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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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135 Ratings
THE BROS
73
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | 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: 135 | Reviews: 66
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Photo of RoyalT
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Nice orangish-brown in color with a cool head. It didn’t froth up very much, less than an inch, but it lingered for quite a while and even left some lacing.

Smell – Hmm. Very different than the Naughty Nellie I just had, which is also a Pale Ale from the same brewery. I’m getting some spicing here, most notably cinnamon. The malt base is there but lighter and not as sweet. The hops are floral but much more relaxed. The aroma does need some time to come out as LBB was saying.

Taste – The hops dominate the taste, but everything is smooth and mellow. The malt fades into the background and that big spicing comes up front. The sweets are mostly refined sugars with some fruit such as apricot and maybe a bit of apple.

Mouthfeel – I liked the mouthfeel of this Pale Ale. It was medium in the body and very creamy. The excellent balance made this one smooth as silk.

Drinkability – I was kind of thrown off by the funky spicing, but otherwise this was not bad and would make a terrific session ale.

Photo of Jason
3.19/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz brown long neck bottle with a “Best if consumed before date marked” on the back label.

Appearance: Web-like lacing on the glass with a deep brassy colour that glows in the light.

Smell: Soft citrusy hop aroma, floral in a way. Hints of yeast and a caramel malt in the back.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Medium body with an ample crisp and smooth mouth feel. Laid back citrusy floral hop, bitterness is there but tame. Full mouth of malt ranging from toasted grain to hints of caramel. Clean ale-like finish with some residual sweetness.

Drinkability & Notes: A run of the mill pale ale for me, something I’d order if it was there but I would not go out of my way for it. Did well up against an American cheddar.

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 Thrasher
4.65/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pike makes some of the best British style beers in the US; this is a remarkably authentic pale ale that tastes like it could come directly from a traditional English brewery. This is mostly due to the complex malt profile (Maris Otter?) with flavors of bread crust, biscuit, graham cracker. Hops go against the Pacific Northwest stereotype and instead are muted, subtle, faintly herbal like many of the best British ales. Mouthfeel is soft, cushiony and I can understand why others found it watery but I had no problem with it. Lots of other complex things going on; at times it tastes spicy like a Christmas beer, other times it is simple unadulterated toffeeish malt. The sign of a good beer (or wine, or whisky) is that each sip is a different experience. This is quite simply an amazing beer, and as satisfying and drinkable a bevarage you could hope for.

Photo of skillerified
2.44/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nice, really dark red color for a Pale. Little to no head, some moderate off-white lacing. I don't know if it was just the bottle I happened to get, but the scent and taste of this one was really flat. I don't mean that the beer itself was flat, the carbonation and all seemed fine, but the taste was just not there that night. There were some obvious citric notes in the scent, but nothing too specific. The flavor and mouthfeel were horribly off balance, all bitterness with nothing to smooth it out. The bitterness just overwhelmed any flavor that made an attempt to get to the palate. I don't mind bitter beers, some of my favorites are IPAs and Double IPAs, but this was just way off for the style and it didn't offer much to make it a worthwile experience otherwise. I'd try it once more (at the brewpub next time) just because I think it's not impossible that there was something wrong with the bottle I had, although I have no reason other than the flavor to think so, but if it came out this way again it'd be my last Pike's Pale.

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

Dark copper in color with a light tan head.
Aroma is different for a pale ale and consists of caramel malt and floral hops.

Taste shows a good balance. This is far from a hoppy APA, more along the lines of an English bitter. Caramel, toffee malt backbone with floral, piney hops. The 2 play together well in this one. Smooth.

Mouthfeel just a tad thin.
Very easy going and drinkable.

Overall a solid pale ale. Would make a good session beer.

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.

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 JohnGalt1
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.45... poured into my New Belgium balloon... listening to iPod RIS party mix... Chemical Brother "Galvanize".

Hazy darker orange... topped by a good long lasting eggshell head... brew is a little dark for an American Pale ale.

Bready toasted malts and spicy English hops dominate the aroma but balanced very well... funky Pike House Yeast smell.

Body is a little big for an APA... good carbonation though... more toasted bread/sorta heavy caramel malts mid palate and spicy hops.... Good brew from Pikes... but something always bothers/intrigues me about Pike... they definately have a "house" flavor. It's not a bad thing... just interesting. Pike's APA has definate English overtones.

Photo of Brewsmith
2.91/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a 22 oz bottle purchased locally. Poured into a 0.5 L glass. It's been a while since I've had this in Seattle, let's see how it's made the bottle trip to Los Angeles. Aroma is floral and a little spicy hop with some caramel and toasted malt in there. A clear burnt amber color with a thin, tight tan head. Nutty and toast malt flavors with a clean bready biscuit malt backbone. Balanced just slightly to the bitter with some earthy hop flavor coming through. I think it has lost some of it's freshness, there is a touch of staleness to the malt and a bit of lemony tea to the hop profile. I will have to compare this again then next time I'm up in Seattle.

Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour gives a 0.3" off white head that slowly recedes, save for a small ring and layer on the surface. The beer is, as the bottle hints, a burnished copper in color. There seems to be some very slight haze.

smell: Smells delicious. Near perfect balance of nutty toasted and caramel malt aromas with a fresh hop aroma that reminds me of English varietals. Not much else to say, time to drink it.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, and the body a lighter medium.

taste: Nice blend of nutty, slightly toasted caramel malt and hops. The moderate hop flavor seems like some type of English/American hybrid to my palate. A medium bitterness comes in toward the finish and lingers with a slight nutty flavor. Well balanced with good flavors, but nothing to rave about.

drinkability: easy

Brought to me from the brewery in Seattle

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 DrDocRudge
4.76/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you are a pale ale fan, you can't do any better than this quality brew. Fresh out of the tap yields an extra citrus taste element not noticable in the bottle. Pike has done a superb job of making the pale with just the right amount of bitterness without a strong aftertaste. So smooth you'll drain the glass before you thought you could.

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A slightly murky orange to copper color on the pour, the head mountainous in size, creamy in consistency, light tan in color with the residual lace a silky fine sheet to conceal the glass. A slight hint of hops, mostly sweet malt, fresh and pleasant to the senses this nose, with a sweet and rich malt start, the top is middling in feel to the palate. Finish prickly in its acidity, the hops spicy and the aftertaste dry as a desert bone, a nice middle of the road pale Ale, easy to drink.

Photo of Reidrover
3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought in the 12 oz brown long neck..lovelly old fashioned "diamond" style label.
Very attractive pale ale when poured into a slighly chilled glass..dark copper in colour with a little haze..nice creamy off white head thats medium sized..leaves good lacing.
Can smell the malts in this brew more than most pales from the NW..theres also a nice yet strange cedar wood aroma..which i cant quite place.
Nice tastein brew with the malty sweetness predominating the initial taste yet the hops come through near the end..very nice.
Mouthfeel is good but it seems a little on the watery sude.
A nice pale..very drinkable.

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 beals
3.94/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice amber-yellow.

S: Like the Naughty Nellie, also hard to pick out an aroma. Could be the serving temp (cold, sub 40).

T: Fruity/nutty malt. Fantastic tasting beer.

M: Low carbonation, a nice recognition of the british style.

D: Very drinkable. Nice to see a pale ale from the west coast that doesn't overdo it on the hops.

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 Gavage
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: light orange color with a 1" white head. A bit of lace spots stuck to the glass.

Smell: very mild floral bitterness was all that was detected.

Taste: pretty basic version where the malt and hop levels are toned back a bit but well balanced. Some orange citrus rounded it out.

Mouthfeel: mildly crisp from start to finish. A bit lighter in body than other pale ales. Some soft bitterness and orange tones linger briefly on the tongue after swallowing.

Drinkability: not bad, but this could use a bit of a kick as the foundation is there, but the flavor profile needs to be built up more. Worth a try, but don't expect to be blown away.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. botle. Hazy copper color with tan head and good lacing. Aroma of malts, nuts and some odd fruit..maybe figs. I found this to be a very fdrinkable beer with a good taste and finish. I’ve always been a pale ale fan, and this one did not disappoint. My daughter brought this to GA for me from Portland, OR. I can only imagine how good a freshly poured draft would be, if I could find one.

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.

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Pike Pale Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.