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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 RonaldTheriot
4.46/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pike Pale Ale has a medium, off-white head, decent lacing left behind, and a bubbly, clear, orange-golden appearance. The aroma is of sweetness, bread, and bread crust. Taste is of the same, with an iced tea note coming through. Bitterness is not high, and the mouthfeel is mostly watery. Pike Pale Ale finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and enjoyable. Overall, this is a really nice one. Another winner from Pike Brewing.


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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 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 Redrover
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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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 Offa
4.57/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I fell in love with thin in the bottle and happily found it even better on tap at Pike. It is a very full-bodied, well-rounded, flavourful, yet very mellow beer.

Reddish copper-amber, it has a medium pale tan head slowly shrinking and leaving a little lace.

The aroma is malty and toasted, with caramelly, very toasty bread, woody earthiness, fermented apples, hints of citrus and fruit.

The taste is very malty, smooth, full-bodied and well-rounded with with range and depth of flavourful, yet all restrained and balanced. It is fruity, nutty, citrusy, leafy, with hints of caramel and toasted bread. It has a slightly English quality to it in the balance and the flavours. Sweetness and bitterness are nicely balanced and linger. It is exceedingly drinkable and has wonderful integration of the elements.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 kimcgolf
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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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 John
4.76/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Haven't been able to get this one for some time. One of my favorite English style pales. The NY liquor laws have made it a pain in the ass for many breweries/distributors in recent years. A lot of my faves have disappeared from the shelves.

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Photo of kbub6f
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small, cream-colored, microactive head. Hazy, dark, ruddy amber beer. Sugar, nuts, rotting fruit and a little chocolate malt in the nose. Roasty malty front with some grapefruit, nuts and milk. Roasty caramel middle is a little tangy-sour... almost acidic. Grapefruit rind, bitter, nutty, somewhat metallic finish. It's a good, hoppy, nutty, malty ale. I like it.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy amber with plenty of carbonation. Thin head that quickly disappears to a film. Fruit and spice aroma. Taste leans towards the malt side, but with added hop bitterness and a hint of fruitiness making for a reasonably well balanced drink. Medium mouthfeel with some cereal in the finish. The low alcohol works well with the hot weather.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color with a nice tan head that retains well. The aroma has caramel and toasted bread notes upfront, along with fruity esters, floral hops, minerals and a little alcohol. The flavor is similar to the aroma with caramelized malts and toasted bread upfront, along with some floral hops, fruity esters, minerals and a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium and drinkability is excellent. Really tasty and drinkable English Pale Ale, not sure why it's classified as an American Pale Ale.

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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 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 Thrasher
4.65/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pike makes some of the best British style beers in the US; this is a remarkably authentic pale ale that tastes like it could come directly from a traditional English brewery. This is mostly due to the complex malt profile (Maris Otter?) with flavors of bread crust, biscuit, graham cracker. Hops go against the Pacific Northwest stereotype and instead are muted, subtle, faintly herbal like many of the best British ales. Mouthfeel is soft, cushiony and I can understand why others found it watery but I had no problem with it. Lots of other complex things going on; at times it tastes spicy like a Christmas beer, other times it is simple unadulterated toffeeish malt. The sign of a good beer (or wine, or whisky) is that each sip is a different experience. This is quite simply an amazing beer, and as satisfying and drinkable a bevarage you could hope for.

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