Pick Axe IPA | Tommyknocker Brewery

Pick Axe IPAPick Axe IPA
BA SCORE
3.48/5
568 Ratings
Pick Axe IPAPick Axe IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, United States
tommyknocker.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#40,849
Reviews:
283
Ratings:
568
pDev:
14.08%
Bros Score:
3.4
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
41
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 568 |  Reviews: 283
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4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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Photo of MTNboy
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is a bronze body with excellent carbonation in the body. This beer has a beautiful head that develops with an off white head. It has a strong hoppy grapefruit aroma. It has a bitter sweet taste with some herbal and melon like esters that complement each other well. It has a medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had no idea this is now an IPA. Maybe they should update this.

A - Solid IPA color a nice amber brown color with a half an inch of sticky white foam. Lacing is nice.

S - Smells of resinous pine with a fairly sweet malt profile, like a gram cracker. So far so good.

T - Kind of impressed that it has a nice bit of piney hops that eventually rounds to a citrus tone and the whole time balanced with a great malt profile. Very Tasty.

M - Light to medium, surprised its more ABV than 60 minute (my favorite IPA)

Overall I wanted to try this before the Black IPA and I wasn't disappointed. The only thing is Odd is that it hasn't been changed to an IPA with a solid hop profile and higher ABV I can't see it being close to APA status. Solid IPA.

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Photo of Billmehr111
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard shaker glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear burnished copper/orange color with a ¼" ivory head that recedes slowly leaving a ring of foam and spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Throughout most of the beer an interesting pattern of rings of foam and patches of lacing cling to sides of glass. For most of the beer sipping also leaves patterns of speckled lacing.

Smell: The aroma is fresh and clean with some citric character and with a fresh earthy/grassy character and traces of light caramel or toffee.

Taste: The flavor is predominantly tart and citric with lemon and orange zest, mingled with some spicy herbal character and even traces of pine. There is a nice sweet malt backbone that supports and blends together with the hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with a soft creamy character and with adequate persistent carbonation. The finish is moderately long with the dry bitterness supported by a persistent background malt backbone that provides a nice caramel/toffee sweetness through much of the finish.

Drinkability: This is a nice drinkable beer with lots of interesting characteristics from the combination of hops used and the sweetness of the malt that is always present and supports but does not dominate the hops. It seems a well made example of the style and I certainly could have another and will sample this one again next time I see it.

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Photo of Jodio
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of neenerzig
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes A 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. This beer is a light to medium amber copper color with an orange hue with a head 1/2 of an inch thick when poured. It eventually settles to a very nice ring and surface layer with very nice lace. Has a light malt and citrus hop aroma. The taste is pretty much the same, malty and sweet upfront, followed by nice citrus hops. The hop flavors come out more as the beer warms. Reminds me of a good IPA. Has a crisp, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. A good, solid effort here.

Eric

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of hanco005
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, notched June 06, poured into a pint glass

A—pours foggy brownish copper with a 1 inch off white head that slowly crumbles down to a thin sheet, lacing is thick and plentiful

S—citrus and pine, a touch of pepper, very strong in the citrus smell, is this and IPA?

T—mmmm! Citrus and pine, just like the smell, a touch of sweetness in the swallow, but finishes dry and bitter, very good, indeed.

M—sharp and dry, medium bodied, good carbonation

D—the best of the Trail Mix sampler that I bought, I’d have this again in a minute, very hoppy and very good.

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a nice yellow/orange color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice one-finger thick/creamy off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with some citrus. The taste is hoppy, slightly malty, with some citrus. Medium body. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of tavernjef
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slighly coppered gold and fairly clear in body. Dusty white head thats a bit crunchy at first with tight foaming bubbles. Fades to a solid skim always present and nice sticky lacing in thick inky blobs.

Aroma is about the norm for a pale, leafy, pale dry citrus of orange oils and lemon with a dusting of cardboard and pine keeping a drier sense about is waft.

Flavors are clean, fresh, and respectful with a small portion of paled citrusy orange and lemon rounding the palate within a fairly chunky addition of leafy, piney hop character in the center. Nice and light drying finish with hints to hop oils and grasses. Floats off nicely and has just the right amount of bittered grab behind it.

Feel is a lighter medium body but stays pretty steady with no empty areas as the carbonation keeps it thay way from fron to back.

A nice little pale, to my surprise, however, I do remember having quite a few of these when in Colorado a few years ago. So now that I have revisited it, I see why.

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Pick Axe IPA from Tommyknocker Brewery
Beer rating: 3.48 out of 5 with 568 ratings
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