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RATINGS: 154   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 32   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Pike Auld Acquaintance is a dark, toasty amber ale seasoned with orange peel, Yakima Valley hops, and spices. When first brewed, Pike brewers complained of bruised knuckles from zesting orange peel, but since then, they have thankfully been able to source extraordinary dried orange peel. To achieve more aromatic orange notes, head brewer, Dean Mochizuki, used two varieties of orange peel: Curacao and sweet orange peel, along with coriander, cassia bark, and nutmeg. It is a refined, finely balanced, subtly spiced winter warmer- delicious with holiday foods. ABV 6.5% · IBU 32 · OG 1.062


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
pdx77 (1466) - Oregon, USA - MAR 9, 2015
From bottle. Dark amber color. Aroma is light spice, citrus, and caramel malt. Taste is similar, with some coriander and slight bitterness. Lingering spice.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beastiefan2k (2728) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 11, 2015
22oz bomber, this is the 3rd time I am buying this beer just to rate it. And you know I really want to rate it because its not a very positive review. Dark orange amber color. Head fades quickly. Aroma is sweet fruity and toasty. Nothing about that is fun or good. There are some poor spices, just a mix of bad stuff.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
notalush (5222) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Bomber at Eugene’s - nose is heavy with ginger and orange peel - touches of coriander - taste is fairly heavy on the spiciness - medium sweet, moderate orange flavor, spicy notes of ginger - peppery spiciness, nutmeg - lingering strong spiciness and candied orange sweetness - interesting, but not all that great.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
furthur (332) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JAN 4, 2015
Bottle at share. Body cloudy medium amber, little head. Aroma is light malt and light fruit, orange, dry cider. Taste is subtle, light fruit and malt, finish slightly bitter sour. Palate is light, carbonation moderate.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JohnnyJ (4774) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 3, 2015
On draft at the brewpub in Seattle. Slightly cloudy amber pour, with an off white head. Caramel malt, moderate bitterness, light grapefruit, and notes of orange peel, and mulling spices. Meh.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bulk_Carrier (2521) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2014
For some odd reason, I caved and took my mason jar to a local establishment called Percy’s. Since it was just a mason jar ’ s worth, honestly I wasn’t too worried since I was planning on having this in a whole session. This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a nice hazy burnt brown to orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a good thirty seconds. No lacing was left. The smell had a weird cooked wheat with a light sugary content to it. Light spice but not exactly comprehensible to what it exactly is. The taste is sweet with a nice honey and caramel malt, it’s sticky sweet on the aftertaste and finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a semi-sessionable quality about it but a certain smooth rolling honey sweet running across my tongue. Overall, eh, not bad, interesting to say the least, pretty sure I’d seek out other winter warmers before this or have this again through another vessel.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
navajojoe (28) - - DEC 9, 2014
First, I am noting that this is not a beer to be drank on it’s own. I tried it at first on it’s own and it left a strong bitter after taste. I couldn’t find the depth of the beer. I choose to grab some age cheddar from the frig and wow!!! Flavor exposition!!! The nose was the most disappointing factor, you got the amazing attributes of Christmas cheer, but not much of a malty twist in there. Without the cheese there was a sweet malty flavor at the front that came with the orange crush in the middle and closed with a complex bitter note, which I am guessing is the nutmeg and orange mixing together. When you add the cheese, the strong bitter note vanishes and the roasty and nutty flavors from the amazing malts come to life. The carbonation holds the Christmas spirit of nutmeg and helps you appreciate the deep complexity of the cheese itself. FOR SURE TO BE SERVED WITH A RICH DISH... And I rated it that way too...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrewje41 (1073) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2014
Draft pour at Frankies. Pours a swirl of golden caramel colors with a spice forward, hoppy aroma. Sweet caramel flavor with a touch of hoppyness. Didn’t really pick up the holiday spices right away, but eventually they made a difference. Mild gingerbread finish. I liked this beer. Flavor was really nice, but not as full as I hoped. Could have been a little more bold. Good stuff.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ferris (6784) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 18, 2014
Draft - Malts and a muddle of spices. Cloudy brown copper with a decent beige head. Caramel malts and cardamom with some clove. Malty and spicy, but nothing remarkable.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (6580) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
"Well balanced beer. Caramel, butterscotch, light hops, fruit and spices...no alcohol showing. Maybe a hint of brown sugar? Pretty easy drinking ale, but with enough going on to hold your interest."


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