Pike India Pale Ale | The Pike Brewing Company

very good
442 Ratings
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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1.25/5  rDev -66.7%

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2/5  rDev -46.7%

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2.13/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This was my first time trying anything from this brewery. Decanted from a bomber bottle

A - poured a deep orange color with a 1/2 inch of head, no real lacing

S - no big hop aroma, a hint of pine? the malt aroma came thru more than the hop

T - had the bottle not said IPA I would have thought it to be a pale ale

M - ok

I checked BA for the overall score before I bought it. This beer was very disappointing to me and I didn't finish the bottle. Maybe I got an old brew which would explain the lack of hop prescence. (no date on bottle) I won't buy this again but might try it fresh on tap.

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2.25/5  rDev -40%

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2.45/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into my Gulden Draak tulip.

The pour yielded a very lovely light maple hue with a nicely formed white head. Bands of white lace and well retained. Wonderfully clear. The nose, however, is weak at best. I get the slightest hint of earthiness, some crystalized grain, and a touch of pine. Everything is there, it's just... well... weak! I feel like I'm struggling to get a whiff of something here. The flavor gives forth a less than assertive pine with even less grapefruit. I can definitely taste the malts: a blend of sweetness and cereal character. But this doesn't really strike me as an IPA. Weird, out of place alcoholic warmth in the finish. Texture is a middle of the road body that doesn't really give much to talk about. I feel like this beer lost me shortly after presenting itself in the glass. Everything seems muted, leaving me guessing and trying to find redeeming qualities, but failing. I really enjoyed Pike's xxx Stout but this is simply not cutting it. An American Pale Ale, sure I'll buy that. An IPA? Nope.

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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

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2.54/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Hazy. Slight head. light tan colored. not too appetizing

Smell: Best part of this beer. Nice hop and malt aromas.

Taste: Astringency. Very puckering Hops taste of tea. This is a sorry IPA.

Mouthfeel: Puckering. Light for an IPA.

drinkability: Stay away. Much better IPA's out there to try!

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2.73/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.76/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewed 2/10/2009 (bottle):

Pours a pretty clear orange amber color body, with an average frothy white head. Sweet malty hoppy aroma, some bitterness. English beer smelling, but somewhat weak. Sweet bitter taste. Somewhat bitter, but mostly sweet maltiness. English malt tasting. Almost a our bitterness. Not dry, very wet tasting. Malty semi-bitter aftertaste. Lightly carbonated.

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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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2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazed light copper. Just a skimming of a head. Lace is minimal. Not a lot on the nose. Almost smells like cinnamon and corrinader. Nothing of hop interest though. Disappointing. Flavor is a little dry and spicy. Bitterness is not clean, but rather obtrusive and a little astringent. Malts are weak, but toffeeish in nature. Body is about medium. Nothing I'd buy again....even if it were available at a store near me.

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2.91/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is an amber tinged, copper hue that shows an almost clear, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is not overwhelmingly hoppy, but is hop dominated with notes of grapefruit, orange juice, tangerine zest and a touch of lychee. There is some malt character noticeable in the nose as well with a bit of sticky crystal malt, lightly toasted malt, a bit of biscuit character or perhaps more of a cracker like note of grain.

A bit thin somehow with a washed out citrus hop character, both of which have me wondering if it is my palate or the beer. There is a solid hop bitterness here that resides throughout the flavor profile. Lingering in the finish is both the hop bitterness as well as a thin, but sweet crystal malt character that just allows some citrus character to linger for a bit; really what ends up lingering in the long finish is a bit of herbal / menthol character and the hop bitterness. Somehow the citrus hop character, in combination with the crystal malt and body, just comes off as being thin and wan. Crystal malt character contributes a distracting flavor similar to sweet tea.

Not that great of an IPA, seems a bit washed out and, due to the lack of hop character, a bit too dominated by crystal malt flavors.

Purchased: Liquid Solutions

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2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

What a dissapointment. Pours a light golden amber with a tiny head that did stay the same through the entire session. Lacing was average, noticable but nothing great. The smell was of funky hops and caramel. I noticed some spices such as cinnamon as well, maybe nutmeg. A little nature wiff as well. The taste was a little off balance, the bitterness of the hops while strong was not pleasant, slightly off beat, the caramel sweetness seemed raw and thin. Very dissapointing. Medium bodied, probably won't try again.

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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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2.96/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark amber color. Minimal white head at the pour, dissipating to nothing in seconds.

S- The smell of wet newspaper covers most of the muted malt and very faint citric hop smells, which are just barely detectable.

T- Bready malt up front with hop dryness. Mid palate is malty, and the finish is hop bitterness.

M, D - Medium feel, with average drinkability

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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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2.97/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: cloudy, orange/amber; head dissipates quickly
S: clean, direct, one dimensional, not very intense or complex; navel orange, pineapple
T: not much. Low intensity, clean, no noticeable hop or malt character; hint of bitterness at the end. Disappointing how boring it is.
M: on the lighter side. Fine.

With so many good IPAs out there, I certainly wouldn't buy this one again.

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%
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.

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3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured an amber brown with a light head that settled into a light lace. A nice hops spice aroma. This beer has all the standard IPA qualities. There is a nice balanced hops spice that settles into a sweet hops aftertaste. The beer is clean and crisp with a smooth feel. In all this is a nice high quality IPA.

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3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No bottled on or best buy date.

What can I say, everything about this beer was average...

Poured a hazy amber with an average white head with average retention. Smell is a bit of pine resin, citrus hops and malt just sort of lingering. Just an average smell. Taste is a somewhat acrid blend of floral and citrus hops with a slightly bready malt backbone. Somethings just not quite right here and I can't put my finger on it. Mouthfeel is just, well, average. A bit on the thin side. As far as drinkability, the acrid aftertaste made it a more of a chore than a pleasure to finish a bomber.

I think if you're in the mood for an average IPA, this fits the bill.

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3/5  rDev -20%

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Pike India Pale Ale from The Pike Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 442 ratings.
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