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Pike Pale Ale - The Pike Brewing Company

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Pike Pale AlePike Pale Ale

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65 Reviews

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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

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

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Reviews: 65 | Hads: 144
Photo of tchenery
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blushing orangish amber with Orange Crush highlights, topped by a smallish head of ecru foam that pits like bubbling lava and hangs around at the thick disk stage for quite a while. Unfortunately, a few measly tatters of pocked lace are all that manage to stick to the glass.

The nose is unexpected in that malt is at least as prominent as hops. This beer is from Seattle, right? It just goes to show that not all left coast APAs are hop heavy. The caramel maltiness of the aroma is smudging the hops, so I won't even hazard a guess as to the specific varieties in use.

As the nose suggested it would be, Pike Pale is almost perfectly balanced on the palate (which makes it taste like a slightly hoppy amber ale rather than an APA). The flavor profile consists of a toasted caramel frame on which a modest amount of rather subdued hops are affixed. For some reason, the weakly citric fruity, mildly bitter hoppiness puts me in mind of Kent Goldings. Medium body/mouthfeel with an indifferent finish.

Pike Pale Ale is quality beer and deserves the scores I've granted. It would be much better beer, however, with a much greater hop load. Then again, wouldn't they all?

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Photo of BDTyre
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid, no-frills no-gimmicks APA. Decent pale amber colour coupled with a fairly well balanced malt smell.

Taste is good, but fairly decent. Typical pale malt with a gentle warming hop presence. Not as zesty as their Naughty Nellie, which I had before this.

Nice accompaniment to a meal, or even nachos and salsa.

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Photo of draheim
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of pootz
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


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.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a couple bottles of Pike Pale Ale in a specialty shop to taste review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a light brown/copper color and is hazy. A two-finger bubbly beige head forms and dissipates quickly to a few islands and a ring of foam on the surface of the beer. The head produces modest lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is fairly strong, hops, some malted grain, some spices unknown.

The taste is a well balanced combination of malt and hops. The flavor is mildly bitter, perhaps with the slightest hint of spice, pepper, or cinnamon. The flavors are a bit understated and could be a bit more robust.

Mouth feel is medium bodied, moderately carbonated and smooth.

This is a nice drinkable beer and I enjoyed it. I’d love to find a six-pack of Pike Pale Ale in a grocery store.

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Photo of SargeC
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep amber with a golden head.

Smell: Nice hop presence, buttery, citrus.

Taste: Apple and citrus with an inviting hop bitterness. Malt provides a stable baseline.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Adds good character to the brew.

Drinkability: Good amber beer. It is not too sweet and provides a good balance.

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Photo of hardy008
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Golden - amber color. Foamy head which left a nice lace in the glass.

Smell - Unmistakable cascade hops stand out.

Taste - Citrus and hops dominate. Bitter, some malt detectable.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with some bitterness.

Drinkability - A good example of a pale ale and quite drinkable.

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Photo of woemad
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.19.

Poured an orangey copper color with a small white head. Lots of lacing and retained a foamy collar throughout.

Smell was odd for an American Pale Ale. Much more malty than I was expecting. Very "buttery" smell, with floral hops in the background.

Taste wa also a little odd. Not horrible, just odd. Malts are very dominant, with a sweet butter characteristic that could have used some toning down. Crisp hops come into play towards the end of the sip, but more subdued than I would have liked.

The mouthfeel was nothing remarkable,neither good nor bad.

Drinkability would depend on how much one is attracted to the expected characteristics of an America Pale Ale, especially one coming from the normally hoppy Northwest. I would rather have a Liberty Ale or an SN pale than this, but if you aren't into very much hoppiness, this could be worth searching out.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber into a pint glass (Bright red label).

Pike's Pale Ale pours nicely and builds a satisfying, sizable, creamy tan head. Nice retention and lacing left behind as the foam drops atop a clear, golden-copper body. Aroma largely consists of crisp, bready malts and a hint of fresh pine and floral notes from the hops. Nothing extravagant, but pleasant nevertheless.

Good flavor for a pale ale, with some citrus and herbal hops laying a slightly bitter smack on the front of the palate. Biscuit and a hint of caramel comprise the malt backbone and add a nice balance. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side and could use a stronger dose of carbonation to achieve a fuller body. Still, the drinkability is where it should be for the style...held up nicely during a hot summer BBQ in Austin.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Pencible
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of brdc
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap with their museels, steamed on the same beer on request.

Amber to golden in color, decent white head, average retention and lacing.
Aroma is better than expected, fresh hoppiness, grassy, herbal and fruity, along with some malty, bready notes.
Light to medium bodied, it is well balanced, with the fruity hoppy bite exchanging places with some caramel and bread notes.
Nothing spectacular, but a solid, tasty pale ale. Matched the food reasonably well.

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

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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sample at the brewpub. This beer is a clear dark amber color with a medium beige head that dissipates steadily. Patchy lacing. The aroma is hoppy with an underlying sweet malt. Medium-bodied with hops, caramel malt and citrus flavors. The finish is moderately hoppy with notes of citrus and pale malt in the aftertaste. Above average overall.

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Photo of Gavage
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burnished copper-bronze with a compressed head and thin, widespread lace, Pike Pale is pretty though otherwise routine. It sports a breezy caramel nose and works on a basic platform of modest maltiness and simple complimentary bittering. Frankly, there's not much to say about this one. It's brewed with a slight measure of wheat though this is not apparent from the taste. It shows more restraint than anything, though if we assume that's its intent, it succeeds reasonably well. Agreeable and harmless.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brewed with Pale, Crystal, and Munich malts; Magnum, Williamette, and East Kent Golding hops.
OG=1.052, 5.3% ABV, 32 IBU.

Drank on tap at Pikes BC in Seattle, WA.

Clear orange-caramel brew forms a light beige head with OK retention and lacing. Aroma is distant, slightly malty but not a whole lot going on in the hop department. Taste is immediately earthy with herbal hops, some decent maltiness with hints of toast, and ending in a pungent, earthy, unbalanced bitterness. Has a saccharin mouthfeel at first, and ends with a sharp mouthfeel and dry finish as a touch of alcohol sets in. Not at all balanced.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
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. 

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Photo of rfgetz
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Pike Pale Ale from The Pike Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.