Pike Doubble Troubble DIPA | The Pike Brewing Company

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Pike Doubble Troubble DIPAPike Doubble Troubble DIPA

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 170 |  Reviews: 74
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 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 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 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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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 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 froghop
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy orange with a thin beige head, and good lacing.

smell of grapefruit, a touch of caramel, and some spice.

taste is of grapefruit hops, caramel, a little roastiness, and some pine, end is dry and very bitter.

overall a very nice double IPA.

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Photo of juhl31
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this was brought home by adam who was a visitor of seattle for awhile.

-the appearance is decent, but nothing cool or crazy like some doubles are

-not a lot of smell going on. some alcohol actually

-good. not great or anything. pretty run or the mill for a double, but not bad by any means

-little alcohol up in it.

-havent eaten in a bit so kinda drunk. quite drinkable though

sounded/looked cooler than it turned out. but not bad

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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 jujubeast6000
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed 6/5/2009 (Draft at Brouwer's, Seattle, TX):

Pours a somewhat cloudy light brown colored body, with a small creamy off-white colored head. Has a very hoppy, bitter aroma, citrusy, but weakish. A nice citrusy, dry hoppy aroma. Has a malty taste. Bitter dry taste.

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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 blackc5
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served two 12oz'ers at Pike Brewery during happy hour. According to the bartender, after he sampled a taste himself, this was the third batch.

A - Served with a nice one finger head, that definitely lingers for quite awhile. A translucent orange amber, fairly dark. Lots of small-bubble lacing on this one.

S - Very floral and citrusy. Some pine and a bit of the caramel malts. Very strong aromas - smells quite awesome.

T - Starts off great. First sip I thought I was drinking a slightly less sweet version of Pliny. Loads of citrus (grapefruit and orange both for sure) and floral hoppiness. Pretty outstanding. The finish and aftertaste is a bit more bitter compared to Pliny, but good nevertheless. A very good DIPA no doubt.

M - Very refreshing yet very dry finish. Perfect carbonation - alcohol well hidden.

D - Just tasty overall - a great DIPA. The 8% sneaks up though so you definitely can't session this. Two of these over an hour was quite enough. That said, for a big brew the D is high.

A great effort from Pike - they are back on their game. I hope they make this a permanent addition.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange color with a small white head.

Scent of piny, soapy, oily hops, strong citrus and a hint of caramel. Great scent, very hop forward.

Taste of piny soapy hops, citrus, perfume and some caramel. A tasty West Coast IIPA.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

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

22oz bottle ordered from Malt & Vine into a DFH Signature glass pours a crisp bubbly dark orange with a nice frothy khaki head that diminishes to a thin layer and leaves spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is noticeable from the moment I started pouring, loads of pine hops and caramel malts. The taste is avery nice balance of pine hops and sweet caramel malts that quickly gives way to a nice sweet finish. The beer has a nice dryness and decent carbonation that leaves you craving the next sip. This is a very enjoyable brew, I would love to try more of Pike's beers.

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

Big thanks to scream4me for this awesome extra.

Poured out of a bomber into a snifter, this beer has a very typical amber/orange effervescent glow for the style. Thin white bubbly head with minimal oily lacing.

This beer smells awesome. Hoppy and sweet citrus, more orange than grapefruit with no noticeable malt.

This beer is a hop bomb from start to finish, bitter and citrus orange and lemon, just as it smelled. It is nice to drink something that doesn't try to be balanced, its just a straight up hoppy beer, very nice. The beer is smooth and dry, with barely any alcohol presence, something I could drink more than one glass of definitely.

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

Pint consumed at Bennidito's in Spokane for $4.50. First time I'd heard of it. I'm not a huge Pike's fan, as everything I tried from them after the most recent ownership change seemed to have dropped in quality. I was originally going to have another IPA that was listed on their board, but my server informed me it was out and suggested this instead. Turned out to be an inspired substitution.

Hazy, honeyish amber colored, with a bone-white foam top that dropped gradually. Lots and lots of lace were left on the sides of the glass.

The scents of piney and citrusy hop flavors vie for the attention of the quaffer (not certain that's even a word), with the citrusy portion winning out. Caramel-ish malts are in the background, but this is the hops' show.

Taste is much like the nose. Piney and fruity hop flavors fight it out on the tastebuds, and while the citrus flavors of the latter are stronger, the former provides a slow burn in the background. Deeper in that background is a sweet maltiness that keeps the hops from spinning out of control. The 8% abv is well hidden. Bone dry at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a sticky, resiny mouthfeel. This is perhaps where it's most obvious that you're drinking a DIPA.

Enjoyed drinking this very much, so much that I had a second glass. I wouldn't have wanted a third, though, as it was just a little too fruity-sweet for much sessioning. That, and the 8%abv would have made the ten-block walk downhill to home perhaps a tad too interesting if I had much more of it!

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

Purchased and consumed bottle on 4/30/09, excited to do the first review.

Pours wonderful amber with delicious looking slightly off-white head that slowly dissipates. Smell has a pleasant pine that is eventually crowded out by a wonderful hop smell. Taste is bitter off the front, and the hops dominate, though hints of pine and citrus are there. Perfect amount of carbonation and thickness, and the citrus taste is what remains as the rest fades. Despite the bitter, hoppy nature of the drink, it was highly enjoyable and very drinkable. I could certainly go for another, and very well might this weekend.

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