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