Pike India Pale Ale | The Pike Brewing Company

very good
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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-23-2002

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Reviews: 214 | Ratings: 440
Photo of Dogbrick
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at Winking Lizard. Pours a lustrous orange/amber color with a medium ivory head and nice lacing. The aroma is floral hops with some citrus. Medium-bodied with floral hops, tropical fruit and malt. The finish is dry with a bitter and lingering hops flavor. Overall there are very few shortcomings with this IPA.

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Photo of aracauna
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a good orange-copper color with thick white head. The hops are dominant in the light aroma. The flavor has an odd candied spruce character. It's reasonably drinkable, but it does not improve as it warms. Overall it's a weak India Pale Ale.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a slightly cloudy golden orange colour with a white head of meringue-like foam. The aromas are of citrus zest, hops, slightly bready malts, and tea. The taste is good, but not hoppy enough for an IPA, imho. The grainy maltiness of this brew matches the light citrus hopping quite well, but this brew is more of a standard pale ale than an IPA. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and the drinkability is good. Nice.

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Photo of BeerAngel
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear tea-like color with a nice dense cream-colored head. The aroma consists of pungent citrus hops and light sweet malts in the background. The taste is watery with more citrus hop bite with very faint malts lurking in the distant background. It is a little on the astringent side as it is just lacking in malt flavor and aroma. This is a very light bodied beer that finishes slightly dry.

Notes: This could be a good beer on a hot day as it is not at all sticky. Clean and crisp with hops, alcohol, and very little malt character. Not bad, but lacking. Cheers!

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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 ark57
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice American IPA. It is hazy orange in color with a very hoppy aroma that smells of citrus and apples. The bitterness is up front and then there are some fruity notes and it has an almost astringent finish. I just wish it was slightly more rounded, but overall a good beer.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Orange and very cloudy in the body with a decent head.

Smell – This was has a fantastic bouquet. It’s a combination of sweet, caramel malt and complex hops. The piney tease is just right, and everything comes together nicely here at the nose.

Taste – The piney hops are nowhere to be found and are replaced with big floral and citrus. There’s also some serious peppered spicing in there. The malt is laden with sugars and caramel and is very sweet.

The spicing is good but almost too much. It’s very dark and powdery. There’s pepper in there for sure and other dark spices. These mix well with the big citrus hops.

Mouthfeel – A bit on the dry side and definitely (at least) medium-bodied.

Drinkability – I really enjoyed this ale, but it is definitely NW and may not be to everyone’s liking.

Update – I originally reviewed this in 2003 so thought it would be fun to re-review it with a 2004 vintage. For the most part it is very consistent, although I didn’t find this new batch to be as spicy. The head came up a lot better though so I’m raising the Appearance rating by half a point.

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

I can't help but think of fishing for Northern Pike in northern Minnesota while drinking this beer. So, does this mean that Pike IPA is a good baitcasting beer? No, but I think that since they share the word "pike," I semantically generalize the beer to the fishing. Whatever. Can you tell I had a Behavioral Analysis test earlier today? Reddish copper body, with a small off-white head. Slight toffee malts and big citrusy hops on the nose. Tastes of modest toffee-coated fruit malts, and huge, resiny, bitter hops. Finish is bitter and oily. Pretty good, but there's lots of W. Coast IPA competition out here.

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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 Mitchster
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed with Pale, Crystal, Munich, and Carapils malts; Magnum, Williamette, and Chinook hops.
OG=1.062, 6.0% ABV, 60 IBU.

Drank on tap at PIkes BC in Seattle, WA.

Clear, copper-orange in color forming a beige head with very good retention and lacing. Nice looking beer. Aroma is pungent and cheesy with grapefruit and subtle earthiness. Taste is acrid and sharp with pungent, green, oily, herbal hops, some rough caramel malts, and ending in a tacky, moderately dry, harsh finish. Medium dense in body. This is an example of dumping a ton of hops into a beer and calling it an IPA. What happened to the art of making a well-balanced beer when it comes to the state of American IPA's? A disappointment.

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Photo of freed
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz tall bottle with a cool label. It pours an amber, almost brown color. Surprisingly dark for an IPA, but wearing a wonderful crown of full head. Nice clean foam that hung around for the duration. The smell was kinda mellow, almost stale, but still hoppy.

The taste is also somewhat subdued. I remember this as being much stronger, but now its pleasant. Not tops, but still a good beer.

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Photo of Gusler
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed deep amber to copper color, the head creamy and light tan, the size portly, the lace is a nice sheet to cover the glass. A nice mixture of hop spiciness and sweet malt, crisp and fresh this most sniffable beer with a sweet start. The top slim in feel, the hop spiciness hits you immediately, with the finish moderately acidic, dry aftertaste and a nice representative to the style.

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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 sinistersteve
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, another interesting beer from Pike Brewery. It has a great cloudy amberish hue to it and poured with a nice head. Although, the aroma did'nt hit me between the eyes like I had hoped it would. Taste was good. Nothing great, but good nonetheless. Pike has definatly been good to me and I look forward to drinking more of their wonderful brews.

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