Pike Auld Acquaintance Hoppy Holiday Ale

Reviewed by on December 4, 2013 in Holiday Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Pike Pub & Brewery

  • Origin: Seattle, WA, USA

  • Rated On: December 19, 2012

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: between cold and cellar temperature

  • Style: Winter Warmer

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Auld Acquaintance is Pike’s holiday ale, made with additions of orange peel, coriander, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The label reminds me of a now-tired Denis Leary rant about Santa Claus not being on the list of acceptable images to be on his beer bottle.

This 650ml bottle pours a slightly hazy, medium copper colour, with one finger of foamy, bubbly tan head, which leaves a smattering of droopy curtained lace around the glass as it readily recedes. It smells of light biscuity caramel malt, a prominent display of drupe fruitiness, mild white pepper, and understated gingerbread spices – cloves and cinnamon, mostly. The taste is a slightly biscuity caramel malt, some wavering apple/pear fruity character, enduring gingerbread notes, the graininess and usual suspect spices, natch, including the proclaimed coriander, citrus, and spicy floral hops.

The carbonation is moderate in its supportive venture, the body a tacit medium weight, and fairly smooth. It finishes pretty dry, just a slight bit of biscuit malt wading into the emboldened spicy hops at the end.

A decent enough winter holiday ale, but reserved to a certain degree all around. The latent hoppiness is nice, but the malt and spices (not to mention the ABV) could be equally ramped up, to better ward off the ensconced seasonal pallor.

Brady White

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