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Pike Doubble Troubble DIPA - Pike Pub & Brewery

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Pike Doubble Troubble DIPAPike Doubble Troubble DIPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

167 Ratings
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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 8
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pike Pub & Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 03-18-2009

Previously called Double IPA. Renamed in March 2012.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 167 | Reviews: 74
Reviews by Arithmeticus:
Photo of Arithmeticus
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: dark orange; dead carb; thin head; lots of floaties
S: fuggles; aromatic; floral
T: flavorful, rich; very hoppy; classic hop profile; not very sweet; quite bitter; all about the hops
M: rich, thick

Really good IPA. Great job guys!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured nto an imperial nonic a slightly dull and hazed burnt orange tinged golden with a nice tight fluffy white head that stuck like glue to the glass leaving multiple rings of lace as it settled very slowly.Somewhat muted citric and resiny hop aromas,a tinge of caramel and sweet alcohol as well.Flavors are nice but dont pack alot of punch,alcohol dipped tangerine and some resiny qualities,the caramel and alcohol sweetness comes into play more as it warms but never really effects the drinkability.Not a bad DIPA,if it packed a bit more punch on the palate it would be stellar in my opinion.

Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy amber into a brandy snifter.
Beautiful tight head. Small bubbles. 2" head that retains well.
Very hop forward with nice citrus taste that finishes very tart.
It has good complexity and is a very enjoyable DIPA that doesn't drain the wallet.
I will definitely buy a few more to have on hand.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big ol' deep pour, ample head. Almost brown, deep auburn burnt orange. Lots of caramel lookin'. Aroma is kinda on the alcohol side.

Taste is massively mouth puckering, Hopsickle came to mind. Does have that Pike general flavor to it (a good thing). This is a palate wrecker. Big in every way, malt, hops, bitterness. The hop feel is more cascade than any of the new styles. Not so piney more citrus. A real challenge, also similar to fresh Bigfoot.

$10 a bomber hurts it on the drinkability scale, as well as just the challenge of the beer.

Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, a new addition to the Pike canon in Wild Rose Country - show yo' stuff...

This beer pours a cloudy orange-brown colour, with one finger of thin creamy pale beige head, which leaves a cumulus strata of lace around the glass as it quickly dissipates. It smells of bitter orange, pineapple, and tangerine, and sweet caramel/toffee malt. The taste is bready caramel malt, and grapefruit and pine hops, with a bit of soft alcohol warming. The carbonation is fairly sedate, the body average weight for the style, and it finishes off-dry, and even, with a bit of lingering caramel sweetness battling the rising bitter tropical fruit hoppiness.

Right up my alley - a well balanced, yet still pungent and tangy, WC IIPA.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pike Place Double IPA
22 oz. bottle. There appears to be a batch # on the label, either 218 or 21B.

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep-amber orange body beneath a frothy head of white. The head retention and lacing are very good, and it leaves walls of very thin lace about the glass as it goes.

Smell: Medium caramel malt and citrusy, grassy, and floral hops. I question whether there's really enough aroma here as a "Double IPA".

Taste: Caramelish malt greets you at the front of the mouth, with citrusy hops rising as you approach the middle. There's some spicy alcohol as well. The bitterness reaches its peak, although it doesn't seem like 80 BU's while the malt is still present, and then the malt fades rather quickly at the swallow. In the finish everything vanishes for a moment, and then the bitterness begins to return (now showing its full strength), followed by residual leafy, grassy, and floral hops with a little bit of citrus rind.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy smooth with lots of malt dextrins and a moderate carbonation.

Overall: A solid double IPA that straddles the fence between English and American hops (all double IPA's , of course, are American in style). More hops in the nose would be nice, but it's certainly OK as it is; and at the price you can't beat it.

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

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a merky amber with a thin white head that has large bubbles. Ok lacing.

Aroma isn't much. Smells malty. Little bit of citrus hops.

Taste is the same. Too malty. Bit of citrus hop flavor. Slight hop bite in the finish. Needs more hops for a double IPA.

Mouthfeel is too thick and malty. Needs a bit more carb too.

Overall not an awesome DIPA but it's ok. But with what's available to me I prob won't buy this one again.

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear coppery apricot, with a finger of eggshell-white head. This retains with a ½ finger cap of froth, which slathers the sides of the glass with a rich coating of sticky lace. The aroma smells floral, with a good bit of green grapefruit character (that is punctuated by notes of spice and pine). This is evened in the nose by a ripe and sticky smelling blend of fruit, caramel, bread, and some light alcohol sweetness as this warms.

The taste is fairly sweet, with a LOT of juicy tropical fruit and caramel malts. This helps balance an aggressive hop profile of fresh and bitter grapefruit, resins, and spice. The finish sees some leftover sugars mingling with a sticky and piney dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a little fuller, with a mostly creamy carbonation in the mouth that also a touch of light sharpness to it as well. This feels the mouth up nicely upon each sip, with just enough alcohol beef being present and adding to the dry finish on this.

This was a decent take on a DIPA but it seemed to struggle at times to find that middle ground between its strong sweetness and the aggressiveness of the hops. It’s probably worth a look though if you see it on the shelf.

Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed orangey brown, darker core, tangerine highlights. Creamy cream colored head. Sticky organic laces.

Slightly herbal, lemon, and orange. A pale wheat cracker. some yeastiness.

Bitter citrus, lemon and orange, herbal hops. pale wheat crackery malt. no toastiness. yeast, some pear ester. biting citrus twang and herbal bitterness.

dry, sticky, med body, slightly astringent

drinakble, but no where close to the best of the style, a decent tasty citrusy bottle conditioned DIPA.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pike’s Double IPA has a thick, cream-colored head, an opaque, brilliant, orange appearance, lots of bubble streams (etched tasting glass), and pretty good amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is of bread crust, indistinguishable citrus (maybe, Japanese plums), and some slightly turned fruit. Taste is of bread crust, baked white bread dough, bitter and oily hops, some weird citrus, and alcohol (which is mostly masked). Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Pike’s Double IPA finishes mostly dry, rather harsh, and has a sipping drinkability. This is a very deceptive beer- it starts out mild and pleasant and then bangs one in the head with it’s harshness and bitterness. Really interesting, and I love it!

RJT

Photo of IronDjinn
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a cloudy amber, tight fluffy cream-coloured head with good retention.

Citrus and floral notes on the nose, faint dandelion greens, very faint caramel malt.

Spicy herbal hops up front in the flavour, alcohol warmth is immediately present, some sugary sweetness. White grapefruit pith on the finish along with herbal greens. It all doesn't seem to come together and gel, not as cohesive as it could be.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, a bit slick and slippery.

As mentioned above it lacks a sense of cohesion, just a lot of hops all going off in their own direction, while the malt lacks character and comes across as ubiquitous sweetness instead. Pike is capable of doing much better than this.

Photo of TBoneJones
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours orangish and with a cloudy haze. The head is not pronounced.
Piney stale biscuit-malty smell. Familiar, not my favorite nose on a DIPA, but interesting to pinpoint what it smells like to me.. Stale peanut butter balanced with a citrus note, interesting enough to see what comes next.
This is nice, flavor after flavor of wet hops with the sweet malts playing their role but not intrusively so. Lemon-lime citrus rind rushes through, finishes nice. Juicy.
Velvety with light to medium carbonation. Wetness lingers awhile.
Overall I did dig this Seattle brewery's style, even though I had to get past the odd yet interesting dank and bready gate, so-to-speak. Enjoyed.

Photo of chicagoanbeerone
2.42/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is the first dry hopped double ipa i had Smells very strong of hops but needed more flavor in the beer and just taste like hops this is a very good beer for hop heads even though it needs more flavor but had a nice kick. i was really dissapointed for a double ipa espiaclly cause it was dry hopped

Photo of shand
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Doubble Troubble pours out a very hazy orange color with a small head. The aroma is strong on caramel malts, with citrus and piney hops backing it up. Seems a bit rough around the edges. The taste is, again, heavy on caramel malts, but with lots of grapefruit peel and piney hops backing it up. It's strange, this one kinda tastes like all IPAs tasted as I was getting familiar with the style. The finish is probably the strongest aspect of this beer, it's got a pleasant, strong pine hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and in that awkward part where it's a bit drying, but has that wet kind of feel. The drinkability is solid. Overall, this is a slightly above average IPA. Not going to cut it with all the excellent IPAs on the market.

Photo of JayS2629
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber with orange tints pours a rocky head that fades fast but leaves ok lacing.

The aroma is of grapefruit with floral notes of clover, orange blossom, and honey suckle. Hints of citrus rind and pine with clean malt background and a touch of honey and caramel.

Nice caramel middle lends balance to an interesting floral dominated bouquet of orange blossom and honeysuckle. Notes of orange zest and grapefruit with faint hints of pine. Nice balance.

A little thin with a creamy finish

Overall, enjoyable and easy to drink. Nothing complex, but nicely balanced.

Photo of rpstevens
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to scream4me for this awesome extra.

Poured out of a bomber into a snifter, this beer has a very typical amber/orange effervescent glow for the style. Thin white bubbly head with minimal oily lacing.

This beer smells awesome. Hoppy and sweet citrus, more orange than grapefruit with no noticeable malt.

This beer is a hop bomb from start to finish, bitter and citrus orange and lemon, just as it smelled. It is nice to drink something that doesn't try to be balanced, its just a straight up hoppy beer, very nice. The beer is smooth and dry, with barely any alcohol presence, something I could drink more than one glass of definitely.

Photo of Braz
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear but slightly hazy gold in color. Thick foamy white head. Aromas of fresh resin, pine, spruce and alcohol notes as well. Slight sweetness at first. Picked up hints of vanilla, grass and citrus rind as well as a general woodsy flavor. This is a more balanced double than some others out there, not as sweet and more emphasis on the hops. Body is nice with a foamy and dense feel. Bitter finish that lingers quite a while. Some floral qualities are experienced with this as well. Solid offering.

Photo of cdViking
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased and consumed bottle on 4/30/09, excited to do the first review.

Pours wonderful amber with delicious looking slightly off-white head that slowly dissipates. Smell has a pleasant pine that is eventually crowded out by a wonderful hop smell. Taste is bitter off the front, and the hops dominate, though hints of pine and citrus are there. Perfect amount of carbonation and thickness, and the citrus taste is what remains as the rest fades. Despite the bitter, hoppy nature of the drink, it was highly enjoyable and very drinkable. I could certainly go for another, and very well might this weekend.

Photo of TCgoalie
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 5/4/11

A - Cloudy, no head with a touch of lace near the top.

S - Very malty with a pinch of pine.

T - Piney hop DIPA with plenty of malt backing. Decent taste but not very complex.

M - Medium in the mouth with ample carbonation.

O - A middle of the road DIPA.

Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light creamy 1 finger head that leaves a slight lacing and fades semi slowly to a light head covering. It's a very hazy dark orange maple colored.

N: Piney fresh musty fresh hops really hit first. A slight earthy hop aroma with more citrus, orange peel, fruit and juicy hop aroma, with some light malty sweet aroma too. The fruit besides orange includes some peach, tangerine, and apricot.

T: Some musty hop flavor, fresh hops but not very much. Some pine, citrus, little orange peel, and chewy earthy hops. Spicy hops too, but not as heavy as I thought. It is semi bitter though and has some juicy flavors too. Then some malty sweetness and semi thick. A touch of warming booze but not much.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation.

F: A little more bitter but still not what I thought it would become. Some lingering spicy hops, little pine, musty hops, citrus, tangerine, juicy flavors, and earthy hops. Some lingering sticky sweetness too. Overall not bad for an IPA, but a DIPA it's more on the borderline. It has a touch of booze and sweetness as well as thickness, but the hops just don't come through as much as a DIPA should IMHO.

Photo of burnerfinger
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from the 22 oz bomber into my new belgium goblet:

A pours a nice honey color not very clear at all - big solid head settles quick and leves little lace.

S: I love the nose on this - I call it piney but it's a nice sharp hoppines

T: NICE! smoothe yet nicely bitter, really liking this. This competes with the best from Stone brewery IMHO

M: just a bit shy on the body. That ABV (6.3 not 8!) is nicely hidden and will be appreciated soon.

D FULL A in this dept, I might even call this a session brew. I know this will go way too quick.
always look for this one.

notes: BTW MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone!

Photo of CraftAleRookie
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured vigorously into a Dogfish Head Pint Glass.

Dark amber/orange color- very cloud, this looks like an unfiltered brew. VERY thick 2 finger head that very slowly morphed int a stick thick lace with excellent retention.

Hop smell up front, hint of pine and sweet bread. Subtle hint of toffee. Very full hop taste up front, softens a bit on the finish. The first mouthful elicited a pleasant 'wow' as the hop taste starts with a light punch. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is a bit lighter, even though the taste is full. Better put, it's a full body ale but not as full as I was expecting from a DIPA.

I like this double- very drinkable, and a very good example of a craft double IPA.

Photo of hopdog
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle acquired in trade with riversideAK (thanks!).

Poured a medium and slightly hazy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of floral hops, some pine, and citrus. A little toasty as well. Tastes of citrus, caramel, and lighter floralness. Light to medium alcohol in the finish.

Photo of bustinwheels
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

I loved this beer so I made a candle out of it! I wish that there was a Pike exclusive brewery in California. Seattle, you are so very lucky! The names of Pike beers are amazing creative and the labels are entertaining.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/121707893/large-pike-double-trouble-bottle-candle

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange and mostly clear with a bit of haze, a good head and pretty good lacing.

Smells of citrus, pine, hops and some malts, although the aroma is pretty subdued.

Taste is bold and hoppy, quite hoppy indeed, with a nice piney grapefruit flavor, along with a generous helping of maltiness.

Heavy drinking and quite bitter.

Overall it's a pretty nice DIPA. No complaints here, would like to try more from this brewery.

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Pike Doubble Troubble DIPA from Pike Pub & Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.