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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-23-2002

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Photo of Noxious26
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with pry off cap poured in a pint glass. Purchased at Willow Park Wines in Regina.

Cloudy, orangey-copper in colour. Off-white head is 1/4 inch on the pour and recedes to a thin ring around the edge and a few islands of foam. The odd string of lace makes an appearance.

Citrus hops and sweet malts. Caramel, grapefruit, mandarin oranges.

Big punch of hops in the mouth. Somewhat balanced at the start, but still leaning towards citrus hops with an appearance of malts. As we move into the middle and towards the finish the profile becomes increasingly bitter and hoppy. Aftertaste is leafy and herbal hops while being long and drawn out.

Medium bodied and a little oily with moderate carbonation.

Overall it's a pretty average, run of the mill, American IPA. More interested in the hop punch than any kind of balance. Give it a try!

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Photo of NoHipTee
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance did not hint at the slightly floral finish that would be bestowed on the priveleged individual that has the chance to partake in such a lovely example of a smooth IPA. Very well done. I am not a fan of all the beers at Pike but do believe that they nailed this one. Not toooo hoppy but just enough to be a fine example of what, in my opinion, an IPA should taste like.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on tap on my first visit to Seattle. Pours amber with amazing pine grapefruit aroma, there is no doubt this was a fresh keg. Taste follows with a nice hop bite of pine up front, fading into grapefruit, and nice caramelly sweetness on the back. The malt character reminds me a bit of a DIPA, but still rather drinkable and tasty. Was very impressed by this one.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber - from Total wine summerlin las vegas NV for 4.99$

Appearance - Hazy copper colour with a large size frothy off white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, grapefruit, pineapple, oranges

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the taste is made up of caramel and malts mixed with hops. It also has a orange juice/zest flavour with a hint of pineapple and some grapefruit. It ends with a caramel and fruit aftertaste with a medium amount of lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - An above average IPA that has some nice tropical fruit flavours and a decent dose of hops. I'd be happy to to drink it again and I am looking forward to trying their DIPA. Worth picking up if you like fruity IPAs.

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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 EspressoGuy
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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Photo of aranheaney
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a red solo cup at poker thanks to iron mike for this one

A-hard to tell in said vessel, but appears to be hazy copper

S-pIne citrus and nice hops

T-Very nice, smooth and session able

M-decent, fairly smooth

O-very good will do again

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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 JimKal
4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This reminded me of one of my favorite Double IPA but with a lower alcohol content. It had just the right amount of bitterness to make you realize you were drinking an IPA but didn't blow your tastebuds away.

It poured a hazy amber with good carbonation. I really enjoyed this IPA and wish Washington state wasn't so far away.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.49/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Delirium Tremens snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- From a heavy pour comes a dark, hazy copper color with a two finger head that retains nicely and dissolves to an 1/8 inch head with a heavy sheet of foam on the surface. A healthy amount of hop/yeast sediment clings to the glass that's accompanied by sticky lacing. Obviously bottle conditioned.

S- Sweet, malty initial aroma that's backed by an earthy hop presence. Combined, it kind of smells hearty yet, at the same time, a bit astringent if that makes sense. Interesting.

T- Cereal grain sweetness in the front reminds me of fresh wort, which I love. The hops follow closely behind and reinforce the previously detected earthy undertones. Absolutely delicious.

M- Full and viscous. I feel that, the more sediment in a bottle conditioned beer, the more substance and body it possesses. Medium-high carbonation does a lot to confirm this as well as complement the brew as a whole.

O- An amazing beer. I've always seen this brewery's beers at different stores but hesitated to buy their offerings simply because I'd never heard of them. But now that I live near a Total Wine & More, Pike's beers are offered at discount prices through their Brewery Direct program and I thought "What the hell?" and bought one. Man am I glad I did that.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.16/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a very clear amber with a small white head with lots of what lacing. Nose is tame without much going for it.

Taste is well balanced, malty with a light hop bite but not over he top, fairly earthy with a smooth finish. Carbonation is light.

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Photo of zbellino
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Nice cloudy honey-rust color. It has beautiful froth too it, and it sticks around for a bit and leaves a nice web on the glass. It has sediment, or at least the big beer I was drinking from had chunks in it. I actually like some of that, it adds texture to the appearance. YMMV.

S-Had an thyme or oregano scent hidden at the top. Behind that was a strong undercurrent of sweetness, and a surprising little yeasty note buried very deep. All together, it doesn't throw itself at your nose though, very mild.

T-Bitter in the front and back. The way a west-coast IPA should be. Nice tease of sour on the sides, and a good sweetness that is a hazy as the brew to balance it.

M- Solid 2% feel ... with a nice bubble tingle.

O- It isn't the most innovative, though the cloudiness I saw is a bit different for this style. All in all, though, it's an exemplary execution of a mainstay style.

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Photo of koopa
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the Hawthorne Hophouse on 9/1/11

Appearance: Pours a nice honey tinged light caramel with a 1.5 finger white crown that displays medium retention and medium lace.

Smell: Not much going on....a little bit of toffe malt and light amount of pine stained citrus.

Taste: Same as nose but more vibrant. Hint of herbal hop bite.

Mouthfeel: Thin side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Sessionable but not super tasty.

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Photo of nandemo1
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly hazy copper with a big frothy head.

Smell was pretty citrusy but taste came out to be very malty with citrus rind and herbal notes. Bitterness was mild.

Mouthfeel was pretty heavy and sticky.

It is a decent offering, but I'd like to try it fresh from the brewery. Not sure how long this bottle had been sitting around.

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

Poured from a chilled bomber, 6.3 ABV, 60 IBU.

A-Pours a dark apricot unfiltered amber with a fairly thin eggshell head that settles rapidly. Nice looking beer, a bit dark from what I would expect from an IPA.

S-Mostly sweet caramel malts. Not picking up much hop character here, but what I am picking up is of the citrus rind variety.

T-Huge creamy hop goodness mated with an equally huge sweet juicy malt backbone. Well balanced taste that tapers off in a lingering astringent bitter finish. Feels bigger than the ABV suggests, taste-wise.

M-Well balanced carbonation, and a creamy mouthfeel that is fairly heavy for the style, but I'm not saying it is a bad thing, just different.

O-I will definitely be buying this again. Nice switchup from the traditional summer refresher IPA, this would do very well with some chill in the wind. Well done.

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

Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This brew pours a fairly deep amber color with a finger of sticky head. The aroma has bright citrus, malts, and a herbal hop. The taste is good, it's got a bright citrus over a caramel malt backbone. Bitter, herbal hops come in on the backend. A good English-style IPA. The mouthfeel just isn't quite right, it could probably use a bit more carbonation. The drinkability is fairly good. Overall, a decent English IPA, nothing worth getting excited over.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Light copper with some honey colored notes to it. Thin off white head disappates pretty quickly, though it leaves some pretty heavy lacing.
S- Smell is grapefruit, generally citrusy, with decent pale malt balance.
T- A decently well balanced beer. Seems like munich malts come through a bit more than most ipa's. Hop character is citrusy, though it really has more bitterness than citrus flavor. A bit astringent in the finish and that hurt the taste score for me.
M- Decently full body, but it really could use a bit more carbonation. Fell pretty flat on the tongue.
O- A pretty good IPA, but it doesn't really stand out from the pack for me. Would drink again, but wouldn't seek out or recommend as a top tier example of the style.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pike brewery. Pours amber hue with a white, foamy head and much lacing. Aroma is of caramel malt, citrus hops and some ripe fruit. Light, smooth body. Citrusy, piney hops, grapefruit dominate the palate, while caramel malt struggles to provide some balance. The finish is long and hoppy. Good but nothing special IPA.

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Photo of beerman207
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this while spending some time in Seattle

A: pour reveals a nice orange color brew with about 1 ton2 fingers head that lingers a while

S: nose is hopes and candied fruit. Also some malt coming through

T: taste is spicy hops and a nice malt balance. Nothing fancy but this one is solid

M: mouthfeel is spot on. Has a moderate amount of carbonation

O: I could drink this one all night long

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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 FosterJM
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

546th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
22 oz

Thanks to my father in law for a good birthday present

App-  A bolder darker orange with some amber color.  A big two and half finger head.  Sliding table lace looking stick.

Smell-  A damp orange juice scent with big notes of orange peel and malts.  No hops, no citrus

Taste-  Way too malty.  Unevenly balanced with the malts taking center stage.  No citrus, faint hops

Mouth-  Medium bodied and medium carbed.  A nice bodied IPA with some wetness behind it.

Drink-  Its a big malty IPA, Pretty above average at points across the board.  I wont come back to this one though

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy orange-yellow pour with a one and a half finger head with minimal retention but nice lacing. The nose is somewhat subdued, but earthy and malt dominant with strong sappy pine being most prevalent. Bitter, earthy, piney hops up front give way to the toasty malt, but remain dominant throughout. Considering the malt is so dominant in the nose, it's very subdued in the taste. But the character of the hops are somewhat lacking for an IPA. There's pine but not much else. A bit of a wet cardboard aftertaste is present also. The creamy mouthfeel is really nice, almost cask-like. The finish almost saves it as the carmel malt kicks in and gives it a bit of balance and substance, but it's still lacking overall. No date so I can't speak to the freshness. I'll have to give it another try since the score indicates it's better than what I got out of it.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint. Pours a cloudy amber color. Thin white head for an IPA. Ok lacing.

Aroma could use more hops. Little bit of citrus and mostly malt. Smells ok though.

Taste is better than the aroma would suggest. Pretty decent malt taste with a bit of hop bite. Could use a bit more hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavier than I like but good.

Overall a tasty IPA. There are better avaliable to me but I might pick it up every once in a while.

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Photo of beagle75
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass.

A: Hazy, light orange-amber color with one finger of diminishing turmeric-tinted foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass and a dusting of fine sediment is present at the bottom.

S: Carbonic acid adds brightness to earthy herbaceous hops and mild toasted grain, also featuring estery fruit.

T: Begins off-dry, with floral hop aromatics and balanced crystal malt beside somewhat restrained acidity. Pronounced earthy flavor develops in the middle, giving a tea-like impression. The finish sees the emergence of the esters from the smell, matching agreeably with the earth and mild bitterness.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This Washington-brewed IPA is English is style, left wanting only for a more aggressive mineral bite to replace the acidic one. At first glance, the profile seems clean with minimal influence from the esters, but they build up on the palate in a way that threatens it with fatigue. While a passing effort, this beer could be more refined in its pursuit of the English archetype.

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

Very cloudy, with an orange-copper color. The head is a shade darker than eggshell and rises about 2-fingers. The head is pretty short-lived but maintains a foam cap and leaves some nice lace.

The aroma is full of citric and floral hops with a hint of biscuit. The citrus is more of the sweet variety

The flavor is big on citrus, with tangerine, grapefruit and even a little dried apricot thrown in. It's all served up on a good sized palette of malt that becomes more apparent in the middle, but the hops definitely dominate. It ends with more citric, fruity hops, but the malt takes on a bready character and it leaves you with a yeasty and earthy citric aftertaste.

This is a very good brew. I would consider this a benchmark example of the style and an all-around good beer.

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Pike India Pale Ale from The Pike Brewing Company
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