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Pike Pale Ale - Pike Pub & Brewery

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Pike Pale AlePike Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

65 Reviews
THE BROS
73
okay

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 138
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 4
Gots: 14 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

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Reviews: 65 | Hads: 138
Photo of monkeylovebeer
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (672 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (793 characters)

Photo of brdc
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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. (473 characters)

Photo of Brewsmith
2.91/5  rDev -20.1%
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. (661 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (342 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (504 characters)

Photo of froghop
2.66/5  rDev -26.9%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of hardy008
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (308 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of SargeC
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (326 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (734 characters)

Photo of beals
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (332 characters)

Photo of Hollenbeck2
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (425 characters)

Photo of skillerified
2.44/5  rDev -33%
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. (1,039 characters)

Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (622 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (661 characters)

Photo of kimcgolf
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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 (855 characters)

Photo of BDTyre
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (322 characters)

Photo of RJLarse
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (849 characters)

Photo of atomicbwax
2.29/5  rDev -37.1%
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. (742 characters)

Photo of Derek
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (252 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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? (1,176 characters)

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Pike Pale Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.