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Pick Axe IPA - Tommyknocker Brewery

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Pick Axe IPAPick Axe IPA

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BA SCORE
79
okay

484 Ratings
THE BROS
78
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Ratings: 484
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.7%
Wants: 3
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by Beefeater57:
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Beefeater57

Colorado

3.2/5  rDev -7.8%

A: Burnt-orange/dark honey color. Very bubbly, carbonated. Cloudy. Thin clumpy off-white head with not much retention but lacing does stick to the glass.

S: Sugary citrus smell. Mandarin oranges, traces of peach. Fruity smell overall. Hops give it a slight floral smell.

T: Very sweet and tangy. Right away, I get the fruity flavors - orange, lemon, and a little bit of grapefruit. Drinks almost like a wheat ale. Hop bitterness washes over the tongue. It's noticeable but not strong. Hops are very earthy/grassy. Some acidity is there too, slight astringency. Get some metallic flavors on the tongue in the aftertaste.

M: For as carbonated as it looked, it felt rather flat. Metallic.

D: Didn't really enjoy this one. As mentioned before, drank kinda like a wheat ale with its mellow malt flavors, high citrus character and low hop amount. Would drink if offered or if bought in a sampler, but probably not buying again.

04-28-2009 17:59:43 | More by Beefeater57
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oberon

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +4.6%

Poured a hazy copper with a tight one finger head that left a nice sheet of lace as it settled leaving a creamy mass on top,quite floral and fruity on the nose with a touch of herb.The six pack was old best before 09-05 and it showed but the flavors were still pretty nice more English accented lightly sweet bready malts up front with a soft herbal,grassy hop finish.I had lower expectations about this beer but it wasnt bad and Iam sure a fresher bottle would have really shown its flavors more.

01-10-2006 13:40:35 | More by oberon
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Todd

Colorado

2.98/5  rDev -14.1%

12oz bottle. Very hazy dirty peach, with caramel hues. Frothy white head with a respectable lace and hold.

Doughy aroma, sweet breads, and a nose full of soft floral and hints of perfume.

Malty and bready, with plenty of yeast notes and grain tannins. Bitterness pokes through with a light prickle on the palate with some citric, which blends well with a subdued berry-like character and sweetness. Plenty of floral character. Body is a bit thin, with a watery foundation that seems to dull some of the flavors. Hint of soapiness. Bitty mouthfeel in the finish, with overpowering grain tannins.

Average at best, this Pale Ale would still make a nice crossover beer for those not used to flavor.

03-01-2005 04:51:28 | More by Todd
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -2.6%

The Pick Axe Pale Ale poured a yellow-orange with a smallish, yet fine head that dissipated to a thin topper. The aroma was hoppy with some fruit and yeast tones to it. It has a pretty bland, slightly fruity initial taste, with a hoppy finish and aftertaste. Pretty mild taste, but smooth and drinkable. Overall, a pretty average pale ale - probably not as hoppy as most.

12-09-2003 05:00:40 | More by Beaver13
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-25-2011 06:42:34 | More by TimoP
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +11%

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with a blurb about the beer on the back label ... the "enjoy with the first four months of date" is cleary notched.

Appearance: Copper hued with a beautiful white lace crowning the top.

Smell: Fresh hop oil from the dryhopping with vague malt and fruit.

Taste: Very smooth with a moderatly sized medium body, lots of hop character. More fresh hop flavour than hop bitterness ... all of this seem to dominate the palate. Sweet hoppy oils with a soft bitterness in the middle ... some juciy fruit also. Sweet tea like finish with hints of grain.

Notes: Freshly squeezed hop juice anyone? If you are not a hophead don't even bother with this brew ... though if you do love hops with will give you your daily recomened dosage.

03-13-2002 14:50:16 | More by Jason
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev +11%

This bottle is almost a year past the freshness date. Pours a slightly hazed, copper amber body with a moderate, ivory head that hangs around several minutes. Considerable lacing patches the sides of the glass.

Pale and caramel malt aromas up front with a very fruity, hops presence of apples and oranges.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bigtime, hops zing on the tongue.

Taste is nicely complex. Robust orange and green apple flavors lead a nice parade of hop flavors. Plenty of malty balance that is mostly caramel, underneath. Overall, a very tasty ale.

The label claims that noble hops are used to brew this ale. Though I didn't notice any pine or grapefruit, this ale seems to be a hybrid between an American and British pale ale. Very likeable, and has held up extremely well considering that it is 11 months past the freshness date notched on the label.

05-21-2004 11:21:22 | More by merlin48
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Billolick

New York

3.9/5  rDev +12.4%

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...

03-25-2012 14:40:39 | More by Billolick
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Appearance: ¾ inch head, dark gold in color, cloudy, high carbonation

Smell: pineapple and toasted malt

Taste: pineapple, floral hops, and toasted malt

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, medium-light bodied, very sweet start with a bitter end and aftertaste

Overall: An enjoyable pale ale. I like the way the hops and malt combine in this one. Not a stellar APA, but one I could certainly have several pints of.

10-07-2011 14:14:00 | More by tigg924
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Byeast

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +13.8%

Appearance: Cloudy , deep auburn /orange , with an inch of foam that sticks around at 1/4 inch , nice lacing.

Smell: Citric hop aroma , some Dole fruit Cup scent , and a nice maltiness.

Taste: Pleasant citrus flavors , grapefruit , slight pear, good hoppiness , some nice balancing maltiness , focus on tasty citric hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: moderate to slightly dry.

Drinkability: A very drinkable EPA that reminds me more of a west coast APA. I really like the non-harsh grapefruit taste and other citric hop qualities. Give er a try!

12-26-2006 06:13:27 | More by Byeast
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virinow

New York

4/5  rDev +15.3%

11-17-2011 02:47:42 | More by virinow
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

07-30-2013 11:02:11 | More by Cynic-ale
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Dinkel

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

07-28-2014 17:43:32 | More by Dinkel
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jmbraxton

Alabama

1/5  rDev -71.2%

04-03-2012 00:30:39 | More by jmbraxton
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

09-27-2013 03:58:17 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.5/5  rDev -28%

Dark yellow beer, average head, appearance. Lacking hop aroma.

Taste, a little bit of caramel corn sans sweetness, lacking hops, bitterness is all it had to show for hop department. Thin body, soapiness sets in the mouthfeel. Every component is either watered down, missing or negative. Really, a bitterness and offputting sour (not the good kind) aspect, leads to a less than desireable beer for the most part.

Another blast from the past, I first came across Tommycocknockers back in the 90s.

09-26-2011 23:10:30 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

12-08-2012 00:40:18 | More by williamjbauer
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Part of a six beer sample pack...

Clearish (not totally) amber appearance, generates a pillowy 1/2 inch head of foam. Nice dense sheets of alcing. Hops sneak into the aroma fairly well, citrus tones with a touch of over-ripe cheese. Medium body, carbonation is pretty well-done for the body, highlights the main profile about right. Starts with a hop tang, on the juicy side with an American hop signature and re-inforced by the aroma. No real fade in flavors, finishes as it starts but with a pretty hard-to-pick-up malt backbone overall. Not a real standout but not shy on the bitterness. Well, after trying six of these Tommyknocker beers, the Doppelbosk registers the most for me as a signature and flavorful beer.

03-21-2006 03:13:41 | More by ADR
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.3/5  rDev -4.9%

Slightly hazed copper hue with a bright off white head forming thick. Scattered speckled lacing down the sides of my chalice. Aroma has some grapefruit/mild pine tones going on in the nose. Flavor has a mineral metallic hoppy edge going on, sweet caramel backing malts blend nicely. Mouthfeel is medium boded slightly resinous citrus tones combine to make the palate pucker a bit. Carbonation is smooth nothing off setting or harsh goes down pretty easy. Drinkability is okay not my favorite APA but definitely a beer that I could contend with and drink a couple if no other more interesting options are available.

07-05-2010 19:41:53 | More by WVbeergeek
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +14.7%

12 oz bottle dated May 2011 served in a pint glass.

Pours a hazy orange-amber with a medium dense off-white head. Leaves a good bit of lacing on the glass. Small amount of sediment on the bottom of the bottle.

Citrus, mainly as in orange juice, and some nice sweet malt. Smells tasty.

Taste - fruity hops, and lots of them, yet not very bitter. Initial sensation is remarkably similar to orange juice, although without the tartness. Citra hops? The beer makes a nice quick transition from sweet to bitter. Aftertaste is more bitter and hoppy, but true to APA style.

M - medium body; carbonation is also about medium; semi-dry finish.

O - This is an above average beer from Tommyknocker, based on the 1/2 dozen or so I've tried previously. Easy recommendation for fans of Citra hops.

{NOTE: Brewer's website show Pick Axe with a new label and classification: IPA. This one had the older APA label.}

09-16-2011 22:59:52 | More by chinchill
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valkyre65

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

05-30-2013 01:39:16 | More by valkyre65
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dsauter

Indiana

3/5  rDev -13.5%

12-07-2011 03:01:40 | More by dsauter
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -0.6%

( Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a clear light pale brown body with a gentle carbonation and a huge rocky off-white head. The head sat way above the rim of the glass

S- This beer had strong green floral hop aromas with a gentle light caramel malt hint.

T- The taste of pale fresh malt with a light caramel malt finished with a gentle hop bitterness. It was smooth and well balanced

M- This had a medium body but a bit of a watery mouthfeel. No alcohol warmth or astringency

D-This was a nice gentle pale ale that was well balanced and very nice to sip on the 96 degree summer day.

08-23-2005 20:29:38 | More by rhoadsrage
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richkrull

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

12-14-2013 03:16:54 | More by richkrull
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pwoods

Ohio

3.03/5  rDev -12.7%

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Jungle Jim's, poured into a pint. Dated November 2006.

A: Pours a deep glowing amber with nice clouding. 1 finger of white head forms and has some stay. Some patchy lacing down the sides.

S: Pleasantly malty for a Pale Ale. Bits of caramel along with lightly toasted grains. Hops are definitely of the English variety and add a mellow orange citrus and leafy hop aroma.

T/M: The bitterness is actually more sour and tart. Earthy, leafy hops. Malts are even more profound than the nose suggests and nearly blocks everything else out. Body is medium and carbonation is mild.

D: Tommyknocker has yet to impress me, unfortunately.

01-11-2008 22:08:51 | More by pwoods
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Pick Axe IPA from Tommyknocker Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 484 ratings.