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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

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Added by Jason on 11-18-2008

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Ratings: 132 |  Reviews: 81
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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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4.5/5  rDev +23%

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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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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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3.77/5  rDev +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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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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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

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3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of philerman
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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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3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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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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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3/5  rDev -18%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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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3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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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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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3.26/5  rDev -10.9%
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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Pike Auld Acquaintance Hoppy Holiday Ale from The Pike Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 132 ratings
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