Pike Tandem Double Ale | The Pike Brewing Company

Pike Tandem Double AlePike Tandem Double Ale
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Pike Tandem Double AlePike Tandem Double Ale

Brewed by:
The Pike Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pike reconfigured the recipe for Tandem so it is now brewed with coriander and fermented with Belgian ale yeast as a Belgian-style dubbel. Since it's entirely different from the old Tandem, this listing should be retired and the new one allowed to take its place.

Added by Todd on 10-15-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 84 |  Reviews: 70
Photo of zplug123
1.75/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This double ale was new in Atlanta so I bought a bottle from Total Wine, poured into a pint glass:

A: Dark brown color, finger-width of head with minimal lacing

S: Roasted with malty undertones, a bit of hops is there too

T: Also savory, like soy sauce with dry finish.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation was biting enough

D: Definitely not a taste I'd like to repeat, too roasted, not malty enough, and hops only contributed to bitterness.

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Photo of smcolw
2.48/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Deep amber/brown with a strong ruby hue to the liquor. Moderate head with good lasting time. Decent lace.

Smell: strong caramel with a dash of licorice. Light hop in the background.

First impression is that this is a far thinner beer than I expected with a low carbonation level. Reminds me of a homebrew. Mild flavor: some burnt malts and some crystal. Good hop finish, but I would not describe this as hoppy. Nothing "bad" but it just sorta fizzles--sorta like catching a fish below the minimum size: you get some fun, but you're gonna throw it back anyway.

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Photo of Jules11788
2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of burnheartsMKE
2.58/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark brown with a modest head.

Smelled a bit like chocolate and dried pit fruit.

Tasted like, well, dust & dead flowers (as someone put it). A sweet malt-bomb through & through. I suspect it was well past it's prime...

Overall, just couldn't finish my share of the bottle. It's noted here that it's retired, so maybe theres a reason for that.

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Photo of Tripphop
2.7/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brown color, light brown bubbles, no lacing. Aromas of caramel, bread, raisin. Flavors of light malt, bread crust, clean finish. Mouthfeel is light, dry, clean, simple. This beer is about as boring as this review, not crazy about it. Good quaffer, but not the top of its class.

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Photo of PopGun
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of RJLarse
2.76/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I bought a bomber of Pike Tandem at a grocery store, poured in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a garnet red color and is generally clear. Bubbly sticky beige head yields plenty of lace. many bubbles can be seen rising in the glass.

Smell is a dark fruit aroma, dates and plums. There is an acerbic scent like sweet vinegar or liquor.

Taste is a smoky bitter caramel malt flavor, licorice and a bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel is sharp and cloying. There is a piercing presence and a bitter aftertaste.

Not a real drinkable brew. the ABV makes it less than sessionable, and it has a cloying and filling nature. One bomber is about it I'm afraid.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
2.78/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is not retired. Whoever said that is wrong. I had it on-tap last night at the brewery. The site says it is available year round. I have submitted a change request to the BA gods.

Consumed from the tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: darker brown, no head, no lace

Smell: chocolate, malty, no hops, sweet

Taste: Malt, baked bread, brown sugar sweet, still no hops, not very complex

Well this was a disappointment. I was expecting a freshly brewed abbey style dubbel but instead I got a regular, ale tasting dubbel. It didn't have the depth and complexity that the style demands. Kind of a half assed attempt to make something Belgian. I might try it again to see if I got a bad batch, but don't count on it. Sorry Pike's, you let me down.

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Photo of northaustin
2.91/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours dark brown/black with a finger of off white head that disappears quickly but leaves good lacing.

smell: very "husky" with sort of an overboil style sweetness. otherwise smells like a classic american strong ale.

taste: very mellow, with a caramel style finish.

mouthfeel and drinkability: its really sweet. worth a try but i would not consider this one sessionable.

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Photo of GRG1313
2.94/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light brown with a short head. Simple white bread/candi sugar nose with hints of carmel. Mouthfeel is medium with flavors that follow the nose-a bit of sweet baked bread with a bit of a malt character. Sounds better than it is.

A simple brew. I'd go with a real Belgian in lieu of this one. Not a favorite.

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Photo of johnhenryconway
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Huhzubendah
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of IntriqKen
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Smells like amber malts and prunes...just a bit of brown sugar in the nose as well.
Head is nicely sticky and seems to hang around for quite a while.

Creamy mouthfeel while also tingly from the tiny carbonation and hints of hops.

No big malt backbone like you would expect but a smooth maltiness followed quickly with northern hops, as you would expect from the PNW.

Aftertaste is slightly sweet from the malt (again, expected from a doppelbock but disappointed that you don't notice that as much in the taste). some drying from the hops

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up at Sherbrooke Liquor on a trip to Edmonton. Came in a 650 ml brown bottle. How fondly I remember visits to the Pike Brewing Co. during glassblowing stints at Pilchuck on our days off in Seattle.

Pours out a deep chestnut, a decent tan head that eventually fades to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing.

Aromas of toffee and toasted malt and coffee, some dry grass hop notes in the background.

Flavour is predominantly on the malt side, sweet malt and faint coffee notes in the middle and on the finish, although it dries out by the aftertaste. No hops can be discerned by this point, it's a malt head extravaganza. As it warms a faint, very faint hint of citrus rind can be noticed within the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is full and chewy.

A pretty one-dimensional and plain affair for this ale (although it is listed here as a dopplebock), leaning a fair ways towards the sweet side. Perhaps I remember it more fondly on tap with the fresh salt air a set of stairs away.

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Photo of Dawkfan
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep cola brown, with some plum like tinges in it. A really gorgeous color. 1 finger beige head that leaves a fair bit of lace.

S- Smells sweet with fruit and caramel malt being the most notable. There's a bit of citrus and hop detectable in the background as well.

T- Like the nose, but piney/grapefruit hops are more pronounced. The flavors are way to muted, definitely not as complex as this style would dictate.

M- Low carbonation, medium body. A bit chewy and it coates the mouth as well.

D- Besides the appearance, nothing really stands out to me. It's a below average beer in terms of flavor, but it's easy to get down.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.17/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nose is malty and spicy - almost like a winter spice ale. Caramel malt with nuttiness. Mild hop suggestions.

Pours a a very dark leather brown, good clarity as little as I can see through it, small fizzy soda-like head with little retention. A little yeast on the bottom on the bottle.

First sip shows a little nut brown malt with nutty mouth coating. Faint hops add floral splash and fresh leafy/earthy blossoms in the finish. Caramel malt and light sweetness. A little more hop-like bitterness than sweetness. Slight astringent bitterness, maybe from roast? Subtle alcohol heat. Finishes dry and bitter and leaves behind that nutty coating.

Medium-to-medium-thin body, little carbonation.

If this is Pike's double ale, I have no interest whatsoever in trying their regular ale.

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Photo of BrewnZ
3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this last month at the Pike Brewery. If I were to review is at a dopplebock I would pan it - the intention seems to be Abbey double so that's how I treated it. As evidence here is part of the menu description:

"Dark brown ale with barley and 10% wheat plus candy sugar"
25 IBU's, 1.075 OG, 7% abv

A: Very deep copper - brown, low CO2 = low foam stand.

S: Malt, alcohol, old yeasty, toasty

M: Medium

T: Big, soft malt character followed by alcohol, then sticky light brown sugar. Much more like an Abbey double. Alcohol / sweet finish . . . .phenols? Some hop bitterness lingers . . . bit rough. Should benefit from age, allowing the flavors to meld.

D: Very good first pint, not so sure about a second. Medium drinkability. But a promising beer I will try in the future.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: a rich deep red color with soft shades of browns and orange. Sits pretty dark in the glass away from the light. The cap fell short of commendable but left a good scattering of dingy yellow lace

S: dusty floral hops with a light minty tobacco smell. Roasted smells are very light and are full of grains. Seems like a stretch for an American Strong Ale, by the noses decision. Some whiffs of caramel and molasses are detected...but hops reign

T: it starts with brown sugar and caramel, a light spicy hopped bite, and a main course composed of sweet sugary prune-like/date flavors. It reminds me of a Belgian Dubbel at times. I find the hops are much like the nose and with the addition of some acidity in the finishing gulp that dries things up. Otherwise, things are sugary and candied sweet. The flavors kind of loom on the palate in a mediocre way, not too complex

M: the body is very bubbly and scrubs the tongue a little to much for my liking. It is medium in mass and I find it finishes okay

D: I have seen this brew in the store for sometime now and always passed it over. And after this tasting, my "passing" on this beer will continue. Not bad not great

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Photo of compass40204
3.24/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is on the dark end of the spectrum for Belgian Dubbel. Deep brown or mahogany with a nice crown of beige foam. Head dissipated a bit too quick I'd say, and lacing was scant. Smells a bit of figs and smoke. Spicy nose and flavor. Bready and malty, hop flavors absent. Body is full, but sorta lacking for a Dubbel. The aroma is also pleasant, but faint for a Belgian. Overall this is a well presented beer, but it falls short after that.

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Photo of BigTrubble
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of bodybyadam
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was served this on tap at the pub in a regular pint glass.
A: The dark brownish liquid was inviting even with its small bead of foam around the glass.

S: The nose hinted some light roasted malt notes and even a mild sweeter note.

T: The taste surprised me with a sweeter doppelbock flavor than expected. At first taste was the roasted malt and blended to a fruity flavor more that of a trippel. I had to double check the menu and re-read what I ordered. Yup, this is a doppelbock.

M: Nice blend, smooth mouthfeel, good, well-balanced beer.

D: You bring your own opinion to the doppelbock debate. I’m partial to double bocks and this one was different from the style. I, however, still say this is a good beer.

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Photo of Ghenna
3.3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a schlitz pils glass.

Nice dark copper color, off white head.

Smells malty and of dark fruit.

Taste is malty but dry, no real hop notes beyond general bitterness that balances the sweet. Dark fruit is sort of there, but not a whole lot to this one.

All told, kind of meh on this one. Expect more from this brewery.

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Photo of froghop
3.36/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the pike pub in seattle.

pour is dark brown with a tint of red, with a very thin beige head.

smell is roasted malts, brown sugar, nutty, touch of sweet cocoa.

taste is smooth, creamy, chocolate, toasted nuts, leaves the mouth a little dry, ends with a bitter kick.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I asked the bartender for a pint of Tandem and watched as she poured me a Kilt Lifter. I corrected her on this; she apologized and then immediately started to pour another Kilt Lifter. This time she caught herself more quickly and on the third go I finally got my Tandem.

Even so, I tasted so much smokiness here as to wonder whether at some point the lines were crossed and I still ended up with a Scotch ale. Tandem is a very smoky, rauch-like ale brewed with candi sugar and 10% wheat malt. It is dark tawny-saffron and casually sweet, with a range of melanoidic fruits, and low suds. Tandem doesn't project a lot of flavor and it doesn't service style categories easily. But the available flavors are entertaining in their fruited, smoked complexity and I don't think I'd mind drinking this one again.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at the brewpub. Pours a dark brown color with a medium thin and foamy beige head that diminishes steadily. Stringy lacing. Light grassy hops and malt in the nose. Medium body with flavors of malt, yeast and hops. Some fruity flavors are present as well. The finish is sweet caramel and malt at first with a short light hoppy aftertaste. Decent overall.

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