Pike Pale Heirloom Amber Ale | The Pike Brewing Company

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Pike Pale Heirloom Amber AlePike Pale Heirloom Amber Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Pike Brewing Company
Washington, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by RJLarse on 03-05-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
62
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
17.24%
 
 
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Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 62
Photo of taxguyjase
3.27/5  rDev -6%
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 Halcyondays
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours amber/red with a nice white head, good lace.

S: Pine, light citrus, some caramel.

T: Dark red malt, biscuit and caramel give some sweetness. The beer is dry overall, hop flavours of cedar, grapefruit and lemon.

M: Smooth, refreshing, crisp, good body.

D: I really liked this amber out of Pike, one to add to the rotation.

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -13.8%
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 spencerw
2.73/5  rDev -21.6%
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 dfitch81
2.68/5  rDev -23%
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 cvfish
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
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 MaxBrews
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
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 Derek
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
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 climax
2.75/5  rDev -21%
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 bbothen
3.11/5  rDev -10.6%
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 Reagan1984
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
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 Spikester
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
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 colts9016
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A beautiful copper color with orange and reddish hues. There was a one finger head but it dissipated to a white ring around the glass. There are some small carbonation bubbles from the bottom of the glass. The clarity of the beer is mostly clear with a little bit of haziness.

Nose: A nicely lightly toasted malt with a floral and grapefruit aroma. There is some caramel, hints of honey and orange.

Taste: A nicely lightly toasted malt with a piney, floral, and grapefruit. There are notes of caramel, hints of honey, and orange.

Overall: I feel that the malt backbone is a bit thin. there is some hop notes to the beer. The mouth feel is astringent, with a bitter finish that lingers on the palate. This is an okay beer could be great if there was a malt complex.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hazy dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, nicle little fizzy off-white head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, with a very slight spice scent. The taste is malty, slightly spicy, and sweet. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew at all.

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Photo of walshclimb
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
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 cswhitehorse
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Pike Heirloom Amber poured you guessed it, a amber with a small head and very little lacing. It left the tiny bubbles on the sides of the glass that stuck for quite a while.

The aroma was malty and that of caramel. The taste was mostly malt with tiny bitterness in the finish. It left a nice mark in the mouth where you were left with the hop bitterness on the tongue and top of the throat. Overall a middle of the road amber for me.

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Photo of Graham5161986
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
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 RJLarse
3.17/5  rDev -8.9%
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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Pike Pale Heirloom Amber Ale from The Pike Brewing Company
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