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Pastrami on Rye by Pipeworks Brewing Company
Herbed / Spiced Beer
8.50 % ABV

Pastrami on Rye is our tribute to the classic Kosher deli sandwich. This rich dark ale incorporates rye and smoked malts to represent smoked brisket and soft rye bread. A myriad of spices enter the boiling wort including coriander, mustard seed, caraway, allspice and peppercorns. All of the traditional spices that go into making pastrami are used. The result is a surprisingly smooth spiced ale perfect for sipping during the colder months. 

Review by everetends on 01/25/13  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
68 3 9 13 3 6 2013
22 oz bottle from THE wimperoo. Served up in a pub pint.

A: Pours up a dark brown body. Held to the light, just a touch of garnet red hues push through at the bottom of the glass. Otherwise, the beer remains completely opaque and keeps that dark brown color. The pour got me almost two fingers of tan head. Retention was iffy, and it fell to a chunky ring that lasted throughout the experience. Spots of bubbly lace occasionally dot the glass.

S: This has a pretty nice rye bread quality to it, with a massive pastrami spice quality to it. The rye is very nice. The spices are big on coriander, caraway seed and all spice. Smoke pushes through on the back end but it is subdued by all the spice.

T: Spice bomb. Coriander and caraway seed dominates with rye flavor. Allspice definitely joins the party along with a strange licorice flavor. The smoke comes through a bit harsh. As everything mellows out and fades into aftertaste, there is lingering meaty flavor that is remotely reminiscent of pastrami . . . but that could be a stretch. This stuff is out there.

M: Heavy medium mouthfeel with a moderate carbonation. ABV brings some heat on the throat. The beer has a sweet and spicy thing going for it on the palate. Aftertaste is incredibly lingering wit some smoke and big spice.

OA: Just weird. At first, I was overwhelmed and didn't really enjoy it. As I kept sipping, it got better. More tolerable. Flavors developed a bit more than just the dominant spice, but said spice is still intense. Its drinkable, and I enjoyed doing so. Not sure if I'd have another though.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by rhoadsrage on 01/09/13  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
58 3 6 10 3 7 2012
(Served in a tulip)
Batch 50
A- This beer has a dense walnut brown body with a thin tan head that fades to a ring of tiny bubbles.

S- The cloth band aid aroma fills the nose and some dry slightly fruity spices grow after that. There is all spice and others are well blended and take on an old men’s cologne quality.

T- The nougat flavor has some mellow brewer’s licorice and caraway seed flavor. There is some deep toasted malt flavors that are buried underneath and as the beer opens there is a milk stout flavor that comes to the top. There are also some candy ester flavors that stay dry but lead to a cloth band aid finish that grow in the finish. There is a lingering herbal hop spice flavor.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a slippery texture and no alcohol heat noticed.

O- I’m not going to lie, I pulled this beer out of the DBF a few times only to put it back for fear of the train wreck that might be inside? It was a very interesting and odd beer but I’m glad I tried it and it was very interesting to see how all the flavors came together. The smoke was ok and with the Belgian yeast esters and spices flavors it was a lot of things all going on at once.

Served In: Tulip

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