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Pike India Pale Ale - Pike Pub & Brewery

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Pike India Pale AlePike India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

364 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 364
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 15
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pike Pub & Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-23-2002)
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Reviews by Thrasher:
Photo of Thrasher
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

I love Pike's beers and this is a pretty good one, if not as complex as some of their other beers. With the large amounts of hops, it's just another Pac NW IPA, and lacks the identity of their Pale Ale or Kilt Lifter. It's a deep copper, with a smallish head, and lasting big-bubbled foam. The hop aroma is not too forthcoming, but the beer contain quite a bit of bitterness and large chunks of grapefruit. The malts are biscuity and pretzel-like and definitely pull their weight. A light smokiness is evident, as well as an appealing earthiness from the yeast, but the hops bash those flavors down. The bitterness lingers on the tongue a bit too long for my taste. I'd say a touch more aromatics, a fraction less bitterness, play up the yeast and burnt maltiness, and this would be near perfect. As such, it's a worthwhile beer but not outstanding.

Thrasher, Mar 15, 2005
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Its great to see this old school northwertern company now here in the triad.Poured into a imperial nonic a hazed deep burnt orange with a thinner but well sustained white head.Aromas are dominated by herbal/citric hop with a caramel sweet malt base as well.Flavors of herbal tea and grapefruit upfront with a hefty caramel toffee malt base,pretty well balanced with the hops winning out slightly.A very good old school IPA with a bit of an English element in it to me,I liked it and will get more.

oberon, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of RoyalT
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%

Appearance – Orange and very cloudy in the body with a decent head.

Smell – This was has a fantastic bouquet. It’s a combination of sweet, caramel malt and complex hops. The piney tease is just right, and everything comes together nicely here at the nose.

Taste – The piney hops are nowhere to be found and are replaced with big floral and citrus. There’s also some serious peppered spicing in there. The malt is laden with sugars and caramel and is very sweet.

The spicing is good but almost too much. It’s very dark and powdery. There’s pepper in there for sure and other dark spices. These mix well with the big citrus hops.

Mouthfeel – A bit on the dry side and definitely (at least) medium-bodied.

Drinkability – I really enjoyed this ale, but it is definitely NW and may not be to everyone’s liking.

Update – I originally reviewed this in 2003 so thought it would be fun to re-review it with a 2004 vintage. For the most part it is very consistent, although I didn’t find this new batch to be as spicy. The head came up a lot better though so I’m raising the Appearance rating by half a point.

RoyalT, Dec 31, 2003
Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%

12 oz. brown long neck bottle with a freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Lightly hazed coppery orange hue, a thick pancake like head rests on top and does not want to break apart.

Smell: Soft pungent citric hop aroma, very floral with hints of tangerine juice. Soft bready grain in the nose as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy with a bitter start. Malt sweetness shows it is big enough to handle the hops and the hops have to muscle-up to make sure they are on top. The pungency of the hops is very pleasing with a citric tone all the way through. Subtle fruitiness with a yeast backing. Ends with a supple bready sweetness and a slam of pungent oily hop.

Notes: This is what I think the ideal standard American brewed IPA should taste like as it has all of the trademark qualities of one. An easy pairing for me was to put it up against a sharp aged cheddar.

Jason, Mar 10, 2003
Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev +6.4%

aquazr1, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%

On-tap at the brewpub.

My second beer of the afternoon from Pike. Somewhay hazy peachy-copper in color. Nice lacing on the pint glass. Aromas are a mixture of floral and citrus. Nothing to nose-piercing. Flavor is a more balanced mix of the citric-floral hops and a sweet, almost caramel malt flavor. Finish is dry and long-lasting with bitterness. Good mouthfeel and drinkable.

OldFrothingSlosh, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of kingcrowing
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%

On tap poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a very clear amber with a small white head with lots of what lacing. Nose is tame without much going for it.

Taste is well balanced, malty with a light hop bite but not over he top, fairly earthy with a smooth finish. Carbonation is light.

kingcrowing, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +6.4%

virinow, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of boatshoes
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Received this in my first BIF in a package from Brewfan. Thanks!

Appearance- Pours a nice looking amber-golden with about two fingers of very tight, bubbly head on top. Great head retention, and a layer actually sticks around throughout the drink. Not much in the way of visible carbonation beading up.

Smell- Lots of hops, and as is the case with many west coast IPAs, I find it to be on the side of very fruity smelling hops. A lot of grapefruit bursting out with just a touch of malt sweetness underneath.

Taste- Grapefruit rind with a touch of pine resin come across in a big way first, as I like from a good IPA. However, I find this to be surprisingly balanced for a west coast IPA, with some malt noticeably coming across on the palate. I like it, though it definitely doesn't hit me in the face as much as I was expecting.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Very good creamy mouthfeel on this one with very nice carbonation. Drinkability is also very solid on this one for me because of the balance.

Overall, I like it. A very good IPA and one that I'd have again. Doesn't beat you over the head with hops despite being very hop forward. While not the best IPA I've ever had, I'd definitely have it again.

boatshoes, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of chickenm
4.25/5  rDev +13%

chickenm, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of far333
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%

Slightly hazy apricot colored with a low beige head that rises up minimally and quickly flattens out to a soapy cap.

Aroma of bready malt, citrus, and honey.

Initially sharp citrus hop flavor, accented with honey. Quickly moves to piney hops, fairly bitter, some grapefruit rind lingers. Flavorful, but not overly complex.

Thin mouthfeel, a little slick. Decent drinkability, tasty but not approaching greatness.

far333, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of Dello
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Dello, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%

A classic IPA. Pike, always one of my fave breweries. More orange than many of the old school IPAs, looks like a new style west coast ipa. Great aroma, smells and tastes like Cascades.

Hides the alcohol well (a Pike trademark), good backbone to the beer, doesn't allow the large amount of bitterness and hop character to run free, unbalanced. All works together quite nicely. Loses a little bit mouthfeel wise, because its been known to take on a woodsier feel down the road, losing some of its hoppiness.

Beerandraiderfan, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of WaydeRafnel
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

WaydeRafnel, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +6.4%

LXIXME, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of caddybuyer
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured from a chilled bomber, 6.3 ABV, 60 IBU.

A-Pours a dark apricot unfiltered amber with a fairly thin eggshell head that settles rapidly. Nice looking beer, a bit dark from what I would expect from an IPA.

S-Mostly sweet caramel malts. Not picking up much hop character here, but what I am picking up is of the citrus rind variety.

T-Huge creamy hop goodness mated with an equally huge sweet juicy malt backbone. Well balanced taste that tapers off in a lingering astringent bitter finish. Feels bigger than the ABV suggests, taste-wise.

M-Well balanced carbonation, and a creamy mouthfeel that is fairly heavy for the style, but I'm not saying it is a bad thing, just different.

O-I will definitely be buying this again. Nice switchup from the traditional summer refresher IPA, this would do very well with some chill in the wind. Well done.

caddybuyer, Aug 10, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

This beer pours a clear medium amber hue, with two fingers of soapy light beige head, which leaves a decent round of thin webbed lace on the glass as it falls away. It smells of caramel and toffee malt, and zingy citrus. The taste is pine and citrus oil, with a biscuit/toffee sweet undertone. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, viscous, and smooth, and it finishes off-dry, the caramel malt and pine hop doing the watusi well past the end of the music.

A pretty decent IPA, and despite the prevalent hop character, what I took away was actually the sweetness. Huh.

biboergosum, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of mdaschaf
3.28/5  rDev -12.8%

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a small off-white head on top. Not much retention or lacing.

S: Seems to a bit on the malty side for an IPA. Some graham cracker malt, caramel, and a little bread. There is some faint grass and citrus fruit.

T: Also a little maltier than I would prefer with some caramel malt pretty heavy throughout. Some light grassy and floral hops as well as some faint citrus.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty easy drinking.

O: An average IPA, a little on the malty side.

mdaschaf, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of appenzeller
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%

Pours a nice light amber, fairly opaque, bright. Modest head with an aggressive pour.

The smell is subdued, hoppy and bitterish with orange or lemon,

I like the taste of this beer, it's predominantly hoppy, of course, but the hops are only the baseline element, there are notes of sweet caramel malt, citrus, on top and it's all well balanced. Mouthfeel is similarly good, substantive enough to be full flavored yet still crispy and refreshing. In summary, this is a pretty good IPA and one that I'd regularly pick with my dinner (compliment, of course).

Interesting sidenote, but in my experience this is a brewer that just gets no PR or respect here in its hometown. There's plenty of competition, of course, but Pike makes some nice brews and I don't get why they are so under the radar.

appenzeller, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of Aeromaximus
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Aeromaximus, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%

Bottle courtesy of Presario. Pours orange body with significant off-white head. Mild hop aroma. Passable IPA taste, the bitterness is there mostly in the finish, almost astringent.A little grapefruit. Not greatly drinkable.Midling mouthfeel.Malt there but it does nothing special for me.

Sammy, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of ElGordo
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%

Pours a deep amber hue topped by a half-inch of creamy white head that has a bit more staying power than the typical IPA. Nice aroma of piney hops, with a hint of grapefruit. Palate is more subtle, with what seems like a European hop profile. Light, slightly bitter malt is accented by more than a little diacetyl/astringency. Body is nice and creamy, with a touch of stickiness. Overall, fairly solid, but the astringency gets to be a bit much.

ElGordo, Sep 11, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev +6.4%

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy amber color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is sweet malt, caramel and some citrusy hops with some alcohol coming through as well. The aroma is more balanced and less focused on the hops more similar to an East Coast IPA rather than the stereotypical West Coast IPA.

T- The taste like the aroma suggests is very balanced for an IPA. Almost drinks like a slightly weaker Barleywine. There is a solid malt backbone with a good dose of bitterness in the finish from the hops.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Pike IPA is a solid IPA that is worth a try.

cjgator3, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a cloudy amber color. Thin white head for an IPA. Ok lacing.

Aroma could use more hops. Little bit of citrus and mostly malt. Smells ok though.

Taste is better than the aroma would suggest. Pretty decent malt taste with a bit of hop bite. Could use a bit more hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavier than I like but good.

Overall a tasty IPA. There are better avaliable to me but I might pick it up every once in a while.

PeprSprYoFace, May 26, 2011
Photo of silver0rlead
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%

Pours a hazy amber color with a frothy beige head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma has nice west coast hops upfront (juicy, piney, citrusy), along with caramel and honey, biscuit, fruity esters and a little chalky astringence. The flavor has piney and citrusy hops initially, along with some caramel and biscuit, fruity esters, and chalk. The mouthfeel is moderate and drinkability is decent. More bitter than flavorful, this is a decent stab at the style but not something I would revisit again.

silver0rlead, Jul 20, 2010
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Pike India Pale Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 364 ratings.