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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

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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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3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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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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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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 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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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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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3/5  rDev -20%

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 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 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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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 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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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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3/5  rDev -20%

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

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a semi-hazy burnt orange color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a mild pace. Slight lace ran here and there.
The aroma settles in on some floral hop notes with some orange blossom, lavender and dogwood qualities flowing over a nice smooth "West coast" styled malt backbone of the caramel/toffee to biscuit character.
The flavor presented a gentle sweetness gripping the bitterness in to want to blend but seemed to move with the ebb and flow of my sips. Aftertaste was somewhat gentle with the malts trying to blend with the hops, and it somewhat did.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt appropriate.
Overall, pretty nice as a West coast styled American IPA. I'd have again if offered.

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Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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