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Pike Auld Acquaintance Hoppy Holiday AlePike Auld Acquaintance Hoppy Holiday Ale

Brewed by:
Pike Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jason on 11-18-2008

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Ratings: 134 |  Reviews: 82
Reviews by TheBlackMallard:
Photo of TheBlackMallard
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade.

Pours dark murky amber with a small head that quickly fades.

Smell: Oranges, Piney hops, and Caramel. Not much from the spices other than Coriander.

Taste: Mostly Citrus and Biscuit malt, a bit of Nutmeg, Cinnamon towards the end. The spices get stronger as it warms, but the nutmeg outshines the cinnamon. A bit thin. Medium carbonation.

Decent. I could see myself picking up a bomber or two a year if this was available to me.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Seems a little strange to drink holiday brews in early November but I have wanted to try this for a few years now,glad to find it in my area now.Poured into an imperial pint glass a clear deep copper/amber with a thinner but lacy white head atop.Aromas are almost non existent with only a passing caramel and nutmeg note coming thru,dissapointed in that.Not as full as I would like for a winter warmer in the mouth,slightly fizzy.Buttery caramel and nutmeg spice flavors along with gentle drying/herbal hops,the orange peel offers light fruitiness in the aftertaste.I wanna like this beer more than I do but I cant,it just lacks a few things.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue XI:

This is a holiday in the bottle, as it's brewed with orange peel, coriander, cinnamon and nutmeg. Towering light tan head comes right up to the rim of the glass and does not settle quickly at all; good stickage. There's a mild haze in this amber-colored brew. Very aromatic as the nose jumps from biscuity malt to the spicing and then to the woody herbal hops. Fluffy, moderate-sized body with a bit of smoothness on the palate. Hops make sure that they are present and accounted from the get-go, for ample bitterness and a lingering herbal flavor. Spicing rounds out the palate with the orange peel and coriander up front and the cinnamon and nutmeg in the back. Maltiness strolls up and cradles everything within a thick biscuity graininess. Dry in the end with some lingering hops, grain and coriander.

Wow, we found proof that a spiced Winter Warmer can be a session ale. Give credit to the perfect amount of spicing and the generous hopping. Again, holiday in a bottle.

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Photo of NWer
2.65/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into brandy snifter from 22 oz bottle. Giving it every opportunity to deliver. Allowed to warm from cold beer fridge storage.
Good appearance, minimal head.
Somewhat flat tasting. Put "Hoppy" in the name you expect a little more. At 32 IBU, I think not. A little sting in the aftertaste that is a little off-putting. Nothing to offer worth noting.

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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with no freshness date.

Clear amber with some active bubble action that provides a dense lacing. Malty aroma with a mixing of spice and hop, coriander and orange peel are more up front. Smooth with a fluffy light to medium body, spicing is prevalent from the get go though never cross the line of being dominant. Maltiness almost has as sugar cookie and holiday bread flavor ... the spicing helps with that. Bitterness comes from both the hops and coriander, just enough to keep balance. Finishes semi-sweet with some lingering spice.

Compared to most of the spiced Winter Warmers out there this one is top shelf, it all comes down to balance.

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Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle -- 2011 vintage.

Pours clear; iced tea color with a large,frothy, durable tan head. Moderate amounts of sticky lacing get left behind.

S: nice mix of 'winter spices' and medium malt.

T: spicing is a bit excessive for my tastes, and certainly not subtle. Some bitterness seems to come from the spicing rather than the hops, which are hard to detect over the spices.

M: near medium body; perhaps a bit light for style. Good, medium carbonation.

O: This winter ale is not alone in being over-spiced. Unfortunate, because the underlying beer may be quite good.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. I'm reminded of a now-tired Denis Leary rant about Santa Claus not being on the list of acceptable images to be on his beer bottle label.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium copper colour, with one finger of foamy, bubbly tan head, which leaves a smattering of droopy curtained lace around the glass as it readily recedes.

It smells of light biscuity caramel malt, a prominent display of drupe fruitiness, a mild white pepper note, and understated gingerbread spices - cloves and cinnamon, mostly. The taste is a slightly biscuity caramel malt, some wavering apple/pear fruity character, enduring gingerbread notes, the graininess and usual suspect spices, natch, including the advertised coriander, citrus, and spicy floral hops.

The carbonation is moderate in its supportive nature, the body a tacit medium weight, and fairly smooth. It finishes pretty dry, just a slight bit of biscuit malt wading into the emboldened spicy hops at the end.

A decent enough winter holiday ale, but reserved to a certain degree all around. The latent hoppiness is nice, but the malt and spices could be equally ramped up, to better ward off the encroaching seasonal pallor.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a semi-hazy, deep amber color with an off-white, finger width head. Fair retention. Nice, thin layer of head remains floating on the surface, while lacing on the glass is streaky/spotty with fair stick.

Smell - Aroma is full of holiday wonder; notes of nutmeg, orange, cinnamon and gingerbread abound, rounded out by a pleasant floral hop presence.

Taste - Follows the nose. Strong, toasted bread notes with the spice of cinnamon and nutmeg creates a gingerbread-like flavor upfront, while the hops come through mid-taste and strengthen near the finish, with character that ranges from orange rind to floral and grassy bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body, with moderate carbonation. Smooth. Finishes with a fair amount of dryness.

Overall - A good, solid Holiday brew. Nothing particularly original or noteworthy, but it's nice to drink on a cold, winter night.

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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent appearance of medium foggy yellow, with some soapy head. Thanks Trevor. A German style beer, with spices that are right there without being in your face. I taste the light orange, the nutmeg. Good drinkability and 5% appreciated. Carbonation is appropriate and the mouthfeel is above average.

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Photo of BeardedRiker
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When was the last time I had a Pike beer? I don't remember. I believe it was their XXX Stout and it was damn good. It's also hard to pass up a cheaper bomber too.

It pours out a dark amber-colored and murky beer. The head doesn't form up too thick. It's off-white and creamy. I get some lacing but not much.

There aren't any strong aromas coming from this. I get a toasty, grainy smell that has a big of phenol in there too. Hop smell is barely there. I get a bit of perhaps raisin and citrus. A tad sweet.

Grainy and slightly sweet malts come out most in the taste. It's a little toasty and this being a "hoppy" beer is not really true. Perhaps I can taste very faintly the cinnamon, coriander, and nutmeg in this but it's barely noticeable. The toasty grain and white sugar sweetness do make it pretty decent, though.

This is medium-bodied and drinkable. It's pretty smooth throughout with a dry finish.

Well, this is the first winter warmer style I've been disappointed with. It's not very flavorful. Most winter warmers are very malty, bordering on scotch ale malty, but this doesn't come anywhere near that. It also isn't very hoppy as the name would suggest. It's not bad...but it's not memorable.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.11/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a half finger of head on a dirty dark straw body.
The aroma is grain and wet hay, a little barnyard.
The taste is mildly sweet: plum and apricot; then some mild bitterness. A bit mushed in flavor.
The texture is softer.

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Photo of scootpolute
3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a 1 Pint + 6 FL OZs. a Tulip glass...

Appearance: Clear amber/copper beer with a patchy cream off-white foam head that clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Very pronounced orange hop aromas, spicy with background sweet malts and a faint bready grain aroma.

Taste: Not bad, very clean with a variety of flavors; orange, hops, and spice, without an over-load of alcohol, but still present.

Mouthfeel: is smooth and creamy with a malty thick full-body. The initial taste is orange with a hop assualt on the palate! A spicy, stinging and salty plethora of citric nuances literally overwhelm the senses. Earth, leaf and grass flavours pull-thru, then are followed by an alcohol presence and spiciness. The malt in this beer is definately present but gets its ass fiercly kicked by the hops. Malt includes some toasted, slightly bready and light honey flavours with an even malt sweetness. It hardly balances the beer, but does keep it somewhat control. Beer finishes with residual hop spice and malt sweetness, which tends to linger for some time.

Notes: This is my first Pike Beer in about 10 years (and I'm from Seattle!!!). I was impressed, but not 'floored,' just OK. Good for a Winter beer, suprised by the low alcohol %, but feel any more wouldn't improve the beer either. Bottom line, OK, not horrible.

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Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This 5.0% ABV IPA pours amber/copper with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Good head retention & above average head retention

S: Breadyness & a bit of orange peel, plus some cinnamon and other spices as this warms

T: Citrussy hops, a bit of cinnamon, plus piney hops up front. Lemony & orange hops come to fore as this warms, plus vanilla, & a bit of caramel, along with more cinnamon & other spices, a bit of dryness. Finishes a bit wet with subdued orange, spices & a touch of lemony hops

MF: Light/medium bodied with low carbonation with pretty good balance

Drinks pretty good, this isn't an IPA IMO, more of a winter warmer. One you could have a few of, but after a while the spices would wear me down. I prefer more malt heft

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Photo of Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a ½ finger of foamy off-white head. This maintains some robust edges, leaving back a fizzy looking cascade of spotty lacing. The aroma smells, as advertised, of coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange. It’s coming on pretty strong here in the nose. A light grass feel and some sweet maltiness sit along the back.

The taste is pretty much the same mix of spicy and zesty flavors, with the orange in particular standing out to me in a positive way and seems to be brought out a bit more by the sweetness of the malts. A green citric bitterness runs through the middle of this, leaving some firm bitter pith in the finish which lingers with some leftover spices. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp on the tongue but then more smooth and creamy as this spreads out into the mouth. This is a nice feel that keeps an easy presence in the mouth.

I thought this was interesting mix of hops, malt, and holiday flavors but came on a little too strong for me with the spices. I did appreciate the lower ABV and easy feel here though, making this more drinkable than it should have been for me.

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Photo of DOCRW
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a slightly hazy copper, two fingers of off white head, retention and lacing both nice
S - orange zest, spices of nutmeg and cinnamon, some light piney hops, hints of roasty malt
T - the orange zest is very strong, and the cinnamon really gets into your nostrils, the nutmeg spiciness and hop bitter round out the finish with the orange still lingering
M - bubbly and spicy fills the mouth, leaving a dry and lasting tingling sensation that almost made me sneeze
D - given the name I was expecting more hop flavours, but still a fairly complex brew, and although the orange peel can be a bit overbearing, it is balanced and light enough to be very drinkable any time

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance was a ruddy red color with a small cap of a little white semi-foamy head swiftly dieing off. Slight lace ran here and there.
The aroma had sweet red cherries, clean caramel malts, toffee, figs, cloves, sweet grains, sweet oak and dried vanilla wafers. Subtle hop spice further on the back end.
The flavor yields towards the sweet malty side of blending the entire aromas together. Deep malty aftertaste running the gamut on the caramel and toffee malts.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a proper sessionability about it. Good carbonation and ABV. Malty finish with a light dose of cloves.
Overall, pretty nice as a winter warmer, I'd have again.

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Photo of JamLand
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kevlee722
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of akorsak
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 650 mL bottle purchased at Liquid Solutions.

A: The winter warmer looks more like an IPA with a bright copper color. Auburn highlights come through, adding to the brightness. A finger and a half of head was craggy before dissolving.

S: The aroma confirms my suspicions, lots of hops are packed into this bottle. Orange peel and a spice profile are a nice counterpoint to the hops.

T: The taste is the first sign of a winter warmer. The spice profile knocks the ale out of the park. Nutmeg and cinnamon are strong, not quite pumpkin strong, but strong nonetheless. Orange peel and brown sugar follow. On further re-assessment, the hops aren't nearly as strong as the nose lets on.

M: The mouthfeel is a little bizarre, a spice bomb that could really use some hops to balance 'em out.

D: This one started out promising before dovetailing in the opposite direction. More hops, please.

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Photo of LakerLeith
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of isualum12
2.26/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I had this in a taster tonight here in Seattle on 1st street at the pike pub. The first thing both myself and friend notices as all of the beer were set down was the apricot smell.

By the end I had convienced myself that it didn't taste that great. I puckered up on the first taste and then tryed to like it but i couldn't bring myself around to it.

It poured with a dark copper color with a white pure head on it.

Sorry Pikes I like so much more then this from your brewery....

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Photo of Hopmodium
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of wcudwight
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to markgugs for the chance to try this tasty brew.
Amber in color with hints of orange and ruby. Head rises quickly and falls just as fast. It leaves patchy spotted lacing.
Interesting aroma with hints of orange, cinnamon and other spices. None really dominate, they just kind of mingle together.
Caramel malt backbone in the flavor, with spices mixed in. I taste nutmeg and some cinnamon along with some other spices that I can't identify. The spices compliment the beer nicely with out going too overboard as some winter ales do. The hops really kick in during the finish and add new life to the beer. I think of this beer as more of a hoppy winter warmer, than a spiced IPA.
Mouthfeel was a little light for my taste at first but recovered nicely as the beer warmed.
Very drinkable. Wish I had another. This will be on my wants during the next holiday season.

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Pike Auld Acquaintance Hoppy Holiday Ale from Pike Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 134 ratings