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Pike Pale Ale - Pike Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
81
good

126 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 126
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001)
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Ratings: 126 | Reviews: 66 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of DrDocRudge
4.8/5  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.

DrDocRudge, Aug 28, 2001
Photo of John
4.8/5  rDev +34.8%
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.

John, Oct 05, 2001
Photo of Thrasher
4.65/5  rDev +30.6%
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.

Thrasher, Dec 19, 2003
Photo of Offa
4.58/5  rDev +28.7%
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.

Offa, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of shanny1981
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

shanny1981, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of M477
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

M477, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of NoCurse2012
4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

NoCurse2012, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.46/5  rDev +25.3%
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

RonaldTheriot, Apr 02, 2013
Photo of sinistersteve
4.45/5  rDev +25%
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.

sinistersteve, Nov 18, 2002
Photo of tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

tavernjef, Apr 16, 2003
Photo of schnarr84
4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

schnarr84, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of LittleDon
4.2/5  rDev +18%
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.

LittleDon, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of silver0rlead
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

silver0rlead, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of champ103
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

champ103, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of beals
4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

beals, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Derek, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Redrover, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of nygannon
4/5  rDev +12.4%

nygannon, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of Mebuzzard
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Mebuzzard, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of kbub6f
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

kbub6f, Aug 26, 2004
Photo of Durandal_777
4/5  rDev +12.4%

Durandal_777, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of proc
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! Hops and Malt that strike such a nice balance. My Seattle relatives brought a case of this. Very full bodied Pale. Like Bass ale on steroids.

proc, Apr 25, 2002
Photo of 49degrees
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

49degrees, Jan 15, 2003
Photo of KalanM
4/5  rDev +12.4%

KalanM, Nov 30, 2012
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Pike Pale Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
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