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Pike Pale Heirloom Amber Ale | The Pike Brewing Company

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Pike Pale Heirloom Amber AlePike Pale Heirloom Amber Ale

Brewed by:
The Pike Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 64
Reviews by confer:
Photo of confer
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the big bottle courtesy of Larry P.
A- The look is deep gold and cloudy, it looks unfiltered but I'm not sure if it is.
S- Smell is a good balance of malt with a little hop aroma just sneaking though.
T- No hops in the taste at all although there is a small bitter aftertaste. The biggest flavor I get is orange.
MD- The beer has a creamy feel. This is a great beer for a BMC drinker looking to try something good. Got this as a freebie, would consider buying some more.

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Photo of oberon
3.87/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a imperial nonic more bronze than amber with a night formed 1/2 finger slight off white head that left multiple rings of broken lace behind as it settled pretty quickly.A good burst of caramel malt hits home in the aroma,a subdued but noticeable piney hop element comes thru as well,big English malt character.Flavors are biscuit and caramel sweetness up front with a decent smattering of leafy hop in the finish.Its a little light in the mouthfeel department but its a pretty decent amber ale,I may have thought there would be a bit more hop,but I know this brewery is more true to roots than many other northwest brewers,wich isnt a bad thing.

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer pours an amber color with a minimal white head. Smell is sweet malt with a little bit of fruit. There is a little hoppyness in the aroma, but not enough to be able to pick out the kind of hops used. The taste is more malt, with no detectable hops. Really not a lot going on in the flavor department, simply caramel malt. Certainly a refreshing beer that is easy to drink, but it is a little watery. I wouldn't seek this one out but it is not a bad beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale rusty copper colour, with two fingers of foamy off-white head, which leaves an uneven wall of lace around the glass as it recedes. It smells mildly of bready caramel malt, and leafy, weedy hops. The taste is more bready, caramel malt, a bit of fruity sourness, and leafy, earthy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, pretty smooth, and refined. It finishes off-dry - again with the bready maltiness, and earthy hops.

A respectable enough amber ale - definitely a cut above the average around here, but not quite possessing that je ne sais quoi...and too bad about the silly Yankee import prices, on top of that...

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Photo of jmccraney
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of ChrisCage
4.3/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a hazy straight up amber color with some red, but more noticeable orange hues. The head was rather thin and quickly disappears into a thin layer. There is some modest carbonation noted in straight columns. There is some mild lacing but it doesn't cling very well to the glass.

S- The primary aroma is of a freshly opened can of nuts....almonds, rich cashews and brazils. There is also a strong dense malt sweetness, almost toffee like. On the back side of the aroma profile is some floral hop bitterness to help balance this out...it has a very inviting smell overall that I hope leads to a likewise flavor.

T- The flavors are similar to the aromas, but on a milder scale. There is a fruitier flavor, slightly citrus like, blended in with a nutty sweetness. The finish has the aforementioned floral bitterness and it lingers nicely on the palate for quite sometime.

M- The body is medium....it's not real full but definitely not watery either. The carbonation is very pleasingly mild and fine, making this a smooth drinking beer. I'm able to really get a good feel for the roasted malts used in the beer.

D- This is a flavorful beer that I could find myself enjoying many of in a row. I love the aroma as I'm drinking this beer! The alcohol is well hidden, and is a nice balance between malt and hop. I recommend this beer to any true ale fan!

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Photo of jbhollis1180
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Spikester
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear red-amber with a one finger off white head. Fair amount of lacings. Taste is bitter earthy hops with a slight citrus flavor. Sweet rich malts and a medium bitter finish. Some breadiness. Good mouthfeel and thanks to the low abv very sessionable. This is another beer I would like to try fresh on tap. Very good beer Pike.

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Photo of JDeming
2.25/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of BeerMe8
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Laklimell
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of bismarksays
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of dstc
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange color with a full light tan head. Head falls slow to a minimal one. Nice lace.

Rather clean aroma. Bit of mild hops, not much else.

Decent enough taste. Bit of malt and a mild hop flavor lingering in the background. Some spice in there I can't quite place.

Medium bodied with a slight bite.

Decent enough. Average taste but fairly drinkable.

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Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of WAbeerfiend
2/5  rDev -42.4%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 01.09.14.

A: See through rust color. No head. Some opaqueness at top. Maybe sediment?

S: Sweet malt. Caramel. Picking up black olive too.

T: Caramel, burnt toast, black olive.

M: Crisp.

O: This could have been an old beer but there was no date. This is why Greg from Gregsbeerreviews always rants about this. I can guess that this beer was old, but I don't know for sure. Anyway, the black olive flavor prompted a drain pour. Almost every beer that I've had from Pike has ended the same way. Maybe they have QC issues.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Rifugium
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had: on tap at Pike brewpub, Seattle, WA

Pretty basic amber ale, maybe a little more hoppy than you'd expect for the style. Poured amber with some ruby highlights, and a finger of off-white head. Caramel malts in the nose, with some citrus hops coming through. Pretty good balance of sweet malts and bitter hops in the taste, with nothing much more to speak of. Light-medium mouthfeel and pretty easily drinkable.

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Photo of climax
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This one poured a pretty murky red/orange with next to no head to speak of. I had to splash the remaining 1/4th of it to even get bubbles, but it was not a cracked or non-airtight bottle by any means. You can guess the lace situation.

The nose is very faint. Some toasted caramel and citrus hops and apple balance a weak army.

Taste is better than the nose, still rather weak, but easy and non-offensive. It was definitely balance as the citrusy hop presence matched some toasty caramel malt.

Body was light and feel was watery. The carbonation convinced me that the beer wasn't tainted as it was really the only thing that stood out, and it still wasn't much.

It's easy to drink and does have a little flavor beyond water....It is not available on tap at the brewpub (where I purchased the single), and I can see why. Uninspiring at best.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orange, slight haze, 1.5 finger head, lacing not bad.

Aroma is a middle-ish pungent floral hops and earthy malts, not overpowering, but enjoyable.

Taste is a bit bolder, with the earthy aspects really coming out. IT's got a good chunk of crystal malts (I assume from the flavor and body), and some nice bready notes, and perhaps some fruity undertones.

Body is fairly easy drinking, medium to light, moderate carbonation, with a fairly dry, pungent earthy finish.

It's a tasty beer, another good one from Pike. Actually, I have liked everything I've gotten from Pike brewery so far, this one is no exception. Not sure which is my favorite, but I know I'll buy Pike again in the future. I also know that there's at least two more Pike beers available here that I haven't tried yet!

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Photo of spencerw
2.73/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy amber color. Had a very shallow head with decent lacing.

S - Sweet malty smell. Minimal hops and if any, hard to pick up.

T - Sweet malty. Not very hoppy at all. Not a bad beer at all though. Refreshing.

M - Light body and sweet.

D - A good Amber Ale. Nothing to get excited about. Could have a few with a piece of pork and be happy.

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Photo of Zach122
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Derek
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really a pale ale.

A: Copper-bronze with a light tan head, thin ring of retention, slight lacing.

S: Citrus hops with plenty of rind, a little pine.

T: Dark toffee, nectarine, grapefruit rind, tangerine, biscuity malt, good bitterness.

M: Well attenuated moderate body, with a slight hop acitity.

D: An easy drinker.

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Photo of dfitch81
2.68/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at the brewery. Average to look at, little head and no lacing. Put the glass to my nose and could not seem to smell anything. So I took a taste... I cannot remember every trying a beer which I could barely taste, and if I hadn't tried this, I would not believe that beer could be this flavorless. A faint malt sweetness comes through ever-so-briefly. Wierd, its as if they were trying to conceive the world's blandest ale - "Stealth Ale," if you will. Not recommended.

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Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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