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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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of tylerprince


3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Tommyknocker after an easy climb up Bierstadt.

A: Unfortunately, the beer's strong point. Pours a nice ever-so-slightly hazy copper with a finger of white head. Moderate retention but beautiful rings of lacing.

S: Strong citrus, primarily grapefruit, with a bready malt in the back. Moderate strength.

T: Like it smells. Hop forward for sure, but not at all imbalanced. Hits the palate with tons of citrus, which then gives way into a subtle hint of pine. The pine is accompanied by some alcohol, and tastes better as it warms - I found this flavor to be rather astringent, almost gasoline-like, over the first few sips. The beer closes out with a fresh bready malt accompanying a hint of lingering bitterness.

M: Crisp and clean; light-bodied and drinkable. In my opinion, light-bodied IPAs need some resins to prevent the beer from feeling watery. Unfortunately, this beer has no stick to it and falls victim to this problem.

O: A solid, highly sessionable IPA, if slightly lacking in character. Drink a little warmer to ensure you get the pine and not the pine-sol/gasoline flavors this beer started with.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2012 21:38:53 | More by tylerprince
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

apparently one of tommyknockers big medal winners at GABF. pours a very very light straw yellow color with a short white head. smells like fruity hops, tropical and pungent. also notes of biscuity pale malt and grassy yeast. the flavor is totally dominated by the hops, which have a pleasant sharpness to them and plenty of fruity essences. not particularly bitter, just flavorful and crisp. feel is a little light on the body for an american ipa in my book, could use some more malt balancing out the hops in here, but the carbonation levels work just fine and the beer is a pretty easy session ipa, as it doesnt fill you up at all. i will have to drink a few more of these to better critique it, but its a nice light enjoyable ipa. good for summer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2012 17:33:42 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of woodychandler


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

This arrived with a finger of off-tan head with decent retention. Color was a solid amber with a slight haze. Nose had a decent mix of grassy hops and biscuity malt. Mouthfeel was medium with a grassy hop flavor up front. Finish tended more biscuity-malt with a little bit of that grassy hop tatste underlying. I hate to cop to it, but I felt that this was so average that I wondered why they would bring it cross-country. I realize now that it was meant as an English Pale Ale, but they should still stick to their strengths.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2010 13:18:03 | More by woodychandler
Photo of drtth


4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2009 19:36:48 | More by drtth
Photo of LittleDon


4.58/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy dark golden with a fair amount of carbonation. No noticeable head (probably because of the pour or glassware) or head. Strong grapefruit aroma from the Cascade hops. Taste is similar to the aroma. Lots of citrus. Medium mouthfeel, nice bitter finish.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2009 23:48:37 | More by LittleDon
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this out of a bottle a couple years ago, and as I frequently find it tastes better on-tap. It pours a semi-opaque amber with a decent off-white head. Malty aroma has fruity and hoppy undertones. Lively flavor is mainly malty and rather hoppy but not too bitter, and has an evergreen tone and fruity hints. Sassy, lively texture makes this beer dance on the way down.

Serving type: on-tap

03-18-2009 00:48:59 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of BradLikesBrew


3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this on-tap at the brewery in Idaho Springs a couple months ago.

a: light gold body.

s: Grapefruit marinated hops.

t: Sweet maltiness with notes of pine and citrus hop oil.

m: Thin, seemed to be common with the samples I had.

d: An ok pale ale. Nothing offensive, nothing eye-opening.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2008 05:32:08 | More by BradLikesBrew
Photo of Dithyramb


4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber colored with nice white head and lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops. Was told by the brewery rep that this was in the English style. Comes off slightly more aggressive than most English pales (isn't the IBUs around 60?). Less balanced than some, with faint malts eventually being overtaken by a citrus/herby hop mixture at the end. Medium bodied with a dry finish.

Nice session brew. Doesn't go overboard in any category, meaning that one could have several without being overwhelmed.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2006 12:46:25 | More by Dithyramb
Photo of WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2006 18:53:42 | More by WesWes
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2005 20:29:38 | More by rhoadsrage
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2004 13:58:14 | More by clvand0
Photo of Crosling


3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Murky Desert Orange.

Fresh, possibly dry hopped, hoppy as hell (grapefruit, citrus fruits and pine) nose with a glimpse of malt and orange.

After smelling this, the taste is pretty underwhelming. Unfortunately, the malt shines in this one, mainly biscuit, toffee and caramel. The hops take a backseat in the flavor profile and a neither citrusy nor grassy, rather very floral, with other notes of orange, pineapple and grapefruit.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2004 00:30:46 | More by Crosling
Photo of GreenWBush


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

Review recovered from a recent car cleaning ... hmm, don't want to even try and explain that one ...

This beer pours an English bitter style nutty brown with an uncharacteristic lack of head and lace. The nose is richly sweet malty almond, with fruity esthers that remind me a lick of Fuller's.

The yeast cleanly allows a subtle noble hop punch to come through and wisp out with hints of wet paper.

The mouthfeel is rather thin here but i'd definetely take another. A good beer to cleanse the palate of decadent west-coast IPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2004 23:14:50 | More by GreenWBush
Photo of TheDM


3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This brew poured a small head of fine to medium sized off white bubbles and a hazy slightly carbonated light brown body. It has a hoppy IPA arooma and a mildly hoppy spicey flavor. It is rather smooth for a Pale Ale and does not have the pale ale hop bite. I bet that disagrees with the people that really like hoppy plale ales but its one of the better one IMHO because of it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2003 22:23:57 | More by TheDM
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.

Serving type: growler

03-22-2014 22:43:21 | More by aquaderek
Photo of cbond


2.7/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This beer tastes and smells of pineapples, I would love to sip this at Hawaiian themed party or on the beach. However for daily life I do not enjoy it very much.

It is also not as hoppy as I expected (though admittedly I have high hops expectations for IPA's).

Caveat -- I did drink this after eating something very spicy so I reserve the right to edit these statements.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 02:41:31 | More by cbond
Photo of bark


3.01/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The colour is amber (20 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head is off-white and compact. It sinks slowly leaving some lacing on the glass. The beer is bottle conditioned.

The smell is hoppy with toffee sweetness. Some onion/cabbage flavours. Chemical bitterness and some orange juice.

The taste is smooth with citric hops and some fruity sweetness: Oranges, mango, lime, pineapple. Mild bitterness, more like an APA than an IPA. Medium to full body. The aftertaste got a passing note of solvents and some harsh hops. Orange juice, lime, green apples and green plums. The finish got some solvents and rough alcohol.

The carbonation is mild to medium strong, the bubbles are long-lived. The liquid is mid-smooth and a bit dry.

Not enough bitterness, and some off-flavours. Well, well...

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 19:02:09 | More by bark
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 03:58:17 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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 rajendra82


3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The body was orange amber in color with a slight haze. The carbonation appeared lively, and the head was two fingers thick, and very well retained. The smell was deceptively honey like at first, but then gave way to herbal hops. The taste was very tropical, with Mandarin orange, pineapple, and mango flavors, The bitterness was atypically modest for the style. The finish however provided a good deal of hop based dryness. It was a little thinner than medium bodied. Nicely approachable.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 03:52:07 | More by rajendra82
Photo of DenverHopHead


3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle purchased at the brewery in Idaho Springs. Dated best by 12/23/13. Poured into a tulip.
Appearance - amber/orange. Carbonation builds an impressive, foamy white head. Leaves a ladder of foamy lace on the glass.
Smell- citrus, grassy, pine, some traces of biscuit and cracker, malt in the nose.
Taste - refreshing, but too light. The nicely blended hop notes in the nose aren't nearly as prominent on the palate.
Feel - doesn't have the bitterness I desire in an IPA. More of a pale ale.
Overall - underrated, if rated solely on the quality of the beer. I'd classify this as a pale ale, however.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 18:45:57 | More by DenverHopHead
Photo of mactrail


2.43/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Looks nice enough, with the amber color. Brief head in the New Belgium snifter. Moderate carbonation and a slightly oily mouthfeel. Smell makes me think of vegetable broth.

I'll be brief. The murky malt sulks under the weight of the herbaceous hops. It's more like a bitter green tea flavor. Dirty and tannic with a metallic aftertaste. That's enough.

I have avoided Tommyknocker for some years, after repeated soured experiences with the Butt Head. This will keep me away for awhile longer. From the 12 oz bottle with the newer style label.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 05:49:45 | More by mactrail
Photo of Monalenard


1.7/5  rDev -51%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

brewed with farts. looks nice, smells...assy. mouthfeel is okay, actually kinda nice but, i think it might be something to do with what tastes like toasted malts that were over done or something, it just kind of tastes like the smell of farts. its got all of the right elements but they are arranged poorly, it seems.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 08:22:54 | More by Monalenard
Photo of BeerKangaroo


3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Back in PA from my DE trip to my brother's wedding:

Into a pint glass:

A: hazy orange body with a half finger white foamy head that quickly dies to a film coating the top of the body, some clingy foamy lacing a bit here and there

S: light grain malt, piney hops and a soapiness (wish I knew how old this was, but didn't see any dates on the bottle), caramel comes out after a bit of warming

T: sweet yet bitter at different times with a decent maltiness coming out to provide a nice balance, still that soapy taste comes in a bit but isn't too bothersome

M: light, very sessionable, the ABV is not felt, and seems just a tad under-carbonated

O: hmmm.... I wish I knew how old this was, something just doesn't seem right, I'd probably only seek again if I could find a fresher bottle as I'm thinkin' this was a bit old

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2013 18:34:49 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a hazy orange with a nice reddish hue and an average (1-2 finger) off white creamy head that was mostly lasting, reducing to a thick puddled film and medium collar with excellent full sheeting of sticky lacing.

The aroma was of a light grain malt, pine hops and a soapy yeast with notes of caramel and citrus (grapefruit and orange peel).

The taste was bitter sweet and decently malty with a light touch of caramel and a hint of grapefruit early on, becoming a bit hoppier and having a slight citrus peel bitterness towards the finish. The flavor lasted an average duration following the swallow, with a mild citrus peel bitterness left behind to linger a bit longer on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a dry, oily texture and a carbonation that was quite lively.

Overall this was a smooth and easy to drink IPA with a nice well rounded flavor. It was a brew that was not overpowered by an excessive bitterness, but rather blended together well with the caramel sweetness creating a pleasurable drinking experience...


Serving type: bottle

03-22-2013 17:30:05 | More by KajII
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Pick Axe IPA from Tommyknocker Brewery
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