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Pipe Organ Pale Ale | Church Brew Works

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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-24-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,053
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
172
pDev:
14.95%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 172 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of breakingbland
3.69/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. There was a scant head that fell quickly to a very thin ring of foam.

Aroma: Sweet grapefruit with a definite malt presence.

Taste: There was a faint sour hit at first contact, but the predominant taste was malt with some oranges and maybe bread along with a mild hops presence. The hops lingered along with some of the malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel: The body was on the thin side. The carbonation was appropriate.

Overall: This drinks as a classic American pale ale. It was refreshing and enjoyable; I especially liked the hints of orange in the taste. I don't think I've seen this in my area (southeast Michigan), but if I see it when I'm in the Pittsburgh area, I'd consider getting some.

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Photo of tugdriver7
3.68/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had high hopes for this one. All the pieces were in place: (1) great craft brewery; (2) fun, thematic name in colorful bottle; (3) great, rich amber color in the glass; and (4) subtle malt and roasted carmel in the nose. Unfortunately, the taste--though exceptional when compared to many, more common English Ales--wasn't as complex nor quite as rich as expected. When I go to "Church," I'd take the Dunkel over the Ale.

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Photo of JamesGrove
3.68/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.67/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A. Pours a hazy dark gold with tons of bubbles floating to the surface and an absolutely massive head (even with a patient pour) with good retention as well. Leaves behind some sticky lace.

S. Bready Malts and some spicy hop prescence. Definately alot going on in the nose.

T. A pretty well balanced beer with a malt backbone and some piney hops to even it out. Its a tad bitter, but not bad. As it warms a sweet caramel note sticks out. Very nice.

M. Medium body that goes down fairly well and leaves a bit of a dry and sour aftertaste.

D. Has an odd creaminess about it. I dig it. At 4.3 ABV its highly sessionable.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.67/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On cask at the Church Brewworks in Pittsburgh.

Pours a lightly hazy copper, thick and fluffy ivory head. Lots of head-retention, lots of fine lacing throughout. Smells of citrusy hops, orange zest and lemon.

Taste is smoth pale malt, a light graininess. Citrusy hops, hints of orange zest, tangerine and lemon. I like prominent East Kent Goldings in a brew and this is what this beer purports to be. Mouth is creamy and smooth. Some light hops aftertaste. A good session brew. Not sure this would be anything more than average on tap but on cask, it's worth a try.

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Photo of nstygles
3.66/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 mobyfann
3.63/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paid $30 for a mixed case...

The beer pours an amber colored base with a medium white head, good head retention and nice lacing effects on the glass. The aroma is at first floral and spicy (ginger?) with mild hop tones.

The taste is rather light on the mouth, great light hop aftertaste and fairly drinkable if considered a light brew.

Final Thought: Why is this beer rated so low? It's a very standard APA that doesn't seem to scrimp on quality of ingredients.

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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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Photo of Ctb6582
3.6/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of alcstradamus
3.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade with OneDropSoup. Thanks!

A--Nice dark copper color with a full finger of head in my Surly pint glass. Spotty lacing left behind.

S--Relatively empty smell, some faint lemon/grassy hops.

T--Nice balanced taste for an English Pale Ale, good biscuity malt backbone and a touch of earthy hops. Of course, in a world of American IPA's and DIPA's it is really tough to appreciate subtle styles like this. I enjoy the taste, but it doesn't have "enough" hop flavor to satisfy my taste buds. This brew is solid for what it is, though.

M--Medium bodied and creamy, very nice

D--Extremely drinkable brew here, solid all around but not spectacular in aspect. Thanks again for the extra!

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.54/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P- Barley's and Hops

A- a brownish red hue type of color that is somewhat hazy yet clear. A one finger head that has some sticking but not much.

S- a toasted type of maltiness with some orange peel on the back end. Not a bad nose at all.

T- a charred roasted black type of flavor at first, but then tapers off to a smokey malt with some pungent hops.

M- smokey and coating. Draws some flem and mucous. Goes down smooth though. very crisp and clean.

D- not bad overall and would be a nice beer if you were outside in the winter working on something.

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Photo of DerekP
3.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pipe Organ Pale Ale is orange-amber with a dull glow. A tiny head recedes to a stable, bubbly rim.

Fruity in the nose: pineapple, peach. Some amber malts underneath the hops comes through faintly.

A pleasant, light touch in the first taste. Balanced hops and malts mostly, with just a bit more bitterness. There's some peachy hops flavor, but the beer is dry overall.

A simple, approachable and purposely sessionable pale ale. It won't blow anyone away, but it's a solid beer that won't crush you after a few, which is its big draw for someone like myself.

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Photo of ruffdawg
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of thomscottson
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured ontap into a pint glass. Pours a coppery hue with a lovely creamy off-white head which left nice lacework upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of herbal and tropical fruit hop esters, caramel and biscuity malts, some earthy minerals and a hint of heather. The taste is slightly sweet caramel supported by a light twangy hop bitterness. Straight forward but could use a slight more bitterness which is more apparent on the finish with a slight metallic note. The mouth feel is smooth and slightly more body than expected from a Pale Ale.

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Photo of fizzyted
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of rxthree
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of ramrod666
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of tgbljb
3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium amber color with moderate white puffy head.
Smell is light with slight hops notes. Some sweetnes also detected.
Taste is also mild with a light malt sweetness and a slight hoppiness.
Finishes light and refreshing.
As middle-of-the-road as you can get. Might make a nice crossover beer for your macro-drinking friends.

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3.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of sdaly3
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Pipe Organ Pale Ale from Church Brew Works
Beer rating: 3.21 out of 5 with 172 ratings
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