Pipe Organ Pale Ale | Church Brew Works

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Church Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
169
Avg:
3.17
pDev:
22.08%
 
 
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Photo of LeftyBWS
3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. brown bottle into a pint glass. Purchased as part of a mixed 6-pack from the restaurant.
A: Bright orange, see thru practically. Little bit of carbonation, one inch of off-white head that settles to the rim. Not much lacing to speak of, but the colors are lovely.
S: Caramel malts, dry hoppiness and rye. A tad on the weak side, but otherwise alright.
T: Soft and sweet flavors mostly. Bit of sugar and caramel up front, leading into some dryer graininess and a faint hop nip. Finish lets some bitterness linger and then fade out with some roasted sugars and maybe fruit. Better than the smell, actually.
M: Sweet but also dry and bitter, an interesting combo.
D: Fine, reasonably tasty.

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Photo of cooncat
3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this APA at my favorite beverage store in Erie, Pa. I noted that Church Brewing was from Pittsburgh, near enough to one of my favorite breweries, Victory Brewing. Decided to give it a try.

On the pour, you can be quite assertive and you will get a nice off-white head of moderate size. It is not particularly long lasting, but does leave some thin lacing once its settled. The color is more golden than I'd like to see in a Pale .. was hoping for a little deeper hue.

The nose is uncomplicated, with mostly notes of citrus and pine. Very minimal notes of malt presence.

The taste is a little thin, but balanced nevertheless. Some maltiness comes through the light hop flavor. Nothing overpowering so it should make a good session beer. There is a definite hoppy dryness to the finish, which is suitable for the style.

This doesn't come close to Great Lakes Burning River or Victory Hop Devil, but it is very drinkable, and would make a good session beer. Prost!

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Photo of Beejay
3.34/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A little bit of head on this, it is slightly tan and dissipates quickly. A very murky brown with red notes. Seems very dark for a 'pale ale'

S: Nice american hops aroma. There is a nice malty sweetness in there as well, strong with caramel notes.

T: Bit of bitter right at the front. Slight grassy flavors with a few citrus notes. There are some malty notes in here, but though the hops seem to overpower then a bit.

M: Medium in thickness, slightly oily texture, but very slight. Carbonation seems good.

D: Nice but this seems to be a bit out of balance for me. I feel like the hops are a little strong for a pale ale, and in sampling both the IPA and Pale ale it feels like the same beer, but the IPA being slightly more bitter. I would like to see something a little more interesting.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.33/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass a pale golden, almost copper color with barely half an inch of eggshell colored head. Nothing too remarkable about the aroma other than mild sweet malts and the slightest grassy hoppy smell. The taste is of bready grains and mild, grassy hops. Earthy and mildly floral. Thin mouthfeel with mild to medium carbonation. This could be a nice session beer, but I can think of a few better offerings. I'd like to try this on cask though.

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Photo of biegaman
3.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Patchy foam would quickly assemble, then crumble within minutes. No bubbles no lacing. Sickly appearance. Uneven tones dress the body, which we can consider (mostly) mahogany coloured.

A strongly nutty scent with light caramel from the malts and faint notes of pine via the hops. Weak. Almost fooled me into believing I had a cold.

The mouthfeel has a coarse, mineral texture. Some residual stickiness from the malts that forms a minor aftertaste. Not even enough body to consider this quenching, quickly repeated sips are needed as much as to satisfy the thirst as they are to be reminded of the flavour.

The flavour mimics the aroma with a nutty character as well as light caramel and pine. Bit of butterscotch. These flavours too are extremely faint and nearly non-existent. The texture and aftertaste remind me of fluoride.

This is a very easy going pale ale, maybe too easy going. It's not that it lacks the bells and whistles of other contemporary American examples, it's the fact that this offers the drinker very little to enjoy - no sight worth looking over, no smells to savour and no flavours to relish.

About my only appreciation of this beer is for the man who gave it to me, thanks leftmindedrighty!

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Photo of Derek
3.29/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Photo of BitteBier
3.28/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear, golden amber pour with a finger's worth of uniform head that fades pretty quickly but leaves a bit of lace. Nose is nondescript--neither skunky nor scintillating. Some light malts and a hint of hops. This carries over to the taste, which is good but uninspired. Malts are smooth and tasty, but this beer would be better if the malts were complemented by more hoppiness. Very drinkable but lacking the sort of character that make micros so interesting.

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Photo of Deuane
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Bright copper with a thin off-white head that quickly fades to nothing.

S-Some sweet malt and earthiness, light on all accounts.

T-Sweet cornlike flavours with a bit of spicy hops...a bit. After a bit of warming the last few sips did produce a bit more of the sharp bitterness I wish it had clear through. Mostly bready malty for the most part.

M-Medium-light body with decent carbonation...nothing exciting.

D-This is ok...certainly drinkable but nothing stellar. I was hoping for a more solid English style PA...not here!

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Photo of beergeek279
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served as a sample at CBW. The color was copper, with a decent head. The smell was a nice hoppiness. The taste was a Goldings hoppiness (fairly citrusy), with a caramel malt backing. The mouthfeel was quite thin. Drinkability-wise, could maybe have another.

Probably the biggest disappointment of all the CBW offerings. Though a decent flavor, it just doesn't have the body that a good pale ale should have. If they reformulated it to a bit more, I'd have it again; otherwise, with so many other good offerings, I'm afraid I'll have to pass.

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Photo of oberon
3.21/5  rDev +1.3%
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 flexabull
3.21/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright gold color with a decent white head.

Aromas are faint, fruit punch like, and a bit sweet.

Taste is dry, bread like, a bit sour, and with an aspirin like hops bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is above average. Carbonation is good, and the over all mouthfeel seems about right.

Drinkability is pretty good. This is a decent, but pretty blah pale ale. It's easy to drink though.

Bottle courtesy of eclectic. Thanks again.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.2/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a honey amber gold, very mild head that goes away quick. Just a bit of lacing remains.

Smells malty and a bit toasty.

Tastes mostly of hops, but not strong hops. There really isn't much else there but the hops.

Feels full with soft carbonation as it goes down. Kind of "chewy" in the feeling.

Eh, not bad. Perhaps a little underrated, but on the other hand I prefer something in the taste to accompany hop bitterness, and this is just hops, but at the same time its like the held back. I suppose it might be a fun session beer for hopheads.

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Photo of JamesS
3.2/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a decent, light copper color with a bit of head and minimal lacing. It has a nice bitter/eggy aroma, just not very strong. Same for the tatse, a decent hoppiness, very English, slightly jerky, but nothing spectacular. Goes down fine, not rough, not super smooth.

(Found in Ren Faire notes from August 2007)

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Church Brew Works- Pipe Organ Pale Ale

Appearance- Golden orange brown with a small fizzy head.
Smell- Sweet toffee malt slight touch of clove and alcohol.
Taste- I detect clove and alcohol blended into a heavy caramel toffee malt.
Mouthfeel- Sweet throughout. Quite lifeless. Very sweet cloying aftertaste.

Overall- Bland. Not worth another try.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.13/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

3.25 A: Clear light orange color. Two fingers of foamy white head. Retention is about average and a half finger of irregular lacing is left.

3.25 S: Stanky resiny hops. Secondarily grassy with hints of citrus and spiciness. Neutral malts with a distinct graininess and mild caramel notes.

3.0 T: The taste is solidly average. Not bad by any means, but won't stand out either. Grassy and resiny hops. Grainy malts with light hints of caramel and breadiness.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Mild creaminess and otherwise smooth.

3.0 D: Pretty average beer, which is just fine.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.13/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass from a 12oz bottle. The aggressive pour yielded a thin, single finger of pearl foam that dissipated quickly leaving virtually no signs of life behind. The body is much darker than I anticipated...orange amber with ruby lowlights.

The nose is rather weak. Some bready characters meet some mild hops. You can also pick up some caramel and malts...if you try really, really hard that is...

The taste is right there with the nose in character and strength. The malts start things off before an earth/grainy center takes over and quickly gives way to a mild, piney hop finish. Pretty much meh...

The mouth feel is light and watery, maybe a little oily...moderate carbonation.

This is drinkable, but nothing I would go out of my way for.

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Photo of jackorain
3.13/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

While the place is fantastic, this beer was fair at betst.

Poured a cloudy light brown with a bit of a copper hue. The head was off-white and didn't hang around too long but did leave a bit of attractive lacing.

A bit of earthy hops combined with a big dose of caramel malts is all that the aroma offers.

Taste pretty much mirrors the aroma.

Mouthfeel was as expected with a light to medium body with low carbonation.

Overall, this is not a great example in my mind of even an english IPA. Hops are very low and mostly earthy.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A pretty red hue that is lighter than ruby-colored but close to it. A small off-white head that sticks around for a little bit without leaving behind any lacing.

The aroma combines a lightly toasted malt sweetness with orange peel.

The flavor is fairly unimpressive; I know this is an english pale ale and not supposed to be a huge beer, but this one is a little weak. Low alcohol doesn't have to mean low flavor. The lightly toasted malt is there, and a hint of orange flavored hops.

The mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation.

Not a bad beer by any means, but not something I am crazy about either.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
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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Photo of Lordsloth
3.07/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle- thanks Scott!

Poured with a medium amber appearance, light head. Smells a bit of light malt, light hops. Tasted like a decent Pale Ale, but with some odd bitterness- different hops than I'm used to? Mouthfeel was all right. Drinkability was on the low side. I could maybe go for one or two of these at a time, not much more.

Not a bad beer, but not great, either.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.06/5  rDev -3.5%
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 pezoids
3.06/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served as part of their beer sampler. This one poured bright and clear. Golden in color with a decent size head (in proportion to the sample glass) and left a small amount of fine lacing. A light maltiness rises from the beer to meet the nose but doesn’t give off anything that assertive.

The taste is crisp and smooth with a nice pairing of sweet malt and bitter hops. A light to medium bodied beer that tends to give off some sourness in the finish. Overall this isn’t that bad, but I am left looking for more hop character. Just a bit too plain for me, I guess I’m just spoiled. Middle of the road at best.

(and that was before I noticed the 50/50 percentage, I swear...)

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

so I've enjoyed quadzilla a couple of times. It's now time to work through the more regular beers of this brewery.

pours a hazy amber color with a billowy off white head. some bready malts and light hops in the nose followed with a similar taste and a bit more hop bite in the taste and a residual sticky taste in the mouthfeel. Enjoyed over a grilled chicken salad.

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Photo of dawg
3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a bottle obtained during a case exchange. Church brew works is a local place about 20 minutes away.

Always nice to giva a crack at the local stuff. Right out of the bottle. Smelled a bit metallic from the cap. Nice and bitter from early hops. I think that I taste cascade and some amarillo. Nice pale body. Didn't carry the extract taste that I used to get from church BW.

Feels like a pale ale. Overall a nice treat. Wouldn't buy a case though.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at the brewery.

Color is clear copperish in appearance with minimal head. Softly scented with some sweetness and citrus zest. Flavor is also subtle. Some hoppy notes here and there, maybe some peppery spice, some sweetness. Nothing to write home about. Dry finish with thin mouthfeel. Average in every sense of the word.

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Pipe Organ Pale Ale from Church Brew Works
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