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Pike Pale Heirloom Amber Ale | The Pike Brewing Company

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Pike Pale Heirloom Amber AlePike Pale Heirloom Amber Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Pike Brewing Company
Washington, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by RJLarse on 03-05-2007

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Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 60
Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
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...

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Photo of oberon
3.87/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.18/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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Photo of Derek
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice creamy head tops my special Sam Adams glass.. fairly short retention leaving behind nice sticky lacing.. Slightly hazy deep amber color.. tiny sporadic bubbles of carbonation..

Aroma is crisp crackers, toasted malts, light caramel. Some cinnamon

Fairly light flavor.. light malt up front. Some real grain flavor... a bit dry.. some light toasted flavors... Nothing too exciting to be honest. Could stand a bit more character... Either a touch more sweetness or hop presence. Not bad, just not exciting..

Mouth feel is fairly light and the carbonation is a bit bright.

Not overly drinkable.... Just o.k.

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Photo of harrymel
2.39/5  rDev -31.3%
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)

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.68/5  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!

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Photo of Spikester
3.72/5  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.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.16/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of delta490
3.69/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.17/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought a couple of bottles of this "heirloom amber ale" at a specialty shop to taste and review. I poured this beer in to a pint glass.

Pours a redish copper color and is slightly hazy. A foamy off-white head forms and dissipates quickly, but still laces the sides of the glass nicely.

The smell is floral, and perfume like, with a little malt aroma mixed in.

The taste is slightly sweet and acerbic. It's like a bock beer that way. Slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is a little sharp and slightly cloying.

A drinkable beer, but probably not the best amber or red ale I have had. I would have it again, bit it's nothing special, and I think Pike has better offerings.

NOTES: Admittedly the label is confusing because it says it is a pale ale and an amber ale. The label is different from the Pike Pale I have already had, so I will assume this is a different beer. Pike's web site is currently being updated, so further research at this point is thwarted.

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Photo of KajII
3.2/5  rDev -8%
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 colts9016
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.55/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of dstc
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of confer
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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