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Pick Axe IPA - Tommyknocker Brewery

Pick Axe IPAPick Axe IPA

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456 Ratings

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Ratings: 456
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.7%

Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Formerly called "Pick Axe Pale Ale".

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-14-2001)
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Photo of aquaderek


2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This brew pour a golden orange with a frothy off white head the breaks down in to slight tracing when agitated. Piney hops and caramel on the nose. Hoppy bite followed by a smooth round finish slight carbonation. Nothing special, kk run of the mill ipa, I like the brewery though.

Serving type: growler

03-22-2014 22:43:21 | More by aquaderek
Photo of cbond


2.7/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This beer tastes and smells of pineapples, I would love to sip this at Hawaiian themed party or on the beach. However for daily life I do not enjoy it very much.

It is also not as hoppy as I expected (though admittedly I have high hops expectations for IPA's).

Caveat -- I did drink this after eating something very spicy so I reserve the right to edit these statements.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 02:41:31 | More by cbond
Photo of bark


3.01/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The colour is amber (20 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head is off-white and compact. It sinks slowly leaving some lacing on the glass. The beer is bottle conditioned.

The smell is hoppy with toffee sweetness. Some onion/cabbage flavours. Chemical bitterness and some orange juice.

The taste is smooth with citric hops and some fruity sweetness: Oranges, mango, lime, pineapple. Mild bitterness, more like an APA than an IPA. Medium to full body. The aftertaste got a passing note of solvents and some harsh hops. Orange juice, lime, green apples and green plums. The finish got some solvents and rough alcohol.

The carbonation is mild to medium strong, the bubbles are long-lived. The liquid is mid-smooth and a bit dry.

Not enough bitterness, and some off-flavours. Well, well...

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 19:02:09 | More by bark
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead


3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip; lovely IPA color, translucent orange-yellow, with a thin white head that leaves rings of delicate lacing.
Smell is slightly metallic, clean crackery malt, with a dash of hops. Probably a pretty old bottle, not much hop aroma. There are light hints of floral, grassy, and fruity hops.
Taste is about the same; clean malt and faded hops. I don't get much beyond a grassy bitterness, but there are slight hints of citrus rind and fruit.
Mouthfeel is well-carbonated and thin, good for the style.
Overall I'd prefer more hop flavor, but it was probably an old bottle so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 03:58:17 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
Photo of EagleTalon


3.89/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Best by date: Nov 04 2013. Pours to a thin but lasting head and consistent but sparse lacing, Color is a hazy orange-amber. Aroma presents grapefruit, pine, dill, rose and crystal malt. Flavor is definitely hop-forward with 55 IBUs, but with a substantial malt backbone to keep it from being too harsh. Mouthfeel is medium-light and CO2 is moderate and unobtrusive. Overall, a balanced and flavorful AIPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 23:19:58 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of rajendra82


3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The body was orange amber in color with a slight haze. The carbonation appeared lively, and the head was two fingers thick, and very well retained. The smell was deceptively honey like at first, but then gave way to herbal hops. The taste was very tropical, with Mandarin orange, pineapple, and mango flavors, The bitterness was atypically modest for the style. The finish however provided a good deal of hop based dryness. It was a little thinner than medium bodied. Nicely approachable.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 03:52:07 | More by rajendra82
Photo of DenverHopHead


3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle purchased at the brewery in Idaho Springs. Dated best by 12/23/13. Poured into a tulip.
Appearance - amber/orange. Carbonation builds an impressive, foamy white head. Leaves a ladder of foamy lace on the glass.
Smell- citrus, grassy, pine, some traces of biscuit and cracker, malt in the nose.
Taste - refreshing, but too light. The nicely blended hop notes in the nose aren't nearly as prominent on the palate.
Feel - doesn't have the bitterness I desire in an IPA. More of a pale ale.
Overall - underrated, if rated solely on the quality of the beer. I'd classify this as a pale ale, however.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 18:45:57 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of mactrail


2.43/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Looks nice enough, with the amber color. Brief head in the New Belgium snifter. Moderate carbonation and a slightly oily mouthfeel. Smell makes me think of vegetable broth.

I'll be brief. The murky malt sulks under the weight of the herbaceous hops. It's more like a bitter green tea flavor. Dirty and tannic with a metallic aftertaste. That's enough.

I have avoided Tommyknocker for some years, after repeated soured experiences with the Butt Head. This will keep me away for awhile longer. From the 12 oz bottle with the newer style label.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 05:49:45 | More by mactrail
Photo of Monalenard


1.7/5  rDev -51%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

brewed with farts. looks nice, smells...assy. mouthfeel is okay, actually kinda nice but, i think it might be something to do with what tastes like toasted malts that were over done or something, it just kind of tastes like the smell of farts. its got all of the right elements but they are arranged poorly, it seems.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 08:22:54 | More by Monalenard
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Back in PA from my DE trip to my brother's wedding:

Into a pint glass:

A: hazy orange body with a half finger white foamy head that quickly dies to a film coating the top of the body, some clingy foamy lacing a bit here and there

S: light grain malt, piney hops and a soapiness (wish I knew how old this was, but didn't see any dates on the bottle), caramel comes out after a bit of warming

T: sweet yet bitter at different times with a decent maltiness coming out to provide a nice balance, still that soapy taste comes in a bit but isn't too bothersome

M: light, very sessionable, the ABV is not felt, and seems just a tad under-carbonated

O: hmmm.... I wish I knew how old this was, something just doesn't seem right, I'd probably only seek again if I could find a fresher bottle as I'm thinkin' this was a bit old

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 18:34:49 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a hazy orange with a nice reddish hue and an average (1-2 finger) off white creamy head that was mostly lasting, reducing to a thick puddled film and medium collar with excellent full sheeting of sticky lacing.

The aroma was of a light grain malt, pine hops and a soapy yeast with notes of caramel and citrus (grapefruit and orange peel).

The taste was bitter sweet and decently malty with a light touch of caramel and a hint of grapefruit early on, becoming a bit hoppier and having a slight citrus peel bitterness towards the finish. The flavor lasted an average duration following the swallow, with a mild citrus peel bitterness left behind to linger a bit longer on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a dry, oily texture and a carbonation that was quite lively.

Overall this was a smooth and easy to drink IPA with a nice well rounded flavor. It was a brew that was not overpowered by an excessive bitterness, but rather blended together well with the caramel sweetness creating a pleasurable drinking experience...


Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 17:30:05 | More by KajII
Photo of Omnium


2.84/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a very hazy orange yellow color, minimal head, and thin or no lacing at all.
S - Sweet malts, very minute citrus hop smell, pine
T - The sweeter malts outweigh all the other flavors in this, and they're not even that strong. Very little hop presence in this brew.
M - Thin, very watery, bitter sweet malt clings for small time
O - This is a crap beer, and even worse IPA, this should be considered a lame pale ale at best. This has very base, weak flavors that give you nothing short of an unsatisfied palate. No hops to qualify this as an IPA.
Tommyknocker, could you for once please prove me wrong about your beer?

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 03:42:32 | More by Omnium
Photo of TMoney2591


3.01/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Not sure how the IPA escaped me all those years on the east coast, but it's in front of me now. Get some! This stuff pours a clear bronze-copper topped by a finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, light grass, and a backbone of sweet caramel. The taste brings on more of the same, but the backbone is now less sweet, the grapefruit has been turned inside-out, and there's a general sense of mentholated funk throughout. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a decent IPA...so long as flavor has nothing to do with it...

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 06:32:45 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of metter98

New York

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy light amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down and left some lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of caramel malts in the nose along with some faint hints of citrusy hops.
T: The initial taste has sweet flavors of caramel malts and transitions to some citrusy flavors of hops and a light to moderate amount of bitterness. Hints of spicy hops are also noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a good balance between the malts and hops and is an easy drinking IPA that isn't dominated by hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 23:24:04 | More by metter98
Photo of GoldHorde


3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Copper colored pour with a fairly heavy haze - not unexpected as I've noted more than a few hazy IPA's - but this was a bit more cloudy than any other and one ALWAYS expects this in a wheat beer. Nonetheless - it doesn't detract from my score. The sniff was floral but without a hop slap - no matter, that again is more prevalent in 2xIPA's. However - where it counts most for me is in the complex "flavor profile" that most recent IPA's deliver: a) strident sniff, b) mouth of edgy malt and c) a lasting after-sting of floral, herbal or citrus hop. This beer placed in "a+b" but did not deliver the "c".

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 05:53:58 | More by GoldHorde
Photo of patpbr


3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Copper Color with absolutely no head.
S- A sweet malt scent
T- All hops up front the malts add a nice sweetness, a bit bitter on the finish
M-moderate carbonation. A little watery
0- It got better as it went. A colorado beer bought in Ohio could explain its weak pour.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 01:10:22 | More by patpbr
Photo of RoamingGnome


2.88/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Served slightly chilled...

A) Hazy, really hazy, kind of an unfiltered wheat look to it. The beer itself is orangish/amber. Not much head, just a thin collar. A little bit of lacing noted.

S) The tropical fruit aroma is light, with a little malt sweetness. There was a hint of alcohol too.

T) I didn't get much citrus on the nose at all, but the flavor is white grapefruit and some pine. The hops/malt balance is off for my tastes. The lingering aftertaste is unpleasant.

M) A lighter medium body, with zesty carbonation. Perhaps a bit thin, but really it's a bitter piney, kind of chemically grassy aftertaste that disrupts the mouthfeel for me.

O) The aroma on this IPA isn't half bad, but the the rest of this is below average in my opinion. Sorry, but I cannot recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 19:40:27 | More by RoamingGnome
Photo of TrappistJohnMD


3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber color with white head. Tons of lacing along sides of Teku glass.

Smell is a little skunky. Tangerine hoppiness and honey notes. Also a little petroleum character.

Taste is sweet malt up front. Slight over-ripe citrus. Not great but o.k. Dull bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light and watery.

Overall this was fair at best.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 01:10:36 | More by TrappistJohnMD
Photo of tylerprince


3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Tommyknocker after an easy climb up Bierstadt.

A: Unfortunately, the beer's strong point. Pours a nice ever-so-slightly hazy copper with a finger of white head. Moderate retention but beautiful rings of lacing.

S: Strong citrus, primarily grapefruit, with a bready malt in the back. Moderate strength.

T: Like it smells. Hop forward for sure, but not at all imbalanced. Hits the palate with tons of citrus, which then gives way into a subtle hint of pine. The pine is accompanied by some alcohol, and tastes better as it warms - I found this flavor to be rather astringent, almost gasoline-like, over the first few sips. The beer closes out with a fresh bready malt accompanying a hint of lingering bitterness.

M: Crisp and clean; light-bodied and drinkable. In my opinion, light-bodied IPAs need some resins to prevent the beer from feeling watery. Unfortunately, this beer has no stick to it and falls victim to this problem.

O: A solid, highly sessionable IPA, if slightly lacking in character. Drink a little warmer to ensure you get the pine and not the pine-sol/gasoline flavors this beer started with.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2012 21:38:53 | More by tylerprince
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber with minimal white head, but decent residual lacing. Aroma of caramelized malts has pleasant "west coast" citrus undertones. The taste is initially sweet but transitions abruptly into a distinct bitterness. A pleasantly lingering bitter finish is preceded by almost what I'd call a "sharpness" across the palate. Still a decent beer, but not as well balanced as some.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 23:27:22 | More by hopsolutely
Photo of elgiacomo


3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, best by June 18, 2012. Served at around 40F.

Pours slightly hazy amber/copper with a small one finger white head that leaves some nice spotty lacing and holds a light cap.

Aroma is mostly grassy and floral hops, a bit of orange citrus, touch of apricot, decent amount of bread and caramel malt. There is some sort of metallic note I’m getting as well. Good strength.

Flavor is grassy, floral and resinous hops, bready malt, some caramel and toffee, mild sweetness, decent bitterness. Minimal alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit oily, good carbonation.

A decent IPA, nothing groundbreaking.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 00:37:32 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

apparently one of tommyknockers big medal winners at GABF. pours a very very light straw yellow color with a short white head. smells like fruity hops, tropical and pungent. also notes of biscuity pale malt and grassy yeast. the flavor is totally dominated by the hops, which have a pleasant sharpness to them and plenty of fruity essences. not particularly bitter, just flavorful and crisp. feel is a little light on the body for an american ipa in my book, could use some more malt balancing out the hops in here, but the carbonation levels work just fine and the beer is a pretty easy session ipa, as it doesnt fill you up at all. i will have to drink a few more of these to better critique it, but its a nice light enjoyable ipa. good for summer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2012 17:33:42 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of diamondc


3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very cloudy, bronze. Some decent head and lacing.

S: Brown sugar, wheat bread, some lite tropical fruit coming through at the end.

T: Definitely on the maltier side, some chewy caramel malts with some orange, pineapple hop flavors.

M: Bitterness lingers on after awhile after each sip, a bit of a medicinal aftertaste actually.

O: Just an alright IPA, nothing I would look for again.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 03:40:36 | More by diamondc
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So all of a sudden what seems like the entire Tommyknocker line of brews is available in bobbles and Pick Axe for growler in NY state.

Yorktown Beverage filled my growler for $12.99.

Pours near clear, typical almond amber, moderate lite tan head, super tiny bubble film, leaves nice looking fine lace and mini sheets of the real fine stuff, a marker IMHO of quality brewing.

Pine infused hoppy nose.

Tasty and easy drinking, something about IPA from Colorado and points west! Tastes fresh and clearly "in good shape" after the trip. Ample hop presence, more pine then citrus, but some grapefruit picked up. Caramel malts provide the balance.

Nothing amazing, just quality IPA is what I've got in my glass.

Looking forward to trying some others in the line, looks like only in bottles currently however...

Serving type: growler

03-25-2012 14:40:39 | More by Billolick
Photo of t2thebro


2.48/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- light hazy copper, one finger off white head dissipates rapidly.

S- bland, slightly grainy, slight orange peel. .

T- taste resembles smell. Pale Malts dominate till the very end, then just a twist of orange peel. Kinda disappointing. No bite, slight bitterness pale malts dominate.

M- low carb, slightly oily.

O- at the high cost of this beer ($11 a six), and as much as I like the black ipa I was expecting much, much more. Probably won't be back for more. Needs huge dry hop addition.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 00:36:43 | More by t2thebro
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