Space Needle Golden IPA | Pike Brewing Company

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Space Needle Golden IPASpace Needle Golden IPA
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Space Needle Golden IPASpace Needle Golden IPA

Brewed by:
Pike Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by hopwave on 08-05-2013

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.56/5  rDev -3%
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 that 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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4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pike Brewing Co. "Space Needle Golden IPA"
22 oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating.
$6.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Appearance: Very hazy deep gold/amber body with golden glowing highlights along the edges and base of the glass. A massive head of rocky off-white froth slowly settles to a finger-thick lid, and then later, floating islands of creamy foam. Both the head retention and lacing are quite good.

Aroma: Softly piney, fruity, biscuity, and delicately citrusy. It's a surprisingly restrained aroma for a west coast brewery... perhaps this is an old sample, although there's no way of knowing that given the lack of any freshness dating; at least I don't find any distinct oxidation.

Flavor: Biscuity and caramelish malt make up a solid base for the hops to work off of, and although they don't make such a strong appearance in the aroma, they're certain present in the flavor: they're spicy, piney, herbal, citrusy/fruity (orange, apricot, mango, plum, pineapple), and grassy. As you progress through the glass the spice, pine, and grassiness builds on your palate making the bitterness appear fuller than it is. It's a very dry, bitter, herbal, spicy, leafy and grassy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and smooth, almost creamy, across the palate.

Overall: I find this to be an interesting mix of both the English and American IPA styles. The malt definitely has an English bent to it with a little more caramel than you otherwise might find; and although American hops are used, they're fairly varied in their flavor profile, delivering some of the characteristics we'd expect of an English version. Additionally I feel that a fair amount of the fruitiness is actually coming from the yeast, the more apple, pear, plum notes to be precise, which is very English in nature. Finally, when enjoyed a bit warmer, say at cellar temperature or slightly higher, it really takes on more of a British character in that the malt opens up and balances/reigns in the hop flavors.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
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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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Space Needle Golden IPA from Pike Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 109 ratings