Full Moon Pale Rye Ale | Real Ale Brewing Company

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Full Moon Pale Rye AleFull Moon Pale Rye Ale

Brewed by:
Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 12-12-2001

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Reviews: 307 | Ratings: 590
Photo of jmbranum
4.83/5  rDev +28.8%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.8/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

BBD of 1 aug 06

Pours amber/orange with a tight 1.5" sand colored head. Very good lacing &good head retention

Nice biscuitty/rye pepperry spicy aromas compete for your nostril's attention

Taste: Big time toasty/peppery rye flavors up front, yum. Slight citrus hopsmack sneaks in on the corner of the tounge. Also a slight alcohol burn. Then a slight fruittyness sneaks in as well. Finishes peppery & quenching& crisp

Great balance, medium body & very good carbonation

This is a quaffer. I loved this stuff when I had it at the GABF in 04 on draft & this is very nice the bottle as well. Wish I could've found this somewhere else besides central market in san antonio, yummy! Easily one of the best rye beer's I've ever had!

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Photo of BeerAngel
4.72/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful clear copper color with a large fluffy cream-colored head. The aromas of light fresh baked rye bread notes roll off of this beer and are highlighted by light hops and light alcohol notes blending in nicely to make for a mouth-watering combination. The taste mirrors the aroma with a creamy smooth blend of flavors and perfectly balanced hops. This is a medium to light bodied brew that has a creamy mouthfeel and finishes slightly dry. This is one very good, very solid brew! I loved it! Cheers!

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Photo of roblowther
4.63/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cloudy golden red with a undulating (extra point word) tan head. It looks like a pale ale should, in short. Aroma is sweet caramel malt and a surprisingly delicate hop note. The taste is crisp with the rye malt dominating. VERY refreshing, the sweetness of the malt balances the hops well. Tastes of rye bread and, well, rye bread. The hops come after the flavor as just a lingering note in your mouth. Seriously. This stuff rocks. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and light, adding to the refreshing nature of the beer. Its a good beer for those days when its just a bit too hot to sit in a biergarten but that doesn't stop you. The drinkability? Let's just say that the six pack didn't last long. :)

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Photo of hoplover82
4.57/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a deep rich clear golden color with pour retention with good lacing.

S-Strong rye and bright earthy hops, WOW, with slight sweet bannanas.

T-The flavor has a lot of bright earthy hops and some sweet rye.

M-Medium to full bodied and very smooth and crisp.

D-Very VERY drinkable. Very good.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.54/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask-conditioned at Texas Craft Beer festival. Hazy amber color, very full and creamy head. Aroma is outstanding: peppery & citrusy, a wonderful blend of hops and rye malt. Flavor likewise is very good. Starts out lightly bitter with good rye flavor, not overwhelming like some ryes. A pleasant spicy pepperiness with just a touch of sweetness. Moderately fruity, more so than I've noticed in the bottle, and somewhat yeasty at the finish. Carbonation is moderately low, mouthfeel full.

The bottled version is alright but mostly ordinary. This cask-conditioned was incredibly good, with every flavor contributing equally and fully. The best beer of the festival!

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Photo of ppoitras
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from assurbanipaul as part of Too Much Beer (2MB) BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the really cloudy coppery amber brew. Head fades at a reasonable pace, with plentiful lacing. Aroma is pale grains, with a whiff of rye noted, and ample fruitiness. Taste is robust malt sweetness, balanced and more so by the fruity hops. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, and drinkability is superb. This one I could revisit all day.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a deep ruby color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is of spicy rye, caramel, and grapefruit hiding underneath. The taste is spicy, then malty, then the hops kick in for a bit, then it turns spicy again in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with perfectly moderate carbonation, and a silky texture. Overall, this is a great pale ale. I really wish this were available in my area. If it were it would find itself in my fridge often. What a wonderful session beer!

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Photo of texashammer
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very attractive beer. Orange/amber color, slightly hazy, with a full creamy rocky head. The nose is lots of hops and spices. It is incredibly appetizing. When I sip, I get a zingy bite from the spicy, bitter hops. It is so good! Full body, smooth mouthfeel, appetizingly dry finish that leaves me wanting more. I could drink this forever.

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Photo of beerdiablo
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A flagship brewer of Ales in Texas whose quality continues to rise.

This APA pours a nice, dark yellow/brown with a nice head and has a bit more of a bite due to the inclusion of the rye, which has set this beer apart.

The spice overtones make a nice accompaniment to chicken and dishes
with garlic.

In all, this does fine as session ale. I recommend alternating it with
a lighter tasting beer, such as their Fireman's #4 to provide contrast.

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Photo of PEBKAC
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to ballewblake for the care package. One of the few review notes that I remembered to save when I last reformatted in June.

The bottle notch signals that I should of drank this already(May). Though I did drink one of these earlier, it was just too humid to review anything sitting down on that sticky pleather.

A: Heavy on the suds, the mound falls flat in nearly an instant. A Nestea-colored body that's just a bit too murky to see through.

S: Noticeable yeast & some ethanol blow-off, followed by a fruity & slightly sour mix of orange/banana & dusty bread crust.

T/M: More tangy then sour. Sharply sweet edging on something fruity, but it hits quick & dies back. Good reliable grapefruit bitterness, constant feeling of dry grain, & a sturdy amount of carbonation keep you coming back for one more deep slurp. Only negative(for me) could be a tinge of metallic flavor in the aftertaste. Probably the result of not indulging at a constant pace. :P

A strait up tasty beer. :)

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Photo of VoodooBrew
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had previously reviewd a bottled version of this beer, and had suspected that there was a major flaw with my bottles that the brewers had not intended. Well let me say that I can safely put to rest any notion that Full Moon Pale Rye Ale is anything short of a magnificent beer.

Things are off to a superb start with the aroma, which is rich and malty. As a homebrewer, a smile immediately came to my face: this smells like a fresh hot mash! Malt is big in the flavor, with a nice dose of caramel. Rye imparts a sharpness to contrast the big round malt, as the hops appear mid-palate with a wave of bitterness. This easy, smooth drinker finishes with a caramel sweetness.

I would like to rescind my negative comments previously made about this beer. Pale Rye Ale is a real winner.

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Photo of Atricapilla
4.44/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Is a nice copper color with a slight fizz to it. Thin to medium head. Smells of light floral hops and a little citrus. Taste seems very well balanced: some initial bitterness (slightly) with a little bit of sweetness from the hops and rye. Leaves a very refreshing aftertaste from the rye.

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Photo of tfarmstrong
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear golden color with slight orange hue. The head is very rich and the beer laces very nicely along the glass.

S - Smoother smell than expected. Could not smell the hops which might be kinda nice because they really jump out when you taste the beer.

T - Grapefruit and some hints of rye are the major tastes. Does a good job with the hops as they are strong but not overpowering like some IPAs. The rye is definitely there as well but not as dominant as I feared it might be.

M - Good carbonation with a classic mouthfeel. Dead on.

O - A definite surprise from a brewery I had never heard of before. I will be going back to these guys whenever I am in the Dallas region.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Many thanks to depechemode1983 for sharing a couple bottles with me!

Pale medium copper/amber in color, with a light tan finger and a half of spongy head that sticks around a bit and leaves webby lacing.

Aroma is slightly sweet and malty, a bit doughy, and yeasty with a nice bit of grassy hops in the background.

Slightly sweet taste, ripe with some light caramel malts, some bready qualities, finishing with an earthy, spicy hops and rye bite.

Feel is light, but with substance, slightly creamy and slick, nice carbonation and a clean finish.

Drinkability is fantastic...very sessionable and super yummy!

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Photo of goochpunch
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours out a copper amber with tons of swirling bubbles making their way to the fluffy off-white head that leaves tons of beautiful lacing. This is how an APA should look. Aroma is toasty malts, faint rye and a decent amount of herbal hops. Tastes of a malty pale ale yet the hops and bitter come through in the end giving some herbal and citrusy notes. Nice bitterness in the finish with some dryness. Rye mixes in with the hops in the finish and the tanginess lingers on in the mouth with the bitterness. Mouthfeel is nice and mellow with a moderate body. It could use a little more carbonation to pick up the flavors. Excellent drinkability. I could go through a 6 pack easily. This is just a solid beer all-around, but I can't help but say that this is a bit better on-tap, if you can find it.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another bottle with great thanks to tsatem. Bottle tells me to "Drink Soon" and that it's best by March 27, 2011. Good to know!

A - Body is a nice slightly cloudy copper color with a one-finger cream colored head. It looks good.

S - There's some rye in there, mostly pale malts. Some citrusy and dry hops in the background.

T - Mmm...spicy and bitter hop/rye combo on the front, followed by a rich and mellow malt character. The finish brings out a sweet maltiness and the linger is dry and bitter hops. This is really good!

M - A pretty smooth and robust body. Pretty nice. It's not too heavy either, which is good for this style, i reckon. Impressive.

D - There may be a bit much on the dry- and bitter-ness, but it's tasty and not too big, and I like it. A very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Bierschenker
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a « Stange »
A big thumbs up to HardTarget for bringing this over!

While pouring I was worried because I didn't see a head developing, but it was fine in the end. A thin but firm egg shell coloured cover. A cratered and snowed plateau.
The beer itself has a misty peach orange colour. It's warmer in the centre of the glass. A lot of carbonation is racing to the top.
The scent is very pleasant: moderately sweet, but still teasing. The aroma of a wheat field after a stormy rain shower combined with freshly cut peaches. And that fresh hop bitterness mostly uncommon to Belgian beers.
It tastes sweet and bitter. Grape like sweetness.
Mouthfeel is creamy.
The aftertaste gives a peach like sweetness and fresh hop bitterness.wet cookies with fruit and chocolate chips.

Texan liquid goodies.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Nice 3-finger creamy head looks good on hazy copper/amber color body.

S- Smell is of hard water and rye malts. Some decent floral hop smell as well

T- Balanced flavors from all categories. The most noticeable are the hard water, pale rye malt, and light floral hops.

M- Medium body with a creamy head that leaves silky feeling on the mouth and lips. Really god carbonation

D- Very high. Good by itself and with food

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Photo of KeithPatton
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this one at JP Hops House in West Houston. I'm a Rye junky at heart. The beer was on tap, had a good tan head, the aroma was of malted barley and rye, with hops. The flavor profile was crisp, clean little if any real fruitiness, the rye and barley malt flavor came through nicely, offset by a nice hop character. The beer is a medium brown- red, medium body. This is the first one I ask for when I sit down. This is one of the few places I have found this brew in Houston.

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Photo of champ103
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy Orange/Reddish color. A small white head forms and leaves some patchy lace.
S: Sweet spices from the rye and a good hop character. A nice malty aroma that balances everything out nicely.
T: A little oily and very smooth going down. Great hop and caramel malt balance, with a nice spice that follows the nose. Fruity and sweet.
M/D: A full body that is rich a creamy. Carbonated just to my liking. The drinkability is great, this is a session beer. Very easy to drink. One I can relax with a drink all day.

From the breweries mixed sixer. This is a great beer, and ever since I first tried it this has been a regular in my fridge. Something I highly recommend.

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Photo of irishtimepiece
4.31/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many, Many thanks to assurbanipaul for this brew.
Pours a medium foggy tea color in the glass with a nice small white head that melts to a ring of moderately sticky lacing.
Aroma is mostly toasted malt to me.
Flavor is a wonderful surprise of toasted malt followed with fresh citrus hops....all of it playing under the crisp, bready, spicy tones of Rye.
I love a rye beer and find them rarely.
This Rye Pale Ale is a great blend. The Rye is DEFINITELY there...you don't have to look for it. It leaves your palette clean and dry with just a touch of white pepper left on the tongue.
Good job on a wonderful brew.

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Photo of Dubblebock
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Full Moon Pale Rye Ale came to me in a mixed variety pack of Real Ale beers that I picked up at one of my local supermarkets. Real Ale Brewing Company is a small craft brewer out in Blanco, Texas, deep in the heart of the Hill Country. Neat, arty labels, standard brown long-neck bottle. They're starting to put insignia on their bottlecaps finally, but the Rye Ale still sports the blank, homebrew-looking cap. Still, cool local brewery, good, solid beers.

The Full Moon rose up in the glass with a minimal head, but lots of residual carbonation. Deep copper coloring, cloudy complexion with lots of sediments and proteins floating in the suspension. Very appealing texture to this beer. The nose was mostly hops with a slight malt spice.

The taste was light and hoppy at first. A lot of beers calling themselves pale ales could learn a lot from this beer. The rye malts added an interesting dimension to this beer's character. The balance between the malts and the hops was fantastic. Not tremendously complex, but a fine example of the pale ale style. The rye malts were very distinctive and unusual, providing this beer with an identity all it's own.

Good mouthfeel aided by the carbonation. Very drinkable all the way around. Dry aftertase, and a bit dry in the mouth, but not at all unpleasant.

It was easy to like this beer. The folks at Real Ale Brewing put a lot of effort into their craft, and it shows. Their beers are the real deal, and I will enjoy discovering the rest of their offerings.

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Photo of beerisbest
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review, so sorry if I sound like a noob. Also, I should disclose I'm from Texas, so maybe I'm biased.

There's not much head to this beer, but it has a nice coppery color and a citrus smell w/floral hints.

I've had the Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye a few times (bottle). This is not as rye intense and is more of an easy drinker. The Hop Rod Rye is something I'd buy every once in a while, but this is a nice drinkable beer.

Out of the small brew Texas beers I've had (hey, we don't have many compared to the NE or west coast), this one is definitely one I'd go out of my way to buy.

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Full Moon Pale Rye Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 590 ratings.
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