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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

125 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 5
Gots: 3 | 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 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 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 kimcgolf
3.9/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

kimcgolf, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of blackie
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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

blackie, Jun 22, 2006
Photo of BDTyre
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

BDTyre, Jun 08, 2006
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.

RJLarse, May 14, 2006
Photo of atomicbwax
2.33/5  rDev -34.6%
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.

atomicbwax, Nov 13, 2005
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 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 kbub6f
4/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

kbub6f, Aug 26, 2004
Photo of BeerAngel
3.15/5  rDev -11.5%
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!

BeerAngel, Apr 08, 2004
Photo of woemad
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

woemad, Jan 20, 2004
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 Thrasher
4.65/5  rDev +30.6%
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.

Thrasher, Dec 19, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought in the 12 oz brown long neck..lovelly old fashioned "diamond" style label.
Very attractive pale ale when poured into a slighly chilled glass..dark copper in colour with a little haze..nice creamy off white head thats medium sized..leaves good lacing.
Can smell the malts in this brew more than most pales from the NW..theres also a nice yet strange cedar wood aroma..which i cant quite place.
Nice tastein brew with the malty sweetness predominating the initial taste yet the hops come through near the end..very nice.
Mouthfeel is good but it seems a little on the watery sude.
A nice pale..very drinkable.

Reidrover, Jul 26, 2003
Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark copper in color with a light tan head.
Aroma is different for a pale ale and consists of caramel malt and floral hops.

Taste shows a good balance. This is far from a hoppy APA, more along the lines of an English bitter. Caramel, toffee malt backbone with floral, piney hops. The 2 play together well in this one. Smooth.

Mouthfeel just a tad thin.
Very easy going and drinkable.

Overall a solid pale ale. Would make a good session beer.

PhantomVodoo, Jun 28, 2003
Photo of Mitchster
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Mitchster, Jun 20, 2003
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 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 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 49degrees
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A staple on draught and from the bottle throughout the Pacific Northwest, this one has sadly changed siginificantly in the past few years. While its still exceptionally characteristic of a traditional pale ale, featuring a rich golden hue, striking balance of hops and malts, and a spritzy and pungent kick on the palette, its not the stalwart classic it once used to be.

I've recently become a litlte more accustomed to their Scotch style ale -- Kilt Lifter -- as a better replacement, albeit slightly different style.

Having said that, this Pike is still a clear winner. Always consistent visually, aromatically, and tastewise. Its an easy drinking beer, and thanks to its bitter kick, is a super accompaniment with good food.

49degrees, Jan 15, 2003
Photo of sinistersteve
4.45/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, I popped the cap off this bad boy, took a huge sniff off of the bottle and then scatched my head as to where to place this scent. Maybe spiced cider? Nutmeg? I don't know for sure but it has got to be one the most unique beers I have smelled (and tasted for that matter) since our holiday ale the guys and I brewed up one fall. The taste is top knotch. The color and head was great also. This brewery is definately on my hit list on my next visit to Seattle.

sinistersteve, Nov 18, 2002
Photo of proc
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! Hops and Malt that strike such a nice balance. My Seattle relatives brought a case of this. Very full bodied Pale. Like Bass ale on steroids.

proc, Apr 25, 2002
Photo of John
4.8/5  rDev +34.8%
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.

John, Oct 05, 2001
Photo of DrDocRudge
4.8/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

If you are a pale ale fan, you can't do any better than this quality brew. Fresh out of the tap yields an extra citrus taste element not noticable in the bottle. Pike has done a superb job of making the pale with just the right amount of bitterness without a strong aftertaste. So smooth you'll drain the glass before you thought you could.

DrDocRudge, Aug 28, 2001
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Pike Pale Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.