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 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 skittlebrau
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this out of the mixed six pack.

A: Pale, with a little brown. Head was nonexistent at first but formed after the beer sat for awhile.

S: Hops. Verry hoppy aroma.

T: Again hops. I just can't taste the rye. Still, the beer tastes pretty good.

M: Average.

D: Pretty drinkable, although after it warmed up the hops became a little to overpowering of the rest of the beer.

Overall a solid beer.

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Photo of DIM
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: This one is a golden yellow with some amber hilights. It pours with a thin white head.

s: There are some nice funky rye notes as well as some yeast and floral hop aromas.

t: Not bad, but it is a bit mild overall. Some sour rye and faint hop flavor.

m: The carbonation is a bit thin, but I like the slippery thickness of rye beers, including this one.

d: If this were on tap locally, I'd drink these for sure. Thanks to JDV for including this as an extra.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: poured into a snifter. pours a deep ruby-ish amber with very little white head that dissipates rather quickly.

S: floral aroma that has hints of grapefruit. The sweetness of malts are present in the bouquet.

T: very malty flavor for a pale ale, good use of amber malts. not what i was expecting. The hops are present, but like Santa on Christmas, you want it to be there, it feels like its there, but it just isn't. I expected more hops with this one, especially after the bouquet of grapefruit.

M: very smooth mouthfeel. great sweet flavors with a hint of hops on the palate.

D: its a good beer, I just expected more. After having beers of the same style, i expected a certain taste/mouthfeel. definately a good session beer.

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Photo of JDV
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden/reddish golor with a white head. Had a smell I’m not used to, which I guess may be the rye. Almost lemony too. Slight bitterness up front, some rye tastes, with a medium strengthed bitter finish. A good amount of carbonation, not too much or little, and fairly easy to drink, but I wouldn’t want more than one or two in a session. A good beer, with a different taste, but maybe not for everybody. Worth a try.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, pours a cloudy reddish amber, a nice inch head that sticks around for a bit, a little lacing. The aroma is grainy, rye, some spices and citrus, but kind of faint. Different in a good way. The taste is the same, a solid rye malting with good citrus and earthy hops and spices and a nice body, with nice carbonation. I imagine this would be a very good beer on cask. In all, a rather drinkable beer, and definitely something different from my usual fare.

Thanks to BeerZach for including this one.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle as an extra in a trade with JDV. Thanks Deniz!

This ours from 12oz bottle..hehe..the foam started rising to the mouth of the bottle as soon as I popped the cap but fear not, there was no loss of any ounces. It has a clear gold look in my SA glass and a very good 2 finger head of foam with some lacing.

The smell is of rye and citrus hops and not something that I'm used to smelling so I'm pumped to taste this bad boy.

The taste is a mix of rye and some good citrus(grapefruit and another that adds just a touch of sour) and it's quite pleasing to my palate. Nice and dry finish to it and the mouthfeel is on the light side. It's pretty easy to drink as well. The more sips I take, the more I notice the sourness but it's not overdone. It just adds, for me, to the drinkability. I could easily see myself kicking back a few of these in a session.

Thanks gain, Deniz. This was an interesting drinking experience.

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Photo of ruckzuck
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - amber, white head, seems fine

S - fruity, citrus, floral, sweet

T - sweet, citrusy, bit of hoppiness and spiciness

M - light-medium bodied, good carbonation

D - not bad; I could (and have definitely) had more than 1 in a sitting. Worth a shot if you're in TX.

Overall, I was a bit let down by this beer. I'm spoiled I suppose in that Terrapin Rye is my session beer and is fantastic. This isn't a bad beer, but it's just not as good as Terrapin. Still, worth a shot.

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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 drseamus
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The foam started to climb up the neck as soon as the cap was cracked, necessitating a quick pour. Nice amber looking body with a more than full white head. There are jets of bubbles rising from the bottom. The smell is pretty spicy and the rye is apparent. There are some nice hop aromas also. The flavor is more subdued than the aroma was. There is just a touch of rye flavor and it's pretty mild all around. There is a good malt presence also. Great body and pretty good drinkability.

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

I got this in a Real Ale Brewing Company mix 6 pack. It poured a nice copper color into my shiner glass. The smell is nice with the aroma of hops and your typical pale ale smell. The taste is more mild than most pale ales, i guess maybe the rye. It has a smooth and good mouthfeel but i could only drink a few of these.

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

Hazy, copper-orange body. Finger of thick, creamy, light khaki head. Good lacing. Mild bread malt with a hint of spicy rye under a very citrusy/grapefruit hop nose. Grainy malts and tart citrus hop bitterness up front. Bread and light fruit malt with a wisp of spicy rye and flashes of caramel with steady citrus hop bitterness. Grapefruit and lemon juice in a crisp, refreshing finish. Medium body with a creamy feel. Nice, refreshing, zesty pale ale that would probably go down very easy on a hot Texas night.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz received as an extra from BeerZach ... Thanks, I want to try more beers from this company. Poured cool into a standard shaker pint while listening to Steve Lawler "Lights Out V.1"

Big 1 inch head over an orangy/deep gold brew ... a little cloudiness, I think it was bottle conditioned, but forgot to check until after I rinsed out the bottle.

Nice smell immediately out of the bottle. American citrus hops are dominant with a spicy smell (rye?!).

Good/big carbonation ... typical pale ale tastes with a true rye finish. Balanced all around, I could see enjoying these all day and into the night (unfortunately it is snowing here right now). Enough malty chewiness to smooth out the spice and the hops... finish is long with a little yeasty earthiness.

Thanks Zach! We need to do some business, I have PNW beers if you have more Real Ale brews. I am so far nicely impressed with this brewery.

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Photo of champ103
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy Orange/Reddish color. A small white head forms and leaves some patchy lace.
S: Sweet spices from the rye and a good hop character. A nice malty aroma that balances everything out nicely.
T: A little oily and very smooth going down. Great hop and caramel malt balance, with a nice spice that follows the nose. Fruity and sweet.
M/D: A full body that is rich a creamy. Carbonated just to my liking. The drinkability is great, this is a session beer. Very easy to drink. One I can relax with a drink all day.

From the breweries mixed sixer. This is a great beer, and ever since I first tried it this has been a regular in my fridge. Something I highly recommend.

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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 jasonjlewis
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Real ale brews have yet to impress me on appearance. The smell on this beer is superb, nice rye and maltiness with a nice hoppiness as well.

Taste is very well balanced, nice rye flavor with some pale and caramel malts and a nice hop bitterness to finish

Mouthfeel is decent, clings well, but not any crispness.

This beer is very easy to drink though. It is the only real ale I think I would buy again.

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Photo of lawman834
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Slightly hazy, Golden Brown. Nice Lacing.
S-Citrus, mostly grapefruit.
T-Bitter and hoppy. A little grapefruit. Rye?
M-Kinda thick and Chewy.
D-Too bitter for me. Not very drinkable.

Overall-When I ordered this at the Alamo Brewhouse Theater in Houston TX (Great Place!), it was listed as Full Moon Rye Ale. They left out the Pale part. That would have clued me in on the fact it is basically an IPA, which thus far, I don't really like. I didn't really taste any Rye in this brew. Live and Learn.

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another review from January I forgot to post. At the time, the brewery had just changed the labels and this was the last of the old labeled bottles. This is one of my favorite beers, so I'm sure I'm biased.

Appearance: Bronze-orange with red highlights. A slowly dissapating off-white head leaves a nice Belgian lace on the glass.

Aroma: Slightly malty with spicy hop accents.

Taste: Not an aggressively hopped beer. This lets the nutty rye come through. The hops start on the side of the tongue and finish on the top, a kind of subtle spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Full mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The slightly less aggressive hoppiness makes this one easy to drink. Easily my favorite of their line.

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

A long time local fave...

The pour is reddish amber, with a too-short lasting head. Not that much carbonation/bubbles, but I might have poured a bit a little too straight down as usual. Fresh out of the oven bread like aromas, with bit of an alcohol scent too.

Taste is definetly of rye, mild hop flavor, nectarines, and a touch of black pepper. Very unique taste from the dozens of pale ales on the shelves.

I'm glad Real Ale has finally become readily available here in deep South Texas. A mighty fine thirst quencher, and not too high on the alcohol, I usually go for two in a row.

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Photo of shererjt
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy, reddish-copper color with a moderate, off-white head. Nice pale ale aroma; good hop nose and some spiciness with plenty of malt to balance. Body was medium. Hop flavor and bitterness were decent and there was an adequate amount of sweetness to round it out. I'd vote that it needed a bit more rye, but what's there was evident. Mouthfeel could have used some zing. Drinkability was solid.

A good effort. One of the very few commercial rye beers I've been able to locate. Nicely hopped as well.

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Photo of malcontent
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Unfiltered appearance, reddish brown color with a super head.

Rich, sweet and bitter nose. Spicy followed by an odd bubblegum sweetness and hops dripping with butter. Really weird and almost like a hefeweizen with hops aged in oak barrels. Obviously that's not the case, just what it smells like.

Rye comes through right away backed by a gentle fruit sweetness (plums). Natural sugars are accompanied by and herbal kick and a building hop bitterness that isn't fully realized until the glass is nearly empty.

Mouthfeel has good thickness to it although I could go for a slightly crisper beer. Just a few more bubbles, please. Nevertheless, I really like this brew and could tear through...I mean, respectfully drink a few more and be quite happy.

Thanks to chadspivey for a winner here! Good brew.

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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 roblowther
4.63/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cloudy golden red with a undulating (extra point word) tan head. It looks like a pale ale should, in short. Aroma is sweet caramel malt and a surprisingly delicate hop note. The taste is crisp with the rye malt dominating. VERY refreshing, the sweetness of the malt balances the hops well. Tastes of rye bread and, well, rye bread. The hops come after the flavor as just a lingering note in your mouth. Seriously. This stuff rocks. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and light, adding to the refreshing nature of the beer. Its a good beer for those days when its just a bit too hot to sit in a biergarten but that doesn't stop you. The drinkability? Let's just say that the six pack didn't last long. :)

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Photo of gpcollen1
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rusty brown with hints of red into my Carlsberg Imp Pint, head rises an inch or so slowly settling to a nice 1/8 inch throughout. Aromas hold the sweet air of rye accompanying the light roast sweetness and hops.

Taste is lovely with a light roasted flavor everpresent rye. Dominant hops hits midsip and ushers in a bitter dry finish, almost overpowering the sweet roasted flavors. This one is realy nice, just maybe a bit too hoppy/bitter for my tastes.

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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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