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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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Ratings: 568 |  Reviews: 283
Photo of nukem5
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
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 +5.5%
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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Photo of jsh420
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours semi cloudy golden yellow with a 1+ finger head that had good retention and coated the glass with lacing

smells of fruity citrus hops and just enough malt

taste - solid pale - balance of light fruity citrus and floral hops with biscuit pale malts - one of the better tommyknocker brews i have had

mouthfeel is light/medium with ok carbonation not as crisp i as like but not flat

drinkability is good - a enjoyable pale with good flavor

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Photo of Daybis
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the better pale ales I can get locally. Poured a nice orange color with a bit of cloudiness. A small 1/4 inch head, but there was a good bit of lacing left behind as I drank the beer. The beer smells of fruits and malt. The first thing I noticed when trying this beer was a citrusy taste right up front that quickly dissipates. Then traditional hop bitterness and floral flavors balance out the beer. Mouth feel was slightly above average. Overall, this beer what pretty good and will be something I purchase regularly.

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Photo of MrYoungblood
3.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a very good "Pale Ale." It has a nice amber color and a good flavor with nothing too out of the ordinary as far as pale ale's are concerned.

This would probably be a good session beer if you like a little hops. It's 6.2%, so it may be a little bit of a shock for some beer drinkers, but that's just the hops reminding you that they're all still there.

Solid beer overall!

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Photo of Tballz420
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty hazy orange colored body. Cream colored foamy white head laces up the glass. Kinda citrusy scent backs up the main malt smell. Fairly malty taste, with a mix of floral and bitter hops rounding it out. Citrus and grapefruit. Medium mouth. Not a bad beer by any means. Kinda standard pale.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Either I got a bad bottle or this is over-rated. Color was light orange-gold with little head or lacing. Nose was fruity apples, peaches, apricots, but the mouthfeel was watery and very sour...not like the lead-in on a Flemish Sour...just tartly sour. Although the fruit came thru somewhat in the taste, it was not a fresh, real fruit taste, but more like a cheap fruit candy. Not surprisingly, finish left a sticky, sweet-sour aftertaste. Not impressed with this one

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Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some hops. Taste is good, hops with some citrus notes. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this makes for a pretty good brew.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ineedabeerhere for sending me this one.

A: This one pours a clear copper/orange color with a finger's worth of white foam which leaves some nice lacing.

S: The citrus and mild pine hops are a bit mild, but provide a nice counterpoint to the sweet caramel and toffee of the malt.

T: The hop character is a bit more prominent than in other English pale ales that I've had, but I enjoy that. A nice orange and lemon hop flavor along with the sweet caramel malt.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: A bit higher in terms of ABV than what I'm used to for a pale ale, but still very drinkable. The elevated hop presence makes this more enjoyable than other English pales I've tried.

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Photo of tjd112
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation - Poured into Sam Smith nonic

Appearance - Big white head and amber body, good retention and lacing

Smell - Biscuits and flowers

Taste - Very biscuity and citrus-like, detect a muted burnt sugar taste

Mouthfeel - Dry, medium bodied

Drinkability - Drink slowly for max enjoyment

Overall - Good for what it is, but I am detecting more of an American Pale Ale taste to it.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into Mad Elf tulip.

A: Attractive orange-amber, hazy body underneath one finger of dense tan foam. Average retention and lots of tight lacing. Good looking beer.

S: Crisp citrus hops and a generous dose of biscuity malt. Well-balanced, but not too dynamic.

T: Citrus and pine hops jump out at first, but quickly recede as biscuity malt and lightly fruity esters lead to a subdued, dry finish.

M: The body is on the light side of medium with an appropriate amount of soft carbonation.

D: This goes down as smoothly as I'd expect for such a well-balanced English-style pale ale.

Notes: This is the only Tommyknocker brew I've had, and was just good enough to make me curious to try more. Not a bad EPA at all.


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Photo of woodychandler
3.17/5  rDev -8.9%
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 Brandt
3.94/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer poured a cloudy copper with white head that diminished quickly.

the aroma here was very floral hops and touches of caramel. the hops were much more dominant that i had expected from a pale

taste was a good level of bitterness with soft sweet malts and good floral hop flavor as well

finish was a refreshing crisp and well balanced med. bodied pale. it has all the components of a good pale and in a nicely balanced package.

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Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard shaker glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a clear burnished copper/orange color with a ΒΌ" ivory head that recedes slowly leaving a ring of foam and spotty lacing on the sides of the glass. Throughout most of the beer an interesting pattern of rings of foam and patches of lacing cling to sides of glass. For most of the beer sipping also leaves patterns of speckled lacing.

Smell: The aroma is fresh and clean with some citric character and with a fresh earthy/grassy character and traces of light caramel or toffee.

Taste: The flavor is predominantly tart and citric with lemon and orange zest, mingled with some spicy herbal character and even traces of pine. There is a nice sweet malt backbone that supports and blends together with the hops.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light to medium bodied with a soft creamy character and with adequate persistent carbonation. The finish is moderately long with the dry bitterness supported by a persistent background malt backbone that provides a nice caramel/toffee sweetness through much of the finish.

Drinkability: This is a nice drinkable beer with lots of interesting characteristics from the combination of hops used and the sweetness of the malt that is always present and supports but does not dominate the hops. It seems a well made example of the style and I certainly could have another and will sample this one again next time I see it.

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Photo of droomyster
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark orange with a small white head. Aroma has a big, bready, yeasty blast with a sharp, caramel sweetness with strong notes of freshly peeled oranges. All of this comes through on the palate but the overall effect on me is less than the sum of its parts because the are zesty to the point of overpowering the malts. The maltiness seems to out stronger as the beer warms. Would go well with bar food.

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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 rtratzlaff
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tommyknocker Pic Axe Pale pours a deep filtered amber body with a white head that dissipates somewhat quickly. The aromas are citrus and herbal hop characters. The flavor begin with caramel malt and immediately shift to the strong bitter hop flavors. Tea and herbal notes stick to the tongue. Maybe it is the warm weather, but this seems quite bitter for a pale ale. 6.5% seems a bit high too for this beer. The mouthfeel is medium with ample carbonation. Not a great pale ale, but a decent one nonetheless.

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Photo of LittleDon
4.57/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy dark golden with a fair amount of carbonation. No noticeable head (probably because of the pour or glassware) or head. Strong grapefruit aroma from the Cascade hops. Taste is similar to the aroma. Lots of citrus. Medium mouthfeel, nice bitter finish.

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Photo of morimech
3.76/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a large off-white head that had great retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass surface. Does not smell much like an Englsh stle pale ale but very American. Heavy caramel, almost toasted malt aroma with some citrus hops. The flavor is sweet with the malt playing the biggest part. The hops add some citrus, pine, and herbal components. Medium body with a really nice, soft texture. Just enough carbonation so it is just above flat. A nice pale ale that I would drink again. Not really English as it lacks the awesome English hop aroma and flavor but good otherwise.

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Photo of katan
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint

A - Pours a dark golden brown hue - a slight amount of hazing, but no yeast suspension. Head formation is quick, but light. Leaves behind a full film. Little carbonation bubbling.

S - A combination of light smoked british malts and some lightly aromatic, earthy british hops. Further smells indicate a strong nutty complement to the hops.

T - Starts off with a smooth and sweet malt flavor - light smokiness. Mid-stream develops some bitterness, but no direct hopping. That is saved for the strong aftertaste where a grassy hop edge comes through. Aftertaste is sweet.

M - Moderate body - clinging. Carbonation bite is non-existent. A bit of an oily texture in the aftertaste.

D - The full body has a downside, a somewhat filling beer. The calories in this thing must be fairly hefty. ABV is pretty potent as well.

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Photo of Norfawkers
4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A balanced complex beer that's good for sipping

Appearance: Cloudy, golden with little head and sufficient lacing

Smell: Hoppy, citrus, malt

Taste: Similar to an IPA with a hoppy kick followed by malt and finishing with a honey-wheat finish

Mouthfeel: Little bitterness towards the end but otherwise smooth with a lingering sweetness

Drinkability: Balanced; quite drinkable; a quality sipping beer

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Photo of bonsreeb85
3.99/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - cloudy burnt orange body w/ a quickly vanishing head. not quite a looker, not bad though

S - citrus/floral hops, orange peel, pines and berries. apple esters also come through w/ some toffee/caramel malt hiding quietly behind the hops.

T - bittersweet upfront w/ hops and malts both adding a fruity yet floral and bitter taste. my taste buds also welcome the candied fruit that comes somewhere in the middle of this barage of flavor, before closing more on the bittersweet side of things. there is a definately buttery richness to it. I like this beer because it takes your traditional English pale, but turns the hops up a notch. cheers to that!

MF - low carbonation, medium body and a smooth mouthfeel

D - high abv for session, but after 1 I could definately go for a few more before i'm done and on to other things. delcious tasting, and flows down the throat rather easily, we have a winner!

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Photo of BeerMark
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pick Axe Pale Ale from Tommyknocker Brewery pours a deep amber in my glass. I must say that this beer smells and tastes terrific. It's really nothing like an English Pale Ale to me. I'd call this one an APA. It's a very well balanced beer with citric overtones. My favorite brews are balanced with equal attention given to malts and hops. Very tasty and recommended. Hops and malts on the tongue at the same time.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a hazy orange-red color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is a balance of grapefruit and caramel. The taste is balanced too, but the hop character seems a bit off. The mouthfeel is medium bodied low carbonation for the style. Overall, this is a poor example of an Pale Ale. I will not drink this again.

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Photo of Natural510
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange-red color with soda-pop bubbles and a large, porous head which quickly dissipates into nothing much.
Fairly strong scent of oily, piney hops with an overall breaded quality. Inviting.
Malty, citric forefront with a decent hop kick. Hops are subtle and creep in later. Not overwhelming, but nicely balanced. Reminiscent of a British Pale Ale.
Crisp & creamy in the ale sense; goes down smooth with a nice twang from the hops.
At over 6% too strong to be a true "session" beer, but I'd definitely order another.

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