Space Needle Golden IPA - Pike Pub & Brewery

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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: hopwave on 08-05-2013)
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Pours a slightly hazy amber with a very thick and rather persistent fluffy eggshell head that pillows nicely. Aroma is more fruity than hoppy - largely apple and pear, but with an underpinning of Mandarin orange. Hoppy flavor has a nice fruity undertone, and here the citrus dominates the pomme. Texture is firm, smooth and fairly fizzy, leaving a nice hoppy finish.

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Pike Brewing Co. "Space Needle Golden IPA"
22 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating.
$6.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Appearance: Very hazy deep gold/amber body with golden glowing highlights along the edges and base of the glass. A massive head of rocky off-white froth slowly settles to a finger-thick lid, and then later, floating islands of creamy foam. Both the head retention and lacing are quite good.

Aroma: Softly piney, fruity, biscuity, and delicately citrusy. It's a surprisingly restrained aroma for a west coast brewery... perhaps this is an old sample, although there's no way of knowing that given the lack of any freshness dating; at least I don't find any distinct oxidation.

Flavor: Biscuity and caramelish malt make up a solid base for the hops to work off of, and although they don't make such a strong appearance in the aroma, they're certain present in the flavor: they're spicy, piney, herbal, citrusy/fruity (orange, apricot, mango, plum, pineapple), and grassy. As you progress through the glass the spice, pine, and grassiness builds on your palate making the bitterness appear fuller than it is. It's a very dry, bitter, herbal, spicy, leafy and grassy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth, almost creamy, across the palate.

Overall: I find this to be an interesting mix of both the English and American IPA styles. The malt definitely has an English bent to it with a little more caramel than you otherwise might find; and although American hops are used, they're fairly varied in their flavor profile, delivering some of the characteristics we'd expect of an English version. Additionally I feel that a fair amount of the fruitiness is actually coming from the yeast, the more apple, pear, plum notes to be precise, which is very English in nature. Finally, when enjoyed a bit warmer, say at cellar temperature or slightly higher, it really takes on more of a British character in that the malt opens up and balances/reigns in the hop flavors.

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Space Needle Golden IPA from Pike Pub & Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.