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Pick Axe IPA - Tommyknocker Brewery

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Pick Axe IPAPick Axe IPA

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473 Ratings

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Ratings: 473
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 Monkeyknife


3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle a slightly hazy burnt orange color with a foamy off-white head. Lacing was moderate.

Aroma was packed with plenty of sweet malts. A citrus note was present but very faint.

To me, the taste was a sour combination of caramel and vanilla along. The finish had a real bitterness.

Mouthfeel was light-to-medium and lightly carbonated.

An average Pale Ale at best. The sourness was a real problem for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 01:41:38 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

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

I thought I would not like this based on both ratings and previous experiences with this brewery. However, while I still didn't think it was fantastic, it was, nonetheless, at least average, and a decent pale ale. Poured a copper red colour with a small off white head that faded quickly. Noticeable hops in the smell and little else. Not much of anything at first oon the taste, then a pretty healthy dose if citrusy hops caught me off-guard a little. Again, not a super-impressive beer, but a little better than I though it would be.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 23:55:25 | More by SilentSabre
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2007 10:33:56 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

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

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a 1" head. Some spotty lacing develops during hte session. Only a few carbonation bubbles are seen rising here.

Smell: sweet fruits and orange citrus aromas are easy to detect but are a bit to sweet.

Taste: orange citrus is bold along with some softer tart grapefruit tones. Pears, caramel candy, and a very mild bitterness rounds out the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and smoother towards the finish. Aftertaste can be characterized by some sweet fruitiness sticking to the back of your tongue for a while. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: for a pale ale, I found this to be a bit too sweet and not balanced well enough with some hop bitterness. So-so beer in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 11:39:35 | More by Gavage
Photo of NEhophead


3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tumbler.
Brewed 05.2007.

Slightly hazy, burnt copper in color. Foamy, white head with good strength, leaving intricate lacing as it settles. Sticky, ringed lacing around the entire tumbler.

Juicy, citrus-resin: pear, lemon, melon. Semi-sweet, bright tropical fruit. Bubblegum with hints of pine. Semi-sweet toasted malt base.

Earthen pine with herbal tones; rough hop resin. Bright, tropical fruit with a rum sweetness: pear, honeydew, cantelope. A moderate bitterness is followed by burnt hops and a spicy pine profile.

Medium bodied; gritty, but bright due to the tropical fruit and citrus notes. Filmy on the back of the palate.

A Pale Ale big on flavor; in which, the blend of hops work rather well. Taste actually borders on an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2007 21:09:37 | More by NEhophead
Photo of jockstrappy


3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a burnt copper orange with very little head or lace. A floral hop aroma is most notable at the first sniff, with a hint of sweet caramel in there as well. Flavor is a very subtle floral hop up front, with a very nice toasted malt presence at the back of the palate. Mouthfeel suffers on this one from the lack of carbonation. The bottle implies that it should should be good through the end of July, 2007...today is 7/29/07, so maybe I will revisit later on. Not a bad beer, but one that probably will not compete with others in it's class. Nonetheless, every beer deserves a try!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 22:11:49 | More by jockstrappy
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

High hop aroma, citric mainly. Medium-high malt aroma and sweetness, roasted, toasty caramel. Medium-high fruitiness.

Medium gold and completely clear. Nice head with decent retention and great lacing.

Medium-malt, mild roasted character, medium toastiness, medium caramel, medium-high English roasted sweetness. Medium-high hops, citric and some floral with hints of resinous pine. Medium-high bitterness. Medium-low fruitiness – subtle and juicy sweet. Finishes quite dry.

Medium body with medium-low carbonation. Fairly thick.

Fairly good. Might get it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2007 00:09:42 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of Frozensoul327


3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy color of rust and copper. Smaller head of tan/orange foam bubbled off quickly, leaving a nice level of lacing inside the glass. Medium low carbonation upon initial pour.

S: Very nice. Aroma of juicy hops and sweet citrus fruit are prevalent, with a notable malty backbone.

T: This is more along the lines of a wickedly hopped APA. Strong notes of hops blend with a drying grain character that builds into a mildly sweet citrusy flavor. Malty flavors play a small role, but are present toward the finish.

M: Slightly flat, but smooth and enjoyable. A touch more carbonation would've gone a long, long way with this one.

D: Not bad. I could see this being in the fridge from time to time. Worth trying if you're a hophead, looking to tone things down a bit before you pop you're next DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2007 03:19:20 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of SaCkErZ9


3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Beer is pretty dark for a pale ale, along the same lines as an ESB I suppose. Orange copper colored with a small white head. No lacing.

Aroma is clearly full of english hops. Some nice citrusy aromas that are usually in APA, but I like it. Slight alcohol aromas as well.

Overall, a pretty good beer. Decent drinkability but there is a bit of a sourness that becomes obtrusive toward the end. Flavor is mildly hoppy. This is worth a try from Tommyknocker.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2007 21:35:10 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of Redwood21


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

A: this beer has a decent light white head that sorta sticks around for a while. and a hazy golden hue for the beer itself.
S: a dough/bread like hop maltyness
T: a contrast between the bread malt taste and the sweet and bitter hopness. interesting at second blush.
MD: decent enough very drinkable and very enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2007 01:29:02 | More by Redwood21
Photo of gunnerman


3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass pours a amber orange color with a fluffy head that leaves some lace on the glass. Smell is very hoppy upfront but does have a mild tone to it, outdoor and also a bit of grassy. Taste is pretty good, bitter but not overwhelming, grapefruit taste with a bit of bitterness towards the end and a nice malt flavor in there as well. This was a pretty good offering and could drink these all day.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2007 01:45:56 | More by gunnerman
Photo of BeerZack

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Orange-gold with a huge head being held afloat by an endless stream of bubbles rushing upwards (dunno if its my glassware or what, but its crazy bubbly).

Smells like apricots, sweet malt some sour and fruity hop aromas.

Very light feel and taste but there is a hint of apricot and a mild dose of maltiness balanced by an equally mild dose of hops on the finish.

Feels extremely light and watery, but overall and okay pale (esp. for a "British" pale).

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2007 02:16:29 | More by BeerZack
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 briman


3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into standard pint glass.

Pours a fairly clear light amber color. About a 1/4 inch white head retains well, leaving good lacing.

Aroma is mostly mild to moderate fruity hops.

Flavor has a little bit of grainy malt, but is primarily citrus hop flavors. Finish is dry with a mild-to-moderate bitterness, which only lingers for a moment.

Medium body, moderate carbonation. Balance leans a little towards the hops but overall is pretty good. Seems to be a by the book pale ale, nothing really stands out. Good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 02:25:48 | More by briman
Photo of BadRockBeer


4.2/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type Sampled: 12fl. oz. brown crown top bottle. Features freshness date.

Appearance: Golden with copper hue, nice snow 2 finger head that slides down the glass until the end.

Smell: Piney hops, grapefruit, slight grainy pilsner malt.

Taste: A great balance of malts and hops. It seems this beer is possibly dry hopped due to the oily hops. Very nice and slightly subdued by the grainy malt.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body, perfect carbonation. Very clean with little to no aftertaste.

Drinkability: Great, This is a great example of an American Pale Ale. For those of you that are not huge hop heads this is going to be your kind of beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2007 22:54:06 | More by BadRockBeer
Photo of jkaufman


2.45/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: Pours cloudy orange with no head and no visible carbonation.

S: Smells malty and sweet, extracty.

T and M: Surprisingly hoppy given the smell. Not much carbonation to speak of; finishes sweet and watery.

D: Drinkable, but there's not much here worth savoring.

Don't go out of your way to try it.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 04:01:40 | More by jkaufman
Photo of mjc410


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

The pour into my Sam Smith glass raises a slight light tan head over a hazy, tawny amber-gold body. Lacing is minimal. The nose is sweet, slightly piney, and has strong peach notes. The taste is immediately piney, with a nice, nutty malt character, and a bit of acidic sweetness. It's a fairly balanced, lighter pale ale. The mouth is medium, with good carbonation. I think this would be a great sessioner if the hops were toned down just a bit.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 01:31:57 | More by mjc410
Photo of mattd017


2.78/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I am very unimpressed with the Tommyknocker brews. Pours a light copper brown with a light head that never completely leaves the beer. Leaves pretty good lacing. Smells very piney. Tastes slightly piney, slightly bitter, but nothing too impressive. All in all a marginal beer, but probably the best Tommyknocker beer I’ve had yet.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2007 20:55:33 | More by mattd017
Photo of billybob


4.6/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a slightly cloudy orange color with a light tan two finger head and a good lace to the finish. smell is of citrus and floral aromas. taste is of bread and orange and maybe a touch of caramel. mouthfeel is light with a good balance of malt and hop and good carbonation. nice tasting beer, goes down real well.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 23:34:28 | More by billybob
Photo of abcsofbeer


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

Poured from a bottle with a Sept 06 freshness date. The color is a cloudy orange and it is topped by a 1 finger white head that leaves some nice lacing.

The smell is very aromatic with a strong hoppiness that is also fruity and leafy.

The taste has much of the same, good hop flavor along with orange and other citrus notes. The finish is dry and tangy. A good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 19:41:27 | More by abcsofbeer
Photo of tugdriver7


3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the variety pack again... Hazy amber/orange in the glass with a 1/2" head that dropped quickly. The hops were present almost immediately and, for an English pale, this one had a nice (APA or even American IPA) level spiciness. Tasty in a way, but very one dimensional. It was all color and hops with little body and malt to balance it. A bit spritzy and the hops flavor tended to overpower after awhile. Went down great with the BBQ I was eating; but wouldn't be much of a sessionable brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 01:23:46 | More by tugdriver7
Photo of BeerBelcher


3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this from a 12oz bottle at a friend's house.

This beer poured a rather dark amber; a good bit darker than most IPAs I've had lately. It had abundant white head and was an opaque hazy.

Aroma was of light and vaguely fruity hops. Not too profound.

Taste was more of the same...this is definitely an English Pale Ale, and I've tried a number of APAs lately that would benefit from this designation. Not bad.

Mouthfeel was pleasant and light, and I found this beer rather drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 04:33:00 | More by BeerBelcher
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 Byeast


3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy , deep auburn /orange , with an inch of foam that sticks around at 1/4 inch , nice lacing.

Smell: Citric hop aroma , some Dole fruit Cup scent , and a nice maltiness.

Taste: Pleasant citrus flavors , grapefruit , slight pear, good hoppiness , some nice balancing maltiness , focus on tasty citric hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: moderate to slightly dry.

Drinkability: A very drinkable EPA that reminds me more of a west coast APA. I really like the non-harsh grapefruit taste and other citric hop qualities. Give er a try!

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2006 06:13:27 | More by Byeast
Photo of MaltyGoodness


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

12oz. bottle

Pours a very hazy orange-amber with a small eggshell head that thins. Speckled lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a mix of floral and herbal hops with some mild caramel malt smells.

A mild blend of herbal and floral hops upfront that quickly dissolve into a light caramel malt base. A mild bitterness follows and it finishes just slightly malty and rather clean.

Medium-light body, ample carbonation.

A rather nice English PA overall with decent drinkability. I could drink a few of these in a sitting if I was in the mood for the style. Definitely worth a try if you can get a fresh sample.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2006 03:15:23 | More by MaltyGoodness
Pick Axe IPA from Tommyknocker Brewery
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