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Pike Tandem Double Ale | The Pike Brewing Company

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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 philbertk
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Tandem Double Ale--2009-B Release--22 oz. Bottle--7.50% ABV--25 IBU's. (4.1 / 5.0) Belgian Ale--Dubbel--OG 1.070.Thin tan mild lace head. Cloudy dirty brown color. Bottle Conditioned (BC) Sediment. Toasted toffee mild nutty hop Belgian yeast ester front. Crusty doughy mild sweet dark wheat bread toasted toffee creamy smooth mild Belgian fruit body. Mild hop EtOH hint end. Tasty Belgian Brown Ale. Sampled 1/17/2010. $4.49 Each.

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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 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 Durge
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark mahogany color, almost cola, with a big light tan head and lots of chunky head. The aroma is a mellow yeast and brown sugar and raisin malt. The flavor is a burnt maple syrup with a hint of scotch and raisn edges. I get some juniper highlights on the tongue. I get some apple nut hints. It's woodsy like a scotch ale but it's quite thin. Finely carbonated but definitely on the watery side. A more resinous touch would go a long way here. It's got a little licorice alcohol presence yet pretty drinkable.

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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 sprucetip
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Darker than deep amber, orangeish red highlights, hazy, not very active, not much head, no lacing. Attractive but not impressive. SMELL is sweet malty, vaguely roasty briefly, with some faint but tangible hop aroma balancing and adding complexity. A bit fruity with a swirl. TASTE Very balanced and smooth, but also somewhat benign. Some light sweet malty caramel mixes with some similarly restrained hop flavors and bitterness, and soem roasty influence. Coffee like flavors later,lingering and mellowing through the finish. FEEL medium body, pleasant texture, clean finish. Not an amazing or particularly memorable beer, but a good one.

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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 rye726
3.56/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy mahogany with a thin beige head. Nose is light with fruity malts, wheat and subtle floral hops. Taste has a bit more punch to it. Sweet bready malts, ripe cherries, plums, molasses and again quiet hops. Medium body is well carbonated. Not sure I'd call it an American Strong Ale. More of a double brown.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice brown color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice thick creamy sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with a slight hop note, with lots of caramel. The taste is sweet, malty, slightly hoppy/bitter, with some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a tasty brew, glad to have a shot at it.

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Photo of racer2k
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into my favorite pint glass.

A- Dark amber color typical of many of the fine northwest craft beers. Robust head which dissipates into a thin topping on the core of the beer. Excellent lacing covers the entire area of my pint glass.

S - Roasted malt, hint of chocolate, sweet hop smell in the air. Spicy aroma is present.

T- Nice malty roasted taste with hints of chocolate and a spicy hopped finish. Very complex but tasty.

M- Light carbonation with a smooth dry finish. Medium bodied beer.

D- Nice drinkable beer which is spicy and filling. This would be a great after dinner beer.

Overall, I like it!

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Photo of wordemupg
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle aug 6 2009

A nice deep maroon, two finger head that falls quickly and leaves only patches of lace

S heavy malt with some caramel, light hops not too bad

T sweet malt with a little chocolate mixed with spice

M/D nice feel, not too much carbonation, a little creamy, overall quite nice

another good beer from pike this would make a nice winter warmer i will drink again

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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 beertunes
3.7/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at a brewers night at the Green Frog Cafe in Bellingham, WA. Served in a straight pint glass it poured a deep, rich, dark ruby/medium brown color with about an inch of light tan head that had very good lacing and moderate retention.

A malty aroma reaches the nose, with a hint of spice on the end. The smooth, malty flavors are slightly more noticeable than the aroma promised. Some nice earth flavors are up front, then the spice notes kick in on the finish.

Body and drinkability are about average for the style. A very nice brew that I enjoy when it finds it's way around the area. Not world class but certainly worth seeking out.

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: hazy, milk chocolate brown, 1/4 inch head

Smell: malt and caramel

Taste: a malty start and body, caramel..with a hoppy/piney finish

Mouthfeel: crisp, dry, medium bodied, medium carbonation, with a slighty bitter finish

Drinkability: I could have two or three..Malts dominate and this is a small malt bomb..Moderately complex, but nothing over the top

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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 biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly hazy reddish dark copper hue, with a few fingers of soapy light beige head, that leaves a bit of lace around the glass as it slowly recedes. It smells of sweet caramel malt, and earthy, spicy hops. The taste is a light pine hoppiness, and lightly toasted caramel malt, with some very faint anise-like spiciness lingering. The carbonation is quite moderate, leaving the body nice and smooth with a good weight. It finishes dry and hoppy, showing a bit of citrus in the end. The 7.5% ABV is hardly noticeable, blended well into a very decent quaffer for a cool spring day.

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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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Photo of Shadman
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got to admit I kinda like this beer style/category. Maybe it should be called American Mad Scientist Ale because it seems just about anything goes.

Blood Moon reddish when held up to the late afternoon Alberta sun. Awesome off white head. You have to be patient as it takes a long while to receed.

Caramel coffe malt with a definate date like fruitiness. Floral hop with a hint of pine as very prevalent.

To be honest, the flavors are good, just a little out of balance. Still enjoyable. Citrus/oily pine hop throughout with the malt moving in and out at various intervals. Malt flavour tend more towards date ( which I'm not a big fan of) vs caramel coffee. Finish is quite strong on the grapefruit rind end of things. The high ABV is really not all that noticeable.

Smooth, easy on the palate.

Quite nice and certainly well crafted, but just seems to be lacking balance. As mad scientist experiments goes, this one is still quite good.

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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 israel
3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark amber to mahogany with a nice head that fades to a thin topping, lots of impressive lacing down the entire length of the glass.

S- Roasted chocolate nuts, toast, there's the smell of burnt sugar that seems pretty dominate to me.

T- smooth, creamy, chocolate, toasted nuts much like the aroma.

M- silky smooth with a dry finish and a hint of hops at the end

D- a couple perhaps...more than that might be tough with the abv

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Photo of Spikester
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany with a one finger light tan head. Good amount of lacings. Aroma is caramel and bready. Taste is caramel malt with a nice earthy bitter hop flavor. Mouthfeel is fine with medium carbonation. A bit of spice and smoke in the finish. Overall a decent brown with plenty of punch. A little on the sweet side for multiple beers.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark caramel color with lots of light caramel head, good looking pour. Good lacing all the way down.

Smells of pineapple and citrus, some nice caramel, light malts. Each sip smells like I'm opening a can of Dole crushed pineapple! As it warms, some of the caramel and malt comes forward.

Taste is caramel, nice malts, some citrus and light pineapple. Hops hides in the background and adds some nice depth. As it warms, like with the taste, the citrus/pineapple moves back and malts, hops, etc... come forward, also some sweetness moving up. Medium body, light carbonation.

Nice drinker. I could easily enjoy this just about any time, thinking summer especially though. Hides the alcohol nicely, so dangerously good!

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle tried 3 Jan 2009.

Poured in shaker pint. Medium tan head. Well carbonated. Looks almost like coca cola. Aroma of molasses, dried cherries, prunes. Begins with some molasses and milk chocolate sweetness, turning roasty and warm. Aftertaste is pecan sweet, cinnamon, slightly astringent. Light body, almost watery. Ethanol moderate.

Nothing to make this really stand out.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is dark brown with a thin head. Smell has roasted malts with prunes and a light caramel sweetness. You can taste that it is a double, but without being overpowering in flavor or alchohol. has sweet caramel, roasted malts and dark fruits. mouthfeel is medium - light with good carbonation that is easy to drink. Nothing fancy, but a good drinker.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle into a Duvel chalice.

Pours an attractively murky, dark plum hue with a core of chocolate and mahogany. A wispy lace of tightly packed beige bubbles and a ring of foam form, but doesn't offer much to the overall appearance. The aroma offers intricate layers of chocolate and toffee malts with a background laced by raisin, fig, and rum. It comes across more as a Belgian Strong Dark Ale than a Double Ale, but I'm diggin' it, so what the hell.

The flavor is interesting, to say the least. Too many tastes all compete for tastebuds at the same time, making it difficult to sift apart the complex notes of coffee, chocolate, hops, sherry, and prune. The lingering, hoppy bitterness and booze on the finish is a welcome addition, but still both feel a bit out of place amongst the multitude of malty layers. Mouthfeel is thin and surprisingly watery, and could use a boost to its carbonation. Pike Brewing has made an interesting beer with Double Tandem Ale, but unfortunately it misses the mark with too much going on and a wimpy body. I am in no way dreading the second glass, but I can't see myself buying another any time soon.

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Pike Tandem Double Ale from The Pike Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.54 out of 5 with 84 ratings
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