Pike Doubble Troubble DIPA | The Pike Brewing Company

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Pike Doubble Troubble DIPAPike Doubble Troubble DIPA
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
170
Reviews:
74
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
12.14%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
12
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 170 |  Reviews: 74
Photo of MrOH
2.12/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light amber with a thin white head, ok lace

Light citrusy hops with a hint of basil? a touch of pine, malt underneath it all

the grapefruit, pine and basil are all there, but all subdued. Can definitely taste the alcohol, and at 8%, that's a big no-no for me.

just kinda sits in the mouth, and with the alcohol, it's not very pleasant

Not a fun beer to drink, and I won't buy again

Maybe it's old, no dating on bottle that I can see.

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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 Liverpool08
2.59/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A nice dark orange, with a nice white head. Aroma is hops, but not much else. Taste is flat. I know that cask beer is low in carbonation and smoother then other styles. But this one is just bland. No great Hop hit or any great citrus. A very bland flat brew. Maybe a bad cask, but just not a great offering.

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Photo of tdatt43
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of GarrettB
2.8/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I’ve never sat under an iconic green library lamp and studied the official BJCP guidelines, and I’ve never been one to hold beer styles and definitions close to my heart. I am not a valiant defender of the descriptions we’ve used to fence the proverbial Marxian sheep into their strict guidelines, and have never suffered the revolutionary pangs of a beer unwilling to sit in one style or another. But I am a great fan of patterns and recognizing them, and am a product of an education system that, at the very least, helped me learn to love the pattern. Here’s one pattern: double IPAs are sweet. It would be mendacious of me to claim I know why or whether double IPAs are sweet. But I do know that they are regularly sweet, and it seems to be a hard habit of their’s to kick. And yet here is a double IPA that desperately lacks sugars. The Pike Double IPA is a rough IPA, and kicks like a mule on the way down, but feels much closer to a typical American IPA than it does a Double IPA. The aroma features dominant notes of minerals and a nice, crisp slice of apple, with a slightly more complicated flavor on the tongue - lots of metallic notes, lighter touches of floral hops, but an uneasy flatness in the mouthfeel and a lazy palate. The hard edge of alcohol mutes what flavors there are, leaving a high alcohol and moderately hoppy IPA with little else vouching as flavor. No doubt the BJCP guidelines say nothing about Double IPAs being sweet, and purists will bristle at my lazy dismissal of a proper review of the guidelines, but even considering that, this is a flat and unexciting beer - drinkable, yes, but featureless too.

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Photo of projhex
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of ericj551
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of dkw0063
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of towlea25
3/5  rDev -20.8%

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 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 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 IronDjinn
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a cloudy amber, tight fluffy cream-coloured head with good retention.

Citrus and floral notes on the nose, faint dandelion greens, very faint caramel malt.

Spicy herbal hops up front in the flavour, alcohol warmth is immediately present, some sugary sweetness. White grapefruit pith on the finish along with herbal greens. It all doesn't seem to come together and gel, not as cohesive as it could be.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, a bit slick and slippery.

As mentioned above it lacks a sense of cohesion, just a lot of hops all going off in their own direction, while the malt lacks character and comes across as ubiquitous sweetness instead. Pike is capable of doing much better than this.

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Photo of unHipHopHead
3.23/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: A nice thick head that eventually settles to a quarter inch. A great cloudy medium orange amber hue.

S: smells sweet, hints of sweet baked goods, maybe some medium range hops peeking through.

T: mostly sweet malts upfront for the first few tastes... very surprised that it took a few sips to discover the hops, especially for a double ipa. certainly no tongue biting hops in this one, mostly sweetness and malts to create a pretty balanced rendition of a double ipa.

M: very thick, a bit of grit from the sugar. some oils, the finish is pretty clean.

D: a pretty heavy brew, one of these will pretty much do you for a while.

Notes: overall a very sweet and sugary beer. probably a good one for the winter months as you won't want to do much after consuming one of these.

I was honestly expecting much more out of this beer.

The initial impression was too sweet, too sugary for my taste.

Others might really enjoy this beer but for me it was not as piney or as hoppy as I expected.

That being said, if you take your time with this brew and sip it you will slowly discover all the delicate notes and flavors... The piney notes sneak up and hit you towards the end.

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Photo of Abarhan
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of jvodom
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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 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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Photo of dedrinker
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper/ amber color, hazy.

Aromas and flavors of resinous wood, herbals and alcohol.

medium-full body with a slightly hot finish where the sappy hops do an encore.

I was actually a bit disappointed with this as I quite liked their regular IPA, and so believed the double IPA would be twice the nice. But no. It was not so.

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Photo of soughtbygod
3.39/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inspired by the highly hopped beers from the west coast, our double IPA is truly a hophead's delight. Five varieties of American hops added throughout the boil create a wide range of flavors including pine and citrus, while generous dryhopping in the fermentor provides the distinct aroma of fresh hops. We guarantee that this is one of the freshest double IPA's available, giving you a great reason to drink local. 85 IBUs.

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Photo of dfitch81
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ordered a pint at the brewery with a hummus plate, which made a good pairing. But I digress - about the beer: this is not a bad brew at all, just underwhelming. Appearance was as it should be, a nice clear golden amber topped by a thin but persistent head. Citrusy, piney aroma of NW hops dominates the nose, though a hint of malt sweetness gets through. However, the scent is not nearly as powerful as in other doubles or imperials; in fact, some standard IPAs pack more hop aroma than this. And thus it is with the taste - again, pleasing but hardly a stand-out especially if compared with some of the more accomplished examples of the style or even some sigle/standard IPAs. Mouthfeel was OK, perhaps a smidge thin. The only area where this one really measures up as a double/imperial is in the ample 8% ABV. But for that high an ABV I want more intensity, dammit!

Underwhelming overall, which is all the more damning considering that ales of this style exist to probe beer's hoppiest outer limits.

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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 johnyb
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of woodchip
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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