Pike India Pale Ale | The Pike Brewing Company

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-23-2002

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Photo of ScarletLady
2.13/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This was my first time trying anything from this brewery. Decanted from a bomber bottle

A - poured a deep orange color with a 1/2 inch of head, no real lacing

S - no big hop aroma, a hint of pine? the malt aroma came thru more than the hop

T - had the bottle not said IPA I would have thought it to be a pale ale

M - ok

I checked BA for the overall score before I bought it. This beer was very disappointing to me and I didn't finish the bottle. Maybe I got an old brew which would explain the lack of hop prescence. (no date on bottle) I won't buy this again but might try it fresh on tap.

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

Porued a deep orange-amber into a tulip with a finger of light eggshell head. Strong and fairly straightforward aroma of juicy grapefruit and pine mixed with caramel sweetness.

Slightly low carbonation and a fairly thick, creamy mouthfeel. Lots of grapefruit and orange up front with some bready caramel malt and a kick of bitter pine on the finish.

A well-executed IPA and very drinkable if not particularly memorable.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

Appearance: orangish brown with 2 finger white head

Smell: citrus, hops,

Taste: citrus hops, sweet malts,

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, refreshingly crisp,

Drinkability: not a great IPA but definitely glad I got to try.


The cpj

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Photo of wordemupg
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip feb21 2011

A hazy orange glow with a fast falling beige head that leaves a single partial ring of lace with a couple random patches

S pine, citrus and a tea bag smell with a little booze

T mimics the smell quite well but a little earthy compared to the nose and some sweet malt comes out

M thick enough with just enough carbonation to please and leaves a little grit behind and a long aftertaste

D easy enough to drink but nothing amazing, not lacking in any area but I'm not blown away by anything either

not sure how old this one is as I don't see a date anywhere, I remember really liking the DIPA by Pike but their standard IPA is exactly that, standard, worth trying but not seeking out

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Photo of DmanGTR
2.45/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into my Gulden Draak tulip.

The pour yielded a very lovely light maple hue with a nicely formed white head. Bands of white lace and well retained. Wonderfully clear. The nose, however, is weak at best. I get the slightest hint of earthiness, some crystalized grain, and a touch of pine. Everything is there, it's just... well... weak! I feel like I'm struggling to get a whiff of something here. The flavor gives forth a less than assertive pine with even less grapefruit. I can definitely taste the malts: a blend of sweetness and cereal character. But this doesn't really strike me as an IPA. Weird, out of place alcoholic warmth in the finish. Texture is a middle of the road body that doesn't really give much to talk about. I feel like this beer lost me shortly after presenting itself in the glass. Everything seems muted, leaving me guessing and trying to find redeeming qualities, but failing. I really enjoyed Pike's xxx Stout but this is simply not cutting it. An American Pale Ale, sure I'll buy that. An IPA? Nope.

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Photo of Donnie2112
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a shaker pint

Looks like: Yellowish amber in color, thin head retention and sporadic lacing

Smells like: Bread, pine, rosemary

tastes like: Balanced sweet bready malts, in conjunction with a focused pine and herbal notes

feels like: medium carbonation, light in body, light astringence on the finish.

Fairly drinkable, didn't find this beer to be particularly special. Tastes decent, looks ok, smells alright, fairly clean hop character and decent balance. Works in a pinch, not a lot of flaws but also a bit forgettable too.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber bottle poured into a pint glass. No bottle date found on the label or the bottle.

A: Clear, amber color with 2 finger head that stuck around for a little bit. Nice lacing.

S: No real IPA nose (my opinion). I got more malts then hops that you usually find.

T: Much like the nose, the taste wasn't that impressive. I wanted more from this West Coast IPA, and it just wasn't there. No horrible, as I drank it, but thought there'd be more.

M: Good mouthfeel. Wasn't overly chewy or mouth puckering.

D: Very drinkable beer, but the questions is will you want another one?

Overall, fair not great on this one. BUT considering the price was so low, it is worth trying some of their line now and in the future.

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Photo of mjurney
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange-amber color, pretty hazy. Nice fine bubbles. Head looks thick and chunky. Lacing looks very nice on the glass.

Aroma is a little mild, but I get citrus hops, a little piney, sweet malts.

Taste & Mouthfeel:
Very juicy mouthfeel. Citrus hops, slight piney with clean malt background.

Finish & Aftertaste:
Very crisp and refreshing, leaves a nice sweet floral aftertaste.

Overall Impressions:
Very nice for a regular IPA. Highly drinkable and very sessionable.

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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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Photo of EgadBananas
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber to pint glass.

Light orange, golden, with a nice white head. Aroma is a bit of citrus and some backing malts. Taste is nice and citrusy, bitter and a sold malt backbone. Feel is nice and creamy, crisp, good carbonation and upper light in body. Good, easy drinker.

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Photo of evilkalla
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bomber into a very tall glass.

A: Poured a clear amber color with about a half inch of thick head. Very attractive. A fair level of carbonation is visible.

S: The smell was big on malt right out of the bottle, I could even smell it while I was pouring it. The smell is predominantly malt, it overpowers the hops.

T: Very malt forward with a strong hop backbone. Has a really clean finish which is great. Well balanced.

M: Crisp and slightly bubbly, very good.

D: This IPA is very smooth and goes down very easy. I'm glad I gave it a try. I would definitely buy it again.

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

Pours a nice clear amber, typical, but the off-white head is thick and frothy and sticks around for a while. Aroma is fairly hoppy, if not strongly so, with an undertone of grapefruit and sour orange. Flavor is hoppy and woody, slightly bitter, a little fruity - mainly orange and grapefruit, no sweetness. Lacing is fairly substantial. Texture is fairly smooth, lively and fizzy, leaving a fairly persistent tingle.

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Photo of mynie
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This here is just about the epitome of solid, easy drinkin', well balanced west coast IPA.

The aroma is overwhelmingly citrusy, and it's a strange kind of citrus since it's only partially from the hops. Along with your alpha acid nodes of grapefruit and orange, you also have some almost wheatmalty hints of lemongrass. Nice.

It tastes much more like a traditional IPA. Hops dominate but are kept in check by nice, medium strength maltiness that tastes like an unfrosted sugar cookie.

West coasters effectively invented hoppy pales. For more than 30 years, beer like this have been part of a very important cultural institution. It may seem a little tame by 2010 standards, especially to a midwesterner, but a beer like this serves as an important testament to growth of the style.

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3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber to pint glass. No date or batch number.

A: Only 1 finger of head is produced after a semi-vigorous pour. Very light khaki in color, creamy in texture and medium retention leading to a lingering bubbly film. The body is very hazy and orange cream in color. Fair lacing is left on the glass.

S: Above average malts of caramel, bread and grain. The pine resiny/grassy hops are almost overwhelmed by the malts. Light earthy yeast contribution.

T: Light dust and cardboard flavors come through. At least the flavor duration is long and the 60 IBUs produce a bigger-than-expected bitterness.

M: The body is medium-light and a touch thin, somewhat creamy.

D: Not much to discuss here, very average and nothing special. Leaves a lot to be desired.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Hazy copper under a small white head. No lace, little retention.

S: Pine, floral and some grapefruit hops, malt is there as well. Good balance.

T: Pine hops, a little bit of toasted malt, slight hint of citrus before a mild bitter finish. Again, good balance.

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation is a touch high. Drinkability is good. Overall, a pretty solid IPA.

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Photo of Offa
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap, this is light amber with a small head soon to a foamy ring and leaving some very nice lace.

Aroma is light citrus character, caramelly toasty grain.

Taste is zesty, citrusy light bitterness with light leafiness and earthy hint lightly dominating a caramelly grain body and lingering a little. Overall, it has a full character, excellent, clean flavours, and leans lightly to the bitter side.

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Photo of beer2day
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Earthy thick reddish gold pour. Looks very chewy. 1/2 finger of medium cream head. No retention. Decent lacing.

Nose is pine and floral essence. Substantial malt backbone underneath. Smells very rich and full.

Thin hit up front, but gets thick fast. Bit of a scotch ale flavor here, slightly peaty. Very good bitters in the finish with a nice dry ending. If you like an earthy feel to your ipa, then this is one to try.

Feel matches the nose, nice and rich.

Great drinking ipa.

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Photo of WhiteOak
2.96/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Dark amber color. Minimal white head at the pour, dissipating to nothing in seconds.

S- The smell of wet newspaper covers most of the muted malt and very faint citric hop smells, which are just barely detectable.

T- Bready malt up front with hop dryness. Mid palate is malty, and the finish is hop bitterness.

M, D - Medium feel, with average drinkability

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Photo of Lerxst
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No bottled on or best buy date.

What can I say, everything about this beer was average...

Poured a hazy amber with an average white head with average retention. Smell is a bit of pine resin, citrus hops and malt just sort of lingering. Just an average smell. Taste is a somewhat acrid blend of floral and citrus hops with a slightly bready malt backbone. Somethings just not quite right here and I can't put my finger on it. Mouthfeel is just, well, average. A bit on the thin side. As far as drinkability, the acrid aftertaste made it a more of a chore than a pleasure to finish a bomber.

I think if you're in the mood for an average IPA, this fits the bill.

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

A: A solid foam 2 finger creamish-beige head sits proudly atop and with good retention, on an dirty flat orange pour. Generous amounts of lacing was left behind, large splashy patches that covered the glass very well with almost full intentions. Visible effervesce was extremely light with only random instances of bubbles rising at a given moment. Very similar to their pale in appearance with the exception of the generous glass coating lacing that ensures this of a bit better results.

S: Dry pine wood and needles is most evident on the nose but again not that this has much to offer otherwise. Toasty grains and toasted orange peels along with some fresh grapefruit pulp come off on the fade of moderate intentions.

T: The start reminded me a bit of their pale, not a good thing, washy and weak, thin in substance and character. In fact im pretty sure this is the same beer just tweaked with a bit more hops which makes this appear as lazy as the brewer. Toasty grains and dried oranges combine with a pine bitterness only slightly more then their pale which was enough to take notice, but not enough to write home about. There is perhaps a saving grace from mediocrity in its late hop arrival but still is very thin and watery based lacking substance.

M: Flat and lazy hold of medium consistency. Lacked a crispness but slid down easily enough from its oily and lax body, which is just a nice way of saying it was flat, thin and a bit watery.

D: A typical ipa attempt that's hardly worth a revisit or the cost of bottling. Shows just enough hop interest to barely, and I do mean barely, hold my attention for a bomber, but nothing beyond that. Washy and weak malt wise with no much incentive to finish I would hardly recommend this even for a try and comes off only fractions better then their pale.

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

22oz bottle, unknown date.

Pours hazy orange amber with a one finger off white head, leaves some spots of lacing and diminishes to a foamy ring and wispy cap. A slightly warmer pour on the second half produces a better head and much better lacing with some nice drippy rings.

Aroma is citrus, earthy, grassy, and piney hops, fair malt presence with some caramel and bread. Moderate to good strength.

Flavor is resinous, piney hops, citrus rind, good bitterness, some caramel malt sweetness, very long lingering bittersweet finish, although more bitter than sweet, but still pretty sweet for an IPA. A fair bit of alcohol considering the ABV, as it goes on I feel like I'm picking up some cardboard and diacetyl, although the cap did come off awfully easily on this one.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, somewhat creamy, medium but sometimes prickly carbonation.

Solid IPA and a good value at $4 a bomber. My bottle may have been a little off so I'd like to try this again sometime to see if that is the case or not.

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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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Photo of cjgator3
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy amber color with an off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is sweet malt, caramel and some citrusy hops with some alcohol coming through as well. The aroma is more balanced and less focused on the hops more similar to an East Coast IPA rather than the stereotypical West Coast IPA.

T- The taste like the aroma suggests is very balanced for an IPA. Almost drinks like a slightly weaker Barleywine. There is a solid malt backbone with a good dose of bitterness in the finish from the hops.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Pike IPA is a solid IPA that is worth a try.

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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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Pike India Pale Ale from The Pike Brewing Company
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