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Pike India Pale Ale | The Pike Brewing Company

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Pike India Pale AlePike India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
The Pike Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-23-2002

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Reviews: 214 | Ratings: 439
Photo of BonsaiBrewer
4.97/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am wrapping up a week in Seattle and finally made it downtown for the afternoon. Pike's IPA on cask is the best west coast IPA I have had this week, and I have had several other IPAs from other brew pubs during my stay so far.
This is a quintessential IPA - practically perfect in every way! Not quite perfectly clear, but I think this is appropriate given the generous amount of hops that have been pushed into this brew. Love it!

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Photo of GAPit
4.8/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a grainy pale amber with huge amounts of off-white head that lasts, leaving healthy lacing.

Hops dominate nose. Piney, citrusy hops (cascade?) smell fresh and clean. Smells amazing.

Malty sweetness quickly taken over by a big punch of pine/citrus hops. Not too bitter, and lingers just long enough to leave you begging for more.

WOW this stuff is really carbonated. So much so that I think I may have got a unique batch. The lid literally flew across the room when I popped it off with my lighter. And I had to use extreme caution to get a normal amount of head, but still ended up with 3+ fingers of head. Either way, this is an extremely refreshing beer, a delight on the pallet.

I will absolutely be buying some more of these, an amazing example of and American IPA

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Photo of JimKal
4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This reminded me of one of my favorite Double IPA but with a lower alcohol content. It had just the right amount of bitterness to make you realize you were drinking an IPA but didn't blow your tastebuds away.

It poured a hazy amber with good carbonation. I really enjoyed this IPA and wish Washington state wasn't so far away.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.49/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- From a heavy pour comes a dark, hazy copper color with a two finger head that retains nicely and dissolves to an 1/8 inch head with a heavy sheet of foam on the surface. A healthy amount of hop/yeast sediment clings to the glass that's accompanied by sticky lacing. Obviously bottle conditioned.

S- Sweet, malty initial aroma that's backed by an earthy hop presence. Combined, it kind of smells hearty yet, at the same time, a bit astringent if that makes sense. Interesting.

T- Cereal grain sweetness in the front reminds me of fresh wort, which I love. The hops follow closely behind and reinforce the previously detected earthy undertones. Absolutely delicious.

M- Full and viscous. I feel that, the more sediment in a bottle conditioned beer, the more substance and body it possesses. Medium-high carbonation does a lot to confirm this as well as complement the brew as a whole.

O- An amazing beer. I've always seen this brewery's beers at different stores but hesitated to buy their offerings simply because I'd never heard of them. But now that I live near a Total Wine & More, Pike's beers are offered at discount prices through their Brewery Direct program and I thought "What the hell?" and bought one. Man am I glad I did that.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.48/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. brown bottle with no freshness date.

A: Lightly hazed golden orange color. The off-white head disappears quickly. Little to no lacing.

S: Soft citric hop aroma. Floral, earthy, and mild grain in the nose as well.

T&M: Smooth and creamy with a big citrus hop flavor all the way through. The malt sweetness balances the hops nicely. Ends real dry with a bready sweetness. Medium bodied.

Very good IPA. I'd love to try this stuff fresh.

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Photo of ralree
4.48/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried in Seattle in August 2008.

A: Cloudy, no head to speak of, but there is decent lacing. Tannish with a bit of orange color.

S: Hops and fruit are abundant. Alcohol and brown sugar are also present.

T: Nice and grapefruity, with a hint of apricot, and great northwest hop backing. Bready aftertaste with just a hint of brown sugar. Very toasty malt. Alcohol nearly undetectable.

M: Non-astringent, medium-light bodied, a little oily. Very good for the style.

D: I could even drink this when I wasn't in the mood for a beer. Great job!

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Photo of TheFlern
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark amber with plenty of head. Okay retention.

Smell: A great mixture of Yeast, Hops, and Malt

Taste: Very balanced but more hop flavor would be nice. With this much hops its better to err slightly in favor of a hoppy taste than a balanced taste because otherwise it comes out slightly blah. Still much better than most American IPAs from the west coast.

Mouthfeel: This is where the beer earns its stripes imo. It feels a little too thick for the slight lack of hop flavor. With how balanced this beer is I would expect the hops to come through cleaner. Otherwise it is very silky and smooth. It feels very good all the way through.

Drinkability: Sign me up!

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Photo of caddyshack199
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pike IPA
Seattle WA

Pours a cloudy amber color with a nice head. Some what fleeting does leave some lacing. Smell some sweetness on the nose along with fresh hops. Light hop flavor by today's standards. Well balanced. Nice to see a brewery take a balanced aproach to IPA far to many are not. High marks for the one.
6.99 22oz
Lone Star Liquors
Plano, Texas

Jack Fisher
Staples Corner Liquors

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Very nice hazy translucent shining amber with a 1-finger head that retains well for decent lacing

S-Great balance of fruity yeast, citrus hops, and sweet malts

T- Tastes like it smells but the deeper flavors really come out

M- Medium body and silky carbonation with no slickness.

D- Drinks very smooth for an IPA. Goodstuff

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Photo of jhtipton
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great breakfast beer, okay, early lunch. Hade this at their restaurant/brewery in Seattle. Definitely a great on tap beer. Usually don't find an IPA on tap this good.Had to order one more to make sure it was not a fluke. Nice lacing, orangish hue and great smell. Could drink my weight in these. Cheers.

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Photo of Shadman
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice hazy copper orande with strong determined off wihite head.

Rich & quite strong piney aromas mixed with some sweet toasted frains

If you like your beer hoppy, this ones for you. Huge wave of grapefuit rind bitterness followed by enough sweet bread malts to keep it form being one dimensional. Oily & super bitter hops return to whack a mole the malts before taking over completely.

Smooth, s;ick and fairly creamy feel.

A top notch AIPA..quite refreshing.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Certainly, this is one of the best IPAs in the US. A hop lover’s dream! This Amber/Copper colored beauty with an off-white head and loads of lace is caramelly sweet and fully and abundantly hopped. The aroma features HOPS and a spicy clove-like odor. Loaded with grapefruity, lemony citrus and lightly spicy hop bitterness. Multi-directional. Sweet & finely bitter, and just plain fun to drink!.

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Photo of beer2day
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Earthy thick reddish gold pour. Looks very chewy. 1/2 finger of medium cream head. No retention. Decent lacing.

Nose is pine and floral essence. Substantial malt backbone underneath. Smells very rich and full.

Thin hit up front, but gets thick fast. Bit of a scotch ale flavor here, slightly peaty. Very good bitters in the finish with a nice dry ending. If you like an earthy feel to your ipa, then this is one to try.

Feel matches the nose, nice and rich.

Great drinking ipa.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a vivid orange amber with a light white head.

Nose is all fresh sweet and ripe pineapple. Mouthfeel is rich, thick and full bodied.

Flavors are rich and full fruity undertoned bitter grapefruit hops. This beer has remarkable balance between malt and hops, although the bitter hops come through great in the finish.

Initial flavors hit you with some fruity "sweet" malt characteristics that then go directly to the bitter grapefuit hops and to a grapefruit skin/pine bitter finish.

This is a very "consumer friendly" and "go to" IPA that is likely to please most. Really nice.

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Photo of donniecuffs
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into an American pint glass, a copper/amber with two fingers of off-white head with great lacing. Smelled of apple, pear, malt, and pine needles, while the taste confirmed all of these, as well as revealing some ginger and a dry finish, with an apple-y aftertaste. The mouthfeel was a smooth medium, with a high level of carbonation. Not as bitter-hoppy as most IPA's, but a very pleasant mix. Very sessionable.

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Photo of GJ40
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on Tap at Pike Pub & Brewery in Seattle.

A - Golden with good clarity, a small head and very little lacing.

S - Floral hops and some malt.

T - Very clean and crisp with lots of floral hops and a slight citrusy flavor. Very nice but not as outgoing as I like in a west coast IPA.

M - Low carbonation and good consistency.

D - Very fun and easy to drink. Would make a good session beer.

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Photo of smanders
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pike products have been showing up more and more out here on the East Coast and so far they've all been a treat. Picked this bomber up on a lazy Saturday afternoon for a sweet $3.99.

Poured into your standard British pint glass this IPA is beautiful: dark copper, a wee bit hazy, and a solid head. The aromas are nicely balanced between the piney-ness of the hops and the sweet (sugar candy) of the malt. It really makes you want to take a big gulp! OK, I will. Nice! Up front is big-time malty goodness which is quickly followed by hoppy spice/pine. Superbly balanced with a slick finish. This is what should come to mind when someone says "American Pale Ale." Excellent taste, enough alcohol to satisfy without causing fits, and inexpensive...What's not to like about Pike?


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Photo of BMMillsy
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap on my first visit to Seattle. Pours amber with amazing pine grapefruit aroma, there is no doubt this was a fresh keg. Taste follows with a nice hop bite of pine up front, fading into grapefruit, and nice caramelly sweetness on the back. The malt character reminds me a bit of a DIPA, but still rather drinkable and tasty. Was very impressed by this one.

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Photo of efhart
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this IPA three different occasions while visiting in Seattle at The Pike Seattle Brewery. The beer was an excellent balance of significant hop for an IPA with good malt flavor and body. This is a very good to excellent beer that can be drank alone or with food.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cask at Malt & Vine in Redmond (reviewing on site as I drink it)

pours dirty straw amber, slightly cloudy, thick foamy head and gorgeous lacing. Love the cask. Smells hoppy and damp, mostly pine, but not overpowering.

Taste is piney and malty with a strong bitter aftertaste that lasts a long time.

Mouthfeel is light and thin, almost watery, with a very slight filminess. I could probably enjoy several of these.

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring this somewhat quelled any fears I might've had with this one. It looked like a glass of honey capped by frothy cream. I was like a cat with new furniture ... I wanted to dig my claws right in.
Luckily I did calm myself enough to at least get a whiff of the portrait in a glass. Nothing to write your mother over. Very good piney, almost like a pine apple, and grapegruity ... but this certainly wasn't pheremones in a glass. Better than average.
Oh boy, I'm detecting a hint of vanilla, followed up instantly with delicious bitter hoppy grapefruit and malt that kicks you in the teeth. At the tail end, when you don't expect any new developments, there's a bit of grain. This beer has made me so happy! The mouthfeel is nice and full, with carbonation that makes you want to chew but isn't overdone.
Even at a 6.3%, this one demands you drink another, ONE IS NOT ENOUGH. Glad I bought a six pack.
Note: I've struggled a long time to find an IPA that came in 6 Pack form that I could pick up in my neighborhood. My work is now done. My old standby was Bridgeport IPA, but Pike's has easily made a believer of me. If you want a safe bet, put your money on me buying this again and again.

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Photo of Sandhollow
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a pretty good IPA. I think it suffers a bit by not distinguishing itself. It's smooth, moderately hoppy, and has little aftertaste. Pretty Darn Good.

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Photo of blackie
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour gives a low, off white head that steadily turns to just a ring around the glass and light layer of foam. A few specks of conglomerate sediment rest on the bottom of the glass, and the beer is a hazy orange-amber in color.

smell: What I think an IPA should smell like...both floral and piney hop aromas fill the nose and bring to mind candied and fresh tropical fruits and citrus. Aromas of candied and dried apples and dried apricots are found. Just enought malt sweetness in the aroma, slightly caramel, slightly grainy/bready, provides a perfect balance.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium and smooth. The body is also medium.

taste: Just like the smell, I find the flavor to be true to my preferences...a nice dominant hop flavor, but with just the right amount of malt to back it up. Grassy, somewhat cedary hop flavors give way to a big, piney hop bitterness in the long-lingering finish. Malty flavors or caramel provide a nice backdrop. Solid.

drinkability: easily drinkable

Brought back for me from Seattle, purchased at the brewpub

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Photo of ckollias
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this bottle out of a porter glass.

A: Pours an orange hue with a white, frothy, thin head that slowly dissipates down the side of the glass leaving a nice trail and ending in a solid persistent lace.

S: Strong Munich malt aroma mixed with a piney hop aroma.

T: Malt sweetness meets hop bitterness to create a great balance. Munich malts give a caramel flavor followed by the citrus and piney hops.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Wow – what a great beer. Brilliantly balanced between the hops and malt.

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Photo of Durge
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into the pint glass at room temperature this shows a slightly hazy copper color with a decent off-white head and fair lacing. The aroma is a very pleasant banana grapefruit hop with bready malt support. The flavor comes out with big grapefruit bitterness that brings a significant sweetness and blends nicely with fruit bread and a slightly spicey malt. Generally light and very drinkable yet a very respectable smooth body feel, I find this to be an IPA with a surprisingly nice combination of bitter hop, sweetness and malt goodness. At 60 ibu it packs more hop bitterness than you might think. Alcohol is not particularly notable. Possibly a session brew if sweet and bitter float your boat like it does mine. Great with horseradish cheddar!

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