Pike Old Bawdy Barley Wine | The Pike Brewing Company

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Pike Old Bawdy Barley WinePike Old Bawdy Barley Wine

Brewed by:
The Pike Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of sweethome
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

2006 Vintage

Pours a deep orange with a 1 inch head - gone pretty quickly.

Big nose of "c" hops and candy sugar.

Thick entry, to style with candied malts - hops fighting for control.
Fruity flavors of prunes, pineapple, dried apples. The hop flavors are there side by side. Nice long bitter finish balances out the sweetness of the malts. A hint of brown sugar.

Not as good as I remember from about 4 years ago - but a fine NW US barleywine - hop oriented and tasty.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger, cream head that slowly fades leaving a little lace. Nose is alcohol and hops. Cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is a balance of alcohol and grapefruit hops some sweetness. Decent barleywine. Pricey - $6.87 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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

[Warning: I'm biased toward barleywines. I like them so much that objectivity becomes a real challenge.]

2006 vintage. Served at cellar temp. A normal pour with a hard glug right at the end gives a finger-thick head that reduces quickly. No surprise, considering style and ABV. Color is a burnt copper/orange sunset glow.

Alcohol fumes come into the nose first, bulking up the citrus, candy and sugar aromas. Leans heavily on the sweet side, in the nose anyway.

And the flavor too. Big blast of citrus, incredibly reminiscent of candied/glazed orange slices, with a stickier pine bitterness working its way in. Seems a little light on the malts; I'd be curious to try this green and fresh. At this stage the hops are completely alive while the malts sit further back. Alcohol is present all the while, hardly well-hidden but definitely not hot either. A buttery texture leads to a sticky coating in the finish. Carbonation is low but still healthy enough to make an appearance.

I suppose this isn't a mindblowing barleywine. But barleywines are like pizza and sex: even when they're bad, they're good. This one is far from bad, and though I've never had a fresh one, I wonder if time has knocked it a little off balance. Nevertheless, I'm impressed with the liveliness of the hops at this stage of the beer's life. Despite some minor flaws, I still enjoyed the hell out of it. Glad I bought two.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"If I hadn't been President of the United States, I probably would have ended up a piano player in a bawdy house."

--Harry S. Truman

2006 vintage. Bronzed orange peel with lemony orange edges. Despite a high-altitude pour, the butter colored cap maxed out at a fat one finger. It's a good looking slice of foam that is laying down more thick lace than most double-digit ABV beer.

The nose is less impressive. The malt bill consists of pale, wheat, crystal and peated. A hint of peat is definitely present, but I would never have been able to come up with that on my own. For such a killer hop bill (see below) and a stated IBU count of 90, there isn't much hoppiness emanating from the glass. A whiff of alcohol doesn't help.

Pike Old Bawdy would be better with a higher percentage of crystal/caramel malt. There's almost none of that English toffee flavor that I enjoy so much. With less than abundant malt flavor, hops need to take over. Unfortunately, they don't do so in this beer. As a result, alcohol is too noticeable, even at greater than one year of age.

The hop bill is fine: Columbus, Magnum, Chinook and Centennial. For some reason, though, they don't deliver the flavors usually associated with them. Sure, there's some amount of orange liqueur and candied grapefruit rind, but it's relegated to the background. The beer isn't *that* old. Besides, there's still a truckload of bitterness present that has no trouble cutting through the sweetness.

The mouthfeel is appropriate for the style. Even though it isn't a standout, I can't find any chinks in the armor. It's full without being overly sappy and has a gentle carbonation that is almost a requirement in beer of this size.

Pike Pub & Brewery has always struck me as a solid brewery that doesn't produce anything overly spectacular. I had somewhat high hopes for Old Bawdy Barley Wine, but it didn't deliver in the end. Here's hoping they change the recipe from year to year.

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Photo of ccrida
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2006 vintage, 12 oz bottle poured into my Pike Pub tulip, Old Bawdy is pale auburn with a small and thick ivory head that leaves lots of lace. I really dig the pale color and light glow to this barelywine, which I served at cellar temp.

Smell is spicy and rich, with sweet caramel, sour citrus hops and a nice little touch of buttery diacetyl.

Taste has smooth caramel richness but is pretty hoppy, spicy with a firm bitter finish, and overall very distinct. I just really love the barelywine, there's a reason they wrote the book on the subject!

Mouthfeel is very nice, smooth and velvety with a dry finish.

Drinkability is very high, as this is fantastic. I'm normally prefer sweeter, English-style barelywines, but the bitterness and west coast hops are really showcased nicely here. This is pretty unique, probably closest in flavor to HOTD's Doggie Claws, but more balanced.

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Photo of tempest
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to Kroggdawg for sharing this one. This is a complex barleywine that's a bit undone by a rough alcohol feel. For the most part this beer is very well balanced. The malt is candy-like, big and fruity, quite similar to Sierra Nevada Bigfoot and finished with grassy and citrus rind hops. I'd say "Bawdy" is an accurate name for this one.

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Photo of russpowell
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed peach-hued caramel with minimal cream colored head. Some head retnetion & lacing

S: Cakeyness & jammy fruits, plus some whispers of smokeyess

T: Big time cakey malts, hints of Madeira & then bam! Grapefruitty hops up front. Cinamon, more ripe fruittyness (passion fruit) & piney hoppyness, plus grapefruit as this warms. Finishes with dryness, pineapple, a bit of boozey warmth, & bit more citric hops

MF: Chewy & slick with minimal carbonation. Pretty good balance for the style

Drinks pretty good for the ABV & complexity. A nice American BW. Solid offering from a brewery that really impressed me when I lived in Hawaii

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2006 vintage. 12 oz brown bottle. Served in a brandy snifter.
Hazy orange/gold. Not a lot of carbonation, quickly dissipating head.
Citrusy hop aroma, a little malt and a hint of alcohol. Definitely more on the malty side but not overly sweet. Hop bitterness and aroma may have faded a bit. Long dry hoppy finish. Warming. Maybe a little oxidized, but in a good way.

Decent balance of malt and hops, but I'd like to try this a little fresher.

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Photo of porntipsguzzardo
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer smells like marijuana. It smells like weed, it tastes like weed, and there's little bits of sediment in it that look like weed. I find this extremely odd. And I don't like weed very much, it makes me paranoid, but thankfully I didn't get high from drinking it.

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Photo of joedon
4.62/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Expected big things from this beer. The recipe is from the men who "wrote the book" on barley wines: the Classic Beer Styles from the Association of Brewers (Fal Allen and Dick Cantwell).

Served in a snifter with a very thin, white head. Dark gold color and just a bit hazy.
Big malty aroma with some Englishy hops.
Taste is perfect for barley wine. Quite close to Old Ruffian with nicely balanced hop bitterness and a huge malt base. The flavor lingers on the tongue and leaves an aftertaste of hops. A very big beer!

Mouthfeel also was right on. Good body, texture and carbonation. Lightly carbonated as you would expect for a high-gravity brew.

This is a sipping beer; not the kind you swill down in big gulps.
Perfect for a cloudy Seattle winter.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.79/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

09/20/07- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, WA.

Presentation- Vintagte 2006. 12oz bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Burnt orange in color. 1/4 inch head which quickly evaporates. Lots of microscopic yeast infused with the beer. Seems a touch lifeless but has good color and does leave some light traces of lace.

Smell- Very nice aroma or deep caramel maltball notes with a nice hop punch of orange, pine and grapefruit.

Taste- Wow, this is one well balanced beer. The very sweet caramel malted flavor come into play first with a nice light alcohol warming sensation. Hops then jump in...just enough to know they are there, but not enough to totally outpower the flavor and goodness of the sweet malt texture and taste. Hops are pine and sugary grapefruit flavor.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth with a lower carbonation rate. Not quite cask, but has a bit of bite to it. Medium lasting sweet hop and caramel sweetness.

Drinkability- One of the better per style that I have had. I prefer a english barleywines, but this is a rare american one that is well balanced and one flavor (the hop or the malt) doesn't out do the other. Very good beer that I will be trying to track down again.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed March 25, 2007. 12 oz Bottle thanks to Dr. Bill. Ecto-cooler aroma, with rising cold fruit. Still amber pour. Carbonation alights in the moth, with a quickly decent malt move into scorching hop heat. The fusels burn over a pile of fuming hop cones. Piney and dry. Fins nips of scotch and tar among the ruins. Bigfoot inspires. Dries nicely and then torches the back of the throat. Will age nicely.

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Photo of Cascadia
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It comes in a twist-off so that'll tell you something. Dosen't bother me, I love a barley wine that's easily opened. It pours a nice golden straw yellow, maybe a little light in color, but nice. Hoppy nose, very strong bitter hops aroma. Tastes hoppy as well, not as much malt flavor as I would have hoped for. I like my barley wines with a little more malt/hops balance. This won't be tops on my tasting list, but considering the ease of transport, I will no doubt buy some more for lazy fishing trips and the like.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clouded dark peach. Very slim and loose foamy cap of whiteness emerges briefly. Lacing is dotted in a few areas.

Aroma is dank, dark, and beefy of old pear, dark apple mush, and some musty melon. Quite fruity, a touch of citrusy notes with a low toned hoppyness thats a bit alluring in its approach with a bit of soapy woodyness.

Taste is milding with a low graze of fruity notions touching on citrus peels, but landing on pineapple, melon, peach, and apple. Hops are floralesk with a light nuance to pine and citrus. Tender amd light backing of caramel is squeezed in. Ends with a nice buzz of bitterness thats dark and piney with a slight zip to some citrusy stuff and a light and smokey woody dryness. Overall, a bit loose and unlasting. Doesn't seem to carry much impression for me as an American Barleywine. More like a slightly beefed up West Coast IPA with a lower tone then anything.

The overall mouthfeel is partially to blame for it's underwhelming nature as it's a bit weak with no real sensation of girth or thickness that I tend to favor out of BW. The body is a low keyed medium, if that, with a fairly distant front and middel area. Only the finish makes it worth while as it gains a pretty decent climb in tone, flavor, bite, and heat.

An OK BarleyWine, not something I'd consider seeking out, but is worth trying. Mainly because any brewery worth putting out the effort to brew one is winner in my book.

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Photo of Crosling
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lighter colored for a barley wine, more of a light bronze or copper. Rich mouthfeel. Mild, mediocre flavors. Hints of tobacco leaves and dried caramel, red apple and highland scotch whisky. Don’t enjoy the flavors too much, to be blunt. Aromas are a little lacking as well, although it might be the most enjoyable element. An ok BW.

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Photo of mnapier
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving Temp, approximately 50 degrees farenheit (previously resting in my fridge)

Another barleywine sliding down my throat and man this is one is very mild when compared to other similar named ales.

Peering through the german balloon goblet I see the usual burgandy & transparent appearance, I am used to with this category.

Slowly pouring directly into the base of my glass I see the lack of carbonation forming a faint lace around the perimeter of the pool.

As I swirl the half full glass around in front of my nose, I can only smell berries, and some pineyness usually present in overly hopped ales. Overall I sense more of a malt finish than the conspicuous hops.

Taking a sip I detect the previously mention pineyness as well as some subtle caramel and alcohol tones. Overall mouthfeel is medium.

Not the best in the world Barleywine, but something I wouldn't mind ordering next time I find it on the menu.

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Photo of lastauss
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sadly, the "powers that be," have decided no longer to make this tasty BW available in the bottle. Notable vintages, if you can lay hands on them: 1996 (has aged marvelously with lovely dry sherry notes)& 1998, which is still drinking like a malt-bomb, but I like that sort of thing in my BW's.

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Photo of jreitman
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was named after a house of ill-repute which occupied the building that became the home of the Pike Brewery in Seattle. A visit to the new brewpub in the Pike market is in order if you come to Seattle. Nice and interesting color. Extremely malty with very apparent fruit flavors. Fairly complex and well balanced. Overall good barley wine.

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