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 “Pike Old Bawdy Barley Wine Style Ale 2012″ a bottle that has been aged for a full year. The beer pours an cloudy orange/brown colour with an off white head. The aroma consists of caramel malts, candied sugar, dark fruits, pine and an earthy hops. The flavour is of earthy hops bitterness, pine, caramel malts, dark fruits, semi sweet candied sugar and a mild alcohol. The alcohol content comes in at 9.9% and the IBU of 90. This is a very nicely balanced barley wine and I look forward to my other two vintages of this brew.
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 “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.
From Pike Brewing Company located inside the Pike Place Market in Seattle Washington comes their “Octopus Ink Black IPA”. A percentage of the proceeds from the sale of this brew goes to the Puget Soundkeeper Alliance that help keep Seattle’s water clean. This IPA pours a dark black colour with a tan head. The aroma consists of roasted malts, coffee, and floral hops. The flavour is of roasted malts and coffee, chocolate, smoke and piney hops. The alcohol content of the brew is 8.2% and the IBU sits at 85. This is one of the best Black IPA’s or Cascadian Dark Ales I have had in a long time.
Commercial Description: Bittered with Chinook hops; flavor and aroma hops include Centennial, Amarillo, Citra, and Simco. Dry hopped twice in the ferminter and conditioning tank.
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!