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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 Crosling
3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Murky Desert Orange.

Fresh, possibly dry hopped, hoppy as hell (grapefruit, citrus fruits and pine) nose with a glimpse of malt and orange.

After smelling this, the taste is pretty underwhelming. Unfortunately, the malt shines in this one, mainly biscuit, toffee and caramel. The hops take a backseat in the flavor profile and a neither citrusy nor grassy, rather very floral, with other notes of orange, pineapple and grapefruit.

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

Review recovered from a recent car cleaning ... hmm, don't want to even try and explain that one ...

This beer pours an English bitter style nutty brown with an uncharacteristic lack of head and lace. The nose is richly sweet malty almond, with fruity esthers that remind me a lick of Fuller's.

The yeast cleanly allows a subtle noble hop punch to come through and wisp out with hints of wet paper.

The mouthfeel is rather thin here but i'd definetely take another. A good beer to cleanse the palate of decadent west-coast IPAs.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a finger of head that falls to just cover the top of the beer with a nice strong ring around the top. The nose is citrusy, mostly grapefruit to me. There is a nice citrusy hop to start that mellows out and finishes smooth with a grapefruit aftertaste. There's not quite enough hop bite in this one for my taste. The beer is moderately thick in my mouth, a good feel for a pale ale. It leaves nice moderately heavy lacing as I drink it. This is an easy drinking beer, but it's just a little light on taste, so that detracts from it. Overall, the beer is worth a try, but not something to seek out.

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Photo of masterbruewer
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%
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 merlin48
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle is almost a year past the freshness date. Pours a slightly hazed, copper amber body with a moderate, ivory head that hangs around several minutes. Considerable lacing patches the sides of the glass.

Pale and caramel malt aromas up front with a very fruity, hops presence of apples and oranges.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a bigtime, hops zing on the tongue.

Taste is nicely complex. Robust orange and green apple flavors lead a nice parade of hop flavors. Plenty of malty balance that is mostly caramel, underneath. Overall, a very tasty ale.

The label claims that noble hops are used to brew this ale. Though I didn't notice any pine or grapefruit, this ale seems to be a hybrid between an American and British pale ale. Very likeable, and has held up extremely well considering that it is 11 months past the freshness date notched on the label.

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Photo of coasterfreak75
2.56/5  rDev -27.1%
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 BeerResearcher
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brewed in Phoenix.
It pours a hazy tannish amber with a fast fading white head.
An aroma of wet cut grass lasts a while. The malt and a bit of hop smells disappear fast.
A fairly sweet malt houses tastes of caramel and doughy bread.
The hop taste is a mild citrusy bitterness, backed a light metallic bite.
A bit oily.
This is a pretty gulpable ale. Nothing jumps out as outstanding, but nothing bad about it either.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy amber body that has no head and no lace. Very disappointing appearance for an above average beer. The nose is lightly hoppy but gives primarily a malt sense. The taste is a grassy hop taste that is neither floral nor citrusy. Odd. But still the overall sense is refreshing.

The body is medium and has a nice finish. Overall a decently drinkable ale.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Pick Axe Pale Ale poured a yellow-orange with a smallish, yet fine head that dissipated to a thin topper. The aroma was hoppy with some fruit and yeast tones to it. It has a pretty bland, slightly fruity initial taste, with a hoppy finish and aftertaste. Pretty mild taste, but smooth and drinkable. Overall, a pretty average pale ale - probably not as hoppy as most.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its clear, orangeish-copper body is capped by a thin, frothy white head that drops readily to a big-bubble-accented collar that leaves only spotty lace. The nose is malty and fruity with a touch of piney/minty & floral hops. The body is medium/light and it's fine, median carbonation leaves it gently crisp across the palate. The flavor delivers a combination of caramelish, biscuity malt; yeasty berry-like fruitiness; and floral/piney hops. It's bitterness is not overly bold, but there's more than enough there to let you know you're drinking a pale ale. It finishes dry with a flourish of floral hop flavor that fades to lingering caramelish malt and then some more abrasive lingering bitterness.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, borderline copper, thinish in the head, yet some decent patchy lacing. Oily hops on the nose, rather inviting. Hops dominated, oily and slick, juicy fruit sweetness; hop-heads adjourn. Spicy with a decent, yet hidden malty backbone; a definitive hops dominated quaffer with a sort of grainy and dry finish; tarty and bitter, yet quite tasty and enjoyable.

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Photo of TheDM
3.12/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This brew poured a small head of fine to medium sized off white bubbles and a hazy slightly carbonated light brown body. It has a hoppy IPA arooma and a mildly hoppy spicey flavor. It is rather smooth for a Pale Ale and does not have the pale ale hop bite. I bet that disagrees with the people that really like hoppy plale ales but its one of the better one IMHO because of it.

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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 hotstuff
2.95/5  rDev -16%
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 sabrills70
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is a medium brownish amber, with a very slight haze. Poured with a medium head that lasted for quite a while. Very nice lace. Smell is that of fruit, with slight malt. Flavor is mostly hops with bitterness, but it quickly vanishes and finishes nicely with malt sweetness. A very well balanced beer. Enjoyable aftertaste. Very Drinkable. One of Tommyknockers better brews. I will buy this one again.

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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 marc77
2.76/5  rDev -21.4%
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 Pegasus
3/5  rDev -14.5%
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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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 kbub6f
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a couple of days in my fridge, reviewed 45F-50F.

I poured this thing violently and still ended up with only a 1cm dense, cream-colored head that collapses almost immediately with thin, wispy lacing. The beer is a dullish, darkish amber.

There's some kind of strange sweet/sour caramel smell. And is that celery (or have I been looking at too much Art Frahm)? There's a little roastiness and the inhale is grapefruit.

The beer starts off slightly malty with hints of chocolate. The middle is malty with plenty o'hops. The feel is a little thin. The finish is bitter, slightly sour, slightly watery, lots of grapefruit hoppiness. Not a bad pale ale, but nothing really special.

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Photo of cretemixer
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber orange in color with a full ivory colored head that fades to a thin layer after a couple of minutes. Left a fair amount of lace on my glass. Spicy malty aroma with a hint of cinnamon. Very hoppy too. Hoppy taste and there is a flavor that I can't put my finger on and it distracts from the beer. It's a spicy characteristic I haven't experienced before. Decent body & carbonation, I just don't find it that drinkable.

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Photo of Morris729
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange amber color with a thin and bubbly white head that immediately fades into a very thin and patchy lace. Nose is sweet grains and very floral hops with a bit of an herbal quality. Oily and acidic hops dominate the flavor with some notes of fresh lemon. Finish is crisp and dry. A fairly simple beer, but enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of Gusler
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour an opalescent amber color with a modest off white head, the lace in fine sheets to cling to the glass. Malt dominates the nose, fresh and clean. Start is sweet, the middle is skinny, the finish is pungently acidic, the hops adequate, and the aftertaste dry. A passable “Pale Ale”, but SNPA, has nothing to fear.

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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 Bighuge
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer is a hazy amber-orange. Just a thin coating of a head. Lacing ability is adequate. Not a lot going on in the aroma department. Some slight perfumey and piney tones from the hops. Taste is comprised of caramel maltiness and toasted malt mixed with some noble hop characteristics - a slight herbal spiciness. Not a bad beer, but another one that is just average.

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Pick Axe IPA from Tommyknocker Brewery
3.51 out of 5 based on 552 ratings.
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