mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 14, 2015
Very nice; very solid. Quity nutty. Great malt backbone, and super flavorful. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2003
Color is a nice deep brownish amber/copper with a creamy tannish head about two fingers high and evenly left webby lace rings as it settled and as it was sipped.
Smell is faint of a citrusy peach like hop and has sweetish overall aroma.
Taste is awesome, its super complex and very well rounded and full. The hop is a subtle citrusy hop thats peachy/orange with a bit of herbal quality and is slightly bitter sweet and has a good caramel malt thats not really a candied sweet but more of a sweet peat-like earthyness to it that resides in the middle and lending to a sweet tingly bitterness in the finish that holds nicely on the way down and the aftertaste is minimal and smooth. Which I think is outstanding! I tend to dislike really overly bitter or piney tasting beers, ecspecially in the finish. This is one heck of a decent brew. The bitterness is more easily handled then most bitter styled ales.
The rich full body and slightly creamy feel is spectacular that just sits nicely and is super yummy to drink. Again, one heck of a decent brew. Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Pours a dark copper color with decent head and no lacing.
Smell has an aluring sweetness to it that I can't place (honey and cloves?). Malt and hops are certainly there.
Taste isn't like SN's or most other West Coast PAs. It reminds more more of an English Bitter, I'm thinking Blue Bird with more flavor and just a bit more hops. Cascades make an appearance.
Mouthfeel is really good and has the Pike mineral feel to it. Drinkability is quit good.
And awesome beer that escaped my notice for far too long.
ronaldtheriot (1918) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - APR 2, 2013
Pike Pale Ale has a medium, off-white head, decent lacing left behind, and a bubbly, clear, orange-golden appearance. The aroma is of sweetness, bread, and bread crust. Taste is of the same, with an iced tea note coming through. Bitterness is not high, and the mouthfeel is mostly watery. Pike Pale Ale finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and enjoyable. Overall, this is a really nice one. Another winner from Pike Brewing. RJT Stove Top (43) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2001
Nice beer.....has a fruity nose and a nice malt back bone. well balanced but perhaps a little on the sweeter side. I have only had from the bottle and the beer I tried seemed to be a little uncarbonated - not much head.
Shadallion (534) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 10, 2001
Very big English-style pale ale. Aroma is of peaches and, of all things, rose petals. Body is very lush and creamy. Malty all the way through, but barely enough hops to round it out. Overall, a high quality pale ale. thefatguy (34) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 13, 2002
Very good beer. Hops flavor excellent!! 49degrees (49) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2003
A staple on draught and from the bottle throughout the Pacific Northwest, this one has sadly changed siginificantly in the past few years. While its still exceptionally characteristic of a traditional pale ale, featuring a rich golden hue, striking balance of hops and malts, and a spritzy and pungent kick on the palette, its not the stalwart classic it once used to be.
I've recently become a litlte more accustomed to their Scotch style ale -- Kilt Lifter -- as a better replacement, albeit slightly different style.
Having said that, this Pike is still a clear winner. Always consistent visually, aromatically, and tastewise. Its an easy drinking beer, and thanks to its bitter kick, is a super accompaniment with good food. Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - SEP 8, 2003
Slightly cloudy brown color,small head short lasting.Light malt aroma with a citrus,hop and maybe even a slight spicy note as well in the aroma.The taste was sweet malt upfront then a nice change to a bitter hop taste,slightly caramely also with a nice smooth after taste of hops and malty caramel with a slight sweet side.This is a fantastic brew and well worth getting if you can find it. Reid (2527) - Salem, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2003
Bought in the 12 oz brown long neck..lovelly old fashioned "diamond" style label.
Very attractive pale ale when poured into a slighly chilled glass..dark copper in colour with a little haze..nice creamy off white head thats medium sized..leaves good lacing.
Can smell the malts in this brew more than most pales from the NW..theres also a nice yet strange cedar wood aroma..which i cant quite place.
Nice tastein brew with the malty sweetness predominating the initial taste yet the hops come through near the end..very nice.
Mouthfeel is good but it seems a little on the watery sude.
A nice pale..very drinkable.