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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Photo of grittybrews
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange-amber with a finger of off-white head. Mild aroma of lemon, orange, and caramel with hints of earthy spice.

Moderate carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. Orange and biscuity caramel up front with light pine on the finish.

Nicely balanced and very refreshing pale ale -- just a touch of sweetness balanced by some gentle hops and hints of rye. If anything, this one was maybe a little too polite.

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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 setexascustoms
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle "Best if consumed by 11.01.11".

A: A nice hazy copper, I like the color. Minimal head that dissipated quickly and left almost no lacing.

S: Big malt presence, quite grainy, but I fail to detect any rye. I nice hops as well, with some citrus.

T: Prominent hop character with a slight bitterness, and slight citrus. Fallowed by grainy malts and a little spice, maybe the rye? They are subtle, understated flavors, but do have a nice balance.

M: Lighter body with nice carbonation.

O: Not a bad brew, and certainly the best I've had so far from Real Ale. It's nice balance and subtle flavors make it drinkable, if not necessarily memorable. Definitely not bad, but I doubt I'll buy it again.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured a hazy amber/straw with a decent off white head that lasts and lasts leaving those pretty little laces down the side.

I was pleasantly surprised as soon as I stuck my nose into this brew. A little sweeter than I expected, too. Can't quite place my finger on it.

Another pleasant surprise awaited when it hit my lips. Not having a lot of experience with rye ales, I wasn't sure what to expect. I was a little worried, tbh, that it was going to be really rye-y (like rye bread), which is not a flavour I particularly prefer. The hops I would say are the most prnounced flavour, but they are ny no means overdone. You can taste a touch of the rye on the back end with some malty note across the middle. Almost a dusty haystack somewhere in there too.

Plays across the palate easily enough. I could see myself drinking maybe two of these before I wanted something else.
Overall, as you may have garnered from the nose/taste sections that I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I usually prefer darker maltier brews, and my only other experience with this brewery to date was their underwhelming Brown Ale, and I had never had a rye before so my expectations were low. Definitely a drinkable beer. Well balanced, and I could see it appealing to a broad range of BAs if you need to pick some common denominator for a gathering of some sort. Check it out, it's pretty good.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Slight hazy golden amber color. The off white colored head stick around for a few minutes and produces some pretty decent lacing.

Big malt backbone in smell. I can't really detect much in the department of rye. Very malty tones of caramelized roasted malts, no hop smell either.

Taste is good, very sweet. Caramel, slight toffee, roasted malts and grains. Not much in the Rye department again as well as the hops, just a big malt backbone.

Heavier body than I expected. The malts are heavily favored in this one. Pretty smooth and slightly creamy with a slight bitter finish that bites quick at the end. A pretty decent beer I think I like it better than the regular pale ale, at least approaching the cooler nights anyway.

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

Pours a crystal clear copper with a small white head that fades quickly.

Smells of almost phenol-like malt, and some honey/oxidized sweetness.

Taste is sweet malt up front that leads into some smooth bitterness and rye/bready character, some small fruit note from the hops, and a surprisingly bitter but nice finish.

Lighter bodied, with medium carbonation...it goes down smooth and easy.

This beer delivers on the rye and the bitterness...some more hop aroma might be nice, then again, it might cover some of the tasty rye character.

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Photo of ccrida
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold / pale amber with an off-white head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is sweet malt with some herbal hops, a little iced tea vibe, heavy on the crystal malt probably.

Taste is similar, with some fruity apricot notes, and a nice spicy rye backbone. Clean finish. I like it, sweet but not cloying, the rye keeps it balanced, the fruity esters are enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is dry, crisp, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, it's an interesting take on a pale ale, fruity esters and sweet malt balanced by the rye.

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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 Retail1LO
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. To my knowledge, this is my first rye beer. Poured with the thinnest, wispiest head imaginable. Full Moon is a nice orangish/amber hue. The rye really dominates the nose. Like the Belgian yeast typically used for saisons and other Belgian type beers, this is a really dominate feature. Smells like a glass of rye bread. The flavor on this is very unique. Where the rye is very forward in the nose, it's very subtle in the actual taste of the beer. This is a very clean and fairly refreshing beer. The mouthfeel is very light. It doesn't linger but for a second or two, and leaves but a mild bitter taste in it's wake. This isn't something I'd go out of my way to drink, but at the same time, I certainly wouldn't cringe if this was what was offered me. Looking forward to trying more ryes in the immediate future, as I have more.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my go-to beers in Texas. My favorite out of the regular Real Ale releases from last year. (I may have to revisit that statement next time I’m sipping on some Lost Gold now that it’s available year-round.)

Second rye beer of the evening, so some comparisons might end up slipping in here.

Poured from a bottle into my trusty Ranger Creek nonic glass. The beer is an appealing straw-toast color—clean, light, consistent. No sediment, although the beer is labeled unfiltered. Head quickly forms and dissipates leaving behind a nice bit of foamy, uh, foam. Light aroma, on the pleasant side. Nothing stands out of place, or dominates here.

As a rye I’m tasting a bit of that characteristic spice but it’s more in the finish. The hops are not as bold as one might expect/hope, and are balanced nicely with the malt. There’s a sweetness to the beer that I’m noticing and had probably overlooked. Nice level of carbonation.

I would love to have this one cask conditioned with the hops pumped up. As it stands, however, I find it to be a solid, dependable and enjoyable beer that I can rely on. Always have a fresh sixer in the fridge!

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Photo of waldoiverson
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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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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Photo of StaveHooks
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a semi-hazy copper amber with a 1/2 inch white head that clings to the sides of the glass.

S - Fruity esters, melon, citrus, some bready malt, rye grain comes out more as it warms.

T - Fruity cereal based malt, some soft orange citrus, rye comes through along with a good dose of biscuit, grain and hops. Turns spicy and almost herbal towards the end finishing quite dry.

M - Medium bodied, soft carbonation, creamy lush feel.

The malt and rye are showcased nicely, while the hops round of the flavors and help with the finish. This beer delivers what you'd expect from the label. Well done.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Best by date on bottle, thanks Real Ale!

Pours a slightly hazy shiny-bronze hue, with tiny bubbles rising to form a thin layer on the surface. The head is sticky and nice, and yielded a full finger on the initial pour.

Smells like a mildly hopped English Style Pale with the addition of a spice twang, what I attribute to the rye.

The flavor is pretty good, with some nice breadth and depth to the hops and tangible maltiness. The rye seems to add bitterness to the overall flavor in a different way than the hops, which leaves this beer tasting more bitter than I expected. This isn't a bad thing however, just interesting. The bitterness isn't scorching by any means, and since the overall flavor is on the dry side, this flavor would be quite nice on a hot day.

The mouthfeel is on the thin side of medium-bodied, with sprightly carbonation to keep things lively.

Conclusion: I like this beer. It rides the line between session ale and something a bit more flavorful that would stand up to flavorful foods, like barbeque.

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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 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 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 SWMeyer4141
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I grew up drinking Rye Bread very often and like some Rye Whiskey, but never had a Rye beer.

Appearance-Hazy amber body with a very frothy two finger light brown head, that leaves a solid 1/2 finger head with little lacing.

Smell-Pepper and Spice. After a while some rye came through.
Taste-By the appearance I had a feeling this would tatse similar to the pale ale, but it's definitely a litle more interesting. Biscuity characteristics with some rye and some light hops. Followed by some spice and citrus hops. More bitterness then expected.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation that leaves the mouth extremely dry.

Overall-A nice change of pace, nothing to go crazy for but all in all a decent product. Won't be going out of my way for this beer.

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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 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 LiquidBread219
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a crystal clear orangey amber with a thin soda-like head that disappears practically immediately leaving a very thin collar of white around the edges.

S - Fruity hops and spicy rye fill the aroma. Just a hint of citrus and some grassiness. A small amount of bready malt sneaks into the aroma giving a bit more balance.

T - Fruity and a touch sweet. Lots of bready malt. An extremely small amount of burnt flavors enter into play. Hops are a bit subdued, plenty of bitterness to offset the malt and make a quite well balanced beer.

M - Good amount of body in this pale ale. Thicker than I expected out of a pale ale. Carbonation is solid too. Bitterness leaves a solid, lasting impression in the mouth and after the swallow.

D - Nothing flashy about this pale rye ale...just a well made and tasty sessionable beer. Not up there with the best pale ales around, but definitely worthy of having a few more of these.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Pours caramel in color with a large off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving behind a thick ring of lace and lots of foam.

Smell: Very bready and spicy, with some touches of nuts, citrus, and herbs.

Taste: Begins with a slight spice and a bit of citric flavor that turns into breadiness and finishes with a good balance of bitter hops and spicy rye. Good, but probably could assert itself a bit more.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body with balanced carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: This is a good rye beer, but probably won't satisfy those who love the spiciness. This beer would do well to amp up the hop content and maybe use some more rye, but it still is an enjoyable brew- it tastes good and is sessionable.

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

Decent head to start, fades quickly. Lots of lace. Cloudy amber and tons of carbonation. Earthy aroma. Soft mouthfeel to start, despite the carbonation. Dry middle where malt and rye meet. Rye lingers till the end with a medium bitter finish. Some acidity on the back. Medium-heavy body.

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Photo of mjurney
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber color, just a touch of haziness. Nice amount of fine carbonation. Head looks pretty thin.

Citrusy, bready and touch of ginger.

Bready malts up front, slight caramelly and just touch of ginger (rye?). Hops comes right in the mid-palate, I get citrusy-floral. Medium body, almost creamy.

Smooth finish, yet almost crisp.

This is my very first rye beer and I'm really enjoying this one.

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Photo of dizknee24
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light amber color

S Rye is definelty the key note speaker backed up by some hops no doubt.

T I really dont taste the rye nearly as much as i smelled it. most a nice pale ale flavor

M thick and smooth. nothing out of the ordinary here

D with the low alcohol presence and great taste, this is a great beer. i will be having another.

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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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