Pike Auld Acquaintance Hoppy Holiday Ale - Pike Pub & Brewery

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Reviews: 76
Hads: 115
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 7.97%
Wants: 5
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jason on 11-18-2008

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Photo of isualum12
2.26/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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.... (484 characters)

Photo of NWer
2.65/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (355 characters)

Photo of philbertk
2.79/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pike Brewing Company--Auld Aquaintance Hoppy Holiday Ale--2007 Release--22 oz. Bottle--5.00% ABV--32 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Amber Ale--Spiced. $3.99 Each. Thin mild lace off white head. Clear thin bright amber color. Mild coriander orange hop front. Mild sweet thin nutmeg cinnamon caramel fruit body. Clean mild hop Winter spice end. A Little Bland. Sampled 12/25/2007.

Pike Brewing Company--Auld Aquaintance Hoppy Holiday Ale--2009-10 22 oz. Bottle. 5.00% ABV. 32 IBU's. (3.5 / 5.0) Amber Ale--Spiced Thin white thin lace head. Light Bottle Conditioned haze rich amber color. Pink hint. Mild hop very light orange peel, coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg front. Mellow cloying creamy crusty smooth delicate sweet mild spice biscuit caramel mild fruit body.Dry spice bitter mild hop end. Sampled 5/28/2010. 2 @ $4.99 Each purchased @ Sharif's Deli Ballard, Seattle.

Pike Brewing Company--Auld Aquaintance Hoppy Holiday Ale--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. 32 IBU's. (2.0 / 5.0) Amber Ale--Spiced. Dense lacy rich off white head. Light Bottle Conditioned haze dark orange color and sediment dusting. Mild hop weak winter spice orange peel, coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg front. Slightly fruity orange flavor hint mild sweet estery thin amber ale body. Odd mild spice clean mild citrus fruity end. Sampled on 11/13/2010. Purchased for $4.49 each @ Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 11/13/2010. (1,379 characters)

Photo of deepchills
2.91/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Large 3 finger head in my Tulip glass, very bubbly & active. The head recedes quickly.

Amber color.

Grain smell with a sweetness I can’t place.

Main flavor is orange peel with a little Cinnamon, it taste good though a little light. Some bitter hop in the finish, but not much. Only 5% ABV and no trace of alcohol is tasted.

Light and crisp feel, light active bubbles easily noticed after each drink.

No lacing at all from that large head, which is all but gone quickly.

Not as heavy as I would like from a Holiday Ale, and I wish the spices would come out more. However, the beer is very drinkable, and well priced in my area at $4.99 per bomber. (656 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.07/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle acquired for under $2 at a local Total Wine. 650ml brown glass bottle with branded pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average. 5.50% ABV confirmed.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of fair cream, decent thickness, and average (~2 minute) retention for the average ABV. Body colour is a transparent copper-amber. Floating yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Generally appealing. there's nothing unique or special here, but there are no overt flaws.

Sm: Cinnamon and nutmeg spice are the first thing I notice. Pumpkin. Biscuit malt. Generic floral hopping. A mild strength aroma. Maybe light bready yeast. No alcohol is detectable. Meh.

T: Pumpkin, light orange, and heavy cinnamon and nutmeg spice. Generic malted barley; biscuit malt. Caramel. It's a bit pedestrian, but enjoyable. Balanced decently. Not real complex or subtle, but there's flavour here. Depth of flavour is average. The spicing is a highlight. Clove. Biscuity yeast.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Adequately carbonated. Thickness is average. Generally suitable for the flavour profile, but it doesn't feel custom tailored to it.

Dr: Generally drinkable and enjoyable. Pedestrian. I definitely wouldn't get this again, but it's not bad - it's just mundane. Quite underwhelming. I'm glad to have tried it, but it's just not exceptional. It will satisfy winter warmer fans.

Low C+ (1,592 characters)

Photo of scootpolute
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (1,326 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.14/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: orangish brown color. a finger or so of a tannish head that fades to just a small lacing. pretty clear.

Smell: spice and hops. comes off extremely sweet and the flavors muddle together a bit

Taste: opens up with a flavor that is way too muddled up. sometimes there are hint of spices, and maybe a bit of a hoppiness, but again hard to tell. ends up extremely sweet spiced cookies.

Mouthfeel: fairly light and not warm at all. leaves a sweetness.

Overall: I am glad i split this bomber cause it was pretty close to a drain pour. lots of sweetness and to much going on to get any sort of footing. (610 characters)

Photo of froghop
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a cloudy orange-brown with a small tan head, and some lacing.

smell is faint, spice, malt, some floral, and tangerine.

taste is a little watery, spice, orange peel, malt, hops, some bitter, nutmeg, end is thick on the mouth and a bit bitter.

overall just an okay winter warmer. (286 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (966 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at The Swamp. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance is a clear copper color with a modest white head.

Smell is faint. A bit of a citrus scent perhaps

Tastes like a pale ale with a peppermint flavor, as if it had a candy cane in it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry finish.

An average drinkable Holiday Ale. A weaker version of the Jolly Roger Christmas Ale perhaps. But like Christmas, it is good this one only comes once a year. (443 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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. (642 characters)

Photo of madtappers
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First off this is a unique beer that is probably not for everyone, that said the nutmeg and cinnamon add a nice taste to the unique beer.

I don't feel this is a beer you would session but rather just a great beer to sip and enjoy a fire or a holiday celebration. (263 characters)

Photo of BVukelich
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass from bomber. Ruby-copper in color. Thick, tan head. Leaves incredible lace that trails slowly down the glass. It notes 4 spice ingredients but IMHO it was tough to pick up on any. Initial aroma was yeasty and hoppy. As I let the pint warm, I think I was getting more of the orange peel but still failed to pick up the other three. Piney hop flavor that registered a bit more bitter than the indicated 32 IBUs. Mouthfeel was average. Didn't really scream "holiday ale" for me. (498 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (888 characters)

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (1,210 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This clear, copper-colored beer features a moderate, frothy head. It leaves a generous lacing on the glass as well. Sweet malt aroma, with a resinous hop overtone. None of the spices listed can I detect in the nose. The taste is rather week, with very ligjht malt. The spices are detectable here: overall it tastes like a spiced tea, rather watery. Hops aren't nearly as present bitter-wise or taste-wise than in the nose. Another rather disappointing Pike Place beer. (468 characters)

Photo of jdense
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle from John's Marketplace PDX poured 12/29 into Barley Brown's shaker pint glass.

Light amber clear brew, hard pour+ 2 finger off-white head, fairly slow dissipation, some lacing present. The spices are certainly present in the nose, all listed on the label-orange peel, coriander, cinnamon and nutmeg-are present, none overpoweringly so, though initial whiff focused on the orange peel and cinnamon, with no noticeable hops. The taste isn't overly sweet, some bready malts for balance, and the nutmeg and cardamon come through more than in the nose, with a slight bitter finish, but too watery for me, not much body. Fairly smooth mouthfeel, carbonation not too active. At this ABV, pretty drinkable, though the hops could have been ramped up significantly. A Winter Warmer for macro drinkers. I'll pass next year. (828 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a thin, bubbly, white head.

Smell: Spice-laden, sprucey aroma with notes of toast, caramel malts, and oily orange peels.

Taste: Caramel malts, lightly toasty, light sweet. Some spice, spruce tips, and then more spice. Dash of dried orange peel. Medium hop bitterness. Sweetish, spiced finished.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent winter release (provided you're down with plenty of spiciness) from the good folks over at Pike. (507 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (577 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma has malty and vegetable qualities with a hint of fruit. It pours a clear mahogany with a thick pale golden head. Malty flavor has a crisp, almost cider-like, fruity overtone and touches of hops and butterscotch. Smooth flavor has body that is on the thicker side, though it lacks fizz. Worthy of a try, if not outstanding. (328 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy dark orange with a fairly slight head that fades to a thin ring. Smells of a lightly sweet spiciness with some cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange peel notes. Some lightly citrusy hops are there as well. Taste is quite similar. More light spiciness and a pleasant breadiness is present as well. The hops fade a good bit as it warms and opens up and it becomes more like a lightly spiced winter warmer. Very smooth mouthfeel and perhaps a bit tannic at the end from the spices. Not bad, and the botttle actually list this at 5% abv, but it could use more body and/or spices and/or hops. (592 characters)

Photo of TheStove
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on cask at Naked City Brewing during cask night. Claimed to be the first Auld Acquaintance of 2010!

Pour has zero head with a deep hazy rust color. Smells of fruit and hops almost like an IPA.

Drinking the beer is different. There is a thick mouthfeel with a finishing bit of hop presence. At first this can easily be mistaken for an IPA as the citrus presence and hops make this seem as such. Further drinking reveals a pretty robust body as there is a similar mouthfeel to that as an Hefeweizen. Some citrus flavors and other witbier-esque spices lead me to believe this is further the case.

Maybe this is a "West Coast" winter warmer (i.e. the winters don't involve snow). It drinks like a Wheat PA of sorts, with a wheaty mouth presence that gives way to the fruit hops of a pale ale but I think should be labeled more of a Holiday Beer than a Winter Warmer. If I want some winter warming I'll go with a good strong imperial or coffee stout anytime. (962 characters)

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 10/30/2009 (bottle):

Pours a golden amber color body, with a small white head, diminishing. Sweet spicy aroma, some nuttiness. Some citrus, orange, and sweet spices. Strong coriander. Sweet spicy taste, hoppiness in the throat, a little rough, but good. Not sickly sweet, or too much coriander. Good balance of spices and malty sweetness. (348 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber coloured with a large frothy,thick creme head. Aroma is mainlly malty,buiscuity,some cinnamon. Taste is semi-bitter malty, some nutmeg and a touch of cinnamon in the back. Ok mouthfeel..I do like the way the cinnamon sticks around at the back of the throat. Overall a quite drinkable and lighter winter ale. Not bad at all but by no means great. (351 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Bomber

Pours a cloudy murky brown color, nice carbonation, little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, citrus, corinader, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The taste follows the nose. Medium body. Drinkable, this is not an IPA to me, but more of a light version of a winter warmer. My bottle sez 5% ABV. (355 characters)

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