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Pike Pale Heirloom Amber Ale - Pike Pub & Brewery

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Pike Pale Heirloom Amber AlePike Pale Heirloom Amber Ale

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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.9%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: RJLarse on 03-05-2007)
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Reviews by barondebourgogne:
Photo of barondebourgogne
5/5  rDev +43.3%
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.

barondebourgogne, Jul 12, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

oberon, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer pours an amber color with a minimal white head. Smell is sweet malt with a little bit of fruit. There is a little hoppyness in the aroma, but not enough to be able to pick out the kind of hops used. The taste is more malt, with no detectable hops. Really not a lot going on in the flavor department, simply caramel malt. Certainly a refreshing beer that is easy to drink, but it is a little watery. I wouldn't seek this one out but it is not a bad beer.

Mora2000, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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...

biboergosum, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of jmccraney
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

jmccraney, May 26, 2013
Photo of ChrisCage
4.28/5  rDev +22.6%
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!

ChrisCage, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of jbhollis1180
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

jbhollis1180, May 10, 2014
Photo of Spikester
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear red-amber with a one finger off white head. Fair amount of lacings. Taste is bitter earthy hops with a slight citrus flavor. Sweet rich malts and a medium bitter finish. Some breadiness. Good mouthfeel and thanks to the low abv very sessionable. This is another beer I would like to try fresh on tap. Very good beer Pike.

Spikester, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of JDeming
2.25/5  rDev -35.5%

JDeming, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of Laklimell
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Laklimell, May 07, 2013
Photo of bismarksays
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

bismarksays, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of dstc
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

dstc, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of WAbeerfiend
2/5  rDev -42.7%

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.

WAbeerfiend, Today at 01:03 AM
Photo of RBorsato
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

RBorsato, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Rifugium, May 31, 2011
Photo of climax
2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This one poured a pretty murky red/orange with next to no head to speak of. I had to splash the remaining 1/4th of it to even get bubbles, but it was not a cracked or non-airtight bottle by any means. You can guess the lace situation.

The nose is very faint. Some toasted caramel and citrus hops and apple balance a weak army.

Taste is better than the nose, still rather weak, but easy and non-offensive. It was definitely balance as the citrusy hop presence matched some toasty caramel malt.

Body was light and feel was watery. The carbonation convinced me that the beer wasn't tainted as it was really the only thing that stood out, and it still wasn't much.

It's easy to drink and does have a little flavor beyond water....It is not available on tap at the brewpub (where I purchased the single), and I can see why. Uninspiring at best.

climax, May 26, 2009
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

AlCaponeJunior, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of spencerw
2.73/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy amber color. Had a very shallow head with decent lacing.

S - Sweet malty smell. Minimal hops and if any, hard to pick up.

T - Sweet malty. Not very hoppy at all. Not a bad beer at all though. Refreshing.

M - Light body and sweet.

D - A good Amber Ale. Nothing to get excited about. Could have a few with a piece of pork and be happy.

spencerw, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of Zach122
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Zach122, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of Derek
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really a pale ale.

A: Copper-bronze with a light tan head, thin ring of retention, slight lacing.

S: Citrus hops with plenty of rind, a little pine.

T: Dark toffee, nectarine, grapefruit rind, tangerine, biscuity malt, good bitterness.

M: Well attenuated moderate body, with a slight hop acitity.

D: An easy drinker.

Derek, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of dfitch81
2.68/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at the brewery. Average to look at, little head and no lacing. Put the glass to my nose and could not seem to smell anything. So I took a taste... I cannot remember every trying a beer which I could barely taste, and if I hadn't tried this, I would not believe that beer could be this flavorless. A faint malt sweetness comes through ever-so-briefly. Wierd, its as if they were trying to conceive the world's blandest ale - "Stealth Ale," if you will. Not recommended.

dfitch81, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of cichief
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

cichief, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of harrymel
2.33/5  rDev -33.2%
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)

harrymel, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

andrenaline, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of walshclimb
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool looking almost old-timey bottle with no age stamp. Pours slightly hazy reddish brown with thinnish off-white head that stays around a long time. Leaves rings of continuous bubbly lace. The aroma is moderately malty with some roastiness and no discernible hops. The flavor is malty up front that is kind of acidic and goes into a mildly bitter aftertaste that became increasingly sour as the beer warmed up. Light to medium bodied witha relatively dry texture and active carbonation. Overall, this is a decent session beer that is light in hops. I found that a buttered piece of rye bread actually brought out the flavor a little better. No terribly interesting overall.

walshclimb, Jun 15, 2008
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Pike Pale Heirloom Amber Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.