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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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BA SCORE
81
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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.57%
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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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
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
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
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
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
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of andrenaline
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
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
4.28/5  rDev +22.3%
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
3.15/5  rDev -10%
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
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
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
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Photo of spencerw
2.73/5  rDev -22%
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.

Photo of dfitch81
2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Photo of cvfish
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
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

Photo of MaxBrews
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A souvenir from my parents trip to seattle. Presentation: 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a perfect clear amber color, with a smaller head and quick dissipation, a ring of wispy lacing around the glass.

Smell: Floral in the hops, pale malt and almost a wheaty background.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Real standard stuff here, pale & toasted malt with a few fruity notes. Bitterness is low and carbonation is standard. A bit of a dry mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Apparently this brewery makes some decent brews, this one isn't one of them. Theres nothing wrong with this beer its just average. It hits all the qualities of the style but isn't ripping at the seams of flavor. It'd make a great introductory beer for an outsider but for a craft enthusiast it doesn't cut it.

Photo of Derek
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of climax
2.78/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

Photo of bbothen
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From 22 oz bottle.

Clear red/rust color with a frothy & bubbly off white head. Lots of webbing left on glass as it goes down.

Smells of sweet malts and very faint caramel & hops.

Nutty, sweet, faint hoppiness, acidic, slight caramel, somewhat bitter finish.

Clean, medium, moderate carbonation, fairly smooth & easy drinking.

Drinks fairly well & sessionable. Just not not flavor profiles. Nicely priced at $3.99 per bomber in Nor Cal. Wont be seeking out again. But somewhat enjoyable for the style.

Pike Pale Heirloom Amber Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.