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Pike Tandem Double Ale - Pike Pub & Brewery

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81
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84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pike Pub & Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Pike reconfigured the recipe for Tandem so it is now brewed with coriander and fermented with Belgian ale yeast as a Belgian-style dubbel. Since it's entirely different from the old Tandem, this listing should be retired and the new one allowed to take its place.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-15-2006)
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Reviews by israel:
Photo of israel
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark amber to mahogany with a nice head that fades to a thin topping, lots of impressive lacing down the entire length of the glass.

S- Roasted chocolate nuts, toast, there's the smell of burnt sugar that seems pretty dominate to me.

T- smooth, creamy, chocolate, toasted nuts much like the aroma.

M- silky smooth with a dry finish and a hint of hops at the end

D- a couple perhaps...more than that might be tough with the abv

israel, Mar 17, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: hazy, milk chocolate brown, 1/4 inch head

Smell: malt and caramel

Taste: a malty start and body, caramel..with a hoppy/piney finish

Mouthfeel: crisp, dry, medium bodied, medium carbonation, with a slighty bitter finish

Drinkability: I could have two or three..Malts dominate and this is a small malt bomb..Moderately complex, but nothing over the top

tigg924, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of PopGun
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

PopGun, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of racer2k
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into my favorite pint glass.

A- Dark amber color typical of many of the fine northwest craft beers. Robust head which dissipates into a thin topping on the core of the beer. Excellent lacing covers the entire area of my pint glass.

S - Roasted malt, hint of chocolate, sweet hop smell in the air. Spicy aroma is present.

T- Nice malty roasted taste with hints of chocolate and a spicy hopped finish. Very complex but tasty.

M- Light carbonation with a smooth dry finish. Medium bodied beer.

D- Nice drinkable beer which is spicy and filling. This would be a great after dinner beer.

Overall, I like it!

racer2k, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of IntriqKen
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Smells like amber malts and prunes...just a bit of brown sugar in the nose as well.
Head is nicely sticky and seems to hang around for quite a while.

Creamy mouthfeel while also tingly from the tiny carbonation and hints of hops.

No big malt backbone like you would expect but a smooth maltiness followed quickly with northern hops, as you would expect from the PNW.

Aftertaste is slightly sweet from the malt (again, expected from a doppelbock but disappointed that you don't notice that as much in the taste). some drying from the hops

IntriqKen, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy reddish dark copper hue, with a few fingers of soapy light beige head, that leaves a bit of lace around the glass as it slowly recedes. It smells of sweet caramel malt, and earthy, spicy hops. The taste is a light pine hoppiness, and lightly toasted caramel malt, with some very faint anise-like spiciness lingering. The carbonation is quite moderate, leaving the body nice and smooth with a good weight. It finishes dry and hoppy, showing a bit of citrus in the end. The 7.5% ABV is hardly noticeable, blended well into a very decent quaffer for a cool spring day.

biboergosum, May 02, 2009
Photo of zplug123
1.65/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This double ale was new in Atlanta so I bought a bottle from Total Wine, poured into a pint glass:

A: Dark brown color, finger-width of head with minimal lacing

S: Roasted with malty undertones, a bit of hops is there too

T: Also savory, like soy sauce with dry finish.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation was biting enough

D: Definitely not a taste I'd like to repeat, too roasted, not malty enough, and hops only contributed to bitterness.

zplug123, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of Magpie14
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: a rich deep red color with soft shades of browns and orange. Sits pretty dark in the glass away from the light. The cap fell short of commendable but left a good scattering of dingy yellow lace

S: dusty floral hops with a light minty tobacco smell. Roasted smells are very light and are full of grains. Seems like a stretch for an American Strong Ale, by the noses decision. Some whiffs of caramel and molasses are detected...but hops reign

T: it starts with brown sugar and caramel, a light spicy hopped bite, and a main course composed of sweet sugary prune-like/date flavors. It reminds me of a Belgian Dubbel at times. I find the hops are much like the nose and with the addition of some acidity in the finishing gulp that dries things up. Otherwise, things are sugary and candied sweet. The flavors kind of loom on the palate in a mediocre way, not too complex

M: the body is very bubbly and scrubs the tongue a little to much for my liking. It is medium in mass and I find it finishes okay

D: I have seen this brew in the store for sometime now and always passed it over. And after this tasting, my "passing" on this beer will continue. Not bad not great

Magpie14, Jul 01, 2009
Photo of aleslover
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

aleslover, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This version weighs in at 7.5% ABV, decanted into a Duvel Tulip. Above average head retention & lacing

Bomber pours an effervescent mahogany with 2+ fingers of tan colored head.

S: Dirt, a bit of chocolate, & some figs & alcohol as this warms

T: Chocolate, a bit of iron, some leafy hops, & slight fruittyness (think dates, raisins, figs) up front. Roasted grain, earthyness, a whisper of licorice, & much more fruittyness, as this warms. Finishes dry with a bit boozey warmth, & jammyness, & bit of peppery hops, plus some booze warmth. Almost gave this a bump to 4.5 on taste

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, & fairly dry

Drinks fairly easy for the style & abv. I'd put this up against Allagash any day

russpowell, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of Tripphop
2.68/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brown color, light brown bubbles, no lacing. Aromas of caramel, bread, raisin. Flavors of light malt, bread crust, clean finish. Mouthfeel is light, dry, clean, simple. This beer is about as boring as this review, not crazy about it. Good quaffer, but not the top of its class.

Tripphop, May 06, 2011
Photo of nick_asian
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

nick_asian, May 19, 2013
Photo of elricorico
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly deep brown with a foamy tan head. Head retention is limited, but it doesn't go away entirely.

The smell is dominated by malty caramel. Toasted bread aroma as well, but mostly caramel. Straightforward and fairly nice.

The taste follows along with the smell, straightforward and fairly nice. Toasty bread and caramel malt flavour. A bit fruitier in taste than in smell.

A little bit of chewiness in the body, and the carbonation is relatively light. Makes for an easy drink.

Nothing really exceptional here, just an easy drinking strong ale.

elricorico, Dec 29, 2006
Photo of GRG1313
2.95/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light brown with a short head. Simple white bread/candi sugar nose with hints of carmel. Mouthfeel is medium with flavors that follow the nose-a bit of sweet baked bread with a bit of a malt character. Sounds better than it is.

A simple brew. I'd go with a real Belgian in lieu of this one. Not a favorite.

GRG1313, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: From the bottle, a cola pour emerges with rustic amber highlights glistening from the light. In the glass a cranberry tea color is more suited. The head was buff, short lived, but did manage to lace fairly well with a thin sheet coating. Visible carbonation was medium, with graciously spaced macro-bubbles rising rapidly to the surface.

S: A mixture of some fruity and cola notes evolve first on the nose. Some pears, dried cola and cinnamon all come through of medium strength. A slight hint of smoked dried caramel is detected on the finishing trail along with a bit of dried nuttiness.

T: Some alcohol is first noticed, set against a malty backing. Dried munich malts and caramel are spiced up by some cola, nutty tones, and some fruitiness from the ale yeast. Some light citrus, dried appleskins also appear lightly in the background. The finish is where the alcohol becomes most apparent, along with some woodsy spruce and citrus warming.

M: Full bodied, perhaps the best feature of the beer, with a malty lush feel accompanied by a light tingle of carbonation. Nice hold with its full malty nature that really stands out.

D: The Abv% feels a bit more then its advertised 7.0%, possible feeling upwards of 8% easily. Heavy malted body will limit this consumption wise by numbers, but is fairly enjoyable by the bomber.

beerthulhu, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of Spikester
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany with a one finger light tan head. Good amount of lacings. Aroma is caramel and bready. Taste is caramel malt with a nice earthy bitter hop flavor. Mouthfeel is fine with medium carbonation. A bit of spice and smoke in the finish. Overall a decent brown with plenty of punch. A little on the sweet side for multiple beers.

Spikester, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of Commodore69
4/5  rDev +13%

Commodore69, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of compass40204
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is on the dark end of the spectrum for Belgian Dubbel. Deep brown or mahogany with a nice crown of beige foam. Head dissipated a bit too quick I'd say, and lacing was scant. Smells a bit of figs and smoke. Spicy nose and flavor. Bready and malty, hop flavors absent. Body is full, but sorta lacking for a Dubbel. The aroma is also pleasant, but faint for a Belgian. Overall this is a well presented beer, but it falls short after that.

compass40204, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of IronDjinn
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up at Sherbrooke Liquor on a trip to Edmonton. Came in a 650 ml brown bottle. How fondly I remember visits to the Pike Brewing Co. during glassblowing stints at Pilchuck on our days off in Seattle.

Pours out a deep chestnut, a decent tan head that eventually fades to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing.

Aromas of toffee and toasted malt and coffee, some dry grass hop notes in the background.

Flavour is predominantly on the malt side, sweet malt and faint coffee notes in the middle and on the finish, although it dries out by the aftertaste. No hops can be discerned by this point, it's a malt head extravaganza. As it warms a faint, very faint hint of citrus rind can be noticed within the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is full and chewy.

A pretty one-dimensional and plain affair for this ale (although it is listed here as a dopplebock), leaning a fair ways towards the sweet side. Perhaps I remember it more fondly on tap with the fresh salt air a set of stairs away.

IronDjinn, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of ritzkiss
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark caramel color with lots of light caramel head, good looking pour. Good lacing all the way down.

Smells of pineapple and citrus, some nice caramel, light malts. Each sip smells like I'm opening a can of Dole crushed pineapple! As it warms, some of the caramel and malt comes forward.

Taste is caramel, nice malts, some citrus and light pineapple. Hops hides in the background and adds some nice depth. As it warms, like with the taste, the citrus/pineapple moves back and malts, hops, etc... come forward, also some sweetness moving up. Medium body, light carbonation.

Nice drinker. I could easily enjoy this just about any time, thinking summer especially though. Hides the alcohol nicely, so dangerously good!

ritzkiss, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of Ghenna
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a schlitz pils glass.

Nice dark copper color, off white head.

Smells malty and of dark fruit.

Taste is malty but dry, no real hop notes beyond general bitterness that balances the sweet. Dark fruit is sort of there, but not a whole lot to this one.

All told, kind of meh on this one. Expect more from this brewery.

Ghenna, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of Reidrover
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mahogany coloured ale, with a small,yet persistant, creamy tan head. Nice. Nice malty aroma, milky chocolate comes to mind. Very nice taste all sweet ,malty good ness,, caramel, toasty somewhat, milk chocolate candy sugar. Ok on the palate, avoids being cloying for one so malty. Overall a very nice beer that malt lovers will enjoy, though hop-heads may find boring. I dont see how this is a doppelbock. More of a darker English Strong.

Reidrover, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of xoqx
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was dark brown and had a craft root beer color to it. It had a very sudsy light tan head with not too much retention. There’s not a whole lot in the smell here, with some sweet malts, but not much else. I find that’s often characteristic of the dopplebock style. The taste is wonderfully malty and balanced. Caramelly, rooty and creamy malts hold throughout, and moments after the start the hops start to show up. This is a very creamy and fresh tasting beer and superbly drinkable. Seek out this beer!

xoqx, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of beals
4.7/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Not nearly as dark as the description leads you to believe. Light-brown.

S: Sweet, slightly spicy.

T: Strong, boozy to start.. then delves into sweetness. Smooth finish.

M: Good body, just the right amount of carbonation (not too much, the way I like it).

D: Outstanding! Insanely drinkable, which is dangerous at an ABV of 7.0%.

beals, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of Dawkfan
3.1/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep cola brown, with some plum like tinges in it. A really gorgeous color. 1 finger beige head that leaves a fair bit of lace.

S- Smells sweet with fruit and caramel malt being the most notable. There's a bit of citrus and hop detectable in the background as well.

T- Like the nose, but piney/grapefruit hops are more pronounced. The flavors are way to muted, definitely not as complex as this style would dictate.

M- Low carbonation, medium body. A bit chewy and it coates the mouth as well.

D- Besides the appearance, nothing really stands out to me. It's a below average beer in terms of flavor, but it's easy to get down.

Dawkfan, Dec 11, 2009
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Pike Tandem Double Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.