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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   IBU: 58   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Assertive hoppy & floral west coast style IPA. Pike Space Needle Golden IPA is generously brewed with five varieties of Yakima Valley aroma and flavoring hops. We then dry hop it with whole-cone Columbus, Summit and Centennial hops, which impart a floral aroma that has catapulted this beer to one of Pike Brewing customers favorite IPAs. This beer won a blind tasting competition to be the commemorative beer for the Space Needles 50th anniversary in 2012. It was so well received that it has been added to Pikes year round collection. It was 1962 and the world came to Seattle for the Worlds Fair and its futuristic symbol, the Space Needle. The beer served at the 62 Worlds Fair? Likely nothing at all like this west coast style IPA, generously brewed with five varieties of Yakima Valley aroma and flavoring hops. We then dry hop it with whole-cone Columbus, Summit and Centennial hops, which impart a floral aroma that has catapulted this beer to one of Pike Brewing customers favorite IPAs.
MALT VARIETIES: Munich, Cara-Pils, Malted Wheat
HOP VARIETIES: Chinook, Cascade, Centennial, Columbus, Summit

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3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
J_man (977) - Tustin, California, USA - APR 2, 2014
Dry hay and slight salty air aromas. Slightly hazy gold tangerine withe a white fluffy head. The dry hay comes through in the taste along with a wild yeastiness that makes this like a high powered Saison. Light tangy lemon notes followed by dry grassy and citrus peel bitterness. Ends on a slightly sweet note with lasting dry bitterness. Really nice and unique ale. Happy anniversary Pike!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (12829) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours lightly hazy orange with a large, creamy off-white head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is earthy, pine, citrus, and herbal hops with light apple esters and biscuit malt. Flavor is heavy hops and bitterness with supporting malt, light fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
seth_lfod (325) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Extra in trade with Patrick... Thanks man! Clear golden pour with a massive white head. Aroma bready and citrusy hops. Taste is nice and light... Orange, grapefruit, very mild malt backbone. Solid easy drinking IPA.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a small head and good lacing. Aroma is somewhat doughy, not typical of an IPA. Taste has undertones of floral and grass, mainly heavy on the malt. Short bitter finish. Not too impressed with this one.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - DEC 20, 2013
22oz bottle. Hazy, cloudy, golden color. Aroma of PNW hops, green hops, loads of grapefruit zest. Sharp hops taste, grapefruit bitterness, no sweetness, very dry. Over carbonated, over fermented, maybe is why its so dry. (3916)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cybercat (5555) - Georgia, USA - DEC 18, 2013
Pours a slightly hazy amber with a very thick and rather persistent fluffy eggshell head that pillows nicely. Aroma is more fruity than hoppy - largely apple and pear, but with an underpinning of Mandarin orange. Hoppy flavor has a nice fruity undertone, and here the citrus dominates the pomme. Texture is firm, smooth and fairly fizzy, leaving a nice hoppy finish. Not to be confused with Space Needle 2012 Anniversary Vintage IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Appearance: Slightly cloudy blood orange hue under a pithy white head that slowly fades into a solid blanket with lots of lace marking the sides of my glass.
Nose: Lots of grapefruit white, pink, red zesty and sweet and just a little tart. Mint and pine in the back and along the edges.
Palate: One sip and an ocean of grapefruit and pine washes across my tastebuds and down my throat. The finish lingers with bitter grapefruit peel and pith. Oak and cedar notes in the front rustic and spiced. Honeyed grains underneath.
Final Thoughts: Not exactly a complex IPA but intense, rich, and very balanced which made for a very pleasant quaffing session. Hopefully Pike will brew this beer again because it deserves to be at least a regular seasonal offering. Delicious.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Bottle to glass. Pours a murky orangish-amber color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is spicy fruity citrusy hops with a mild fruity sweetness. Flavor is a nice fleshy fruit hops with a mild citrus and malty sweetness. Light to medium in body with an oily character. Lingering fruity bitterness in the finish. Solid, but nothing extraordinary.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3872) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2013
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear light orange with a thick white head. Aroma of light fruits, apple skins, bready malt. Flavor also heavy on the fruits, especially apple, with pale malts and bitter hops in the finish. Tasty beer, but really more of a pale ale than IPA. 7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AdamChandler (4864) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Golden orange Pilsner malts on the nose. Taste is pretty plain. Minor Vienna qualities with Munich malts almost no bitterness or at least its blended in well. I cant believe this one is 58 ibus


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