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Pick Axe IPA - Tommyknocker Brewery

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Pick Axe IPAPick Axe IPA

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484 Ratings

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Ratings: 484
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 14.7%
Wants: 3
Gots: 14 | 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 BigRedN


3.28/5  rDev -5.5%

Part of a Trail Mix mixed six pack.

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a somewhat hazy brownish orange. My pour produces only a thin 1/4 inch near white head that quickly fades to a thin cover. Leaves little lacing.

Smell: Aromas are mostly all hop-related. Mostly a piney scent. Overall it is weak and one dimensional.

Taste: A bit of a malt profile at the start (or at least I want there to be) to balance out the surprising hop induced bitterness on the finish. A bit better than expected. This would be a somewhat bland American pale ale though.

Mouthfeel: Close to medium bodied with just enough carbonation. A rather dry finish.

Drinkability: This is an ok pale ale. There are many out there better. I am not sorry I tried it, but will probably not seek this out on purpose.

01-09-2008 05:38:38 | More by BigRedN
Photo of papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -1.2%

Got from my parents at Total Wine in Virginia.

Bottled Sept. 2006.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

Appearance: Orange-gold color, fair-sized head with lots of tiny bubbles. So far so good.

Smell: Light bitterness with a damp-like quality?

Taste: Mild, bitter taste, medium-bodied.

Mouthfeel: Not much of an aftertaste but probably due to age. Surprised that a certain bitterness remained after so long.

Drinkability: Not bad by any stretch but i did find it kind of average.

Overall: I will give this beer some positive notes because even though it is a bit old, i found it was not as bad as i thought it would be. I would like to revisit this one to be able to compare a fresher batch.

12-31-2007 13:25:16 | More by papat444
Photo of bboven


4.53/5  rDev +30.5%

Very cloudy dark orange body with pretty good lacing and a small but stable head.

Lots of hops with an equally strong, rich malt profile. Perfectly balanced. Makes you need to taste it.

Again, very balanced flavor. Aggressive hops at the high end of the IBU scale for a standard pale ale, but the malt keeps up blow for blow with a really great biscuity profile.

Really smooth carbonation, drying, the hop oils cling to you, mmmhhh.

The only bad thing about this beer is the haze. It's really hazy, and it prejudiced me before I even smelled or tasted it. Clear that up a bit and the visual appeal will match the amazing aroma and flavor.

12-24-2007 02:31:52 | More by bboven
Photo of gmfessen


4.38/5  rDev +26.2%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a hazy, blonde amber-brown color with a thick, creamy foam head. Smell what you might expect from an EPA, sweet grainy malt, a slight fruitiness and earthy hops. The hops are dominant. The same is true for the taste; I would say that this is getting close to an IPA. There is a slightly sweet malty presence as well which does a good job of balancing this beer. The mouthfeel is pretty dense with a creamy, not too fizzy carbonation. Overall, I'd love to know the ABV but otherwise this is an excellent beer. Very drinkable indeed and has a great taste.

12-19-2007 07:04:12 | More by gmfessen
Photo of Budking


3.15/5  rDev -9.2%

12 oz. poured into a tumbler

A: Murky, dlightly dark copper color

S: Citrusy, spicey, apricot smell with slight alcohol in the back(I happen to love the smell), possibly a little floral as well

T: slight floral with citrus, alcohol seems to come out more half way through(pardon my vagueness, still new to this and trying to learn)

M: light to medium, dry with low carbonation

Overall: love the smell, not a horrible brew, not the greatest either, but I could drink this again, something I may be able to get my BMC friend's to drink(or at least try)

12-19-2007 02:42:05 | More by Budking
Photo of oelergud


3.45/5  rDev -0.6%

12 oz bown bottle.
Translucent orange brown body. Even an agressive pour only produces a minimum lght tan head, consisting of tiny to medium bubbles, that does have good retention and decent lace.
Harsh pine hop scent with subtle malt and caramel and some very nice floral notes.
Peat and floral hops flavors. An aftertaste of pine hops.
Medium body and some coating, dry finish.
A pleasant enough beer but not quite on target.


12-02-2007 23:03:31 | More by oelergud
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.2/5  rDev -7.8%

Appearance: Pours a murky copper body with a tall, foamy off-white head.

Smell: Very subtle pale maltiness set against a pungent hop aroma with notes of apricots and grapefruit rinds.

Taste: Biscuit malt flavor with a slight, brief sweetness. Apricot and grapefruit with a moderate bitterness. A bit of sourness. Finishes dry with a lingering, persistent bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A little more bitterness than I'm looking for in an English Pale Ale, but overall it's okay.

11-26-2007 02:01:54 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +20.5%

This was an exceptionally hoppy and well crafted pale ale. Poured a brilliant and hazy cloudy pale amber with a huge billowing white sicky frothy head. Great retention and fantastic side glass lace. This was about the best a pale ale could look in my book. Top notch appearence for sure. Smell was somewhat hoppy with a light floral bouquet that was balanced against an earthy grain and a touch of sugar. The taste was just where its at. A deep rich and sweet orange hop just rolled over the tongue, nothing too btter but nicely melded with a cereal grain like back, giving it a very smooth very easy to drink profile. Obviously fresh, and more then likely dry hopped this hada great character. I really did not know what to expect when I opened this, but I was shocked to get one of the best pale ales I have had ina very long time. Where this brewery was hiding is anyons guess, this was fantastic and I would definitly want to try it again one day.

11-18-2007 02:41:13 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of bilyboy65


3.13/5  rDev -9.8%

The overall impression of the beer is that there is nothing special about the beer. Its a good, crisp clean tasting pale ale.

A: Clean dark gold color, with a small white head that dispersed quickly
S: the hops were the dominant scent, but it was underlined by a lemon citrus scent that tamed the smell of the hops.
T: Is more of an APA since the malts really don't come into play until the after taste. The citrus hops is the main flavor.
M: Feels very smooth in the mouth do to the lack of carbonation. Almost gives it a flat taste and feel.
D: Would be good to drink a lot of them because nothing is to offensive about this beer.

11-05-2007 02:12:07 | More by bilyboy65
Photo of kirok1999


3.8/5  rDev +9.5%

Pours a hazy dark gold with not much of a head and very little lacing. Smell is kinda weak, some hops, maybe some citrus hops and a pale malt.
Taste is hoppy and smooth. More in the taste than there is in the smell. Slightly sweet malt taste, crisp and clean, no off tastes at all.
Nothing over the top, just a nice tasty ale.

11-02-2007 23:32:19 | More by kirok1999
Photo of phisig137


2.8/5  rDev -19.3%

No freshness date. Pours a chill hazed medium amber color with a one finger head. Decent retention, and decent lace on the glass.

Aroma is filled with fruity and floral hops. Slight hints of caramel malt round out the nose.

Flavor is thin and relatively mild. Fruity yeast esters combine with mild citric hops for a round flavor. Thin mouthfeel, and decent drinkability...

Not a whole lot to say about this one.... rather boring in every way. Arguably one of Tommyknocker's better beers, but not one to seek out at all. Good call on classifying this as an English pale ale, because it sure doesn't stand up to APA standards. Even as an English PA, this still doesn't quite stack up. Even though it's cheap ($7.49 a sixer), I don't think I'll be buying it again. Lackluster in every way...

10-06-2007 03:38:41 | More by phisig137
Photo of Monkeyknife


3.13/5  rDev -9.8%

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.

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

North Dakota

3.1/5  rDev -10.7%

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.

09-21-2007 23:55:25 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.4/5  rDev -2%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

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


3.95/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

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


3.35/5  rDev -3.5%

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!

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


3.38/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

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


3.58/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

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


3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

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


3.65/5  rDev +5.2%

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

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


3.98/5  rDev +14.7%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -9.2%

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).

05-11-2007 02:16:29 | More by BeerZack
Photo of Redrover


3.2/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

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


3.63/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

04-14-2007 02:25:48 | More by briman
Pick Axe IPA from Tommyknocker Brewery
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