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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

349 Ratings

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Ratings: 349
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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Photo of Offa


4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap, this is light amber with a small head soon to a foamy ring and leaving some very nice lace.

Aroma is light citrus character, caramelly toasty grain.

Taste is zesty, citrusy light bitterness with light leafiness and earthy hint lightly dominating a caramelly grain body and lingering a little. Overall, it has a full character, excellent, clean flavours, and leans lightly to the bitter side.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2010 23:59:23 | More by Offa
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Earthy thick reddish gold pour. Looks very chewy. 1/2 finger of medium cream head. No retention. Decent lacing.

Nose is pine and floral essence. Substantial malt backbone underneath. Smells very rich and full.

Thin hit up front, but gets thick fast. Bit of a scotch ale flavor here, slightly peaty. Very good bitters in the finish with a nice dry ending. If you like an earthy feel to your ipa, then this is one to try.

Feel matches the nose, nice and rich.

Great drinking ipa.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 20:45:12 | More by beer2day
Photo of WhiteOak


3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark amber color. Minimal white head at the pour, dissipating to nothing in seconds.

S- The smell of wet newspaper covers most of the muted malt and very faint citric hop smells, which are just barely detectable.

T- Bready malt up front with hop dryness. Mid palate is malty, and the finish is hop bitterness.

M, D - Medium feel, with average drinkability

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 00:34:40 | More by WhiteOak
Photo of Lerxst


3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No bottled on or best buy date.

What can I say, everything about this beer was average...

Poured a hazy amber with an average white head with average retention. Smell is a bit of pine resin, citrus hops and malt just sort of lingering. Just an average smell. Taste is a somewhat acrid blend of floral and citrus hops with a slightly bready malt backbone. Somethings just not quite right here and I can't put my finger on it. Mouthfeel is just, well, average. A bit on the thin side. As far as drinkability, the acrid aftertaste made it a more of a chore than a pleasure to finish a bomber.

I think if you're in the mood for an average IPA, this fits the bill.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 23:48:15 | More by Lerxst
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New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A solid foam 2 finger creamish-beige head sits proudly atop and with good retention, on an dirty flat orange pour. Generous amounts of lacing was left behind, large splashy patches that covered the glass very well with almost full intentions. Visible effervesce was extremely light with only random instances of bubbles rising at a given moment. Very similar to their pale in appearance with the exception of the generous glass coating lacing that ensures this of a bit better results.

S: Dry pine wood and needles is most evident on the nose but again not that this has much to offer otherwise. Toasty grains and toasted orange peels along with some fresh grapefruit pulp come off on the fade of moderate intentions.

T: The start reminded me a bit of their pale, not a good thing, washy and weak, thin in substance and character. In fact im pretty sure this is the same beer just tweaked with a bit more hops which makes this appear as lazy as the brewer. Toasty grains and dried oranges combine with a pine bitterness only slightly more then their pale which was enough to take notice, but not enough to write home about. There is perhaps a saving grace from mediocrity in its late hop arrival but still is very thin and watery based lacking substance.

M: Flat and lazy hold of medium consistency. Lacked a crispness but slid down easily enough from its oily and lax body, which is just a nice way of saying it was flat, thin and a bit watery.

D: A typical ipa attempt that's hardly worth a revisit or the cost of bottling. Shows just enough hop interest to barely, and I do mean barely, hold my attention for a bomber, but nothing beyond that. Washy and weak malt wise with no much incentive to finish I would hardly recommend this even for a try and comes off only fractions better then their pale.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 18:48:19 | More by beerthulhu
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3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, unknown date.

Pours hazy orange amber with a one finger off white head, leaves some spots of lacing and diminishes to a foamy ring and wispy cap. A slightly warmer pour on the second half produces a better head and much better lacing with some nice drippy rings.

Aroma is citrus, earthy, grassy, and piney hops, fair malt presence with some caramel and bread. Moderate to good strength.

Flavor is resinous, piney hops, citrus rind, good bitterness, some caramel malt sweetness, very long lingering bittersweet finish, although more bitter than sweet, but still pretty sweet for an IPA. A fair bit of alcohol considering the ABV, as it goes on I feel like I'm picking up some cardboard and diacetyl, although the cap did come off awfully easily on this one.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat creamy, medium but sometimes prickly carbonation.

Solid IPA and a good value at $4 a bomber. My bottle may have been a little off so I'd like to try this again sometime to see if that is the case or not.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 03:38:25 | More by elgiacomo
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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 01:40:52 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of cjgator3


4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy amber color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is sweet malt, caramel and some citrusy hops with some alcohol coming through as well. The aroma is more balanced and less focused on the hops more similar to an East Coast IPA rather than the stereotypical West Coast IPA.

T- The taste like the aroma suggests is very balanced for an IPA. Almost drinks like a slightly weaker Barleywine. There is a solid malt backbone with a good dose of bitterness in the finish from the hops.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Pike IPA is a solid IPA that is worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 03:44:26 | More by cjgator3
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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with a frothy tan head. Head falls relatively slow. Clinging lace.

Nose is what you'd expect from an IPA, all floral hops.

Nice full hop taste with a mild malt backbone. Flowery and a bit sweet but ending in hop bitterness.

Medium bodied and mildly carbonated.

Nice. East drinking and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 13:15:43 | More by dstc
Photo of Seanibus


3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not impressed. With so many great IPAs, and even more good IPAs, the world doesn't need another adequate IPA.

Pours a hazy camel color with a disappointing head. Smells very malty, sweet and syrupy, with caramel. The flavor is malty, caramelly and tea-like, with some bready overtones and a sweet, citrusy bitterness that builds on the back of the mouth. Mouthfeel is smooth and slick.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 22:53:23 | More by Seanibus
Photo of u2carew


3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with an off white, two finger, thick and creamy head. Settles to a nice lacing. Clear body. Copper in color.
S) Pleasant citrus aroma - grapefruit, orange. Light toffee notes.
T) Light grapefruit. Orange. Nutty. Then towards the finish the malt vacates and leaves a sturdy hop bite.
M) Medium body. Dry in the finish with a slight tannin feel. A bit syrupy.
D) A decent IPA, not one to go raving crazy about but in a pinch I'd drink it.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 23:40:41 | More by u2carew
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3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BrewCrew2010 for this extra

A: Pours a transparent amber color with a small eggshell head. Retention is decent, not great.

S: Very malt driven. Namely caramel, toffee and buttery notes. Awesome floral hop notes, very earthy.

T: Similar to the nose, malt forward. Buttery toffee and caramel notes on top of a floral, bitter earthy hop background

Mobile Review

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 15:28:08 | More by scottyshades
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 04:45:16 | More by biboergosum
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy golden colour with a thin layer of head, with decent retention and some fine lacing.

S - Toffee hops, very sweet, almost a bit reminiscent of banana loaf.

T - Bitter citrus hops followed by a mango malt with a bready finish. Much more complex in the flavours than I was expecting, and different from the scent implied.

M - Surprisingly wet and not overly dry on the finish which is quite nice. Small and light bubbles that goes down smooth and is reminiscent of a stout.

D - Pretty tasty offering from Pike. Not my favourite among IPA's, however, does offer some unique flavours and would recommend it to any hop head looking for a change. Overall, pretty tasty, but I have other go-to IPA's which would rank higher.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 22:01:20 | More by andrenaline
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Alberta (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - slightly hazy copper orange, short white head dissipating to islands fairly quickly, good lacing
S - strong grassy and grapefruit citrus hops, very light roasty malt hints, and i'm getting hints of cedar
T - grassy hops with a slightly metallic tinge up front, leading to a citrus tartness, with smooth woody undertones
M - bold hop flavours fill the mouth, moving to a pleasant bitter lingers on the back of the mouth
D - the hoppiness is in your face but to overwhelming, the bitterness is nice but may get to be a bit much after a few

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2010 02:17:45 | More by joemcgrath27
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4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great breakfast beer, okay, early lunch. Hade this at their restaurant/brewery in Seattle. Definitely a great on tap beer. Usually don't find an IPA on tap this good.Had to order one more to make sure it was not a fluke. Nice lacing, orangish hue and great smell. Could drink my weight in these. Cheers.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2010 02:16:16 | More by jhtipton
Photo of atsprings

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip pours a crisp amber with a decent frothy light khaki head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer and leaves some rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma is crisp citrus hops in front of subtle sweet malts. The taste is a nice amount citrus malts with just enough sweet malts to back them up. The beer is fairly light and crisp with decent carbonation. This is certainly a West Coast IPA, one I would have again if it were available in 6 packs, but at $3.99 a bomber, I likely won't have it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 00:45:19 | More by atsprings
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Alberta (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice hazy copper orande with strong determined off wihite head.

Rich & quite strong piney aromas mixed with some sweet toasted frains

If you like your beer hoppy, this ones for you. Huge wave of grapefuit rind bitterness followed by enough sweet bread malts to keep it form being one dimensional. Oily & super bitter hops return to whack a mole the malts before taking over completely.

Smooth, s;ick and fairly creamy feel.

A top notch AIPA..quite refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 23:01:02 | More by Shadman
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, translucent copper with a 1-finger light yellow head. Minimal lacing.

The smell is a decent balance of hops and malts--grapefruit and herbal hops with caramel and honey. The taste is bitter at first of grapefruit and pine hops. There are flavors of roasted caramel and biscuity malts. Aftertaste is piney and herbal hops--rather bitter. Mouthfeel is carbonated, somewhat acidic, and medium-bodied.

This is a rather drinkable IPA. The hops are a bit weak in the nose, but the taste has a nice hop/malt balance, almost like an English IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 03:59:22 | More by theghost3
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North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber color with a frothy beige head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma has nice west coast hops upfront (juicy, piney, citrusy), along with caramel and honey, biscuit, fruity esters and a little chalky astringence. The flavor has piney and citrusy hops initially, along with some caramel and biscuit, fruity esters, and chalk. The mouthfeel is moderate and drinkability is decent. More bitter than flavorful, this is a decent stab at the style but not something I would revisit again.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 03:22:27 | More by silver0rlead
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North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2010 21:42:11 | More by oberon
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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 03:57:44 | More by beertunes
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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 02:33:21 | More by philbertk
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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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 22:42:44 | More by aubuc1
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South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 20:05:32 | More by cdizinno
Pike India Pale Ale from Pike Pub & Brewery
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