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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
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500 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 500
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.7%
Wants: 3
Gots: 17 | 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 SchmoTerp:
Photo of SchmoTerp
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First thoughts on this beer would that it would be a sweeter kind of pale ale....wrong. It acts more like an IPA than anything else. It is hoppy but not overpowering. When poured, it has only a little head and is a bit cloudy in appearance. Definetely enjoyable and will try this one again.

SchmoTerp, May 01, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

oberon, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of Todd
2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Todd, Mar 01, 2005
Photo of Beaver13
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Beaver13, Dec 09, 2003
Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

TimoP, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of Jason
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Jason, Mar 13, 2002
Photo of merlin48
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

merlin48, May 21, 2004
Photo of Billolick
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...

Billolick, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

tigg924, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

olradetbalder, Thursday at 10:36 AM
Photo of Byeast
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Byeast, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +15.3%

virinow, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Cynic-ale, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of Dinkel
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Dinkel, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of jmbraxton
1/5  rDev -71.2%

jmbraxton, Apr 03, 2012
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.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Sep 27, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.5/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of williamjbauer
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

williamjbauer, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of ADR
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

ADR, Mar 21, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

WVbeergeek, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of chinchill
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.}

chinchill, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of valkyre65
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

valkyre65, May 30, 2013
Photo of dsauter
3/5  rDev -13.5%

dsauter, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

( 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.

rhoadsrage, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of richkrull
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

richkrull, Dec 14, 2013
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Pick Axe IPA from Tommyknocker Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 500 ratings.