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Pick Axe IPA - Tommyknocker Brewery

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Pick Axe IPAPick Axe IPA

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488 Ratings

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Ratings: 488
Reviews: 273
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 Gambrinus1184
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Ten Penny Ale pint glass.

A: Pours a clean looking amber orange with a two-finger head of soapy foam which left behind some nice lacing.

S: Smells of oily hop resins and some lighter citrus fruits coupled with toasted grains.

T: The taste was surprisingly hoppy, as the brew wasn't billed as an IPA, but an APA. Works for me. Some sweet grain and doughy bread flavors near the front, but all sharp, fresh hop leaf flavor form there. Finishes with a nice level of bitterness.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very clean tasting.

D: I was pleasantly surprised by the level of hopping here and the overall clarity of the brew and it's flavors. For that, I think it'd make a fine session brew.

A surprise for hop heads not expecting this brew's hop profile. Not the best pale ale around, but it was my surprise goodie of the mix pack.

Gambrinus1184, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of Bierguy5
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Cloudy amber/orange color. White rocky head holds together well. A few nice spots of lace.

A bit of citrusy, floral hops in the nose. Some caramel covered fruit in the background.

Lots of fruity, esthery flavors up front. A good amount of sweetness. Some earthy hops balance things out. Lingering apple and lemon peel flavor.

Light body, with an adequate amount of carbonation. Pretty easy to drink. Simple, yet refreshing fruity flavors. Enjoyable.

Bierguy5, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Beer is a about 14 months old, which is 10 months longer than Tommyknocker suggests.

3.0 A: Murky orange amber (probably from age). Decent head retention and lots of lacing.

3.5 S: Biscuity foremost. Some citrus and floral hops.

3.5 T: Very yeasty and grainy. A citrus bitterness pokes through. Floral in every sip. This tastes very good for how old it is. I had it fresh, but can't recall if it was better or not.

3.0 M: Not this beer's best quality. A big watery, while still managing to be stingy.

3.5 D: This would make a decent session beer.

Unlike the Butthead Dopplebock, this beer is not the best at aging. Oh well, win some lost some. It's how it goes. I look forward to reviewing a fresh one.

DavoleBomb, Aug 28, 2008
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 ralree
4.68/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Extremely cloudy red, off-white head of 2-fingers, solid retention, great lacing. This is a winner.

S: Smells glorious. The grapefruit overtones go wonderfully with the hops, which have a nice balanced presence. Alcohol is apparent and welcome.

T: A pleasant grapefruit kick, but not too sweet - very bitter. The hops come through nicely, rounding out the flavor. A slightly toasty flavor comes in after swallowing, leaving a hint of satisfying flavor in the mouth while cleaning up nicely. The alcohol is present and noticeable, but definitely not annoying.

M: Medium-bodied, clean, dry, slightly astringent. Carbonation great. Very smooth.

D: This drinks wonderfully. This definitely goes on the buy list. It goes down easy, and is a joy to drink.

ralree, Aug 14, 2008
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 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 jasonjlewis
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice 1 finger head with a semi-cloudy orange color. It is slightly more amber than many pale ales, which is a hint to the type of malting used and how much it is used.

Smell is very nice with a piney/citrusy hoppiness with some lemony citrusyness. Very nice and strong and pleasant. It seems that more than one hop variety is used as I do smell a very citrusy hop and then a little bit of a perfumy and slightly piney hop.

Nice pale and a little caramel malts combine with a citrusy slightly perfumy hop bitterness. Malts are big enough in front to provide a nice balance with slightly agressive hop bitterness which makes for a very cohesive beer. Slight astringency on the end, but it's still very good.

Semi crisp mouthfeel with adequate carbonation and fullness on the palate.

This is a very nice pale ale that I could easily make a session out of. I'll have to buy more.

I haven't been impressed with tommy knocker for the most part until now. Most of their beers are just slightly better than average, but this one is very solid and somehwat unique for an american pale ale.

Give this one a try.

jasonjlewis, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of ibashmuck
2.03/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a lovely amber, with a smallish head. Smelled sweet, citrusy, but not overpowering. Sadly, the taste was overpowered by the citrus. Couldn't pick out anything other than grapefruit. Fizzier than it looks. Not a huge fan of pale ales, but I've had some pretty good ones. This is not one of them.

ibashmuck, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of Shiloh
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A murky, dark orangish brown with a tiny crown and thin lacing. The carbonation is light.
The aroma has a citrus/piney thing going for it, a nice blend.
The taste is, as the aroma,citrus/piney with a touch of a malty blend to end.
The body is strangely full, then oddly seems to disapate to more of a watery product.To weird.
Needs work to end.

Shiloh, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of Dodo2step
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P- Beer Zoo variety pack.

A- pours a cloudy foggy orange color with amber highlites. Not a lacing frmothe head either. It ran off pretty quick.

S- orange is the dominant aroma that i can get from it. I also get other hints of citrus and other ripened fruit. Some vanilla. It is a very sweet aroma.

T- a very distinct grapefruit taste. It is actually too much. It tastes like biting into a grapefruit. I was wrong in the orange smell. However it could be both. Decent in the hoppiness category. Hints of caramel malt finish off the flavor.

M- hoppy and citrusy. Not a good feeling in my mouth. It is just a tad too much grapefruit but decent all the same. Thick and full bodied.

D- it was easy to put down. I had a few of these at the dave show. I couldnt have more than 2 or 3 of these because of the excess grapefruit flavoring.

Dodo2step, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of MinorThreat
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Dave of Western Beverage, thanks man!

A-Murky golden brown, with a slight white head, moderate lacing.

S-I will start this out by saying I had a dogfish head 90min IPA before this, so the old schnoz has had a bit of an overload issue. Hops...Sweet hops....hops.

T-Pretty good, a hop head session beer. You will get lots of the floral aroma hops as apposed to the bitterness. Not going to make anyone re-think beer, but something I could see myself take a 12pk of to a barbecue.

M- Pretty good, light with a reasonable amount of CO2.

D-Patio Pounder, plain and simple. I'll take a sixer with me to split with a friend on a round of disc golf. If you are in the mood to have a few(4-12:)) beers this might be right up your alley.

MinorThreat, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of Biscuit033
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Light orange with with hints of gold, with a small white head and some lacing.

S: Caramel, vanilla, earthy, piney and citrus hops.

T: Some caramel, then pine, and grapefruit pith and rind. This is on the higher end of bitterness compared with most PA's.

M: Slightly thin and bitter on the tongue but without a clean crisp finish.

D: There are better PA's out there for sure but if you are in the mood for something hoppy without all the ABV's of an IPA this may be for you.

Biscuit033, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of Drewcifer
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Coppery color with a short white head that leaves a good ring.

Fresh hoppy smell - citrus is foremost, a little pine. Slight twinge of malt.

Taste is quite hoppy to start with, citrusy, then moves to a slightly sweet malt to end it of. Taste is somewhat watered down.

Speaking of watered down, a surprisingly lighter body than most pale ales, a very watery feel to it. Very unfortunate.

Overall, a fairly average pale ale. I quite enjoyed the aroma, but the mouthfeel was definitely a let down. Drinkable, but not something I'm putting high up on the list.

Drewcifer, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of MmmIPA
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange hue with no head what so ever.Not much of a ring also.

Smells like grapefruit,fresh too.

Taste like grapefruit with malty undertones.Ide like more bitterness

Mouthful is sorta watery and easy.

This beer tastes ok but nothing I would have again or search out for.

MmmIPA, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of neenerzig
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes A 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. This beer is a light to medium amber copper color with an orange hue with a head 1/2 of an inch thick when poured. It eventually settles to a very nice ring and surface layer with very nice lace. Has a light malt and citrus hop aroma. The taste is pretty much the same, malty and sweet upfront, followed by nice citrus hops. The hop flavors come out more as the beer warms. Reminds me of a good IPA. Has a crisp, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. A good, solid effort here.


neenerzig, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of beermanbrian
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper color with a soap bubble white head that leaves sticky patches and trails down the glass. Nice citrus smell but not overpowering. Plenty of malt there to back things up. Citrus leans towards grapefuit in the taste with some biscuity maltyness. Bitterness evolves into an earthy flavor and I also pick up some chaulkyness. Bitterness hangs around on the finish. Mouthfeel is a little bit thin. An OK pale ale, worth a try.

beermanbrian, May 24, 2008
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 SchmoTerp
3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First thoughts on this beer would that it would be a sweeter kind of pale ale....wrong. It acts more like an IPA than anything else. It is hoppy but not overpowering. When poured, it has only a little head and is a bit cloudy in appearance. Definetely enjoyable and will try this one again.

SchmoTerp, May 01, 2008
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
Photo of supercolter
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 12 pack sampler of this brewery, and this was my first offering.
Appearance, looks a bit oily, not alot of head, or lacing.
Smell and taste nice floral hops right off the bat, some citrus fruit, not too complex though
Mouthfeel, medium on the palate as far as density, a bit sticky
Drinkability, good for the style

supercolter, Mar 12, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an orange/amber color with a bubbly/soapy, off-white, two-finger head. It left some lace.

S - It smelled floral and citrusy. Also, a light maltiness was present.

T - It was fairly hoppy and citrusy. It had a nice sweet malty taste. It was also a good bitter quality.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty good IPA, although it seems more like an American IPA than an English IPA.

zeff80, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of JDV
2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy honey colored pour. Smell is grassy hops with a hint of caramel and fruit. Taste is slightly bland, but with some light, sweet malt flavor and hops that are in a good balance. Balanced, but could use a bit more of both and a bit bolder flavor, I thought. Decent, but very middle of the road as far as pales go.

JDV, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of DrainBamage
4.35/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orangish gold color with a lace of head. Smell has piney hop aromas to it with a little fruitiness. Goes down smooth and has slight bitterness. Taste is piney with a little buttery flavor and a grapefruit taste to it. This is a great English Pale Ale and probably the best brew I've had from Tommyknocker.

DrainBamage, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of meechum
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured an amber yellow into a pint glass..poured aggressively and didn't produce any real head...no lacing...can see carbonation pushing up from the bottom

S - A hint of malted and toasted nutty smell along with a grassy hop smell..very faint

T/M - Better than I was expecting..a good full biscuit and nut flavor with a nice bit of grassy hop bitterness. Crisp, clean with a good carbonation

D - Pretty drinkable..it's not the best APA I've had but if offered I certainly wouldn't turn it down..

meechum, Feb 08, 2008
Pick Axe IPA from Tommyknocker Brewery
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