For the denizens of the Northwest, it appears things are returning to normal. With the forecast calling for more liquid sunshine and less of the white stuff, it's a safe bet that you will need something bitter, to go along with your disposition. What better way to celebrate the poor weather than with a Pike Double India Pale Ale.
First introduced at the inaugural 2009 Seattle Beer Week, Double India Pale Ale is wonderful replication of the Northwest IPA style. Here is what noted writer Roger Protz had to say about Pikes first India Pale, brewed in 1991.
In 1991, Pike was among the first breweries in America to brew an India Pale Ale. Hopped at 60 IBUs, our IPA reflected the hopping levels of the 18th Century. At the time it was a palate shocker!
It is worth mentioning that in his craft beer guide, 300 Beers to Try Before You Die, Roger listed the Pike India Pale Ale as "a classic example of the Northwest style."
When pressed for details regarding their Double India Pale Ale, this is what co-owner Rose Ann Finkel had to say.
When we introduced Pike Double IPA, it was our answer to the Northwest's trend to test the limits at even higher levels of bitterness. At 80 International Bittering Units, it is hopped with Yakima Valley Columbus, Centennial, Chinook, and Cascade, and dry hopped with Washington Amarillo and Palisades. It delivers a rich bouquet of herbal flowers followed by the dry, crisp, evergreen and citrus character of humulus lupulus (hops) on the palate. This hop elixir is balanced with a smooth, biscuity, earthy malt flavor from a variety of five different malts.
Like other Pike beers our Double IPA is food-friendly with just the right balance of floral hop and biscuity malt. It is unfiltered to preserve all the wonderful hop character and aroma.
Beer Geek Information
- OG = original gravity = 1.076
- TG = terminal gravity = 1.016
- Alc./Vol 8%
- Target IBUs 80
Look for this to be on the shelves at your local grocer and on draft at select locations, including the brewery's pub and museum.
About Pike Brewing Company
Charles and Rose Ann Finkel founded the Pike Brewing Company in 1989 in the La Salle Hotel in the Pike Place Public Market. In 1996 they moved Pike to its current location on First Avenue between Pike and Union and opened the Pike Pub. The Pub features local, sustainable pub fare. Housed within the Pub is the Pike Microbrewery Museum.