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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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very good

346 Ratings

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Ratings: 346
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 14
Gots: 8 | 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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3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 04:19:28 | More by DeathbySexyBT
Photo of GreenCard


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

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 03:00:57 | More by GreenCard
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4.97/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!

Serving type: cask

07-31-2009 21:20:57 | More by BonsaiBrewer
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 02:47:40 | More by smcolw
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 17:13:26 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 14:14:51 | More by Jayli
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3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Piney, citrus aromas. Thick, rocky, off-white head w/ good retention (> 4 minutes) with nice lacing. Hazy amber color. Malty sweetness up front followed by firm hop bitterness. Medium bodied with a good balance. Finishes clean with some residual hop bitterness. An enjoyable, hoppy, beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 00:12:11 | More by beerhobo22
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New York

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A friend of mine had me pick up five bombers of this for her after she enjoyed it in Seattle. She then shared one with me. Beer with friends...you can't go wrong!

Pike IPA features a small head that dissipates slowly, leaving nice lacing on the glass. The brew is dark, the color copper comes to mind. Aromas are bready/grainy malts with a faint floral in the back. Tastes are pretty sweet and fruity for an IPA, with dark fruits like currant or figs coming to mind. Medium-ish mouthfeel, leaving malts more than hop bitterness on the tongue. This IPA has a ton of potential...it's surely delicious fresh and on tap, but I probably wouldn't buy it in the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 05:25:03 | More by washburnkid
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3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a clear mug. No freshness date. Purchased at Ancona's (Ridgefield, CT) for $6.99.

A: Classic amber orange with healthy 1-2 finger sticky off-white head with substantial retention and lacing.

S: Pungent orange, lemon, pine, and floral hops aromas with a light pale malt sweetness

T: The hops are toned down, and the malt flavor is toned up from the aroma. In a blind tasting, I would have categorized this as APA. The crystal malt sweetness is too one-dimensional and sugary to make this a top-notch IPA, although the hops profile is pretty complex with strong citrus, evergreen, and floral flavors coming through.

M: The malt presence gives a thin, slick mouthfeel with a bit of overcarbonation. Aftertaste though is enjoyable hops dominated citrus and floral flavors cut with light sweetness.

D: Good hops-dominated ale but too sweet and carbonated to hit the IPA style on the mark. For the value, others are far better (see GD Titan IPA, Victory Hop Devil, or Avery IPA). Worth a one-time try from this pioneering brewery, but this beer could use a little updating.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 20:57:26 | More by argock
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3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 12:33:00 | More by far333
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4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

IPA's are really all over the place as every brewery has to throw their hat in the ring with their own hoppy and bitter brew. Pike doesn't really disappoint (few do, maybe this style is pretty easy to make, or maybe we all love hops so much that we don't care). This beer bursts with citrus notes and delicious bitter notes and flavors. Not a lot of grass or florals here, but the citrus is welcome and the bitterness is not too overpowering.
A good IPA that is plenty drinkable. Unfortunately it is only available in my area in 22oz bombers.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2009 06:56:06 | More by joshuadlight
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4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the pint glass at room temperature this shows a slightly hazy copper color with a decent off-white head and fair lacing. The aroma is a very pleasant banana grapefruit hop with bready malt support. The flavor comes out with big grapefruit bitterness that brings a significant sweetness and blends nicely with fruit bread and a slightly spicey malt. Generally light and very drinkable yet a very respectable smooth body feel, I find this to be an IPA with a surprisingly nice combination of bitter hop, sweetness and malt goodness. At 60 ibu it packs more hop bitterness than you might think. Alcohol is not particularly notable. Possibly a session brew if sweet and bitter float your boat like it does mine. Great with horseradish cheddar!

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 05:40:05 | More by Durge
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3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Served in a pint glass at the Pike Pub location on 04/27. Good dark golden bronze with amber hues. Head was a bright white ivory fizz across the top of the beer. Little retention and lacing.

S: Subtle pine and floral hops aromas. Nothing overwhelming here but still good. Subtle grapefruit with a touch of biscuit.

T: Reasonable citrus with light pale malts. Not quite the bitter citrus and pine monsters that can be found with other IPA's but perfect if you are looking for a mild hops fix. Not a whole lot of zest or zing but enough of a citrus sting to mask the over 6% ABV.

M: Not quite medium mouth feel. Crisp and refreshing with decent carbonation and a dry finish.

D: Very drinkable. Squeezed in a few for happy hour and these drink very nicely. Not overly hoppy but still a solid offering. Good session IPA without having to worry about numbing out your mouth.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2009 22:22:32 | More by erikm25
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3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured nice and amber, good head. Dirty hop aroma. Toasted malt. Quite toasty. Cereal. This is an old school ipa, so I was not expecting a hop bomb. Toasted ceral malt flavor. Some hop bitterness. Bran cereal flavor, not my favorite. Smooth and refreshing. Flavor is just too strong in a bad way. Makes it less drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 18:15:23 | More by AChamberlain
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3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA is just a bit different for me. The smell is very "light" and is of citrus and hops, floral. This is where it get good. It's not the heavy citrus or typical IPA taste. Taste starts bitter and ends bitter. There is a strong malt flavor with just a hint of citrus in there. It has a very dry finish and very smooth to drink. The light carbonation is perfect. By no means is this the best but I really enjoy it cause it is a bit different.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 21:25:33 | More by lonestar4lunch
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3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber bottle into pint glass.

A: Glowing copper amber coloring, nice lacing with half finger head. Nice looking brew.

S: Heavy malt with some flowery tones coming off the nose as well. Solid.

T & M: This is one incredibly balanced IPA. Mouthfeel just a little on thin, watery side. This almost seems to be along the lines between an English and American IPA.

D: Drinkable, I enjoyed the beer but I'm not sure I would seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 01:28:19 | More by elniko
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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 16:23:55 | More by Halcyondays
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber pour with little head, but lots of carbonation. Somewhat hazy in appearance. The aroma is mostly hops with a hint of fruit (cherries, maybe?). The initial taste is typical IPA, hops, but not too much, although I get a bit of alcohol poking out in the middle. Medium body and nondescript finish. Overall good, but not a standout. I would have preferred something a bit lighter in color with more distinction in the hopping.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2009 17:33:04 | More by LittleDon
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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 19:41:30 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dull orange with a small mostly white quickly dissipating head. Smells of beautiful west coast c-hops that are citrusy like a grapefruit. Fist sip is biting hops that are close to puckering. The hops dominate but there is just enough of a malt backbone to support the massive grapefruity hops. Very nice indeed.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 00:06:00 | More by ATLbeerDog
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pours a clear honey/light amber like color with a frothy 1 finger deep off white head.

Aroma is of mostly sweet malts with some faint flowery hoppiness.

Mildly bitter with some subdued citrus notes, caramel & bready malts, nice bitter finish.

Crisp, clean, smooth, light to medium bodied, moderately carbonated, nice lingering bitterness.

Nice easy drinking IPA. Not a huge West Coast style hop monster. Just a tasty IPA with some nice flavors. Would happily have again.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 01:49:40 | More by bbothen
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3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours like a draft beer, clear, with a beautiful tightly packed creamy head. Golden amber to brown. Smells of nice fresh west coast hops, pine and orange zest. Flavor is a bitter grapefruit, nestled inside a sweet malt base. Sweetness is a little too clying, and the bitterness is a bit overdone without a nice hop flavor to back it up. Medium bodied. Bitterness gets old and there isn't much of a flavor reward in return. Its a fine IPA, just nothing exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 02:58:58 | More by aforbes10
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2.73/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 2/10/2009 (bottle):

Pours a pretty clear orange amber color body, with an average frothy white head. Sweet malty hoppy aroma, some bitterness. English beer smelling, but somewhat weak. Sweet bitter taste. Somewhat bitter, but mostly sweet maltiness. English malt tasting. Almost a our bitterness. Not dry, very wet tasting. Malty semi-bitter aftertaste. Lightly carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2009 19:32:02 | More by jujubeast6000
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pike's IPA is an agreeable ale with succinct flavor and surefooted bittering. But its profile harks back to early 90's ale styles and doesn't flaunt the rainbow of hops regalia commonly found in more contemporary designs. It is clear pale amber with a soapy head and modest carbonation and tilts towards a malty balance, drawing on sweet, resinous hops to enhance its flavor and aroma. Enjoyable, but doesn't rank as a Northwest hops showcase.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2009 02:44:43 | More by RedDiamond
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3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear golden red body with two fingers of white head with good lacing

S - Hops with sweet citrus notes

T - Sweet and bitter hops that are a good mix. More bitter after taste that makes it not as good

M - Medium body with light carbonation

D - Pretty average IPA that is still enjoyable nut not to be sought out

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 22:12:38 | More by midaszero
Pike India Pale Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
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