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Pike Pale Heirloom Amber AlePike Pale Heirloom Amber Ale
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Pike Pale Heirloom Amber AlePike Pale Heirloom Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Pike Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by RJLarse on 03-05-2007

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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of WAbeerfiend
2/5  rDev -42.7%

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 JDeming
2.25/5  rDev -35.5%

Photo of harrymel
2.39/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Uncertain if this is an amber, or pale based on label, WTF?

Review date: 10OCT11
Bottle date: unk says 210B on the label, maybe (July, week 1ish?)
A: Pours a hazy dark amber ale with a finger of caramel cream which falls quickly to a broken sheet of the same. Spotty lace is weak. (2.5)
S: Smells like caramel malts, sweet. Some earthy hops, and toasted sugar (3.5)
T: Oxidized malts, water, an alkaline tone, and some bitterness. Unimpressive. (2)
M: Thin (for either style) with moderate carb. Dry finish. (2)
O: I am not impressed and not surprised I've never seen this on tap anywhere (2)

original review: 04APR11
A: Pours amber, excellent clarity. single + finger head with medium density and peanut color. This dissipates over a few minutes leaving a medium to thick sheet of the same. Near sheeting lacing. (4)
S: Caramel, carapils, noble hops. A slight metallic hint as well. Smells like a very, very standard amber. (3)
T: Plenty of malt, caramel malts. Woody hints. No real hops. Again with the metallic flavor: copper and aluminum. (2.5)
M: Medium-heavy for the style, lower carb. Very nice. (4)
O: Well, see above. Overall, standard. Quaffable, not great. (3)

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Photo of dfitch81
2.68/5  rDev -23.2%
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 spencerw
2.73/5  rDev -21.8%
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 climax
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%
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 Mora2000
3/5  rDev -14%
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 BeerMe8
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Rifugium
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
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 Reagan1984
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice creamy head tops my special Sam Adams glass.. fairly short retention leaving behind nice sticky lacing.. Slightly hazy deep amber color.. tiny sporadic bubbles of carbonation..

Aroma is crisp crackers, toasted malts, light caramel. Some cinnamon

Fairly light flavor.. light malt up front. Some real grain flavor... a bit dry.. some light toasted flavors... Nothing too exciting to be honest. Could stand a bit more character... Either a touch more sweetness or hop presence. Not bad, just not exciting..

Mouth feel is fairly light and the carbonation is a bit bright.

Not overly drinkable.... Just o.k.

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Photo of bbothen
3.11/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From 22 oz bottle.

Clear red/rust color with a frothy & bubbly off white head. Lots of webbing left on glass as it goes down.

Smells of sweet malts and very faint caramel & hops.

Nutty, sweet, faint hoppiness, acidic, slight caramel, somewhat bitter finish.

Clean, medium, moderate carbonation, fairly smooth & easy drinking.

Drinks fairly well & sessionable. Just not not flavor profiles. Nicely priced at $3.99 per bomber in Nor Cal. Wont be seeking out again. But somewhat enjoyable for the style.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, dark amber color with lots of carbonation. Smells like citrus fruits and very little hops. Strong orange smell. Tastes a bit watered down. A little sweet and not too much going on. Sweet citrus fruits (oranges and lemons). Very mellow. The mouthfeel is very light and highly carbonated. This would make a good session beer on a hot day, but not the best amber ale I've tasted.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.17/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought a couple of bottles of this "heirloom amber ale" at a specialty shop to taste and review. I poured this beer in to a pint glass.

Pours a redish copper color and is slightly hazy. A foamy off-white head forms and dissipates quickly, but still laces the sides of the glass nicely.

The smell is floral, and perfume like, with a little malt aroma mixed in.

The taste is slightly sweet and acerbic. It's like a bock beer that way. Slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is a little sharp and slightly cloying.

A drinkable beer, but probably not the best amber or red ale I have had. I would have it again, bit it's nothing special, and I think Pike has better offerings.

NOTES: Admittedly the label is confusing because it says it is a pale ale and an amber ale. The label is different from the Pike Pale I have already had, so I will assume this is a different beer. Pike's web site is currently being updated, so further research at this point is thwarted.

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Photo of Graham5161986
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a cloudy, orange with a 1 1/2 finger, rocky head - decent retention and leaves a nice lace.

S: slight bitter northwest hops and tons of caramel malty sweetness.

T: decent bitter hops up front with a nutty, sugary sweetness in the middle and a dry, bitter long finish.

M: medium bodied and slightly creamy, well carbonated and a smooth, milky finish.

D: This is a pretty good amber ale - nice aroma and pretty good flavours on the palate. pretty easy to drink too. I got this one as a gift and I had never seen or heard of it before - but if I saw it in the store, I would consider buying it again.

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Photo of MaxBrews
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A souvenir from my parents trip to seattle. Presentation: 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a perfect clear amber color, with a smaller head and quick dissipation, a ring of wispy lacing around the glass.

Smell: Floral in the hops, pale malt and almost a wheaty background.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Real standard stuff here, pale & toasted malt with a few fruity notes. Bitterness is low and carbonation is standard. A bit of a dry mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Apparently this brewery makes some decent brews, this one isn't one of them. Theres nothing wrong with this beer its just average. It hits all the qualities of the style but isn't ripping at the seams of flavor. It'd make a great introductory beer for an outsider but for a craft enthusiast it doesn't cut it.

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Photo of KajII
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Shaker Glass]

The pour was a hazy caramel brown with a small (1 finger or less) light brown frothy head that diminished down to a thin cap with good spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a sweet light bread malt, floral hops and a light soapy yeast with notes of caramel, citrus (orange) and a light fruity ester.

The taste was a malty bitter-sweet and had a touch of caramel throughout, with a light fruity hoppiness and a smidgen of citrus at the end. The flavor lasted an average time with a slightly fruity citrus peel bitterness left behind.

Mouthfeel was just beyond light in body and dry in texture with a medium carbonation.

Overall a pretty decent Pale Ale with a slight fruity appeal and a mildly bitter hoppiness...


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Photo of Laklimell
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of taxguyjase
3.27/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a very cloudy, opaque dark orange, with absolutely no head (bah!). Lots of sweet smells in this one, malt and apple cider being the majority of it. Fortunately, not a sweet-esy tasting beer with a sharp malt flavor being dominate. Also, you'll get some cider, caramel and a little sour aftertaste. The brew feels crispy with light carbination. You'll get the full flavor throughout your mouth too, which was nice. I think this is a really good fall beer and decent showing from an amber, but not my go-to amber.

Appearance- 3.5/5.0 - cloudy, opaque, dark orange, no head (boo)
Smell - 4.0/5.0 - sweet smell, malt, apple cider - 4.0
Taste- 3.0/5.0 - sharp malt taste, cider, caramel, sour aftertaste, smooth, hit of crisp sweetness at end
Feel- 3.0/5.0 - crispy, light carbonation, covers your mouth
Drinkability - 3.0/5.0 - very good fall beer, nice showing for an amber, but I like alaskan amber better

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Photo of walshclimb
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool looking almost old-timey bottle with no age stamp. Pours slightly hazy reddish brown with thinnish off-white head that stays around a long time. Leaves rings of continuous bubbly lace. The aroma is moderately malty with some roastiness and no discernible hops. The flavor is malty up front that is kind of acidic and goes into a mildly bitter aftertaste that became increasingly sour as the beer warmed up. Light to medium bodied witha relatively dry texture and active carbonation. Overall, this is a decent session beer that is light in hops. I found that a buttered piece of rye bread actually brought out the flavor a little better. No terribly interesting overall.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A pretty simple beer as it only has four listed ingredients (water, malt, hops & yeast) It's good but not that flavorful. Light bodied and easily drinkable.

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Photo of ism
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass with a moderately aggressive pour, since no head was forming. Resulted in a one-finger, frothy, light tan head with bubbly lacing. Nice citrus freshness on top of bready malt in the nose. Body is medium brown with amber hues, thin, with moderate carbonation, and a slight slickness. Good piney hops up front, with a brown ale sweetness, on the bready side, with earthy and fruit notes. More hops emerge in the finish, lingering with grapefruit. Crisp and refreshing, with a slightly cloying sweetness.

Definitely true to the style and a great example of it.

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Photo of cvfish
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer poured a golden amber color that produced a wispy white head that had decent retention and laced the side of the glass moderately

S - The only aroma that I picked up was a slight caramelized malts scent

T - The taste of this beer was pretty one dimensional, again along with the nose, was just a caramel malty taste, with in and of itself isn't bad, but I like my Amber Ales with more hoppiness

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a light to medium body and a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This was a decent Amber Ale, but as I stated, I like mine with more hops

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Photo of biboergosum
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
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 bismarksays
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

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