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Pick Axe IPA - Tommyknocker Brewery

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BA SCORE
79
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494 Ratings
THE BROS
78
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Ratings: 494
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 Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Hopheadjeffery, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of tone77
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some hops. Taste is good, hops with some citrus notes. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this makes for a pretty good brew.

tone77, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear amber/yellow. Poured a rocky off-white head that dissipated slowly. Ample lacing. Continued to decant slowly.

S: Citrussy hops then malts and toasted nuts.

T: Nuts and bisuity grains balanced with pleasantly bitter hop finish.

M: Medium body. Crisp and clean bitter finish. Nicely carbonated.

D: Pleasing to drink and not overbearing. Solid, I'd drink more though nothing real special for an APA.

Haybeerman, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had no idea this is now an IPA. Maybe they should update this.

A - Solid IPA color a nice amber brown color with a half an inch of sticky white foam. Lacing is nice.

S - Smells of resinous pine with a fairly sweet malt profile, like a gram cracker. So far so good.

T - Kind of impressed that it has a nice bit of piney hops that eventually rounds to a citrus tone and the whole time balanced with a great malt profile. Very Tasty.

M - Light to medium, surprised its more ABV than 60 minute (my favorite IPA)

Overall I wanted to try this before the Black IPA and I wasn't disappointed. The only thing is Odd is that it hasn't been changed to an IPA with a solid hop profile and higher ABV I can't see it being close to APA status. Solid IPA.

DrDemento456, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of Dogbrick
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This brew pours a dark orange-amber with a thin off-white head. Quick lacing. Aroma is nicely hopped with a hint of citrus. Medium-bodied with a decent amount of hops, but being very close to bland. The finish is a little tart and hoppy. Above average, but this would be much better if it was a little less weak.

Dogbrick, Jul 06, 2003
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean copper color with a small white head. Aromas are grapefruity hops and those are quite big. In the taste, a very nice smoth bitterness. A very smooth and easy mouthfeel, with a small grapefruity bitter aftertaste. A very nice pale, has a big nose, and a nice smooth bitterness to it.

OWSLEY069, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of Lare453
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Lare453, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of tavernjef
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 15, 2006
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.

Cyberkedi, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of Duff27
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Almost a one fingered white head on top a of a copper/amber beer. Nice lacing.

S- Very floral smell. Pine.

T- Follows the nose. Floral hops. Some citrus, piney.

M- Thin to medium bodied.

D/O- Pleasantly surprised with this pale ale. Its nothing special but very approachable. To put down 3 or 4 would be optimal.

Duff27, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of WOLFGANG
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

WOLFGANG, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of champ103
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dull pale orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Some nice lace is left behind.
S: Pine and resiny hops. Soapy and oily. Some sweetness. Pretty standard.
T: Follows the nose. Resiny hops that are overly soapy and oily. Pale malts that are a bit sweet. Again, pretty standard.
M/D: A bit thin, watery, and a little under carbonated. surprisingly there is some heat in the back of the throat. To much alcohol is noticeable for a Pale Ale.

Certainly nothing bad, but just standard. There are lots of better options, and locally made at that. A one and done for me.

champ103, May 29, 2011
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.

cjgator3, Dec 04, 2006
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)

RBorsato, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of enelson
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

enelson, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of clayrock81
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A light brown color with a two-finger head that leaves good lacings. Smell is malty, a lot of bread malt with some minor floral hops. Again, a chewy body due to the bread malt and some hop bitterness with minor citric and dark fruit tastes. Not mixed that well, unfortunately, as it gets really slick and juicey/watery on the backbite. Not a bad beer but not one that I can stand behind.

clayrock81, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of woosterbill
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into Mad Elf tulip.

A: Attractive orange-amber, hazy body underneath one finger of dense tan foam. Average retention and lots of tight lacing. Good looking beer.

S: Crisp citrus hops and a generous dose of biscuity malt. Well-balanced, but not too dynamic.

T: Citrus and pine hops jump out at first, but quickly recede as biscuity malt and lightly fruity esters lead to a subdued, dry finish.

M: The body is on the light side of medium with an appropriate amount of soft carbonation.

D: This goes down as smoothly as I'd expect for such a well-balanced English-style pale ale.

Notes: This is the only Tommyknocker brew I've had, and was just good enough to make me curious to try more. Not a bad EPA at all.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of jophish17
2/5  rDev -42.4%

jophish17, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of mynie
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"A classic English Pale Ale dominated by pleasant hop bitterness and aroma. Dry hops impart unique aromas and flavors that add to the complexity of this ale. Our Pick Axe uses a blend of hopping: British Columbia Bramling, Czech Saaz, and British East Kent Goldings which melds into an award winning flavor."

Pour APA ice tea orange with a small, quickly faded head that remains only as tiny fungal-looking circles of white on the top of the beer.

Mild, dry hop smell. Complex, but really it's just a bunch of shades of gray--mild dryness of all stripes. It's balanced very well with a mild, dry caramel malt.

The hops taste slightly citrus, to begin, which give way to dryer hops and the disolve into sweet, dry caramel only to finish again with some tangy hops. There's the complexity!

A good drinking APA, not an undeserving medalist at the GABF.

mynie, May 30, 2006
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.

KarlHungus, May 17, 2009
Photo of BMart
3/5  rDev -13.5%

BMart, Dec 13, 2011
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.

Reagan1984, Dec 02, 2008
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.

Pencible, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of Brent
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy dark peach. Floral hops aroma. Prominent malt flavors tending toward toffee and caramel, although not as sweet as it sounds. The hopping was assertive, but not overpowering, with a rather odd floral, almost perfume character - not sure what variety of hops we have here, but is must be dry hopped quite a bit. Not bad, and, much as I love hops, this beer didn't win me over.

Brent, May 16, 2006
Pick Axe IPA from Tommyknocker Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.