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
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
Reviews:
81
Ratings:
132
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
10.44%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 81 | Ratings: 132
Photo of markgugs
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass (drank on 2/8/08)

A: Pours a gorgeous glowing amber with a thin bubbly white head. Incredible sparkling clarity rounds out a nice-looking beer.

S: Too mild for my liking, try as I might, I could only barely detect slight hints of orange & coriander, and almost no maltiness at all.

T/M: Luckily the taste improves dramatically from the nose! Coriander is definitely present, as is a nice hint of nutmeg and orange which blends well into a tasty roasted body. And then finally the hops kick in, finishing things off in a lip-smacking fashion. Mouthfeel is spot-on for what I wanted in this beer, it's carbonated nicely and just coats the mouth all over.

D: Easily drinkable, might be one of my favorite winter warmer-styled ales, it just goes down so smooth. Well-worth seeking out.

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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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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 ccrida
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
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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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 mnapier
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Service Temperature, 40 degrees. Service Glassware, 12 ounce Tulip Glass.

Note, this is the 2007 batch of Auld Acquaintance at 5.00% ABV.

Appearance, can only be described as producing a reddish orange & hazy display. The body of the beer pours a light khaki mild foamy head with a scattered cobweb of lace.
To the nose, it presents a coriander spicy, along with some honey and a mild oatiness, some zest.
Sipping this I detect the ever present coriander, light citrus, minor cloying, some sweetness, and a trace of hop bitterness. Overall, mouthfeel, is medium.

A very light and almost session worthy ale, great for knocking back a couple after a long day of shopping.

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