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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
81
good

127 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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?

BuckeyeNation, Dec 18, 2004
Photo of GRG1313
2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

GRG1313, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

jaydoc, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

TMoney2591, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

zeff80, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of Jason
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Jason, Mar 06, 2003
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of Gavage
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Gavage, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

barleywinefiend, Dec 30, 2007
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 BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

BillRoth, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

LXIXME, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of mdaschaf
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

mdaschaf, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

beerthulhu, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

dmorgan310, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

JohnGalt1, Dec 13, 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 beertunes
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

beertunes, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of Gusler
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A slightly murky orange to copper color on the pour, the head mountainous in size, creamy in consistency, light tan in color with the residual lace a silky fine sheet to conceal the glass. A slight hint of hops, mostly sweet malt, fresh and pleasant to the senses this nose, with a sweet and rich malt start, the top is middling in feel to the palate. Finish prickly in its acidity, the hops spicy and the aftertaste dry as a desert bone, a nice middle of the road pale Ale, easy to drink.

Gusler, Apr 24, 2003
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
1/5  rDev -71.9%

Hopheadjeffery, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of Dogbrick
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Dogbrick, Apr 16, 2009
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 RoyalT
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

RoyalT, Dec 30, 2003
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
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Pike Pale Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.