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 JayS2629
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light opaque brown with a creamy white head that has pretty good retention and some creamy walls of lace. The smell is very nutty with a fruity background. Notes of citrus. Toffee, nuts, and woody characteristics. Malty with a nice citrus touch in the back of orange and grapefruit. Overall, a medium bodied beer that is very drinkaable. Not my favorite Tommy knocker beer, but very good.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Jan 5th 2011 notched on label.

Pours pale brown with a half finger of foam that fades quickly. Aroma is mild malty.

First sip is a bit fruity at first, followed by a toffee flavor, and finishing with a strong bitter bite. Body is a bit on the thin side. Could use a little more balance to counteract the bitter bite, and would be nice if the hop flavor came through a bit more. Overall not bad though. Nice addition to the mixed 6 pack I picked up.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mom and Dad picked this one up in NC on their last trip south of the border, then bro and sis carted it all the way over when they came to visit. Thanks for the effort guys.

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, white head with good retention. Hazy safety orange in color, gamboge when held to the light, with a little carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp and ring remain until the end, leaving some nice lacing down the glass. Good looking pale ale.

SMELL: Pale malts and some nice citrus notes. Pineapple, lemon, and some nice grapefruit aromas. Quite fruity and very pleasant.

TASTE: Milder flavors, which is somewhat disappointing considering the nose. Some pale malts up front and some grainy hints. Notes of citrus, with some grapefruit and some decent bitterness after the swallow. Mild, bitter aftertaste lingers. Alright, but the grainy flavors didn't really pass.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. Creamy and smooth enough on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly dry on the palate. Fine here.

OVERALL: An alright brew, but nothing special. The grainy flavors didn't really work for me, which was disappointing, as the nose and look were really promising. Something I'm glad to have tried, but won't be seeking out again. Thanks again for doing the legwork guys.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
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 BeerCon5
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with about 1 finger of fluffy white head that disappears quickly.

The scent is dominant of floral hops, some citric notes.

The taste also is dominant of floral hops, citrus, and some other sweet fruit notes.

Light bodied, crisp and refreshing, moderate carbonation.

This was a decent Pale Ale, it was very refreshing and easy to drink. I wouldn't mind having this again.

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Photo of afinepilsner
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle

Tommyknocker Pick Axe Pale Ale was light amber in color with good clarity. It had an off white head with good retention and decent lacing. The smell was fruity hops with some sweet malt. The taste was plenty of hops with some biscuity and bready malt, a touch sweet upfront with bitterness following. The finish was dry and hoppy. The mouthfeel was good with a medium body and medium carbonation. The drinkability was good as well. This is a tasty, well-made Pale ale and worth trying out.

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Photo of smcolw
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, neutral amber color. Foamy head that settles in large chunks, leaving lots of spotty lace. A beautiful beer.

Good floral hop nose. Mild aroma of grapefruits. No notable malt aroma.

Good malt start, but it fades quickly to a relatively strong (IPA-like) hop bitterness. The beer leaves a lasting bitter hop plug flavor. The body is as to be expected with a good level of carbonation. In short, a more hoppy APA.

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Photo of KAdams
3.24/5  rDev -8%
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 ForWhatAlesYou
3.16/5  rDev -10.2%
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 readbaron
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a decent white head.

Smells strongly of hops - pine and some citrus, with a bit of malt underneath.

Tastes nice - hops with a good deal grapefruit. Finishes relatively smooth and malty, with a bit of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium to light.

Nicely drinkable.

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Photo of Duff27
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Almost a one fingered white head on top a of a copper/amber beer. Nice lacing.

S- Very floral smell. Pine.

T- Follows the nose. Floral hops. Some citrus, piney.

M- Thin to medium bodied.

D/O- Pleasantly surprised with this pale ale. Its nothing special but very approachable. To put down 3 or 4 would be optimal.

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Photo of hangh
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy dark yellow-orange color with a very thick and very large clumpy head. This one is seriously foamy so watch out when you open and pour. Heavily carbonated as well. Pleasant grapefruit smell. Really the only smell is the grapefruit, it dominates, not bad though. Taste is very good, it's got some other subtle hops at work although the malts are a little stronger than I originally expected. It's not bitter at all, very good aftertaste. Heavy bodied and carbonation, note expecting it. I really like it though and will definitely try again.

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Photo of logmacschlog15
4.5/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 8/27/10. Drank on 12/17/10. Served in a US tumbler.

Appearance: Pours a little over one finger of creamy, marshmallow colored head with good lacing throughout. A cloudy, deep amber with lots of legs from the lively carbonation.

Smell: Beautiful pine and grapefruit aromas from the hops. Malt sweetness present as well. A tiny scent of alcohol.

Taste: Hops are prevalent, but the malt sweetness balances very well. Cascades were definitely used in this one. The fruitiness of the hops is well presented and the bitterness is definitely there but is not overbearing.

Mouthfeel: Great carbonation that dances on the tounge. Medium body with a wholesome, warming alcohol.

Drinkability: Very, very drinkable. Would have this one again and again and again. This is my definite go to when craving a pale ale.

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Photo of MTNboy
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is a bronze body with excellent carbonation in the body. This beer has a beautiful head that develops with an off white head. It has a strong hoppy grapefruit aroma. It has a bitter sweet taste with some herbal and melon like esters that complement each other well. It has a medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of CHickman
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy copper color with a lot of sediment floating in it and a creamy 2 finger beige head that faded slowly and left cream on top; the color looks like apple cider and leaves very good lacing.

Smells very hoppy, with floral hops and citrus hops, flowers, sweet malt, wet bread, orange peel, caramel, light spices and some fruit like pineapple. Pretty nice nose that's sweet and enjoyable.

Tastes sweet and oily from the hops, with floral and citrus hops hitting first, then sweet malt, grapefruit, herbs and/or grass, pine, orange zest, grains, some light spices and then some hop bitterness; this is one hoppy pale ale and it's slick, oily and sweet to the point that it should be an IPA and not a pale ale.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, with medium carbonation and a medium body that borders on heavy due to the massive oily hop presence that leaves a bitter pucker.

Decent drinkability, the bitterness and grainy finish take away from it a little bit, but this is still a very tasty beer that I would seek out again.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice hazy golden orange colour, finger of white fluffy head, solid retention and sticky lacing.

S - Scent is floral with spruce, pine and cedar all coming through nicely. I found this very similar to Pike's offerings in terms of scent, with some light bready malts on the finish.

T - Much like the scent with floral hops, spruce, pine and cedar, a bit of orange pekoe and cinnamon on the finish. Some caramel apple malts linger on the finish, very nice.

M - Light and bubbly, but a bit on the heavier side. Could use a bit more carbonation, but at this point I'm being a little picky, so not to be taken as a complete turn-off.

D - Overall, a very tasty offering, appealing look, scent and taste. Would definitely recommend this to hop heads and offers some unique fruity flavours within the hops.

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Photo of IPAescotch
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Golden hue, two fingers of head, highly carbonated. Exploded out of the bottle had to rush and find a glass.

S: Citrus hops bade me welcome to this pale ale, a little more maltiness than expected from a pale ale.

T: Same as smell, an orangesque citrus flavor.

M:Peppery and a little spicy in finish.

D: A nice pale ale, but not the best. Possesive of character, i wonder if they used both european and american hops

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazed copper hue with a bright off white head forming thick. Scattered speckled lacing down the sides of my chalice. Aroma has some grapefruit/mild pine tones going on in the nose. Flavor has a mineral metallic hoppy edge going on, sweet caramel backing malts blend nicely. Mouthfeel is medium boded slightly resinous citrus tones combine to make the palate pucker a bit. Carbonation is smooth nothing off setting or harsh goes down pretty easy. Drinkability is okay not my favorite APA but definitely a beer that I could contend with and drink a couple if no other more interesting options are available.

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Photo of maleman
4.12/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. poured a deep amber with a creamy, two-finger head that had good retention.

S - nice, flowery plus hoppy notes. Some sweetness, maybe raisins, or grapefruit?

T - lots of biscuit in there! a bit of roasted malt in the aftertaste.

M - medium-bodied taste that registers in the roof of the mouth. above average carbonation. a good finish with a bit of bite.

D - Could knock these tommy knockers down in succession with a couple of buds. A good brew that I'll have again.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
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 ZimZamZoom
3.12/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange/amber color, with a thin tan head that lasts a couple minutes before fading to a thin layer. A bit darker than I would expect from a pale ale on either side of the pond.

Nice caramel sweet undertones behind a bitter hop aroma, mild grassy and flower notes to the hops as well. Taste is a fairly balanced mix of sweet malts and grassy hops. Some more herbal and flowery notes come out as the beer warms. Overall impact is a very earthy and grainy tasting beer.

It is bigger in body and more filling that I like my APAs (categorization on this site notwithstanding, I see the brewer has it as an American Pale).

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Photo of horshack7
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange copper color with about one finger worth of head. The head does disipate quick but leaves behind good lacing.

Aroma: A heavy citrus aroma similar to a double i.p.a. However this is not an i.p.a. Sweet citrusy grapefruit sprinkled with sugar with notes in honey in the background. The malts give off a little bit simple syrup aroma.

Taste: An interesting bready dryness upon first impact on the pallate but it's not heavy. A citrusness straight from the hops grapefruit. This is quite hoppy for an English pale ale.

Notes: I was thinking that this would be sweeter more towards the malty side. But it is still nicely drinkable. Cheers.

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Photo of jadpsu
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my 5th of the Tommyknocker sample pack and this is the first one that pours a head that has decent retention. Pours a hazy cooper and the head is off white and leaves some good side lacing.

Aroma has oily hops, orange lemon peel and some bready malts. There is some good balance here
Taste is bitter but smooth and dry from start to finish with a real citrus hit full body with a thick and chewy mouthfeel.

This my favorite of the Tommyknockers.

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Photo of nukem5
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich amber color light tan head hardly lace.

S: Intense hoppy citrus that expodes from the glass to the nose.

T: The flavors are all over the place, peppery citrus floral sweet malts .

M: Medium body, light carb level.

D: Refreshing and crisp, clensing.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a moderate orange with a fair off-white head. Spotty lacing -- expected more. Good clarity.

Citric hop aroma with good toasted malt and a little fruit.

Citric hop punch in the mouth with some fruity sweetness and toasted malt. A little buttery edge to this was a surprise. A bit bready. Flavors are pleasant and appropriate.

A bit soft -- and this is a surprise, because it seems to be well carbonated. Just needs a touch more zing. Medium body.

Overall, this is the best of the mixed 6 pack so far. Good drinkability, but with some flaws. WTF. $4.99/6pack -- how can you go wrong. One of the best bangs for the buck I've had in a long time. lacks a bit in the English Pale Ale Style -- more APA, but still decent and worth trying.

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Pick Axe IPA from Tommyknocker Brewery
3.52 out of 5 based on 566 ratings.
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