Pick Axe IPA | Tommyknocker Brewery

Pick Axe IPAPick Axe IPA
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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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Ratings: 568 |  Reviews: 283
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1/5  rDev -71.3%

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1/5  rDev -71.3%

Photo of Monalenard
1.76/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

brewed with farts. looks nice, smells...assy. mouthfeel is okay, actually kinda nice but, i think it might be something to do with what tastes like toasted malts that were over done or something, it just kind of tastes like the smell of farts. its got all of the right elements but they are arranged poorly, it seems.

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
1.88/5  rDev -46%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours a very murky orange color and had no head with a normal pour. It smells fruity and hoppy, but the flavor seemed to be actually sweet with a tad bit of hops. The body was thin and weak. Kind of gross for a pale ale. Maybe I had a bad bottle in the mixed 6 pack I bought. I am afraid to take a chance on a full six pack however. I would hate to dump a whole sixer out.

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2/5  rDev -42.5%

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2/5  rDev -42.5%

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2/5  rDev -42.5%

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2.13/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a lovely amber, with a smallish head. Smelled sweet, citrusy, but not overpowering. Sadly, the taste was overpowered by the citrus. Couldn't pick out anything other than grapefruit. Fizzier than it looks. Not a huge fan of pale ales, but I've had some pretty good ones. This is not one of them.

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2.25/5  rDev -35.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -35.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -35.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -35.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -35.3%

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2.28/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Rob for the sample. Pour was a dark shade of yellow with a decent head and mild lace. Smell was watery and slightly bitter. Taste follows with very light caramel notes, grains, soap and there was bitterness, but without much hop flavor. Overall, the entire experience seemed watered down.

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2.42/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.43/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: Pours cloudy orange with no head and no visible carbonation.

S: Smells malty and sweet, extracty.

T and M: Surprisingly hoppy given the smell. Not much carbonation to speak of; finishes sweet and watery.

D: Drinkable, but there's not much here worth savoring.

Don't go out of your way to try it.

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2.46/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Looks nice enough, with the amber color. Brief head in the New Belgium snifter. Moderate carbonation and a slightly oily mouthfeel. Smell makes me think of vegetable broth.

I'll be brief. The murky malt sulks under the weight of the herbaceous hops. It's more like a bitter green tea flavor. Dirty and tannic with a metallic aftertaste. That's enough.

I have avoided Tommyknocker for some years, after repeated soured experiences with the Butt Head. This will keep me away for awhile longer. From the 12 oz bottle with the newer style label.

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Photo of t2thebro
2.46/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- light hazy copper, one finger off white head dissipates rapidly.

S- bland, slightly grainy, slight orange peel. .

T- taste resembles smell. Pale Malts dominate till the very end, then just a twist of orange peel. Kinda disappointing. No bite, slight bitterness pale malts dominate.

M- low carb, slightly oily.

O- at the high cost of this beer ($11 a six), and as much as I like the black ipa I was expecting much, much more. Probably won't be back for more. Needs huge dry hop addition.

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2.49/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Way over carbonated and has an off taste. Rather boring.

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark yellow beer, average head, appearance. Lacking hop aroma.

Taste, a little bit of caramel corn sans sweetness, lacking hops, bitterness is all it had to show for hop department. Thin body, soapiness sets in the mouthfeel. Every component is either watered down, missing or negative. Really, a bitterness and offputting sour (not the good kind) aspect, leads to a less than desireable beer for the most part.

Another blast from the past, I first came across Tommycocknockers back in the 90s.

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -28.2%

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Pick Axe IPA from Tommyknocker Brewery
Beer rating: 33.3% out of 100 with 568 ratings
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