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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Tommyknocker Pick Axe Pale Ale

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Where to Dig Up More About This Beer
Tommyknocker Pick Axe Pale Ale 
Tommyknocker Brewery
Idaho Springs, CO USA
Est. 1997 (?) 

Brain Damage Quotient = 6.2 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 12.0 

Postmortem Brew Review
Translucent amber pour.
Caramel malt with pine hop scent.
Two finger head that is caramel in color with lots of bubbles.
Spiderweb lacing down the side of the glass.
Medium bodied flavor hops in the finish.

Grim Reaper's Eulogy
I am glad to see that my first Tommyknocker brew must have been an aberration.  This Pick Axe was a pleasure.  It had a nice amber color with some suspension.  A great hops smell on the nose, balanced by some maltiness, was also in the mix. 

The biggest surprise came after letting the empty bottle stand for a minute, and then dumping that last bit of collected goodness into the glass.  A little yeasty clump splashed into the glass and exploded like an upside down mushroom cloud.  I wasn't expecting that.

Overall, the beer had its merits.  Nicely done and not over done for a standard pale ale.  It was refreshing and hoppy; all good characteristics of a pale ale.  I will be looking forward to the next Tommyknocker brew I can lay my hands on.

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