GarrettB (787) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 28, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Iíve never sat under an iconic green library lamp and studied the official BJCP guidelines, and Iíve never been one to hold beer styles and definitions close to my heart. I am not a valiant defender of the descriptions weíve used to fence the proverbial Marxian sheep into their strict guidelines, and have never suffered the revolutionary pangs of a beer unwilling to sit in one style or another. But I am a great fan of patterns and recognizing them, and am a product of an education system that, at the very least, helped me learn to love the pattern. Hereís one pattern: double IPAs are sweet. It would be mendacious of me to claim I know why or whether double IPAs are sweet. But I do know that they are regularly sweet, and it seems to be a hard habit of theirís to kick. And yet here is a double IPA that desperately lacks sugars. The Pike Double IPA is a rough IPA, and kicks like a mule on the way down, but feels much closer to a typical American IPA than it does a Double IPA. The aroma features dominant notes of minerals and a nice, crisp slice of apple, with a slightly more complicated flavor on the tongue - lots of metallic notes, lighter touches of floral hops, but an uneasy flatness in the mouthfeel and a lazy palate. The hard edge of alcohol mutes what flavors there are, leaving a high alcohol and moderately hoppy IPA with little else vouching as flavor. No doubt the BJCP guidelines say nothing about Double IPAs being sweet, and purists will bristle at my lazy dismissal of a proper review of the guidelines, but even considering that, this is a flat and unexciting beer - drinkable, yes, but featureless too.
thebrymanosu (13) - - MAY 19, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Very bready and the hops were a bit underwhelming. It tasted like the hops were stale or not covering the full palate of flavors necessary from a double IPA.
jbruner (1129) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy copper from the bottle with dissipating off-white head and good lacing. Aroma is definitely hop forward, pine and earthy notes. Taste follows, hop funkiness, decently fresh. Bitter finish and no real hint of the booze. Solid beer.
crossovert (4590) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice assortment of hops. Tastes like a true PNW ipa, citrus, pine, slightly flowery, decently balanced.
hayduke (2935) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours hazy amber with a good sized off-white head. Nose of citrus hops. Medium body. Flavor of grapefruit. Bitter citrus finish,
ronaldtheriot (785) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAR 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pikeís Double IPA has a thick, cream-colored head, an opaque, brilliant, orange appearance, lots of bubble streams (etched tasting glass), and pretty good amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is of bread crust, indistinguishable citrus (maybe, Japanese plums), and some slightly turned fruit. Taste is of bread crust, baked white bread dough, bitter and oily hops, some weird citrus, and alcohol (which is mostly masked). Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Pikeís Double IPA finishes mostly dry, rather harsh, and has a sipping drinkability. This is a very deceptive beer- it starts out mild and pleasant and then bangs one in the head with itís harshness and bitterness. Really interesting! RJT
maxwelldeux (2240) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a moderate white head. Nose has a nice level of floral hoppiness to it. Taste is bitter with a bite, but balanced enough to make it an easy drink. Me gusta.
alcaponejunior (350) - Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange and mostly clear with a bit of haze, a good head and pretty good lacing.
Smells of citrus, pine, hops and some malts, although the aroma is pretty subdued.
Taste is bold and hoppy, quite hoppy indeed, with a nice piney grapefruit flavor, along with a generous helping of maltiness.
Heavy drinking and quite bitter.
Overall itís a pretty nice DIPA. No complaints here, would like to try more from this brewery.
Garbageman (356) - Lexington, South Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From Bottle. Pours a hazy orange with nice white head. Aroma is herbal/pine hops. Taste is a little on the bitter side and thin.
whicheck (66) - California, USA - JAN 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good double characteristics. Smooth hop smell. Medium bitternes on the back end.. definitely a good double.
oRos (618) - sacramento, California, USA - JAN 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by whicheck. Color is copper with off white head. Taste is really bitter with q malty backbone. Nice balance with malts and hops