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Pick Axe IPA - Tommyknocker Brewery

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Pick Axe IPAPick Axe IPA

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492 Ratings

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Ratings: 492
Reviews: 274
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 clvand0
2.95/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a moderate head that quickly dies off, but leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is a citrus and pine hop with a small hint of malts. The flavor here is lacking and it's a little thin. Has a decent maltiness and an ok hop profile, but not good enough. I probably won't have this one again.

clvand0, Oct 26, 2004
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 altgeeky1
2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours golden with a strong orange hints, wheat cloudy and with little head, but maintains a decent lace afterwards. Beer shares the bottle with yeast (nice). Smells of pine, grapefruit and a little grass, without much malt coming through. Tastes interesting -- sharp, lots of hop oil, and strong grapefruit and pine due to the interesting mixture of hops. In fact hops tend to dominate the taste - the body is relatively weak. This could be mistaken for an IPA... but one your hophead friends either love or hate for the unusual taste. The beer is very crisp, and would be a good session beer if not for the overabundance of hops and grapefruit notes. Worth trying for sure.

altgeeky1, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of aquaderek
2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This brew pour a golden orange with a frothy off white head the breaks down in to slight tracing when agitated. Piney hops and caramel on the nose. Hoppy bite followed by a smooth round finish slight carbonation. Nothing special, kk run of the mill ipa, I like the brewery though.

aquaderek, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of dsauter
3/5  rDev -13.5%

dsauter, Dec 07, 2011
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

RDW, Mar 04, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

Moby, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of ninaturner
3/5  rDev -13.5%

ninaturner, May 15, 2013
Photo of Pegasus
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy copper color with a small and slow-developing off-white head, which quickly fades to a paper-thin layer. Carbonation is faint with slight lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, distinct fruit notes, and oily hops. Tasting yields rather sweet malt, fruit, and strong hops, pronounced, but not harshly bitter. These last to the end of the taste, where they assume a pine tar quality. The mouth feel is rather watery and thin. I found this to be an interesting, but altogether unremarkable beer.

Pegasus, Apr 02, 2003
Photo of Bromine
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Bromine, Oct 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

nitewing05, Dec 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

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, Jan 11, 2012
Photo of kimcgolf
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Either I got a bad bottle or this is over-rated. Color was light orange-gold with little head or lacing. Nose was fruity apples, peaches, apricots, but the mouthfeel was watery and very sour...not like the lead-in on a Flemish Sour...just tartly sour. Although the fruit came thru somewhat in the taste, it was not a fresh, real fruit taste, but more like a cheap fruit candy. Not surprisingly, finish left a sticky, sweet-sour aftertaste. Not impressed with this one

kimcgolf, Feb 19, 2010
Photo of dugly2ugly
3/5  rDev -13.5%

dugly2ugly, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of rxthree
3/5  rDev -13.5%

rxthree, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of twenty5
3/5  rDev -13.5%

twenty5, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of sevopie
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Wheaty golden with a light cream colored head. Dissipates quickly

Smell - It has a hoppy smell, but it smells slightly off.

Taste - Caramel and hops at the same time. Slightly bitter in an off way, almost tastes dusty... Hard to define.

Mouthfeel - Oily and refreshing.

Drinkability - It drinks easy, but the taste is a little off. Overall, I'm left unimpressed with almost all of the Tommyknocker offerings.

sevopie, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of buckyp
3/5  rDev -13.5%

buckyp, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of dedrinker
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange/ gold color with a thin off-white head. Aromas of light hops and some light caramel malt. The flavor is a typical American pale ale balance of medium hoppiness balanced against a faintly sweet and toasty malt. Medium bodied with a mild hoppy/ grainy finish. Nothing to distinguish it from others, but no complaints on anything either. The guy who gave me the free sample was a lunatic from Tommyknocker. The dude was nuts. But anyways...

dedrinker, Mar 13, 2008
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

bhawk1, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of rye726
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear copper color and has a tan head that quickly fades. The nose has some fresh citrusy hops and a mild malt backbone. The taste is mostly the bitter fruity hops and light malts. The body is light to medium with good carbonation. A mild pale ale, could use a little more malts.

rye726, May 19, 2008
Photo of cannunzi
3/5  rDev -13.5%

cannunzi, May 29, 2013
Photo of Bighuge
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer is a hazy amber-orange. Just a thin coating of a head. Lacing ability is adequate. Not a lot going on in the aroma department. Some slight perfumey and piney tones from the hops. Taste is comprised of caramel maltiness and toasted malt mixed with some noble hop characteristics - a slight herbal spiciness. Not a bad beer, but another one that is just average.

Bighuge, Oct 29, 2002
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

amalahow, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of Westsidethreat
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours an amberish brown sugar colored body with an unfiltered feel. The head is surprisingly creamy, light khaki color.

S: Some tangerine citrus notes, minor caramel offerings and a touch of roasted barley.

T: Pretty standard pale ale. Traditional cascade hops with some orange peel and lymon juice. Earthy bitterness then enters the scene and lingers on the front of the tongue for quite a while after the swallow. Finishes a bit soapy.

M: Medium body with a fluffy carbonation.

D: A very standard beer. Very standard. Except for the carbonation level which was very good. If every "standard" beer raised the bar to have carbonation this good, the world would be a better place to drink beer in.

Westsidethreat, Jul 23, 2006
Pick Axe IPA from Tommyknocker Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 492 ratings.