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Pike Pale Ale - Pike Pub & Brewery

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Pike Pale AlePike Pale Ale

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121 Ratings

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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 15.17%
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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3.35/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

10-15-2011 21:06:32 | More by kingcrowing
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

06-08-2006 16:17:09 | More by BDTyre
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3.53/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

05-04-2009 03:25:36 | More by brdc
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

04-21-2014 01:11:56 | More by bismarksays
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3.13/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

05-27-2011 01:38:29 | More by SkeeterHawk
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

02-10-2013 20:33:19 | More by AnitaBrewski
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

01-25-2014 20:18:30 | More by rorjets
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3.73/5  rDev +4.8%

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.

10-20-2011 01:37:58 | More by draheim
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

12-06-2012 00:37:07 | More by ralphw56
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2.7/5  rDev -24.2%

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.

11-30-2008 19:28:14 | More by froghop
Photo of kimcgolf


3.9/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

07-08-2006 23:32:50 | More by kimcgolf
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

03-29-2012 03:05:13 | More by avaldivia
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3.68/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

08-13-2010 22:51:53 | More by Seanibus
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3.6/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

05-14-2006 23:34:07 | More by RJLarse
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

10-22-2013 05:18:15 | More by NickThePyro
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

02-15-2014 04:40:13 | More by DOCRW
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New York

4.8/5  rDev +34.8%

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.

10-05-2001 16:38:42 | More by John
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

04-01-2013 17:19:53 | More by powdersoldier
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New York

4/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

08-26-2004 16:54:49 | More by kbub6f
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

05-24-2014 23:02:04 | More by dexterk1
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

07-20-2013 05:47:53 | More by nygannon
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

11-16-2012 15:54:49 | More by tastymug
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British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +12.4%

11-30-2012 02:05:30 | More by KalanM
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

04-25-2002 10:22:13 | More by proc
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +15.2%

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.

07-18-2010 05:37:47 | More by silver0rlead
Pike Pale Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
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