Pike Doubble Troubble DIPA - Pike Pub & Brewery
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Reviews by GarrettB:
2.8/5 rDev -26.9%
I’ve never sat under an iconic green library lamp and studied the official BJCP guidelines, and I’ve never been one to hold beer styles and definitions close to my heart. I am not a valiant defender of the descriptions we’ve used to fence the proverbial Marxian sheep into their strict guidelines, and have never suffered the revolutionary pangs of a beer unwilling to sit in one style or another. But I am a great fan of patterns and recognizing them, and am a product of an education system that, at the very least, helped me learn to love the pattern. Here’s one pattern: double IPAs are sweet. It would be mendacious of me to claim I know why or whether double IPAs are sweet. But I do know that they are regularly sweet, and it seems to be a hard habit of their’s to kick. And yet here is a double IPA that desperately lacks sugars. The Pike Double IPA is a rough IPA, and kicks like a mule on the way down, but feels much closer to a typical American IPA than it does a Double IPA. The aroma features dominant notes of minerals and a nice, crisp slice of apple, with a slightly more complicated flavor on the tongue - lots of metallic notes, lighter touches of floral hops, but an uneasy flatness in the mouthfeel and a lazy palate. The hard edge of alcohol mutes what flavors there are, leaving a high alcohol and moderately hoppy IPA with little else vouching as flavor. No doubt the BJCP guidelines say nothing about Double IPAs being sweet, and purists will bristle at my lazy dismissal of a proper review of the guidelines, but even considering that, this is a flat and unexciting beer - drinkable, yes, but featureless too.
05-28-2011 18:58:23 | More by GarrettB
More User Reviews:
3.7/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
03-10-2011 21:16:25 | More by oberon
4.5/5 rDev +17.5%
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.
01-24-2011 21:18:19 | More by NWer
4/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
06-10-2010 23:11:07 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.1/5 rDev +7%
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.
04-01-2010 23:55:54 | More by biboergosum
3.9/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
03-29-2011 21:11:12 | More by NeroFiddled
3.5/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
05-27-2011 06:01:15 | More by PeprSprYoFace
3.58/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
08-17-2011 15:45:51 | More by Kegatron
3.75/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
06-15-2010 21:47:54 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
Pike Doubble Troubble DIPA from Pike Pub & Brewery
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