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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Pike - India Pale Ale

Dead Soldier
Where to Dig Up More About This Beer
Pike - India Pale Ale
The Pike Brewing Company
1415 1st Avenue
Seattle, WA USA
Est. 1989

Brain Damage Quotient = 6.3 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 22.0

Postmortem Brew Review
Copper to bronze in color.
Floral smell of hops; piney with a bit of malt.
Caramel tan, two and a half finger head that lasts.
Light carbonation.
Medium malt taste and citrus pine smack of hops Good balance.
Medium bodied.  Will not weigh you down. 

Grim Reaper's Eulogy
From the rain of Seattle to the Sunshine State, the latest beer to "come down the pike", is now here in Florida.  Okay, that was an excruciatingly droll pun, but if you are a regular reader, you know what to expect from me by now.

Pike is here, all the way from the state of Washington. A real humdinger of an IPA at first blush.  It has 60 IBU's of hops heat and yet, it doesn't cause tongue burnout.  I could see myself sessioning this easily.  As a matter of fact, the bottle is 22 ounces, so that is going to be pretty much of a given.

My good buddy Gerard 'Tweeted' about the appearance of Pike in Florida.  Knowing that I had obtained some, he couldn't wait to see the written eulogy.  Well, I wasn't about to let him down.  In fact, it is as good an excuse as any, on a midweek night, to pop open a bomber of this IPA.

The ale's hoppiness stands up all the way to the bottom of the bottle.  The flavors open as it warms a bit and that is where you get the rich undertones of the malt characteristics.  It surely hit the spot at the end of a long grueling day at the mortuary.  It sort of "livened up" the evening at the crypt...if you catch my drift. Muahhahaahaahahaa!

Pike has quite a few beers and ales introduced to the Sunshine State and I plan to sample them all.  There was a double IPA if I'm not mistaken. I'm surely looking forward to the rest of their stuff making an appearance in my cooler for future obduction.

Welcome to Florida, Pike!  We're sure glad you're making it rain beer, here.


  1. Unfortunately, this photo was taken with my old camera, and not my superb,amazing new one... but this was taken at my visit to Pike's Brewery in Seattle. :)

  2. Also, I LOVE this beer! Glad you enjoyed it so very much!

  3. I love an IPA...and this was pretty good as they go...

    Looking forward to the Double IPA at 80 IBU's.