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Pike Pale Heirloom Amber Ale - Pike Pub & Brewery

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80
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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pike Pub & Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: RJLarse on 03-05-2007

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Ratings: 59 | Reviews: 41
Photo of WAbeerfiend
2/5  rDev -42.9%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 01.09.14.

A: See through rust color. No head. Some opaqueness at top. Maybe sediment?

S: Sweet malt. Caramel. Picking up black olive too.

T: Caramel, burnt toast, black olive.

M: Crisp.

O: This could have been an old beer but there was no date. This is why Greg from Gregsbeerreviews always rants about this. I can guess that this beer was old, but I don't know for sure. Anyway, the black olive flavor prompted a drain pour. Almost every beer that I've had from Pike has ended the same way. Maybe they have QC issues.

Photo of delta490
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a slightly clouded amber with an orange tint. The head is toward the creamy end with an off-white hue. The aroma is pretty mild, with some light hints of bread. The taste is a bit more forward, with a nice bready flavor with background notes of medium dark fruit and an earthiness to it from the hops. It has a nice weight to the body, a slight bite on the finish. Reminded me of some of the bitters from England. Not quite the same, but pretty close.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orange, slight haze, 1.5 finger head, lacing not bad.

Aroma is a middle-ish pungent floral hops and earthy malts, not overpowering, but enjoyable.

Taste is a bit bolder, with the earthy aspects really coming out. IT's got a good chunk of crystal malts (I assume from the flavor and body), and some nice bready notes, and perhaps some fruity undertones.

Body is fairly easy drinking, medium to light, moderate carbonation, with a fairly dry, pungent earthy finish.

It's a tasty beer, another good one from Pike. Actually, I have liked everything I've gotten from Pike brewery so far, this one is no exception. Not sure which is my favorite, but I know I'll buy Pike again in the future. I also know that there's at least two more Pike beers available here that I haven't tried yet!

Photo of KajII
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Shaker Glass]

The pour was a hazy caramel brown with a small (1 finger or less) light brown frothy head that diminished down to a thin cap with good spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a sweet light bread malt, floral hops and a light soapy yeast with notes of caramel, citrus (orange) and a light fruity ester.

The taste was a malty bitter-sweet and had a touch of caramel throughout, with a light fruity hoppiness and a smidgen of citrus at the end. The flavor lasted an average time with a slightly fruity citrus peel bitterness left behind.

Mouthfeel was just beyond light in body and dry in texture with a medium carbonation.

Overall a pretty decent Pale Ale with a slight fruity appeal and a mildly bitter hoppiness...

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Photo of beertunes
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Listed as an Amber at the brewery. Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear brownish amber with 3/4 of an inch of off-white head that decent retention and good lacing.

The aroma was mostly nice, grainy malt with some gentle hops in the background. The flavor was fairly typical for this approachable style, smooth easy malts and well balanced hops on the finish.

The body was very nice, fuller than typical for the style, without being heavy or sticky. Drinkability was very good, several of these would go down quite easily. Overall, a very good example of a style that doesn't get a bunch of love here on BA. Worth trying if you see it.

Photo of harrymel
2.39/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Uncertain if this is an amber, or pale based on label, WTF?

Review date: 10OCT11
Bottle date: unk says 210B on the label, maybe (July, week 1ish?)
A: Pours a hazy dark amber ale with a finger of caramel cream which falls quickly to a broken sheet of the same. Spotty lace is weak. (2.5)
S: Smells like caramel malts, sweet. Some earthy hops, and toasted sugar (3.5)
T: Oxidized malts, water, an alkaline tone, and some bitterness. Unimpressive. (2)
M: Thin (for either style) with moderate carb. Dry finish. (2)
O: I am not impressed and not surprised I've never seen this on tap anywhere (2)

original review: 04APR11
A: Pours amber, excellent clarity. single + finger head with medium density and peanut color. This dissipates over a few minutes leaving a medium to thick sheet of the same. Near sheeting lacing. (4)
S: Caramel, carapils, noble hops. A slight metallic hint as well. Smells like a very, very standard amber. (3)
T: Plenty of malt, caramel malts. Woody hints. No real hops. Again with the metallic flavor: copper and aluminum. (2.5)
M: Medium-heavy for the style, lower carb. Very nice. (4)
O: Well, see above. Overall, standard. Quaffable, not great. (3)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.62/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy amber with big bubbles. One-finger, fizzy, white head that lasted a minute or two. Nice lacing.

S: Dark fruit and caramel malt. Subtle hop aroma. Very nice.

T: Moderate sweetness and a biting bitterness. The hops did not show well. Just sweet, bitter, and spice. The aftertaste was descent though.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Smooth and dry.

O: An okay amber ale. The aroma was the best thing it had going for it.

Photo of Rifugium
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Pike brewpub, Seattle, WA

Pretty basic amber ale, maybe a little more hoppy than you'd expect for the style. Poured amber with some ruby highlights, and a finger of off-white head. Caramel malts in the nose, with some citrus hops coming through. Pretty good balance of sweet malts and bitter hops in the taste, with nothing much more to speak of. Light-medium mouthfeel and pretty easily drinkable.

Photo of confer
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the big bottle courtesy of Larry P.
A- The look is deep gold and cloudy, it looks unfiltered but I'm not sure if it is.
S- Smell is a good balance of malt with a little hop aroma just sneaking though.
T- No hops in the taste at all although there is a small bitter aftertaste. The biggest flavor I get is orange.
MD- The beer has a creamy feel. This is a great beer for a BMC drinker looking to try something good. Got this as a freebie, would consider buying some more.

Photo of ism
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass with a moderately aggressive pour, since no head was forming. Resulted in a one-finger, frothy, light tan head with bubbly lacing. Nice citrus freshness on top of bready malt in the nose. Body is medium brown with amber hues, thin, with moderate carbonation, and a slight slickness. Good piney hops up front, with a brown ale sweetness, on the bready side, with earthy and fruit notes. More hops emerge in the finish, lingering with grapefruit. Crisp and refreshing, with a slightly cloying sweetness.

Definitely true to the style and a great example of it.

Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale rusty copper colour, with two fingers of foamy off-white head, which leaves an uneven wall of lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells mildly of bready caramel malt, and leafy, weedy hops. The taste is more bready, caramel malt, a bit of fruity sourness, and leafy, earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, pretty smooth, and refined. It finishes off-dry - again with the bready maltiness, and earthy hops.

A respectable enough amber ale - definitely a cut above the average around here, but not quite possessing that je ne sais quoi...and too bad about the silly Yankee import prices, on top of that...

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong aroma has a fruity overtone and a malty body with floral hints. It pours a beautiful clear orange-amber, almost coppery, with a fairly thick pale yellowish-tan head. Lacing is minimal. Flavor is malty with a good hoppy undertone and a firm floral hint. Texture is fairly fizzy and tingly, and leaves a fizzy and slightly tinny finish.

Photo of dstc
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange color with a full light tan head. Head falls slow to a minimal one. Nice lace.

Rather clean aroma. Bit of mild hops, not much else.

Decent enough taste. Bit of malt and a mild hop flavor lingering in the background. Some spice in there I can't quite place.

Medium bodied with a slight bite.

Decent enough. Average taste but fairly drinkable.

Photo of oberon
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a imperial nonic more bronze than amber with a night formed 1/2 finger slight off white head that left multiple rings of broken lace behind as it settled pretty quickly.A good burst of caramel malt hits home in the aroma,a subdued but noticeable piney hop element comes thru as well,big English malt character.Flavors are biscuit and caramel sweetness up front with a decent smattering of leafy hop in the finish.Its a little light in the mouthfeel department but its a pretty decent amber ale,I may have thought there would be a bit more hop,but I know this brewery is more true to roots than many other northwest brewers,wich isnt a bad thing.

Photo of philbertk
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Pale Heirloom Amber Ale--2006 12 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV. 32 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Pale Ale. Nice lacy head. Clear bright thin rich amber color. Mellow malty floral hop front. Crisp malty mild sweet doughy caramel mild fruit citrus body. Crisp mild tangy hop spice thin citrus hint end. Balanced. Sampled 12/8/2006.

Photo of barondebourgogne
5/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So excited to see Pike Brewery available in Maryland. Their beers have been and remain exceptional examples of Pacific Northwest legacy quality.

The Heirloom Amber is no exception to this statement. It remains unchanged as a throwback to the early days of micro brew infancy. The beer pours a brilliant clear amber with golden highlights in the head. Sweet and juicy malts meld with classic Pacific Northwest hops on the nose. Malts dominate but the hops compete nicely as a wonderful introduction to the first quaff.

A big boom of sweet crystal malt hits the tongue, quickly followed by a beautiful balance of hop nose and flavor. The hops never dominate, but remain a close second to the malt profile.

This amber ale is round and smooth on the palate. It never bit back. The 22 oz bomber was gone far too quickly. I must return with several bottles on my next run to the liquor store.

Heirloom amber is the hallmark of this classic American style. Bravo to Pike for remaining true to their roots and maintaining the integrity of this beer through the years.

Photo of cichief
3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a nonic pint glass.

A- Pours a beautiful amber-red with a nice thick tan head, no haze.

S- Toasty and nutty, very malty, little hop noted.

T- Very yeasty and bready, lots of toasted nuttiness, nice dryish finish.

M- Thin to medium on the tongue, very bubbly.

D- Nice session beer, good example of the style.

Photo of andrenaline
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy golden orange with a reddish hue, half thumb of head which dissipates leaving a thin layer of head but no real lacing.

S - Floral hops on this one, with a sweet toffee malt and a bit of caramel coming through.

T - The toffee and caramel malts come through strong off the top with bitter citrus hops coming through on the finish. There is a lingering bitterness with the slightest metallic aftertaste.

M - Fairly light and goes down smooth but finishes quite dry.

D - Overall quite tasty, smooth and flavourful. Definitely worth a try but unlikely to really blow you away.

Photo of ChrisCage
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a hazy straight up amber color with some red, but more noticeable orange hues. The head was rather thin and quickly disappears into a thin layer. There is some modest carbonation noted in straight columns. There is some mild lacing but it doesn't cling very well to the glass.

S- The primary aroma is of a freshly opened can of nuts....almonds, rich cashews and brazils. There is also a strong dense malt sweetness, almost toffee like. On the back side of the aroma profile is some floral hop bitterness to help balance this out...it has a very inviting smell overall that I hope leads to a likewise flavor.

T- The flavors are similar to the aromas, but on a milder scale. There is a fruitier flavor, slightly citrus like, blended in with a nutty sweetness. The finish has the aforementioned floral bitterness and it lingers nicely on the palate for quite sometime.

M- The body is medium....it's not real full but definitely not watery either. The carbonation is very pleasingly mild and fine, making this a smooth drinking beer. I'm able to really get a good feel for the roasted malts used in the beer.

D- This is a flavorful beer that I could find myself enjoying many of in a row. I love the aroma as I'm drinking this beer! The alcohol is well hidden, and is a nice balance between malt and hop. I recommend this beer to any true ale fan!

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Slips out an amber body with sufficient clarity and capped with a large, airy, off-white head.

Smell: My mind always wants to assign this type of scent as "amber malts", sort of a pale malt scent with delicate nutty, toasty accents. Combined with the faintly citrusy, dried herb hop notes, this provides for a fluttering gust of toast and tea.

Taste: Pale malts with accents of lightly toasted grains and nuts. Restrained sweet. Crisp hop character, predominately the lightly spicy, lightly herbaceous Fuggles, but also a modest backing of citrus, giving an impression of brewed Luzianne tea. Mild bitterness. Gentle, drying finish with a light lingering tea-like taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-light carbonation.

Drinkability: It's good. Keenly drinkable with a sensible, discreet amount of alcohol. Heck, I'd even add this to my regular rotation if I can manage to locate it in 6-pack form.

Photo of DovaliHops
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, dark amber color with lots of carbonation. Smells like citrus fruits and very little hops. Strong orange smell. Tastes a bit watered down. A little sweet and not too much going on. Sweet citrus fruits (oranges and lemons). Very mellow. The mouthfeel is very light and highly carbonated. This would make a good session beer on a hot day, but not the best amber ale I've tasted.

Photo of CampusCrew
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a 4 oz taste sample in greenville, sc Total Wine
appearance: amber color with some red dappling glows

smell: sweet bready flavors

taste: not bad. like a non sweet fat tire. godo amber ale. low bitterness though

mouthfeel: medium to light bodied

drinkability: solid but nothign spectacular.

Photo of ccrida
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a shaker, Pike Pale Heirloom Amber Ale is a chill hazed brown amber with a thin off-white collar leaving light, scatted lace.

Smell is soft, sweet malt, pleasant and clean

Taste is similar, although there's a pretty nice snap of hop flavor, with enough bitterness to counter most of the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied, dry, with nice carbonation.

Drinkability is good, a nice, classic amber. Balanced and sessionable, although some might grow tired of the bitterness on the finish.

Photo of taxguyjase
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a very cloudy, opaque dark orange, with absolutely no head (bah!). Lots of sweet smells in this one, malt and apple cider being the majority of it. Fortunately, not a sweet-esy tasting beer with a sharp malt flavor being dominate. Also, you'll get some cider, caramel and a little sour aftertaste. The brew feels crispy with light carbination. You'll get the full flavor throughout your mouth too, which was nice. I think this is a really good fall beer and decent showing from an amber, but not my go-to amber.

Appearance- 3.5/5.0 - cloudy, opaque, dark orange, no head (boo)
Smell - 4.0/5.0 - sweet smell, malt, apple cider - 4.0
Taste- 3.0/5.0 - sharp malt taste, cider, caramel, sour aftertaste, smooth, hit of crisp sweetness at end
Feel- 3.0/5.0 - crispy, light carbonation, covers your mouth
Drinkability - 3.0/5.0 - very good fall beer, nice showing for an amber, but I like alaskan amber better

Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours amber/red with a nice white head, good lace.

S: Pine, light citrus, some caramel.

T: Dark red malt, biscuit and caramel give some sweetness. The beer is dry overall, hop flavours of cedar, grapefruit and lemon.

M: Smooth, refreshing, crisp, good body.

D: I really liked this amber out of Pike, one to add to the rotation.

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Pike Pale Heirloom Amber Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.