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

Bought a mix-six of Real Ale at HEB in Round Rock.

Poured an orange-ish/copper color...about an inch head that faded rather quickly, leaving a small amount of off white lacing.

Could certainly smell the rye...a bit sour, but not in a bad way...a bit of citrusy hops as well.

The rye takes front and center, but not overpowering. The mix of rye malt and citrus hops makes for a good, refrehing beer.

I thought the mouthfeel was a bit thin...a bit too thin...needing just a touch more carbonation..but i kept picking it back up for another sip regardless.

Certainly drinkable. Quite refreshing actually. I'll certainy be picking this one up again.

Solid effort from Real Ale.

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Photo of soju6
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a burnt-orange color with a small off-white head which fades to a bit of lacing.

S: Has a fairly mild aroma of fresh grain with a trace of citrus.

T: Starts with a bit of a citrus tanginess with a touch of spice and sweetness. A nice bitterness with a dry finish.

F: Fairly medium body, quite smooth and refreshing.

D: Good drinker. nothing fancy just a nice beer from the Texas Hill Country.

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Photo of gnemesis
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This 12oz bottle was an extra sent from JJfoodie. It was poured into a snifter on 2/21/2011.
Reddish almost burnt orange body is topped with a thin white head. My nose picks up some citrus, earth, sweet malts and a touch of honey. As I sip I pick up on faint rye. I like that there isn't much- just a dab. More earth, slight citrus, honey, and some sweeter malt. A light/medium body is mixed with light carbonation- I prefer a bit more refreshing bubbles in my pales but still remains pleasant. This would be a beer to drink in spring or summer. Not great but drinkable for sure.

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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 AlCaponeJunior
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice orange color, a bit hazy, with a 1.5 finger head that lasted a long time, very good lacing.

Smelled herbal, with very nice rye aromas, a bit of hoppiness, and some grainy and fruity overtones. Quite nice smelling.

Tastes rather delicious. Rye graininess is nicely complemented with light fruits, rich, sweet caramel malts, and a light spiciness.

Medium to almost full in body. Very rich and creamy, yet still light enough to be almost chuggable. Very lightly bitter aftertaste, which lingers with lightly sweet rye grain flavors.

Really drinkable. A class act of a beer.

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Photo of cavedave
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Exiled for this Texas beauty.

Beautiful cloudy amber, topped by two fingers of whipped cream that hangs around. Sheets of lace paint the glass.

Label says just a bit of rye, but the aroma is beautifully full of it, along with neutral sweet, and some light grass hop aroma. Smells lightly of (ringwood?) yeast, even milder hints of citrus.

Very full flavored for a mildly hopped pale, fronted by rye, neutral sweet, just a hint of caramel, a bit of diacetyl, and that distinctive yeasty tart. Grassy hops join the fun, ending with some floral/herbal and citrus bitter drying out the finish. Nice English pale taste, though the rye gives it a nuance.

Mouthfeel is suitably light, maybe a touch overcarb.'ed, nice finish, easy on palate.

Drinkability is excellent. Light, tasty, refreshing, interesting, what more could you want in a pale?

Impression: Not the finest in this style (should be listed Eng. PA IMHO) but a tasty brew I'm glad I got a chance to try.

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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 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 depechemode1983
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy amber orange color with a thick foamy off-white head. There seems to be a good amount of lacing.

S - Smell is very earthy and grainy with a nice piny hops balance. Upfront you get the grains, bread and earth quality while the hops come in through the middle all the way towards the end of the nose.

T - Sweet caramel malts come in first with some bread,oats, and earth flavors. Finish is bitter and full of hops. The taste is not as complex as the smell. Seems to be more straight forward.

M - Medium bodied and very smooth. Good carbonation on this one too. Has a crisp refreshing feeling.

D/N - This beer is damn drinkable. The taste may be pretty simple but it helps the drinkability in the sense that there is not to much to concentrate on. Still flavorful.

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Photo of gkunkle
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a 1" off white head. Smells of bready malts and a touch of hops. The taste is bready with some rye, then the hops come in for the finish. Mouthfeel is medium, with average carbonation. This was my first rye beer and I quite enjoyed it. From the sounds of it, this isn't packed with rye which others prefer. But from my taste is was different and enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of Fenris244
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my stone imperial pint glass

I like the color of the beer, it's a hazy yellow orange, also has a brownish hue to it. Nice complex color. Had a 2 finger head that dissolved rather quickly into a thin lace.

Bitter aromas, as well as some malt and the rye comes through nicely. Not overly aromatic though.

Lemon and hop flavors come through up front followed by a malty finish not much of the rye comes through in the flavor until it warms then the rye comes through a little more but still not as much as I would like. The bitterness is nice and the sweet malt on the finish almost cleanses the palate for the next sip. Pretty cool actually.

Mouthfeel is really light, bordering on watery but it's a light and refreshing beer otherwise

Drinkability is good, not quite a session beer but something I could have a few of in an evening. If it had more rye flavor I'd drink it all the time for the out of the norm flavors.

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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 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 StormKing47
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received in a trade, I always end up forgetting who I get them from sometimes. Here goes nothing...

A- Has a very nice deep amber color with a copper kissed hue. Looks very nice and simple has a nice carb level leading up to an off-white thin head. Looks pleasant, peaceful and ready for further investigation.

S- A nice and simple earthiness entwined with piney hops, not to hoppy more on the malt/bready side with a light caramel sweetness. Not much citrus smell, very faint with warming smells a tad on the old side. Not getting the peppery rye I expected.

T- There's the very pleasant rye spice, but I am actually a little disappointed with this. A bunch of earth hop, little citrus nuance with a bunch of malty sweetness. A little let down was expecting some more hop bitterness and bite.

M- This one's a little to dry, not much coating or stick and somewhat on the sweet side. I also get some slight bittering that I enjoy, but again not pleased with this one.

D- Not enough hops for me and the rye drys it out too much and makes the bitterness not as enjoyable. Needed more from this one, but it could be enjoyable and is definitely sessionable.

Expected more from Real Ale as I expect this one is a little past the prime, but who knows.

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

Had this at Water Street Oyster Bar in CC TX

I poured this into a standard pint glass. It had an amber color with an orange tint.

S: nothing to outlandish - bready malt.

T: I was expecting something more full flavored. There was a slight bitter hops taste. The rye aspect was decent. It had a sour dough characteristic. I didn't pick up on the spicy attribute others tasted.

M/F: light carbonation, but not flat

D & Conclusion: I could drink a few of these. While I enjoyed the beer, this was more or less a middle of the road beer. It was above average. I'd certainly try this one again.

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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 bastardface
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Full Monn Pale Rye was kind of a surprise to me. I haven't been overly impressed with Real Ale brewing. The Full Moon Rye is pretty goo though. It hasa grainy smell which is appealing. You can taste the wheat in the beer which has a slight bitter bite that disolves quickly. I'm surprsied that i doesn't leave a bad taste after sipping it. I've never really had a rye beer which was even more appealing to me as I drank the Full Moon. The more you drink the more impressed I am. It seems to have sweet, slighty fruity taste to it's kick. I really don't this at all. Finally Real Ale did something. The marker on the bottle is pretty rad also. It reminds me of Starry Night from Van Gogh.

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

Very nice bronze/orange color. Fluffy off white head and some great lacing. Crisp malt aroma with a very floral hop presence. Killer spicy, rye base and a nice hop flavor and bitterness. Very nicely balanced. Touch of lingering caramel like sweetness. Very clean and refreshing body. A damn good beer and very drinkable in the long run. Could easily be a go to pale ale. Nicely done.

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Photo of tpd975
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an amberish gold with a nice off white head. Pretty good retention and a nice smattering of lace.

S: Aromas of crackery malt, bread, and caramel. Light spicy rye quality as well.

T: The rye is there to compliment the rich sweet malt. Mildly bready, with candy malt tones. Malty with a touch of spiced rye.

M: Medium, smooth, solid pale ale.

D: Good I like it.

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Photo of Stigs
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, thanks to BA'er Exiled for another quality trade

served in a SA Perfect Pint glass

A - poured about a half inch of loose bubbly dark cream colored foam. the beer is hazy, light amber in color.

S - strong sweet malts, emphasizing on honeyed biscuits and lightly toasted nuts. just a kiss of light grassy hops at the end.

T - begins with a meld of sweet biscuity malt and honey, wet grassy hops, and light rye. turns a little soapy through the middle before hops take over at the end, bringing along some pine now through the finish.

M - light body with moderate playful carbonation. a little sticky and dry, finishes with lingering bitterness and rye spice.

D - grew on me after the first couple sips as the hops and rye took a little bit to take hold. decent balance, and ineteresting enough to have a few during whatever games you like to watch. thanks Jason!

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

poured from the bottle to a sun king shaped pint glass a murky caramel-y brown with a thin short lasting head and little retention.

aroma of sweet caramel malts, citrus and faint floral hops.

very nice balance of sweet malt forward followed by a very mild bitter. the rye follows later.

smooth, thicker than expected, mild carbonation.

drinkable - yes.

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

From a bottle to a pint glass...
Pours a copper orange color with a thin white head.
Smells of sweet malt, floral hops and rye.
Taste hints of rye, sweet malt and a lemon hop bite.
It is medium bodied, smooth and leaves the mouth dry.
The hops and rye go good together and it gets better as it warms.

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

Good clarity to this one, caramel color. The head was good with admirable retention, as well as a good sticky lace wallpaper.

Rye was subtle, yet detectable in the aroma. It started yielding white/wheat beer characteristics with hints of coriander, clove, and banana.

The clove carried over big time in the taste, as it was quite spicy. Juicy citrus and grassy hops played a big part in the flavor. Overall, this one has several characteristics of several different styles, interesting.

It was slick in the mouth, and a very dry finish kept me drinking.

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Full Moon Pale Rye Ale from Real Ale Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 591 ratings.
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