Pike Pale Ale - Pike Pub & Brewery
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3.18/5 rDev -10.7%
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.
08-25-2010 06:20:18 | More by TMoney2591
3.23/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
05-31-2012 03:12:14 | More by hreb
3.25/5 rDev -8.7%
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.
08-29-2010 18:45:08 | More by beerthulhu
3.28/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
08-02-2010 13:23:58 | More by rfgetz
3.3/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
02-15-2010 06:27:18 | More by hophead247
3.3/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
01-11-2009 04:21:55 | More by RedDiamond
3.33/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
08-15-2010 05:46:25 | More by cjgator3
3.33/5 rDev -6.5%
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.
06-20-2003 17:37:39 | More by Mitchster
3.35/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
10-15-2011 21:06:32 | More by kingcrowing
3.43/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
07-20-2006 12:09:24 | More by Gavage
3.45/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
04-16-2009 20:03:47 | More by Dogbrick
Pike Pale Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
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