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Pick Axe IPA - Tommyknocker Brewery

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475 Ratings

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Ratings: 475
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.7%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | 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%

03-16-2013 12:12:01 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 15:47:39 | More by tone77

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

07-27-2013 17:28:44 | More by WOLFGANG
Photo of iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

12-18-2013 23:17:04 | More by iL0VEbeer
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2002 21:46:29 | More by ZAP
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 Cynic-ale


3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

07-30-2013 11:02:11 | More by Cynic-ale
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 03:43:03 | More by Duff27
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 00:34:35 | More by champ103
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 17:11:57 | More by Haybeerman
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 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.


Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 05:01:49 | More by woosterbill
Photo of Lare453


3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

01-26-2014 01:46:04 | More by Lare453
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 20:16:19 | More by clayrock81
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2006 17:51:11 | More by mynie
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 enelson


3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

08-30-2013 00:04:17 | More by enelson
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 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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2006 13:23:01 | More by Brent
Photo of jophish17


2/5  rDev -42.4%

12-26-2011 17:01:59 | More by jophish17
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 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 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
Photo of Vancer


3.08/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Yeah, a nice hazy amber/orange pour with a small brown head that quickly faded. Not much aroma, little spice and orange came out. Taste was somewhat plain – nothing standing out, but not bad either – some decent malt with just a little hop kick in the finish. Just a tad too thin in the texture, but something you could have over the course of the evening. So, would have more of these, unless a SNPA or Schlafly Pale Ale was offered concurrently.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2005 13:17:49 | More by Vancer
Photo of tgbljb


4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy light copper color with moderate white puffy head. Sporadic lacing. Smell is overpopweringfor pioney and grassy hops. (Just the way I like it) Taste also presents strong hops up-front, with some moderate being in the background. Nice rich and full mouthfeel. I ilked this beer very much. Very pleasant drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 23:34:32 | More by tgbljb
Pick Axe IPA from Tommyknocker Brewery
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