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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Ratings: 592 |  Reviews: 307
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 Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A worthwhile attempt at borrowing English cask ale characteristics, but then they put it in a bottle. The beer pours with an orange, rust colored hue, significant haze, and a dainty, creamy head formation that lasted the session, leaving lacing behind. Aromas are a strong balance of sweet, biscuity, caramel malts and pine, citrus, floral hops. Flavors begin to favor the malts, allowing complimentary, spicy, grainy notes of rye to surface at mid-palate. The hop flavor also gains intensity late giving a round, complex bitterness to balance the rye. Estery with peaches, pears, apricots, mangos, and apples.Full textured to begin, but the body is cut nicely by the dryness of the hops and spicy graininess of the rye to make the beer quite refreshing and drinkable.

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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 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 brentk56
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a hazy amber color and a somewhat modest head that retains well and provides good lacing

Smell: Modest fruity aroma

Taste: Starts out fruity, with a stone fruit and orange/lemon citrus apsect; after the swallow, the sour rye elements appear and lead to a nice bitter and sour finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Nice balance between the fruitiness and the bitter/sour flavors; refreshing

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Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle graciously shared by BA malcontent...

A 12oz. sample poured into a pint glass, big frothy foam that remained for the duration of the glass. A slightly hazed amber in color, it smelled lightly spicy and sweet with rye malt. Didn't get much hops in the nose.

Rye adds a nice degree of complexity to this ale, alternately malty and spicy, with a mild herbal hop note in there. Caramel with a decent degree of smoothness, it could use a touch more carbonation. A couple of these would be no problem in a session.

Tasted right after the Pale Ale, and this one was the winner in my mind.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a deep hazy brown color ale with a big foamy head with good retention but no lacing. Aroma of rye malt with some light bitter hops also noticeable. Taste is a mix between some bitter hops with loads of rye malt which provide some complexity to a usually less complex refreshing style. Body is quite full for the style with some great carbonation.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with golden highlights. It had a one-finger, white head of bubbly foam. It left minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of grassy hops and sweet caramel malt. There was a touch of rye aroma, too.

T - The rye comes through much stronger in flavor than in aroma. Sweet caramel malt is balanced out by some grassy hops.

M - It was crisp, sharp and had good bite on the tongue. A medium bodied ale that finished quite dry.

D - This is a nice rye pale ale. It's my first beer from Real Ale and I really enjoyed it. Looking for more from this brewery.

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Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy amber in color, nearly opaque. The head holds up pretty well, lasting until halfway through the glass.

Aroma: Bready with earthy rye, citrusy hops and turbinado sugar.

Taste & mouthfeel: Caramel and rye bread, a bit on the sweet side for the style. Apricots, orange peel and earthy hops come out in the finish.

Notes: I found it slightly odd that a brewery called Real Ale Brewing Company would produce a non-bottle conditioned beer, but this is good stuff either way.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of mothman
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass. Pours ½ finger of khaki head. Decent retention. Color is an orange copper amber.

Aroma: Earthy and pine hops. Bready, caramel malts. A light amount of citrus.

Taste: The rye sticks out here more and brings some spice flavors with it. Floral hops, some bready malts with a caramel touch.

Mouthfeel: Bitter with some dry spice. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with malts.

Overall, a decent rye pale ale, but I still like Summits better. Still, it is somewhat drinkable. Not as hoppy as I would like it to be. Decent drinkability.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's cloudy (bottle conditioned) amber body reveals some orange-ish/golden highlights beneath a frothy head of off-white foam that's bouyed by the fine bubbles rising from beneath. The retention is quite good and it leaves some nice lace. The nose is distinctly rye-like with a floral character that compliments some mild, citrusy hops. It's unusual, but not off-putting. Malty aroma with citric hints. It's just lightly crisp in the mouth with a very fine, natural carbonation that softens to leave it silky smooth once warmed. The flavor is quite similar to the aroma with a distinct rye flavor dominating whatever other malt is there. Still, the rye is not over-done; nor is it as floral or citrusy as the nose suggests. It's well-balanced by a firm bitterness; and it finishes dry with a residual rye flavor that lingers nicely. Interesting and enjoyable.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for this one.

Pours a light creamy 1/2 finger head that fades at a medium pace over hazy nectar orange colored beer.

Nose is interesting, some fruits really come out with tangerine pear and some light tropical fruits, plenty of rye bringing more fruity rye but a bit spicy as well, light grassy and touch of tropical hops, and some light golden malts under it all.

Taste starts juicy and fruity as well, some light tangerine and other interesting fruits, plenty of rye as well but mostly the fruity rye and bit spicy as well, light toasty malts and reddish malt flavors, and light pale grassy hops, and a very slight metallic taste thanks to the rye. Finishes a bit bitter, almost turning astringent but not quite, with some dry and plenty of rye lingering.

Mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

Drink is decent, no real booze, no real off flavors, the rye gets a bit heavy at times but never too much, a bit metallic but also not much.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from hojuwestlake, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of hops, rye and spice with some notes of citrus & caramel.

T: The taste is well-balanced, bready and hoppy with complimentary flavors of spice, citrus and caramel. The malt character is very hearty as I’ve come to expect from any beer with the word “rye” in its name. The after-taste is bready and sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, good representation of style, I could drink a few of these, it’s a good beer to stick with for a while if it doesn’t get you too full first.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy orange amber with 1 1/2 fingers of firm off-white head. This peters down into a thin creamy layer that skims the surface, flareing up nicely, and leaving a solid cascade of lacing back that sticks. Floral and spicy hops punch up the front of the aroma, which is then quickly followed by soem light, grainy rye notes and thicker accents of bread and citrus, which combine to impart a sharp tang in the nose.

The same grainy rye character sticks out to me even more in the taste, along with that sticky and tangy medlee of toasted bready pale malts and citrus. Lucikly this is nicely balanced by a moderately bitter hop profile that helps end this with a satisfying dry and spicy finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a somewhat prickly feel that doesn't get too sharp, also possessing a creamier flow underneath.

This was nice. Just the right amount of rye here, which helped spice up an otherwise enjoyable Pale Ale. Good stuff.

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Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of billab914
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Freetail pint glass. It poured amber/orange in color with a thin white head scattered across the top of the beer. The head was thin but remained for a while and also left some moderate lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows the bready and slightly spicy rye flavor pretty prominently. Some lemony citrus is present as well and helps smooth it out. Pretty appealing aroma to it overall.

The taste also showcases that bready, spicy rye flavors throughout the beer. Like the nose, a bit of a lemony citrus comes through along with a moderate hop bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Drinkability is pretty good, I enjoyed the beer a lot. Rye is one of my favorite beer additions so I may enjoy it more then most though. I thought it showcased the rye nicely and had some nice complimentary flavors as well. Pretty solid beer overall.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- An excellent hazy dark copper color. Head is slightly brown and of average size.

Smell- Hops with some underlying malt sweetness.

Taste- Full Moon enters the mouth with a fairly sweet citrusy taste. Nice presence of hops taste towards the middle. Sweetness become more noticeable again at the finish.

Mouthfeel/drinkability- Mouthfeel does seem just a little too thin to be excellent, but I really loved drinking this beer and look foward to buying more in the future.

Thoughts- I had three beers from the Real Ale Company this week and enjoyed them all. I can't wait to finish out the remianing few.

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Full Moon Pale Rye Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
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