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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Reviews: 70 | Ratings: 84
Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This version weighs in at 7.5% ABV, decanted into a Duvel Tulip. Above average head retention & lacing

Bomber pours an effervescent mahogany with 2+ fingers of tan colored head.

S: Dirt, a bit of chocolate, & some figs & alcohol as this warms

T: Chocolate, a bit of iron, some leafy hops, & slight fruittyness (think dates, raisins, figs) up front. Roasted grain, earthyness, a whisper of licorice, & much more fruittyness, as this warms. Finishes dry with a bit boozey warmth, & jammyness, & bit of peppery hops, plus some booze warmth. Almost gave this a bump to 4.5 on taste

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, & fairly dry

Drinks fairly easy for the style & abv. I'd put this up against Allagash any day

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

Poured from the undated, pictured orange-labeled bomber into a handy tulip. Body is quite dark, quite hazy, and fringed with orange when held aloft. Head was easily coaxed and is as dark as caramel with fine bubbles that don't stick all that much. One lone island. No flecks in the body, but the fog looks to be more than chill haze.

Smell is that dreaded cooked-green-peas scent that some yeasts carry. However, here it's a lot more fresh and herbal rather than simply off-putting. Lots of mineral water and dry, bitter herbal notes. Malt is appriciably dark, and a bit toasty. Some dried citrus peel, maybe blood orange. Hints of black pepper.

Body is quite dry for a dubbel. Insanely malty, with the odd yeast found in the nose yielding to something more bready. More cocoa. More tart than purely bitter, and not much of either, save for the overall level of dryness. Pomegranate. As it warms, the whole experience gets more dough-ey - lighter malts and fresher yeast come out. The only notes of candi are in the dextric background. Maybe the tiniest bit of paprika at the last sip.

Feels light when cool, and then bottoms out as something fairly sticky and coating on the second half. That said, the finish is pretty clean, which saves this a bit. Carbonation could be much, much fimer. Great dryness makes up for these and saves it from being undrinkable, though.

This brew is neither spendy not all that remarkable. The flavours aren't necessarily simple, but the balance isn't there to appriciate them individually. The down-marks for the smell might be personal preference, but I can't imagine anyone likes that characteristic smell that I've found in about one in fifty dubbels - at least this one pulls it off better than any other victim I've had.

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

Mahogany coloured ale, with a small,yet persistant, creamy tan head. Nice. Nice malty aroma, milky chocolate comes to mind. Very nice taste all sweet ,malty good ness,, caramel, toasty somewhat, milk chocolate candy sugar. Ok on the palate, avoids being cloying for one so malty. Overall a very nice beer that malt lovers will enjoy, though hop-heads may find boring. I dont see how this is a doppelbock. More of a darker English Strong.

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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 beals
4.65/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Not nearly as dark as the description leads you to believe. Light-brown.

S: Sweet, slightly spicy.

T: Strong, boozy to start.. then delves into sweetness. Smooth finish.

M: Good body, just the right amount of carbonation (not too much, the way I like it).

D: Outstanding! Insanely drinkable, which is dangerous at an ABV of 7.0%.

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

I was able to sample this one on cask during my most recent visit to the Pike. It is brown with red highlights. It has a lighter brown head with decent lacing.

The beer smells of lightly roasted malts and brown sugar.

The taste is sweet. I like the lightly toasted malts, which seem to be the backbone the rest of the tastes hang off of. It is slightly smoky and even sweetens a bit more late (perhaps due to the candy sugar).

Nice cellar temp. Slightly thin but smooth mouth. I liked it, but it is a little too sweet to session.

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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 Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 22oz bottle w/out freshness date into a snifter cool.

A - A deep burnished garnet w/ a 2 fingered cream colored head. A spiral pattern of lace clings to the sides well.

S - Malty aromas and bready grain scents w/ a woody hop and dry fruity scent similar to dates. Caramel is a strong aroma aspect found within this ale.

M - A malty feel gets a boost of carbonation early on. A nutty texture gives a certain dry feel. Tinges of spice and grainy texture that lasts until the flavor takes over.

T - An overwhelming caramel malt with dry cereal taste and dried fruit-like apricot and a crisp yellow pepper flavor. A serious roasted German malt flavor follows w/ subtle pepper and more toffee-like tastes.

D - This was described as a Doppelbock at the retailer which isn't far off even though it is an ale. A great taste nevertheless, plenty of flavor. I would drink this any day of the week. A great beer for pairing with a steak.

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Photo of jclzony
4.12/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured from a 650 ml bottle a rich ruby brown. It was topped with a lasting tan creamy head that left nice lacing as it gradually settled. It is slightly sweet up front with lots of caramel then joined by some darker malts and hints of alcohol. Flavor was malts, citrus hops, and a hint of coffee. Finish is good, and has just a touch of bitterness. This ale is smooth drinking, and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darkest russet that becomes black cherry with orange peel trim when light is allowed entry. The khaki colored head is a modest two fingers in height after a vigorous pour and is more than capable in the lace department. This is pretty much how I expect a doppelbock, or even a dubbel, to look.

The nose is almost as hoppy as it is malty; no surprise since it was brewed in the Pacific Northwest. I love me some hops, but I hope Pike didn't ruin what is supposed to be a malt dominant beer by adding too many little green cones. Dark caramel, cocoa, earthy pipe tobacco and white grapefruit peel gets it about right.

Tandem Double isn't much of a dubbel and it isn't much of a doppelbock. It is, however, good beer. The first several mouthfuls tell me that it's actually an Imperial American brown ale with a hop fetish. I have a feeling that I'm drinking this bottle pretty fresh, so that could account for the flavor profile. If you aren't a hophead, just age the bomber for a year or so.

The malt backbone is on the sturdy side, with quite a bit of dark English toffee, molasses and date puree. If it contained even a hint of smokiness, I might compare this beer to a Scotch ale. There are plenty of malt sugars (and added candi sugar) on hand to offset the bitterness of the hops. The finish, however, still manages to be impressively grapefruit tangy and alpha acid drying. Complex, it ain't. Delicious, it is.

The mouthfeel is much closer to medium than it is to full. It's also silky smooth and becomes ever so slightly creamy as the beer sits. I was wondering if this might not be a lager... until I glanced at the label and saw 'Double Ale' as plain as day.

Tandem is a tasty little treat for those of us who like hops in just about everything. It occurs to me that this Pike Pub and Brewery offering is perfectly named. Malt and hops work in tandem to create a lip smacking ale that should appeal to a wide range of craft beer lovers... as long as they crack the crown at the appropriate time. Fresh definitely suits me best.

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Photo of rkuhnel
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured from a 22 oz bottle a very rich red. The head was moderate in size and attractive, and left good lacing rings as it slowly settled. A first sniff provided a mild nose of malts and mild hops. Å swish of the glass released some citrus, spices, and this time some roasted malts. Body is rich and a bit oily, and feels good in the mouth. Flavor was malts, citrus hops, and a hint of coffee. Finish is good, and has just a touch of bitterness. While on the mild side for a strong ale, it is smooth drinking, and quite enjoyable.

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

Let this one warm up first as the raisiny notes and bock goodness only opens up with time. Not a great Dopplebock but a good one that has subtleness on its side and a nice sweetness balance. Brown in colour with a malty , biscuity nose this beer doubtfully improves with age (unlike Granville Island ) but rather the quiet balance is the key element to this example.

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Photo of BDTyre
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good dopplebock from Pike. Rich mahogany-copper colour with a thin, but respectable head.

Raisin, spiced malt smell. Very pleasing on the nose. Taste is similar. Malts, hints of cinammon, allspice, raisin and brown sugar. Fruity essence to it. Very enjoyable.

Decent carbonation, and certainly very nice to drink. Not quite as spiced or powerful as G.I.'s Christmas Doppelbock, still very good.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle graphics and color grabbed my attention. I had success with their XXX Stout so this was an easy decision to pick up as well. Poured into a small tulip it takes a fairly aggressive pour to get the desired result. Tan head leaves traces of lace. Dark Amber to brown.

A malty affair but not completely without balance. There is a spiced backside, maybe all spice with a touch of cinnamon and sugar glaze. It has a very slight bittering edge towards the finish and combined with a healthy carbonation it all works out ok. Deep within this brew there is a shadow of a stout in that I can get hints of roasted malt. Chewy but not overbearing. I liked it.

Notes: Reviewed on its merits rather than in style I found it to be interesting and went down very easy. It doesn't show much similarities to a dopplebock though. I'd probably classify it as an American Strong Ale unless the brewer says different. Damn good regardless of what style it is.

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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 elricorico
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly deep brown with a foamy tan head. Head retention is limited, but it doesn't go away entirely.

The smell is dominated by malty caramel. Toasted bread aroma as well, but mostly caramel. Straightforward and fairly nice.

The taste follows along with the smell, straightforward and fairly nice. Toasty bread and caramel malt flavour. A bit fruitier in taste than in smell.

A little bit of chewiness in the body, and the carbonation is relatively light. Makes for an easy drink.

Nothing really exceptional here, just an easy drinking strong ale.

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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 FightingEntropy
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Re-reading over my notes, this one ends up being my favorite of three drafts at the pub (XXX Stout no. 2). Ruby brown beer has a slight light through it but barely, and a white head that fell quickly. Light, spicy hop nose with burnt raisins and currants, plenty of fruity esters. Smooth, light taste, malty sweet with a hot 7.5% alcohol apparent and fighting its way to the front. Oily with dark fruits on the back of the tongue and a sharp tang from the 10% wheat. Fun beer. Seasonal that I got the impression was popular.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Browned, dark, and slightly ruby with a firm, medium capping of frothy creamed, light tanned foam. Some inky stringed lacing sticks across the glass. Looks appetizing enough.

Aroma is slightly dusted with old cocoa over a light dry earthyness of dried dark fruits and skins. Kinda rummy and plummy, but fairly understated for a Doppelbock. No real big malt richness is evident.

And so goes the taste, unfortunately. No real big malt profile is evident here. Taste is low and mild with a slight plum/cherry/ apricot fruityness thats semi dry and quite low ended amongst a tiny poof of roast and toast breadiness thats smurfed into some areas. As it warms and finishes, chocolate malts arise to a fluffy light coating making for a decent rise in character.

Feel is clean and kinda fluffy and close to medium, but not really intregated into the usual creamy, sticky, rich, thick malt body associated with most Doppels.

An Ok Dbock that could use some more malt to nearly every faction of its character but well crafted enough for a pleasurable session.

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Photo of xoqx
3.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was dark brown and had a craft root beer color to it. It had a very sudsy light tan head with not too much retention. There’s not a whole lot in the smell here, with some sweet malts, but not much else. I find that’s often characteristic of the dopplebock style. The taste is wonderfully malty and balanced. Caramelly, rooty and creamy malts hold throughout, and moments after the start the hops start to show up. This is a very creamy and fresh tasting beer and superbly drinkable. Seek out this beer!

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