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Pike Auld Acquaintance Hoppy Holiday Ale | The Pike Brewing Company

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Pike Auld Acquaintance Hoppy Holiday AlePike Auld Acquaintance Hoppy Holiday Ale

Brewed by:
The Pike Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 11-18-2008

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Photo of ClavisAurea
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes

Appearance: red orange, nice lacing, one inch head

Nose: dried fruit, malty with a spicy hop character

Taste: mellow, dried fruits, hop bitterness, complex and malty sweetness

More of a spice character than a hop one. Very nice.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
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 mactrail
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber-orange in the Pilsner glass with a coarse, frothy head. Plenty of spritz on the tongue. Mouthfee is malty and a little slick. Aroma of fruitcake.

Some sweet bready taste with a lot of slightly toasted malt. Tangy with a modest hoppy bitterness. The hops have an herbal tang that is less usual in this kind of style. Quite a bitter and woody aftertaste, though it's not actually bad. While the sweetness lingers, it's a malty rather than sugary taste, and goes well with the quite restrained spice additives. None of the individual flavors stand out, which is a nice change from some of the nastier winter brews.

On the plus side, this has a pleasant warm, grainy, grittiness. It seems like exactly what I've come to expect from Pike. But it goes down easy and From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Central Market - Shoreline in north Seattle.

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Photo of BVukelich
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass from bomber. Ruby-copper in color. Thick, tan head. Leaves incredible lace that trails slowly down the glass. It notes 4 spice ingredients but IMHO it was tough to pick up on any. Initial aroma was yeasty and hoppy. As I let the pint warm, I think I was getting more of the orange peel but still failed to pick up the other three. Piney hop flavor that registered a bit more bitter than the indicated 32 IBUs. Mouthfeel was average. Didn't really scream "holiday ale" for me.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Crisp and clear body: mahogany/clear honey/just a twinge of umber to the amber. Yeah buddy! Minimal head, decent swirls though and a bit of lacing.

The nose is toffee sweet with some fruity hints from the hops. Warm and round, smells doughy chewy: warmer-y.

Starts off with a decent caramel sweet balanced by a biting vinous green note. The backbone is more amber, and it's not as thick and chewy as I imagine my warmer's to be. There is certainly an earthy hoppy presence, but it is almost subdued heading into the back end. This makes it very very smoothe and drinkable, but it also leaves the sensation of lacking just a little bit. I'd definitely drink this one again, but wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.14/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: orangish brown color. a finger or so of a tannish head that fades to just a small lacing. pretty clear.

Smell: spice and hops. comes off extremely sweet and the flavors muddle together a bit

Taste: opens up with a flavor that is way too muddled up. sometimes there are hint of spices, and maybe a bit of a hoppiness, but again hard to tell. ends up extremely sweet spiced cookies.

Mouthfeel: fairly light and not warm at all. leaves a sweetness.

Overall: I am glad i split this bomber cause it was pretty close to a drain pour. lots of sweetness and to much going on to get any sort of footing.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not especially stunning in the glass, orange and hazy with a fairly small head and not a lot of lace.

Aroma and flavor have a good mix of spices, pumpkiny notes, hoppiness (mainly floral), and a very ample and tasty malt backbone. While many winter warmers tend to be too high on the ABV and/or spices, this one certainly isn't. I rather enjoyed it, in fact.

Body was medium and carbonation was slightly on the low side but still within reasonable limits for the style. Actually, the one thing that stands out is that it's a bit pumpkin-esque for a winter warmer, but hey, when in Rome....

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Photo of kojevergas
3.07/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle acquired for under $2 at a local Total Wine. 650ml brown glass bottle with branded pressure cap served into a Uinta pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average. 5.50% ABV confirmed.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of fair cream, decent thickness, and average (~2 minute) retention for the average ABV. Body colour is a transparent copper-amber. Floating yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Generally appealing. there's nothing unique or special here, but there are no overt flaws.

Sm: Cinnamon and nutmeg spice are the first thing I notice. Pumpkin. Biscuit malt. Generic floral hopping. A mild strength aroma. Maybe light bready yeast. No alcohol is detectable. Meh.

T: Pumpkin, light orange, and heavy cinnamon and nutmeg spice. Generic malted barley; biscuit malt. Caramel. It's a bit pedestrian, but enjoyable. Balanced decently. Not real complex or subtle, but there's flavour here. Depth of flavour is average. The spicing is a highlight. Clove. Biscuity yeast.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Adequately carbonated. Thickness is average. Generally suitable for the flavour profile, but it doesn't feel custom tailored to it.

Dr: Generally drinkable and enjoyable. Pedestrian. I definitely wouldn't get this again, but it's not bad - it's just mundane. Quite underwhelming. I'm glad to have tried it, but it's just not exceptional. It will satisfy winter warmer fans.

Low C+

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
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 silverking
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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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Photo of Halcyondays
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a dark amber with a medium white head, fair head retention, very limited lace.

S: Nice Yuletide notes of nutmeg and cinnamon, Christmas cookie, sweet Munich style malt.

T: Similar to the nose, lots of spiced bread and fruitcake, nowhere near as heavy a flavour as I would have expected. Still certainly enjoyable.

M: Light to medium-bodied acutally, with a soft carbonation. Easy drinking in this style.

O: If one wants a lighter winter warmer akin to a Marzen in body, this would be a good pick up. Nice price as well.

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Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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 Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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 facundoCNB
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
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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Photo of jktedder12
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a chilled pint glass. Poured a hazy coppery color with a half inch foamy head. Lingering top foam with some nice lacing. Smell is scant, maybe some citrus & clove. Nice medium body mouthfeel, semi-dry. Definite taste of spices, cloves, citrus. Bit of orange peel bitterness along with the hops. Overall nice holiday beer. Very enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a hazy, amber-copper coloring with a thin, fluffy, off-white head that recedes very quickly into a sparse covering on the surface. Aromas are honey sweet, roasted, hoppy, and cinnamon spiced. Very well blended nose. Flavors are light and spicy, with a good dose of orange zest, cinnamon, and nutmeg on the forward tongue. The backbone is a well blended honey and toffee sweet malt, and there is a dry hopping at the end to pull it all together and clean the palate up. The aftertaste is tangy sweet, with all of the spices blending together into a clean finish. Only a slight linger of the orange zest stays behind, and even that is short lived. The beer is smooth in mouth, and the low ABV makes it amazingly easy to drink. I'm used to much higher ABVs in Winter Warmers, but if you are looking for a sessionable one, this might be a good option.

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Photo of philerman
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bought on sale for $4.99 (maybe even $3.99) at Total Wine in Delaware. Appears to have been from batch 264B (pretty sure that's a B and not a number 8) Pours a burnt copper color with very little head but nice lacing. Smells mostly of toasted malt, little of the sweetness I was expecting. Taste comes of more as anticipated and for once tasting STRONGER than its abv (5.5) would indicate. Pleasant aftertaste with little bitterness. Like others I'm unsure where to stand on the relatively low ABV. Sessionable to be sure but probably not a first choice.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange brown with a 1 inch foamy orange white head that settles to a thin cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, some grape like fruity aromas, and slight spices as well. Taste is of toasty malt, grape like fruit flavors, and some spices (cinnamon, nutmeg). There is a mild spice/hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue after each sip. This beer has a bubbly mouthfeel with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good Winter warmer that I was honestly expecting less from. A pleasant surprise from Pike.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
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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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma has malty and vegetable qualities with a hint of fruit. It pours a clear mahogany with a thick pale golden head. Malty flavor has a crisp, almost cider-like, fruity overtone and touches of hops and butterscotch. Smooth flavor has body that is on the thicker side, though it lacks fizz. Worthy of a try, if not outstanding.

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Photo of hogrider
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really impressed with this beer. Low carbonation for an ale which is fine. I can taste notes of caramel and cinnamon. This is truly a treat for the holidays. Overall I am pleased to have tried this beer as recommended by a friend. Drink On. HOG

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Photo of BeardedRiker
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
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 RJLarse
3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at The Swamp. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance is a clear copper color with a modest white head.

Smell is faint. A bit of a citrus scent perhaps

Tastes like a pale ale with a peppermint flavor, as if it had a candy cane in it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry finish.

An average drinkable Holiday Ale. A weaker version of the Jolly Roger Christmas Ale perhaps. But like Christmas, it is good this one only comes once a year.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Cigar City snifter. Says 264B on the label but I have no idea what that means.

A- Pours a dark copper color with a 1/2 inch head that's reduced to a big-bubbled ring around the edge of the glass and thin foam on the surface. Pretty good lacing too.

S- Smells malty and a bit alcohol-y and astringent with some hop notes at the tail end. Has also a bit of a fruit smell with some cherries and maybe some raisins.

T- Odd. The taste comes in and brings a confusing sensation to the palate. I don't taste the orange peel, coriander, cinnamon or nutmeg that's listed on the label. Just an unusual fusion of hops and malts that's plain off-kilter and has an alcohol burn that, honestly, should just not be there for a beer that's only 5.5%. Some cereal grain sweetness keeps things interesting, though.

M- Decent enough. Medium-high carbonation.

O- This beer is OK to drink but definitely not one of my favorite holiday ales.

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