Full Moon Pale Rye Ale | Real Ale Brewing Company

Full Moon Pale Rye AleFull Moon Pale Rye Ale
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 12-12-2001

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Deep copper color with a one finger light brown and bubbly head. Fades quickly to a thin foamy layer and leaves sheets of lace.

S - The aroma is very spicy and it is hard to tell if it is a hop spiciness or more of the rye coming through. From my limited experience with rye beers I would guess this spiciness is from the rye.

T - A light toasted bread taste up front quickly overcome by a dry spiciness of rye and hops. Nice bitterness well balanced by the rye. Finishes with a nice sweet touch.

M/D - Medium bodied and very dry. Leaves a dry feel in the mouth and the spiciness lingers.

An excellent rye beer with the rye being the star of the show.

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Photo of marc956
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer throughout. Good appearance and smell,
which instills faith in the beer drinker. It has a distinct but appealing taste, good mouthfeel, no bitterness whatsoever + outstanding drinkability. I recommend this to anyone, whether if you're in Texas or otherwise. I don't mind Shiner but this is far superior. !.. Salud ya'll ..!

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Photo of PEBKAC
4.47/5  rDev +20.8%
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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4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my La Fin DuMonde glass. Fat light tan foamy bubbles stand tall at three fingers leaving nice lace as they slowly fade. Body is a bolden amber tone. Nose has a nice balance between the rich mineral malts and creamy citrusy hops. Enters the mouth super smooth and silky. Layers of rustic rye hoppy goodness carry nice balance, and tasty character. The rye hop mixture is usually a good one. And this is another tasty example. Mouthfeel is smooth and beckons for the next sip. A beer I could sit and drink all night.

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Photo of usmittymc
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Poured a hazy mahogany color with a thin tan head that sticks around.

S: Sweet, biscuity malt, floral hops and spicy rye.

T: Just as the aroma advertises. The rye spiciness arrives just after the bite from hops hit your tongue. Well balanced in the background by malt.

M: Pretty doggone smooth. A tad slick (oily) after a few pulls.

D: Easy to drink. Average ABV. Good session beer. Would seek out again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +10%
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 Med
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a semi-hazy light copper with virtually no head. Lacing is minimal. Smell is subdued with yeast at the front and a nice sweetness mingling with a touch of citrus underneath. The rye comes through well in the taste, followed by bread crust yeast and that nice sweet malt lingering underneath. Hops are really only present on the finish, but that doesn't detract. Mouth is medium and would be impressive if there was just a bit more carbonation. I would definitely drink this again, especially in the summer.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours an orange, coppery amber. A thin watery light tan head provides a nice start. Some dotty lines of lace are thin but present.

Aroma - sweet and citrusy with a light grain accent. Lighter levels but refreshing.

Taste - pleasant biscuity grain start. Rye sourness combines with the citrusy hops for a robust and bitter swallow. Finishes dry with a fading touch of grapefruit rind.

Mouthfeel - very nice smoothness and a solid body. Subdued carbonation.

Drinkability - a good rye beer for the summer.

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Photo of mentor
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to HardTarget for the opportunity. July hashmark notched on side of label. Pours a strong finger of light tan head over a nearly clear, but small particulated dulled copper liquid. Smells grassy lemony hops with noticable rye edge. Clean light esters of pineapple and pear. Mild pine, caramel, and some cheesiness. Nicely balanced and complimentory aromas.

Tastes both citrusy and earthy hops with rye zang and apricot esters. Mildly toasty/biscuity with some orange and grapefruit pith. Hop bitterness is mild and quite clean of grassy cohumulone. Wet in the mouth with enough rye and carbonation to help the drying finish turn to a chalky after-feel. Dextrinous creamy mouthfeel is wonderful with the moderate carbonation. Really a nice beer, I would love another. Could ferment down just a touch more to brighten the hops.

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Photo of pwsoldier
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass. Freshness date 11/08.

A - Pours a cloudy copper color with a small head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is weak, but present.

S - Rye is definitely there, accompanied with piney hop aromas.

T - Starts off with bitterness from the hops, accentuated by the rye. Solid malt backbone comes through in the finish.

M - Medium bodied, slight bitter aftertaste.

D - Goes down easily enough. Overall, not an outstanding beer, but not a bad one either. I think it would go well with some whole wheat crackers and swiss cheese. I'd drink it again. It's a good session beer.

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Photo of Bierschenker
4.33/5  rDev +17%
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 gford217
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy amber that clears up as it warms. The small off-white head dissipates to a ring quickly and leaves no lacing. The smell is fairly basic with some grapefruit and caramel malts. There's definitely some rye in there as well though it's not overpowering. The taste has a hint of hops up front, with grapefruit and pine present, but the taste is more about the sweet malts. Again, there's a hint of rye in the background. The mouthfeel is light to medium with decent carbonation. This is a fairly drinkable beer though it's pretty nondescript overall.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - light hazy amber iin color with a white head that quickly fades.
S - light caramel malts with hints of rye malts and a light grainy note
T - similar to the aroma but very light. Perks up some as it warms up.
M - light bodied, good carbonation with a soft rye afternote that makes itself known by the end of the glass.
D - the right level to be a session ale, a bit light on the flavors to be a conversation piece.

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Photo of midaszero
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A - dark amber color that is a little cloudy. A little head with a little lacing

S - good rye smell with a tiny hint of sweetness

T - Solid rye taste with some funk that I can't really seem to place. Also a small touch of spice.

M - Medium, smooth, and easy. Light carbonation

D - Balanced and not to strong but not the most enjoyable beer I've had.

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Photo of jordoo
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one in a trade with mhewes, thanks!

12oz bottle poored into a pint glass.

Copper colored with a huge off white fluffy long lasting head that left some nice lacing. The nose is bready and rye malts with grassy and spicey hops. Taste is well ballanced with both the barley and rye malts and a spicey hop hit, I also get a tiny bit of citrus fruit flavor. Its a good consistancy on the mouth and flows nicely to the last drop.

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Photo of Durge
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

May 2007 at Gingerman in Austin, TX: A yellowish-red color and a thin head. Aroma was very thin, just a hint of peppery-citrus. Reminded me of a wheat beer, not one of my favorite varieties so I shouldn't comment too much. It was refreshing with some personality. Good carbonation. A little dry with a bit of a hoppy finish. Worth trying.

Update June 2008 from Lovejoy's in Austin, TX: Cloudy yellow amber colored brew with a light off-white head and midland lace. Sweet wheat/malt aroma, mild herbal notes. The flavor is sweet grapefruit with pleasant bitter background. Medium bodied, pleasantly carbonated, with a tartness like lemon tea. Easy drinking if you like the tart side of this one. Enjoyable and a bit different, although I didn't get much of any rye taste here but there is something there.

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Photo of thickerfreakness
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into a pint glass. It is a dark amber color with little to no head. A slight ring of film on the top of the beer.

Smells of spicy rye, dough, floral and spicy hops and a slight bit of caramel malt.

Taste is pretty much the same as the smell with a nice blend of the rye spice and caramel malts with some floral hops.

Not much carbonation but that makes it incredibly smooth.

One of my favorite local Texas beers and an easy go to beer for me on a hot weekend afternoon.

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Photo of beerisbest
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
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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Photo of errantnight
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As part of the mixed 6er I picked up while in Dallas...

I was hoping for something along the lines of Six Point's Righteous Rye... and I did... only, not nearly as good.

A rich orange with brownish amber tinge, a fit little cap of foam with moderate lacing. Hazy.

Aroma is nicely hoppy and spicy... but it's mellow.

It's the taste that is really the disappointment... not that the flavor is BAD by any means, it just seems a bit thin, and insubstantial. There's a spicy, citrus tinge of rye, but it's held back. Other malt flavors barely register, just enough sweetness and bread to notice. Hops taste American in style and complement with citrus and floral notes, but barely skim the surface. It has a nice clean finish, and is smooth and easy drinking... but it never grabs my interest.

A fine, easy-to-drink pale, but could be better.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a murky brownish, copper color with a thick tan head. The lacing was minimal. The smell was bready with nice hints of citrus fruits and caramel. The taste was of bready malts and citrus. The mouthfeel was thick and the carbonation was medium. Overall not a bad beer.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to thickerfreakness for this one.

A - Brownish copper with a tan head and a bit of lacing.

S - Bready with butterscotch, lemon zest, a slight mustiness and a bit of spicy rye.

T - Spicy rye bread notes with biscuit, caramel and a touch of citrus hops.

M - Medium body with low carbonation creating a thicker moutfeel and a less refreshing quality than in most pales.

D - A little too sweet and spicy without any hops for my taste.

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Photo of ATPete
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle received in a trade.

A- Pours a nice rusty, copper, amber color. It sports a small, patchy white head with some lacing. Hazy with some slowly rising carbonation.

S- A well balanced nose of toasty rye, hops and malts.

T/M- This beers got some very nice body to it. The smokey malts and rye character are definitely upfront. The fresh hops used and a bright citrus note pokes through mid-palate. The nutty/rye/malt after taste is very good and inviting. Other notes im getting are subtle chocolate, and orange rinds. The carbonation level is perfect...

D- leaving this one incredibly drinkable! i need more!, i cant find this here in NJ so this ones going on to my wants list right after im done with this review. A very well done brew, i recommend if you like a moderately hopped pale ale with great body...and if you can find it

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Photo of mhewes
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A : Pours a hazy copper color with a small amount of head

S : The aroma is very nice with a good amount of rye and a tad bit of hops

T : Lots of rye followed by a little bit of hop bitterness

M : Light bodied with a crispness to it

D : Really good and drinkable. Definitely worth having again.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JonathanL7890 for the opportunity to try this.

A: Dark and cloudy copper color. Minimal amount of white head that settled around the rim of the glass.

S: Smells like rye no doubt. Nice spiciness to it. Slight mustiness in the back.

T: Starts off with a weird sweetness than I cannot put my finger on. After that the carbonation takes over and it it a feel and the flavors play second fiddle. Then right into a burst of rye. Reminds me of being in a Jewish bakery. Finishes with something else I cannot put my finger on. Really nice.

M: Solid medium body. Carbonation is dead on.

D: Have not had many rye beers before but I think I should. Definitely different but in a good way. If I had this available locally I would definitely grab a sixer every once in a while.

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Photo of Avryle
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Slightly hazy copper color with a thick, light-tan head

S- Cinnamon and ginger. Not really getting the rye, just spiciness

T- There's the rye! Very heavy on the rye where it hits you up front and follows through to the finish when it lingers with a light, pine-y hop bitterness. There is a tanginess in the body as well that I can't quite identify.

M- Medium bodied. Light on the carbonation.

D- Rye is such an intense flavor on its own, that I'd only be okay drinking one, maybe two, of these before needing to move on.

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Full Moon Pale Rye Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
Beer rating: 55.1% out of 100 with 592 ratings
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