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Pike Pale Ale - The Pike Brewing Company

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Pike Pale AlePike Pale Ale

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 144
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 21.33%
Wants: 4
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Pike Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

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Reviews: 65 | Hads: 144
Photo of DrDocRudge
4.76/5  rDev +31.9%
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.

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Photo of John
4.76/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Haven't been able to get this one for some time. One of my favorite English style pales. The NY liquor laws have made it a pain in the ass for many breweries/distributors in recent years. A lot of my faves have disappeared from the shelves.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.65/5  rDev +28.8%
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.

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Photo of Offa
4.57/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.46/5  rDev +23.5%
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.


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Photo of sinistersteve
4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I popped the cap off this bad boy, took a huge sniff off of the bottle and then scatched my head as to where to place this scent. Maybe spiced cider? Nutmeg? I don't know for sure but it has got to be one the most unique beers I have smelled (and tasted for that matter) since our holiday ale the guys and I brewed up one fall. The taste is top knotch. The color and head was great also. This brewery is definately on my hit list on my next visit to Seattle.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a nice deep brownish amber/copper with a creamy tannish head about two fingers high and evenly left webby lace rings as it settled and as it was sipped.
Smell is faint of a citrusy peach like hop and has sweetish overall aroma.
Taste is awesome, its super complex and very well rounded and full. The hop is a subtle citrusy hop thats peachy/orange with a bit of herbal quality and is slightly bitter sweet and has a good caramel malt thats not really a candied sweet but more of a sweet peat-like earthyness to it that resides in the middle and lending to a sweet tingly bitterness in the finish that holds nicely on the way down and the aftertaste is minimal and smooth. Which I think is outstanding! I tend to dislike really overly bitter or piney tasting beers, ecspecially in the finish. This is one heck of a decent brew. The bitterness is more easily handled then most bitter styled ales.
The rich full body and slightly creamy feel is spectacular that just sits nicely and is super yummy to drink. Again, one heck of a decent brew.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.15/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of champ103
4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
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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Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is slightly more bitter, but with less citrous (Cascade hop) flavour than the Pyramid APA (across town). Thus, it may not be as "Pacific Northwest", but it is a good representation of an APA.

It's a good all-round beer. It's just not exceptional.

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Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the Pale Ale on tap at the Brewpub. I first had one of these about 10 years ago. Served in a standard pint, the beer is dark bronze, served with no room for a head. Nice lacing.

Just like I remember it, the beer has an aroma of citrus and pine backed by a bit of almost raw malts.

The taste is bitter in all the right ways (IBUs 32). Nice pine notes backed by semisweet crystal malts. Not surprisingly, the beer was extremely fresh tasting. Turns a bit sweet late.

The beer has a medium body with a nice slick mouth. This is another good session beer from Pike. One of the beers that turned me on to APAs.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A medium rust/red color in the body, hues of brown and opal. Fairly good sized head, tiny bubbles, some chunks.
Smells a bit sweet for an APA. The citrus comes through at the end of the nose, but for the most part it smells more like a lager. A bit of biscuit and pine as well.
Taste does not match the smell, which is good. A good balance between the hops and biscuit/malt flavors. The hints of nut are replaced rapidly by the citrus of the hops and their dryness. A good APA, drank it well.

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Photo of kbub6f
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small, cream-colored, microactive head. Hazy, dark, ruddy amber beer. Sugar, nuts, rotting fruit and a little chocolate malt in the nose. Roasty malty front with some grapefruit, nuts and milk. Roasty caramel middle is a little tangy-sour... almost acidic. Grapefruit rind, bitter, nutty, somewhat metallic finish. It's a good, hoppy, nutty, malty ale. I like it.

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Photo of 49degrees
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A staple on draught and from the bottle throughout the Pacific Northwest, this one has sadly changed siginificantly in the past few years. While its still exceptionally characteristic of a traditional pale ale, featuring a rich golden hue, striking balance of hops and malts, and a spritzy and pungent kick on the palette, its not the stalwart classic it once used to be.

I've recently become a litlte more accustomed to their Scotch style ale -- Kilt Lifter -- as a better replacement, albeit slightly different style.

Having said that, this Pike is still a clear winner. Always consistent visually, aromatically, and tastewise. Its an easy drinking beer, and thanks to its bitter kick, is a super accompaniment with good food.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an amber, orange color with a foamy, bubbly, white, one-finger head. It left soapy, white residue on the sides of the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, floral notes and sweet roasted malt.

T - It tasted of sweet, sweet caramel malt. It had a subtle spiciness from the roasted malt.

M -It was crisp and sharp with a slight fizzy kick. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very nice pale ale from the northwest. Sharp and tasty.

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Photo of monkeylovebeer
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pale ale from the great north woods of Seattle pours with a wonderful nose of malts (I guessed Caramel, but it turns out to be a mélange of pale, Munich, crystal, and malted wheat) all adding up to evoke the sweet breadiness of an English biscuit.

The Pike Pale pours with a tight half-inch head with more lacing than your grandma's Irish curtains. Designated a pale, this "heirloom amber" is surprisingly well balanced, with its hop profile of Magnum, Willamette, and East Kent Goldings not really making their appearance until the brew warms a bit.

The clean mouthfeel seems to lend itself to maximum quaffablity as Bay Area Indian summer temps are on the rise.

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Photo of beals
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of engisch
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of philbertk
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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