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 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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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a merky amber with a thin white head that has large bubbles. Ok lacing.

Aroma isn't much. Smells malty. Little bit of citrus hops.

Taste is the same. Too malty. Bit of citrus hop flavor. Slight hop bite in the finish. Needs more hops for a double IPA.

Mouthfeel is too thick and malty. Needs a bit more carb too.

Overall not an awesome DIPA but it's ok. But with what's available to me I prob won't buy this one again.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange and mostly clear with a bit of haze, a good head and pretty good lacing.

Smells of citrus, pine, hops and some malts, although the aroma is pretty subdued.

Taste is bold and hoppy, quite hoppy indeed, with a nice piney grapefruit flavor, along with a generous helping of maltiness.

Heavy drinking and quite bitter.

Overall it's a pretty nice DIPA. No complaints here, would like to try more from this brewery.

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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 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 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 jampics2
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Pike Pub and Brewery in Seattle. Served by a most excellent bartender with a bald head in a pint glass for around $5.

The beer looks decent in the glass. The biggest issue I had with the appearance is the haze - I'd like a bit more clarity in my double IPA, especially if it's coming from the West Coast. But the copper-orange colored beer looks nice and has a white head that quickly recedes to a film. Not enough lace either. That being said, this is appetizing enough.

The smell is full of citrus notes from the hops, balanced by a full malt note. There's some grapefruit and orange, plus some sugar and a touch of booze. Overall the expression is great, but the malt could be toned down a bit as I found it distracted from the hop aromas, which should be the stars of the show.

The taste has much of the same going on. There's some huge notes of grapefruit, orange, and pineapple. The bitterness peaks just as the malty base becomes known. It has good balance between malt and hops, but the malt is a bit "wet" and slightly old tasting. I appreciate the fact this isn't another Pliny clone, but I could stand a bit more emphasis on the hops. A bit of booze emerges at the end, but is relatively well hidden.

The mouthfeel of Pike's Double IPA is probably the best part of the beer. It's medium bodied with a nice carbonation that lets it be creamy without becoming sticky or syrupy. This beer was enjoyable and would satisfy a drinker's hop fix. But, for me, the West Coast style just works better without so much caramel.

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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 CampusCrew
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: more on the golden apprearnce with
a little red glow, not much.

smell: huge hop aroma, lost of pine

taste: big balanced ipa with loaded pine flavors, amzing

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: amazingly under-rated, great hop head beer for on a budget.

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

Poured vigorously into a Dogfish Head Pint Glass.

Dark amber/orange color- very cloud, this looks like an unfiltered brew. VERY thick 2 finger head that very slowly morphed int a stick thick lace with excellent retention.

Hop smell up front, hint of pine and sweet bread. Subtle hint of toffee. Very full hop taste up front, softens a bit on the finish. The first mouthful elicited a pleasant 'wow' as the hop taste starts with a light punch. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is a bit lighter, even though the taste is full. Better put, it's a full body ale but not as full as I was expecting from a DIPA.

I like this double- very drinkable, and a very good example of a craft double IPA.

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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 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 vgarneth
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pike is one of the breweries that makes great value brews. This Seasonal Double India Pale Ale was quite delicious. Enjoyed one with my BA Buddy, y2korey, this evening. Poured with a nice color, decent nose, tasted and drank damn good, and had a good mouthfeel.

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Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy amber into a brandy snifter.
Beautiful tight head. Small bubbles. 2" head that retains well.
Very hop forward with nice citrus taste that finishes very tart.
It has good complexity and is a very enjoyable DIPA that doesn't drain the wallet.
I will definitely buy a few more to have on hand.

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Photo of youradhere
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear orange, thick white head that leave chunky lacing. Aromas of sweet tangerine and pine. Taste is bitter/sweet initially; hop bite followed by mellow tangerine fruitiness and slight pine resin. Carbonation is perfect, mouthfeel is perfect. This is definitely a good one to pick up, while not the top, it is up there.

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Photo of mwill7287
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz. bottle into pint glass.

A: Murky, fairly opaque. Orangish color. Sediment settled at the bottom of the glass.

S: Not pungent, relatively toned down for an IPA. Standard floral-type smell for IPAs.

T: Fruity, but less marked compared to other IPAs. More mild in hops, yet complex/richer taste.

M: Mildly bitter, well-carbonated.

D: Doesn't sit heavily/fill one up. Not overly substantial.

As with deafcat, perfect when paired with some sharp cheddar cheese and light crackers.

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Photo of deafcat
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11/4/10 - poured from 22oz bomber into pint glass

Appearance - dark amber, murky, slight head quickly dissipates.

Smell - not much in the smell department, pretty underwhelming. Hint of citrus, maybe.

Taste - Grapefruit, not too hoppy for a dipa, nor as much alcohol in the taste for a higher ABV.

Mouthfeel - feels great. pretty light for dipa, which makes it swirl around pretty well

drinkability - not one to sip on these dipas all night, but this one is definitely a possibility. very drinkable, not too overwhelming, but still flavorful enough.

Overall a great brew. Paired this with some nice mild-sharpness vermont cheddar. Will definitely be checking this out again when I head back to Seattle.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

At the pike brewing company, a place with steller atmosphere. Wiseman Justin reporting on Saturday July 24, 2010:

Appearance: Nice head initially, head retention is low but the surface remains cloudy. Lacing looks good. Body is a cloudy amber. Me likes (4.0)

Smell: I'm getting the things I like in an IPA. Hops of course, water on pine. They served it in a straight pint glass but the smell is pretty good. I like what's here and that's all I'm going to say (4.0)

Taste: Creamy! Smooth and hoppy. The taste is very light which I'm starting to think is a trend in I2PA's. Eveyrone has not been the hop bomb I was expecting. For the style though I'm really enjoying this one. It's exactly what I want right now. The first taste is hops, citrus, and pine. It ends with a hint of green olives. (4.0)

Mouthfeel: It is so creamy and smooth. A really nice feel that compliments the taste very well. The carbonation is spot on. It's even a little chewy. For an I2PA I haven't experienced better than this (5.0)

Drinkability: Not much to say, I bought another bottle to enjoy in the future but I'll probably never get a chance to drink it on tap again. (4.5)

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Photo of deaconoflove
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ap. Cloudy golden brown with a small head. I like the hazy golden color.
Sm. Pleasantly sweet and malty with some citris in the back. Hint of butterscotch?
Ta. Nice blend and balance of malt and hops with a good bitter finish.
Mf. Nice body. Mild carbonation.
Dr. Very easy going.

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Photo of philbertk
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Double IPA Double India Pale Ale--Seattle Beer Week May 7-17 Commemorative 2009--2009 Release--22 oz. Bottle--8.00% ABV--80 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) IPA--Imperial--Thin lacy touch off white head. Cloudy no sediment bright orange gold color. Rich floral herbal grassy pine hop front. Crisp tangy mild sweet caramel fruit ester citrus grapefruit malty body. Rich hop citrus spice balanced mild EtOH end. Rich fresh zesty brew. Sampled 4/27/2009. $6.49 Each.

Pike Double IPA Double India Pale Ale--2010--22 oz. Bottle. 8.00% ABV. 80 IBU's. (3.5 / 5.0) IPA--Imperial. Off white very thin no lace head. Loose fruity sediment. Pretty cloudy bright orange color. Malty floral sweet pine caramel fruit hop front. Sweet fruity malty resinous caramel sediment fruity estery body. EtOH hint bitter lingering crusty dry citrus hop resin end. Going fruity fast. Sampled 5/5/2010. $5.99 Each.

Resampled 5/6/2010. Fruity notes were muted in the two bottles tasted. Smoothly cloying hop infused rich malt body and crisp bitter satisfying smooth end. (4.0 / 5.0).

On Draft @ Pike Pub May 9th, 2010. 2-12 oz. Drafts. Clear bright rich gold color. Light lacy white head. Huge floral earthy Chinook? hop front. Big resin infused sweet caramel chewy body. Smooth too easy rich clean balanced hop spice end. Very fresh and zesty on tap. Delicious. (4.25 / 5.0)

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

Hazed orangey brown, darker core, tangerine highlights. Creamy cream colored head. Sticky organic laces.

Slightly herbal, lemon, and orange. A pale wheat cracker. some yeastiness.

Bitter citrus, lemon and orange, herbal hops. pale wheat crackery malt. no toastiness. yeast, some pear ester. biting citrus twang and herbal bitterness.

dry, sticky, med body, slightly astringent

drinakble, but no where close to the best of the style, a decent tasty citrusy bottle conditioned DIPA.

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