Pike Doubble Troubble DIPA | The Pike Brewing Company

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170 Ratings
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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 tfsimpkins
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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 clydefromiceland
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of towlea25
3/5  rDev -20.8%

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 AlaskanYoung
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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 twelveinches
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Finatic
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of CoryR
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of projhex
3/5  rDev -20.8%

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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Photo of MAB
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap now (June 23, 2011) at Hop-In Brew.
My pint was extremely foamy but it was the first pour of the day so I'll excuse that. Color is light brown/ copper.
This beer went down so quickly, I thought that someone was stealing sips from it when i wasn't looking.
Taste is fabulous. Some malty body but fresh tasting hops on top of it followed by a lovely hoppy finish.
I'm going to help kill off the keg of this one, for certain.

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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 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 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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Pike Doubble Troubble DIPA from The Pike Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 170 ratings.
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