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 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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Photo of Todd
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Very hazy dirty peach, with caramel hues. Frothy white head with a respectable lace and hold.

Doughy aroma, sweet breads, and a nose full of soft floral and hints of perfume.

Malty and bready, with plenty of yeast notes and grain tannins. Bitterness pokes through with a light prickle on the palate with some citric, which blends well with a subdued berry-like character and sweetness. Plenty of floral character. Body is a bit thin, with a watery foundation that seems to dull some of the flavors. Hint of soapiness. Bitty mouthfeel in the finish, with overpowering grain tannins.

Average at best, this Pale Ale would still make a nice crossover beer for those not used to flavor.

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Photo of farmhaus
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of JDV
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy honey colored pour. Smell is grassy hops with a hint of caramel and fruit. Taste is slightly bland, but with some light, sweet malt flavor and hops that are in a good balance. Balanced, but could use a bit more of both and a bit bolder flavor, I thought. Decent, but very middle of the road as far as pales go.

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Photo of aquaderek
2.98/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This brew pour a golden orange with a frothy off white head the breaks down in to slight tracing when agitated. Piney hops and caramel on the nose. Hoppy bite followed by a smooth round finish slight carbonation. Nothing special, kk run of the mill ipa, I like the brewery though.

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Razonulzer
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Pegasus
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy copper color with a small and slow-developing off-white head, which quickly fades to a paper-thin layer. Carbonation is faint with slight lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, distinct fruit notes, and oily hops. Tasting yields rather sweet malt, fruit, and strong hops, pronounced, but not harshly bitter. These last to the end of the taste, where they assume a pine tar quality. The mouth feel is rather watery and thin. I found this to be an interesting, but altogether unremarkable beer.

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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Photo of kimcgolf
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Either I got a bad bottle or this is over-rated. Color was light orange-gold with little head or lacing. Nose was fruity apples, peaches, apricots, but the mouthfeel was watery and very sour...not like the lead-in on a Flemish Sour...just tartly sour. Although the fruit came thru somewhat in the taste, it was not a fresh, real fruit taste, but more like a cheap fruit candy. Not surprisingly, finish left a sticky, sweet-sour aftertaste. Not impressed with this one

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Photo of dugly2ugly
3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of bark
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The colour is amber (20 EBC), the liquid is clear. The two finger head is off-white and compact. It sinks slowly leaving some lacing on the glass. The beer is bottle conditioned.

The smell is hoppy with toffee sweetness. Some onion/cabbage flavours. Chemical bitterness and some orange juice.

The taste is smooth with citric hops and some fruity sweetness: Oranges, mango, lime, pineapple. Mild bitterness, more like an APA than an IPA. Medium to full body. The aftertaste got a passing note of solvents and some harsh hops. Orange juice, lime, green apples and green plums. The finish got some solvents and rough alcohol.

The carbonation is mild to medium strong, the bubbles are long-lived. The liquid is mid-smooth and a bit dry.

Not enough bitterness, and some off-flavours. Well, well...

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Photo of twenty5
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Pick Axe IPA from Tommyknocker Brewery
3.52 out of 5 based on 563 ratings.
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