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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

132 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.69%
Wants: 6
Gots: 10 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

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Photo of beertunes
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Photo of Offa
4.57/5  rDev +29.1%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

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. 

Photo of Seanibus
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of rfgetz
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of silver0rlead
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Photo of philbertk
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Pale Ale--1998 22 oz. Bottle. 5.00% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Rich clear copper amber golden color. Buttery rich crystal malt body with hints of nuts and toffee. Light hop aroma and finish is just enough to accent wonderful body. Sampled 2/1/1999.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Pale Ale--1999 12 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV. (3.5 / 5.0) Touch of hops in front. Rich classic copper pale color. Hop profile is subdued and bested by crystal malt chalky body. Gutteral Hop finish. Certainly Unique. Sampled 1/1/1999.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Pale Ale--1999 Small Pike Logo 12 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Luring rich clear bright copper color. Nutty malty front with light floral hop character. Nutty crisp crystal malt body asserts itself as brew warms but remains smooth and balanced. Light hop end. Sampled 6/17/1999.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Pale Ale--2003 12 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Mild lacy head. Hazy rich copper amber color. Rich floral Cascade hop front. Sweet creamy nutty caramel doughy biscuit malty Bottle Conditioned body. Rich clean balanced citrus hop end. Refreshing tasty tangy brew. Nice! Sampled 12/28/2003.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Pale Ale--2004 12 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV. 32 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Clear rich bright dark amber red color. Light lace head. Crisp mild floral hop malt fruit aroma. Tangy crusty biscuit sweet caramel toasted nut mild fruit citrus body. Cloying mild hop citrus end. Sampled 4/6/2004.

Renamed Pike Pale heirloom amber ale With 2006 Release.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Pale Heirloom Amber Ale--2006 Release--12 oz. Bottle--5.30% ABV--32 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Pale Ale--Nice lacy head. Clear bright thin rich amber color. Mellow malty floral hop front. Crisp malty mild sweet doughy caramel mild fruit citrus body. Crisp mild tangy hop spice thin citrus hint end. Balanced. Sampled 12/8/2006.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Pale Ale. 5.00% ABV. 32 IBU's. Light head. Clear bright rich thin amber color. Mild Cascade Hop front. Malty doughy nutty chewy caramel biscuit classic NW Pale Ale body. Clean smooth mild hop spice end. (3.75 / 5.0) 5 oz. Taster On Tap @ Seattle, WA Pike Pub & Brewery 5/9/2010.

Photo of tchenery
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is a orange/reddish, light brown color. It's mostly orange though. It has a lace of a head, shows some carbonation, and looks very clean and crisp. It smells slightly grassy, slightly floral, and slightly malty. No smell overtakes this aroma and they're all very subtle. It was hard to pick up on any of them.

The taste is very malty upfront and on the tail end, with a spritzy bitter touch in the middle. It's mostly just a straightforward malt flavor though that is attempting a balancing act with the bitterness. The bitterness is compounded by the dry mouthfeel and aftertaste.

I'm not crazy about this beer, but it is extremely sessionable in my opinion, so points for that. I would have this with a cheeseburger for sure.

Photo of Pencible
3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This poured hazy copper with a little off-white head.
S: It smelled like light caramel malt and some copper hops. Generally weak.
T: It tasted like barley and light caramel malt, with some copper hops. Also generally weak, with a mild bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with some carbonation.
D: This was very bland and thin, which made it easy to drink but not at all rewarding. At least it was clean and unoffensive.

Photo of pootz
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle:

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.

Photo of hophead247
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of champ103
4.09/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of LittleDon
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Photo of GRG1313
2.88/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Photo of monkeylovebeer
3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of brdc
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Brewsmith
2.91/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of RedDiamond
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of froghop
2.66/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of hardy008
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Pike Pale Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.