toasty grain sweetness couples with some mild fruity hop scent. Overall the aromatics here are quite muted but it maintains a fruited essence that I find to be quite similar to other brews that utilize rye.

The taste unfortunately carries the minerals along with a minor herbal hops inclusion. Mild fruity alcohol esters mix with some toasty grain sweetness. The taste is not horrible but it is plain, simple and forgetable.

Thia is a medium body brew with a light amount of carbonation. It is easy drinking but the mineral inclusion i could do without if i was going to have it again.

Sep 05, 2012
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DavidST from Texas

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass best by date of 9/13/12. This pours an amber color with a small short lived off white head. The smells are of light hops, a little hint if rye, some malts. The feel is medium. The taste is okay the rye barely comes through a little hops, a little malt.

Jul 23, 2012
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Amalak from New York

3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Thick, opaque honey-colored beer with a small white foamy head with limited lacing.

S. No real scent. Very, very mild malt.

T. Very intense first taste. There's definitely rye in there. It's a bit of a honey sweetness. Some hoppy bite to it.

M. Tingly and thick.

O. The rye is certainly there, which I appreciate because I love rye beers. But it mixes a bit odd. I got used to it, but it was out there.

May 15, 2012
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JustinClark from Texas

3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Being in Texas I have tried the Real Ale brews various times of the years. In recent years have pretty much stuck with their "Lost Gold" and the coffee porter. Was nice to revist some of their staples recently as they are more complex than I remember.

The Full Moon Pale Rye did not do much for me on the aroma... a little sweet, malt & yeast aroma.

Pours a cloudy, yellow (tinge of orange). Like the look of the body.

Suprising hop bitterness in mouth, but still a rich body.

Nice balance with slight complexity. The rye is not very prominent though.

May 01, 2012
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jmbranum from Oklahoma

4.83/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Numberical scores above are from the most recent review

Review of 2014-12-21:

AP 4.75 AR 4.75 F 5 MF 4.5 OA 4.75

Bought at Central Market in Fort Worth, Texas (with an expiration date of next month) and transported to Oklahoma via Amtrak.

I have long loved this beer, since at least 2001 when I got to taste one fresh off the bottling line at the old brewery.

Tonight is a chance to revisit this glorious beer of old and I'm impressed.

It pours a copper colored slightly hazy liquid. Wonderful hop-laden aroma with lots of citrus. Flavor is much better than I remembered. I'm picking up pineapple, and spices (I'm assuming this from the rye). Nicely balanced between sweet and dry notes.

Very nice and full mouthfeel with hop oil that lingers on the palate.

I really like this beer. Even better than I remembered. I do think (from reading my previous review) that the key to greatness for this beer is catching it fresh.

Review of 4-12-2012:
AP 4.5 AR 4 F 4.5 MF 4 OA 4.5 - Average 4.35

(review is of a beer aged for 3 years)

I'm amazed I haven't reviewed this beer before, especially because I've drank it straight off the line (about 10 years ago while visiting the brewery at their old location) and have had many time since.

Nevertheless, I discovered a very old bottle (expiration date of 7/22/09 (old enough that is the old bottle design), so I thought, what the heck, I might as well review it for kicks.

I actually like the results of the aging for this beer.

The hops have died down to being in the background, so now there are lots of coppery notes and lots of malt. Nice bready aroma. Mouthfeel is medium. And lots and lots of rye (the best part). It tastes like rye bread, for real.

I like this beer aged. I highly recommend it.

Apr 02, 2012
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jrenn from Kansas

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look- Just sorta downed 'em out of of the bottle. probably not the best method for tasting.

Smell- Very pleasant, but simple. Rye for sure. Malty, and a little bit of darker fruit.

Taste- wonderful. malts upfront. a little raisiny/grape finish. reminds me of a northern italian espresso at times.

Mouthfeel- lighter/medium body. really drinkable. great for that reason.

I would buy it again if they sold it where I reside. Really does the rye beer justice. kinda refreshing that it's not a trendy hoppy rye ale-. While I do love those as well, this is a bit refreshing.

Mar 19, 2012
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to smithjl10 for this bottle off my permanent wants list; because if it has rye in it, I want it. Bottled 1/11/12 & kudos for the clear date on the bottle. An action other brewers could learn from.

Pour is unfiltered light orange, trending yellow, plenty o' carbonation. Nose on this rye is full of pale malts, touch of grain. Not much to shake a nostril at.

Full Moon Pale Rye Ale gets full points for truth in advertising: pale ale with a TOUCH of rye. The pale ale is ascendant in Taurus rising, big pale malts that make up 95.3% of the taste. Herbal hops brush past, & there's a background hum that might be dribs of rye. Eh. Easy enough to drink.

I have failed to be impressed with anything from Real Ale yet & am at the point of giving up on their beers. Nothing bad, just a consistent beat of mediocre beers light on taste. This snuggles right into the mold. Decent enough.

Mar 11, 2012
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beergoot from Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle came in a beer trade with Dolph1979

Pours a solid amber color, slightly cloudy with good carbonation. Head is two-fingers, thick, white. Foam rings and lacing down the glass...

A sweet, citrus-like (orange) hop aroma greets the nose. A hint of spice. Light biscuit scent, too.

The taste is subtle. Light grain with a touch of rye spice. A fair hop bitterness rounds things out.

A nice, full, medium body. Smooth as glass. Crisp and clean finish.

A better than average pale ale although I didn't pick up much of a rye malt presence. It's there, just buried somewhat in the overall taste. I'd say the rye is nicely paired with the bitterness at the finish. A good beer.

Mar 03, 2012
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BillH200174 from California

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange amber color. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is malty and bready, fruity and orange, some hops and spiciness. A medium bodied APA. Malts are fruity, caramel and sweet. Some orange blossom and peach flavors. Hops are floral and herbal. There is a definite rye influence in this beer.

Mar 03, 2012
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Lawl3ss from Texas

3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly chilled 12 oz. bottle poured into a stemless tulip. Best-by date on bottle is 03.22.12.

Look- Hazy pale amber with a one-inch white head that fell within a minute or so. Looks "real", to be sure.

Smell- Intriguing. A little sweet, rye and nutty malt are quite present, but there's no shortage of aromatic fruity hops- cascade, or something similar. Slightly buttery. Swirling brings out a bit of yeasty spice. I haven't smelled anything quite like it, to be sure.

Taste- Once again, comes off as a decent APA with a bold malt presence. Starts sweet and tart, subdued citrus zest, white plum, and lime-like flavors. Toasted marble rye bread follows, with a bit of dark cane sugar and sweet shortbread thrown in. Aftertaste is a nutty, with a final showing of pine. Not mind-blowing, but quite unique and well executed.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium body, crisp carbonation, clean finish. Quite drinkable but nondescript. Feels appropriate for the beer.

Overall- This beer reminds me of Firestone Walker Union Jack, particularly the aftertaste. It's not quite in the same league, however- not as well hopped, distinct rye presence, and not nearly as full-feeling, but the malt base is pretty similar. I haven't had many of Real Ale's offerings, but this is pretty promising. I'll keep an eye out for it on tap.

Feb 12, 2012
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beergod1 from Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy amber with a reddish tint. Lighter bodied. A nice aroma with subtle hops and some rye spice. Slight hop bite there as well. On the palate there is some rye up front with a subtle hop bitterness. Also some sweet toasted malt. Very light hop presence. Very drinkable....The rye was a nice touch.

Feb 01, 2012
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JayAre46 from Texas

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from notes - getting ready to watch some foozeball! pours a murky orange with one finger of head that has moderated retention and leaves spotty lacing. the aroma is biscuity, lightly hopped, grainy with a subtle citrus presence. easy drinking brew and i love the rye it really brings the flavors out. more of the citrus, fresh hops and a pale malt. balanced well. medium to light body the carbonation is medium and prickly. very easy to drink several of these and in my mind this is a great session-able beer. good tailgater, put it cans!

Jan 19, 2012
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oline73 from Maryland

2.74/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a small layer of off white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Slightly sweet malt. Some mild fruit notes. Kind of boring.

Taste: More interesting than the smell. Malt up front with some rye spice that carries into the finish. There is a slight hop bitterness that shows up for the second half of the sip.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish. A bit on the flat side.

Overall: Underwhelmed by this one. Nothing too impressive going on. I wouldn't want another.

Nov 29, 2011
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gtermi from Texas

3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer has a nice cloudy gold color with a very thin white head.

S: I get a smell of bread, a few hops and malt. Not much else really there.

T: It has a nice bit of citrus. It is pretty light tasting, but it doesnt take away from the beer. I also get a bit of sweet malt.

M: The beer is very smooth! I could drink this all day just because the mouthfeel would never get old.

O: This is a very good beer. Its a nice change up to have a citrus tasting beer that isnt overpowering. I really enjoyed it and will still continue to buy the Real Ale Sample Packs.

Nov 28, 2011
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nukem5 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a orangey amber color with a lite cap of tan which clings to glass.

S: Spicey and piney notes not a lot of malt aroma but not bad.

T: The first thing you get on the tongue is a bitter citrus taste with a pine/juniper feel. Some caramel malts and the rye taste is almost in the back at last place but still present.

M: Medium bodied with decent carb level, also a slightly alchoholic taste which surprises me at 5.6% feels a bit higher.

O: Overall would drink this again but in moderation as rye beers do bad things to me ...lol. Good beer with a great balance of flavors and things going on within this one.

Nov 18, 2011
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karait95 from Mexico

3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: nice looking an orange - yellow color wit medium body that forms a medium almost white creamy head that disipates leaving almost no traces behind on the glass.

S: Very intense aroma, the malts are present with the rye and some hops not a simple or faint aroma.

T: the flavor is nice and again not easy to process as the rye flavor is not common in general terms, some citrus, some spices are present but not easy to say what are the ingredients, some hops are present.

M: Excellent and refreshing starting but a little bitter medium and ending, making this beer a well done one.

Nov 12, 2011
Full Moon Pale Rye Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 596 ratings