Pike Pale Ale | The Pike Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Pike Brewing Company
Washington, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
151
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
21.61%
 
 
Wants:
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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 151
Photo of Pencible
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: This poured hazy copper with a little off-white head.
S: It smelled like light caramel malt and some copper hops. Generally weak.
T: It tasted like barley and light caramel malt, with some copper hops. Also generally weak, with a mild bitter aftertaste.
M: It was watery with some carbonation.
D: This was very bland and thin, which made it easy to drink but not at all rewarding. At least it was clean and unoffensive.

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Photo of woemad
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.19.

Poured an orangey copper color with a small white head. Lots of lacing and retained a foamy collar throughout.

Smell was odd for an American Pale Ale. Much more malty than I was expecting. Very "buttery" smell, with floral hops in the background.

Taste wa also a little odd. Not horrible, just odd. Malts are very dominant, with a sweet butter characteristic that could have used some toning down. Crisp hops come into play towards the end of the sip, but more subdued than I would have liked.

The mouthfeel was nothing remarkable,neither good nor bad.

Drinkability would depend on how much one is attracted to the expected characteristics of an America Pale Ale, especially one coming from the normally hoppy Northwest. I would rather have a Liberty Ale or an SN pale than this, but if you aren't into very much hoppiness, this could be worth searching out.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber into a pint glass (Bright red label).

Pike's Pale Ale pours nicely and builds a satisfying, sizable, creamy tan head. Nice retention and lacing left behind as the foam drops atop a clear, golden-copper body. Aroma largely consists of crisp, bready malts and a hint of fresh pine and floral notes from the hops. Nothing extravagant, but pleasant nevertheless.

Good flavor for a pale ale, with some citrus and herbal hops laying a slightly bitter smack on the front of the palate. Biscuit and a hint of caramel comprise the malt backbone and add a nice balance. Mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side and could use a stronger dose of carbonation to achieve a fuller body. Still, the drinkability is where it should be for the style...held up nicely during a hot summer BBQ in Austin.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a couple bottles of Pike Pale Ale in a specialty shop to taste review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a light brown/copper color and is hazy. A two-finger bubbly beige head forms and dissipates quickly to a few islands and a ring of foam on the surface of the beer. The head produces modest lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is fairly strong, hops, some malted grain, some spices unknown.

The taste is a well balanced combination of malt and hops. The flavor is mildly bitter, perhaps with the slightest hint of spice, pepper, or cinnamon. The flavors are a bit understated and could be a bit more robust.

Mouth feel is medium bodied, moderately carbonated and smooth.

This is a nice drinkable beer and I enjoyed it. I’d love to find a six-pack of Pike Pale Ale in a grocery store.

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Photo of SargeC
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Deep amber with a golden head.

Smell: Nice hop presence, buttery, citrus.

Taste: Apple and citrus with an inviting hop bitterness. Malt provides a stable baseline.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Adds good character to the brew.

Drinkability: Good amber beer. It is not too sweet and provides a good balance.

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Photo of hardy008
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Golden - amber color. Foamy head which left a nice lace in the glass.

Smell - Unmistakable cascade hops stand out.

Taste - Citrus and hops dominate. Bitter, some malt detectable.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with some bitterness.

Drinkability - A good example of a pale ale and quite drinkable.

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Photo of pootz
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle:

Pours a lightly hazed amber-gold with a off-white frothy cap that lasts and laces well.

Aroma is perfumey-floral-grapefriut with soft caramel tones

Chewy resinous hops in the front and in the middle with a substantial toasty-caramel malt undertone. Finish is bitter with a citrus flush.

Really well articulated west coast pale.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Shallow but refreshing.

They call this an "Heirloom Amber Ale," which is I think a fair name, though how that intersects with a "Pale Ale" I am not sure.

But anyway.

Pours amber with a mediocre head. The aroma is malty and straightforward. The flavor is toffeish, with a little herby hop and some slight bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is thick and slippery. Tasty.

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Photo of beertunes
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear, crisp medium golden amber with under a half-inch of just off-white head that had moderate retention and decent lacing.

The aroma was very well balanced, solid malts supporting some nice hops notes with neither dominating. On the tongue the same applies, some grainy malt, a bit of sweetness and a nice hop tingle on the finish.

The body is spot on, not full, heavy, light or sticky. Drinkability was very good, this could easily be your companion for a day long cookout or sports marathon.

Overall, a very nice beer. This won't blow you away, but it won't disappoint either. I'm guilty, as I suspect many others are, of overlooking this beer far too often. If you're just in the mood for a a good, solid beer that won't wear out your taste buds, this brew's for you.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Nice orangish-brown in color with a cool head. It didn’t froth up very much, less than an inch, but it lingered for quite a while and even left some lacing.

Smell – Hmm. Very different than the Naughty Nellie I just had, which is also a Pale Ale from the same brewery. I’m getting some spicing here, most notably cinnamon. The malt base is there but lighter and not as sweet. The hops are floral but much more relaxed. The aroma does need some time to come out as LBB was saying.

Taste – The hops dominate the taste, but everything is smooth and mellow. The malt fades into the background and that big spicing comes up front. The sweets are mostly refined sugars with some fruit such as apricot and maybe a bit of apple.

Mouthfeel – I liked the mouthfeel of this Pale Ale. It was medium in the body and very creamy. The excellent balance made this one smooth as silk.

Drinkability – I was kind of thrown off by the funky spicing, but otherwise this was not bad and would make a terrific session ale.

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Photo of draheim
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (packaged as The Pike Seattle Steam Ale, but confirmed to be their regular Pale Ale) poured into a tulip. Pours a gorgeous copper/amber color with a nice thick off-white head.

Aroma is nice piney citrusy grassy resinous hops - if I didn't know better I'd think this was an IPA.

Taste is nice, clean pale biscuity malt - less hops in the taste than the nose but still dominant. Nice crisp mouthfeel, thirst-quenching.

This is a solid NW pale ale; nothing flashy or unusual, just good and drinkable.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid, no-frills no-gimmicks APA. Decent pale amber colour coupled with a fairly well balanced malt smell.

Taste is good, but fairly decent. Typical pale malt with a gentle warming hop presence. Not as zesty as their Naughty Nellie, which I had before this.

Nice accompaniment to a meal, or even nachos and salsa.

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Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour gives a 0.3" off white head that slowly recedes, save for a small ring and layer on the surface. The beer is, as the bottle hints, a burnished copper in color. There seems to be some very slight haze.

smell: Smells delicious. Near perfect balance of nutty toasted and caramel malt aromas with a fresh hop aroma that reminds me of English varietals. Not much else to say, time to drink it.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium, and the body a lighter medium.

taste: Nice blend of nutty, slightly toasted caramel malt and hops. The moderate hop flavor seems like some type of English/American hybrid to my palate. A medium bitterness comes in toward the finish and lingers with a slight nutty flavor. Well balanced with good flavors, but nothing to rave about.

drinkability: easy

Brought to me from the brewery in Seattle

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blushing orangish amber with Orange Crush highlights, topped by a smallish head of ecru foam that pits like bubbling lava and hangs around at the thick disk stage for quite a while. Unfortunately, a few measly tatters of pocked lace are all that manage to stick to the glass.

The nose is unexpected in that malt is at least as prominent as hops. This beer is from Seattle, right? It just goes to show that not all left coast APAs are hop heavy. The caramel maltiness of the aroma is smudging the hops, so I won't even hazard a guess as to the specific varieties in use.

As the nose suggested it would be, Pike Pale is almost perfectly balanced on the palate (which makes it taste like a slightly hoppy amber ale rather than an APA). The flavor profile consists of a toasted caramel frame on which a modest amount of rather subdued hops are affixed. For some reason, the weakly citric fruity, mildly bitter hoppiness puts me in mind of Kent Goldings. Medium body/mouthfeel with an indifferent finish.

Pike Pale Ale is quality beer and deserves the scores I've granted. It would be much better beer, however, with a much greater hop load. Then again, wouldn't they all?

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Photo of tchenery
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer is a orange/reddish, light brown color. It's mostly orange though. It has a lace of a head, shows some carbonation, and looks very clean and crisp. It smells slightly grassy, slightly floral, and slightly malty. No smell overtakes this aroma and they're all very subtle. It was hard to pick up on any of them.

The taste is very malty upfront and on the tail end, with a spritzy bitter touch in the middle. It's mostly just a straightforward malt flavor though that is attempting a balancing act with the bitterness. The bitterness is compounded by the dry mouthfeel and aftertaste.

I'm not crazy about this beer, but it is extremely sessionable in my opinion, so points for that. I would have this with a cheeseburger for sure.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark copper in color with a light tan head.
Aroma is different for a pale ale and consists of caramel malt and floral hops.

Taste shows a good balance. This is far from a hoppy APA, more along the lines of an English bitter. Caramel, toffee malt backbone with floral, piney hops. The 2 play together well in this one. Smooth.

Mouthfeel just a tad thin.
Very easy going and drinkable.

Overall a solid pale ale. Would make a good session beer.

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Photo of philbertk
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Pale Ale--1998 22 oz. Bottle. 5.00% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Rich clear copper amber golden color. Buttery rich crystal malt body with hints of nuts and toffee. Light hop aroma and finish is just enough to accent wonderful body. Sampled 2/1/1999.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Pale Ale--1999 12 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV. (3.5 / 5.0) Touch of hops in front. Rich classic copper pale color. Hop profile is subdued and bested by crystal malt chalky body. Gutteral Hop finish. Certainly Unique. Sampled 1/1/1999.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Pale Ale--1999 Small Pike Logo 12 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) Luring rich clear bright copper color. Nutty malty front with light floral hop character. Nutty crisp crystal malt body asserts itself as brew warms but remains smooth and balanced. Light hop end. Sampled 6/17/1999.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Pale Ale--2003 12 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Mild lacy head. Hazy rich copper amber color. Rich floral Cascade hop front. Sweet creamy nutty caramel doughy biscuit malty Bottle Conditioned body. Rich clean balanced citrus hop end. Refreshing tasty tangy brew. Nice! Sampled 12/28/2003.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Pale Ale--2004 12 oz. Bottle. 5.30% ABV. 32 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Clear rich bright dark amber red color. Light lace head. Crisp mild floral hop malt fruit aroma. Tangy crusty biscuit sweet caramel toasted nut mild fruit citrus body. Cloying mild hop citrus end. Sampled 4/6/2004.

Renamed Pike Pale heirloom amber ale With 2006 Release.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Pale Heirloom Amber Ale--2006 Release--12 oz. Bottle--5.30% ABV--32 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Pale Ale--Nice lacy head. Clear bright thin rich amber color. Mellow malty floral hop front. Crisp malty mild sweet doughy caramel mild fruit citrus body. Crisp mild tangy hop spice thin citrus hint end. Balanced. Sampled 12/8/2006.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike Pale Ale. 5.00% ABV. 32 IBU's. Light head. Clear bright rich thin amber color. Mild Cascade Hop front. Malty doughy nutty chewy caramel biscuit classic NW Pale Ale body. Clean smooth mild hop spice end. (3.75 / 5.0) 5 oz. Taster On Tap @ Seattle, WA Pike Pub & Brewery 5/9/2010.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.84/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz picked up at the Boise Coop for about $1.45... poured into my New Belgium balloon... listening to iPod RIS party mix... Chemical Brother "Galvanize".

Hazy darker orange... topped by a good long lasting eggshell head... brew is a little dark for an American Pale ale.

Bready toasted malts and spicy English hops dominate the aroma but balanced very well... funky Pike House Yeast smell.

Body is a little big for an APA... good carbonation though... more toasted bread/sorta heavy caramel malts mid palate and spicy hops.... Good brew from Pikes... but something always bothers/intrigues me about Pike... they definately have a "house" flavor. It's not a bad thing... just interesting. Pike's APA has definate English overtones.

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Photo of engisch
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber orange with a slight haze likely from hop oils. Not much head, but it replenishes itself and creates nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Smells mostly sweet with just a hint of hops.

Tastes very nice. Sweet and herbal. A well done pale amber ale. Body is nice. The beer tastes better with every sip. I would definitely order this if I saw it.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. botle. Hazy copper color with tan head and good lacing. Aroma of malts, nuts and some odd fruit..maybe figs. I found this to be a very fdrinkable beer with a good taste and finish. I’ve always been a pale ale fan, and this one did not disappoint. My daughter brought this to GA for me from Portland, OR. I can only imagine how good a freshly poured draft would be, if I could find one.

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A slightly murky orange to copper color on the pour, the head mountainous in size, creamy in consistency, light tan in color with the residual lace a silky fine sheet to conceal the glass. A slight hint of hops, mostly sweet malt, fresh and pleasant to the senses this nose, with a sweet and rich malt start, the top is middling in feel to the palate. Finish prickly in its acidity, the hops spicy and the aftertaste dry as a desert bone, a nice middle of the road pale Ale, easy to drink.

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Photo of beals
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice amber-yellow.

S: Like the Naughty Nellie, also hard to pick out an aroma. Could be the serving temp (cold, sub 40).

T: Fruity/nutty malt. Fantastic tasting beer.

M: Low carbonation, a nice recognition of the british style.

D: Very drinkable. Nice to see a pale ale from the west coast that doesn't overdo it on the hops.

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Photo of monkeylovebeer
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pale ale from the great north woods of Seattle pours with a wonderful nose of malts (I guessed Caramel, but it turns out to be a mélange of pale, Munich, crystal, and malted wheat) all adding up to evoke the sweet breadiness of an English biscuit.

The Pike Pale pours with a tight half-inch head with more lacing than your grandma's Irish curtains. Designated a pale, this "heirloom amber" is surprisingly well balanced, with its hop profile of Magnum, Willamette, and East Kent Goldings not really making their appearance until the brew warms a bit.

The clean mouthfeel seems to lend itself to maximum quaffablity as Bay Area Indian summer temps are on the rise.

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an amber, orange color with a foamy, bubbly, white, one-finger head. It left soapy, white residue on the sides of the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, floral notes and sweet roasted malt.

T - It tasted of sweet, sweet caramel malt. It had a subtle spiciness from the roasted malt.

M -It was crisp and sharp with a slight fizzy kick. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very nice pale ale from the northwest. Sharp and tasty.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought in the 12 oz brown long neck..lovelly old fashioned "diamond" style label.
Very attractive pale ale when poured into a slighly chilled glass..dark copper in colour with a little haze..nice creamy off white head thats medium sized..leaves good lacing.
Can smell the malts in this brew more than most pales from the NW..theres also a nice yet strange cedar wood aroma..which i cant quite place.
Nice tastein brew with the malty sweetness predominating the initial taste yet the hops come through near the end..very nice.
Mouthfeel is good but it seems a little on the watery sude.
A nice pale..very drinkable.

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