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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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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 biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, a new addition to the Pike canon in Wild Rose Country - show yo' stuff...

This beer pours a cloudy orange-brown colour, with one finger of thin creamy pale beige head, which leaves a cumulus strata of lace around the glass as it quickly dissipates. It smells of bitter orange, pineapple, and tangerine, and sweet caramel/toffee malt. The taste is bready caramel malt, and grapefruit and pine hops, with a bit of soft alcohol warming. The carbonation is fairly sedate, the body average weight for the style, and it finishes off-dry, and even, with a bit of lingering caramel sweetness battling the rising bitter tropical fruit hoppiness.

Right up my alley - a well balanced, yet still pungent and tangy, WC IIPA.

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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 oberon
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured nto an imperial nonic a slightly dull and hazed burnt orange tinged golden with a nice tight fluffy white head that stuck like glue to the glass leaving multiple rings of lace as it settled very slowly.Somewhat muted citric and resiny hop aromas,a tinge of caramel and sweet alcohol as well.Flavors are nice but dont pack alot of punch,alcohol dipped tangerine and some resiny qualities,the caramel and alcohol sweetness comes into play more as it warms but never really effects the drinkability.Not a bad DIPA,if it packed a bit more punch on the palate it would be stellar in my opinion.

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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light creamy 1 finger head that leaves a slight lacing and fades semi slowly to a light head covering. It's a very hazy dark orange maple colored.

N: Piney fresh musty fresh hops really hit first. A slight earthy hop aroma with more citrus, orange peel, fruit and juicy hop aroma, with some light malty sweet aroma too. The fruit besides orange includes some peach, tangerine, and apricot.

T: Some musty hop flavor, fresh hops but not very much. Some pine, citrus, little orange peel, and chewy earthy hops. Spicy hops too, but not as heavy as I thought. It is semi bitter though and has some juicy flavors too. Then some malty sweetness and semi thick. A touch of warming booze but not much.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation.

F: A little more bitter but still not what I thought it would become. Some lingering spicy hops, little pine, musty hops, citrus, tangerine, juicy flavors, and earthy hops. Some lingering sticky sweetness too. Overall not bad for an IPA, but a DIPA it's more on the borderline. It has a touch of booze and sweetness as well as thickness, but the hops just don't come through as much as a DIPA should IMHO.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pike Place Double IPA
22 oz. bottle. There appears to be a batch # on the label, either 218 or 21B.

Appearance: Slightly hazy deep-amber orange body beneath a frothy head of white. The head retention and lacing are very good, and it leaves walls of very thin lace about the glass as it goes.

Smell: Medium caramel malt and citrusy, grassy, and floral hops. I question whether there's really enough aroma here as a "Double IPA".

Taste: Caramelish malt greets you at the front of the mouth, with citrusy hops rising as you approach the middle. There's some spicy alcohol as well. The bitterness reaches its peak, although it doesn't seem like 80 BU's while the malt is still present, and then the malt fades rather quickly at the swallow. In the finish everything vanishes for a moment, and then the bitterness begins to return (now showing its full strength), followed by residual leafy, grassy, and floral hops with a little bit of citrus rind.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy smooth with lots of malt dextrins and a moderate carbonation.

Overall: A solid double IPA that straddles the fence between English and American hops (all double IPA's , of course, are American in style). More hops in the nose would be nice, but it's certainly OK as it is; and at the price you can't beat it.

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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 Duff27
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Half inch white frothy head on top of a orange/light red hued DIPA dandy. Clumpy lacing and good lacing.

S- F yeah! I love that smell! Pineapples and citrus!

T- WoooEEEE. Citrus to the max mayne. My favorite kind of DIPA...reminiscent of Dreadnaught. Good bitterness with enough sweetness to balance it out.

M- Medium mouthfeel, biting carbonation.

D/O- Underrated here on BA, I'll say that much. Enjoyed this one a lot, hard to understand the ratings I'm seeing here. I don't know about seeking this one out in trades but if this appears in your radar and you're a fan of the style, jump on it. Great introduction to Pike for me.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Maltzilla for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice cloudy golden yellow/orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is slightly hoppy, malty, with some citrus. The taste is hoppy, bitter, slightly sweet, malty, with some citrus. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad DIPA, but there are better ones out there.

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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 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 barleywinefiend
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy golden amber color with good carbonation and a small white head

S: Nose is floral, citrus, pine and dry.

T: Taste is is a nice bitterness from beginning to end, caramel malt, pine and floral, good booze, pretty balanced and a very big perfumey type IPA.

M: Very big beer, lots bittering here. Mouthfeel is heavy

D: Good, a palate slayer

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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 beertunes
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in straight pint glass at the Green Frog Cafe in Bellingham, WA. Poured a cloudy orangeish/amber color with about an inch of off-white head that dissipated quicker than expected, but left an above average amount of lacing.

The aroma was a pleasant blast of pine followed with a hint of citrus. The flavors were similar, with more of the citrus noticeable on the end. There was enough malt to give a solid foundation for the hops, but this beer was not sweet at all.

The body was solid and supported the hops well. Drinkability was surprisingly easy for an ImpIPA, not really smooth but not a palate wrecker either.

Overall a very good example of this style, perhaps not spectacular, but most pleasant. Worth seeking out, and worth enjoying as much as possible. From I was told by a brewery rep, this brew is going to be going into the yearly release rotation, I hope this becomes true.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bomber poured into tulip mar30 2010

A fairly orange in color with lots of suspended particles slowly moving around my glass, no visible carbonation and a fast falling thumbs width of head that left no lace

S grapefruit and tangerine with a spicy floral aspect to it with just a tad of toffee, this was the highlight of this beer for me

T a little more spice and a little less citrus but not to far from the smell, I pick up on some booze but its well concealed considering its strength

M quite the bite to it and I`m not sure where the carbonation comes from, not a big amount by any means but considering I could see zero carbonation I was pleased

D I rather liked this beer and could see myself drinking it again, went down a little quick for 8%alc but what can you do

good length on this beer I could taste it for a while after swallowing it. I can`t think of a reason for you not to try this beer its a solid DIPA worthy of your opinion

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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 Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big ol' deep pour, ample head. Almost brown, deep auburn burnt orange. Lots of caramel lookin'. Aroma is kinda on the alcohol side.

Taste is massively mouth puckering, Hopsickle came to mind. Does have that Pike general flavor to it (a good thing). This is a palate wrecker. Big in every way, malt, hops, bitterness. The hop feel is more cascade than any of the new styles. Not so piney more citrus. A real challenge, also similar to fresh Bigfoot.

$10 a bomber hurts it on the drinkability scale, as well as just the challenge of the beer.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a light golden orange with a copper tint, a thin layer of head leaving no real lacing. There is very little visible carbonation.

S - Lemon citrus and pine hops, with a slight scent of sweet onion (weird, I know). The scent could have been a little stronger as it came off a little on the weak side.

T - Much like the scent, lemon citrus and pine hops. I found this one particularly bitter on the finish, and it left a bit of a sweet alcohol flavour on your tongue as well.

M - Was a bit on the syropy side and lacked in the carbonation department. By no means terrible, but I think a little more carbonation would help make it much smoother.

D - Overall, quite a pleasantly drinkable double IPA. At 8% it's surprisingly drinkable and rather refreshing. The scent was a little weaker than I was expecting, but all in all a worthy purchase for any IPA fan.

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

Strong aroma is quite hoppy with a firm citrus undertone that is equal parts grapefruit and orange. It pours an attractive clear coppery amber with a thick, if not persistent, pale tan head. Flavor is hoppy and rather bitter, with a surprisingly strong grapefruit/sour orange component that almost overshadows the hops. Texture is smooth as almond milk and nicely fizzy, leaving a tingly and slightly hop-bitter finish. This is not the best Imperial/Double IPA I have had, but it is worthy of a try.

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Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber courtesy of riversideAK poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark, hazy amber with a big fluffy off-white head that recedes slowly and leaves a solid cap on top with some solid lacing. There's plenty of sediment that settles at the bottom and things clear up a little as it warms.

The aroma is big on sweet citrus fruits, orange and tangerines especially, with a fairly pungent soapy smell overall. The malts are in there but pretty subdued in the nose with a hint of caramel and biscuit.

The taste has the same slightly astringent citrus flavor up front, with lots of sweet citrus and hints of floral hops. The malt seems to come through a little more than the aroma and the caramel malts are clearly in there supporting the hops. The finish brings the floral hops back with a slightly sticky sap-filled finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation and full of sticky hop oils which linger on the palate.

This is a very nice DIPA from Pike and very drinkable for the style. I like the big sweet citrus presence in both the nose and taste but it's not so overpoweringly bitter as to limit the drinkability. Well done.

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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 LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to scrizzz. Pours a hazy deep orange/ruby with a small off-white head. Aroma of sweet citrus hops, resiny hop oils, and heavenly tropical fruits. Flavor of resiny hops, a bit more malty in the flavor, with grassy and citrusy hops finish. Pretty solid IIPA.

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Photo of hopdog
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle acquired in trade with riversideAK (thanks!).

Poured a medium and slightly hazy amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of floral hops, some pine, and citrus. A little toasty as well. Tastes of citrus, caramel, and lighter floralness. Light to medium alcohol in the finish.

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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 snaotheus
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a large stein

Pours a grayish dark amber, moderately cloudy, looks a little gelid, little head or carbonation, but what there is tends to stick to the glass as some fair lacing. Smell is quite noticeable and pleasant, honey and flowers and of course hops.

Taste is very hoppy (which is exactly what I'm in the mood for tonight) with a nice chamomile tea sweetness and strong bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thick, heavy, a little sticky, very pleasant, very chewy.

Very drinkable. Nice beer. Will have again.

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