Pick Axe IPA - Tommyknocker Brewery

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Pick Axe IPAPick Axe IPA

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522 Ratings

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Ratings: 522
Reviews: 276
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.41%
Wants: 3
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 12-14-2001

Formerly called "Pick Axe Pale Ale".

A classic American India Pale Ale dominated by pleasant hop bitterness and aroma. Dry hops impart unique aromas and flavors that add to the complexity of this ale. A blend of American hops melds into an award winning flavor that is our most popular draft in the pub.
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Ratings: 522 | Reviews: 276
Reviews by orangemoustache:
Photo of orangemoustache
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a heavily hazed orange that glows when back lit by sun light. The cap is a little on the small side, but leaves nice lacing as it drops to a inconsistent covering. The nose smells like pureed baby food,banana and citrus. The flavors are balanced for the most part, pretty hoppy and leaning a bit more in that direction than to the malt side. Citrus,grape fruit and sweet earthy green flavors round out the hop profile. The malts add a third dimension that keeps this from being overly hoppy if that's possible. For the style this is pretty hoppy and I don't mind at all. Seems nearly perfect as far as the mouthfeel, light for the hop bill and full on the malt end. Creamy and finishing sweet and clean,this is very pleasing to the tongue. Tommyknocker Pick Axe is not top notch, but it is damn close and for a style so broad Pick Axe is on the right track.

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.

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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.4/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of Jason
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of merlin48
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
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...

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.33/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
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.}

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.

Photo of pwoods
3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tommyknocker- Pick Axe Pale Ale

A- Hazy golden orange with a small thick foamy head.
S- Sweet caramel malt with an overlaying dose of pine hops.
T- Very mild caramel malt up front followed by a light oily pine hop body. Finishes watery but a good blend of the caramel malt and hops come together.
M- Watery with the malt and hops dominating in the tail end. Good natural carbonation.

Overall- Not bad, more of an gateway English Pale Ale.

Photo of GilGarp
3.86/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Pick Axe, along with all of Tommyknocker's beers, have been given new and improved labels. This one is now called Pick Axe IPA.

Coppery orange color and very hazy with creamy sticky head that leaves great lacing behind.

Aroma is hoppy with what I would call NW style hops. Mostly a piney with a little bit of citrus.

Flavor is really intensely hoppy so I can see why they would change the name. Sweet malty base give some balance but it's still mostly about the hops. More pine and grapefruit like the aroma.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.

Overall a pretty solid IPA but probably not one I would buy again given the other choices on the shelf.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy orange/bronze ale with a 1/2 finger tight head of khaki cream. Swirling brings the head back readily, and a moderate amount of wet lacing coat the rim of the glass.

S - Green and oily hops overlay a base of biscuity malt. Smells thick and rich with balanced hop and malt aromas. Balance is the key word here. One of the nicest smelling pale ales I've tried!

T - Oily hops and thick malt character echo the wonderful nose. Also, a small amount of pine and grapefruit come through. Mineral water metallic taste is present also, and that is something I personally don't want in my beer.

M - Oily and a bit on the thin side, but some creamy textures are present due to the rich head. Carbonation is moderate.

D - Pretty good. Other than the metallic undertones and not-so-great mouthfeel, I like it. There are much better American pale ales to be had. Don't bother with this one.

Note: After looking at the back of my botle, it says it was bottled in November of '05 and "enjoy within 4 months" so this bottle is way past it's due date.

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangish amber with a quarter inch of of dense white head that has decent retention. The nose is citrusy and floral; heavy grapefruit notes. The flavor is lightly bready up front with a heavy citrus hop character in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

This isn't a bad IPA at all. It's well balanced and well hopped, but it's overall, a little simple. I would get this IPA again if another more potent, flavor intensive beer wasn't available.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sunshine through blood oranges is what I have in the glass before me, a thick two fingers of the foamy stuff on top, lots of lacing...Grapefruits and piney hop oils congregate to attack my nostrils. Basic hop bitterness flavor, the bitterness of the lemon peel and some old weed come into play as it warms in my USMC pint glass.

This i a nice beer, a little less bang than I'd expect from an IPA but good nonetheless.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its clear, orangeish-copper body is capped by a thin, frothy white head that drops readily to a big-bubble-accented collar that leaves only spotty lace. The nose is malty and fruity with a touch of piney/minty & floral hops. The body is medium/light and it's fine, median carbonation leaves it gently crisp across the palate. The flavor delivers a combination of caramelish, biscuity malt; yeasty berry-like fruitiness; and floral/piney hops. It's bitterness is not overly bold, but there's more than enough there to let you know you're drinking a pale ale. It finishes dry with a flourish of floral hop flavor that fades to lingering caramelish malt and then some more abrasive lingering bitterness.

Photo of cjgator3
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky amberish copper color with a thin white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing around the sides of the glass. Aroma is a nice mixture of sweet malt and hops and a little bit of butter. The taste features a really nice hop profile with a good malt backbone to make this a pretty balanced and drinkable brew. Overall, while there are better comparable brews out there, this is definately a solid brew that is recommended.

Photo of Brandt
3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer poured a cloudy copper with white head that diminished quickly.

the aroma here was very floral hops and touches of caramel. the hops were much more dominant that i had expected from a pale

taste was a good level of bitterness with soft sweet malts and good floral hop flavor as well

finish was a refreshing crisp and well balanced med. bodied pale. it has all the components of a good pale and in a nicely balanced package.

Photo of russpowell
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a fluffy orange/tannish head with a swirling lace/head retaind all the way to the bottom. Slighlty cloudy amber to copperin color, never settled, but drank it during a NCAA football game so it went down in about 10 minutes (for 12 oz). fast for me.

Smells of big piney hops with some floral notes and a wiff or two of malty body.

Bitterness is nice. more malt is needed. Hints of lemon and orange in the hops.

Good cheweyness, but somewhat overwhelmed by hops.

Adequate effort but nutin special, would never turn one down

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Pick Axe IPA from Tommyknocker Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 522 ratings.