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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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.14/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours an attractive dark apricot body with a health off white head.

Aroma is sweet malts, grainy hops, and just a touch of rye. Faint and lighter than I would like.

Taste is off putting yet bland. Very sweet and unbalanced with damp grain flavors and a pineapple hoppy finish. I really don't get much rye character. The sweetness is almost cloying.

Drinkability is low, very low.

Not my kind of beer at all.

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Photo of ChadQuest
2.36/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Looks good with a big frothy looking head that is sticky, the clear body has a few floaties doing a dance.
Smell is slightly fruity with that grain character that rye imparts and chamomile like tea, maybe this is from the hops, maybe not.
Flavors hit kinda flat really, bottle says the best by date is 3 days in the future so im good there, but this just seems dead overall, it is drinking like a semi-flat pale ale with mediocre grain character and very little hop presence. Not much to spark intrest or keep my attention.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.39/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into my Narke tulip...Light straw with a copper hint, light whispy head gong quickly, no lacing...Light aroma but that's good but its not very good. Skunk, rye, and a hint of vomit, not appealing...The taste is really light too, again skunk, rye, vomit nothing good at all.

Skip this one.

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Photo of TAMU99
2.53/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Reddish/light brown ale with a thin head. Taste is quite acidic with a bitter aftertaste. Perhaps covered by the hops, but the rye certainly doesn't make a strong appeance in the profile. There is a hint of rye in the stong hoppy smell.
This one a a little too bitter for more than one. Again, try the Brewhouse Brown from this brewery.

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Photo of D11
2.66/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

from bottle into pilsner

A- nice golden copper color, white head which really doesnt stick around at all.

S- some hops and i smell some coffee in there.

T- slight hops that fades into some sort of coffee taste.

M- a little thin on the mouthfeel , and not enough carbonation imo. not dry though which is good.

O- im not crazy about coffee in my beer so i didnt really enjoy this, but others might like it. 'real ale's' lost gold is worth trying though.

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Photo of Mickelswit
2.68/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Going in, I was expecting a beer with the flavors of hops and dry rye. This beer was somewhat surprising in having very little of either. There wasn't very much to smell in the nose, and the flavor seemed to be dominated by bittering hops with little to balance them. If there were flavoring hops, they didn't come across, and the trademark dry finish of rye was nowhere to be found. Nothing about it was terrible, but I would probably pass on this one next time around.

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Photo of dubinsky
2.7/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Received as an extra in a trade with turfy.

A - Deep dark amber color with some rusty, copper hues. My pour yielded a one finger off white head that fell rather quickly but it clung to the sides of the glass the entire time.

S - Super floral. I'm smelling faint roses and super faint pine. A fairly sweet finish that was slightly malty and had a tinge of caramel sweetness. No real citrus or rye aromas to speak off.

T - Rye is definitely the star actor in this flavor profile, but other than rye, i cant pick up much else. A tad one dimensional. Slightly sweet and bready, but mostly grassy and wet hopped.

M - Mostly flat and somewhat full bodied. The hop oils coat the tongue and back of my mouth rather nicely.

O - I like my PA's more hop forward than this one, but other than the flatness, i found it decent. Its not one that i would put into my normal rotation, but i would definitely drink this beer again. Definitely sessionable.

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Photo of oline73
2.74/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Soapy and cream head, dirty blond main body. Soapy tasting. Thank you Joey Capps. Strong carbonation, promise of grapefruity hops aroma, turns out to be bitter but more powwdered malt sweet, some rye there, clove and pepper aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
2.8/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was not a terribly remarkable beer served in a 24oz glass. This beer poured a brown color with a moderate to light tan head. The nose was malty and tart. The taste has potential but shows to be a strong mixture of malt & hops that is slightly off balance. There is a bitter finish that is O.K. at best. Overall this is simply an average beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -24%
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.


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Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.9/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

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Photo of stakem
2.91/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
2.96/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Deep amber in color with a thin ring of off-white head clinging to the edge of the glass. No lacing.

S: Virtually nothing, though there is a light malt character. Absolutely no hops.

T: Extremely light, almost to the point of being watery. Light caramel malt becomes more pronounced on the finish before some spicy rye shows up (but promptly leaves). Some extremely light, almost non-existent citrus hops.

M: On the lighter side with appropriate carbonation.

O: Possibly brewed as a transition beer for the macro crowd, I think this beer fails to bring much to the party. However, this beer is a couple of weeks out from its "best by," though I am doubtful that much could have fallen off from this beer in such a short time.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired this 12oz bottle in an extra from a very nice Austin, TX trader. Served right out of the fridge and poured into a Sam Adams fluted pint glass.

A - This one was poured in rather hard to try and get some liveliness going in it, which seemed to work, as the pour itself was very cloudy and hazy, with a very nice three finger high head of white colored foam on the top. Excellent retention on this one as well, as the head hung around for a good few minutes before finally settling down to just a thin layer of lace across the top, maybe a quarter of an inch thick that stayed with it until the very end. Nice side glass presentation as well, though it faded a bit towards the finish. There was definitely some carbonation streaming up as well throughout the glass. The color was a very ruddy and hazy looking light brownish amber. Really hard to see through it, though it was rather light. Overall not a bad look for a rye ale.

S - The aroma was practically non-existent, which to be honest was a bit of a shock to me. I had thought from the initial appearance of this one that it would have had a robust aroma to go along with the look, but alas, it did not, rather it was kinda dull with just the faintest of smells, until I let it warm up a bit to see if I could bring out some more of the subtleties in it. The first thing I noticed in regards to the aroma was the rye malt, they must have used crates of it in here, as it pretty much blocked everything else from coming through. I am a big fan of rye beers, but the aroma here seemed a little off to me. A very slight bit of hoppiness then ensued as well, very slight with just a floral citrus like aroma coming off of it; however, the rye malt slammed all over this. Some light hints of grain, maybe a touch of banana, but overall just a touch light for me.

T - Next up, I decided to take a quick taste of this one to see what might come of it. Now I was in an odd situation here, as I was very pleased with the appearance, but the aroma really left me looking elsewhere, so it is about time to settle this one up. I was kind of disappointed in it to be completely honest. I was hoping it would come through and show me a rather nice pale ale, however it was just plain watered down. Everything about it to me seemed to be too thin and watery. The rye malts were there, but muted, there was a very slight bit of orange hoppiness to it, but again, it was muted. There was some light grains, which actually came though rather nice in the finish, but the whole thing was just watery and disappointing overall.

M - Way too watery. It was actually somewhat full on just a weighted scale, I mean it was not a light bodied pale, there was definitely some substance to it, and the problem was that it was just way too watery on the flavors, which was very disappointing. The finish as well was hampered by this as there was really just nothing big to cap it with and the whole thing just ran away from itself far too much.

D - I mean I guess it was an okay session ale in way; I just really did not care for it. It was low in ABV and light enough in profile to be easily thrown down, but there was just something lacking about it.

Overall, I cannot say this was a complete disaster, as it was not; it was just maybe a bad batch? It reminded me a lot of some of the local brews we have around here, they taste like they are slippery or watered down and it really makes the taste suffer because of it. Oh well, I have a couple others from them, and I will see how they hold up.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Acquired this in a trade with mattisloco. Thanks Matt! Bottle dated 11-09-10.

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Gentle pour yielded a short layer of tight, off-white head. Body is a nice hue of amber and crystal clear. Decent head retention and lacing. Pretty standard; slightly above par I suppose.

Smell: Lemon rind, grass, faint graininess, and a hint of metal. Mild in both complexity and strength. Meh.

Taste: Tangy citrus and wholegrain bread come to mind first. Beer finishes grassy and moderately bitter - flavors I typically associate with amarillo hops. Yeah, tangy and bready; those two words describe it well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, oily, and clean (in terms of taste; flavors disappear at the end of each sip). Carbonation may not be too high, but it is harsh. Not a fan.

Drinkability: Not that bad, but not that good either. Very forgettable.

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Photo of salvo
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Real Ale Brewing Company of Blanco TX: Full Moon Pale Rye Ale: says on the bottle "brewed with a touch of rye malt" on the label. Like other Real Ale products I've tasted, I would like a little more of the signature ingredient: the rye malt is subtle and almost but not quite lost under the bitter hops, themselves more astringent towards but not quite reaching pine. There is a fizzy pepperiness in the finish that is not wholly pleasant, nor are the big soda-like carbonation balloons floating upwards through the red blushing golden beer. There's a Korean word to describe something a little thin, a little under-spiced, almost-but-not-quite-there, I-followed-the-recipe-but-without-understanding-why. Shinguwa. This beer is Shinguwa.

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Photo of fizzgig
3.01/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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Photo of Jablonski
3.02/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: It pours a burnt orange with an above average sized head. Good retention and excellent lacing on the sides.

S: Smells like a wit beer with a bit more hops; lemon aroma is too overpowering and also smells a bit expired

T: The taste is incredibly mild. There is a very light lingering sweetness that lasts throughout the palate; the beer has a lemon taste just as it hits the tongue and a slight peppery taste afterward.

M: Quite light on both feel and carbonation.

D: It's easy to have a few of these at once, but the taste isn't good enough to warrant more.

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Photo of syrupjoe
3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Nose on this beer is very, very rye-y, somewhat nutty, and a little buttery. No hop presence whatsoever.

Taste is somewhat bland - vanilla and caramel notes with a rye backbone. I can taste the alcohol, and the beer is a bit more sour than I'm comfortable with.

Mouthfeel is decently slippery, and I am left with a somewhat unpleasant bitterness in my mouth.

Overall, I didn't hate this beer, but it didn't stand out and therefore I don't plan on seeking it out.

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Photo of maximum12
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

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Photo of bboven
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Hazy medium copper body with a thin creamy head and some good lacing.

The rye and hops are definitely in the nose, but there's also a lot of yeast in there giving it a hefe slant that's not bad, but not to style.

Certainly well hopped and the spiciness of the rye is there, but a yeast flavor acts like a smothering, dulling blanket over all the key flavors for the beer. Too bad.

Carbonation is perfect. This came out of a bottle, but it could have well come from a cask.very low carbonation and a pleasantly full body. Excellent.

I'd probably pick others over this one. It is tasty, but there are better out there. Get some of that yeast profile out and it could be a great one. Kudos on great mouthfeel.

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Photo of mgdeth
3.09/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Hazy orangish amber color, with a huge pillowy head. Highly carbonated, possibly to the point of harboring a wild yeast. Too fizzy. The haze is probably to be expected.

Smell - Floral hops mix with a nice malt aroma. There is also a citrusy smell present.

Taste - Spicy malt flavor, presumably from the rye malt, is mixed with a good serving of hop bitterness. I also want to say that I detect a phenolic taste, but I'm not sure. Grainy flavor creeps in the aftertaste. There is a citrus taste in there as well.

Mouthfeel - Overall body is abot right for an ale of this size. Gritty, which is not all bad. My guess is that many drinkers would be turned off by the feel of this beer. I sort of like it.

Drinkability - While the beer is quite pleasingly flavorful, the taste does not seem to be very clean. The citrus aftertaste is not the greatest either.

Comments - I have mixed feelings about this beer. The rye malt really adds to the beer, and I would gladly quaff a few of these in a sitting. However, I think I may have gotten an old or slighlty flawed batch. Still, I think this beer should be tried by everyone.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.11/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer pours the color of honey, a nice amber brown with a tan head that dissipates quickly.

Nose has a distinct rye characteristic that is a little yeasty and smells of slight baked bread.

Taste is of a typical pale ale with some rye flavors. Its not a heavy rye and its quickly eclipsed by some floral and apple flavors. There is a slight biscuit aftertaste combined with a subtle dryness.

This beer is just above average. Not one that I would turn away if offered but also not one I would buy again.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.11/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange with not much head, but decent carbonation into a small pilsner glass (not sure if this is right but that's what they had at the hotel bar). Nose is a little sickly sweet up front with a wheaty (rye?) mixed in. Taste is pretty decent, isn't too light or heavy sweet like it smells, definitely taste the rye but not much hops. Easy drinking, would be a decent session beer imho.

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Full Moon Pale Rye Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
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