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Pick Axe IPA - Tommyknocker Brewery

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Pick Axe IPAPick Axe IPA

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487 Ratings

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Ratings: 487
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.7%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | 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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Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Served in a standard shaker glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear burnished copper/orange color with a ¼" ivory head that recedes slowly leaving a ring of foam and spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Throughout most of the beer an interesting pattern of rings of foam and patches of lacing cling to sides of glass. For most of the beer sipping also leaves patterns of speckled lacing.

Smell: The aroma is fresh and clean with some citric character and with a fresh earthy/grassy character and traces of light caramel or toffee.

Taste: The flavor is predominantly tart and citric with lemon and orange zest, mingled with some spicy herbal character and even traces of pine. There is a nice sweet malt backbone that supports and blends together with the hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with a soft creamy character and with adequate persistent carbonation. The finish is moderately long with the dry bitterness supported by a persistent background malt backbone that provides a nice caramel/toffee sweetness through much of the finish.

Drinkability: This is a nice drinkable beer with lots of interesting characteristics from the combination of hops used and the sweetness of the malt that is always present and supports but does not dominate the hops. It seems a well made example of the style and I certainly could have another and will sample this one again next time I see it.

drtth, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of Hacksaw34
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Hacksaw34, Oct 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

Hopheadjeffery, Mar 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

weaselchew, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of neenerzig
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Reviewed from notes A 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. This beer is a light to medium amber copper color with an orange hue with a head 1/2 of an inch thick when poured. It eventually settles to a very nice ring and surface layer with very nice lace. Has a light malt and citrus hop aroma. The taste is pretty much the same, malty and sweet upfront, followed by nice citrus hops. The hop flavors come out more as the beer warms. Reminds me of a good IPA. Has a crisp, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. A good, solid effort here.


neenerzig, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of TeachChefs
4/5  rDev +15.3%

TeachChefs, Apr 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

Kevin79, Mar 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

jopezu, Apr 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

yergermeister, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of hanco005
4/5  rDev +15.3%

12 oz bottle, notched June 06, poured into a pint glass

A—pours foggy brownish copper with a 1 inch off white head that slowly crumbles down to a thin sheet, lacing is thick and plentiful

S—citrus and pine, a touch of pepper, very strong in the citrus smell, is this and IPA?

T—mmmm! Citrus and pine, just like the smell, a touch of sweetness in the swallow, but finishes dry and bitter, very good, indeed.

M—sharp and dry, medium bodied, good carbonation

D—the best of the Trail Mix sampler that I bought, I’d have this again in a minute, very hoppy and very good.

hanco005, Oct 14, 2006
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

DreaminBeer, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +15.3%

The beer pours a dark gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a slightly fruity pale malt and hop aroma; nothing special. The taste is good. It has a nice hoppy flavor that goes down easy and finishes bitter and a bit fruity. The malt bill consists of pale and carapils malts; pretty standard. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good tasting pale ale. It has a solid malt base and good hop character; a fine sessions brew.

WesWes, Mar 14, 2006
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

ahbaggins, Feb 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

Chris77McGrath, Jul 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

jaybags, Jun 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

Erice78, May 05, 2013
Photo of tavernjef
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Slighly coppered gold and fairly clear in body. Dusty white head thats a bit crunchy at first with tight foaming bubbles. Fades to a solid skim always present and nice sticky lacing in thick inky blobs.

Aroma is about the norm for a pale, leafy, pale dry citrus of orange oils and lemon with a dusting of cardboard and pine keeping a drier sense about is waft.

Flavors are clean, fresh, and respectful with a small portion of paled citrusy orange and lemon rounding the palate within a fairly chunky addition of leafy, piney hop character in the center. Nice and light drying finish with hints to hop oils and grasses. Floats off nicely and has just the right amount of bittered grab behind it.

Feel is a lighter medium body but stays pretty steady with no empty areas as the carbonation keeps it thay way from fron to back.

A nice little pale, to my surprise, however, I do remember having quite a few of these when in Colorado a few years ago. So now that I have revisited it, I see why.

tavernjef, Apr 14, 2006
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

jkrysinski, May 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

UncleAddie, Aug 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

This is a pleasant surprise...the Tommy beers I've had have hovered between slightly below average to slightly above average..this one is a good beer...great citrus hop nose....smells almost like an IPA..the taste isn't overwhelmed by hops but they do dominate...a citrus like lemon drop flavor...but there is a nice malt backbone that balances this nicely...a very good beer...just a notch below the top Pale Ale's in my book...finishes dry and bitter...

ZAP, Oct 17, 2002
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

justinm4bama, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +15.3%

The best beer of the Tommyknocker series in my opinion. A very hoppy Pale Ale for sure, they could call this an IPA and get away with it. It's well balanced and has a nice hop kick to it. You can tell it isn't an IPA, almost a light version of one, but it's still good none the less. If you're gonna try something from this brewery, try this one.

oriolesfan4, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Pristine tangerine topped by a good-sized cap of orange-tinted ecru foam. Hundreds of variously sized glassine bubbles occupy the upper surface of the head and leave miniscule craters when they pop. The amount and type of lace, both impressive, suggest that there will be a fair amount of hoppiness in the nose and on the palate. I sure hope so.

Interesting nose given the hop bill (Bramling, Saaz, East Kent Goldings). I say interesting because the brewery states that Pick Axe is an English Pale Ale and have given the beer a combination of hops that would make that claim seem entirely reasonable. Why then does it smell like a Cascade-infused APA? By my nose, grapefruit and orange zest are large and in charge. I pick up a whiff of butter as well, but that's rarely a problem with me.

On the palate, it tastes like a combination of the above two styles. If I didn't know any better, I'd say that Syrian Goldings hops are in use since that's the English variety that tastes the most citric to me. Lovers of balanced pales will love Pick Axe because it pays at least as much attention to its toasted malt base as it does its hops. Well... maybe not quite.

I love the hop flavor that results from the combination listed above. Single-hopped APAs are good, but there's something about the complexity inherent in a multi-hopped beer that fascinates me. I've given up trying to sort out the individual characteristics and am simply enjoying the final result. Citrus fruit still dominates with an important contribution from pine resin. Spicy and herbal are in the mix as well. Delicious.

The body/mouthfeel is in the smack dab center for the style; it's neither light nor full. Since it's perfectly suited to the rest of the beer's attributes, it deserves no less praise as far as I'm concerned. An attractive display of lace appears as the beer falls with drinking. There are multiple concentric rings marching down the glass with crusty sheets in between. Very nice.

The more I drink Tommyknocker beer, the more impressed I become. They don't really brew 'wow' beer, but most of it is more than solid. Pick Axe Pale Ale is different enough to be interesting (a brewery trademark, it seems) and hoppy enough to be damn tasty. This one deserves at least a sixer if you have the opportunity.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 11, 2006
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

TrickkyGangsta, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +15.3%

dabeers1013, Mar 29, 2012
Pick Axe IPA from Tommyknocker Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 487 ratings.