Pike India Pale Ale | The Pike Brewing Company

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

Pours a hazy orange color with a frothy tan head. Head falls relatively slow. Clinging lace.

Nose is what you'd expect from an IPA, all floral hops.

Nice full hop taste with a mild malt backbone. Flowery and a bit sweet but ending in hop bitterness.

Medium bodied and mildly carbonated.

Nice. East drinking and worth a try.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not impressed. With so many great IPAs, and even more good IPAs, the world doesn't need another adequate IPA.

Pours a hazy camel color with a disappointing head. Smells very malty, sweet and syrupy, with caramel. The flavor is malty, caramelly and tea-like, with some bready overtones and a sweet, citrusy bitterness that builds on the back of the mouth. Mouthfeel is smooth and slick.

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Photo of u2carew
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with an off white, two finger, thick and creamy head. Settles to a nice lacing. Clear body. Copper in color.
S) Pleasant citrus aroma - grapefruit, orange. Light toffee notes.
T) Light grapefruit. Orange. Nutty. Then towards the finish the malt vacates and leaves a sturdy hop bite.
M) Medium body. Dry in the finish with a slight tannin feel. A bit syrupy.
D) A decent IPA, not one to go raving crazy about but in a pinch I'd drink it.

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

Thanks to BrewCrew2010 for this extra

A: Pours a transparent amber color with a small eggshell head. Retention is decent, not great.

S: Very malt driven. Namely caramel, toffee and buttery notes. Awesome floral hop notes, very earthy.

T: Similar to the nose, malt forward. Buttery toffee and caramel notes on top of a floral, bitter earthy hop background

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

A - Pours a hazy golden colour with a thin layer of head, with decent retention and some fine lacing.

S - Toffee hops, very sweet, almost a bit reminiscent of banana loaf.

T - Bitter citrus hops followed by a mango malt with a bready finish. Much more complex in the flavours than I was expecting, and different from the scent implied.

M - Surprisingly wet and not overly dry on the finish which is quite nice. Small and light bubbles that goes down smooth and is reminiscent of a stout.

D - Pretty tasty offering from Pike. Not my favourite among IPA's, however, does offer some unique flavours and would recommend it to any hop head looking for a change. Overall, pretty tasty, but I have other go-to IPA's which would rank higher.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - slightly hazy copper orange, short white head dissipating to islands fairly quickly, good lacing
S - strong grassy and grapefruit citrus hops, very light roasty malt hints, and i'm getting hints of cedar
T - grassy hops with a slightly metallic tinge up front, leading to a citrus tartness, with smooth woody undertones
M - bold hop flavours fill the mouth, moving to a pleasant bitter lingers on the back of the mouth
D - the hoppiness is in your face but to overwhelming, the bitterness is nice but may get to be a bit much after a few

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Photo of jhtipton
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great breakfast beer, okay, early lunch. Hade this at their restaurant/brewery in Seattle. Definitely a great on tap beer. Usually don't find an IPA on tap this good.Had to order one more to make sure it was not a fluke. Nice lacing, orangish hue and great smell. Could drink my weight in these. Cheers.

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Photo of atsprings
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip pours a crisp amber with a decent frothy light khaki head that slowly diminishes to a thin layer and leaves some rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma is crisp citrus hops in front of subtle sweet malts. The taste is a nice amount citrus malts with just enough sweet malts to back them up. The beer is fairly light and crisp with decent carbonation. This is certainly a West Coast IPA, one I would have again if it were available in 6 packs, but at $3.99 a bomber, I likely won't have it again.

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Photo of Shadman
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice hazy copper orande with strong determined off wihite head.

Rich & quite strong piney aromas mixed with some sweet toasted frains

If you like your beer hoppy, this ones for you. Huge wave of grapefuit rind bitterness followed by enough sweet bread malts to keep it form being one dimensional. Oily & super bitter hops return to whack a mole the malts before taking over completely.

Smooth, s;ick and fairly creamy feel.

A top notch AIPA..quite refreshing.

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Photo of theghost3
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, translucent copper with a 1-finger light yellow head. Minimal lacing.

The smell is a decent balance of hops and malts--grapefruit and herbal hops with caramel and honey. The taste is bitter at first of grapefruit and pine hops. There are flavors of roasted caramel and biscuity malts. Aftertaste is piney and herbal hops--rather bitter. Mouthfeel is carbonated, somewhat acidic, and medium-bodied.

This is a rather drinkable IPA. The hops are a bit weak in the nose, but the taste has a nice hop/malt balance, almost like an English IPA.

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Photo of silver0rlead
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber color with a frothy beige head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma has nice west coast hops upfront (juicy, piney, citrusy), along with caramel and honey, biscuit, fruity esters and a little chalky astringence. The flavor has piney and citrusy hops initially, along with some caramel and biscuit, fruity esters, and chalk. The mouthfeel is moderate and drinkability is decent. More bitter than flavorful, this is a decent stab at the style but not something I would revisit again.

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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 beertunes
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a deep copper-orange color with about a half inch of white head that low retention and moderate lacing.

The aroma is nicely balanced between malt and hops, with pine being the most noticeable hop scent. On the tongue, the beer remains well balanced and has a dry, citrusy finish.

The body is fairly typical for the style. Drinkability is very good, mostly due to the balanced nature of this brew. Overall, a solid, if unspectacular, example of the style. This beer won't knock your socks off, but is a dependable brew.

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

Pike Brewing Company--Pike IPA--1998 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.90% ABV. (4.75 / 5.0) IPA--Light red clear golden color. Rich hop aroma, clean sweet malt body, and balanced hop finish. Abundant hops slightly more bitter than aromatic. Best Bottled IPA Available. Sampled 10/3/1998.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike IPA--1999 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.00% ABV. (3.75 / 5.0) IPA--Relabeled to reflect actual ABV. Seems much bigger. Intense floral but not flowery hop front followed by quick sense of rich sweet dry body then big dry hop finish. Sampled 12/25/1998.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike IPA--Small Logo--1999 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.30% ABV. (4.75 / 5.0) IPA--First sip conveys perfect balance of a rich floral hop front, sweet nutty caramel crystal malt body and balancing earthy hop finish. Rich copper color with a shade of red. Only Hop Ottin is better. Sampled 6/17/1999.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike IPA--2001 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.30% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) IPA--Clear amber golden color. Rich floral hop front. Mild rich caramel malt body with balanced rich sweetness. Crisp smooth hoppy end. Very nice. Bottled version is better. Sampled 3/14/2001.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike IPA India Pale Ale--2003 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.30% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) IPA --BC sediment. Rich thick lacy head. Hazy rich amber color. Mellow floral hop front. Rich tangy tart malty sweet citrus smoth caramel bisquit body with yeast notes. Balanced rich citrus hop end. Sampled 12/18/2003.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike IPA--India Pale Ale--2004 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.30%--60 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) IPA--Crystal amber golden red color. Mild floral hop front. Smooth sweet creamy crystal malt caramel body. Crisp tangy mild citrus fruit flavor. Clean hot balanced hop spice end. Sampled 4/5/2004.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike *I*P*A*--2005 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.30% ABV--60 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) IPA--Mild lace head. Clear rich bright amber gold color. Crisp mild floral hop front. Smooth mild sweet caramel body. Mild balanced hop citrus end. Dumbed Down Again!!? Sampled 5/19/2005.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike I.P.A. India Pale Ale--2006 Release--12 oz. Bottle--6.30% ABV--55 IBU's. (4.25 / 5.0) IPA--Mild lacy head. Clear bright thin amber color. Earthy floral hop front. Thin crisp tangy caramel mild sweet earthy body. Tangy creamy bitter hop spice clean end. Rich hop medium IPA. Sampled 12/6/2006.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike IPA India Pale Ale--2009 Release--22 oz. Bottle--6.50% ABV--60 IBU's. (4.1 / 5.0) IPA--Big foamy mild lace off white head. Clear rich deep amber color. Earthy malty floral hop front. Cloying malty doughy caramel bisquit mellow sweet bread body. Mild earthy crusty bitter hint hop spice lingering malt mild citrus end. Malty English Accents. Filling. Sampled 5/18/2009. $4.69 Each.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike IPA India Pale Ale--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 6.30% ABV--60 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Mild lace thin white head. Clear rich bright amber color. Floral earthy hop front. Smooth mellow sweet caramel biscuit slightly earthy light toasted malty body. Mellow hop spice end. Big Pale Ale--Mild IPA. Sampled 3/26/2010. 2 @ $3.99 Each.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike IPA--5 oz Taster @ Pike Pub & Brewery. 6.30% ABV. 60 IBU's. Lacy head. Rich clear amber gold color. Earthy floral hop front. Malty rich doughy caramel body. Earthy hop spice end. Classic NW IPA. (4.0 / 5.0) Sampled 5/9/2010.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike *I*P* A* India Pale Ale--2010-A 12 oz. Bottle. 6.30% ABV. 60 IBU's. (3.25 / 50) March Purchase. Aged Poorly. Thin white fizz light lace head. Cloudy bright amber orange color. Fruity floral hop front. Bottle Conditioned sediment dust. OG 1.062. Sweet fruity dry textured hop resin hint flat rich Amber Ale caramel malt body. Mild hop citrus clean dry end. Sampled 7/9/2010. 6-Pack $6.99.

Pike Brewing Company--Pike *I*P* A* India Pale Ale Beer / Biere--2010 12 oz. Bottle Version B. 6.30% ABV. 60 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Thin mild lace off white head. Clear bright rich dark amber red orange color. Bottle Conditioned, but no sediment. Earthy floral pine hop doughy malt front. Slightly crusty sweet cloying rich toasted biscuit caramel mild fruit malty body. Dry sweet clean earthy bitter hop spice lingering malt end. Relatively mildly floral earthy rich NW medium strength IPA. Sampled 7/7/2010. 6-Pack $6.99.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle with no discernable date, but brand new to market.

Pours bright orange with a thick just off white head.

Nice piney and juicy citrusy smell with some malt sweetness.

Taste is bitter, biscuit, dry and right on for the style.

Mouthfeel is a little thin.

The dryness keeps me wanting more.

A nice beer from Pike, the first I have had or seen of their beers.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.48/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. brown bottle with no freshness date.

A: Lightly hazed golden orange color. The off-white head disappears quickly. Little to no lacing.

S: Soft citric hop aroma. Floral, earthy, and mild grain in the nose as well.

T&M: Smooth and creamy with a big citrus hop flavor all the way through. The malt sweetness balances the hops nicely. Ends real dry with a bready sweetness. Medium bodied.

Very good IPA. I'd love to try this stuff fresh.

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Photo of babaracas
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Brewery direct" from totalwine. Listed as EIPA on shelf talker, as AIPA here. Reviewing as something inbetween as it seems to fall between the two poles. Pours a mostly clear dark amber with two finger cream colored head, fades to thin cap leaving a few blobs of lace. Smell: the operative word here is subdued - leafy, lemony hop, tea, toffee, ultra yeasty bread. Taste: toffee, earthy and slightly citric hopping. Low to medium bodied, semi dry, sweet finish. It's a bit lacking in character though not entirely unenjoyable.

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

Appearance: amber-hued body with a thinnish, near white head. decent lacing.

Smell: toasty amber malts, sublte citrus fruit, herbaceous hop notes.

Taste: sweetish flavor of amber malts, very balanced as a english IPA should be. Earthy and light hop character but with only a subdued bitterness. finshes pretty dry..

Mouthfeel: Medium body.

Drinkability: solid english IPA brewed to old world style and I would seek out again. a nice break from my everyday hop bombs.

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Photo of InsolublePancake
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a crystal clear golden orange with about a half inch of head. The head quickly dissipates, leaving behind a persistent ring of lace at the top and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.

S- Tart, lemony aroma from the hops is backed by bready and caramelly malts. Not too complex, but pretty nice.

T- The hops come through first with a bit of a zesty, lemony tartness that is soon joined by a touch of caramel and cracker-like malt. A leafy, tea-like bitterness pushes through on the finish.

M- On the light side of medium and smooth to the point of being a little watery. Carbonation level is fairly low.

D- Eh, it's pretty boring overall. I'll finish the bomber but I don't really want more.

Pretty much your run-of-the-mill IPA. It's not terrible, but it's not good either. At least it's cheap (3.99 a bomber), but even so, I doubt I'll be revisiting it.

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Photo of dedrinker
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium amber color, thin off-white head.

Aromas of sweet malt and floral hops.

Flavors of caramel, and piney, spicey, floral hops.

soft-n-sticky medium body carries good Pacific Northwest hop character all the way from start to finish.

Great drinkability; Just got off work and powered through this with pleasure and ease - taking only enough time to think and write this review before finishing.

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

Pours a nice light amber, fairly opaque, bright. Modest head with an aggressive pour.

The smell is subdued, hoppy and bitterish with orange or lemon,

I like the taste of this beer, it's predominantly hoppy, of course, but the hops are only the baseline element, there are notes of sweet caramel malt, citrus, on top and it's all well balanced. Mouthfeel is similarly good, substantive enough to be full flavored yet still crispy and refreshing. In summary, this is a pretty good IPA and one that I'd regularly pick with my dinner (compliment, of course).

Interesting sidenote, but in my experience this is a brewer that just gets no PR or respect here in its hometown. There's plenty of competition, of course, but Pike makes some nice brews and I don't get why they are so under the radar.

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Photo of Norfawkers
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decent all-around IPA and very drinkable

Appearance: Dark amber with a thick foamy head

Smell: Hoppy with malts and grains

Taste: Malty with a hop kick

Mouthfeel: Smooth and mild with a lingering bitterness

Drinkability: Malt and hop balance; highly drinkable en masse

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

Picked up a bottle at Total Wine. If you're in VA, they got a direct shipment from the brewery and are the only suppliers locally and carry all year-round styles.

The beer is a browny, orange color. It has a nice laced head that keeps throughout. It smells kind of sweet and floral.

There is an initial dry taste followed by a malt forward sensation that is immediately followed again by a bitter dryness. This is a rather tasty brew. It is very well balanced for the style. It definitely has the hop kick to make in an IPA but it's not overwhelming, it's not too fruity, and it masks the 6.3% ABV very well. There is a bit of a buttery sensation, along with a very full mouthfeel.

This is a massively drinkable IPA. It's not "too" anything which is a nice change from what everyone else is doing that usually exploits one characteristic of style.

Well done.

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Photo of smanders
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pike products have been showing up more and more out here on the East Coast and so far they've all been a treat. Picked this bomber up on a lazy Saturday afternoon for a sweet $3.99.

Poured into your standard British pint glass this IPA is beautiful: dark copper, a wee bit hazy, and a solid head. The aromas are nicely balanced between the piney-ness of the hops and the sweet (sugar candy) of the malt. It really makes you want to take a big gulp! OK, I will. Nice! Up front is big-time malty goodness which is quickly followed by hoppy spice/pine. Superbly balanced with a slick finish. This is what should come to mind when someone says "American Pale Ale." Excellent taste, enough alcohol to satisfy without causing fits, and inexpensive...What's not to like about Pike?


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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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