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Pick Axe IPA | Tommyknocker Brewery

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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:
#41,574
Reviews:
283
Ratings:
568
pDev:
14.08%
Bros Score:
3.4
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
41
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 568 |  Reviews: 283
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, slightly cloudy rich amber. Soft and creamy head. Looks yummy.

Light aroma of floating biscuit and rosewood. Some earth and wet leaves come into play, but nothing strong.

Taste is light as well. Biscuit serves as a nice back drop, with a little pine and wood bite to it. It seems all the flavors are there, just distant. Earth, some butteriness, metallic off taste. Lack of carbonation really highlights the flavors..yet they are light. Nothing bad or wrong...just light.
At 6.2% it's a bit lacking.

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Photo of WesWes
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark gold color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a slightly fruity pale malt and hop aroma; nothing special. The taste is good. It has a nice hoppy flavor that goes down easy and finishes bitter and a bit fruity. The malt bill consists of pale and carapils malts; pretty standard. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good tasting pale ale. It has a solid malt base and good hop character; a fine sessions brew.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
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 rodbeermunch
2.64/5  rDev -24.1%
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 enelson
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of RBorsato
4.47/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark gold with a low light beige ringed head and light slow bubbled carbonation. Spruce and pine hop aromas with a touch of citrus. Tastes much like it smells with pine and spruce hop flavors dominating; nicely balanced though. Medium-full bodied and smooth with a nice bitter hop finish.

More of an American Pale Ale in my mind than an English one...

Per label: "Noble hops"

Per TB website: English Pale Ale. Dry hops.
Hops: British Columbia Bramling, Czech Saaz, and British East Kent Goldings.
1997 GABF - Silver
2000 GABF - Silver

Enjoy Before: 12/30/06
Tasted: 12/19/06

($8.49 / 6-pack)

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: ¾ inch head, dark gold in color, cloudy, high carbonation

Smell: pineapple and toasted malt

Taste: pineapple, floral hops, and toasted malt

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, medium-light bodied, very sweet start with a bitter end and aftertaste

Overall: An enjoyable pale ale. I like the way the hops and malt combine in this one. Not a stellar APA, but one I could certainly have several pints of.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear amber/yellow. Poured a rocky off-white head that dissipated slowly. Ample lacing. Continued to decant slowly.

S: Citrussy hops then malts and toasted nuts.

T: Nuts and bisuity grains balanced with pleasantly bitter hop finish.

M: Medium body. Crisp and clean bitter finish. Nicely carbonated.

D: Pleasing to drink and not overbearing. Solid, I'd drink more though nothing real special for an APA.

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Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of cjgator3
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky amberish copper color with a thin white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing around the sides of the glass. Aroma is a nice mixture of sweet malt and hops and a little bit of butter. The taste features a really nice hop profile with a good malt backbone to make this a pretty balanced and drinkable brew. Overall, while there are better comparable brews out there, this is definately a solid brew that is recommended.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep tangerine orange, dense turbid nature, with a sandy colored head that turned washy rather quickly. Thin skim lacing on the glass walls was sparse. Liked the coloring on this.

S: The nose was pine, pine, and more pine. Decent level of hops, small instances of toasted bread. A bit one dimensional but a good show in strength and resilience.

T: Good show of hops, pine, toasted bread crust with floral scents of grapefruit/citrus. Cypress with a strong sense of dry hopped citrus at knockout. Dry toasty bread malt base, dry oranges round things out.

M: Medium-heavy base, some carbonation around the tongues edges. Dry flowery grapefruit parches the tongue upon departure.

O: Wow. Really hoppy for a pale, or is it a ipa? Still some confusion between the label and the website makes this a hard one to pin down. Very good for a pale (4.0), solid for an ipa (3.5). Hop heads will get their fix either way from this one. Definitely one of their better beers.

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Photo of DucksFan16
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Photo of jdhilt
3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
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 hozersr
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.06/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured golden color with decent white head. Nose is almost nonexistent. Taste has some light malt, not enough and some slight floral hops but pretty thin, astringent on the body. Mouthfeel is watery and thin. Will not try again or recommend to anyone.

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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 rhoadsrage
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

( Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a clear light pale brown body with a gentle carbonation and a huge rocky off-white head. The head sat way above the rim of the glass

S- This beer had strong green floral hop aromas with a gentle light caramel malt hint.

T- The taste of pale fresh malt with a light caramel malt finished with a gentle hop bitterness. It was smooth and well balanced

M- This had a medium body but a bit of a watery mouthfeel. No alcohol warmth or astringency

D-This was a nice gentle pale ale that was well balanced and very nice to sip on the 96 degree summer day.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of bark
3/5  rDev -13.8%
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 StJamesGate
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy brown with a big foamy off white head that leaves lacey windows. Crumb cookie and orange rind on the nose. Honey crunch biscuit malts and straight Amarillo (if I had to guess) hops, almost like Flinstones chewable vitamins. Orangey linger. Chewy, medium.

Very surprised that the hop bill is all Euro, and that none of them are something very citrusy like Fuggles.

Way orangey on the hops, which is no bad thing - I'm tempted to score it half point higher on taste just because I like those flavors but truth is it could be more complex. A bit dark for an APA, too. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of kmanjohnson
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of champ103
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dull pale orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Some nice lace is left behind.
S: Pine and resiny hops. Soapy and oily. Some sweetness. Pretty standard.
T: Follows the nose. Resiny hops that are overly soapy and oily. Pale malts that are a bit sweet. Again, pretty standard.
M/D: A bit thin, watery, and a little under carbonated. surprisingly there is some heat in the back of the throat. To much alcohol is noticeable for a Pale Ale.

Certainly nothing bad, but just standard. There are lots of better options, and locally made at that. A one and done for me.

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