Pike Pale Heirloom Amber Ale - Pike Pub & Brewery
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3.7/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
05-27-2014 21:58:41 | More by delta490
3.69/5 rDev +5.1%
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!
06-23-2013 11:27:38 | More by AlCaponeJunior
3.23/5 rDev -8%
[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...
10-15-2012 17:38:02 | More by KajII
3.63/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
02-06-2012 06:19:52 | More by beertunes
2.33/5 rDev -33.6%
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)
10-10-2011 11:19:39 | More by harrymel
3.6/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
08-27-2011 00:59:49 | More by SolipsismalCat
3.03/5 rDev -13.7%
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.
05-31-2011 17:33:43 | More by Rifugium
3.53/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
11-14-2010 01:13:01 | More by confer
3.4/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
10-13-2010 00:57:08 | More by ism
3.5/5 rDev -0.3%
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...
10-11-2010 07:25:54 | More by biboergosum
3.63/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
09-10-2010 01:12:31 | More by Cyberkedi
Pike Pale Heirloom Amber Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
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