Pike Pale Ale - Pike Pub & Brewery

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Pike Pale AlePike Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
80
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136 Ratings
THE BROS
73
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pike Pub & Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

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Ratings: 136 | Reviews: 66
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.46/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pike Pale Ale has a medium, off-white head, decent lacing left behind, and a bubbly, clear, orange-golden appearance. The aroma is of sweetness, bread, and bread crust. Taste is of the same, with an iced tea note coming through. Bitterness is not high, and the mouthfeel is mostly watery. Pike Pale Ale finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and enjoyable. Overall, this is a really nice one. Another winner from Pike Brewing.

RJT

Photo of mdaschaf
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Poured a slightly hazy copper/amber color with a small white head on top, very thin that remains as a very thin cap. Minimal lacing.

S: Like the IPA, lots of caramel with some very faint citrus hops.

T: A little hoppier than the aroma indicated, and certainly inline with a pale ale. Caramel and some citrus, mostly as light zest.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Another decent beer from Pike.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.11/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at the brewery (or the brewery's outlet?) at Pike Place Market in Seattle.

Pours a hazed slightly amber golden hue. Head is a fine ring of white with solid persistence. Lots of carbonation, very light body. Looks okay, overall.

Nose is very empty, however: there's a light caramel to it, and just a dusting of hops that feel like they're old or oxidised. Not much else, I'm afraid.

Taste is a bit better, as the caramel comes through with more robustness, and the hop characters do hint a little at citrus peel, although the bitterness they generate leaves a husky, earthy character on the back palate. Feel is light, but it's enough to support the hops at least.

Overall, it's OK, but somewhat depressingly OK. It's not bad, just pedestrian and extremely dull and boring. This pretty much pushes it to "sub par" for me.

Photo of hreb
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a 22ozer of "The Pike Seattle Steam Ale" which is apparently aka Pike Pale which is also apparently AKA Heirloom Amber Ale (though by my count, APA is not amber ale, and neither of those is steam beer, which is in fact a lager). Cold and served in a tapered pint glass. Beer pours decidedly cloudy and orange topped with big white bubbles (failing to form a head).

Very little aroma. Or flavor for that matter. Mildly bitter with a hoppiness that's as much dull as it is citrusy. Carbonation is moderate. Dry and without aftertaste, and does well for drinkability, but not going to blow anyone away.

Photo of draheim
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (packaged as The Pike Seattle Steam Ale, but confirmed to be their regular Pale Ale) poured into a tulip. Pours a gorgeous copper/amber color with a nice thick off-white head.

Aroma is nice piney citrusy grassy resinous hops - if I didn't know better I'd think this was an IPA.

Taste is nice, clean pale biscuity malt - less hops in the taste than the nose but still dominant. Nice crisp mouthfeel, thirst-quenching.

This is a solid NW pale ale; nothing flashy or unusual, just good and drinkable.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a very clear amber color with a light brown head along with some lacing. Nose is not bad but there's nothing there.

Taste is honey, fresh fruit, carameland a bit of graininess on the finish. The Mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. Surprisingly good.

Photo of harrymel
2.39/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Uncertain if this is an amber, or pale based on label, WTF?

Review date: 10OCT11
Bottle date: unk says 210B on the label, maybe (July, week 1ish?)
A: Pours a hazy dark amber ale with a finger of caramel cream which falls quickly to a broken sheet of the same. Spotty lace is weak. (2.5)
S: Smells like caramel malts, sweet. Some earthy hops, and toasted sugar (3.5)
T: Oxidized malts, water, an alkaline tone, and some bitterness. Unimpressive. (2)
M: Thin (for either style) with moderate carb. Dry finish. (2)
O: I am not impressed and not surprised I've never seen this on tap anywhere (2)

Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.11/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is one of the few from this brewery that I haven't tried, so I picked one up. Let's see what their more sessionable beers are like:

Appearance: Pours a rather murky looking burnt orange color with a small head of active tan bubbles that were disappearing as fast as I poured the beer with nothing to remain, really. There is a very small ring where the beer meets the glass. There is no lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: I initially got a decent amount of American hops along with some earthy hops and some mild toasty malts. There seems to be a bit of oxidation to this beer. There is some sweetness coming out with the aroma of the hops as the beer warms up some, and the toasty notes are getting more pronounced.

Taste: The flavor is more malty than the aroma suggested. There are some sweet caramel notes mixing with the hops that is pretty decent, and the overall balance of the finish is balanced, but the malt may edge out the hops a bit. Though the carbonation is low, there seems to be some carbonic acidity left on the back of the throat that I am guessing I am just misinterpreting the hops or something, but it is definitely sitting acidic back there for a while. The alcohol is not noticeable really anytime, but after I have finished about half the bomber, I am feeling a little warmer...so it is definitely in there.

Opinion: Overall this is a decent beer, but I am a little surprised that they are putting a commercial beer out like this. It is comparable to some of the better extract homebrews that I have tried, but far from what you would expect to find on the shelf at the liquor store. Since they make some other pretty decent beers, I would think that they may think to fall back and re-group on this one and try to put out something a little more remarkable.

Photo of engisch
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber orange with a slight haze likely from hop oils. Not much head, but it replenishes itself and creates nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Smells mostly sweet with just a hint of hops.

Tastes very nice. Sweet and herbal. A well done pale amber ale. Body is nice. The beer tastes better with every sip. I would definitely order this if I saw it.

Photo of beertunes
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear, crisp medium golden amber with under a half-inch of just off-white head that had moderate retention and decent lacing.

The aroma was very well balanced, solid malts supporting some nice hops notes with neither dominating. On the tongue the same applies, some grainy malt, a bit of sweetness and a nice hop tingle on the finish.

The body is spot on, not full, heavy, light or sticky. Drinkability was very good, this could easily be your companion for a day long cookout or sports marathon.

Overall, a very nice beer. This won't blow you away, but it won't disappoint either. I'm guilty, as I suspect many others are, of overlooking this beer far too often. If you're just in the mood for a a good, solid beer that won't wear out your taste buds, this brew's for you.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A beige frumpy head, about a finger high, rests atop a dark, tawny orange colored body. Head retention was moderate, leaving a thin offering of whispy lashes on the glass for a lacing. Clarity was fair, revealing isolated instances of lonely bubbles rising lazily to the surface.

S: Dried orange peels, dried apple skins meet with some piney hops on the aroma. There is a bit of grainy dry sweetness and alcohol following through on the finishing trail. Light dried floral hints is also hinted upon in limited appeal.

T: Flowery hops are set against a toasty grain backing, but comes off a bit thin and washy upfront. Dry piney and citrus peels are noticed, but quick to come and go. Dry apple toasted grains, with some cereal quality and ale like fruitiness, comes through on the fade finishing a bit dry. The bitterness does pick up a bit towards the finish with some floral and spiciness, but ultimately just may be a product of the weak and washy palate then anything else. Flowery pollen like coating and some redemption from a weak start barely earns this a push above average regards, but not by much.

M: Light bodied, a bit watery, void of any signs of carbonation makes this a lazy lay on the tongue. Some light flowery hops of citrus are left behind but doesn't give you much to think about and hardly enough to impress at this point. The malting leaves a powdery silt like feel behind, but is still very watery and thin on the hold.

D: Light and easy enough to drink soley because of its lack of substance with nothing to hold this back. The hops as well the body is weak and thin with only brief moderate displays of either offering subpar enjoyment and tiring appeal. If weak watery based and less then enthusiastic hop based beers are your thing, look no further. Otherwise a very boring example for the discriminatory drinker by style.

Photo of Offa
4.57/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I fell in love with thin in the bottle and happily found it even better on tap at Pike. It is a very full-bodied, well-rounded, flavourful, yet very mellow beer.

Reddish copper-amber, it has a medium pale tan head slowly shrinking and leaving a little lace.

The aroma is malty and toasted, with caramelly, very toasty bread, woody earthiness, fermented apples, hints of citrus and fruit.

The taste is very malty, smooth, full-bodied and well-rounded with with range and depth of flavourful, yet all restrained and balanced. It is fruity, nutty, citrusy, leafy, with hints of caramel and toasted bread. It has a slightly English quality to it in the balance and the flavours. Sweetness and bitterness are nicely balanced and linger. It is exceedingly drinkable and has wonderful integration of the elements.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

So, this is an heirloom amber ale. I don't remember my family passing it down to me... It pours a cloudy amber brown topped by a bit less than a finger of white foam. The nose is faint and lackadaisical (if you can characterize a smell as such), with small hints of caramel, toffee, and citrus peel coming through (sort of). The taste seems kinda watered-down, though some toffee, flowers, greenery, and citrus peel (and I think some light cinnamon too) settle on the 'buds with very little ado and clamor. The body is kinda light, with a light carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, a rather boring pale ale (wow, did that sound a bit too aristocratic), but with a decently high drinkability. Worth a drink, but nothing to necessarily seek out purposefully.

Photo of cjgator3
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a slightly hazes amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is sweet malt, caramel and some fruitiness. Not much in the hop department in the aroma.

T- The taste starts out with a fruity malt sweetness and the finish has some bitterness from the hops.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a pretty average beer. Not anything amazing, but not bad either. 

Photo of Seanibus
3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shallow but refreshing.

They call this an "Heirloom Amber Ale," which is I think a fair name, though how that intersects with a "Pale Ale" I am not sure.

But anyway.

Pours amber with a mediocre head. The aroma is malty and straightforward. The flavor is toffeish, with a little herby hop and some slight bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is thick and slippery. Tasty.

Photo of rfgetz
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazed dull copper color with minimal khaki head and lacing. Scent is of light carmel with touches of earth, soapy lemon and nuts. Taste is very light - fresh nuts, clean light carmel and a touch of soapy lemon are the prominant flavors, weak flavors all around - only plus is that everything tastes fresh and clean. Lighter side of medium bodied, slightly watery. A beer thats only plus is its fresh tastes, however those tastes are very weak and unfulfilling.

Photo of silver0rlead
4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color with a nice tan head that retains well. The aroma has caramel and toasted bread notes upfront, along with fruity esters, floral hops, minerals and a little alcohol. The flavor is similar to the aroma with caramelized malts and toasted bread upfront, along with some floral hops, fruity esters, minerals and a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is excellent. Really tasty and drinkable English Pale Ale, not sure why it's classified as an American Pale Ale.

Photo of philbertk
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Pale Ale--1998 22 oz. Bottle. 5.00% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Rich clear copper amber golden color. Buttery rich crystal malt body with hints of nuts and toffee. Light hop aroma and finish is just enough to accent wonderful body. Sampled 2/1/1999.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Pale Ale--1999 12 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV. (3.5 / 5.0) Touch of hops in front. Rich classic copper pale color. Hop profile is subdued and bested by crystal malt chalky body. Gutteral Hop finish. Certainly Unique. Sampled 1/1/1999.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Pale Ale--1999 Small Pike Logo 12 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Luring rich clear bright copper color. Nutty malty front with light floral hop character. Nutty crisp crystal malt body asserts itself as brew warms but remains smooth and balanced. Light hop end. Sampled 6/17/1999.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Pale Ale--2003 12 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Mild lacy head. Hazy rich copper amber color. Rich floral Cascade hop front. Sweet creamy nutty caramel doughy biscuit malty Bottle Conditioned body. Rich clean balanced citrus hop end. Refreshing tasty tangy brew. Nice! Sampled 12/28/2003.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Pale Ale--2004 12 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV. 32 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Clear rich bright dark amber red color. Light lace head. Crisp mild floral hop malt fruit aroma. Tangy crusty biscuit sweet caramel toasted nut mild fruit citrus body. Cloying mild hop citrus end. Sampled 4/6/2004.

Renamed Pike Pale heirloom amber ale With 2006 Release.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Pale Heirloom Amber Ale--2006 Release--12 oz. Bottle--5.30% ABV--32 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Pale Ale--Nice lacy head. Clear bright thin rich amber color. Mellow malty floral hop front. Crisp malty mild sweet doughy caramel mild fruit citrus body. Crisp mild tangy hop spice thin citrus hint end. Balanced. Sampled 12/8/2006.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Pale Ale. 5.00% ABV. 32 IBU's. Light head. Clear bright rich thin amber color. Mild Cascade Hop front. Malty doughy nutty chewy caramel biscuit classic NW Pale Ale body. Clean smooth mild hop spice end. (3.75 / 5.0) 5 oz. Taster On Tap @ Seattle, WA Pike Pub & Brewery 5/9/2010.

Photo of tchenery
3.82/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is a orange/reddish, light brown color. It's mostly orange though. It has a lace of a head, shows some carbonation, and looks very clean and crisp. It smells slightly grassy, slightly floral, and slightly malty. No smell overtakes this aroma and they're all very subtle. It was hard to pick up on any of them.

The taste is very malty upfront and on the tail end, with a spritzy bitter touch in the middle. It's mostly just a straightforward malt flavor though that is attempting a balancing act with the bitterness. The bitterness is compounded by the dry mouthfeel and aftertaste.

I'm not crazy about this beer, but it is extremely sessionable in my opinion, so points for that. I would have this with a cheeseburger for sure.

Photo of Pencible
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This poured hazy copper with a little off-white head.
S: It smelled like light caramel malt and some copper hops. Generally weak.
T: It tasted like barley and light caramel malt, with some copper hops. Also generally weak, with a mild bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with some carbonation.
D: This was very bland and thin, which made it easy to drink but not at all rewarding. At least it was clean and unoffensive.

Photo of pootz
3.62/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle:

Pours a lightly hazed amber-gold with a off-white frothy cap that lasts and laces well.

Aroma is perfumey-floral-grapefriut with soft caramel tones

Chewy resinous hops in the front and in the middle with a substantial toasty-caramel malt undertone. Finish is bitter with a citrus flush.

Really well articulated west coast pale.

Photo of hophead247
3.3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale orange with minimal white head. Heavy sweet malty aroma with some fruit and light grass hops. Aroma is just too sweet for me. Flavor is sweet but has slightly better balance with the hops. Malts, molasses, light citrus hops, a touch of earth, and a malty, bready finish. Syrupy mouth. Decent, but not what I'm looking for in a pale ale.

Photo of champ103
4.09/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy reddish/orange color. A one finger white head forms, and sticks around for a minute. Light lace is left behind.
S: Toasted caramel malt up front. Some sweet passion fruit aromas. Melons, pears,, apples. Also a citrus hop finish lingers in the background. Lots of layers in the nose.
T: Caramel malt and fruity flavors that follow the nose. Some floral and grassy hop flavors linger. Not as subtle and complex as the nose, but very good none the less.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp and refreshing. Easy and smooth to drink. Something I can session without a problem.

This is a really good APA. Lots of flavor, and something I would recommend.

Photo of LittleDon
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber with plenty of carbonation. Thin head that quickly disappears to a film. Fruit and spice aroma. Taste leans towards the malt side, but with added hop bitterness and a hint of fruitiness making for a reasonably well balanced drink. Medium mouthfeel with some cereal in the finish. The low alcohol works well with the hot weather.

Photo of GRG1313
2.88/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice redish copper amber with a nice off white head.

Nose of light stone fruit and perhaps a light sweet creamed coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium with some nice malt and nut flavors; some cooked fruit character with some sweet malt in the front palate.

Pleassant finish of pine resin. Pleasant drink; somewhat ordinary and pedestrian.

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Pike Pale Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.