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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Reviews: 41
Hads: 59
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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Pike Pub & Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: RJLarse on 03-05-2007

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Photo of barondebourgogne
5/5  rDev +44.9%
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. (1,063 characters)

Photo of ChrisCage
4.3/5  rDev +24.6%
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! (1,356 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev +21.2%
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. (989 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +18.8%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.87/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (657 characters)

Photo of cichief
3.86/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (344 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (594 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (321 characters)

Photo of Spikester
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (333 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.69/5  rDev +7%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
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! (786 characters)

Photo of philbertk
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (337 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (341 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (652 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (473 characters)

Photo of dstc
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (365 characters)

Photo of CampusCrew
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (301 characters)

Photo of colts9016
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A beautiful copper color with orange and reddish hues. There was a one finger head but it dissipated to a white ring around the glass. There are some small carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass. The clarity of the beer is mostly clear with a little bit of haziness.

Nose: A nicely lightly toasted malt with a floral and grapefruit aroma. There is some caramel, hints of honey and orange.

Taste: A nicely lightly toasted malt with a piney, floral, and grapefruit. There are notes of caramel, hints of honey, and orange.

Overall: I feel that the malt backbone is a bit thin. there is some hop notes to the beer. The mouth feel is astringent, with a bitter finish that lingers on the palate. This is an okay beer could be great if there was a malt complex. (781 characters)

Photo of cswhitehorse
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Pike Heirloom Amber poured you guessed it, a amber with a small head and very little lacing. It left the tiny bubbles on the sides of the glass that stuck for quite a while.

The aroma was malty and that of caramel. The taste was mostly malt with tiny bitterness in the finish. It left a nice mark in the mouth where you were left with the hop bitterness on the tongue and top of the throat. Overall a middle of the road amber for me. (438 characters)

Photo of confer
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
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... (672 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hazy dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nicle little fizzy off-white head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, with a very slight spice scent. The taste is malty, slightly spicy, and sweet. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew at all. (274 characters)

Photo of cvfish
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer poured a golden amber color that produced a wispy white head that had decent retention and laced the side of the glass moderately

S - The only aroma that I picked up was a slight caramelized malts scent

T - The taste of this beer was pretty one dimensional, again along with the nose, was just a caramel malty taste, with in and of itself isn't bad, but I like my Amber Ales with more hoppiness

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light to medium body and a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This was a decent Amber Ale, but as I stated, I like mine with more hops (584 characters)

Photo of ism
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (583 characters)

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