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Pike Tandem Double Ale - Pike Pub & Brewery

Pike Tandem Double AlePike Tandem Double Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

84 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 84
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.12%


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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beals

Massachusetts

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%.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2007 23:28:16 | More by beals
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prosper

Alberta (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a reddish brown. Smells of toasty malts, with some fruitiness. Taste is excellent - nutty toasted malts, some sweet toffee-caramel, and a generous late hop flavour - orangey citrus. Body is medium - nothing that would make you suspect it's 7% ABV, though. Dangerously drinkeable

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2010 03:15:38 | More by prosper
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2009 21:44:26 | More by ritzkiss
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jclzony

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured from a 650 ml bottle a rich ruby brown. It was topped with a lasting tan creamy head that left nice lacing as it gradually settled. It is slightly sweet up front with lots of caramel then joined by some darker malts and hints of alcohol. Flavor was malts, citrus hops, and a hint of coffee. Finish is good, and has just a touch of bitterness. This ale is smooth drinking, and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 15:30:18 | More by jclzony
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rkuhnel

California

4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured from a 22 oz bottle a very rich red. The head was moderate in size and attractive, and left good lacing rings as it slowly settled. A first sniff provided a mild nose of malts and mild hops. Å swish of the glass released some citrus, spices, and this time some roasted malts. Body is rich and a bit oily, and feels good in the mouth. Flavor was malts, citrus hops, and a hint of coffee. Finish is good, and has just a touch of bitterness. While on the mild side for a strong ale, it is smooth drinking, and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 17:43:17 | More by rkuhnel
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 22oz bottle w/out freshness date into a snifter cool.

A - A deep burnished garnet w/ a 2 fingered cream colored head. A spiral pattern of lace clings to the sides well.

S - Malty aromas and bready grain scents w/ a woody hop and dry fruity scent similar to dates. Caramel is a strong aroma aspect found within this ale.

M - A malty feel gets a boost of carbonation early on. A nutty texture gives a certain dry feel. Tinges of spice and grainy texture that lasts until the flavor takes over.

T - An overwhelming caramel malt with dry cereal taste and dried fruit-like apricot and a crisp yellow pepper flavor. A serious roasted German malt flavor follows w/ subtle pepper and more toffee-like tastes.

D - This was described as a Doppelbock at the retailer which isn't far off even though it is an ale. A great taste nevertheless, plenty of flavor. I would drink this any day of the week. A great beer for pairing with a steak.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 00:19:19 | More by Slatetank
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FightingEntropy

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-reading over my notes, this one ends up being my favorite of three drafts at the pub (XXX Stout no. 2). Ruby brown beer has a slight light through it but barely, and a white head that fell quickly. Light, spicy hop nose with burnt raisins and currants, plenty of fruity esters. Smooth, light taste, malty sweet with a hot 7.5% alcohol apparent and fighting its way to the front. Oily with dark fruits on the back of the tongue and a sharp tang from the 10% wheat. Fun beer. Seasonal that I got the impression was popular.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2006 04:11:01 | More by FightingEntropy
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good dopplebock from Pike. Rich mahogany-copper colour with a thin, but respectable head.

Raisin, spiced malt smell. Very pleasing on the nose. Taste is similar. Malts, hints of cinammon, allspice, raisin and brown sugar. Fruity essence to it. Very enjoyable.

Decent carbonation, and certainly very nice to drink. Not quite as spiced or powerful as G.I.'s Christmas Doppelbock, still very good.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2007 04:58:26 | More by BDTyre
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darkest russet that becomes black cherry with orange peel trim when light is allowed entry. The khaki colored head is a modest two fingers in height after a vigorous pour and is more than capable in the lace department. This is pretty much how I expect a doppelbock, or even a dubbel, to look.

The nose is almost as hoppy as it is malty; no surprise since it was brewed in the Pacific Northwest. I love me some hops, but I hope Pike didn't ruin what is supposed to be a malt dominant beer by adding too many little green cones. Dark caramel, cocoa, earthy pipe tobacco and white grapefruit peel gets it about right.

Tandem Double isn't much of a dubbel and it isn't much of a doppelbock. It is, however, good beer. The first several mouthfuls tell me that it's actually an Imperial American brown ale with a hop fetish. I have a feeling that I'm drinking this bottle pretty fresh, so that could account for the flavor profile. If you aren't a hophead, just age the bomber for a year or so.

The malt backbone is on the sturdy side, with quite a bit of dark English toffee, molasses and date puree. If it contained even a hint of smokiness, I might compare this beer to a Scotch ale. There are plenty of malt sugars (and added candi sugar) on hand to offset the bitterness of the hops. The finish, however, still manages to be impressively grapefruit tangy and alpha acid drying. Complex, it ain't. Delicious, it is.

The mouthfeel is much closer to medium than it is to full. It's also silky smooth and becomes ever so slightly creamy as the beer sits. I was wondering if this might not be a lager... until I glanced at the label and saw 'Double Ale' as plain as day.

Tandem is a tasty little treat for those of us who like hops in just about everything. It occurs to me that this Pike Pub and Brewery offering is perfectly named. Malt and hops work in tandem to create a lip smacking ale that should appeal to a wide range of craft beer lovers... as long as they crack the crown at the appropriate time. Fresh definitely suits me best.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2007 16:10:32 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Atlas1

Texas

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found some Pike bottles up in Austin a week or so ago. I grabbed a Tandem, since I'd never had it before. Haven't yet seen them in San Antonio, though.

Bottle says 7.5% ABV, as opposed to the 7% that BA lists. I'll defer to the bottle, thank you very much. Poured vigorously into a barrel pint glass, the Tandem is a nice brown color. But it yields a bright mahagony hue when held up to the light; a pretty color for sure. The head is a light tan color that settles fast and provides some bits of lace. The nose is full of roasted grains. Very bready. Some light fruit scents as well, but mostly a roasted, bready smell. Faint, but lingering, malty sweetness too. Tad bit of smokiness. The taste is also filled with roasted, smoky notes, that hover over each sip and cling to the back of the tongue. Caramel malty sweetness mixes with strawberries and green apples to produce a pleasant tartness. Some peppery coffee bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth, but crisp enough to be thoroughly refreshing.

I really like this beer. I'm not completely sold on the "dubbel" listing here; it reminds me of a nice big brown ale. But it's a solid beer and totally drinkable. The alcohol is hidden well, and I really like the bitter hop finish. Would go just as well with a blue-cheese burger as it would with a marinated flank steak.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 23:10:19 | More by Atlas1
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erikm25

Washington

4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Had this on tap at Pike. Sat in the glass a nice thickened chocolate brown with slight crimson lacing in the light. Head was minimal and white. Nice snaked lacing down to the end.

S: Smells of roasted chocolate and toasted wheat breads. Brown sugars. Some hops in the nose as well. It finishes off with a dash bit of spice like nutmeg or coriander.

T: Tastes are an interesting mixture of dark fruit richness and caramel roundness. Some nutty and almond like flavorings coupled nicely with sugary molasses. A bit of hops here, but like the aroma, they are subtle and add a nice backdrop to the complex flavors. Not even the slightest taste of alcohol.

M: Medium body. A syrupy and sweet treat from the tap.

D: This is a cool example of a brown ale with a NW spin (as they claim). I'd be curious to see what it is like from the bottle. However, Pike beers strike me as the kind that are worth going in and grabbing on tap if you have the option.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2008 01:32:25 | More by erikm25
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DogFood11

California

3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle graphics and color grabbed my attention. I had success with their XXX Stout so this was an easy decision to pick up as well. Poured into a small tulip it takes a fairly aggressive pour to get the desired result. Tan head leaves traces of lace. Dark Amber to brown.

A malty affair but not completely without balance. There is a spiced backside, maybe all spice with a touch of cinnamon and sugar glaze. It has a very slight bittering edge towards the finish and combined with a healthy carbonation it all works out ok. Deep within this brew there is a shadow of a stout in that I can get hints of roasted malt. Chewy but not overbearing. I liked it.

Notes: Reviewed on its merits rather than in style I found it to be interesting and went down very easy. It doesn't show much similarities to a dopplebock though. I'd probably classify it as an American Strong Ale unless the brewer says different. Damn good regardless of what style it is.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2007 05:53:17 | More by DogFood11
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Durge

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark mahogany color, almost cola, with a big light tan head and lots of chunky head. The aroma is a mellow yeast and brown sugar and raisin malt. The flavor is a burnt maple syrup with a hint of scotch and raisn edges. I get some juniper highlights on the tongue. I get some apple nut hints. It's woodsy like a scotch ale but it's quite thin. Finely carbonated but definitely on the watery side. A more resinous touch would go a long way here. It's got a little licorice alcohol presence yet pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 06:24:52 | More by Durge
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 05:56:47 | More by russpowell
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xoqx

Washington

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!

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2006 05:55:57 | More by xoqx
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Spikester

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 04:39:49 | More by Spikester
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 23:45:17 | More by biboergosum
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philbertk

Washington

3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Tandem Double Ale--2009-B Release--22 oz. Bottle--7.50% ABV--25 IBU's. (4.1 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Dubbel--OG 1.070.Thin tan mild lace head. Cloudy dirty brown color. Bottle Conditioned (BC) Sediment. Toasted toffee mild nutty hop Belgian yeast ester front. Crusty doughy mild sweet dark wheat bread toasted toffee creamy smooth mild Belgian fruit body. Mild hop EtOH hint end. Tasty Belgian Brown Ale. Sampled 1/17/2010. $4.49 Each.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 03:53:03 | More by philbertk
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HardTarget

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, a few things wrong with the listing, like a "dubbel". This is more of an old ale, like Arrogant Bastard. Also, go a bottle in Austin, so I don't think it's retired.

A) Very dark with thick hazy ruby edges.

S) Black bread with hops and soy sauce

T) Full of hop flavor, but the bitterness is pretty mild. The hops are mostly west coast citric, but some woody earthy British elements. It goes a bit sweet later in the glass, a bit under attenuated in my view. There's some oxidation.

M) Heavy body is helped by strong carbonation, but no where near fizzy.

D/O) A massive beer, yet balanced. A bit rough around the edges, but I enjoyed the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 04:32:30 | More by HardTarget
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle aug 6 2009

A nice deep maroon, two finger head that falls quickly and leaves only patches of lace

S heavy malt with some caramel, light hops not too bad

T sweet malt with a little chocolate mixed with spice

M/D nice feel, not too much carbonation, a little creamy, overall quite nice

another good beer from pike this would make a nice winter warmer i will drink again

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 06:04:35 | More by wordemupg
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Reidrover

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 13:18:49 | More by Reidrover
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Wasatch

Utah

3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice thick creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a slight hop note, with lots of caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, slightly hoppy/bitter, with some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew, glad to have a shot at it.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 00:20:13 | More by Wasatch
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beertunes

Washington

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at a brewers night at the Green Frog Cafe in Bellingham, WA. Served in a straight pint glass it poured a deep, rich, dark ruby/medium brown color with about an inch of light tan head that had very good lacing and moderate retention.

A malty aroma reaches the nose, with a hint of spice on the end. The smooth, malty flavors are slightly more noticeable than the aroma promised. Some nice earth flavors are up front, then the spice notes kick in on the finish.

Body and drinkability are about average for the style. A very nice brew that I enjoy when it finds it's way around the area. Not world class but certainly worth seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2009 09:32:37 | More by beertunes
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tylerprince

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a small amount from a bomber and gave the rest to my father - more his cup of tea, and based on the smell, I wouldn't want a whole bomber anyway.

A: Pours a hazy reddish copper. One finger white head gives way to some decent lacing.

S: Bizarre. Fruity and tart, like a combination of apple and grape juice with hints of citrus. More like juice than a beer.

T: An earthy combination of apple and citrus with an almost porter like smokiness in the background. Finishes with no bitterness but lots of warming alcohol. Fruity esters linger.

M: Extremely carbonated. Drinks like a cider.

O: This is a peculiar beverage brewed with a tad too much whimsy for my taste. All in all it's not bad - a unique beer perhaps best for those who usually drink other types of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 01:45:18 | More by tylerprince
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Vancer

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another Pike brought back by my son for the T-day holidays.

Deep cola brown pour in the Corsendonk tulip, a tan head tries to pop up but quickly fades. Good dose of piney hops in the aroma, and the quaff. Although it does have a sturdy backbone of doughy malts to really balance it out. Finishes dry and crisp. Nice bit of caramel and winter spices in this brew, very tasty and a fine fall sipper while checking out football.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 18:56:07 | More by Vancer
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Pike Tandem Double Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
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