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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Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Presario. Pours orange body with significant off-white head. Mild hop aroma. Passable IPA taste, the bitterness is there mostly in the finish, almost astringent.A little grapefruit. Not greatly drinkable.Midling mouthfeel.Malt there but it does nothing special for me.

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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 biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear medium amber hue, with two fingers of soapy light beige head, which leaves a decent round of thin webbed lace on the glass as it falls away. It smells of caramel and toffee malt, and zingy citrus. The taste is pine and citrus oil, with a biscuit/toffee sweet undertone. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, viscous, and smooth, and it finishes off-dry, the caramel malt and pine hop doing the watusi well past the end of the music.

A pretty decent IPA, and despite the prevalent hop character, what I took away was actually the sweetness. Huh.

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its great to see this old school northwertern company now here in the triad.Poured into a imperial nonic a hazed deep burnt orange with a thinner but well sustained white head.Aromas are dominated by herbal/citric hop with a caramel sweet malt base as well.Flavors of herbal tea and grapefruit upfront with a hefty caramel toffee malt base,pretty well balanced with the hops winning out slightly.A very good old school IPA with a bit of an English element in it to me,I liked it and will get more.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a murky brown color, with a very thin off-white head that fades very quickly and leaves almost no lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts with sweet flavors of caramel, tea and citrus. Then a mild hops presence comes in and is pretty weak for the style but gets a little stronger as you continue to drink the beer. The malt character is hearty and there's a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are a lot of others in the style that I would pick first.

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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 ChainGangGuy
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy, burnt orange body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: Simple but pervasive spice and zest hop scents overlaying a bready pale malt backing.

Taste: Upfront pale malts with a touch of breadiness to them and a bit of sweetness. Hint of steeped grains. Touch of apricot fruitiness. Spicy, lightly citrusy (though it grows a bit citric as you go along) hops with a pop of medium-high bitterness. Finishes as dry and bitter as one would expect.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A solid, ideal India Pale Ale that really gets the job done.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear and three parts orange to one part gold. The cap is cream in color, average in size and firm. It falls first at the edges, stays crowned in the middle, and is beginning to leave a generous amount of lace in thick, chunky rings.

The nose is assertively hopped--citrus zest primarily--but it's obvious that, as the label says, the beer has a 'strong malt character'. Hops rule on the palate without a doubt, but are kept in check by a sweet cookie-like pale malt backbone. The major flavors are white grapefruit pith and orange peel with something a bit more musky in the background.

The beer tastes and feels very clean in the mouth; I actually prefer those murky, particulate-laden, hop leafy, resinous IPAs. Not a problem though, this is still a pretty tasty version. The finish is long and nicely citrus hoppy bitter. The body/mouthfeel is good, not great, given the style.

Pike India Pale Ale is a better than decent IPA. It has most of the elements that I look for, but doesn't quite impress me enough to become one of my very favorites. It's still solid though and I'd be happy if I could buy it locally.

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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 smcolw
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer opens with foam oozing out of the bottle. Oddly, there is a very small head--light, spotty lace. The liquid is cloudy with an orange amber color.

Pretty good balance for an IPA. The hop nose is spicy and lacking floral notes. The malt smell is slightly sweet with a touch of caramel.

Biting bitter hop (bottle says 60 IBU's). The aftertaste is like sucking a hop pellet; it lasts a very, very long time. Full bodied with a high level of carbonation.

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Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown long neck bottle with a freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Lightly hazed coppery orange hue, a thick pancake like head rests on top and does not want to break apart.

Smell: Soft pungent citric hop aroma, very floral with hints of tangerine juice. Soft bready grain in the nose as well.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy with a bitter start. Malt sweetness shows it is big enough to handle the hops and the hops have to muscle-up to make sure they are on top. The pungency of the hops is very pleasing with a citric tone all the way through. Subtle fruitiness with a yeast backing. Ends with a supple bready sweetness and a slam of pungent oily hop.

Notes: This is what I think the ideal standard American brewed IPA should taste like as it has all of the trademark qualities of one. An easy pairing for me was to put it up against a sharp aged cheddar.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone willibecher.

It's nice to be able to watch the Sox on TV, but without Hawk and Stone Pony it's just not the same. The beer pours a generally clear orange amber topped by about a finger of white foam. The nose comprises sweet caramel, buttery biscuits, and a frosting of sharp grapefruit. The taste is slightly more hop-forward, with grapefruit and pine resin making up the plurality, but not dominating; the caramel and butter are joined by some light toffee in the minority. The body is a heavy light, with a light carbonation and a relatively dry-ish finish. Overall, a nice IPA, not too strong on either end of the spectrum, and just an iota off-balance. Good stuff.

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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 GarthDanielson
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a hazy, opaque, copper coloring with a ruby hue through the depths. The head starts around a quarter of an inch of white, frothy, light bubbles, but quickly settles out into a sparse film. The nose is a very well blended mix of sweet toffee and fresh, green, resiny hops, with a citrusy highlight. Flavors are more hopcentric, with the grapefruit shining through on the forward tongue to complinent the hops. Bitter, resiny, and somewhat sweet green, fresh hops flavors boosted by the grapefruit tartness and all balanced by the malt sweet backbone. The beer is a nice, round, midbody, which works great with the flavors. The aftertaste is rich and tangy, with only a touch of the bitter and rich hops, leading to a smooth, slightly dry finish. Great representation of the American IPA style. Very tasty. I've had it from a cask when we lived in Seattle, and it is very different and very delicious in that serving, as well.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

10/05/05- Purchased at Bottleoworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with a best by dating tab on the side of the label. Poured into my Englander pint glass.

Appearance- Just a tad cloudy amber-orange colored pour. Creamy as hell looking sterling white head of about 3/4 inches. Very nice clinging lace on the sides. A nice layer of head remains constant throughout the whole beer.

Smell- Somewhat light toasted malt scent, but it is there. Combined with a sugary and candied hop scent.

Taste- Sugary to be sure, but a very large pine tasting hop blast awaits. Nice dark malt flavoring as well. Very bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- A touch watery in the mouth, with some lighter carbonation. Sort of thin mouthfeel.

Drinkability- If this dude had a bit more carbonation, it would be one kick ass IPA. Even as it stands it is one that I would buy again. Nice hophead style IPA.

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Photo of Duff27
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pours orange with a huge frothy white two inch head. Clumpy lacing, wooo.

S- tropical citrus fruits..

T- A certain sour(?) citrus, kinda of bready. Hmm. Its kinda weird :/

M- Medium mouthfeel, smooth.

D/O- After their DIPA I was expecting big things from this one but I was kind of let down. Chalk it up to self-made inner hype. Id like to try this again to reaffirm what I'm gathering.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy off-white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is mostly malty, with some hops, and citrus. The taste is malty, with some hops, and citrus, very slight pines. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty brew.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
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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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 JohnGalt1
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz purchased at the Boise Coop for about $1.50... enjoyed out of a shaker pint. No tunes... just got home from work.

Pretty aggressive pour produced a nice 1 finger eggshell head that quickly dropped to a coating of fine bubbles floating atop a hazy orange brew.... alot of bubbles still coming to the surface.

hop aroma is citrus and spicey... American and English... chewy aroma .. with a fruity yeasty ester aroma.

Flavor is much more pronounced.... the bubbles explode on my tounge releasing a bunch of bitterness... followed my a big toasted malt component combined with an unexpected estery portion, sorta like a lite diacetyl without the buttery slickness. finish is more American hops ending on the English hop flavor. Edit... if I didn't know better, there is some oakiness to the flavor that really stands out as it warms up.

I don't know that I can even remotely call this a standard PNW IPA, more like a West Coast version (amped up with American hops) of an English IPA. Pikes brews are a pretty standard fixture in my fridge... very drinkable.... the body with ample carbonation always wants to make take another drink.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, picked one up, the first time I've seen this WA brewery in SoCal,

A: Pours a hazy orange, not the greatest clarity for an IPA. Long-lasting if small head, solid IPA lacing.

S: Moderate pine oil, grapefruit pith, dry smell.

T: Good pine notes from the hops, though overall the flavours don't really evolve from that, one-dimensional hop flavour. Toasty, bread biscuit malt. A good flavour that gets more interesting as it warms up.

M: Resiny, soft carbonation, astringent at times.

D: A nice beer from Pike, under $4 a bomber to boot, though at that price range I always think I'd go with Racer 5, but I might mix it up with this if I'm in a piney mood.

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Photo of John_M
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Seatac airport (where the pickings today were indeed slim - and service slow).

The beer pours a fairly dark amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is OK, with some dry citrus, light cherry, and really not much else. The flavor profile provides a bit more hoppy bitterness than one would expect from the nose, but this is not a very impressive IPA. It's on the sweet and malty side, with some bitterness and light alcohol on the finish. The finish is fairly dry, and mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slight boozy, bitter finish.

While not terrible, this is really nothing to get very excited about. However, the options were pretty limited in the S concourse, so I was glad to get what I could.

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Photo of Derek
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favourite brews from Pike.

It's a fairly good representation of an American IPA... though it doesn't have as much citrousy cascade flavour as the Pyramid IPA.

Pike's beers seem to be on the bitter side... and for this style, it works VERY well.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy amber color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is sweet malt, caramel and some citrusy hops with some alcohol coming through as well. The aroma is more balanced and less focused on the hops more similar to an East Coast IPA rather than the stereotypical West Coast IPA.

T- The taste like the aroma suggests is very balanced for an IPA. Almost drinks like a slightly weaker Barleywine. There is a solid malt backbone with a good dose of bitterness in the finish from the hops.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Pike IPA is a solid IPA that is worth 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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