Pike Doubble Troubble DIPA - Pike Pub & Brewery
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3.55/5 rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
On tap at the Pike Pub and Brewery in Seattle. Served by a most excellent bartender with a bald head in a pint glass for around $5.
The beer looks decent in the glass. The biggest issue I had with the appearance is the haze - I'd like a bit more clarity in my double IPA, especially if it's coming from the West Coast. But the copper-orange colored beer looks nice and has a white head that quickly recedes to a film. Not enough lace either. That being said, this is appetizing enough.
The smell is full of citrus notes from the hops, balanced by a full malt note. There's some grapefruit and orange, plus some sugar and a touch of booze. Overall the expression is great, but the malt could be toned down a bit as I found it distracted from the hop aromas, which should be the stars of the show.
The taste has much of the same going on. There's some huge notes of grapefruit, orange, and pineapple. The bitterness peaks just as the malty base becomes known. It has good balance between malt and hops, but the malt is a bit "wet" and slightly old tasting. I appreciate the fact this isn't another Pliny clone, but I could stand a bit more emphasis on the hops. A bit of booze emerges at the end, but is relatively well hidden.
The mouthfeel of Pike's Double IPA is probably the best part of the beer. It's medium bodied with a nice carbonation that lets it be creamy without becoming sticky or syrupy. This beer was enjoyable and would satisfy a drinker's hop fix. But, for me, the West Coast style just works better without so much caramel.
Serving type: on-tap
04-08-2011 19:35:31 | More by jampics2
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