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 logmacschlog15
4.5/5  rDev +28.2%
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 +14%
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 +9.7%
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 +12.5%
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 -0.3%
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 -5.1%
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 +17.4%
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 -6.6%
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 -11.1%
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 +2.6%
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 +7.7%
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 +6.8%
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 +4.6%
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 +13.4%
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 +12.5%
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 +11.4%
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 +0.6%
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 -14.5%
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 -2.8%
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 +7.7%
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 +6.6%
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 +3.4%
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 -9.7%
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 +12.3%
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%
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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Pick Axe IPA from Tommyknocker Brewery
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