Pick Axe IPA | Tommyknocker Brewery

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Pick Axe IPAPick Axe IPA

Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly called "Pick Axe Pale Ale".

A classic American India Pale Ale dominated by pleasant hop bitterness and aroma. Dry hops impart unique aromas and flavors that add to the complexity of this ale. A blend of American hops melds into an award winning flavor that is our most popular draft in the pub.

Added by kbub6f on 12-14-2001

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Photo of ralree
4.7/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Extremely cloudy red, off-white head of 2-fingers, solid retention, great lacing. This is a winner.

S: Smells glorious. The grapefruit overtones go wonderfully with the hops, which have a nice balanced presence. Alcohol is apparent and welcome.

T: A pleasant grapefruit kick, but not too sweet - very bitter. The hops come through nicely, rounding out the flavor. A slightly toasty flavor comes in after swallowing, leaving a hint of satisfying flavor in the mouth while cleaning up nicely. The alcohol is present and noticeable, but definitely not annoying.

M: Medium-bodied, clean, dry, slightly astringent. Carbonation great. Very smooth.

D: This drinks wonderfully. This definitely goes on the buy list. It goes down easy, and is a joy to drink.

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Photo of Tetrault67
4.64/5  rDev +31.8%

Photo of billybob
4.6/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours a slightly cloudy orange color with a light tan two finger head and a good lace to the finish. smell is of citrus and floral aromas. taste is of bread and orange and maybe a touch of caramel. mouthfeel is light with a good balance of malt and hop and good carbonation. nice tasting beer, goes down real well.

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Photo of michaelopusx
4.6/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LittleDon
4.57/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy dark golden with a fair amount of carbonation. No noticeable head (probably because of the pour or glassware) or head. Strong grapefruit aroma from the Cascade hops. Taste is similar to the aroma. Lots of citrus. Medium mouthfeel, nice bitter finish.

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Photo of bboven
4.53/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very cloudy dark orange body with pretty good lacing and a small but stable head.

Lots of hops with an equally strong, rich malt profile. Perfectly balanced. Makes you need to taste it.

Again, very balanced flavor. Aggressive hops at the high end of the IBU scale for a standard pale ale, but the malt keeps up blow for blow with a really great biscuity profile.

Really smooth carbonation, drying, the hop oils cling to you, mmmhhh.

The only bad thing about this beer is the haze. It's really hazy, and it prejudiced me before I even smelled or tasted it. Clear that up a bit and the visual appeal will match the amazing aroma and flavor.

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Photo of sjohansen
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sticky icky lace, practically covers the pint glass. Small tightly packed bubbles forming an overflowing head. Cloudy dark reddish amber.

Great piney hop stink.

There's a nice sweet malt balance to the hop bite. But hops are definitely the headliner.

Lots of resiny oils cover the tongue in the best possibly way imaginable. Prickly carbonation. You could almost chew on it at times.

This review was pretty simple for me. Pick Axe is what it is... an extremely decent, drinkable EPA. Definitely a beer for hop heads. It's not a bomb, but definitely subdued the hop hound in me...

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Photo of Epiccore619
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of DucksFan16
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of logmacschlog15
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 8/27/10. Drank on 12/17/10. Served in a US tumbler.

Appearance: Pours a little over one finger of creamy, marshmallow colored head with good lacing throughout. A cloudy, deep amber with lots of legs from the lively carbonation.

Smell: Beautiful pine and grapefruit aromas from the hops. Malt sweetness present as well. A tiny scent of alcohol.

Taste: Hops are prevalent, but the malt sweetness balances very well. Cascades were definitely used in this one. The fruitiness of the hops is well presented and the bitterness is definitely there but is not overbearing.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation that dances on the tounge. Medium body with a wholesome, warming alcohol.

Drinkability: Very, very drinkable. Would have this one again and again and again. This is my definite go to when craving a pale ale.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.47/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark gold with a low light beige ringed head and light slow bubbled carbonation. Spruce and pine hop aromas with a touch of citrus. Tastes much like it smells with pine and spruce hop flavors dominating; nicely balanced though. Medium-full bodied and smooth with a nice bitter hop finish.

More of an American Pale Ale in my mind than an English one...

Per label: "Noble hops"

Per TB website: English Pale Ale. Dry hops.
Hops: British Columbia Bramling, Czech Saaz, and British East Kent Goldings.
1997 GABF - Silver
2000 GABF - Silver

Enjoy Before: 12/30/06
Tasted: 12/19/06

($8.49 / 6-pack)

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Photo of Quaffer
4.45/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Boulder, CO. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: This beer poured a golden-amber color and was slightly hazy. The light tan head rose up to almost two fingers and settled slowly. It was dense and sticky, and the remaining cap of foam that lingered on top of the brew left a lot of lace on the side of the glass.

Smell: Nice pale ale aroma. The malt was thick and had a doughy, lightly cracker-like smell. Fruity esters combined with juicy citrus hops that countered the malt perfectly. Hints of vanilla and spiced baked goods hovered underneath. Round, warm, and nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and mouthfilling. Lightly chewy. Very smooth upfront, picking up a fuzziness as it moved back into the mouth.

Taste: Roasted malt jumped up at first, but it was quickly overtaken by some nice citrus hops with hints of a floral quality. There was a strong reprise of the malt on the finish, though, where it showned off its bready and roasted cracker characteristics. Lots of hops flavors with only enough bitterness to balance the malt.

Nicely balanced and very enjoyable. I'm rather impressed by this, my first beer from Tommyknocker.

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Photo of gmfessen
4.33/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a hazy, blonde amber-brown color with a thick, creamy foam head. Smell what you might expect from an EPA, sweet grainy malt, a slight fruitiness and earthy hops. The hops are dominant. The same is true for the taste; I would say that this is getting close to an IPA. There is a slightly sweet malty presence as well which does a good job of balancing this beer. The mouthfeel is pretty dense with a creamy, not too fizzy carbonation. Overall, I'd love to know the ABV but otherwise this is an excellent beer. Very drinkable indeed and has a great taste.

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Photo of DrainBamage
4.32/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orangish gold color with a lace of head. Smell has piney hop aromas to it with a little fruitiness. Goes down smooth and has slight bitterness. Taste is piney with a little buttery flavor and a grapefruit taste to it. This is a great English Pale Ale and probably the best brew I've had from Tommyknocker.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.3/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazy light copper color with moderate white puffy head. Sporadic lacing. Smell is overpopweringfor pioney and grassy hops. (Just the way I like it) Taste also presents strong hops up-front, with some moderate being in the background. Nice rich and full mouthfeel. I ilked this beer very much. Very pleasant drinkability.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.27/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy honey color. Head is half a finger and has staying power. One solid ring of lacing.
S- A tremendously pleasing and well rounded aroma. Lightly caramel malt, some sweet breadyness, and a light toffee aroma, with a citrus and slightly floral hoppiness. Balanced and pleasing.
T- The floral hops fall away here. Definitively citrus for me. The malt balance is there but not quite as much as the aroma. The toffee type flavors come through more than the caramel.
M- Decently full body for the style. Carbonation is low-medium. A bit sugary sweet in the finish. A touch drier would be great.
O- A very good pale ale. I'd gladly have another. I would say it's one of my favorite in the style.

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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Photo of Zanico
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Photo of mvelilla
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Photo of dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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