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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Photo of Immortale25
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Photo of scootpolute
3.13/5  rDev -14%
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 Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of tms2929
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of bpackertx
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of NWer
2.65/5  rDev -27.2%
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 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 deepchills
2.91/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Large 3 finger head in my Tulip glass, very bubbly & active. The head recedes quickly.

Amber color.

Grain smell with a sweetness I can’t place.

Main flavor is orange peel with a little Cinnamon, it taste good though a little light. Some bitter hop in the finish, but not much. Only 5% ABV and no trace of alcohol is tasted.

Light and crisp feel, light active bubbles easily noticed after each drink.

No lacing at all from that large head, which is all but gone quickly.

Not as heavy as I would like from a Holiday Ale, and I wish the spices would come out more. However, the beer is very drinkable, and well priced in my area at $4.99 per bomber.

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Photo of NCSUdo
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle

A: Copper body under a good sized white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Malty, some spice like hints, sweet, piney hops.

T: Sweet, malty, hint of spice, very mild bitter finish with some pine and slightly citrus hops.

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation is light. Drinkability is pretty good. Solid beer.

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Photo of brewskier
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Huge amount of sparkling tan foam is fairly loose and sinks rapidly. Only a little bit of lacing, but thick where it does stick. The beer is a cloudy coppery amber, medium-dark and quite pretty.

Zesty aroma of herbal hops, ginger, and a touch of grain. There is also a whif of alcohol, surprising due to the mere 5% of this brew.

Tastes of plum, orange, and apricot up front, with a lingering malty caramel sweetness. A faint dash of cinnamon. Overall, a fairly sweet, fruity beer that I would classify more like an amber than a holiday ale.

Mouthfeel is very fizzy, no surprise with all the head. As such, it is quite light on the palate.

Very drinkable for a holiday ale (due to its lightness), less so if considered an amber (due to the gassiness)

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Photo of bmwats
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pored from a 650ml bottle into standard pint.

A: Deep dark amber hue. Pours about a 2 finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly leaving plenty of dry sticky residue behind as it does. Moderate spider web lacing remains as you drink this one down.

S: Nice baked bread, light hops, cinnamon and nutmeg.

T: Light malt flavor with a solid hop. The spice is very prominent, but nicely balanced with the grain notes, and not overwhelming. Some nice citrus notes in there, too.

M: Grainy with a crisp refreshing palette. Hearty and bold in the front with a dry and hoppy finish.

D: Solid sipping brew. The spice notes provide for a nice bold flavor filled ride.

Atmosphere is very nice. Solid appearance with a nice foamy head, and plenty of lacing. Nose is a great balance of grain and spice notes. Flavor, similarly, grainy with bold but not overpowering spice. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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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 isualum12
2.26/5  rDev -37.9%
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 BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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 TheStove
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on cask at Naked City Brewing during cask night. Claimed to be the first Auld Acquaintance of 2010!

Pour has zero head with a deep hazy rust color. Smells of fruit and hops almost like an IPA.

Drinking the beer is different. There is a thick mouthfeel with a finishing bit of hop presence. At first this can easily be mistaken for an IPA as the citrus presence and hops make this seem as such. Further drinking reveals a pretty robust body as there is a similar mouthfeel to that as an Hefeweizen. Some citrus flavors and other witbier-esque spices lead me to believe this is further the case.

Maybe this is a "West Coast" winter warmer (i.e. the winters don't involve snow). It drinks like a Wheat PA of sorts, with a wheaty mouth presence that gives way to the fruit hops of a pale ale but I think should be labeled more of a Holiday Beer than a Winter Warmer. If I want some winter warming I'll go with a good strong imperial or coffee stout anytime.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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 philbertk
2.79/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pike Brewing Company--Auld Aquaintance Hoppy Holiday Ale--2007 Release--22 oz. Bottle--5.00% ABV--32 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Amber Ale--Spiced. $3.99 Each. Thin mild lace off white head. Clear thin bright amber color. Mild coriander orange hop front. Mild sweet thin nutmeg cinnamon caramel fruit body. Clean mild hop Winter spice end. A Little Bland. Sampled 12/25/2007.

Pike Brewing Company--Auld Aquaintance Hoppy Holiday Ale--2009-10 22 oz. Bottle. 5.00% ABV. 32 IBU's. (3.5 / 5.0) Amber Ale--Spiced Thin white thin lace head. Light Bottle Conditioned haze rich amber color. Pink hint. Mild hop very light orange peel, coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg front. Mellow cloying creamy crusty smooth delicate sweet mild spice biscuit caramel mild fruit body.Dry spice bitter mild hop end. Sampled 5/28/2010. 2 @ $4.99 Each purchased @ Sharif's Deli Ballard, Seattle.

Pike Brewing Company--Auld Aquaintance Hoppy Holiday Ale--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 5.50% ABV. 32 IBU's. (2.0 / 5.0) Amber Ale--Spiced. Dense lacy rich off white head. Light Bottle Conditioned haze dark orange color and sediment dusting. Mild hop weak winter spice orange peel, coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg front. Slightly fruity orange flavor hint mild sweet estery thin amber ale body. Odd mild spice clean mild citrus fruity end. Sampled on 11/13/2010. Purchased for $4.49 each @ Fred Meyer--Ballard, Seattle on 11/13/2010.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light copper, pouring half a thumb of head quickly dissipating with no lacing.

S - Very lager-ish in scent. I was expecting more of a fruity scent, but it's more of a pepper-y pumpkin scent to it.

T - Wow... Unexpected flavour indeed. Based on the scent, there is definitely a pumpkin flavour present, but the nutmeg and cinnamon come through quite strong on the finish. A pleasant flavour, especially if you're looking for something that has some spices to it.

M - Pretty light on the palette, foaming nicely on the tongue, but doesn't come off too bubbly.

D - As previously mentioned, the flavour on this one is quite unique and would be appreciated by anyone seeking a 'spice' filled beer. There are definitely some unique flavours which make for a memorable experience. Would I drink more than one bomber? Probably not... Not a sessionable beer, but flavourful nonetheless and recommended to anyone seeking a unique, spicy, bevy!

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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 beerwolf77
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my pint glass the beer is clear orange amber with three fingers of stark white head. The head settles leaving just a few flecks of lace around the rim.

The aroma is fantastic. It's a boquet of floral hops. Along with cinnamon, coriander, and nutmeg. It smells a lot like a pumpkin beer more then anything. Which is fine with me since I love pumpkin.

The flavor is not as pronounced as the nose. Mild hops and some of the spice is there. However not real strong. Sort of bland.

Medium to light body with light to moderate carbonation.

Overall the bark was bigger then the bite. Nothing real remarkable.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

do you remember your first eggnogged beverage? the spice of nutmeg and cinnamon, the joyful happiness of dairy and booze? trying to make an excuse for drinking it at 11am? well, it was because you had just woken up.
this was a strong reminder of those times. but we have all matured since then, as have our tastes. nutmeg, cinnamon, a touch of the hops, and a little malt. for one of those spiced ales masquerading as something special, this one was nice. maybe i'd think about dating it sometime. i mean, i still want to play the field a little bit, but for one night, yeah, it was pretty alright.

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Photo of bilyboy65
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Winter Warmer, I think is the style breweries made up in order to make some really spicy beers around winter. Most of them are to spiced and taste like crap. But I kinda like this one, shhhh!

It's a brown beer and kinda cloudy. The nose is of orange, cinnamon, and nutmeg mostly. There is some malts and hops thrown in as well. The taste is like a piece of buttered toast with nutmeg and orange jam spread on it. It weighs down on the tongue and leaves an awful long trail of where it's been. Overall though I think this isn't very spicy for a warmer. If you're looking for a winter warmer that has the flavors, but not the strength of all the spices like a lot of the warmers do, then this is the one for you. Very enjoyable and can have more than one.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Tall, loose frothy off-white head on the pour, while the body is a hazed yet bright deep copper hue.

The aroma is all floral, citrus, herbal, grassy hops, some clean grainy malt in the background, some earthy spice.

Malt is mild and fairly neutral in the flavour, the extra ingredients and spices that pop up in the middle just don't seem to gel together although the coriander manages to shine through the hubbub, while the hops pretty much carry the show from the middle on through the finish and well into the aftertaste. Grassy, herbal hops, a touch of earth and spice.

Medium-body yet low carbonation, it works for what it is.

Right then, as much as I hate emoticons and text message abbreviations and shit like that, my final verdict is Pike, WTF? What is this? Even outside those boundaries, there isn't much cohesion with what's going on here, this is a sub-par offering from a brewery that I know is capable of so much more.

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Photo of MAB
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bit of an odd one; hit and miss on the scores.
I had previously sampled a half bottle of "Bah Humbug" Xmas ale, and wasn't impressed with it. This was a taste improvement:

Nice color, quite dark. Aroma was subtle; I would have liked more spiciness.
Flavor was good. Spiciness came through with anise, cloves, and nutmeg notes. A bit of citrus peel as well.
It was a bit watery but not too bad. The alcohol content was suitable for this brew but it could be improved with more malt (and alcohol conversion).

Worth having-- once a year is about right.

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