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Pike Auld Acquaintance Hoppy Holiday Ale | The Pike Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
The 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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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.39/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured thick, with a hazy copper color, very little head.

S- The smell is great, just what I would want in a Winter Warmer. There is a nice coriander smell with a slight touch of the nutmeg that was used, which these blend well with the orange. The cinnamon used is also there. I just like the smell of this beer.

T- I like this a lot. It reminds me of a herbal spiced tea. The spices used mixed with the light orange taste makes this truly taste like an herbal tea. The malts are present and very hearty/earthy tasting.

M- The feel is thick, yet thin if you know what I mean. It starts thick, yet finishes thin.

D- Easy to drink and would be great around the holidays.

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. dark brown bottle. Some code (277B), but no freshness date.
Served in a nonic tumbler.
It pours a dull copper color with foamy 2" beige head and minimal lacing.
The smell is sweet malt upfront, followed by mixed fruit, spices, citrus and a dose of resinous hops. A distant smell of Life Savers Pineapple candy comes to mind.
While this is a citrusy hop-forward ale, there are nice balancing contributions from caramel malt, spices, candy, spruce and mild rummy flavors.
What's so impressive, is that this Winter Ale can provide a cozy and warm sensation without the clobbering ABV found in many seasonal brews nowadays, and for that reason I've felt compelled to mark Pike up a bit for this marvelous feat.
Shoulda bought 2 while I was out...

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4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"And surely you'll buy your pint cup!
And surely I'll buy mine!
And we'll take a cup o' kindness yet,
for auld lang syne."

--the second verse of Auld Lang Syne

Coppery apricot with orange-honey highlights. Atop the festive looking liquid sits three fingers of pastel orange-ecru foam whose texture is midway between creamy and stiff. Maybe it's the season, but the foam looks like frost on a winter windowpane.

The ingredients listed on the label are appreciated in the nose... more or less. More: hops (Magnum, Willamette, East Kent Goldings) and orange peel. Less: coriander, cinnamon and nutmeg. Maybe the brewers were going for a hops-fruit-spice balance and didn't want to empty a spice rack into the beer. Mission accomplished.

Underneath 'Auld Acquaintance' on the label are the words 'Hoppy Holiday Ale'. I'll go along with that. The beer may not be quite hoppy enough and the ABV might not be high enough (5.0%) to be an IPA, but this certainly is a damn fine APA. Never mind that Pike calls it an amber ale. The alpha acids are cumulative and should be satisfactory for most hopheads.

Other than a mild toastiness, the malt stays out of the picture. AA is clearly a hop-dominant ale that features orange peel for an added citric zing and one of the tamest spice loads that you're like to find in a winter warmer that actually uses spices.

Interestingly enough, the coriander and (to some extent) the nutmeg and cinnamon begin to find their sea legs as the beer warms. This is turning into quite the tasty treat and could easily be a 'two bomber' beer. If I had two bombers, that is.

The mouthfeel comes into its own with warming as well. Whereas it was too light initially, it's now (mid-bomber) nicely smooth, ever-so-slightly viscous and invigoratingly carbonated without coming close to buzziness.

Auld Acquaintance is a wonderfully delicious seasonal that is perfectly suited to sharing with an old acquaintance on the last night of the year. Or any other night for that matter. Here's to a great 2007 and, hopefully, an even better 2008. Happy New Year!

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4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into an imperial pint, clear copper with a large, orange tinged khaki head that leaves heavy lace.

Smell is fruity and spicy, you can detect all of the adjuncts listed on the label: orange peel, coriander, cinnamon and nutmeg

Taste is pretty fruity, more heavy on the citrus then the spices, but is overall pretty well balanced and not heavy-handed. Slight biscuit malt bitter finish (which I attribute to the spices as much as hops). I really enjoyed this, a very pleasant surprise!

Mouthfeel is on the thin side, like an english pale ale.

Drinkability is not bad for a 5.0% ABV Winter Warmer. Not to spicy, but interesting. The light body and low ABV makes it easy to gulp down, and the restrained taste keeps it easy on the palate while still satisfying.
Served at cellar.

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4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured a golden-amber with about a half inch of head which quickly diminished. a little light in color for a winter warmer. smells of caramel, nuts, raisins, cloves. tastes mildly fruity but very sweet.. actually reminds me of my mom's homemade tomato preserves. nutty and caramel flavors with a lightly boozey overtone. honestly a very good blend of flavors and ends up surprisingly mellow. medium bodied and slightly carbonated - feels heavy going down.

overall: a great and very cheap winter warmer. i'm going to look for another bottle next time i'm at the store. for $3 a bomber, you can't go wrong.

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4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a muted light golden amber hue with a thick and clean off-white head that fades leaving some nice blotchy lacing down the glass. glows a pink grapefruit when held to a light, with just a touch of murkiness.

aroma is different with some interesting spices yet not a ton of sweetness. Nutmeg and cinnamon dominate. A subtle bready malt comes through, along with a citrusy, almost candied hop aroma. A hint of citrus zest on the nose.

Taste is fairly unique. Typical winter warmer caramel malt backbone, leaning a bit more toward the biscut side of the flavor spectrum. The spices are there too, with cinnamon and vanilla coming through on the tongue. What's most intriguing is the blend of citrus and hops that subtly sneaks in toward the finish and really adds some depth. Tangerine and grapefruit linger, blending into orange and hops as it sits on the tongue. Hops and citrus zest stay, taking it further than a usual winter spiced malt bomb.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, just a touch syrupy, with some light creaminess. The smooth caramel flavors coat the tongue, while the lingering grapefruit and hop bitters tingle the sides of the tongue.

All in all, a pretty solid brew. A bit different from the usual winter warmers. Kind of fills the void between the spiced malt bombs and the slightly spiced strong IPAs that are so prevalent during this season (at least in the PNW). It's both a deliciously malty beer and a fairly hoppy almost-ipa, but ends up somewhere nicely inbetween. And the coriander and orange that I was a bit apprehensive of turned out to lend their flavors beautifully. It doesn't pack quite a flavor punch that i would have liked, but sometimes that may be a good thing. Definitely seek this one out.

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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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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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

It pours a dark copper with a light tan head. The head has decent retention and moderate lacing. The aroma is spicy, but the holiday kind of spicy. Piney hops, Cinnamon and nutmeg with an ever so slight hint of orange zest. The taste is a bit sweet and the orange comes through more than in the aroma. The taste is slightly roasty with the aforementioned holiday spices. The finish seems a little woodsy to me, in a good way. The carbonation is moderate with a moderate/heavy mouthfeel. This is a very nice member of the seattle brewing co. repertoire.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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

This holiday brew poured chilled into a pint glass shows a hazy iced tea amber color with a decent layer of off-white/golden froth on top. Lacing consists of some modest streaking. The aroma is a little more subtle than I've come to expect from most specialty brews like this, but it brings a complexity as you give it a chance (probably should have let it warm more). But I do get initially a mild swampy hop blended with tasteful spruce/pine sweetness and even further into it there's more wheat/graininess and a touch of toffee. Nice but I would like it to be a bit more bold. The flavors include herbal hops and mild spruce over mellow malt and swampy grains, nearly a peat quality at times. It really improves as it reaches room temperature and ultimately is no disappointment. It's a medium body brew with ample carbonation that provides a smooth, very drinkable holiday libation...or any time really. Another solid effort from Pike!

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with an oh too massive head that eventually settles down; nice stickage, however

Smell: Sugar cookie malt with pronounced undertones of orange peel, cinnamon and nutmeg

Taste: Opens with an herbal malty character that adds the citrus peel, vanilla and holiday spices by mid-palate; after the swallow, the holiday spice character dominates the finish, though there is a bit of bitter hop balance, too

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: As the label says, this is a hoppy holiday ale - it has all of the winter warmer characteristics and is hoppy to boot - Ho Ho

Thanks, wagenvolks, for the opportunity

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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