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Space Needle Golden IPA - Pike Pub & Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pike Pub & Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: hopwave on 08-05-2013)
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3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, golden-orange coloring, with some sediment and carbonation action in the body, and a fluffy, foamy, clingy, white head. Aromas of a solid biscuit and caramel malt backbone, with some citrus notes, candied sugar, roasted notes, subtle cedar and pine, and a balancing bitterness. Flavors are more citrus forward, with lemon and orange making it up, followed by an interesting herbal spice blend, some medicinal characteristics, a tangy caramel backbone, and some subtle resinous qualities. The herbal notes provide an almost astringent feel throughout, on an otherwise mid-bodied beer. The aftertaste is roasted, slightly bitter, and with a tart sweetness from the citrus. Smooth, slightly dry, slightly bitter finish. Interesting brew.

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3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an attractive yellow amber with a decent head in the Timmermans goblet. A pleasant tingle of carbonation. Faint woodsy scent.

There is just a touch of sweet malty flavor at the beginning, with a hint of pears. The the scratchy bitterness takes over. Lots of resiny, barky, herbaceous hops dominate the flavors. Quite a bitter finish without much in the way of aromatics. A grapey hint, then the medicinal rasp.

This is quite drinkable if you like the big hop hammer, but it's not very interesting in any way, and it ends up down that same bitter road. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Pioneer Market in La Conner.

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