Pike Doubble Troubble DIPA | The Pike Brewing Company

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Pike Doubble Troubble DIPAPike Doubble Troubble DIPA

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The Pike Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Previously called Double IPA. Renamed in March 2012.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 03-18-2009

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Reviews: 74 | Ratings: 170
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Auburn color pour, somewhere between light brown and dark orange and everything in between. Aroma was boozy, dunno why I needed that.

Taste is one of those bitter bomb crystal malt beers. Gigantuar hops and malt. Bomber format sucks, price sucks. Decent enough beer if you're in the mood for something like that.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours orangish and with a cloudy haze. The head is not pronounced.
Piney stale biscuit-malty smell. Familiar, not my favorite nose on a DIPA, but interesting to pinpoint what it smells like to me.. Stale peanut butter balanced with a citrus note, interesting enough to see what comes next.
This is nice, flavor after flavor of wet hops with the sweet malts playing their role but not intrusively so. Lemon-lime citrus rind rushes through, finishes nice. Juicy.
Velvety with light to medium carbonation. Wetness lingers awhile.
Overall I did dig this Seattle brewery's style, even though I had to get past the odd yet interesting dank and bready gate, so-to-speak. Enjoyed.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Holds a dirty blonde head of foam that leaves sticky rings of lace. Beer itself is pretty hazy, can't see through the amber orange glass.

Smell: Rich earthy hop oils, hop leaf with a bitter orange peel twist.

Taste: All bittering hops, no aroma. Nothing fresh or clean, these are dried up, crunched up, blended and reconstituted with hop oil hops. Very earthy, almost German mineral water finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is prickly, heavy body is slick and doesn't trigger much chew.

Overall: This is all Imperial/Double IPA, not American IPA. No citric or pine juicy notes, just bitter, bitter hops. It's not bad at all, well executed, no flaws, just not the end of the IPA pool I prefer. Still, an enjoyable sipper.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.44/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pike’s Double IPA has a thick, cream-colored head, an opaque, brilliant, orange appearance, lots of bubble streams (etched tasting glass), and pretty good amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is of bread crust, indistinguishable citrus (maybe, Japanese plums), and some slightly turned fruit. Taste is of bread crust, baked white bread dough, bitter and oily hops, some weird citrus, and alcohol (which is mostly masked). Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Pike’s Double IPA finishes mostly dry, rather harsh, and has a sipping drinkability. This is a very deceptive beer- it starts out mild and pleasant and then bangs one in the head with it’s harshness and bitterness. Really interesting, and I love it!


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Photo of bustinwheels
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

I loved this beer so I made a candle out of it! I wish that there was a Pike exclusive brewery in California. Seattle, you are so very lucky! The names of Pike beers are amazing creative and the labels are entertaining.


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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: dark orange; dead carb; thin head; lots of floaties
S: fuggles; aromatic; floral
T: flavorful, rich; very hoppy; classic hop profile; not very sweet; quite bitter; all about the hops
M: rich, thick

Really good IPA. Great job guys!

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Photo of AleEnthusiastSorensen
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured a hazy orange-amber with decent head leaving slight bit of tracing. Had good hop taste reminiscent of the dry hop process used in brewing. Slightly bitter aftertaste that lingers for a few moments on the back of the palate. Recommend to medium enthusiasts as a delicious kick back on a lazy day, great any season.

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Photo of Braz
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear but slightly hazy gold in color. Thick foamy white head. Aromas of fresh resin, pine, spruce and alcohol notes as well. Slight sweetness at first. Picked up hints of vanilla, grass and citrus rind as well as a general woodsy flavor. This is a more balanced double than some others out there, not as sweet and more emphasis on the hops. Body is nice with a foamy and dense feel. Bitter finish that lingers quite a while. Some floral qualities are experienced with this as well. Solid offering.

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

On tap at Pint Defiance.

The beer pours a fairly ligth orange color with good head retention and lacing. The is attractive as well, showcasing light skunk weed, black pepper and some dry citrus. On the palate, this is decent DIPA, as I pick up considerable citrus and bitterness in the finish, with no more than a hint of cherry and tropical fruit in the mid palate. The beer is definitely on the dry side (almost too much so), which is sometihng I always like to see in a DIPA. There's a bit of cereal and grittiness in the finish as well, which is interesting. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the finish is long and prety bitter. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, though you can tell it's up there a bit.

Nothing extraordinairy, but still a pretty decent beer from Pike Brewing. Like this much better than the regular IPA.

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Photo of chicagoanbeerone
2.42/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is the first dry hopped double ipa i had Smells very strong of hops but needed more flavor in the beer and just taste like hops this is a very good beer for hop heads even though it needs more flavor but had a nice kick. i was really dissapointed for a double ipa espiaclly cause it was dry hopped

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Photo of GiantMidget
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought 22 oz. bomber at Total Wine in Claymont DE.
Poured into a tall beer mug.

Very minimal head, maybe 1-2 cm. so no lacing to speak of that was easily noticeable.

Once poured, immediately noticed the pine hops aroma mixed with a citrus and raisin scent, and a honey/clove smell as well.
Caramel color and the malt body seems evident in my opinion.

Like some reviews said, the malt has a sweetness to it which is uncharacteristic to most DIPA's that I have had. I wouldn't say it's unpleasant, just very uncharacteristic.

Thin mouthfeel without a significant carbonation.
I will say the 8% ABV is excellent and untraceable to me.
It does go down smooth, but I am not a huge fan of that sweetness.
While the hops are evident and help preserve the dry nature, the sweet nature deduct a few points from the overall DIPA that I've grown to know and love.

I'd recommend giving it a try at the price point, but don't expect to be blown away.

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Photo of shand
3.26/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Doubble Troubble pours out a very hazy orange color with a small head. The aroma is strong on caramel malts, with citrus and piney hops backing it up. Seems a bit rough around the edges. The taste is, again, heavy on caramel malts, but with lots of grapefruit peel and piney hops backing it up. It's strange, this one kinda tastes like all IPAs tasted as I was getting familiar with the style. The finish is probably the strongest aspect of this beer, it's got a pleasant, strong pine hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and in that awkward part where it's a bit drying, but has that wet kind of feel. The drinkability is solid. Overall, this is a slightly above average IPA. Not going to cut it with all the excellent IPAs on the market.

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Photo of Briken
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy orange amber moderate tan, foamy head with okay retention. Light piney aroma. Sweet caramel and pine and a light citrus with moderate hop bitterness and linger as well as a light alcohol taste and warming. Sticky and smooth feel.

Good drinking though simple beer with enough hops to make it interesting though the malts take over toward the end.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half pint at the brewpub. From notes.

A - Very dark gold or copperish. Very cloudy hop haze. Thin ring of spatterings of lace and a film of retention.

S - Lot's of citrus and orange.

T - Pineapple, grapefruit. Lot's of strong resinous hops. Bready up front with a bit of toffee sweetness.

M - Good carbonation and a medium to full body. Dry with a nice bitter finish.

O/D - No alcohol evident. Nice and tasty. Very drinkable. One for the hopheads.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter

A Pours a reddish brown color that is kind of hazy. Topped with a pretty thick white head.

S Very citrus like, reminiscent of grapefruit.

T Very strong grapefruit like citrus with a strong bitter backbone.A bit of caramel malt comes through to provide some balance. Still very hop forward though.

M Thin but decently carbonated with a bitter aftertaste that lingers a bit.

Overall this is a very good double IPA that I would buy again especially at $4.00 for a bomber.

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.47/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from the 22 oz bomber into my new belgium goblet:

A pours a nice honey color not very clear at all - big solid head settles quick and leves little lace.

S: I love the nose on this - I call it piney but it's a nice sharp hoppines

T: NICE! smoothe yet nicely bitter, really liking this. This competes with the best from Stone brewery IMHO

M: just a bit shy on the body. That ABV (6.3 not 8!) is nicely hidden and will be appreciated soon.

D FULL A in this dept, I might even call this a session brew. I know this will go way too quick.
always look for this one.

notes: BTW MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone!

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Photo of corby112
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark orange color with golden marmalade edges and a two finger frothy white head that slowly fades. Sporadic streaks of lace left behind.

Somewhat bland aroma with floral hops, and an earthy pine character. Herbal with some grass and a faint malt presence in the nose.

Medium bodied with a slightly creamy texture and a dry, bitter hop presence up front that lingers over the sweeter notes and malt backbone into bone dry finish. Lots of grassy pine needle flavor along with subtle citrus and a sweet malt presence nhints of orange peel and grapefruit mid-palate followed by some caramel and biscuit. The ABV is well masked but the hop presence is a bit one dimnsional and overly dry. Still, it's a pretty good beer that I would buy again.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber with orange tints pours a rocky head that fades fast but leaves ok lacing.

The aroma is of grapefruit with floral notes of clover, orange blossom, and honey suckle. Hints of citrus rind and pine with clean malt background and a touch of honey and caramel.

Nice caramel middle lends balance to an interesting floral dominated bouquet of orange blossom and honeysuckle. Notes of orange zest and grapefruit with faint hints of pine. Nice balance.

A little thin with a creamy finish

Overall, enjoyable and easy to drink. Nothing complex, but nicely balanced.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Turbid, golden amber. No head to speak of from my bottle.

S: The aroma is subtle. Mostly grapefruit and floral notes.

T: Little mild on the hops for a DIPA. Mild pine, slight bitterness but not overwhelming. This may be an older bottle.

M: Medium body and mild to medium carbonation.

Overall: Not impressed by the amount of hops or the aroma with this one. I love DIPAs, this one is missing hop complexity that so many DIPAs succeed in providing.

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Photo of nickfl
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on a very hazy copper brown body. The head fades quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Some pine hops and a little bit of caramel.

T - Toffee and toasted malt up front with some pine hop character. More sugary malt in the middle as moderate bitterness closes in on the finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation and a balanced finish.

D - Kind of unremarkable, the hop character is dull and the malt is a bit sweeter than it needs to be. Not something I would be interested in drinking again.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear coppery apricot, with a finger of eggshell-white head. This retains with a ½ finger cap of froth, which slathers the sides of the glass with a rich coating of sticky lace. The aroma smells floral, with a good bit of green grapefruit character (that is punctuated by notes of spice and pine). This is evened in the nose by a ripe and sticky smelling blend of fruit, caramel, bread, and some light alcohol sweetness as this warms.

The taste is fairly sweet, with a LOT of juicy tropical fruit and caramel malts. This helps balance an aggressive hop profile of fresh and bitter grapefruit, resins, and spice. The finish sees some leftover sugars mingling with a sticky and piney dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a little fuller, with a mostly creamy carbonation in the mouth that also a touch of light sharpness to it as well. This feels the mouth up nicely upon each sip, with just enough alcohol beef being present and adding to the dry finish on this.

This was a decent take on a DIPA but it seemed to struggle at times to find that middle ground between its strong sweetness and the aggressiveness of the hops. It’s probably worth a look though if you see it on the shelf.

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at the Sugarbowl in Edmonton. Poured into a smaller, imperial style glass.

A - poured an amber color with a fluffy head that dissipated quickly leaving some streaky lacing.

S - lots of promise on the nose with some big citrus hops (my favorite)

T - nice initial hops attack with citrus and mango but then mid-sip it really fell flat. Not much in the finish and in a second or two it was gone. After a few more sips it was pretty clear this didn't quite live up to the original promise (always tricky with DIPAs). Not much of a malt profile to carry it through which was a bit of a surprise.

M - surprisingly light on the tongue and with very little endurance. Not much booziness.

D - drinkable, but lacking a bit of character sadly.

This was nice to try, but I wouldn't really recommend it as it didn't maintain its character throughout the drink. Decent, but not great.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted May 6th 2011 (from notes)

Poured into a La Chouffe tulip

A - a swampy, merky, Orangeish color, one finger white head and no lacing

S - pungent, sour and a bit sweet, flowers, grass, tree bark, wheat, sweet yeast, malty and toasty

T - orange, tangerine, alcohol, yeast, wheat, toasted grains, very malty, flowers, lots of hops and a tad sweet

M - chewy, medium acidity, long finish, balancedish

D - drinks big. ABV is decent at 8%, but drinks bigger. A couple of 22's could get you stoned

Final thought - 2nd total wine exclusive beer I have had that is decent or better

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Photo of ummswimmin
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, so it came as a nice surprise to see Pike in New Jersey. Not only that, but it came at a bargain price.

I poured the beer from a bomber with a friend. After pouring his first, I could smell the hops from across the table.

Nothing about this beer could be considered subtle. The hops come over the top in the taste as well. I get a lot of pine and citrus.

The coloring is great and there was a lot of foam.

One downside was that this beer left "dry mouth" after drinking. I had to follow this beer with a lot of water.

I like the culture in this brewery, and it comes through in their beers. Please pick up a bomber if you come across one in the store.

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Photo of TCgoalie
3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 5/4/11

A - Cloudy, no head with a touch of lace near the top.

S - Very malty with a pinch of pine.

T - Piney hop DIPA with plenty of malt backing. Decent taste but not very complex.

M - Medium in the mouth with ample carbonation.

O - A middle of the road DIPA.

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