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RATINGS: 161   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 28   EST. CALORIES: 249   ABV: 8.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Pike Auld Acquaintance is a dark, toasty brown, high-gravity ale highlighted by aromatic notes of orange. Along with three different Yakima Valley hops, Curacao, sweet orange peel, coriander, cassia bark, and nutmeg, it drinks as a rich, gutsy, well-balanced and subtly spiced winter warmer.

Each year Pike Brewing Company honors one of our Auld Acquaintances with the labels design. Rogue Ales Jack Joyce, the famed beer writer Michael Jackson, and Charlie Papazian have all adorned the label.

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3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (23609) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Bottle. Murky amber color, tint white head. Aroma of very lightly spiced caramel. Taste is mulled caramel. Interesting.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fiulijn (20221) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 12, 2015
Draught at Collective on Tap, Woodinville, WA
Hazy dark amber color. Some caramel, very light biscuity malts, ordinary bitterness, tiny nuttiness in the final.
Not much effort, but at least its clean.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (18701) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2012
Tap at Pike Pub & Brewery, Seattle - 09/11/12. Clear dark amber with a thin off white head that retains well. Nose compriese malt, spice, dark fruits, toffee. Tastes cinnamon forward, butterscotch, caramel, malty. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, smooth on the palate.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (16965) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 23, 2006
Complicated history with this beer - it used to be a highly spiced winter ale, but then it was replaced with the recipe for Opening Day Ale when the brewery decided to make Opening Day a hoppy amber. Or something like that. These days Auld Acquaintance has a hazy amber colour. The aroma has a light spiciness, toffee & caramel malts with a hint of chocolate and woody, grapefruity hops. The flavour is moderately bitter, with a lightly fruity, woody hop character backed up by hints of cinnamon. There is a fair bit of toffeeish malt backing this up, with a light chocolate note. Probably too hoppy for its own good.

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mcberko (16598) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 11, 2010
Sampled at GCBF 10, pours hazy orange with a small beige head. Aroma and flavour of spicy hops and nutmeg, pretty much. Not one of Pikes better ones.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (14888) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 2, 2008
Spiced malt aroma. Darkish amber color with a flat white head. Near medium body with mild, but succinct carbonation. Flavor is citrus peel, nutmeg, maybe cinnamon and maybe coriander. Quite a flavorful thing. Finish is clean, and retains the spicy aspects. Just gets better with time, and some hop bitter seems to come out. So the finish is mildly spicy hop. Yeah, theres some caramel malt here, but thats the boring part. Good brew.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ferris (14377) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ratman197 (14368) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2008
Bomber poured a hazy orange with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of carmel, orange zest, spice and light earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, toffee, orange zest, cinnamon and nutmeg with a smooth dry lingering spiced finish.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (14012) - Washington DC, USA - APR 5, 2002
Mild aroma belies hoppy flavor. No distinct flavors, but tastes akin to a harvest ale. Bitter aftertaste, and deep brown in color.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (13300) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Bomber from Total Wine West Richmond. Pours a hazy dark orange color with a thin creamy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of toasted and toffee malts, citrus, spice, tea. The taste is citrus, toasted malts and a spice bouquet finish. Medium bodied.


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