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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 atomicbwax
2.29/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Let me prefice this by saying I live in Seattle and am not the biggest fan of this places beers.

Appearance – Orangy brown. It kind of glows when held up in the light. It's really sad when the appearance is your favorite part of a beer.

Smell – This does not smell like most IPAs. Kind of spicy. A hint of cinnamon and cloves. Quite frankly, I'm not getting anything special here.

Taste – This does not taste like most IPS I've had either. Kind of spicy but I'm not a fan of this.

Mouthfeel – Nothing too great. Very thin. I'm not a fan of this.

Drinkability – I don't like this too much. I've had a number of other pale ales lately that are far superior to this. I would not order this or purchase it again in most cases.

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Photo of harrymel
2.39/5  rDev -33.8%
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)

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Photo of skillerified
2.44/5  rDev -32.4%
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.

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Photo of froghop
2.66/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

on tap at pike pub in seattle.

pours a clear amber with a small white head, some lacing.

smell of roasted hops and nuts and a little grassy near the end.

taste is a bit different than the normal pale ale, nutty in flavor, slightly creamy, some caramel, not that bitter and slightly sweet.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
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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Photo of Brewsmith
2.91/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of Hollenbeck2
3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

bought this selection at John's Marketplace in portland oregon, loved the label design, very cool, and the fact that it is from the extreme northwest. Very dark pale ale to me, poored in a frozen pint glass and enjoyed with company, they liked it as well.

I would recommend although I have a feeling this is one of those brews that tastes drastically different at the actual brewing location, I plan on visiting next week.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazed burnt orange with a nice cream colored dense head. The aroma is a fresh baked bread and light malt with a tad of fruitiness and a hint of alcohol. The taste is an acidic hop bitter with a sweet bread background. I can detect a very faint mint(?) in the background along with alcohol on the tail. This is a light bodied beer that finishes slightly sweet.

Notes: A very different pale IMHO. It's unique in flavor but not necessarily bad, just unfamiliar. Not sure where some of these flavors come from, maybe cinamon or clove. Cheers!

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Photo of Jason
3.19/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of hreb
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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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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Photo of hophead247
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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