Pike India Pale Ale | The Pike Brewing Company

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214 Reviews
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-23-2002

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Photo of Skrumpy
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep orange amber in color, mostly hazy. A beautiful off white head that leaves a thin film across the top & streaky lacing. Smell is light citrus, like orange blossom, honey, and caramel malt. The flavor is excellent. Nice blend of citrus hops, grapefruit, orange, pine and herbal notes as well. Perfect blend with the malt, making it quite smooth and drinkable. A resinous mouthfeel, and slightly hoppy bitter aftertaste. Great beer!

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Photo of jwc215
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle:

Pours slightly hazed orange-tinted copper/amber with a creamy/bubbly white head. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus (tangerine) with caramelized bread.

The taste is of citrus (tangerine, going towards grapefruit) with caramelized bread weaving in and out. Piney/herbal notes in the dry finish.

It is smooth. Pretty chewy. Nice, lingering soft bitterness in the long finish.

A nice traditional IPA - citrus and some pine balanced by caramel.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A review of one of the oldest ipas around. I remember these back in the 90s (college).

Was somewhat revolutionary in its place as one of the first orange ipas to begin to emerge back then. Seemed like they dry hopped with c hops. Was floral and nice.

Substantial malt bill to it, caramel, wood, toffee notes, pine, grapefruit like hop mouthfeel. Was one of the more bitter beers to come around at the time too.

Back when this and Bert Grant's were OG's of the Washington and US ipa beer scene. Can't believe its been that long already. . .

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Photo of neenerzig
4.14/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Got a glass of this on-tap at a Thai restaurant called Bahn Thai that my wife and I are having dinner at that's almost across the street from our hotel. Good food here too! Served in a pint glass this beer is a clear, medium to dark amber color with a white head that's about 2/3 of an inch thick when first served. Settles eventually to a medium sized ring lining the inside of the glass along with some bits of small squatters of surface foam on the beer's surface. Aromas of slightly toasted, fairly bready and biscuity, caramel malts along with a nice citrus and piney, slightly resinous hop presence. The taste is pretty much the same, as it also consists of a bready, biscuity caramel malt sweetness along that gives way to a fairly citrusy, piney and resinous hop bitterness. Has a crisp, yet smooth, and frothy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish. A very solid beer here that complimented my spicy Thai food quite nicely indeed.


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Photo of gandres
3.12/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle poured to wine glass
Appearance: Deep orange, clear, small head, almost no lacing
Aroma: slight smell of hops
Taste: Balance bitterness, but can improve on follow through
Palate:Slightly creamy
Overall: Good beer, but not something to look forward to. aftertaste can be improve

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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 mactrail
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear reddish amber with a modest foam in the Blanche de Chambly tall glass. Faint woody aroma. Poured from the 22 oz bottle purchased at Safeway in Anacortes.

This is pretty herbal and on the dirty side. Aftertaste is unrelenting bitterness. As it warms up, the sweet malt opens a little. Sharp and acidic with a resiny intensity. Finish is just that gummy bitterness.

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Photo of Taybeh
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.

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Photo of dabone
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle. Dark red/orange in color with an off white head. Citrus hop aroma in the nose. Taste is citrusy, plenty of bitterness. Texture is a tad on the thin side. Overall pretty good.

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Photo of pianoguy
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle

Pours a hazy reddish brown body with a 1/2 inch off white head, decent lacing

Prominent citrus smell kicks in at the pour, mostly orange. Some malt

Taste is nothing like the smell... There is no prominent citrus . It's a subtle mix of sweet malt and a little bit of pine . Slightly bitter finish

Feel is ok. Slightly prickly

Overall; IPA's seem to come in three categories: Fruity, Piney, and a mixture of both. This one is in the mixture category., Very nice

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Photo of numbers
2.96/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Cloudy in color
white head
dirty amber
lots of sediment in the last pour

The taste of this beer reminds me of Ballast point big eye if it were completely unfiltered. Not bad but leaves something to be desired.

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Photo of hophugger
2.96/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Opened bomber that had NOT been agitated and lost about 2-3 inches of beer as it spewed from the top with torrential carbonation. When I tried to pour into pint glass very carefully, I received one inch of beer and the rest of the glass was a hard, tan head that looked like a solid iceberg. Trust me, I know how to pour a beer and this one was impossible(old, bad?, I do not know. Taste is not bad but not as hoppy as I would expect after seeing the 60 IBU note. Lots of citrus and orange/tangerine. Trust me, let the head die down before drinking, the head is so bitter.................Overall, do not know if I got a bad or old bottle, but this was not impressive at all. I can still taste the horribly bitterness from the head!!Also, carbonation is way too much !!!!

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Photo of BWED
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Bomber poured into a nonic pint glass

A- Burnt orange. A little sediment floats. Off whit head is bubbly, but doesn't retain especially well. Lacing is good, however.

S- Caramel, earthy and resinous hop characters. Subtle in the hop department. Reminds me so far of an English IPA.

T- Resinous hop, some pine. A bit of a caramel base in the background. Subdued flavor.

M- Bitterness is up there. Especially in finish. Feel is a bit creamy.

O- This one is okay. I didn't find the flavors to meld too well together, and for that matter, didn't get a burst of flavor. This seems closer to an English than an American.

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Photo of JAinSingapore
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice body and a bit of Campari bite, thus it is fairly dry. This IPA has a fair bit of hoppiness so many might not like it. Seemed to have a preservative that my sinus reacted too...which was the only issues with this nice one. Other nice bit it's 6.3% , which is perfect right after a meal.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer on-tap in a tall glass at the Alaskan Lounge at Sea-Tac Airport. My 2000th review!

Appearance: deep golden orange hue with a very light haze and a finger of creamy ivory foam leaving a nice lace on the glass. I like it.

Smell: caramelly and bready malt with an earthy, dank hop character. Pretty good, if earthy is your thing.

Taste: bready, ever so slightly biscuity malt with a dank, earthy hop character. Bitterness is pretty strong but it comes on slow. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and a nice rocky creaminess. Pretty decent for an IPA.

Overall: a good-drinkin' dank and earthy IPA. Not always my bag, but it hits the spot well enough.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance holds a hazy orange amber color supporting a fair head leaving fair lace. Smell has a nice malt backbone with citrus and floral hop aroma. Taste is balanced between the malt and hops leaving a lingering hop in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. A nice take on a PNW IPA.

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Photo of vkv822
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz : tulip

Cloudy, coppery, burnt-orange with a thin, foamy beige head.

Resiny, herbal hops. Some citric notes as well. Solid malt backbone

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

A well done IPA. Certainly more of a focus on the resiny, herbal, spicy hop profile than the citric, fruity hops that have become so dominant.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery and clear, light tan head wasn't bad and lacing was good.

Aroma is subdued but nice, earthy hops, piney resin, light malts.

Taste is pretty balanced, if a bit heavy on the earthy hops side. Malts are ample and create a nice balanced beer. I think the munich malt adds a nice dimension, it's not something I see a lot in IPAs.

Body is medium and actually pretty drinkable, despite the rather heavy malt and hops assault on your tastebuds. Honestly, it seems slightly barleywise-esque, at least in the way the malt profile comes across, but without the higher alcohol content. I doubt that's helpful, but that's how I taste it.

Overall this beer makes me want to try more of Pike's beers. That should say it all right there.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pike IPA has a medium, creamy, cream-colored head, an opaque, orange appearance, some visible bubbles stuck to the side of the glass, and a bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of musty, piney hops, hop oil, some citrus, and malt. Taste is of alcohol, piney oil, dank, wet hay, white bread and white bread crust, lots of hop bitterness, especially in the aftertaste, and a bit of citrus peel. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and soft, and Pike IPA finishes wet, heavy, sloshy, and drinkable. Overall, this is one of those heavy, mushy Indian Pale Ales. It’s still remarkable and worth trying.


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Photo of harrymel
2.83/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled: unk

Pours a honey color with plenty of yeast globs. Broken sheet of light cream foam. Smells like earthy hops, a touch of grapefruit and resin - standard NW style, but sans artistry. Tastes bitter with biscuit and warm malts. Really simple flavor with little left to ponder. Medium bodied with moderate carb and an off-dry finish. Meh.

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Photo of rickyleepotts
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I have never been to Seattle, but Sheryl went this year for a few days. She stayed in downtown Seattle and had a great time. Now that we are in Arizona, hopefully we can take a week there in the near future. While she was there she went to Pike Brewing Company. She brought back some beers including the Pike Monk’s Uncle Tripel Ale (which is on our list) and the Pike IPA, which is also on our list. Tonight we are digging into a bottle of the IPA with hope it made the trip from Indiana without harm. The last few beers we opened that traveled west with us have been spoiled. This one looks good in the bottle… let’s drink!

In the Glass: This is a good looking IPA. We have a bomber of this, so it makes nearly two pints. The beer is thick, almost orange, and has a huge rich foamy head. The head sticks around for a while, too. The lace is perfect… what a good IPA should be! This is my first beer from Pike, and while I haven’t been to Seattle, I am excited to try this beer.

Nose: Not as much nose as I had hoped. But since this beer traveled with us from Indiana, I have to count my lucky stars that we can even drink it! Cheers to that. What I am getting from the nose is subtle earthy aroma that reminds me of the Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA. Granted, the Dogfish Head is nearly 20% ABV… but the balance that beer brings, even though it has such an impressive ABV, is still something to write home about.

Flavor: The flavor is nice. It isn’t as hoppy as I wanted, but even though I consider myself a “hop head”, I can still appreciate a well-balanced IPA. That is what this is. There are some earthy notes in the flavor, as well. Not like chewing on dirt or anything… but there is some substance there. From the time it hits your lips, it is just a smooth and enjoyable experience.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is nice, too. There isn’t much going on up front, but when it hits the back of your palate, the thickness kicks in and you get a feeling for the craft part of this craft beer. This isn’t your average IPA. There is a certain thickness that reminds me of some home brews I have had. Toward the end, the beer quickly turns to the best part… the aftertaste.

Aftertaste: Whoa, that’s a nice aftertaste. The beer is thick, and leaves a mighty finish on your tongue… then you swallow thinking there is still beer in your mouth. Nope. That’s just the thick and creamy aftertaste that I wish all beers had. The aftertaste lasts, too. I am talking a good three minutes or more. It’s weird, because with most hoppy beers, the aftertaste is there but quickly turns to a copper flavor. This beer just hangs on with that creaminess that you experience across the board. A very well done IPA.

This is my first experience with Pike beers… and I am impressed. I can’t wait to get out to Seattle and try these beers on at the brewery. Imagine drinking these at the brewpub. Can’t wait!!! I would say, even if you don’t like an IPA, you would enjoy this. There is enough balance and malt character to go around. It’s not malty… but it is one of the most malty IPAs I have had in a while. Bottoms up, people!

Pike IPA – The bottle says: “NA”

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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 mdaschaf
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a small off-white head on top. Not much retention or lacing.

S: Seems to a bit on the malty side for an IPA. Some graham cracker malt, caramel, and a little bread. There is some faint grass and citrus fruit.

T: Also a little maltier than I would prefer with some caramel malt pretty heavy throughout. Some light grassy and floral hops as well as some faint citrus.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty easy drinking.

O: An average IPA, a little on the malty side.

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Photo of DCon
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Alaskan Lodge (Alaskan Brewing Co Airport Location) in Seattle, WA for $8.50. Tapped from a Silver Tap Handle w/ Pike IPA in a Red/White square label popped out into a 20oz Hefeweizen Glass.

Aroma- Nice hop presence but the malt is more dominant in here. Simcoe hops used definitely.

Appearance- Received with a 1.5 finger head that has good retention. Has a crystal clear, copper body and leaves minimal lacing behind.

Flavor- Very sweet and hoppy upfront. Well balanced with malt and has a light-medium bitterness level.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and sweet on the finish just like the taste/flavor.

Overall Impression- A VERY sessionable IPA. Really enjoyed this at the time and will give it props for being what it is. More like an English IPA with a great presence of sweetness and simcoe hops. Give it a try!

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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