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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Reviews: 281 | Ratings: 562
Photo of Monalenard
1.76/5  rDev -50%
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 -46.6%
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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Photo of ibashmuck
2.13/5  rDev -39.5%
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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Photo of JackieTH
2.28/5  rDev -35.2%
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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Photo of jkaufman
2.43/5  rDev -31%
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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Photo of mactrail
2.46/5  rDev -30.1%
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 -30.1%
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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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.5/5  rDev -29%
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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Photo of abedenbaugh
2.53/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Light amber color and was filtered. There was an average sized offwhite head.
S-There was a bitter hop aroma and there was also a harsh bitter smell, too.
T-There was grapefruit flavors from the Columbia hops. They say there is Kent Goldings and Saaz but I wasn't able to pick them out. There was some malt flavor on the palate.
MF-Light body.
D-It was drinkable. The harshness of the bitterness did make it a little unpleasant.

Overall it was an average beer. It didn't impress me that much.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
2.56/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour was hazy yellow-amber with a very short, one eighth inch, that quickly dissapated to a thin white lace that ringed the top of the beer. The smell was a thin mix of fruit and spice.

The drink started with a watery taste followed by more water in the middle and a light hop kick at the end. It left a lingering metallic aftertaste in the mouth, I did not care for this aspect of the beer.

All and all there was nothing that impressive here, nothing that bad, but nothing impressive either.

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Photo of Clowerweb
2.61/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured aggressively from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Slightly cloudy golden color, decent head and lacing. Respectable.

S: It smells like... armpit sweat B.O... It literally smells like someone didn't wear any deodorant. Pretty bad. I was so put off by this, I almost missed the hops hiding underneath. This smells disgusting to me. This is not like a Heineken or Corona skunk, this is skunk plus funk.

T: A lot like it smells, tastes like drinking armpit sweat with some bitter hoppiness. I'm really disgusted by the beer.

M: Watery, light carbonation, no body (unless you count the body odor lol).

O: A craft beer I would actually take a Bud Light over. This more than failed to impress, it literally made me want to throw up from the smell to the taste, not good at all. Practically undrinkable. There isn't anything likable about this beer. At all.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.64/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Yellow pour, average head. Hop aroma lacking.

Taste was a lot of crystal malt, high alpha acid hops, all bitterness. Its one of those throwback ipas, caramel, malt heavy, bitter heavy, not much in flavors beyond grapefruit like bitterness.

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Photo of cbond
2.7/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This beer tastes and smells of pineapples, I would love to sip this at Hawaiian themed party or on the beach. However for daily life I do not enjoy it very much.

It is also not as hoppy as I expected (though admittedly I have high hops expectations for IPA's).

Caveat -- I did drink this after eating something very spicy so I reserve the right to edit these statements.

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Photo of mentor
2.71/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle obtained from Westminster Liquor (Colorado) in Jan 2005 and consumed that same evening. Review from notes. Uhmm...this was not a good experience. Poured to retain the sediment in the bottle. A half-finger head over a cloudy orange-rust liquid. Smelled of green apples (sour) and some lemony citrus. Tastes bitter. Strongly of apricots, mildly of oranges and peaches. Dry finish with a late piney resin flavor, perhaps from hops. An aftertaste that's not good (cohumulone?). Light body and carbonation appropriate for the style. Minimal lacing on the glass. Green apple smell in an APA? Yuck!

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Photo of masterbruewer
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden amber with a thin white head that faded fast with decent lacing.

The smell is of piney hops, maybe a hint of citrus.

As I've found with other TommyKnocker brews, this one is short on flavor. There's a strong hops presence, but it kind of tastes like hopped-up water. The initial taste is either very subtle or non-existant.

The mouthfeel is very smooth with a little kick from carbonation and hops.

Very drinkable as far a pale ale's go, but not the most flavorful one I've ever had.

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Photo of marc77
2.76/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Crystal clear copper hue, covered by an off white head that recedes into a thin, but tight layer that manages dense foam aggregates. The aroma is comprised of a somewhat hap hazard combination of floral, almost perfumy hops, red currant, mild diacetyl and trace bubblegum. Ripe berry laced sweetness initially in flavor is ceded by notes of underbaked biscuit and mild hop bitterness. Diacetyl creeps in mid palate, adding a buttery tinge to the dominate one dimensional light caramel malt presence. Hop flavor is both earthy and floral, with the former component complementing the biscuit notes and the latter accentuating residual sweetness. Lightly bodied, with the bare minimum of dextrins and protein for a passably smooth mouthfeel. Hop bitterness, although mild, takes on a slight astringency late. Finishes bittersweet, but in a slightly harsh sense. An odd, unbalanced pale. There is no unity in flavor here. Decent at best.

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Photo of HamdenHector
2.81/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: slightly hazy; copper colored; with a moderately aggressive pour, I got a 1/2 inch off white head that receded almost immediately; very little lacing;

S: all caramel malt with a touch of pine;

T: not a lot of flavor; what's there is mostly malt with a bit of pineapple leading into a long lasting, moderately bitter finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: there are too many good (and really good) IPAs out there to spend time and money on this one.

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Photo of mattd017
2.82/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I am very unimpressed with the Tommyknocker brews. Pours a light copper brown with a light head that never completely leaves the beer. Leaves pretty good lacing. Smells very piney. Tastes slightly piney, slightly bitter, but nothing too impressive. All in all a marginal beer, but probably the best Tommyknocker beer I’ve had yet.

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Photo of phisig137
2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No freshness date. Pours a chill hazed medium amber color with a one finger head. Decent retention, and decent lace on the glass.

Aroma is filled with fruity and floral hops. Slight hints of caramel malt round out the nose.

Flavor is thin and relatively mild. Fruity yeast esters combine with mild citric hops for a round flavor. Thin mouthfeel, and decent drinkability...

Not a whole lot to say about this one.... rather boring in every way. Arguably one of Tommyknocker's better beers, but not one to seek out at all. Good call on classifying this as an English pale ale, because it sure doesn't stand up to APA standards. Even as an English PA, this still doesn't quite stack up. Even though it's cheap ($7.49 a sixer), I don't think I'll be buying it again. Lackluster in every way...

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a hazy orange-red color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is a balance of grapefruit and caramel. The taste is balanced too, but the hop character seems a bit off. The mouthfeel is medium bodied low carbonation for the style. Overall, this is a poor example of an Pale Ale. I will not drink this again.

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Photo of Omnium
2.86/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle > Pint Glass
A - Pours a very hazy orange yellow color, minimal head, and thin or no lacing at all.
S - Sweet malts, very minute citrus hop smell, pine
T - The sweeter malts outweigh all the other flavors in this, and they're not even that strong. Very little hop presence in this brew.
M - Thin, very watery, bitter sweet malt clings for small time
O - This is a crap beer, and even worse IPA, this should be considered a lame pale ale at best. This has very base, weak flavors that give you nothing short of an unsatisfied palate. No hops to qualify this as an IPA.
Tommyknocker, could you for once please prove me wrong about your beer?

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Photo of RoamingGnome
2.92/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Served slightly chilled...

A) Hazy, really hazy, kind of an unfiltered wheat look to it. The beer itself is orangish/amber. Not much head, just a thin collar. A little bit of lacing noted.

S) The tropical fruit aroma is light, with a little malt sweetness. There was a hint of alcohol too.

T) I didn't get much citrus on the nose at all, but the flavor is white grapefruit and some pine. The hops/malt balance is off for my tastes. The lingering aftertaste is unpleasant.

M) A lighter medium body, with zesty carbonation. Perhaps a bit thin, but really it's a bitter piney, kind of chemically grassy aftertaste that disrupts the mouthfeel for me.

O) The aroma on this IPA isn't half bad, but the the rest of this is below average in my opinion. Sorry, but I cannot recommend this beer.

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Photo of hotstuff
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer had a small white head with small bubbles that quickly diminished. The body was cloudy and the hue was dark copper. The carbonation was lively and the lacing was sparse. It had a mild malt aroma with a stronger hoppy aroma. The flavor was bitter from start to finish. The mouthfeel was light-medium and thin.

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Photo of sevopie
2.96/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Wheaty golden with a light cream colored head. Dissipates quickly

Smell - It has a hoppy smell, but it smells slightly off.

Taste - Caramel and hops at the same time. Slightly bitter in an off way, almost tastes dusty... Hard to define.

Mouthfeel - Oily and refreshing.

Drinkability - It drinks easy, but the taste is a little off. Overall, I'm left unimpressed with almost all of the Tommyknocker offerings.

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Photo of dubinsky
2.96/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a 6oz tasting glass.

A - Pours a completely crystal clear light orange color with a nicely dense off white head, which eventually recedes leaving behind nice lacing.

S - A bit floral with some hints of citrus and pine. For an IPA this is rather innocuous and subdued, not what i really expect from an IPA.

T - Starts off with resinous hops, mostly pine. The middle of the tongue picks up the citrus that i smelled in the aroma. The back of the tongue picks up some sweet biscuit malt. This is not a bad tasting beer, but again, an IPA?

M - Thin with medium light carbonation.

O - This beer confuses me. The label says IPA, but the old label calls this an American Pale Ale. As an APA, this would be a great beer, but as an IPA i'm fairly disappointed. Its drinkable and decent, but compared to others beers in this category it falls very short.

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