Pike India Pale Ale - Pike Pub & Brewery

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Pike India Pale AlePike India Pale Ale

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378 Ratings

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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 14
Gots: 14 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-23-2002)
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a deep copper-orange color with about a half inch of white head that low retention and moderate lacing.

The aroma is nicely balanced between malt and hops, with pine being the most noticeable hop scent. On the tongue, the beer remains well balanced and has a dry, citrusy finish.

The body is fairly typical for the style. Drinkability is very good, mostly due to the balanced nature of this brew. Overall, a solid, if unspectacular, example of the style. This beer won't knock your socks off, but is a dependable brew.

Photo of philbertk
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pike Brewing Company--Pike IPA--1998 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.90% ABV. (4.75 / 5.0) IPA--Light red clear golden color. Rich hop aroma, clean sweet malt body, and balanced hop finish. Abundant hops slightly more bitter than aromatic. Best Bottled IPA Available. Sampled 10/3/1998.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike IPA--1999 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.00% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) IPA--Relabeled to reflect actual ABV. Seems much bigger. Intense floral but not flowery hop front followed by quick sense of rich sweet dry body then big dry hop finish. Sampled 12/25/1998.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike IPA--Small Logo--1999 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.30% ABV. (4.75 / 5.0) IPA--First sip conveys perfect balance of a rich floral hop front, sweet nutty caramel crystal malt body and balancing earthy hop finish. Rich copper color with a shade of red. Only Hop Ottin is better. Sampled 6/17/1999.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike IPA--2001 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.30% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) IPA--Clear amber golden color. Rich floral hop front. Mild rich caramel malt body with balanced rich sweetness. Crisp smooth hoppy end. Very nice. Bottled version is better. Sampled 3/14/2001.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike IPA India Pale Ale--2003 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.30% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) IPA --BC sediment. Rich thick lacy head. Hazy rich amber color. Mellow floral hop front. Rich tangy tart malty sweet citrus smoth caramel bisquit body with yeast notes. Balanced rich citrus hop end. Sampled 12/18/2003.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike IPA--India Pale Ale--2004 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.30%--60 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) IPA--Crystal amber golden red color. Mild floral hop front. Smooth sweet creamy crystal malt caramel body. Crisp tangy mild citrus fruit flavor. Clean hot balanced hop spice end. Sampled 4/5/2004.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike *I*P*A*--2005 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.30% ABV--60 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) IPA--Mild lace head. Clear rich bright amber gold color. Crisp mild floral hop front. Smooth mild sweet caramel body. Mild balanced hop citrus end. Dumbed Down Again!!? Sampled 5/19/2005.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike I.P.A. India Pale Ale--2006 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.30% ABV--55 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) IPA--Mild lacy head. Clear bright thin amber color. Earthy floral hop front. Thin crisp tangy caramel mild sweet earthy body. Tangy creamy bitter hop spice clean end. Rich hop medium IPA. Sampled 12/6/2006.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike IPA India Pale Ale--2009 Release--22 oz. Bottle--6.50% ABV--60 IBU's. (4.1 / 5.0) IPA--Big foamy mild lace off white head. Clear rich deep amber color. Earthy malty floral hop front. Cloying malty doughy caramel bisquit mellow sweet bread body. Mild earthy crusty bitter hint hop spice lingering malt mild citrus end. Malty English Accents. Filling. Sampled 5/18/2009. $4.69 Each.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike IPA India Pale Ale--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 6.30% ABV--60 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Mild lace thin white head. Clear rich bright amber color. Floral earthy hop front. Smooth mellow sweet caramel biscuit slightly earthy light toasted malty body. Mellow hop spice end. Big Pale Ale--Mild IPA. Sampled 3/26/2010. 2 @ $3.99 Each.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike IPA--5 oz Taster @ Pike Pub & Brewery. 6.30% ABV. 60 IBU's. Lacy head. Rich clear amber gold color. Earthy floral hop front. Malty rich doughy caramel body. Earthy hop spice end. Classic NW IPA. (4.0 / 5.0) Sampled 5/9/2010.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike *I*P* A* India Pale Ale--2010-A 12 oz. Bottle. 6.30% ABV. 60 IBU's. (3.25 / 50) March Purchase. Aged Poorly. Thin white fizz light lace head. Cloudy bright amber orange color. Fruity floral hop front. Bottle Conditioned sediment dust. OG 1.062. Sweet fruity dry textured hop resin hint flat rich Amber Ale caramel malt body. Mild hop citrus clean dry end. Sampled 7/9/2010. 6-Pack $6.99.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike *I*P* A* India Pale Ale Beer / Biere--2010 12 oz. Bottle Version B. 6.30% ABV. 60 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Thin mild lace off white head. Clear bright rich dark amber red orange color. Bottle Conditioned, but no sediment. Earthy floral pine hop doughy malt front. Slightly crusty sweet cloying rich toasted biscuit caramel mild fruit malty body. Dry sweet clean earthy bitter hop spice lingering malt end. Relatively mildly floral earthy rich NW medium strength IPA. Sampled 7/7/2010. 6-Pack $6.99.

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3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle with no discernable date, but brand new to market.

Pours bright orange with a thick just off white head.

Nice piney and juicy citrusy smell with some malt sweetness.

Taste is bitter, biscuit, dry and right on for the style.

Mouthfeel is a little thin.

The dryness keeps me wanting more.

A nice beer from Pike, the first I have had or seen of their beers.

Photo of cdizinno
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. brown bottle with no freshness date.

A: Lightly hazed golden orange color. The off-white head disappears quickly. Little to no lacing.

S: Soft citric hop aroma. Floral, earthy, and mild grain in the nose as well.

T&M: Smooth and creamy with a big citrus hop flavor all the way through. The malt sweetness balances the hops nicely. Ends real dry with a bready sweetness. Medium bodied.

Very good IPA. I'd love to try this stuff fresh.

Photo of babaracas
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Brewery direct" from totalwine. Listed as EIPA on shelf talker, as AIPA here. Reviewing as something inbetween as it seems to fall between the two poles. Pours a mostly clear dark amber with two finger cream colored head, fades to thin cap leaving a few blobs of lace. Smell: the operative word here is subdued - leafy, lemony hop, tea, toffee, ultra yeasty bread. Taste: toffee, earthy and slightly citric hopping. Low to medium bodied, semi dry, sweet finish. It's a bit lacking in character though not entirely unenjoyable.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: amber-hued body with a thinnish, near white head. decent lacing.

Smell: toasty amber malts, sublte citrus fruit, herbaceous hop notes.

Taste: sweetish flavor of amber malts, very balanced as a english IPA should be. Earthy and light hop character but with only a subdued bitterness. finshes pretty dry..

Mouthfeel: Medium body.

Drinkability: solid english IPA brewed to old world style and I would seek out again. a nice break from my everyday hop bombs.

Photo of vtfan77
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a crystal clear golden orange with about a half inch of head. The head quickly dissipates, leaving behind a persistent ring of lace at the top and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.

S- Tart, lemony aroma from the hops is backed by bready and caramelly malts. Not too complex, but pretty nice.

T- The hops come through first with a bit of a zesty, lemony tartness that is soon joined by a touch of caramel and cracker-like malt. A leafy, tea-like bitterness pushes through on the finish.

M- On the light side of medium and smooth to the point of being a little watery. Carbonation level is fairly low.

D- Eh, it's pretty boring overall. I'll finish the bomber but I don't really want more.

Pretty much your run-of-the-mill IPA. It's not terrible, but it's not good either. At least it's cheap (3.99 a bomber), but even so, I doubt I'll be revisiting it.

Photo of dedrinker
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium amber color, thin off-white head.

Aromas of sweet malt and floral hops.

Flavors of caramel, and piney, spicey, floral hops.

soft-n-sticky medium body carries good Pacific Northwest hop character all the way from start to finish.

Great drinkability; Just got off work and powered through this with pleasure and ease - taking only enough time to think and write this review before finishing.

Photo of appenzeller
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Norfawkers
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decent all-around IPA and very drinkable

Appearance: Dark amber with a thick foamy head

Smell: Hoppy with malts and grains

Taste: Malty with a hop kick

Mouthfeel: Smooth and mild with a lingering bitterness

Drinkability: Malt and hop balance; highly drinkable en masse

Photo of tchenery
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Total Wine. If you're in VA, they got a direct shipment from the brewery and are the only suppliers locally and carry all year-round styles.

The beer is a browny, orange color. It has a nice laced head that keeps throughout. It smells kind of sweet and floral.

There is an initial dry taste followed by a malt forward sensation that is immediately followed again by a bitter dryness. This is a rather tasty brew. It is very well balanced for the style. It definitely has the hop kick to make in an IPA but it's not overwhelming, it's not too fruity, and it masks the 6.3% ABV very well. There is a bit of a buttery sensation, along with a very full mouthfeel.

This is a massively drinkable IPA. It's not "too" anything which is a nice change from what everyone else is doing that usually exploits one characteristic of style.

Well done.

Photo of smanders
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pike products have been showing up more and more out here on the East Coast and so far they've all been a treat. Picked this bomber up on a lazy Saturday afternoon for a sweet $3.99.

Poured into your standard British pint glass this IPA is beautiful: dark copper, a wee bit hazy, and a solid head. The aromas are nicely balanced between the piney-ness of the hops and the sweet (sugar candy) of the malt. It really makes you want to take a big gulp! OK, I will. Nice! Up front is big-time malty goodness which is quickly followed by hoppy spice/pine. Superbly balanced with a slick finish. This is what should come to mind when someone says "American Pale Ale." Excellent taste, enough alcohol to satisfy without causing fits, and inexpensive...What's not to like about Pike?


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3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured In: Wine Glass
Attained through a trade.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber and burnt orange color with a finger of head after my aggressive pour. The head retention is low; it's disappeared after only a minute. There's no lacing to be found on the side of the glass.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt shows up first, and it stays there. A little bit of citrus hop characters is in there, but the pale and caramel malt dominate the nose.

Taste: The palate follows suite with the nose, a load of caramel and pale malt show up right away. Some citrus notes including orange and just a dash of mango show up. The bitterness is high; they had a high hop level during the boil. The citrus flavor really comes out during the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and an average amount of carbonation. Hop oils are coating my teeth after each sip which is pleasant.

Drinkability: A well put together beer, though I don't know if it'd end up in my crate again. There is a nice hop presence, but there is an even bigger malt presence. I think this could be turned into an IIPA with a lot more dry hopping and hop additions at the end of the boil. The malt body is there to support it.

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3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.
6.99 22oz
Lone Star Liquors
Plano, Texas

Jack Fisher
Staples Corner Liquors

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4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of hophead247
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Vengeance526
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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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.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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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.

Pike India Pale Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.