Pike Auld Acquaintance Hoppy Holiday Ale | The Pike Brewing Company

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83
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132 Ratings
Pike Auld Acquaintance Hoppy Holiday AlePike Auld Acquaintance Hoppy Holiday Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Pike Brewing Company
Washington, United States
pikebrewing.com

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 11-18-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
132
Reviews:
81
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
10.44%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 132 |  Reviews: 81
Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
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 GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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 spycow
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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 kojevergas
3.07/5  rDev -15.7%
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 brentk56
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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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Photo of chinchill
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
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 oberon
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
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 Kegatron
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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 mactrail
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a thin, bubbly, white head.

Smell: Spice-laden, sprucey aroma with notes of toast, caramel malts, and oily orange peels.

Taste: Caramel malts, lightly toasty, light sweet. Some spice, spruce tips, and then more spice. Dash of dried orange peel. Medium hop bitterness. Sweetish, spiced finished.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent winter release (provided you're down with plenty of spiciness) from the good folks over at Pike.

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Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
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 smcolw
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good starting head, leaves ample lace. The liquid is neutral amber; mild haze.

Slightly sweet--smell of raw honey. Do I detect nutmeg and all spice? Light hop in the background.

Malty, but with lots of subtle spice like orange peel and cinnamon. Slightly sweet. Thinner body, like skim milk. Good hop to balance, but this is not an IPA, at least not the 2009 version.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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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Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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 GarthDanielson
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
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 IPAchris
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Bomber

Pours a cloudy murky brown color, nice carbonation, little fizzy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, citrus, corinader, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The taste follows the nose. Medium body. Drinkable, this is not an IPA to me, but more of a light version of a winter warmer. My bottle sez 5% ABV.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. My bottle says 5.5% ABV rather than the above-listed 5%.

Appearance: rich orange hue with just a touch of haze and quite little effervescence. Head is one finger of pillowy ivory foam. Pretty decent looking.

Smell: slightly biscuity malt aroma; relatively dry. Smells rather like an ESB to me.

Taste: slightly sweeter than the aroma, the malt contains caramel as well as biscuit. Hops have a little citrus and a bit of earth to them. Bitterness is balanced, and the end of the flavor has a punch of hop flavor as well. Actually pretty good!

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with decent carbonation; the mouthfeel is unremarkable but certainly not bad.

Drinkability: I'm surprised to find how refreshing and quaffable this beer is, especially considering my typical reluctance toward the more biscuity flavors. More of an ESB than an winter warmer, really, but tasty nonetheless!

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Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy dark orange with a fairly slight head that fades to a thin ring. Smells of a lightly sweet spiciness with some cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange peel notes. Some lightly citrusy hops are there as well. Taste is quite similar. More light spiciness and a pleasant breadiness is present as well. The hops fade a good bit as it warms and opens up and it becomes more like a lightly spiced winter warmer. Very smooth mouthfeel and perhaps a bit tannic at the end from the spices. Not bad, and the botttle actually list this at 5% abv, but it could use more body and/or spices and/or hops.

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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Pike Auld Acquaintance Hoppy Holiday Ale from The Pike Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 132 ratings.
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