Pick Axe Porter | Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling Co.

Pick Axe PorterPick Axe Porter
BA SCORE
3.67/5
45 Ratings
Pick Axe PorterPick Axe Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling Co.
Alaska, United States
silvergulch.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This moderately sweet satisfying deep ruby hued ale has a rich, malty flavor. Pacific Northwest Cascade hops enhance the distinctive citric aroma from the hops.

33 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-04-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,616
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
45
pDev:
13.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by Iowacraft:
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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Photo of RoyalT
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This gave up a beautiful brown body and a moderate off-white head.

Smell – The deep malts have a sense of richness to them, although the bouquet is not big in and of itself. There are some easy woodish and alcohol notes and maybe a touch of whisky.

Taste – The malts came over nicely from the smell, but I’m getting some good coffee in here as well. The alcohol is bigger, too, but not stingy.

Mouthfeel – This is not able to reach the measure of medium-bodied, but it’s thin in a good way and I won’t count that against it.

Drinkability – This is a good drinking porter that’s light yet at the same time fun to throw back.

Comments – Thanks to skyhand for bringing this over to the first bi-weekly Empty Cellar night.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of juicebox
3.02/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow!

I am impressed with this porter from silver gulch. pours a very deep dark color with ruby highlights. Fluffy off white head stands tall but fades fast and lace sticks quite well. Nose is roasted malt and a touch of copper. The taste is alot of roasted malt up front, that quickly turns into some coffee flavor. Very roasty. a nice little kiss of hop bite on the finish. Mouthfeel is lacking here and should be a bit thicker, but is ok. Drinkability is quite good, I will defenitely get this one again for some sessioning. I am impressed, more of a reason to finally make the drive and check out the new brewpub in Fox. Good porter.

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Photo of wspscott
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass
purchased summer 2006, found in back of closet last month so take this review for what it's worth :) I am reviewing this because it doesn't not seemed flawed.

A: very dark brown, only a little light comes through. No head or lace.
S: Chocolate, caramel, toffee, no hops
T: sweet malts, lots of dark caramel and toffee, the chocolate is less apparent compared to the nose, again no hops at all.
M: very low carbonation, almost flat, light on the tongue but not watery, I suspect that bottle caps don't work perfectly after this much time.
D: I remember this being an excellent beer, I bought a case at the brewery for the drive back to the lower 48. After 3.5 years, the only "flaw" is the very low level of carbonation. Even now, this is a very drinkable (and very good example of) porter. Well worth trying if you are in the area, I will definitely buy more when I can.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into an English pint glass. The appearance was a nice hazy dark brown color with a one and a half finger white foamy head that dissipated within about thirty seconds. Light lacing stuck and then slid adequately around the glass. The smell had a nice roasty to sweet blend of chocolate malts and coffee beans. The taste copied the smell for the most part. There’s a light sticky sweet roasty coffee aftertaste leading into a dry sweet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat subdued but mostly good, nice rolling smoothness overlays itself on my tongue. Overall, I say this was a pretty good American Porter that I would have again.

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Photo of joshkouri
2.34/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of paradigmblue
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This porter is a dark red in color, with a small head out of the tap. Definitely light in color for a Porter.

Not a whole lot on the nose. A hint of alcohol, and some maltiness.

The taste is malty at first, with a touch of balancing hops. Slightly smokey and roasted flavors present themselves after the first few sips.

The mouthfeel is very light for a Porter, without the thickness that is usually associated with one.

Drinkability is high due to the light mouthfeel and the pleasant, non-challenging taste.

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Photo of Reswald
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the brewery tap in Fox, Alaska.

Deep brown-red color in the glass. Nice tan head, good aroma with some roasted notes.

Rich, malty flavor with a dry finish.Moderately hopped with Cascades.

At 4.5% ABV, it's very drinkable, an excellent example of a brown porter style and a good session beer.

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

The body is black but not opaque with a tan head. Big roasty nose. Coffee, toffee, grass come in on the tongue. Lighter than stout but creamy, slightly soapy.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.71/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lifit
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My pour resulted in a rocky finger's worth of light-tan head with decent retention. Nose had dark chocolate and charcoal aroma. Color was a deep-brown with ruby highlights. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a taste like chocolate on the tongue. Finish had a more bitter charcoal taste than I like in a porter, but overall, it was a winner.

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Photo of Wilcox39
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of hopdog
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade with BeerandBlues2 (thanks!).

Poured a deep brown color with a red tint and a smaller sized tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, caramel, light smoke and light coffee. Tastes of chocolate, roast, caramel and had a light coffee finish. Tastes, like the body, a tad on the thin side.

Notes from 2/23/07

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Photo of JerryRiso
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of 303beer
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear brown color with a thin white head. Has a nice roast smell with hints of coffee. The texture is first noticed. It is smooth then the taste of a light roast with a touch of coffee. Very very nice porter. Would drink this all day. Good job the the brewery.

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Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of captenaj
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked a 12 oz bottle up in the Anchorage airport.

Appearance: Pours a dark forming with a small head and with minimal lacing.
Smell: Chocolate, malty. Not fruity.
Taste: Very pleasant. Chocolate comes through.
Mouthfeel: Thin, no body.
Overall: A pleasant beer that I would like to try again. It could use a bit more substance in the mouthfeel but overall, quite good.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of Smileitsfreetobehappy
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of mrkc
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz Bottle with a label of old Alaskan miners on the front. Porter pours a medium brown, not entirely opaque, and with very little head. Almost as much carbonation as a flat can of coke - I tried to generate head to little avail. Odour carries the scent of ethanol first and foremost, followed by a strong malted character. If there's anything lurking beneath these two, they don't get to come out and play.

Tastes smooth, malty, with a slightly bitter after. Flavour lingers shortly, before leaving a tingling sensation in the cheeks - almost like a carbonated bite, sans the carbonation. Smokey flavours emerge with time, especially as the beer warms, eventually turning to a charcoal-esq. nature. Goes down too fast, thanks to it's light body. It's worth noting that this beer is 4.3% ABW.

Strangely, this beer goes phenomenally well with chicken parmesan.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this beer on-tap in a pint glass at the Silver Gulch taproom in the Anchorage airport.

Appearance: deep, dark brown with ruby highlights and almost no haze. Head is a thin finger of frothy tan foam.

Smell: caramelly aroma with just a hint of chocolate and a mild sweetness. Subtle, but good.

Taste: caramelly and nutty; it's more like a brown ale than a porter. For all its mildness, it's not bad, though.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: it's not super porter-y, but it is a highly drinkable brew. Think more dark mild than porter, and you'll find this beer very satisfying.

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Pick Axe Porter from Silver Gulch Brewing and Bottling Co.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 45 ratings
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