Saison Houblon | The Pike Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by NWer on 07-06-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
93
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
12.77%
 
 
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1
Gots:
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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of elglueckert
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IPAchris
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Kmat10
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HerbGuy42
4.69/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of archyquaffer
2.4/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served from a bomber into a pilsener sampling glass. The head is somewhat sticky, with big bubbles. The beer is hazy, and of a pale golden color.

This smells like a hop bomb- grassy grassy, or rather like a musty hay bale. The flavor is over the top bitter, and barely allows any yeasty flavors to come through. Astringent aftertaste with a dry funky finish.

This beer is a mess. It is WAY too hoppy for the style, and the hops and funk clash so badly that it is barely drinkable.

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Photo of cts309
4.24/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of andrenaline
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Props to joemcgrath27 for this treat. Pours a pale hazy golden colour, two thumbs of huge soapy head with relentless retention and sporadic lacing. Nose is fruity bubblegum hops, and tart citrus rind.uch like the nose with tart citrus rind and fruity yeast esters, hints of bubblegum and candied lemon drops linger. Lighter bodied with loads of carbonation and a touch of dryness on the finish. I thoroughly enjoyed this brew, loads of fruity saison with the perfect balance of hops. Well done.

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Photo of Corson
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zeledonia
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted 4 June 2015. Pike was one of the breweries that got me into craft. Recently moved back to Seattle, and trying out a few beers I've not had before.

This is a rich, juicy, flavorful saison, full of sweet blooming yeast aromas. It's a little too bitter for my tastes - I know the name says so, but I don't think hops generally add much to saisons. Otherwise tasty.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChugMan
2.99/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A - Huge foamy head left tons of lacing. Great! Clear golden orange body + tiny bubbles
S - After an initial blast of Budweisery-ness, the aroma settled to familiar saison territory: yeasty, cracked baguette crust, somewhat sweet. Granulated sugar and rainbow bell peppers. Nice.
T - Too bland for the style. Uniformly bitter. Green pepper, clove, baguette. A bit of fusel also? Hmm.
M - Carbonation is nice, afterfeel is sticky, annoying.
O - This is a hopped-up pilsner barely passing for farmhouse. Cripes, did I get an old bottle? Where's the funk? The floral? The CHARACTER? Boring but not totally offensive, and the great presentation makes this a decent stepstone to stronger examples of the style.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle. Nice to see this venerable PAC-NW brewery back in business, at least as far as Alberta distribution goes.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with a consistent rising effervescence, and a teeming tower of puffy, broadly foamy, and shiny ecru head, which leaves some chunky hovering cloud lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of bready, mildly doughy pale malt, zesty yeast, mild coriander and black and white pepper spice, a twinge of sour lemon, and tame earthy, leafy, and lightly grassy hops. The taste is gritty, grainy pale malt, a further dry crackery character, still edgy yeast, mixed and matched peppercorns, a waning clove/coriander thing, and an adequately bitter leafy, weedy, and grassy hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite active in its probing and polling, fizzy and frothy twin axe attack, the body a solid middleweight for the style, and sort of smooth, I suppose, that acerbic Belgian yeast taking few prisoners, it would seem. It finishes off-dry, the inherent and complex-ish malt doing well to keep the yeast and hops from running too far away with it all.

A decent rendition of a farmhouse ale, the old-world sensibilities really hard to ignore (not that I was trying), and quite drinkable, the 13-proof alcohol not even yet arrived to the party. Worthy of a go, certainly, and not overly hopped, as one might have been expecting.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a plastic Oregon Brewer's Festival tulip sampler. Pours a lovely gold color, crisp and clear, with a billowy head that lingers. The nose is malty and grassy. There are hints of caramel in the background. The taste follows suit. All in all, this medium bodied brew doesn't disappoint for the price. Cheers!

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Photo of chad_e_martin
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of erickc
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RenzoD
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sort of a different approach to a Saison IMO. Has the fruity aromas, and the full bodied, hazy look with a very bubbly head. Taste is pretty basic upfront but the finish is very dry, almost bitter hoppiness. Im certainly no expert to the style but I can tell that it is a pretty unique finish for a farmhouse. I enjoyed the beer and recommend trying it. It isnt bad.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.96/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a huge foamy head on a clear light straw body.
The aroma is honey, wildflowers and a little mint. Nice
The taste is honey sweet, an odd bitterness and hay.
The texture is soft.
It has a weird flavor finish, but it's fine.

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Photo of Moose90
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pike Saison Houblon
22 oz. brown glass bottle, no freshness dating
$3.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Appearance: Very hazy, almost cloudy golden amber body beneath a frothy head of off-white. Head retention and lacing are quite good. Standard sized bubbles can be seen racing towards the surface.

Aroma: Spicy, yeasty. Black pepper and some coriander and clove. Light, slightly sweet golden malt. Herbal and grassy hops.

Flavor: Fruity and floral upfront with a bit of sharpness. Some chalky yeastiness and peppery spiciness steps in, backed by some plastic and clove-like phenols. Hops linger behind those notes at the start, but then immediately appear midway. They're leafy, herbal, floral, grassy, and somewhat minty. It instantly dries at the swallow as the sweetness of the malt is removed and the spiciness and hops are left behind. Its floral component rises, and a solid bitterness lingers amidst spiciness and grassy and herbal hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp-yet-smooth with a slightly lower than standard carbonation level.

Overall: Fairly nice in general but a little "blocky". The components work together, but they're perhaps a little too full and stand out too much on their own rather than combining into a more unified flavor.

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Photo of Takezo
2.99/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A bit anemic on the pallet, I expected more from the beer considering the touted IPA finish in the description.

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Photo of Brew1fish
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

A bit hoppy for this style,,I like it

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Photo of Alpha309
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of brentk56
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a frothy head that makes it look like a pilsener; plenty of splashy lacing lingers

Smell: Grassy, with herbaceous coriander tones and a hint of caramel

Taste: Very herbaceous, up front, with strong coriander tones melding into grassy bitterness; the two angular flavor profiles clash through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I kept going back and forth on this beer; first admiring the bold flavors and then becoming concerned by the lack of balance; ultimately, it is an interesting experiment that needs a bit more finesse to pull off

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Photo of Jgldillon
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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Saison Houblon from The Pike Brewing Company
3.68 out of 5 based on 93 ratings.
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