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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 patpbr
3.12/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Copper Color with absolutely no head.
S- A sweet malt scent
T- All hops up front the malts add a nice sweetness, a bit bitter on the finish
M-moderate carbonation. A little watery
0- It got better as it went. A colorado beer bought in Ohio could explain its weak pour.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one finger white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Malty nose. Starts malty with some sweetness, caramel flavor, unusual for a pale, hops are there at finish. $1.49 for a 12oz bottle from Chalet Party Goshen, In.

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The overall impression of the beer is that there is nothing special about the beer. Its a good, crisp clean tasting pale ale.

A: Clean dark gold color, with a small white head that dispersed quickly
S: the hops were the dominant scent, but it was underlined by a lemon citrus scent that tamed the smell of the hops.
T: Is more of an APA since the malts really don't come into play until the after taste. The citrus hops is the main flavor.
M: Feels very smooth in the mouth do to the lack of carbonation. Almost gives it a flat taste and feel.
D: Would be good to drink a lot of them because nothing is to offensive about this beer.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tommyknocker- Pick Axe Pale Ale

A- Hazy golden orange with a small thick foamy head.
S- Sweet caramel malt with an overlaying dose of pine hops.
T- Very mild caramel malt up front followed by a light oily pine hop body. Finishes watery but a good blend of the caramel malt and hops come together.
M- Watery with the malt and hops dominating in the tail end. Good natural carbonation.

Overall- Not bad, more of an gateway English Pale Ale.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle a slightly hazy burnt orange color with a foamy off-white head. Lacing was moderate.

Aroma was packed with plenty of sweet malts. A citrus note was present but very faint.

To me, the taste was a sour combination of caramel and vanilla along. The finish had a real bitterness.

Mouthfeel was light-to-medium and lightly carbonated.

An average Pale Ale at best. The sourness was a real problem for me.

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Photo of grs8313
3.16/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from my tasting notes, and the beer was from a birthday beer of the month 4 beer sampler.

Appearance: 12oz bottled that was bottled on 8/19/08. Pours a hazy copper color with loads of head. Lots of white lacing. (The first beer poured 3 fingers of head, without emptying the bottle, the second beer was a more normal finger and half for the full 12ozs.)

Smell: A great smell, very fruity, apples, pineapple, mango and carrot. It smells just like blended breakfast juice. Very sweet smelling.

Taste: Hops, and alcohol, the head got in the way of tasting the first beer. Hops, alcohol and hints of carrot juice from the second beer. Slight hops in the aftertaste with hints of lemon. Disappointing, this beer did not have a lot of flavor.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated and a little thin. The beer leaves the mouth feeling a little dry.

Drinkability: A great smelling beer, but the extreme head of the first beer and the sub-par taste makes the beer a bit of a chore to drink.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.16/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a 3/4" bready head. Deep amber color that is semi-opaque. Red and orange tomes highlight the glass. Spotty-medium lacing holds until end of glass.

S: Suprisingly not that strong. Peppery aromas and pine hops.

T: Old fashioned hardy candy. Sweetness, ripe fruit, floral hop. Grainy malt. Corn. Weak hops for this style.

M:Unremarkable but good. Not overbearing carbonation. Good textural presence on the palate.

D: Good. Not my favorite style of pale ale but definitely unique and enjyable.

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Photo of aaronh
3.16/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy amber ber poured with a little more head than most water, but it quickly disappeared. The aroma is very fruity with a touch of hops, and seems very "thick". A very appealing scent. The taste is rather light, with a few fruity notes, with apricot being the predominant fruit. Hop bitterness is adequate, but seem disconnected from the malt body and fruity tastes. The aftertaste is a lingering sweetness with a bitter edge. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side and over carbonated. Drinkability is average. Yet another non-spectacular beer from this brewery. Had I not bought the sampler pack, I would have stopped after my second offering from them.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.17/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This arrived with a finger of off-tan head with decent retention. Color was a solid amber with a slight haze. Nose had a decent mix of grassy hops and biscuity malt. Mouthfeel was medium with a grassy hop flavor up front. Finish tended more biscuity-malt with a little bit of that grassy hop tatste underlying. I hate to cop to it, but I felt that this was so average that I wondered why they would bring it cross-country. I realize now that it was meant as an English Pale Ale, but they should still stick to their strengths.

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Photo of Gavage
3.17/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a 1" head. Some spotty lacing develops during hte session. Only a few carbonation bubbles are seen rising here.

Smell: sweet fruits and orange citrus aromas are easy to detect but are a bit to sweet.

Taste: orange citrus is bold along with some softer tart grapefruit tones. Pears, caramel candy, and a very mild bitterness rounds out the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and smoother towards the finish. Aftertaste can be characterized by some sweet fruitiness sticking to the back of your tongue for a while. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: for a pale ale, I found this to be a bit too sweet and not balanced well enough with some hop bitterness. So-so beer in my opinion.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.17/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours an amber color with a thin white head and very light lacing. Aroma is sweet and spicy. Citrus hops and raisin bread. Flavor is maltier than most other APA I have had. The hops are noticed but the sweet malts are strong. I am wondering if this bottle sat a little too long in the store. Nothing like what I have heard or read that it was. I will have to look for a fresher bottle and review it again.

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Photo of micahgoldfus
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A great pour: a hazy, cloudy golden color. The head was big, fluffy, and caramel-colored. The lace never left the top of the beer, no matter how long it sat. There were rings of lace around the edge of the glass, marking how much beer was left after each sip. The smell was strong, it even hit me right as I opened it. It was earthy hops, with sweet undertones thanks to some citrus fruit, mostly grapefruit by what I could tell. The smell overall as stinging, in a pleasant way. I liked the taste, but was a little disappointed. There was the piny, earthy hops again, plus the tangy fruit flavors, but it came off as an displeasing combination of bitter and sour. As it warmed up, the sweet caramel malts came out, which helped balance the beer, which helped things. But all in all, I wasn't the biggest fan of this beer, and I feel like it's a one-and-done for me. The thin mouthfeel didn't help anything, either.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A light brown color with a two-finger head that leaves good lacings. Smell is malty, a lot of bread malt with some minor floral hops. Again, a chewy body due to the bread malt and some hop bitterness with minor citric and dark fruit tastes. Not mixed that well, unfortunately, as it gets really slick and juicey/watery on the backbite. Not a bad beer but not one that I can stand behind.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This brew pours a dark orange-amber with a thin off-white head. Quick lacing. Aroma is nicely hopped with a hint of citrus. Medium-bodied with a decent amount of hops, but being very close to bland. The finish is a little tart and hoppy. Above average, but this would be much better if it was a little less weak.

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Photo of Budking
3.19/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. poured into a tumbler

A: Murky, dlightly dark copper color

S: Citrusy, spicey, apricot smell with slight alcohol in the back(I happen to love the smell), possibly a little floral as well

T: slight floral with citrus, alcohol seems to come out more half way through(pardon my vagueness, still new to this and trying to learn)

M: light to medium, dry with low carbonation

Overall: love the smell, not a horrible brew, not the greatest either, but I could drink this again, something I may be able to get my BMC friend's to drink(or at least try)

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brownish golden in color with an off-white head.
Aroma of floral or earthy hops and caramel malt.

Something seems off in the flavor of this beer. There is some tartness and a strange tea-like flavor. Otherwise, sweet caramel malt backbone and hops.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side.
Drinkability: Takes a knock due to the off flavor. Not one I'm too interested in trying again.
Overall, a decent, but strange pale ale. Maybe I had a bad bottle or maybe I set it up for failure by having a Stone Ruination IPA before it, but I just didn't care for this one.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Orange-gold with a huge head being held afloat by an endless stream of bubbles rushing upwards (dunno if its my glassware or what, but its crazy bubbly).

Smells like apricots, sweet malt some sour and fruity hop aromas.

Very light feel and taste but there is a hint of apricot and a mild dose of maltiness balanced by an equally mild dose of hops on the finish.

Feels extremely light and watery, but overall and okay pale (esp. for a "British" pale).

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden/orange color with a small head that retains a thin layer throughout. The smell if that of mostly hops with a little bread and malty background. The taste is very hoppy and could nearly fit into the IPA category. Searching hard around, between, under, but not on top of the hops, is maybe a little caramel and light roasted malt. But not much else. It seems to be a fairly simple brew with hops being the dominant flavor which is not totally a bad thing. It has a light to medium bodied mouthfeel that finishes with a crisp dry hop. Not the most drinkable pale ale, but it is interesting in a simple way. Cheers!

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.21/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sunshine through blood oranges is what I have in the glass before me, a thick two fingers of the foamy stuff on top, lots of lacing...Grapefruits and piney hop oils congregate to attack my nostrils. Basic hop bitterness flavor, the bitterness of the lemon peel and some old weed come into play as it warms in my USMC pint glass.

This i a nice beer, a little less bang than I'd expect from an IPA but good nonetheless.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.22/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a murky copper body with a tall, foamy off-white head.

Smell: Very subtle pale maltiness set against a pungent hop aroma with notes of apricots and grapefruit rinds.

Taste: Biscuit malt flavor with a slight, brief sweetness. Apricot and grapefruit with a moderate bitterness. A bit of sourness. Finishes dry with a lingering, persistent bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: A little more bitterness than I'm looking for in an English Pale Ale, but overall it's okay.

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Photo of TheCondor
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Obtained from a brewmasters collection mix and match twelve pack of Tommyknocker beers. Some have been good, some have been bad, but all have been fun to drink!

Appearance - Poured from the bottle into a standard pint glass. Pours a hazy copper color with a thin head which evaporates quickly. The beer will leave lacing all the way dwn the glass to the very end.

Smell - Certainly some citrusy and grapefruit smelling hops in there, along with a faint tinge of malt in the background.

Taste - A fairly pronounced grapefruit/piney taste throughout the drink. There is some sweetness at the end, but it certainly did not pack the bitter punch like I expected out of an IPA. Maybe I like mine a little stronger, but I just didn't think it was very bitter.

Mouthfeel - Light, thin, maybe even a little watery.

Overall - This is a decent beer. It's still an IPA, it's still a beer, and I would certainly drink it again if offered. That being said, I wouldn't necessarily buy it again. There isn't anything really wrong with it, there's just a lot better IPAs out there for the money. But it's worth a taste!

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Photo of Redrover
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz brown long neck pored into a standard pint, this beer has a massive initial head.. The beer is a hazy bronze with that big beige head. Nice lacing.

The label states Nobel hops, and that’s exactly what I get on the nose. Piney, slightly fruity and backed by some caramel malts.

The beer starts well with some pleasant, slightly bitter taste backed with some green apple. There is a bit of grains, but the finish is slightly harsh. It is almost metallic and that seems a bit out pf place.

The mouth seems to be well calibrated with low carbonation and a bit of oiliness. Unfortunately, drinabilty suffers a bit from the harsh finish. This beer has the looks the smell and the feel of a session beer, but the taste falls a little short.

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Photo of mjc410
3.24/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour into my Sam Smith glass raises a slight light tan head over a hazy, tawny amber-gold body. Lacing is minimal. The nose is sweet, slightly piney, and has strong peach notes. The taste is immediately piney, with a nice, nutty malt character, and a bit of acidic sweetness. It's a fairly balanced, lighter pale ale. The mouth is medium, with good carbonation. I think this would be a great sessioner if the hops were toned down just a bit.

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Photo of KAdams
3.24/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear amber with a full, fluffy two-finger head with nice lacing.

Smell: Bready with a little bite from the hops.

Taste: A little sweet with some hops. I really went in here expecting a lot of hops bitterness only to be disappointed. Overall not great.

Mouthfeel: A little watery. Maybe I got a bad batch.

Drinkability: Meh. I could drink a couple of these but why would I?

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.24/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Honey golden with diminishing head starting at a finger. Opacity 70%.

Armpit aromas with cracker, salt, white pepper, and garlic clove. A little bright fruit as well.

Typical IPA taste with nothing extraordinary. Pine hits, then biscuit, then orange peel, grapefruit peel, and ending on a buttery cracker finish.

Feel is smooth but clings to the palate, it's actually above average here.

This is about as basic as you get for a run of the mill IPA. A lot like Alaskan Free Ride, Shiner Wicked Ram, New Belgium Slow Ride, etc. Just very average...but will scratch the IPA itch just fine.

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Pick Axe IPA from Tommyknocker Brewery
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