Pipe Organ Pale Ale | Church Brew Works

Pipe Organ Pale AlePipe Organ Pale Ale
BA SCORE
14%
Liked This Beer
3.21 w/ 172 ratings
Pipe Organ Pale AlePipe Organ Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Church Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States
churchbrew.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#42,560
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
172
Liked:
24
Avg:
3.21/5
pDev:
14.95%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
26
Trade:
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Ratings: 172 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shinitribe's bottle. More of a malt play, caramel malts with orange fruitiness. Middle mouthfeel, High carbonation. Goldings hops, but understated hops, this pale pales in what is the standard-bearer today. Not a bad beer though, but a training-wheels.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of nmann08
2/5  rDev -37.7%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of oline73
2.66/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper amber color with a finger of off white head that fades to a thin layer on top of the pour. This is a dark beer given the style.

Smell: Bready sweet malt, I'm getting some caramel and cherries. This one is a bit too far on the malty side.

Taste: Again, I'm not sure this should be classified as a pale ale. At least there are some hops here, but I feel like they are fighting against the malt taste. The caramel and cherries from the smell show up, but the finish is bitter from citrus peel hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This isn't a terrible beer, but it's not very well thought out. They need to lighten up the malt profile to make it a good pale.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of oberon
3.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dull slight hazed lighter copper with a nice from the cask head,nothing really going on aroma wise really a light sweet biscuit-like aroma hints of leafy hop but very faint.With lack of a better word this ale even cask conditioned was bland lightly sweet and toasted with not much hop presence to be had a touch of citrus in the finish but you really have to stretch to get it.Not much here to write home about I was hoping for more of a hop presence and just more flavor over all.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the brewery

Pretty standard offering. Poured a copper color, slightly hazy, with a small and somewhat short-lived head. Simple aroma: toasted grains, sweet malts, low-key hoppage. Taste follows the aroma, as expected, grains, sweet malts, vaguely caramel, pine and citrus notes and a bit of earth. A bit bland in the aftertaste. Light-medium body, fairly drinkable. A slightly above average APA here, nothing special, but nothing really too bad.

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3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.63/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bronzed orange rind with brighter rust orange highlights beneath a thin slice of decently creamy, beige colored foam that faded much too quickly. It's no surprise that the glass isn't exactly swimming with lace.

Given the ingredients (caramel malt, pale malt, East Kent Goldings hops), it's easy to tell how the nose *should* smell. Trouble is, it doesn't smell like much of anything. Warming results in a whiff of caramel and some musky-earthiness, but that's it.

CBW Pipe Organ Pale Ale is not well-brewed beer. It's undermalted, excessively bitter, borderline metallic, thin and too sharply bubbled. It might sound like the score should be even lower, but it's all a matter of degree. Could this really be how Church Brew Works sees the English pale ale style?

Specifics include unsweet caramel, tangy fruit, bitter tea dregs, citrus zest and a flash of stainless steel. Warming helps round off the initial flavor clash to some extent, though it doesn't make it all the way to flavor cooperation.

The mouthfeel is probably an appropriate size given the ABV. However, the carbonation that was too sharp-edged to start is now softer... and still has a short half-life. Not a good combination no matter how you slice it.

This bottle of Pipe Organ Pale Ale might be old (though raging bitterness argues against it) or it might be from a bad batch. It's hard to believe that any craft brewery would be satisfied putting their label and cap on beer like this on purpose.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.6/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured with a light, off-white head that quickly dissipated to wispiness. The nose had an interesting mix of light hoppiness and a buiscut-y smell. The color was a beautifully clear copper. The mouthfeel struck me as somewhat thin and I didn't get a whole lot of hoppiness out of it. Instead, I sensed that same buscuit-y maltiness that I mentioned on the nose. The finish tended towards dry and I continued to taste more malt than hops. It was not the best beer that I've had from CBW, but not one that I would neccesarily steer clear of, either. I think that if I had some mild cheese and some crackers to go with it, I might enjoy it more.

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3.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a couple of these in a recent BIF. Having never had anything at all from the brewery I was thrilled to be able to try something. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one started off the mini tasting with my brother in law on Friday.

The pour was nice, darker then I would have thought for the style with a big head of foam on top that faded quite quickly leaving behind some decent lacing. The aroma was light and heavy on the grain for sure. Lots of bready notes with only a token hoppiness to be found inside. Not really sure where this was going to be honest. As I took the first taste, again not really sure where this was going. Lots of bready and grain notes, hints of light, very light piney hops and a weird, almost grassy taste, it was ok, but not really what I was expecting. Decent carbonation, a little full for a pale ale, but not bad.

Overall I just think the style is off. It was way too malty and the hops are almost vanished underneath of this. Again, not really bad, I just would not go there again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of stakem
2.68/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from a friend visiting from Pittsburgh. No indication of freshness on the bottle via dating or date code but I trust it is relatively fresh considering it was picked up at the brewpub.

Pours a slightly hazed orange color with 2 fingers of white head that has a tint of yellow about it. The head fades leaving quite a bit of sticky lace that clings in patches to the glass.

The aroma of the pipe organ smells of grassy hops minorly reminescent of a mixture of fruity rind caught somewhere inbetween grapefruit and oranges. As it warms, the amount of fruity hop character smelling like grapefruit meets oranges increases.

The taste of this brew is hoppy upfront tasting of the predescribed rind of both grapefruit and orange. Through the body is a bit of toasty malt that accents the bitterness of the hops that at this point start to cling inside the mouth more than I am use to for a pale. Throughout the body of this brew is a taste that I can only describe as being "green." It is a flavor that reminds me of when I first started homebrewing and bottled a few batches prematurely. It is a flavor of yeast that just doesn't go away and clings inside the mouth that is quite distracting and is borderline offputting with a flavor that is on the urge of tasting like plastic and bandaids.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden and it lends itself as a could-be session beer but one was enough for me and I dont know if I will be able to finish the entire glass. I would not recommend this to anyone.

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2.75/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a copper amber gold tone with a nice formed white head leaves nice even lacing, not bad. Toasted malts with hop pellets forms the aroma here the hop tone is eerily similar to straight cascade hop pellets smells like my first homebrew with a mild fruity edge thrown in there. The hops taste of once again the cascade hop pellets with a grainy sweetness lackluster all around. Light-medium in body mild carbonation drinks pretty smoothly. As for ordering this beer again I have to say that from now on it's a rule to stick with their specialties rather than their regulars.

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2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber. Another boring nose. Flavor is kind of sweet and also carries a minor earth edge. A wee bit of almost spicy edge. Feel is standard. Easy to drink, but certainly not very interesting. And this is an English Pale Ale? Okay. If you say so.

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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Derek
3.29/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Copper-bronze, off-white head, no retention or lace.

S: Candied fruit, cider, brown sugar.

T: Caramel-corn, butterscotch, light bread, metallic earthyness, good bitterness, slightly grassy hops.

M: Moderate body & carbonation.

D: Decent.

Commercial description:
"When the British introduced draught pale ale to America, the Pipe Organ Pale Ale is what they had intended. It is truly British in character. Brewed with pale ale malt and a touch of caramel malt, it has a light copper color and subtle body. The maltiness is carefully balanced with only the best English hops - East Kent Goldings. Although this beer has a fair amount of hops, the caramel maltiness perfectly balances its profile. Alcohol by Volume - 4.9%
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Pipe Organ Pale Ale from Church Brew Works
Beer rating: 14% out of 100 with 172 ratings
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