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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

365 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 365
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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Photo of Pencible
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%

A: This poured hazy gold with some white head.
S: It smelled like citrus and copper hops, with some light caramel malt.
T: It tasted like herbal and citrus hops, with some caramel malt. It had a bitter aftertaste that was a bit harsh.
M: It was watery with some carbonation.
D: This had a decent taste, but was not super clean or smooth. It had decent body too, and was easy enough to drink. Better than their Pale Ale, but still not recommended.

Pencible, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of spointon
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%

I had this on tap at the Pike brewpub in Seattle.

A= This ale poured a slightly hazy orange/gold color with a 1/2" white head. The head settled to a thin cap and left thin lacing down my glass.

S= Citrusy and piney hops over a sweet smelling bakery malt background.

T= More malt forward than I expected, with a caramel sweetness matching the bitterness every step of the way. The hops were mostly citrus but had a definite but small pine bite. Bitterness level was modest. Esters were light and the finish was dry.

MF= Medium bodied with a fairly soft carbonation level.

D= This was a well made IPA, but compared to the competition this is pretty tame by today's standards. If you are looking for a fairly balanced American IPA, this is the beer for you.

spointon, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of caddyshack199
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%

Pike IPA
Seattle WA

Pours a cloudy amber color with a nice head. Some what fleeting does leave some lacing. Smell some sweetness on the nose along with fresh hops. Light hop flavor by today's standards. Well balanced. Nice to see a brewery take a balanced aproach to IPA far to many are not. High marks for the one.
8/10
6.99 22oz
Lone Star Liquors
Plano, Texas

Jack Fisher
Staples Corner Liquors

caddyshack199, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of blackc5
4.1/5  rDev +9%

A - On-tap in a large, skinny pilsner glass, this was a fairly dark orange, copper tone with pretty decent lacing.

S - Nose is mostly citrus, grapefruit hops, with just a bit of grainy malt and caramel.

T - Classic West-coast IPA. Very hop forward with mostly a citrus flavor. Lemon, tangerine and grapefruit dominate, and the caramel malts provide balance, fading to the expected bitterness. Although not up to some of its more current, extreme peers, it is still quite good and enjoyable.

M - Nice medium body with good carbonation. Hops give some viscous resiny thickness.

D - Sky high, as this drinks well on its own, and also stands up very good to pub food. Easier on the palate then their DIPA, this is great example of the style.

blackc5, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of hophead247
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours a clear, deep burnt copper color, small half inch of thick white head that stays around forever. Muted, almost nonexistent aroma- some light notes of pine and faint toasted caramel. Flavor starts with sharp, earthy bitterness. Following the nose, notes of pine resin; some fresh cut marigolds and other floral notes, dry semi-sweet toasted malts. Malt shows some nutty notes as well. Palate is light and clean, with nothing lingering on the aftertaste. Decent beer.

hophead247, Feb 15, 2010
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 Vengeance526
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours a dark orange/gold color with a light off-white head that fades away fairly quickly while leaving good bits of lacing .

Aroma is very citric with a lot of lemon upfront, but also gives way to a sweet malty tone in the back.

Taste starts off with a nice balance of caramel malt and citric hops. Lemon is most prominent with grapefruit present to a lesser degree. Immediately in to each sip, the caramel and bready malt comes in. Not as hoppy as I normally like for my IPAs, but the balance was pulled off so well that I found it to be quite enjoyable all the same.

Medium body and medium carbonation. Again, not what I normally look form in an IPA, perhaps a little too malty for my preferred taste, but a more balanced IPA is good to have every now and then. I would drink this again in an instant, just not if I was having an intense hop craving.

Vengeance526, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of donniecuffs
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into an American pint glass, a copper/amber with two fingers of off-white head with great lacing. Smelled of apple, pear, malt, and pine needles, while the taste confirmed all of these, as well as revealing some ginger and a dry finish, with an apple-y aftertaste. The mouthfeel was a smooth medium, with a high level of carbonation. Not as bitter-hoppy as most IPA's, but a very pleasant mix. Very sessionable.

donniecuffs, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%

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
Photo of Flightoficarus
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Serving type - 12 oz bottle into Orval goblet

Appearance - Pours a nice amber color, with a fairly thick off-white head, and leaves great lacing around the glass.

Smell - Lots of hops, caramel malts, and pine, grapefruit notes

Taste - A nice, well balanced palate of flavors that mimics the smell for the most part. There's a good deal of balance in this IPA between hops and caramel malt, and some grapefruit flavors to make for a very solid, approachable IPA overall.

Mouthfeel - This was one of the highlights of the beer IMO. It has a nice, creamy mouthfeel that adds some good character to this beer. Very enjoyable!

Drinkability - Not too heavy, nor light, this is an excellent session IPA.

Overall - A very solid offering from Pike brewing, I'll have to try this one on tap next time.

Flightoficarus, Jan 01, 2010
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 GRG1313
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%

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 albern
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

This is a really good IPA with a nice balance and a full palate of flavors. It is lightish copper color with a small head, not much retention or lacing going on. The nose is huge caramel malts, sweet bready florals, a touch of hop too.

The beer is medium bodied and has a bit of complexity. There is a pronounced bready malt flavor up front and this segues into very tangy, orange burst hop citrus flavors. There is sweetish malts, caramel underneath, some bittering going on as well, from some leafy hop. The beer works quite well and the caramels, bready mid section, orangey hops, and bittering hops complement each other and provide a cascade of tastes that also blend well. This is a very nice IPA, it's a pretty robust offering but it isn't so loaded with ABV that things get distracted. L'Chaim.

albern, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of efhart
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%

I drank this IPA three different occasions while visiting in Seattle at The Pike Seattle Brewery. The beer was an excellent balance of significant hop for an IPA with good malt flavor and body. This is a very good to excellent beer that can be drank alone or with food.

efhart, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of MeisterBurger
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours a medium amber with a head of coarse bubbles. The lacing and head retention are respectable.

The aroma is like candy, sweet sugary malty caramel and orangey tropical fruits. Very deftly dry hopped, this one.

The taste is a bittersweet ray of hoppy sunshine. There's a little bit of pineapple and pink grapefruit rind along with a hint of caramel struggling to keep up, but it does. Barely. Once that all dies down, there's a lingering herbal aftertaste. The balance is certainly shifted towards pine resin bitterness, and no bad thing for an IPA, but it would be nice if a bit more of the hop flavor came through to add a bit of depth and complexity to an otherwise mostly bitter beer.

It's disappointing that the taste doesn't really jibe with the aroma. The nose promises sweetness but the taste delivers mostly bitterness.

The mouthfeel is medium-full, creeping up on slick and oily.

There's no surprises here. It doesn't raise the bar for IPAs. But it's a highly drinkable, very good example of an American IPA and I'd happily drink it again.

MeisterBurger, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of cvfish
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%

A - This beer poured a very orange color that produced a foamy off white head that had decent retention and laced the side of the glass moderately

S - The aromas produced by this beer were dominated by the citrus hops, but small wisps of malts can also be detected

T - The taste of this beer had a sweet, sugar cookie malty taste at the beginning and was followed by a healthy dose (not a blast) of bitter, citrus hoppiness

M - The mouthfeel of this beer was great, a medium body with a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - The drinkability of this IPA was pretty good, not an overly bitter IPA, but it was pretty good, I would buy this one again

cvfish, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of TheFlern
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%

Appearance: Dark amber with plenty of head. Okay retention.

Smell: A great mixture of Yeast, Hops, and Malt

Taste: Very balanced but more hop flavor would be nice. With this much hops its better to err slightly in favor of a hoppy taste than a balanced taste because otherwise it comes out slightly blah. Still much better than most American IPAs from the west coast.

Mouthfeel: This is where the beer earns its stripes imo. It feels a little too thick for the slight lack of hop flavor. With how balanced this beer is I would expect the hops to come through cleaner. Otherwise it is very silky and smooth. It feels very good all the way through.

Drinkability: Sign me up!

TheFlern, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of ricke49
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%

It had been about a year since I'd enjoyed a Pike IPA. A few year ago when I first sampled one I was very impressed. In the interim I'd had some OK representations (i.e. Thunderhead from Pyramid and Broken Halo from Widmer) and some pretty damn good ones (i.e. Inversion from Deschutes) - all NW beers. I'd place this product squarely with the latter. It separated itself from the mediocre ones by a great body/mouthfeel. Perhaps overly citrus-y BUT with a genuine body that provides an opportunity to enjoy that grapefruit favor...rather than have it wisk away from your tongue like a representation with less body (i.e. Thunderhead).

Great color, nice head, very enjoyable quaff with enough body to provide some staying power. Love this Pike!

ricke49, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of snaotheus
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%

Cask at Malt & Vine in Redmond (reviewing on site as I drink it)

pours dirty straw amber, slightly cloudy, thick foamy head and gorgeous lacing. Love the cask. Smells hoppy and damp, mostly pine, but not overpowering.

Taste is piney and malty with a strong bitter aftertaste that lasts a long time.

Mouthfeel is light and thin, almost watery, with a very slight filminess. I could probably enjoy several of these.

snaotheus, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of DeathbySexyBT
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%

A: Deep amber with a hue leaning towards the red side. Not much of a head to speak of.

S (or lack thereof): This is my biggest complaint with this brew. I could barely catch a whiff of anything. What little I did catch was a restrained citrus and caramel malt.

T: Much better than the smell, at least. Biscuit flavored malts and a citrus/orange/herbal hit at first. Starts a little sweet and bitters nicely on the backside. Impressive mutation of flavors. Warms well.

M: Low on the carbonation, but the back-end bite and bitterness masks this well. Medium body.

D: I could hit another round of this, but factoring in accessibility here in Texas, I probably won't.

DeathbySexyBT, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of GreenCard
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%

Appearance: orangey-copper, hazy, medium layer of off-white spongey foam with OK head retention

Aroma: citrusy (kumquat? lemon?) hop scent, caramelly malt

Flavor: bready malt load with a toasty, biscuity backnote; orangey hop flavor and a late-hitting puckering bitterness; finishes dryish with a lingering hop twang

Mouthfeel: medium body, pert carbonation, crisp, astringent

Other comments: The rather raspy hop bitterness is not really playing well with me at the moment. Not because of the bitterness, but because of some inherent QUALITY of the bitterness.

GreenCard, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of BonsaiBrewer
4.97/5  rDev +32.2%

I am wrapping up a week in Seattle and finally made it downtown for the afternoon. Pike's IPA on cask is the best west coast IPA I have had this week, and I have had several other IPAs from other brew pubs during my stay so far.
This is a quintessential IPA - practically perfect in every way! Not quite perfectly clear, but I think this is appropriate given the generous amount of hops that have been pushed into this brew. Love it!

BonsaiBrewer, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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 LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%

Bottle. Pours a hazy orange/brown with a thick white head. Aroma of caramel malt and light fruity (especially tropical fruits) hops. Flavor of bitter grassy hops initially with some citrus and piney hops too. Nice IPA. Slightly on the bitter side but still pretty decent.

LilBeerDoctor, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of Jayli
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%

This beer poured a hazy lighter amber color with a big, creamy two finger off white head that left lots of sticky lace. Nose is primarily of citrus and piney hops with a slight bready malt aroma in the background. The taste of this beer was faint citrus and spicy hops up front. There's very minimal bitterness to the beer. Bready malts are mixed in, perhaps too much taking from the hops. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, medium carbonation, slightly oily going down with a dry finish. This is a very drinkable IPA, but it's average - nothing really pops that would make you choose it over numerous other IPAs.

Jayli, Jul 07, 2009
Pike India Pale Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.