Pike India Pale Ale | The Pike Brewing Company

very good
441 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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-23-2002

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Ratings: 441 |  Reviews: 214
Photo of RobertTheRogue
5/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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 Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of chickenm
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of cfinch2
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Finatic
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of CoryR
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of I2uss
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Bilco
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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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Pike India Pale Ale from The Pike Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 441 ratings.
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