Pike Doubble Troubble DIPA - Pike Pub & Brewery

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 167
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Washington, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 03-18-2009

Previously called Double IPA. Renamed in March 2012.
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Reviews: 73 | Hads: 167
Photo of MrOH
2.12/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light amber with a thin white head, ok lace

Light citrusy hops with a hint of basil? a touch of pine, malt underneath it all

the grapefruit, pine and basil are all there, but all subdued. Can definitely taste the alcohol, and at 8%, that's a big no-no for me.

just kinda sits in the mouth, and with the alcohol, it's not very pleasant

Not a fun beer to drink, and I won't buy again

Maybe it's old, no dating on bottle that I can see. (438 characters)

Photo of chicagoanbeerone
2.42/5  rDev -36%
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 (302 characters)

Photo of Liverpool08
2.59/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A nice dark orange, with a nice white head. Aroma is hops, but not much else. Taste is flat. I know that cask beer is low in carbonation and smoother then other styles. But this one is just bland. No great Hop hit or any great citrus. A very bland flat brew. Maybe a bad cask, but just not a great offering. (307 characters)

Photo of GarrettB
2.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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. (1,645 characters)

Photo of Bfarr
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy orange amber moderate tan, foamy head with okay retention. Light piney aroma. Sweet caramel and pine and a light citrus with moderate hop bitterness and linger as well as a light alcohol taste and warming. Sticky and smooth feel.

Good drinking though simple beer with enough hops to make it interesting though the malts take over toward the end. (351 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on a very hazy copper brown body. The head fades quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Some pine hops and a little bit of caramel.

T - Toffee and toasted malt up front with some pine hop character. More sugary malt in the middle as moderate bitterness closes in on the finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation and a balanced finish.

D - Kind of unremarkable, the hop character is dull and the malt is a bit sweeter than it needs to be. Not something I would be interested in drinking again. (539 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Turbid, golden amber. No head to speak of from my bottle.

S: The aroma is subtle. Mostly grapefruit and floral notes.

T: Little mild on the hops for a DIPA. Mild pine, slight bitterness but not overwhelming. This may be an older bottle.

M: Medium body and mild to medium carbonation.

Overall: Not impressed by the amount of hops or the aroma with this one. I love DIPAs, this one is missing hop complexity that so many DIPAs succeed in providing. (454 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
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. (740 characters)

Photo of unHipHopHead
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: A nice thick head that eventually settles to a quarter inch. A great cloudy medium orange amber hue.

S: smells sweet, hints of sweet baked goods, maybe some medium range hops peeking through.

T: mostly sweet malts upfront for the first few tastes... very surprised that it took a few sips to discover the hops, especially for a double ipa. certainly no tongue biting hops in this one, mostly sweetness and malts to create a pretty balanced rendition of a double ipa.

M: very thick, a bit of grit from the sugar. some oils, the finish is pretty clean.

D: a pretty heavy brew, one of these will pretty much do you for a while.

Notes: overall a very sweet and sugary beer. probably a good one for the winter months as you won't want to do much after consuming one of these.

I was honestly expecting much more out of this beer.

The initial impression was too sweet, too sugary for my taste.

Others might really enjoy this beer but for me it was not as piney or as hoppy as I expected.

That being said, if you take your time with this brew and sip it you will slowly discover all the delicate notes and flavors... The piney notes sneak up and hit you towards the end. (1,175 characters)

Photo of shand
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
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. (749 characters)

Photo of TCgoalie
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (276 characters)

Photo of dedrinker
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper/ amber color, hazy.

Aromas and flavors of resinous wood, herbals and alcohol.

medium-full body with a slightly hot finish where the sappy hops do an encore.

I was actually a bit disappointed with this as I quite liked their regular IPA, and so believed the double IPA would be twice the nice. But no. It was not so. (325 characters)

Photo of soughtbygod
3.39/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inspired by the highly hopped beers from the west coast, our double IPA is truly a hophead's delight. Five varieties of American hops added throughout the boil create a wide range of flavors including pine and citrus, while generous dryhopping in the fermentor provides the distinct aroma of fresh hops. We guarantee that this is one of the freshest double IPA's available, giving you a great reason to drink local. 85 IBUs. (424 characters)

Photo of dfitch81
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ordered a pint at the brewery with a hummus plate, which made a good pairing. But I digress - about the beer: this is not a bad brew at all, just underwhelming. Appearance was as it should be, a nice clear golden amber topped by a thin but persistent head. Citrusy, piney aroma of NW hops dominates the nose, though a hint of malt sweetness gets through. However, the scent is not nearly as powerful as in other doubles or imperials; in fact, some standard IPAs pack more hop aroma than this. And thus it is with the taste - again, pleasing but hardly a stand-out especially if compared with some of the more accomplished examples of the style or even some sigle/standard IPAs. Mouthfeel was OK, perhaps a smidge thin. The only area where this one really measures up as a double/imperial is in the ample 8% ABV. But for that high an ABV I want more intensity, dammit!

Underwhelming overall, which is all the more damning considering that ales of this style exist to probe beer's hoppiest outer limits. (1,003 characters)

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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. (455 characters)

Photo of GiantMidget
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought 22 oz. bomber at Total Wine in Claymont DE.
Poured into a tall beer mug.

Very minimal head, maybe 1-2 cm. so no lacing to speak of that was easily noticeable.

Once poured, immediately noticed the pine hops aroma mixed with a citrus and raisin scent, and a honey/clove smell as well.
Caramel color and the malt body seems evident in my opinion.

Like some reviews said, the malt has a sweetness to it which is uncharacteristic to most DIPA's that I have had. I wouldn't say it's unpleasant, just very uncharacteristic.

Thin mouthfeel without a significant carbonation.
I will say the 8% ABV is excellent and untraceable to me.
It does go down smooth, but I am not a huge fan of that sweetness.
While the hops are evident and help preserve the dry nature, the sweet nature deduct a few points from the overall DIPA that I've grown to know and love.

I'd recommend giving it a try at the price point, but don't expect to be blown away. (943 characters)

Photo of jampics2
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (1,544 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Holds a dirty blonde head of foam that leaves sticky rings of lace. Beer itself is pretty hazy, can't see through the amber orange glass.

Smell: Rich earthy hop oils, hop leaf with a bitter orange peel twist.

Taste: All bittering hops, no aroma. Nothing fresh or clean, these are dried up, crunched up, blended and reconstituted with hop oil hops. Very earthy, almost German mineral water finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is prickly, heavy body is slick and doesn't trigger much chew.

Overall: This is all Imperial/Double IPA, not American IPA. No citric or pine juicy notes, just bitter, bitter hops. It's not bad at all, well executed, no flaws, just not the end of the IPA pool I prefer. Still, an enjoyable sipper. (734 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (1,243 characters)

Photo of mwill7287
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Murky, fairly opaque. Orangish color. Sediment settled at the bottom of the glass.

S: Not pungent, relatively toned down for an IPA. Standard floral-type smell for IPAs.

T: Fruity, but less marked compared to other IPAs. More mild in hops, yet complex/richer taste.

M: Mildly bitter, well-carbonated.

D: Doesn't sit heavily/fill one up. Not overly substantial.

As with deafcat, perfect when paired with some sharp cheddar cheese and light crackers. (499 characters)

Photo of deaconoflove
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ap. Cloudy golden brown with a small head. I like the hazy golden color.
Sm. Pleasantly sweet and malty with some citris in the back. Hint of butterscotch?
Ta. Nice blend and balance of malt and hops with a good bitter finish.
Mf. Nice body. Mild carbonation.
Dr. Very easy going. (280 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Maltzilla for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice cloudy golden yellow/orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is slightly hoppy, malty, with some citrus. The taste is hoppy, bitter, slightly sweet, malty, with some citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad DIPA, but there are better ones out there. (399 characters)

Photo of DoktorZee
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at the Sugarbowl in Edmonton. Poured into a smaller, imperial style glass.

A - poured an amber color with a fluffy head that dissipated quickly leaving some streaky lacing.

S - lots of promise on the nose with some big citrus hops (my favorite)

T - nice initial hops attack with citrus and mango but then mid-sip it really fell flat. Not much in the finish and in a second or two it was gone. After a few more sips it was pretty clear this didn't quite live up to the original promise (always tricky with DIPAs). Not much of a malt profile to carry it through which was a bit of a surprise.

M - surprisingly light on the tongue and with very little endurance. Not much booziness.

D - drinkable, but lacking a bit of character sadly.

This was nice to try, but I wouldn't really recommend it as it didn't maintain its character throughout the drink. Decent, but not great. (892 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong aroma is quite hoppy with a firm citrus undertone that is equal parts grapefruit and orange. It pours an attractive clear coppery amber with a thick, if not persistent, pale tan head. Flavor is hoppy and rather bitter, with a surprisingly strong grapefruit/sour orange component that almost overshadows the hops. Texture is smooth as almond milk and nicely fizzy, leaving a tingly and slightly hop-bitter finish. This is not the best Imperial/Double IPA I have had, but it is worthy of a try. (499 characters)

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Pike Doubble Troubble DIPA from Pike Pub & Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.