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Pick Axe IPA - Tommyknocker Brewery

Pick Axe IPAPick Axe IPA

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458 Ratings

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Ratings: 458
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 daliandragon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Tommyknocker brew from the mixed six I picked up this evening with dinner. I just heated up my Chicken Tikka Masala and chose the Pick Axe to go with it. This pours a dark copper color with little head and the beginnings of lace. The nose is straight citrus hops with a touch of pine. Really no malt at all. At least it's decisive.

The bitterness here is much more n the level of an IPA, not that I'm complaining. Piny and spicy hops loaded with lemon and grapefruit notes dominate this brew from beginning to end. Tasty, but somewhat monotonous. Pleasing texture. This is a very solid, drinkable pale ale. I would definitely order this in a bar.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 02:15:11 | More by daliandragon
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

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.}

Serving type: bottle

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

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2006 06:13:27 | More by Byeast
Photo of NEhophead


3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.
Brewed 05.2007.

Slightly hazy, burnt copper in color. Foamy, white head with good strength, leaving intricate lacing as it settles. Sticky, ringed lacing around the entire tumbler.

Juicy, citrus-resin: pear, lemon, melon. Semi-sweet, bright tropical fruit. Bubblegum with hints of pine. Semi-sweet toasted malt base.

Earthen pine with herbal tones; rough hop resin. Bright, tropical fruit with a rum sweetness: pear, honeydew, cantelope. A moderate bitterness is followed by burnt hops and a spicy pine profile.

Medium bodied; gritty, but bright due to the tropical fruit and citrus notes. Filmy on the back of the palate.

A Pale Ale big on flavor; in which, the blend of hops work rather well. Taste actually borders on an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2007 21:09:37 | More by NEhophead
Photo of zeff80


3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a bubbly/soapy, off-white, two-finger head. It left some lace.

S - It smelled floral and citrusy. Also, a light maltiness was present.

T - It was fairly hoppy and citrusy. It had a nice sweet malty taste. It was also a good bitter quality.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good IPA, although it seems more like an American IPA than an English IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 04:44:00 | More by zeff80
Photo of eporter66

New York

3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Poured into a pint glass

Appearance - Pours a hazy orange brown color, ½ inch head that quickly dissipates to a thin layer of foam. There is some lacing on the glass throughout.

Smell - Strong frangrance of citrus, reminding me of grapefruit

Taste - hint of citrus, but not as overpowering as the smell, a slight bitter hop aftertaste

Mouthfeel - slight carbonation (this is good), a good balance as it starts out smooth, with the bitter kick at the end. Medium bodied.

Drinkablitity - A very drinkable beer, smooth, a bit fruity, refreshing. I am always expecting Ale' to be bitter for my tastes, but this one goes down easy. There are a lot of flavors that come out as you drink this beer. This is a beer that I would buy if I saw it in a bar or store.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 19:41:30 | More by eporter66
Photo of Brandt


3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 21:07:49 | More by Brandt
Photo of Daybis


3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the better pale ales I can get locally. Poured a nice orange color with a bit of cloudiness. A small 1/4 inch head, but there was a good bit of lacing left behind as I drank the beer. The beer smells of fruits and malt. The first thing I noticed when trying this beer was a citrusy taste right up front that quickly dissipates. Then traditional hop bitterness and floral flavors balance out the beer. Mouth feel was slightly above average. Overall, this beer what pretty good and will be something I purchase regularly.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 16:58:43 | More by Daybis
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice hazy golden orange colour, finger of white fluffy head, solid retention and sticky lacing.

S - Scent is floral with spruce, pine and cedar all coming through nicely. I found this very similar to Pike's offerings in terms of scent, with some light bready malts on the finish.

T - Much like the scent with floral hops, spruce, pine and cedar, a bit of orange pekoe and cinnamon on the finish. Some caramel apple malts linger on the finish, very nice.

M - Light and bubbly, but a bit on the heavier side. Could use a bit more carbonation, but at this point I'm being a little picky, so not to be taken as a complete turn-off.

D - Overall, a very tasty offering, appealing look, scent and taste. Would definitely recommend this to hop heads and offers some unique fruity flavours within the hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 04:55:13 | More by andrenaline
Photo of 9InchNails

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slight haziness in the orange golden body, creamy off white head. Looks very carbonated. Nice looking beer with beautiful creamy lacing up and down the glass.

Citrus, pine and a nice balance of sweet malt. Smells quite tasty.

I get the taste of grapes, pineapple, yeast, quite bitter hops. There's a maltiness that makes a quick appearance, but mostly hops are giving the flavors. This tastes quite close to a IPA.

Light to medium body, carbonation is about medium as well. Feels okay in the mouth.

This is quite a tasty beer from Tommyknocker. All their other brews seem to be kind of weak. This has a nice hop profile and some malt. Quite a tasty Pale Ale and very IPA like.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2011 23:50:06 | More by 9InchNails
Photo of GeoffRizzo


3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, borderline copper, thinish in the head, yet some decent patchy lacing. Oily hops on the nose, rather inviting. Hops dominated, oily and slick, juicy fruit sweetness; hop-heads adjourn. Spicy with a decent, yet hidden malty backbone; a definitive hops dominated quaffer with a sort of grainy and dry finish; tarty and bitter, yet quite tasty and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2003 02:45:12 | More by GeoffRizzo
Photo of sacfly


3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz, part of the Mother Load sampler pack. For brewery fresh taste, enjoy within 4 months of date notched. Notched 06 July 06. Drank on 8/15/06.
Pours a clear golden color with a medium head of off tan bubbles. Citrus hops dominate the aroma, lemon with a touch of pine. Taste is in line with the aroma with a balance of malt keeping it from getting too off kilter. Nice long bitter finish. A bit dry, which I like in pale ales/IPA. Solid pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2006 20:37:34 | More by sacfly
Photo of dfried


3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Copperish amber in color, white head that drops mainly to a ring. The aroma is of a lot of citrus hops, with some perfume-y floral and pine hops. Biscut-like caramel, sweet pale malt that is a bit fruity. Grapefruity and orange citrus hops in the flavor, biscut-like but sweet caramel malt balances well. Average dry mouthfeel, pretty easy to drink. Pretty well rounded PA. I like the grapfruity hops. Better than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 21:16:47 | More by dfried
Photo of Gambrinus1184


3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Ten Penny Ale pint glass.

A: Pours a clean looking amber orange with a two-finger head of soapy foam which left behind some nice lacing.

S: Smells of oily hop resins and some lighter citrus fruits coupled with toasted grains.

T: The taste was surprisingly hoppy, as the brew wasn't billed as an IPA, but an APA. Works for me. Some sweet grain and doughy bread flavors near the front, but all sharp, fresh hop leaf flavor form there. Finishes with a nice level of bitterness.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very clean tasting.

D: I was pleasantly surprised by the level of hopping here and the overall clarity of the brew and it's flavors. For that, I think it'd make a fine session brew.

A surprise for hop heads not expecting this brew's hop profile. Not the best pale ale around, but it was my surprise goodie of the mix pack.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 15:00:03 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of ncbeermonger

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours almost amber into my trusty Sam Adams beer glass

The smell of the saaz hops is the first to hit your nose.

The taste of an old time Pale Ale, not sour but almost

The mouthfeel is good, and crisp

This is a very drinkable Pale Ale, one worth checking out!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 23:43:18 | More by ncbeermonger
Photo of sonicdescent


3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky gold/red with a very frothy two finger head that has some resilience.

Smells very citrusy with a hint of some kind of spice. Good but a bit weak.

Tastes..rather good. I can tell right off the bat this would be a hell of a session beer. Nothing offensive, but perhaps to a fault. The citrus hop smell comes to life here and is front and center, but not overpowering. A very balanced beer.

Mouth is thin/med with med/high carbonation. Good combo.

As said before, this is a nice easy drinker. Non-challenging, but since when does everything have to beat your palate into submission? Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 02:57:56 | More by sonicdescent
Photo of Kromes


3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A hazy light copper color with a thin line of bubbles on top. Good lacing down the glass.

S: Pine and grapefruit hop with a sweet malt in the background.

T: A nice sweet malt flavor mixed with citrus and pine hops. Finishes somewhat sweet and just a tad bitter and dry.

M: A little bit light and maybe thin.

O: An above average IPA. Nice flavors. No noticeable off flavors. There are better IPAs, but this is pretty solid.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 23:50:30 | More by Kromes
Photo of FanofHefe


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

12 oz. bottle, freshness dating of best by June 11, 2012. Pours a clear, light amber body with an almost two-finger off-white head. Decent retention and moderate amount of lacing.

Not overpowering, but a solid citrus hop aroma leaning mostly toward citrus with a hint of pine. A light, sweet caramel malt aroma in the background.

The taste is a just a notch above the aroma. Solid hop flavors of lemon and oranage citrus flavors that back up a solid pine resin taste. The sweet caramel malt provides a nice balance and blends very well.

Medium to light mouthfeel that goes down easily. A rock solid IPA overall that represents the style very well.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 23:42:58 | More by FanofHefe
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 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 Morris729


3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange amber color with a thin and bubbly white head that immediately fades into a very thin and patchy lace. Nose is sweet grains and very floral hops with a bit of an herbal quality. Oily and acidic hops dominate the flavor with some notes of fresh lemon. Finish is crisp and dry. A fairly simple beer, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2003 15:17:38 | More by Morris729
Photo of GilGarp


3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 02:16:58 | More by GilGarp
Photo of cyclonece09


3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a cloudy dark amber with a 1 finger head that dissipated at a decent rate, but not too quickly. Has a small floral aroma, a little piney with definite hint of hops. Has a high hop taste but definitely balanced with some nice malty hints. Can definitely taste both, and they go hand in hand. Goes down real easy and with no real aftertastes for a beer with 6.2% ABV. Overall a good beer and decent IPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 01:20:56 | More by cyclonece09
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2002 14:50:16 | More by Jason
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2004 11:21:22 | More by merlin48
Pick Axe IPA from Tommyknocker Brewery
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