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:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 172 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of aracauna
2.84/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A golden bronze color with a good head. There’s very low hopping and a slightly watery finish. It improved as it warmed as a nice fruitiness came out, but it never turned into a good pale. There were no flaws, but there just wasn't enough flavor here. The Celestial Gold was actually the better beer.

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Photo of Coronaeus
3.33/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of EMV
3.2/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Basoos1
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of HollyHops
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of rcjennings
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of mschofield
2.7/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark for a pale ale, a caramel amber, clear with a one finger white head, leaves rings of lacing.

Citrus, pine and caramel aroma.

Taste has a lot of dark caramel malts, this may be better cast as an amber. Hops and the darker caramel notes clash. Pithy bitterness, raw. Bitterness lingers.

Medium bodied, needs refinement and maybe needs to decide if it's a pale or an amber.

thanks to radioscooter for the sample

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Photo of nwhittin
3.41/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 OriolesFan1008
2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of addiwilliams
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
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 ramrod666
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of MrJuengling
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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

A medium amber colored beer, it is not as pale as many pale ales. Served with virtually no head. The aroma was hard to discern. The taste was overly bitter from the start, with an unpleasant finsh. A little malt made itself known on the taste, but the overall flavor was bitterness, and not the good type you get with an IPA. The mouthfeel was thin, and I was happy to finish this one a try a different beer, as I can't imagine drinking more than one of these. Hopefully this was an atypical sample of what this beer normally tastes like. From my sample, it should be removed from their normal offerings and replaced with a new recipe.

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Photo of beergeek279
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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 spedprof
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of stirgy
3.06/5  rDev -4.7%
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 rxthree
3.5/5  rDev +9%

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 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 kbub6f
3.95/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

According to the blackboard, the Pipe Organ was cask-conditioned tonight. I don't know if I just got lucky or what. Anyway...

The beer is an almost perfectly clear, rich amber. The head is dead still, small, white and sticky. Quite spicy in the nose. The beer itself starts spicy/fruity and develops a fairly nice, buttery malt through the middle. Feel is viscous, falling short of unpleasant oiliness. The finish is a nice, dry, floral, spicy hop. I'm picking up some pleasant esters in this beer too. Overall, I really like this spicy, floral, fruity beer.

Edit: Ok, now I've looked at the other reviews. Looks like I'm the odd man out. Please send your unfinished growlers to Texas.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3/5  rDev -6.5%
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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Photo of Griggsy
3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of vwbus7
4/5  rDev +24.6%

Pipe Organ Pale Ale from Church Brew Works
Beer rating: 14% out of 100 with 172 ratings
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