Pike India Pale Ale
Pike Brewing Company

Pike India Pale AlePike India Pale Ale
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #5,519
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
85
Ranked #30,710
Avg:
3.77 | pDev: 11.41%
Reviews:
219
Ratings:
463
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Pike Brewing Company
 
Washington, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  51
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Reviews by jnjander:
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jnjander from Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Oct 01, 2012
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Taybeh from Minnesota

3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

at Sea-Tac into a shaker

a: little haze, reddish amber with a one-finger off-white head
s: not a huge nose, but solid, caramalt and earthy/bready sweetness, as well as some tangerine and earthy/herbal hoppiness
t & m: this is old school west coast IPA, to me, with solid hoppy resin notes, a little bit of citrus, some slight earthy herbs, balanced by a great (almost English) malt backbone. Its substantial, pleasantly bitter, but not rough. a little on the heavy side, and maybe could use a bit more carbonation...very easy to knock back a number of these, but I've got to catch a plane.

May 10, 2015
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SurlyDuff from Oregon

3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright orange with a quickly receding head.

Hops and pine-sol aroma.

Sharp leafy bitter note in the front. Very short finish, dry. It has a strange flavor in there too. Maybe tea leaves or something. It reminded me of a flavor profile in many Sam Adam's or Yuenglings.

Not a big fan of the mouthfeel or drinkability. It's definitly an IPA, one of my favorite styles, and my buds are really attuned and picky when it comes to trying IPA's. This ones just a bit aqueous and bitter.

Mar 05, 2008
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shelby415 from Oregon

4/5  rDev +6.1%

Feb 28, 2012
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jclovebrew from Washington

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brew pub itself. Cloudy straw color (chill haze?). Fantastic lacing and a head that sticks around. Citrusy hop flavor. Assertive bitterness. Very easy to drink. If I had to say something negative I would say that it could use more hoppy aroma.

Nov 08, 2005
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SDRedDevil from California

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Dec 14, 2014
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Bones54 from Ohio

3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a 12oz bottle.
Very bland for an IPA, the hops were just not strong enough. Where's the flavor?! Where's the bitter?! Don't get me wrong, it's a decent beer, but I expect more hoppiness out of an IPA. The one plus is that since the hops are not that strong, it's easy to have a few of these. But, honestly, that's not really a good thing.

Jan 18, 2006
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LampertLand from Canada

3/5  rDev -20.4%

Feb 17, 2012
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abcsofbeer from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this one in the brewpub in Seattle, which is a nice place and fun to look around. Pours a golden amber and very clear. Very thin to no head, but it did leave spotted lace in places around the glass. Good carbonation and ample bubbles.

The aroma and taste are both citrusy, lemon and of course, hoppy. My first thought on the taste is that of ice tea with lemon. There is a nice balanced hop flavor with a good bitter aftertaste. A very good IPA, imo.

Jul 19, 2004
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McBastard from Canada

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Mar 01, 2014
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pike's in Seattle.

Pours a bright but deep golden hue with good clarity. Head is very solid and full, forming a white crown above the beer. Some patchy lace forms. Body is light, but streaming with carbonation. Looks very decent.

Nose is pithy and pungent lemon freshness from the start. Very powerful and very enjoyable. This is backed up by some solid, if slightly meaty malt characters—just enough to give some coherence and weight to the aroma. Overall, it comes across as fresh and bright. Good stuff.

Taste is similar. Really nice, fresh, lemony hop characters, with a punchy, pithy bitterness to bring up the rear. The malt is subsumed by the hops, but provides the support required to showcase them. It's balanced and drinkable too, with a clean brusqueness on the back that ensures you're bustled into taking your next sip.

This is a good beer indeed, and far above the more pedestrian efforts in the Pike range. Very nicely balanced, fresh and pithy IPA.

Jul 17, 2012
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portlandmonk from Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Mar 03, 2013
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ericj551 from Canada

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

May 07, 2013
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Tpsauer from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +32.6%

Dec 15, 2011
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ricke49 from Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It had been about a year since I'd enjoyed a Pike IPA. A few year ago when I first sampled one I was very impressed. In the interim I'd had some OK representations (i.e. Thunderhead from Pyramid and Broken Halo from Widmer) and some pretty damn good ones (i.e. Inversion from Deschutes) - all NW beers. I'd place this product squarely with the latter. It separated itself from the mediocre ones by a great body/mouthfeel. Perhaps overly citrus-y BUT with a genuine body that provides an opportunity to enjoy that grapefruit favor...rather than have it wisk away from your tongue like a representation with less body (i.e. Thunderhead).

Great color, nice head, very enjoyable quaff with enough body to provide some staying power. Love this Pike!

Aug 31, 2009
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cbnz from Canada

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Jun 02, 2012
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kmpitz2 from Tennessee

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy orange color with 4 fingers of head that drop to around a finger and lots of stickey lace. The nose is very floral in the hop character balanced out with a sweet caramel malt tone. The flavor is nice, with a mellow hop profile that is very floral, balanced with a good caramel sweetness. I would like to see just a hint more citrus hop flavor in there, but that's just my personal opinion. The feel is moderate to thick in feel, and very smooth. Drinkability is good on this one. I'm glad another one came home with me. Good beer...good beer.

Nov 20, 2004
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jeanphony from New York

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Mar 12, 2012
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beals from Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A solid golden color, good head.

S: Low aromatics, which is odd for an IPA.

T: Fresh tasting, especially the hops. Much more bitter than the other Pike ales.

M: Solid body, slightly high carbonation.

D: Drinkable, but a very safe, middle of the road IPA.

Sep 03, 2007
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RobertTheRogue from District of Columbia

5/5  rDev +32.6%

Dec 09, 2011
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mynie from Maryland

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This here is just about the epitome of solid, easy drinkin', well balanced west coast IPA.

The aroma is overwhelmingly citrusy, and it's a strange kind of citrus since it's only partially from the hops. Along with your alpha acid nodes of grapefruit and orange, you also have some almost wheatmalty hints of lemongrass. Nice.

It tastes much more like a traditional IPA. Hops dominate but are kept in check by nice, medium strength maltiness that tastes like an unfrosted sugar cookie.

West coasters effectively invented hoppy pales. For more than 30 years, beer like this have been part of a very important cultural institution. It may seem a little tame by 2010 standards, especially to a midwesterner, but a beer like this serves as an important testament to growth of the style.

Oct 12, 2010
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bifrost17 from Washington

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Aug 02, 2013
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kosmoraios from Washington

3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear orange color with a small white head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing on the glass. Heavy carbonation is visibly rising throughout the pint glass.

Aroma is of citrus and floral hops and a tinge of caramel malt.

Taste is of grapefruit citrus and floral hops, but watered down and subdued. The malt backbone is weak, but detectable. Overall weak and insubstantial IPA.

Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy with a disappointing finish. Drinkable, but not something I'd purchase again.

Dec 18, 2008
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drrone from Utah

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

May 15, 2013
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allengarvin from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into a half-liter mug glass. It's a nice orange-amber color, a tad hazy, with a small but creamy head. Lots of grapefruit-citrus hop character in the nose, quite pleasant and aromatic. Emphasis is on lots of hop flavor as well. The malt backbone adds a touch of sweetness but it's the citrus, grassy hop taste that dominates, though bitterness is not overly high. Nice dry finish.

The best Pike beer I've had yet.

Sep 06, 2008
Pike India Pale Ale from Pike Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 463 ratings