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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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.24/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber color with white head. Tons of lacing along sides of Teku glass.

Smell is a little skunky. Tangerine hoppiness and honey notes. Also a little petroleum character.

Taste is sweet malt up front. Slight over-ripe citrus. Not great but o.k. Dull bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light and watery.

Overall this was fair at best.

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -29%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at Tommyknocker after an easy climb up Bierstadt.

A: Unfortunately, the beer's strong point. Pours a nice ever-so-slightly hazy copper with a finger of white head. Moderate retention but beautiful rings of lacing.

S: Strong citrus, primarily grapefruit, with a bready malt in the back. Moderate strength.

T: Like it smells. Hop forward for sure, but not at all imbalanced. Hits the palate with tons of citrus, which then gives way into a subtle hint of pine. The pine is accompanied by some alcohol, and tastes better as it warms - I found this flavor to be rather astringent, almost gasoline-like, over the first few sips. The beer closes out with a fresh bready malt accompanying a hint of lingering bitterness.

M: Crisp and clean; light-bodied and drinkable. In my opinion, light-bodied IPAs need some resins to prevent the beer from feeling watery. Unfortunately, this beer has no stick to it and falls victim to this problem.

O: A solid, highly sessionable IPA, if slightly lacking in character. Drink a little warmer to ensure you get the pine and not the pine-sol/gasoline flavors this beer started with.

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2.25/5  rDev -36.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber with minimal white head, but decent residual lacing. Aroma of caramelized malts has pleasant "west coast" citrus undertones. The taste is initially sweet but transitions abruptly into a distinct bitterness. A pleasantly lingering bitter finish is preceded by almost what I'd call a "sharpness" across the palate. Still a decent beer, but not as well balanced as some.

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2.25/5  rDev -36.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, best by June 18, 2012. Served at around 40F.

Pours slightly hazy amber/copper with a small one finger white head that leaves some nice spotty lacing and holds a light cap.

Aroma is mostly grassy and floral hops, a bit of orange citrus, touch of apricot, decent amount of bread and caramel malt. There is some sort of metallic note I’m getting as well. Good strength.

Flavor is grassy, floral and resinous hops, bready malt, some caramel and toffee, mild sweetness, decent bitterness. Minimal alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit oily, good carbonation.

A decent IPA, nothing groundbreaking.

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3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

apparently one of tommyknockers big medal winners at GABF. pours a very very light straw yellow color with a short white head. smells like fruity hops, tropical and pungent. also notes of biscuity pale malt and grassy yeast. the flavor is totally dominated by the hops, which have a pleasant sharpness to them and plenty of fruity essences. not particularly bitter, just flavorful and crisp. feel is a little light on the body for an american ipa in my book, could use some more malt balancing out the hops in here, but the carbonation levels work just fine and the beer is a pretty easy session ipa, as it doesnt fill you up at all. i will have to drink a few more of these to better critique it, but its a nice light enjoyable ipa. good for summer.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very cloudy, bronze. Some decent head and lacing.

S: Brown sugar, wheat bread, some lite tropical fruit coming through at the end.

T: Definitely on the maltier side, some chewy caramel malts with some orange, pineapple hop flavors.

M: Bitterness lingers on after awhile after each sip, a bit of a medicinal aftertaste actually.

O: Just an alright IPA, nothing I would look for again.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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