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Pick Axe IPA - Tommyknocker Brewery

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Pick Axe IPAPick Axe IPA

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494 Ratings

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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 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
Photo of thryn
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours into my pint glass and forms a small, off-white head. It is translucent and similar in color to apple juice. This dissipates and leaves a layer of foam on the glass.

The smell is hops and some fruity sweetness. It smells stronger on both counts than I would expect from an English PA.

Taste is perfectly decent, matching the smell. The fruity-sweet malt and the mildly bitter hops seem to be fighting each other a little. Tasty, and balanced -- if you think of it as a seesaw, teetering from sweet to bitter and back again.

Mouthfeel's medium bodied and pleasant. Not quite refreshing. I wouldn't reach for this on a hot day.

Despite not being overwhelming, it's quite drinkable. It is tasty, and goes down easy.

thryn, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of abedenbaugh
2.48/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Light amber color and was filtered. There was an average sized offwhite head.
S-There was a bitter hop aroma and there was also a harsh bitter smell, too.
T-There was grapefruit flavors from the Columbia hops. They say there is Kent Goldings and Saaz but I wasn't able to pick them out. There was some malt flavor on the palate.
MF-Light body.
D-It was drinkable. The harshness of the bitterness did make it a little unpleasant.

Overall it was an average beer. It didn't impress me that much.

abedenbaugh, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of pwoods
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Jungle Jim's, poured into a pint. Dated November 2006.

A: Pours a deep glowing amber with nice clouding. 1 finger of white head forms and has some stay. Some patchy lacing down the sides.

S: Pleasantly malty for a Pale Ale. Bits of caramel along with lightly toasted grains. Hops are definitely of the English variety and add a mellow orange citrus and leafy hop aroma.

T/M: The bitterness is actually more sour and tart. Earthy, leafy hops. Malts are even more profound than the nose suggests and nearly blocks everything else out. Body is medium and carbonation is mild.

D: Tommyknocker has yet to impress me, unfortunately.

pwoods, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of Mitchster
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Previously had this on tap at the brewery, now in bottle via the trail mix mixer. Pours out to a hazy burnt orange, forming a soapy white head with excellent retention and lacing. Carbonation is medium. The aroma is good, full of fresh hops and mango. Probably dry-hopped. The mouthfeel is smooth with a medium body. The taste opens with the abundant hops and mango. There is a slight English ruddiness in here, maybe some UK Kent Goldings or something. Malts are in check in the middle and a moderate herbal bitterness makes it's appearance. Suggestions of toast and grain husk, but quite mild. A touch of oxidation is present. The finish is a little watery and the aftertaste has a pang of cardboard in it.

Hrmmm. Somewhere between an APA and an English PA. One of the better brews I've had from this brewery, but nothing I would really seek out.

Mitchster, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of BigRedN
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

BigRedN, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of papat444
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

papat444, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of bboven
4.53/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

bboven, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of gmfessen
4.38/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

gmfessen, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of Budking
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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)

Budking, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of oelergud
3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.


oelergud, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

mikesgroove, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of bilyboy65
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

bilyboy65, Nov 05, 2007
Photo of kirok1999
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

kirok1999, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of phisig137
2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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...

phisig137, Oct 06, 2007
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.

Monkeyknife, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of SilentSabre
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.

SilentSabre, Sep 22, 2007
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 Gavage
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.

Gavage, Sep 13, 2007
Pick Axe IPA from Tommyknocker Brewery
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