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Derby Lager | The Pike Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
The Pike Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The dog days of summer inspired us to brew a lager-style beer in honor of Pike’s mascot, a Boston Terrier named Derby. Like its namesake, it is soft and gentle, light and smooth, yet full of character. It’s fermented with California Common lager yeast at ale rather than lager temperatures. We hop with Magnum, Ahtanum, and Sorachi Ace (hops of Japanese origin.) The malt bill is made up of ESB, Vienna, Malted Wheat, Carastan, and Flaked Brown Rice, to give it a light mouth feel. A pure bred beer!

Added by Zach122 on 10-21-2013

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 4
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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

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Photo of HoppySeb
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of biboergosum
3.42/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, and nice to see Pike back in the fine environs of Alberta's better liquor stores.

This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly tan head, which leaves a bit of streaky jumbo jet entrails lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of grainy pale and caramel malt, earthy, sort of floral yeast, mild mushy apple and pear fruit notes, a touch of warm butter, and weak leafy, weedy, and slightly grassy hops. The taste is grainy, doughy caramel malt, a growing slick buttery toastiness, loitering lager yeast, sedate gritty pome fruit, and a still tame earthy, weedy, and leafy hop bitterness.

The carbonation is quite light and innocuous in its plain as the day is long frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and mostly smooth, just that buttery essence 'contributing' a sense of clamminess. It finishes well off-dry, the toasty caramel malt and waning fruitiness continuing to have little to contend with in the way of bittering hops.

Overall, a plain, and kind of difficult to get ramped up about offering - it's not overly malty, it's just much less hoppy than it needs to be to achieve some sense of balance. Not a bad brew, but I don't think that this is the beer that I'm looking for right now.

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Photo of richj1970
3.6/5  rDev +2%

Photo of sachie23
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zach122
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Donkster46
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of mactrail
3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery restaurant in Pike Market. The classic pale amber color. Modest foam and carbonation. Faintly hoppy, slightly malty with a hint of toasted grains. Fairly crisp, but not the sharp taste.

Resiny aftertaste with a mineral touch and a faint hint of bitterness. Aftertaste is just a slight beery mouthful, utterly forgettable. Not really much to recommend this, but it's a pleasant gulp.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium golden hue with no haze and a moderate effervescence. Head poured a finger of frothy white foam which had moderate retention. Pretty attractive, I'd say.

Smell: lightly sweet with a nice malty character, a hint of fruitiness, and a light dose of noble hops. I find it balanced and refreshing.

Taste: a little bit fruitier than the aroma, but in general there's a nice balance here of very-slightly-toasty malt and a light bitterness. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and a good creaminess for the style.

Overall: this is a highly drinkable beer; I'm finding I quite like it. It's a very traditional take on the style, but I find it well-made and quite refreshing.

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3.62/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of DerAtomsmasher
3.12/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Definitely underwhelming.

I can never get excited for anything from this brewery because they seem to slip on the simple styles like this one.

Hazy gold-orange with a small sweetness on the nose. Hop bitterness and a sort is grapefruit pith tang with no real malt sweetness on the tongue. You could be drinking Bud, I guess.

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4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of DaveMiller
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Asics
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Derby Lager from The Pike Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.53 out of 5 with 16 ratings
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