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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

366 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 14
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 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 jasonjlewis
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a huge head with amazing retention and a nice golden color.

The hop smell isn't there. I whiff and I whiff, but I don't smell much. There are some citrusy hop notes, but nothing that intense.

Taste is of a basic decent ipa. Mostly pale malts with an adequate bitterness. Nothing special. It's good though.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. I'd like a little less carbonation, but that's a personal preference.

This is a decent ipa. Give it a try. It's nothing special or out of the ordinary though.

jasonjlewis, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of GJ40
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on Tap at Pike Pub & Brewery in Seattle.

A - Golden with good clarity, a small head and very little lacing.

S - Floral hops and some malt.

T - Very clean and crisp with lots of floral hops and a slight citrusy flavor. Very nice but not as outgoing as I like in a west coast IPA.

M - Low carbonation and good consistency.

D - Very fun and easy to drink. Would make a good session beer.

GJ40, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Very nice hazy translucent shining amber with a 1-finger head that retains well for decent lacing

S-Great balance of fruity yeast, citrus hops, and sweet malts

T- Tastes like it smells but the deeper flavors really come out

M- Medium body and silky carbonation with no slickness.

D- Drinks very smooth for an IPA. Goodstuff

EnojysAnyBeer, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of Chelsea1905
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice amber colour, with minimal head, but looked good overall

Ok, this smell was really suprising to me. It almost smelled like beef flavoured potatoe chips! I know that sounds strange, but if anyone has ever heard of bovril this is what I thought of when I smelled this

A little beefy in the flavour, but overall quite nicely balanced. The hops seemed to hit late in the swallow

Feels good in the mouth, just the right amount of effervescence

Drank easily, but not really a session beer. ABV is about 6.3% and the alcohol is guised nicely

Chelsea1905, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of itcomesnpints
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy amber with a decent head that retreats into circular colonies on the surface. Stringy lacing. The aroma is very weak for an IPA. Light hop oils. Taste begins with a sharp hoppy bitterness that dies as soon as it arrives, as it is tempered by faint malt. More dry-hopping needed. Mouthfeel is incredibly thin, too thin, and might explain the transient flavor. Larger body and pungency would do wonders to improve this IPA. Pike is an OK IPA, but certainly no treasure.

itcomesnpints, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of allengarvin
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into a half-liter mug glass. It's a nice orange-amber color, a tad hazy, with a small but creamy head. Lots of grapefruit-citrus hop character in the nose, quite pleasant and aromatic. Emphasis is on lots of hop flavor as well. The malt backbone adds a touch of sweetness but it's the citrus, grassy hop taste that dominates, though bitterness is not overly high. Nice dry finish.

The best Pike beer I've had yet.

allengarvin, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of ralree
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried in Seattle in August 2008.

A: Cloudy, no head to speak of, but there is decent lacing. Tannish with a bit of orange color.

S: Hops and fruit are abundant. Alcohol and brown sugar are also present.

T: Nice and grapefruity, with a hint of apricot, and great northwest hop backing. Bready aftertaste with just a hint of brown sugar. Very toasty malt. Alcohol nearly undetectable.

M: Non-astringent, medium-light bodied, a little oily. Very good for the style.

D: I could even drink this when I wasn't in the mood for a beer. Great job!

ralree, Aug 10, 2008
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
Photo of wagenvolks
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Pike Pub & Brewery, Seattle, WA. Listed as 6.5% ABV.

Waitress sets before me a hazy, golden-orange brew with a thin, bubbly grey head that leaves behind patchy lacing. The aroma is bursting with juicy grapefruit hops, lemon zest, and a biscuity malt backbone. This is a great-smelling IPA.

Upon the first sip, spicy, pine hop oils coat the front and sides of the tongue. Pike IPA tastes a bit unbalanced, as the malts seem somewhat muted; all that fills in the middle is a clean mineral crispness before a medicinal hop bitterness picks up the aftertaste. Body is medium-light with a decently refreshing, crisp mouthfeel and a lingering, bitter hoppiness. Although I thoroughly enjoyed this IPA, it could use a touch more balance, as the overwhelming bitterness left it lagging behind better Pacific NW brews.

wagenvolks, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of peck95
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance) an orange/peach color with little head and laciing

smell) a nice pine and hop smell initial hits you but dicipates into more of a medium malt/hop aroma

taste) the taste is that of a solid but not excellent ipa good hop/malt balance

mouthfeel) relatively smooth for abv above 6% wish there was some hop bitterness at the back end, would exponentially improve this beer

drinkability) not overly sweat and not overly bitter and with a reasonable abv this beer goes down smooth and is a good introduction into the craft ipa world

peck95, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of PhxHorn
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this at the brewery in Seattle, and it was a nice middle-of-the-road IPA. Poured from a bottle, the color is a dark copper, moderate amount of foam. Smells like an IPA, hops and citrus, and the flavor does not disappoint. Medium amount of citrus flavors, and a good shot of bitterness in there. Not a hop bomb, but very pleasant. A beer I cold drink plenty of.

PhxHorn, Mar 24, 2008
Photo of jkdrummer
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had many of these since moving out here. The spiciness character of the hops is wonderful. But it seems that I always have issues with Pike's carb or lack there of. So, it's hit or miss with the head. In this case, no head but a gentle lace. Extra sweet in the after taste with some citrus notes as well. It's better to drink this one cold too. Recommended.

jkdrummer, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of SurlyDuff
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright orange with a quickly receding head.

Hops and pine-sol aroma.

Sharp leafy bitter note in the front. Very short finish, dry. It has a strange flavor in there too. Maybe tea leaves or something. It reminded me of a flavor profile in many Sam Adam's or Yuenglings.

Not a big fan of the mouthfeel or drinkability. It's definitly an IPA, one of my favorite styles, and my buds are really attuned and picky when it comes to trying IPA's. This ones just a bit aqueous and bitter.

SurlyDuff, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of GAPit
4.83/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a grainy pale amber with huge amounts of off-white head that lasts, leaving healthy lacing.

Hops dominate nose. Piney, citrusy hops (cascade?) smell fresh and clean. Smells amazing.

Malty sweetness quickly taken over by a big punch of pine/citrus hops. Not too bitter, and lingers just long enough to leave you begging for more.

WOW this stuff is really carbonated. So much so that I think I may have got a unique batch. The lid literally flew across the room when I popped it off with my lighter. And I had to use extreme caution to get a normal amount of head, but still ended up with 3+ fingers of head. Either way, this is an extremely refreshing beer, a delight on the pallet.

I will absolutely be buying some more of these, an amazing example of and American IPA

GAPit, Jan 10, 2008
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 JohnGalt1
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz purchased at the Boise Coop for about $1.50... enjoyed out of a shaker pint. No tunes... just got home from work.

Pretty aggressive pour produced a nice 1 finger eggshell head that quickly dropped to a coating of fine bubbles floating atop a hazy orange brew.... alot of bubbles still coming to the surface.

hop aroma is citrus and spicey... American and English... chewy aroma .. with a fruity yeasty ester aroma.

Flavor is much more pronounced.... the bubbles explode on my tounge releasing a bunch of bitterness... followed my a big toasted malt component combined with an unexpected estery portion, sorta like a lite diacetyl without the buttery slickness. finish is more American hops ending on the English hop flavor. Edit... if I didn't know better, there is some oakiness to the flavor that really stands out as it warms up.

I don't know that I can even remotely call this a standard PNW IPA, more like a West Coast version (amped up with American hops) of an English IPA. Pikes brews are a pretty standard fixture in my fridge... very drinkable.... the body with ample carbonation always wants to make take another drink.

JohnGalt1, Dec 04, 2007
Photo of SargeC
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy amber-orange with a pure white head.

Smell: Piney hops.

Taste: Mildly aggressive IPA. Low level of bitterness, but it works for this beer. Mild citrus bite and some yeast presence.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Low level of dryness.

Drinkability: Very assessable IPA. A good starter IPA to give to the uninitiated.

SargeC, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of cswhitehorse
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pike's IPA is a an amber colored beauty. It pours to a little bit of a foam head that stay a short while. The odor from the beer is a little hop aroma with a little malt thrown in there. The taste is really smooth and it is well balanced between the hops and the malt. It is velvety on the palate and I consider this to be one the better American IPA's I have had.

cswhitehorse, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of beals
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A solid golden color, good head.

S: Low aromatics, which is odd for an IPA.

T: Fresh tasting, especially the hops. Much more bitter than the other Pike ales.

M: Solid body, slightly high carbonation.

D: Drinkable, but a very safe, middle of the road IPA.

beals, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of woemad
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's for $1.29. Features updated label like the other Pike beers.

This poured a hazy orange/amber color with a big, creamy beige head that left lots of sticky lace. Good looking beer!

The primary scent here was one of citrusy hops, with a biscuity malt aroma in the background.

The taste of this beer was citrusy and spicy. There's a bitter, herbal character but it's way in the background. There's a mild dryness at the swallow. It doesn't taste bad at all, but there's something missing the needs to be giving this beer more "oomph."

The mouthfeel was mildly oily, though not as much as many IPAs I've had.

A perfectly drinkable IPA that didn't do anything dramatic to my tastebuds, but didn't insult them either. While better than the previous version of this beer I'd tried a couple of times in the past, it doesn't stand out in an overcrowded field of local and semi-local IPAs I can get easily.

woemad, Jun 21, 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 rkuhnel
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle this poured a nice hazy orange in colour with a nice while head and good lacing.. Nose has a hoppy floral aroma with citrus, caramel, and some spices. Mouthfeel is rich and oily and flavor is of floral hops and lively caramel malts. Good strong bitter finiish. A solid IPA and easy to drink and enjoy;

rkuhnel, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of Hornet2003
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty decent IPA. To me it's kind of a cross between a double and a single IPA. It has the hop bit of the regular IPA, and the syrupy sweetness of a double. It's kind of nice but definately hurts the drinkability of this beer. Piney, citrusy taste with a slick, oily mouthfeel. Poured cloudy pale yellow/red. Not too bad, but not great.

Hornet2003, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of vanrassel
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bubbly, two-finger head topped this coppery brew. The head had great retention and left sheets of lace down the side of my pint glass. The aroma was what you expect from a well-made American IPA: grapefruity hops, pine resins and some sweet caramel malt.

Each sip started bitter and tangy on the tongue before the malt took the edge off. While the malt aroma smelled like caramel, it tasted more biscuity and less sweet. It finished bitter and dry and generally satisfying, though the carbonation was a little low in my mind.

vanrassel, Feb 12, 2007
Pike India Pale Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.