Space Needle Golden IPA | The Pike Brewing Company

Space Needle Golden IPASpace Needle Golden IPA
104 Ratings
Space Needle Golden IPASpace Needle Golden IPA

Brewed by:
The 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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Ratings: 104 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of kylehay2004
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

i had much higher hopes for this one after hearing how great all the hoppy beer is supposed to be up in the northwest. granted, this was randomly picked off a warm shelf and tasted a bit old, but even with that, it didnt quite have the hop complexion i was expecting for the region it was produced in. its almost over balanced in an english sense from the malt side of things, doesnt taste like a golden anything, more of a caramel or even bready complexion, i sort of expected the malt to be in the background, but that really isnt the case here. the hops have some cut pine character, sort of vegetal and earthy at the same time, which is what i think about when i think about the staple northwestern varietals, but in this beer they dont seem to be allowed to really shine, and there ends up being more bitterness than hop flavor from them. some sweetness here running through it which is nice when i can taste the pine and orange in the hops but less nice when its just bitterness. bready malt is a bit much for what else is going on, but i suspect this is a better beer normally than it was in my experience, and that the time on the warm shelf took its toll. i should have known better...

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Photo of biboergosum
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 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 Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
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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Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy golden burnt orange in color with light amounts of gentle carbonation along the edges of the glass and some golden yellow + apricot highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy light beige head that reduces to a few small patches of thick film (made up of moderate sized bubbles), a very thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface of the beer, and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready/biscuit malts with a light amount of caramel sweetness along with tropical/mango, citrus/grapefruit pith, and pine hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of bready and biscuit malts with a light to moderate amount of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of tropical/mango, citrus/grapefruit pith, and pine hops. The hops taste a little past their prime but as there is no bottle dating, it is tough to tell.

M: Just heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: I was a little disappointed in this one - I really like the idea of a hoppy golden ale but the hop flavors were a little abrasive and past their prime (in my opinion) giving it hints of herbalness. It is worth a try but I guess I should have grabbed the anniversary edition that I also saw for sale.

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Photo of mactrail
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an attractive yellow amber with a decent head in the Timmermans goblet. A pleasant tingle of carbonation. Faint woodsy scent.

There is just a touch of sweet malty flavor at the beginning, with a hint of pears. The the scratchy bitterness takes over. Lots of resiny, barky, herbaceous hops dominate the flavors. Quite a bitter finish without much in the way of aromatics. A grapey hint, then the medicinal rasp.

This is quite drinkable if you like the big hop hammer, but it's not very interesting in any way, and it ends up down that same bitter road. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Pioneer Market in La Conner.

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

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, golden-orange coloring, with some sediment and carbonation action in the body, and a fluffy, foamy, clingy, white head. Aromas of a solid biscuit and caramel malt backbone, with some citrus notes, candied sugar, roasted notes, subtle cedar and pine, and a balancing bitterness. Flavors are more citrus forward, with lemon and orange making it up, followed by an interesting herbal spice blend, some medicinal characteristics, a tangy caramel backbone, and some subtle resinous qualities. The herbal notes provide an almost astringent feel throughout, on an otherwise mid-bodied beer. The aftertaste is roasted, slightly bitter, and with a tart sweetness from the citrus. Smooth, slightly dry, slightly bitter finish. Interesting brew.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +9%
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 LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light to medium copper amber with a half finger white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of tropical fruit; pineapple and mango, sweet bready malt and slight citrus hops. Flavor follows, with great tropical fruit juice, bready malt, light citrus and light citrus hops with hints of pine. Excellent medium, creamy body. Leans towards the golden ale side of the labelled golden IPA, with rather subdued hops. I'd like some more hop kick from this, but have to say it is still a nice moderately hoppy golden ale. I was very taken with the original Space Needle Anniversary IPA which this is riffing from, but this one does not have the bright hop flavors I remember from that one. Ah, the memories.

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Photo of tone77
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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Photo of NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a pint glass at Summit Public House in Seattle.

Appearance: foggy orange hue with a finger of frothy tan foam leaving a good lace on the glass. Quite good!

Smell: very sweet malt base with a sweet, grassy, herbal hop character atop. I like it.

Taste: herbal, earthy hops atop a sweet malty base. Bitterness is good for the style. A solid IPA; not a west coast citrus bomb, but quite good nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a huge carbonation and a great creaminess, especially for the style. Woo!

Overall: really a quite solid and drinkable IPA. I dig it.

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Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Scored one of these from the Total Wine warm shelves, solo bottle, was something in the $1.50 range if I recall correctly. Pours a golden and light copper color, 1/2" white head. Aroma was lacking dry hopping, not the most aromatic beer.

Taste, mostly bitter grapefruit type of hops that don't provide much in the way of flavor like so many proprietary strains. Not as heavy on the caramel/crystal malts as some PacNW beers, but at the same time, wasn't so dry that it really fit the West Coast ipa genre, this one still clings to some of those PacNW C hops and C malts.

Ultimately I found this one to be pretty average, usual issues, not enough hop flavor, too much hop bitterness, too heavy of a malt base and desire to achieve balance.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Donkster46
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of twelveinches
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

For a golden IPA it pours more a hazy copper or classic IPA color. Had a bit of lacing from the bottle and has a light aroma of nothing special that I found. Taste is pleasant but a bit thin to me but is a good juicy feeling as it goes down. Good beer but not what I exactly expected.

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Photo of pkalix
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a very thick and rather persistent fluffy eggshell head that pillows nicely. Aroma is more fruity than hoppy - largely apple and pear, but with an underpinning of Mandarin orange. Hoppy flavor has a nice fruity undertone, and here the citrus dominates the pomme. Texture is firm, smooth and fairly fizzy, leaving a nice hoppy finish.

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Space Needle Golden IPA from The Pike Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 104 ratings
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