The hop is an amazing plant. There are dozens of different hop varieties (with even more new and experimental varieties showing up every year) and each one can impart different aromas and flavors to many of the craft beers we love. Those smells and tastes can run the gamut from fruity and citrusy to floral, herbal, piney, earthy, and more. S’cuse me for being Captain Obvious for a moment, but we love hops.
With so many hop forward beers available today, beers with a more subtle/subdued hop character can sometimes seem a bit underwhelming by comparison. Pike Brewing Company has taken note of this hoppy trend and has made the bold decision to reformulate their classic Pike IPA with a more hop-forward character to satisfy our hop hungry palates.
Here is some more information about the updated Pike IPA from Pike Brewing Company:
Pike Brewing Company is releasing an updated Pike IPA to bring more of today’s vibrant, hoppy flavors and a lighter body to this easy drinking IPA. Head Brewer Art Dixon kept everything you count on in Pike IPA, like its incredible balance and drinkability, while modernizing the recipe to brighten the beer’s body and rev-up its tropical and stone fruit hop flavors. Piney, citrus and fresh Citra, Cascade and Mosaic hop flavors artfully mix with a clean and light malt base in the refreshed Pike IPA, which is available year-round in 12 oz. bottles and on draft.
When Pike IPA was first introduced in 1990, by then Pike Head Brewer Fal Allen, (now with Anderson Valley Brewing) IPAs were rare and more than a few people scoffed at a beer with so much hop flavor. Pike IPA prevailed and went on to convert countless craft beer drinkers to the deliciousness of hops and IPAs. Accolades rained in for Pike IPA, including Roger Protz naming it as one of ‘300 beers to try before you die’ and also “one of five best IPAs in U.S.”
Times and palates have changed dramatically since Pike IPA was originally developed, as has the myriad of newer hops and local malts. This has led Pike Brewing Company to update this flagship beer, holding steady to its intent as a low-bitter, balanced IPA that pairs well with food while keeping your hop craving palate satisfied. Enjoy fresh pints of Pike IPA now at the brewery’s two restaurants, The Pike Pub and Tankard & Tun, in downtown Seattle, on tap at Puget Sound area bars and restaurants and in 12 oz. bottles at local retailers.
°L = 3
MALT VARIETIES: Pilsner, Munich, Carapils, Aromatic, Malted Wheat
HOP VARIETIES: Cascade, Centennial, Summit, Citra. Dry hopped with Mosaic.
The Pike Brewing Company is an independent and family owned craft brewery located in Seattle’s historic Pike Place Public Market neighborhood. Founded in 1989 by craft beer pioneers, Charles and Rose Ann Finkel, Pike Brewing handcrafts beers of character including Pike Place Ale, Pike IPA, Naughty Nellie, Hive Five, Space Needle IPA, Kilt Lifter, Monk’s Uncle, and XXXXX Stout along with seasonal and limited release offerings. Visitors to the brewery can dine at The Pike Pub and Tankard & Tun, visit the world-famous Micro-Brewery Museum, illustrating 9,000 years of beer history, and tour the brewery.
The times they are-a-changing. To stay relevant in today’s craft beer World (especially in the brewery-heavy Northwest), you have to keep changing with the times and give the people what they want. Pike has been around since 1989 doing just that, and they’re continuing that trend with Pike IPA. Drop by the brewery for a pint, or look for it on tap at your favorite local craft beer spot.
Drink responsibly and stay safe out there.