Space Needle Golden IPA | The Pike Brewing Company

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Space Needle Golden IPASpace Needle Golden IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Pike Brewing Company
Washington, United States
pikebrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by hopwave on 08-05-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
99
Reviews:
17
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
9.09%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
20
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Toynk
3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle - wow, it's been a long while since we last saw this Seattle brewery's wares available around here. Oh, and memories of the Space Needle really fuck me up right now, just sayin'.

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium copper amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some decent mitochondrial lace around the glass as it very lazily recedes.

It smells of bready and crackery caramel malt, muddled domestic citrus rind, a hint of hot yeastiness, and more leafy, weedy, and dank piney green hop bitters. The taste is wan bready and doughy caramel malt, still hard to parse generic citrus peel, more kind of out of place estery yeast, and some still understated leafy, earthy, and wet piney verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly active in its palate-pinging frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and generally smooth, with a hint of airy creaminess that really never gets going. It finishes off-dry, the malt continuing to overshadow the flailing hop bitterness.

Overall, this is a sort of approachable and drinkable enough offering, yet it doesn't really measure up to its West Coast brethren - too disjointed and hard to get into, is all than I can say in the end. Not something that we IPA fiends would be proud to show off to our ilk, as it were.

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Photo of brentblack1
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a dark golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pine, citrus. Taste is pine, herbal, none of the citrus in the aroma, light bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an ok beer, but not very bold or hoppy for the style.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a can, pours a deep gold with a white frothy one-finger head. Aroma is moderate with some breadiness, hops & citrus. Taste is very hops-forward (distinct bitterness) with citrus like grapefruit. Some sweet malts, caramel, & spice. Decent body & carbonation. Pretty solid.

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Photo of Hendrick24
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gobuccos
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

12 oz can poured into a short stemmed glass. L: Golden color as named. Clear, and nice white carbonation. S: A bit piny and spicy. A bit of graininess. T: Well balanced between Pacific NW hops and a solid malt backbone. F: Medium-light body. O: I consider it a mildly stronger APA.

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Photo of John_Beeryman
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of clager
4.48/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Massbmx
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerMe8
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mikefernandez
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crob3888
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gambit23
3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thought this beer to be quite nice. Almost a honey note in it that I kind of like with an IPA on occasion. It seems to mellow the bite some. I'm not familiar with Yakima Valley hops being from the east cost but I can only assume that's what provides the uniqueness.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at brewery:

Pours golden yellow with a thin lasting head that leaves lacing.

The smell is floral with pine and some bready notes.

The taste is floral/pine. Bready pale malt balances it in the middle. Refreshing bitterness in the finish.

This easy-drinking IPA shows off the floral/piney hops well while keeping a pale, bready malt balance until the bitter bite in the finish. A nice American Northwest-style IPA.

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Photo of ESchweers
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JimNational
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of godawgs
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of snohojimbo
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of probert
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tim007007
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Space Needle Golden IPA from The Pike Brewing Company
3.63 out of 5 based on 99 ratings.
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