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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

370 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 370
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 14
Gots: 12 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 t0rin0
4/5  rDev +6.4%

t0rin0, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

spycow, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear and three parts orange to one part gold. The cap is cream in color, average in size and firm. It falls first at the edges, stays crowned in the middle, and is beginning to leave a generous amount of lace in thick, chunky rings.

The nose is assertively hopped--citrus zest primarily--but it's obvious that, as the label says, the beer has a 'strong malt character'. Hops rule on the palate without a doubt, but are kept in check by a sweet cookie-like pale malt backbone. The major flavors are white grapefruit pith and orange peel with something a bit more musky in the background.

The beer tastes and feels very clean in the mouth; I actually prefer those murky, particulate-laden, hop leafy, resinous IPAs. Not a problem though, this is still a pretty tasty version. The finish is long and nicely citrus hoppy bitter. The body/mouthfeel is good, not great, given the style.

Pike India Pale Ale is a better than decent IPA. It has most of the elements that I look for, but doesn't quite impress me enough to become one of my very favorites. It's still solid though and I'd be happy if I could buy it locally.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 29, 2004
Photo of GRG1313
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a vivid orange amber with a light white head.

Nose is all fresh sweet and ripe pineapple. Mouthfeel is rich, thick and full bodied.

Flavors are rich and full fruity undertoned bitter grapefruit hops. This beer has remarkable balance between malt and hops, although the bitter hops come through great in the finish.

Initial flavors hit you with some fruity "sweet" malt characteristics that then go directly to the bitter grapefuit hops and to a grapefruit skin/pine bitter finish.

This is a very "consumer friendly" and "go to" IPA that is likely to please most. Really nice.

GRG1313, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -20.2%

ygtbsm94, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

jaydoc, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy, burnt orange body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: Simple but pervasive spice and zest hop scents overlaying a bready pale malt backing.

Taste: Upfront pale malts with a touch of breadiness to them and a bit of sweetness. Hint of steeped grains. Touch of apricot fruitiness. Spicy, lightly citrusy (though it grows a bit citric as you go along) hops with a pop of medium-high bitterness. Finishes as dry and bitter as one would expect.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid, ideal India Pale Ale that really gets the job done.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

It's nice to be able to watch the Sox on TV, but without Hawk and Stone Pony it's just not the same. The beer pours a generally clear orange amber topped by about a finger of white foam. The nose comprises sweet caramel, buttery biscuits, and a frosting of sharp grapefruit. The taste is slightly more hop-forward, with grapefruit and pine resin making up the plurality, but not dominating; the caramel and butter are joined by some light toffee in the minority. The body is a heavy light, with a light carbonation and a relatively dry-ish finish. Overall, a nice IPA, not too strong on either end of the spectrum, and just an iota off-balance. Good stuff.

TMoney2591, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 Jason
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 nickfl
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

nickfl, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a murky brown color, with a very thin off-white head that fades very quickly and leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts with sweet flavors of caramel, tea and citrus. Then a mild hops presence comes in and is pretty weak for the style but gets a little stronger as you continue to drink the beer. The malt character is hearty and there's a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are a lot of others in the style that I would pick first.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 05, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Slatetank, May 23, 2013
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer opens with foam oozing out of the bottle. Oddly, there is a very small head--light, spotty lace. The liquid is cloudy with an orange amber color.

Pretty good balance for an IPA. The hop nose is spicy and lacking floral notes. The malt smell is slightly sweet with a touch of caramel.

Biting bitter hop (bottle says 60 IBU's). The aftertaste is like sucking a hop pellet; it lasts a very, very long time. Full bodied with a high level of carbonation.

smcolw, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of Gueuzedude
2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is an amber tinged, copper hue that shows an almost clear, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is not overwhelmingly hoppy, but is hop dominated with notes of grapefruit, orange juice, tangerine zest and a touch of lychee. There is some malt character noticeable in the nose as well with a bit of sticky crystal malt, lightly toasted malt, a bit of biscuit character or perhaps more of a cracker like note of grain.

A bit thin somehow with a washed out citrus hop character, both of which have me wondering if it is my palate or the beer. There is a solid hop bitterness here that resides throughout the flavor profile. Lingering in the finish is both the hop bitterness as well as a thin, but sweet crystal malt character that just allows some citrus character to linger for a bit; really what ends up lingering in the long finish is a bit of herbal / menthol character and the hop bitterness. Somehow the citrus hop character, in combination with the crystal malt and body, just comes off as being thin and wan. Crystal malt character contributes a distracting flavor similar to sweet tea.

Not that great of an IPA, seems a bit washed out and, due to the lack of hop character, a bit too dominated by crystal malt flavors.

Purchased: Liquid Solutions

Gueuzedude, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, picked one up, the first time I've seen this WA brewery in SoCal,

A: Pours a hazy orange, not the greatest clarity for an IPA. Long-lasting if small head, solid IPA lacing.

S: Moderate pine oil, grapefruit pith, dry smell.

T: Good pine notes from the hops, though overall the flavours don't really evolve from that, one-dimensional hop flavour. Toasty, bread biscuit malt. A good flavour that gets more interesting as it warms up.

M: Resiny, soft carbonation, astringent at times.

D: A nice beer from Pike, under $4 a bomber to boot, though at that price range I always think I'd go with Racer 5, but I might mix it up with this if I'm in a piney mood.

Halcyondays, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

10/05/05- Purchased at Bottleoworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a best by dating tab on the side of the label. Poured into my Englander pint glass.

Appearance- Just a tad cloudy amber-orange colored pour. Creamy as hell looking sterling white head of about 3/4 inches. Very nice clinging lace on the sides. A nice layer of head remains constant throughout the whole beer.

Smell- Somewhat light toasted malt scent, but it is there. Combined with a sugary and candied hop scent.

Taste- Sugary to be sure, but a very large pine tasting hop blast awaits. Nice dark malt flavoring as well. Very bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- A touch watery in the mouth, with some lighter carbonation. Sort of thin mouthfeel.

Drinkability- If this dude had a bit more carbonation, it would be one kick ass IPA. Even as it stands it is one that I would buy again. Nice hophead style IPA.

GClarkage, Oct 05, 2005
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pike's in Seattle.

Pours a bright but deep golden hue with good clarity. Head is very solid and full, forming a white crown above the beer. Some patchy lace forms. Body is light, but streaming with carbonation. Looks very decent.

Nose is pithy and pungent lemon freshness from the start. Very powerful and very enjoyable. This is backed up by some solid, if slightly meaty malt characters—just enough to give some coherence and weight to the aroma. Overall, it comes across as fresh and bright. Good stuff.

Taste is similar. Really nice, fresh, lemony hop characters, with a punchy, pithy bitterness to bring up the rear. The malt is subsumed by the hops, but provides the support required to showcase them. It's balanced and drinkable too, with a clean brusqueness on the back that ensures you're bustled into taking your next sip.

This is a good beer indeed, and far above the more pedestrian efforts in the Pike range. Very nicely balanced, fresh and pithy IPA.

lacqueredmouse, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orangeish-brown Ice Tea color. half inch head, faded rather quick with some islanding.

Aroma is hops, pine, malts, apricot, and some breadiness...

Slightly bitter flavor, than hops follow with a sweet maltiness mixed in with some spice. the hops linger a bit to remind you you're drinking an american IPA. Pretty decent. Nothing that makes you say "Wow", but as Randy Jackson would say, "it was a'ight".

barleywinefiend, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of akorsak
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The IPA is an amber color, mid-way between red and orange. The head measured near 1 fnger that seems to lace nicely.

S: The nose is a zesty, grapefruity hop. Some resiny pine pops up near the end, adding a wet, thick aroma.

T: My first impression is big hoppiness. Some grapefruit and lemon rind along with piney resinous flavors emerge early on. They are, however, quickly swallowed by the grainy malt body. The malty body is fairly thin and, thankfully, returns to a very bitter hop finish. That end hops are not very well defined, choosing to overwhelm with bitterness rather than flavor.

M: The mouthfeel goes for the bitter effect, starting well but allowing hop entropy to occur.

D: The bitter finish is off-putting, ruining a decent hop flavor that appears up front.

akorsak, May 06, 2007
Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +6.4%

LXIXME, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is mostly malty, with some hops, and citrus. The taste is malty, with some hops, and citrus, very slight pines. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty brew.

Wasatch, Jul 29, 2008
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Pike India Pale Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 370 ratings.