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Pike Doubble Troubble IPA brewed by Pike Pub & Brewery

Pike Doubble Troubble IPA brewed by Pike Pub & Brewery - Seattle, Washington

Originally brewed as a collaborative effort for the inaugural Seattle Beer Week, Pike Brewing’s Doubble Troubble DIPA is the beer that launched one of the best beer events in the country. This imperial IPA is hopped with Yakima Valley Columbus, Centennial, Chinook and Cascade hops and then dry hopped with Washington Amarillo and Palisades. It has 80 IBUs and an ABV of 8 percent.

Pike Doubble Troubble DIPA brewed by Pike Pub & Brewery - Seattle, Washington


Beer Review from Beer Advocate
Pike’s Double IPA has a thick, cream-colored head, an opaque, brilliant, orange appearance, lots of bubble streams (etched tasting glass), and pretty good amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is of bread crust, indistinguishable citrus (maybe, Japanese plums), and some slightly turned fruit. Taste is of bread crust, baked white bread dough, bitter and oily hops, some weird citrus, and alcohol (which is mostly masked). Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Pike’s Double IPA finishes mostly dry, rather harsh, and has a sipping drinkability. This is a very deceptive beer- it starts out mild and pleasant and then bangs one in the head with it’s harshness and bitterness. Really interesting, and I love it!

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The History of Charles and Rose Ann Finkel and Pike Brewing
Charles and Rose Ann Finkel founded an importing company, in part "according to Charles" to satisfy their taste for authentic beers. At the time, the United States had 40 breweries, only one made beer according to the Rheinheitsgebot, the world's oldest food purity law. With an idea of marketing different tastes in beer, like different tastes in wine, Charles visited more than a dozen independent American breweries seeking marketing and distribution arrangements. He discovered that most small breweries copied the big ones brewing with corn syrup and rice filler (adjunct) chemicals and additives. Charles decided to market beers of his own design using other people’s breweries.

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Frustrated by the lack of great American beers, Charles and Rose Ann set a goal of marketing great beers of each of the classic brewing styles and educating the American beer drinker about them. To do so quickly, the only choice was to concentrate on classics from Europe. The same year, the Finkel’s discovered Michael Jackson's seminal World Guide to Beer first published in 1978. Inspired and informed, Charles and Rose Ann became the exclusive agent for some of Europe's finest independent brewers including Ayinger, Lindemans, Melbourn Bros, Orval, Pinkus, Samuel Smith and Traquair House. Their's was the first company to offer a range of Belgian beers; to work with British brewers to create long forgotten styles like Oatmeal Stout, Porter, Imperial Stout and Scotch Ale; and to repackage classic Bavarian dopplebock under a private label that eventually became the Ayinger Brewery's world-wide brand. They introduced many people including many early craft brewers, to the glories of great beers. 

The Finkels talked of creating their own brewery for years. Working with the world's greatest brewers was inspiring. So, in 1989, wanting a location in the famous Pike Place Farmers Market, they convinced John Farias, the owner of Liberty Malt Supply Company, to sell them the business with the idea of creating a microbrewery as a way to show home brewers how beer is brewed. Liberty, founded in 1921, was originally upstairs in the main section of the market, but had moved to the LaSalle Hotel Building after the space had been vacated by a small winery.

The Finkels opened The Pike Place Brewery in the Pike Place Public Market. Well, not exactly "in" the market, but “under" the market in the La Salle Hotel at 1432 Western Avenue. It was one of the country’s smallest breweries with the tallest smoke stack. A four barrel copper kettle was custom made by Seattle's Alaska Copper and Bass Company and though tiny, the brewery was state of the art. From the beginning the goal was to brew world class ale to accompany great food. The Finkels wanted the beers of Pike to be the equal or better, and in better condition than any that they represented from Europe. Charles and Rose Ann favored beers that went well with food, especially the classic British brewing styles like Ales, Porters, Stouts, Scotch Ales and Barley Wines. There was great anticipation among the Seattle brewing community as a little red and white tile brewery in the lobby of a former bawdy house took shape. Articles appeared in newspapers and posters announcing the brewery opening and inviting friends and beer lovers to participate in the "World's Shortest Non-Motorized Uphill Parade", from the brewery to Cutter’s Bay House at the corner of Pike Place and Western Avenue were distributed to local pubs and retailers.



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