From Pike Brewing Company located inside the Pike Place Market in Seattle Washington comes their “Pike Old Bawdy Barley Wine Style Ale 2006″ a bottle that has been aged for six full years. Thanks Pike Brewing Company for aging this beer for the first 4 and a half years! The beer pours a brown orange colour with a bunch of sediment and no head. The aroma consists of dark fruits and some sweet molasses. The flavour is of malts, dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar, pine and hops bitterness. There is not much alcohol flavour present at all. The alcohol content comes in at 10% with and IBU of 90 which has considerably mellowed over the six years. This beer is teetering on the edge of being great and getting a bit to old. If you have a 2006 bottle in your cellar it is time to open it up as late 2014 or 2015 might just be to late to really enjoy this (but I could be wrong!).
Commercial Description: Named to commemorate the La Salle Hotel, once a Seattle bawdy house and the original home of the Pike Brewing Company. Old Bawdy is a vintage-dated, high-gravity beer brewed with peated Scotch malt. It has a deep golden bronze color, a fruity rich taste, and an aggressive and dominating hop character with smoky undertones that are reminiscent of Scotch whiskey.
From Pike Brewing Company located inside the Pike Place Market in Seattle Washington comes their “Pike Old Bawdy Barley Wine Style Ale 2011″ a bottle that has been aged for a full two years. The barley wine pours a deep cloudy red/orange with an off white head. Dark fruits start big in the aroma of this vintage with malts, candied suggar, caramel, toffee and floral hops finishing it off. The flavour is again huge on the dark fruits with caramel, candied sugar (sweet), a medium hops bitterness and some warming from the alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 9.9% with an IBU of 90. This beer at two years old is already getting far to smooth and tasty!
From Pike Brewing Company located inside the Pike Place Market in Seattle Washington comes their “Space Needle Golden Anniversary 2012 Vintage IPA” a beer brewed to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of building the Space Needle. This IPA pours a golden colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of malts, sweet citrus and lots of floral hops. The flavour was of huge pine bitterness, lots of malts and a citrus backing. The alcohol content of the brew is 6.5% with and IBU of 65. I can see why this beer was picked to commemorate the Space Needle as it is a very good IPA.
When in Seattle Washington do yourself a favour and head over to Pike Place Market for some great shopping. While you are there though you will get thirst and hungry and you really must head over to The Pike Brewing Company for some great beer. While you are there find out when they are doing tours and take the tour. The tour guide does a great job of explaining everything from the grains used to brew the beer right up to each stage of the brewing process. One really interesting thing about the malts used by Pike Brewing is that their base malt (70% of all malt used) comes from Canada. The malt is grown in Saskatchewan and malted In British Columbia before being shipped to Seattle. The brewery takes up portions of three levels of the building it sits in. The mash tun sits on the level above the pub with the grist case (grist is malts that are gently crushed in a malt mill). Gravity is the used to bring the wort down to the brew kettle which is half located on the brewpub floor and half below in the brewery itself. The lower brewery level houses the fermentors, bright tanks and the bottling line. every bit of beer sold by the Pike Brewing Company is brewed right at the brewery in this system!
You will not be disapointed checking out this brewery as the food is great and so is the beer. My Girlfriend and I ended up at this pub more than a few times over the weekend!