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Pike Auld Acquaintance Hoppy Holiday Ale - Pike Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

111 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.63%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pike Pub & Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 11-18-2008)
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Reviews by BigBry:
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

BigBry, Aug 23, 2014
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Photo of oberon
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%

Seems a little strange to drink holiday brews in early November but I have wanted to try this for a few years now,glad to find it in my area now.Poured into an imperial pint glass a clear deep copper/amber with a thinner but lacy white head atop.Aromas are almost non existent with only a passing caramel and nutmeg note coming thru,dissapointed in that.Not as full as I would like for a winter warmer in the mouth,slightly fizzy.Buttery caramel and nutmeg spice flavors along with gentle drying/herbal hops,the orange peel offers light fruitiness in the aftertaste.I wanna like this beer more than I do but I cant,it just lacks a few things.

oberon, Nov 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9%

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue XI:

This is a holiday in the bottle, as it's brewed with orange peel, coriander, cinnamon and nutmeg. Towering light tan head comes right up to the rim of the glass and does not settle quickly at all; good stickage. There's a mild haze in this amber-colored brew. Very aromatic as the nose jumps from biscuity malt to the spicing and then to the woody herbal hops. Fluffy, moderate-sized body with a bit of smoothness on the palate. Hops make sure that they are present and accounted from the get-go, for ample bitterness and a lingering herbal flavor. Spicing rounds out the palate with the orange peel and coriander up front and the cinnamon and nutmeg in the back. Maltiness strolls up and cradles everything within a thick biscuity graininess. Dry in the end with some lingering hops, grain and coriander.

Wow, we found proof that a spiced Winter Warmer can be a session ale. Give credit to the perfect amount of spicing and the generous hopping. Again, holiday in a bottle.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 20, 2010
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2.63/5  rDev -28.3%

Poured into brandy snifter from 22 oz bottle. Giving it every opportunity to deliver. Allowed to warm from cold beer fridge storage.
Good appearance, minimal head.
Somewhat flat tasting. Put "Hoppy" in the name you expect a little more. At 32 IBU, I think not. A little sting in the aftertaste that is a little off-putting. Nothing to offer worth noting.

NWer, Nov 06, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

Clear amber with some active bubble action that provides a dense lacing. Malty aroma with a mixing of spice and hop, coriander and orange peel are more up front. Smooth with a fluffy light to medium body, spicing is prevalent from the get go though never cross the line of being dominant. Maltiness almost has as sugar cookie and holiday bread flavor ... the spicing helps with that. Bitterness comes from both the hops and coriander, just enough to keep balance. Finishes semi-sweet with some lingering spice.

Compared to most of the spiced Winter Warmers out there this one is top shelf, it all comes down to balance.

Jason, Nov 15, 2009
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3.43/5  rDev -6.5%

22 oz bottle -- 2011 vintage.

Pours clear; iced tea color with a large,frothy, durable tan head. Moderate amounts of sticky lacing get left behind.

S: nice mix of 'winter spices' and medium malt.

T: spicing is a bit excessive for my tastes, and certainly not subtle. Some bitterness seems to come from the spicing rather than the hops, which are hard to detect over the spices.

M: near medium body; perhaps a bit light for style. Good, medium carbonation.

O: This winter ale is not alone in being over-spiced. Unfortunate, because the underlying beer may be quite good.

chinchill, Jul 14, 2012
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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

650ml bottle. I'm reminded of a now-tired Denis Leary rant about Santa Claus not being on the list of acceptable images to be on his beer bottle label.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium copper colour, with one finger of foamy, bubbly tan head, which leaves a smattering of droopy curtained lace around the glass as it readily recedes.

It smells of light biscuity caramel malt, a prominent display of drupe fruitiness, a mild white pepper note, and understated gingerbread spices - cloves and cinnamon, mostly. The taste is a slightly biscuity caramel malt, some wavering apple/pear fruity character, enduring gingerbread notes, the graininess and usual suspect spices, natch, including the advertised coriander, citrus, and spicy floral hops.

The carbonation is moderate in its supportive nature, the body a tacit medium weight, and fairly smooth. It finishes pretty dry, just a slight bit of biscuit malt wading into the emboldened spicy hops at the end.

A decent enough winter holiday ale, but reserved to a certain degree all around. The latent hoppiness is nice, but the malt and spices could be equally ramped up, to better ward off the encroaching seasonal pallor.

biboergosum, Nov 21, 2009
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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

Appearance - Pours a semi-hazy, deep amber color with an off-white, finger width head. Fair retention. Nice, thin layer of head remains floating on the surface, while lacing on the glass is streaky/spotty with fair stick.

Smell - Aroma is full of holiday wonder; notes of nutmeg, orange, cinnamon and gingerbread abound, rounded out by a pleasant floral hop presence.

Taste - Follows the nose. Strong, toasted bread notes with the spice of cinnamon and nutmeg creates a gingerbread-like flavor upfront, while the hops come through mid-taste and strengthen near the finish, with character that ranges from orange rind to floral and grassy bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body, with moderate carbonation. Smooth. Finishes with a fair amount of dryness.

Overall - A good, solid Holiday brew. Nothing particularly original or noteworthy, but it's nice to drink on a cold, winter night.

TheSixthRing, Jan 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

A decent appearance of medium foggy yellow, with some soapy head. Thanks Trevor. A German style beer, with spices that are right there without being in your face. I taste the light orange, the nutmeg. Good drinkability and 5% appreciated. Carbonation is appropriate and the mouthfeel is above average.

Sammy, Dec 29, 2009
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3.4/5  rDev -7.4%

When was the last time I had a Pike beer? I don't remember. I believe it was their XXX Stout and it was damn good. It's also hard to pass up a cheaper bomber too.

It pours out a dark amber-colored and murky beer. The head doesn't form up too thick. It's off-white and creamy. I get some lacing but not much.

There aren't any strong aromas coming from this. I get a toasty, grainy smell that has a big of phenol in there too. Hop smell is barely there. I get a bit of perhaps raisin and citrus. A tad sweet.

Grainy and slightly sweet malts come out most in the taste. It's a little toasty and this being a "hoppy" beer is not really true. Perhaps I can taste very faintly the cinnamon, coriander, and nutmeg in this but it's barely noticeable. The toasty grain and white sugar sweetness do make it pretty decent, though.

This is medium-bodied and drinkable. It's pretty smooth throughout with a dry finish.

Well, this is the first winter warmer style I've been disappointed with. It's not very flavorful. Most winter warmers are very malty, bordering on scotch ale malty, but this doesn't come anywhere near that. It also isn't very hoppy as the name would suggest. It's not bad...but it's not memorable.

BeardedRiker, Dec 21, 2011
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3.18/5  rDev -13.4%

Poured into a 1 Pint + 6 FL OZs. a Tulip glass...

Appearance: Clear amber/copper beer with a patchy cream off-white foam head that clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Very pronounced orange hop aromas, spicy with background sweet malts and a faint bready grain aroma.

Taste: Not bad, very clean with a variety of flavors; orange, hops, and spice, without an over-load of alcohol, but still present.

Mouthfeel: is smooth and creamy with a malty thick full-body. The initial taste is orange with a hop assualt on the palate! A spicy, stinging and salty plethora of citric nuances literally overwhelm the senses. Earth, leaf and grass flavours pull-thru, then are followed by an alcohol presence and spiciness. The malt in this beer is definately present but gets its ass fiercly kicked by the hops. Malt includes some toasted, slightly bready and light honey flavours with an even malt sweetness. It hardly balances the beer, but does keep it somewhat control. Beer finishes with residual hop spice and malt sweetness, which tends to linger for some time.

Notes: This is my first Pike Beer in about 10 years (and I'm from Seattle!!!). I was impressed, but not 'floored,' just OK. Good for a Winter beer, suprised by the low alcohol %, but feel any more wouldn't improve the beer either. Bottom line, OK, not horrible.

scootpolute, Dec 03, 2011
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3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

This 5.0% ABV IPA pours amber/copper with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Good head retention & above average head retention

S: Breadyness & a bit of orange peel, plus some cinnamon and other spices as this warms

T: Citrussy hops, a bit of cinnamon, plus piney hops up front. Lemony & orange hops come to fore as this warms, plus vanilla, & a bit of caramel, along with more cinnamon & other spices, a bit of dryness. Finishes a bit wet with subdued orange, spices & a touch of lemony hops

MF: Light/medium bodied with low carbonation with pretty good balance

Drinks pretty good, this isn't an IPA IMO, more of a winter warmer. One you could have a few of, but after a while the spices would wear me down. I prefer more malt heft

russpowell, Feb 03, 2008
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3.55/5  rDev -3.3%

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a ½ finger of foamy off-white head. This maintains some robust edges, leaving back a fizzy looking cascade of spotty lacing. The aroma smells, as advertised, of coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange. It’s coming on pretty strong here in the nose. A light grass feel and some sweet maltiness sit along the back.

The taste is pretty much the same mix of spicy and zesty flavors, with the orange in particular standing out to me in a positive way and seems to be brought out a bit more by the sweetness of the malts. A green citric bitterness runs through the middle of this, leaving some firm bitter pith in the finish which lingers with some leftover spices. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp on the tongue but then more smooth and creamy as this spreads out into the mouth. This is a nice feel that keeps an easy presence in the mouth.

I thought this was interesting mix of hops, malt, and holiday flavors but came on a little too strong for me with the spices. I did appreciate the lower ABV and easy feel here though, making this more drinkable than it should have been for me.

Kegatron, Apr 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9%

DOCRW, Feb 15, 2014
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3.95/5  rDev +7.6%

A - poured a slightly hazy copper, two fingers of off white head, retention and lacing both nice
S - orange zest, spices of nutmeg and cinnamon, some light piney hops, hints of roasty malt
T - the orange zest is very strong, and the cinnamon really gets into your nostrils, the nutmeg spiciness and hop bitter round out the finish with the orange still lingering
M - bubbly and spicy fills the mouth, leaving a dry and lasting tingling sensation that almost made me sneeze
D - given the name I was expecting more hop flavours, but still a fairly complex brew, and although the orange peel can be a bit overbearing, it is balanced and light enough to be very drinkable any time

joemcgrath27, Aug 02, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

JamLand, Jul 03, 2013
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3.3/5  rDev -10.1%

A 650 mL bottle purchased at Liquid Solutions.

A: The winter warmer looks more like an IPA with a bright copper color. Auburn highlights come through, adding to the brightness. A finger and a half of head was craggy before dissolving.

S: The aroma confirms my suspicions, lots of hops are packed into this bottle. Orange peel and a spice profile are a nice counterpoint to the hops.

T: The taste is the first sign of a winter warmer. The spice profile knocks the ale out of the park. Nutmeg and cinnamon are strong, not quite pumpkin strong, but strong nonetheless. Orange peel and brown sugar follow. On further re-assessment, the hops aren't nearly as strong as the nose lets on.

M: The mouthfeel is a little bizarre, a spice bomb that could really use some hops to balance 'em out.

D: This one started out promising before dovetailing in the opposite direction. More hops, please.

akorsak, May 03, 2009
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

LakerLeith, Jun 29, 2014
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2.15/5  rDev -41.4%

I had this in a taster tonight here in Seattle on 1st street at the pike pub. The first thing both myself and friend notices as all of the beer were set down was the apricot smell.

By the end I had convienced myself that it didn't taste that great. I puckered up on the first taste and then tryed to like it but i couldn't bring myself around to it.

It poured with a dark copper color with a white pure head on it.

Sorry Pikes I like so much more then this from your brewery....

isualum12, Nov 11, 2010
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4/5  rDev +9%

Hopmodium, Jan 14, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev +7.1%

Thanks to markgugs for the chance to try this tasty brew.
Amber in color with hints of orange and ruby. Head rises quickly and falls just as fast. It leaves patchy spotted lacing.
Interesting aroma with hints of orange, cinnamon and other spices. None really dominate, they just kind of mingle together.
Caramel malt backbone in the flavor, with spices mixed in. I taste nutmeg and some cinnamon along with some other spices that I can't identify. The spices compliment the beer nicely with out going too overboard as some winter ales do. The hops really kick in during the finish and add new life to the beer. I think of this beer as more of a hoppy winter warmer, than a spiced IPA.
Mouthfeel was a little light for my taste at first but recovered nicely as the beer warmed.
Very drinkable. Wish I had another. This will be on my wants during the next holiday season.

wcudwight, Feb 13, 2008
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4.03/5  rDev +9.8%

pours a muted light golden amber hue with a thick and clean off-white head that fades leaving some nice blotchy lacing down the glass. glows a pink grapefruit when held to a light, with just a touch of murkiness.

aroma is different with some interesting spices yet not a ton of sweetness. Nutmeg and cinnamon dominate. A subtle bready malt comes through, along with a citrusy, almost candied hop aroma. A hint of citrus zest on the nose.

Taste is fairly unique. Typical winter warmer caramel malt backbone, leaning a bit more toward the biscut side of the flavor spectrum. The spices are there too, with cinnamon and vanilla coming through on the tongue. What's most intriguing is the blend of citrus and hops that subtly sneaks in toward the finish and really adds some depth. Tangerine and grapefruit linger, blending into orange and hops as it sits on the tongue. Hops and citrus zest stay, taking it further than a usual winter spiced malt bomb.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, just a touch syrupy, with some light creaminess. The smooth caramel flavors coat the tongue, while the lingering grapefruit and hop bitters tingle the sides of the tongue.

All in all, a pretty solid brew. A bit different from the usual winter warmers. Kind of fills the void between the spiced malt bombs and the slightly spiced strong IPAs that are so prevalent during this season (at least in the PNW). It's both a deliciously malty beer and a fairly hoppy almost-ipa, but ends up somewhere nicely inbetween. And the coriander and orange that I was a bit apprehensive of turned out to lend their flavors beautifully. It doesn't pack quite a flavor punch that i would have liked, but sometimes that may be a good thing. Definitely seek this one out.

djeucalyptus, Dec 15, 2008
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3.56/5  rDev -3%

Poured into a Cigar City snifter. Says 264B on the label but I have no idea what that means.

A- Pours a dark copper color with a 1/2 inch head that's reduced to a big-bubbled ring around the edge of the glass and thin foam on the surface. Pretty good lacing too.

S- Smells malty and a bit alcohol-y and astringent with some hop notes at the tail end. Has also a bit of a fruit smell with some cherries and maybe some raisins.

T- Odd. The taste comes in and brings a confusing sensation to the palate. I don't taste the orange peel, coriander, cinnamon or nutmeg that's listed on the label. Just an unusual fusion of hops and malts that's plain off-kilter and has an alcohol burn that, honestly, should just not be there for a beer that's only 5.5%. Some cereal grain sweetness keeps things interesting, though.

M- Decent enough. Medium-high carbonation.

O- This beer is OK to drink but definitely not one of my favorite holiday ales.

Immortale25, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev +9%

tms2929, Nov 20, 2011
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3.2/5  rDev -12.8%

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Tall, loose frothy off-white head on the pour, while the body is a hazed yet bright deep copper hue.

The aroma is all floral, citrus, herbal, grassy hops, some clean grainy malt in the background, some earthy spice.

Malt is mild and fairly neutral in the flavour, the extra ingredients and spices that pop up in the middle just don't seem to gel together although the coriander manages to shine through the hubbub, while the hops pretty much carry the show from the middle on through the finish and well into the aftertaste. Grassy, herbal hops, a touch of earth and spice.

Medium-body yet low carbonation, it works for what it is.

Right then, as much as I hate emoticons and text message abbreviations and shit like that, my final verdict is Pike, WTF? What is this? Even outside those boundaries, there isn't much cohesion with what's going on here, this is a sub-par offering from a brewery that I know is capable of so much more.

IronDjinn, Jan 29, 2010
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Pike Auld Acquaintance Hoppy Holiday Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
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