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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 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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 14:14:00 | More by tigg924
Photo of KarlHungus


2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a hazy orange-red color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is a balance of grapefruit and caramel. The taste is balanced too, but the hop character seems a bit off. The mouthfeel is medium bodied low carbonation for the style. Overall, this is a poor example of an Pale Ale. I will not drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 21:38:54 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of morimech


3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a large off-white head that had great retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass surface. Does not smell much like an Englsh stle pale ale but very American. Heavy caramel, almost toasted malt aroma with some citrus hops. The flavor is sweet with the malt playing the biggest part. The hops add some citrus, pine, and herbal components. Medium body with a really nice, soft texture. Just enough carbonation so it is just above flat. A nice pale ale that I would drink again. Not really English as it lacks the awesome English hop aroma and flavor but good otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 22:04:00 | More by morimech
Photo of argock


3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date notched on back label.

A: Hazy mahogany-orange with 1-2 finger,s ticky, off-white head. Fine lace sheets the glass.

S: Highly potent citrus and leafy, tobacco aromas blend nicely with caramel and pale malt sweetness

T: A light smack of toffee is quickly swept away by spicy, leafy hops that have a faint hay-like quality in the finish. Plenty of hops that are quite complex but a little muddled and don't leave an especially clean flavor.

M: Solid medium-body with pretty good, coating quality for an APA. Carbonation is low (which is good) and the aftertaste is leafy and spicy with faint sweetness.

D: A very nice APA from Tommyknocker. A minor hit in a brewer's line-up that is a bit hit or miss, but tends to have more good brews than bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 22:59:18 | More by argock
Photo of Pencible


3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured a hazy light copper with light tan head. It smelled like sweet citrus hops and caramel malt, with a bit of honey wheat. It tasted like orange hops with caramel and honey malts. It was watery with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a clean but very simple beer. It had a good but basic taste, and an OK body. It was drinkable but not notable in any way.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 16:43:31 | More by Pencible
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 20:35:49 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of kmpitz2


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

The beer pours a golden color with a finger of head that falls to just cover the top of the beer with a nice strong ring around the top. The nose is citrusy, mostly grapefruit to me. There is a nice citrusy hop to start that mellows out and finishes smooth with a grapefruit aftertaste. There's not quite enough hop bite in this one for my taste. The beer is moderately thick in my mouth, a good feel for a pale ale. It leaves nice moderately heavy lacing as I drink it. This is an easy drinking beer, but it's just a little light on taste, so that detracts from it. Overall, the beer is worth a try, but not something to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2004 00:27:23 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of Mitchster


3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Previously had this on tap at the brewery, now in bottle via the trail mix mixer. Pours out to a hazy burnt orange, forming a soapy white head with excellent retention and lacing. Carbonation is medium. The aroma is good, full of fresh hops and mango. Probably dry-hopped. The mouthfeel is smooth with a medium body. The taste opens with the abundant hops and mango. There is a slight English ruddiness in here, maybe some UK Kent Goldings or something. Malts are in check in the middle and a moderate herbal bitterness makes it's appearance. Suggestions of toast and grain husk, but quite mild. A touch of oxidation is present. The finish is a little watery and the aftertaste has a pang of cardboard in it.

Hrmmm. Somewhere between an APA and an English PA. One of the better brews I've had from this brewery, but nothing I would really seek out.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 21:08:26 | More by Mitchster
Photo of cjgator3


3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2006 06:32:30 | More by cjgator3
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy brown with a big foamy off white head that leaves lacey windows. Crumb cookie and orange rind on the nose. Honey crunch biscuit malts and straight Amarillo (if I had to guess) hops, almost like Flinstones chewable vitamins. Orangey linger. Chewy, medium.

Very surprised that the hop bill is all Euro, and that none of them are something very citrusy like Fuggles.

Way orangey on the hops, which is no bad thing - I'm tempted to score it half point higher on taste just because I like those flavors but truth is it could be more complex. A bit dark for an APA, too. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2011 19:28:31 | More by StJamesGate
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2006 03:13:41 | More by ADR
Photo of Reagan1984


3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange/Amber color with lots of visible carbonation. A two finger foamy head that showed some nice retention. Some spotty lacing

Aroma was very nice and surprisingly hoppy and fresh. Floral, citrus and grapefruit like.

Flavor was very nicely balanced and refreshing. An initial hit of malt and sweetness. Then a moment of bread flavor then right to a hop bitterness. Behind this is some fresh grapefruit notes again. Fairly light, but there. You do get a little sense of alcohol which was surprising.

Mouth feel was fairly light and the carbonation was noticeable on the tongue.

Yes, this is drinkable and a nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 22:59:47 | More by Reagan1984
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 sulldaddy


3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am sampling a room temp bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a bright gold amber witha fluffy off white head of 2 cm. Floral and citrusy hops are noticeable on nose immediately on pour. Just a faint bit of caramel buried by hop pressence. First sip is very fine and gentle carbonation with average to lite body. Flavor is mild overall but some sweet caramel and grainy malt up front rolls to hops that are rather citrusy but a bit astringent and drying on finish. No hint of ABV and very easy to drink primarily due to general mildness of the beer.
A good drinker, that wont make you think too much.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2006 03:52:41 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of Redrover


3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown long neck pored into a standard pint, this beer has a massive initial head.. The beer is a hazy bronze with that big beige head. Nice lacing.

The label states Nobel hops, and that’s exactly what I get on the nose. Piney, slightly fruity and backed by some caramel malts.

The beer starts well with some pleasant, slightly bitter taste backed with some green apple. There is a bit of grains, but the finish is slightly harsh. It is almost metallic and that seems a bit out pf place.

The mouth seems to be well calibrated with low carbonation and a bit of oiliness. Unfortunately, drinabilty suffers a bit from the harsh finish. This beer has the looks the smell and the feel of a session beer, but the taste falls a little short.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 23:28:19 | More by Redrover
Photo of RBorsato


4.47/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark gold with a low light beige ringed head and light slow bubbled carbonation. Spruce and pine hop aromas with a touch of citrus. Tastes much like it smells with pine and spruce hop flavors dominating; nicely balanced though. Medium-full bodied and smooth with a nice bitter hop finish.

More of an American Pale Ale in my mind than an English one...

Per label: "Noble hops"

Per TB website: English Pale Ale. Dry hops.
Hops: British Columbia Bramling, Czech Saaz, and British East Kent Goldings.
1997 GABF - Silver
2000 GABF - Silver

Enjoy Before: 12/30/06
Tasted: 12/19/06

($8.49 / 6-pack)

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2006 20:26:23 | More by RBorsato
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a moderate orange with a fair off-white head. Spotty lacing -- expected more. Good clarity.

Citric hop aroma with good toasted malt and a little fruit.

Citric hop punch in the mouth with some fruity sweetness and toasted malt. A little buttery edge to this was a surprise. A bit bready. Flavors are pleasant and appropriate.

A bit soft -- and this is a surprise, because it seems to be well carbonated. Just needs a touch more zing. Medium body.

Overall, this is the best of the mixed 6 pack so far. Good drinkability, but with some flaws. WTF. $4.99/6pack -- how can you go wrong. One of the best bangs for the buck I've had in a long time. lacks a bit in the English Pale Ale Style -- more APA, but still decent and worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 23:58:49 | More by OtherShoe2
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 Jeffo


3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mom and Dad picked this one up in NC on their last trip south of the border, then bro and sis carted it all the way over when they came to visit. Thanks for the effort guys.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, white head with good retention. Hazy safety orange in color, gamboge when held to the light, with a little carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp and ring remain until the end, leaving some nice lacing down the glass. Good looking pale ale.

SMELL: Pale malts and some nice citrus notes. Pineapple, lemon, and some nice grapefruit aromas. Quite fruity and very pleasant.

TASTE: Milder flavors, which is somewhat disappointing considering the nose. Some pale malts up front and some grainy hints. Notes of citrus, with some grapefruit and some decent bitterness after the swallow. Mild, bitter aftertaste lingers. Alright, but the grainy flavors didn't really pass.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy and smooth enough on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Fine here.

OVERALL: An alright brew, but nothing special. The grainy flavors didn't really work for me, which was disappointing, as the nose and look were really promising. Something I'm glad to have tried, but won't be seeking out again. Thanks again for doing the legwork guys.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 19:50:20 | More by Jeffo
Photo of TastyTaste


3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Standard clear copper color, with a small fluffy white head. Smell is sweet floral hops, and carmel malts, smells pretty good. Sweet without cloying. Taste is a little more subdued than I'd like from a APA, slightly sweet from malt, but hops are not as strong as they should be. OK mouthfeel, maybe a little thin. Not a bad APA, but not one of the better ones.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2005 23:27:44 | More by TastyTaste
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 19:12:22 | More by rye726
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2003 19:50:26 | More by Pegasus
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 Beaver13


3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2003 05:00:40 | More by Beaver13
Photo of blitheringidiot


3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this up for a cheap $7~ for a sixer. Mad props for the freshness 12/28/05 notches CLEARLY indicating bottling date.

Appearance is a hazy orange amber hue with a few scant bubble beads rising on the side to a settles thin off white dense collar.

Bright nose of fluffy orange and orange peel with a rye bready backing.

First swigs: Dry dusty citrus soft apricot and well balanced with the malts. Slight sweet with a lolipop malt candy aspect.

Feel is bone dry in the taste and in the finish. Gentle soft under attenuated carbonation which actually fits the style well. A pleasant version that will please any palate.

Last swigs: Dry balanced soft apricot, apple and dry.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2006 02:29:51 | More by blitheringidiot
Pick Axe IPA from Tommyknocker Brewery
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