Full Moon Pale Rye Ale
Real Ale Brewing Company

Full Moon Pale Rye AleFull Moon Pale Rye Ale
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Style:
Rye Beer
Ranked #171
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
84
Ranked #36,011
Avg:
3.73 | pDev: 13.14%
Reviews:
307
Ratings:
596
From:
Real Ale Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
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Year-round
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SCORE
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Good
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Reviews by tpd975:
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tpd975 from Florida

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an amberish gold with a nice off white head. Pretty good retention and a nice smattering of lace.

S: Aromas of crackery malt, bread, and caramel. Light spicy rye quality as well.

T: The rye is there to compliment the rich sweet malt. Mildly bready, with candy malt tones. Malty with a touch of spiced rye.

M: Medium, smooth, solid pale ale.

D: Good I like it.

Nov 14, 2010
More User Reviews:
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MadBurgerMaker from Texas

4/5  rDev +7.2%

Apr 04, 2012
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Sarunas7 from Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Jan 12, 2012
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JohnnyM2002 from Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a white wine glass at 45 degrees. Picked up in a trade with Csims - thanks!!

A - Pours a cloudy dark-caramel color with a small, but frothy, beige head. Mild carbonation.

S - Bready malt with mild hops in the background.

T - Biscuity malt fills my mouth, as they are met with subtle spices. Rye flavors are nice..toasty and dry-spiced. Very enjoyable.

M - Medium body with matching carbonation. Smooth, creamy finish.

D - Very enjoyable, makes for an excellent session beer. I get tired of the mildly- hopped/fruited pale ales after awhile...this raises the bar a little for other APAs.

Thanks to Csims for sharing this one!

Jan 28, 2007
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jl28r1 from Texas

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

May 18, 2013
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irishtimepiece from Texas

4.31/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear orange with a creamy off white head that settles to a cap and laces surprisingly well. Spicy rye aroma is excellent with some hops in there as well, but is pretty faint. Not much else there. Taste is interesting. Citrusy hops are present, but are second to the rye malt. Quite bready at points. Slightly sour tinge. Fairly balanced overall, very pleasant. Fullbodied mouthfeel with good carbonation. An extremely drinkable beer. I can drink these all day.

Oct 23, 2006
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dcevans from Texas

4/5  rDev +7.2%

Nov 27, 2011
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sinstaineddemon from Connecticut

3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

from mushroomcloud via secret bunny 2007

A - hazy light brown/dark orange, moderate carbonation and sediment, a half finger of white head fades to lace rather quickly

S - the initial aroma is a wel balanced bitter moderate hoppiness and rye malt sweetness, you can pick out the rye and distinguish it from regular malts, its distinctive grainy aroma is balancing and inviting

T - the taste is quite different, the rye seems to accentuate the hoppy bitterness into a near hop bomb, at least a hop blam, the bitterness is quite surprising, the rye adds another flavor level to an already quality brew

M&D - medium bodied, with a nice hop kick and bite, not hugely smooth, but an enjoyable beer with near IPA levels of IBU's, not a session brew, a bit to bitter to have in succession, but still a mighty tasty ale

May 03, 2007
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SmellsofMahagony from Texas

4/5  rDev +7.2%

May 17, 2013
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GuitarMC from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Dec 28, 2011
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greenspointexas from Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Dec 14, 2013
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jasonjlewis from Texas

4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Real ale brews have yet to impress me on appearance. The smell on this beer is superb, nice rye and maltiness with a nice hoppiness as well.

Taste is very well balanced, nice rye flavor with some pale and caramel malts and a nice hop bitterness to finish

Mouthfeel is decent, clings well, but not any crispness.

This beer is very easy to drink though. It is the only real ale I think I would buy again.

Sep 14, 2007
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bpackertx from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Jan 26, 2012
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WeisGuy from New York

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

Thanks to JDV for throwing this in as an extra in our recent trade.

a - pours a cloudy burnt orange color, one-inch ivory head with little retention or lacing

s - nicely balanced though subtle, piney hops mix in nicely with the fruitiness from the rye malt, hints of alcohol

t - like the nose, well balanced between a good amount of piney hops and the nice backbone of rye malt, some apple, not much alcohol, some graininess lingers on the finish

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, somewhat dry on the finish

d - quite drinkable because of the balance and the moderate alcohol presence

Very nice beer overall...perhaps a decent session beer. Nicely balance though nothing really jumps out or is overly interesting. Well worth a try.

Apr 26, 2008
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trebbates from Texas

3/5  rDev -19.6%

Jul 27, 2013
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waldoiverson from Texas

3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into tumbler (hey, i just moved and the proper glassware hasn't arrived)

A: fairly flat looking carbonation in the beer, but a nice sudsy head and a dark honey color

S:dark, carbo/toasted malt aroma, a little bit of hop resin sweetness but mostly the dark malts

T: good pine hop punch and then the rich bready malts, a bit of dark toastiness from the rye - quite tasty and refreshing

M: Fairly flat on carbonation, very light body that has a good, clean finish. It works in the heat.

O: I found the appearance pretty average (though that may be partly the servingware's fault. The taste is very clean but gets across the toasted rye nicely. Overall, a solid daily drinker.

Aug 13, 2011
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ZenAgnostic from Texas

2.9/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. 10.05.11 stamped on back label. Notes from Sept 31.

Appearance - Copper amber body. Foggy. White 3-finger head with great retention.

Smell - Musky. Sweet. Corny. Like warsteiner.

Taste - Hoppy. Light to moderate. Too mild, but balanced.

Mouthfeel - Watery. Somewhat astringent.

Overall Drinkability - Decent pale ale. Almost boring but the hop is strong enough to balance the watery blandness of the mouthfeel.

Sep 03, 2011
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours burnt orange into a pint glass. Two-fingers of froth hang out on top for a good bit before receding and leaving some huge chunks of rocky lacing behind. Smells of malts and rye. Taste is where it's at here, with some malts, a bit of sweetness mixed in, and some bitterness to balance it all out right before you get some notes of pine and rye. This beer is well carbonated, and light to medium bodied. If it was readily available in my area it would definitely be one of my favorite new session beers.

Nov 14, 2008
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cisteve from Texas

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Apr 07, 2012
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AlesRTasty from Texas

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber, slight tan head with good retention
S - Slightly malty, toasty biscuit aroma
T - wow, this is a lot hoppier than I expected, quite delicious. good amount of citrus flavor that does not linger on the tongue
M - very crisp, carbonated and refreshing
D - this could become one of my new favorites. I just hope that it continues to be available in my area.

Nov 02, 2006
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JeffreyJDavis from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7.2%

Apr 03, 2012
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HoustonTX from Texas

4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have always been a fan of this beer.

Pours a nice rustic copper color, with a small off-white head.
The aroma has a nice fresh piney hop profile, a touch of rye and earthy malt.

Upfront the beer produces a solid malt sweetness. This is followed soon after by some refreshing and strong piney hops. The back end of the beer has some nice earthy malt, and a thick layer of dry rye. Hops linger around as well.

This beer offers a good deal of flavor complexity for the style. However, it's hoppy enough to be considered an IPA. This will satisfy your malt, hop, and rye craving. All in all this is my favorite Real Ale beer, and an overall favorite.

Apr 04, 2007
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rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Nov 22, 2013
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle > 16 oz. SA glass

Thanks to rick Sawyer and Team Sinister for this bottle.

Pours out a cloudy, red hued, amber color, big carbonation and a mild 1/2" tall crown that dissipated pretty quick.

The aroma is very nice with a spicey, pineapple and ginger with fresh wheat 'n grains in the malt, mellow strawberries rounds it off.

A semi-sweet wheat malt flavor quickly gives way to an abundant array of fruity, citrus hop flavor's like, pineapple, peaches,and strawberries. It's a clean, springwater current that eases the balance. The Rye gives a freshly cut wheat field effect and the malt brings in a sweet current. There is a slightly astringent, vodka-like effect in the heat right a the end.

Light bodied feel, crisp, clean with a decent smooth edge in the finish.

for the most part, I really enjoyed it.

May 02, 2008
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kylehay2004 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Oct 31, 2014
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