CheersMate (1298) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from a local Safeway. This has a nice head that stays quite fluffy for some time. The beer has a nice transparent copper color to it. Itís looking pretty, pretty good, I must say. This has a wonderful blend of a citrus grapefruit and pine hop aroma. Itís a very pungent beer. The texture is very slick, and quite nice. The beer has a bit of an astringent bitterness at the very end. At first you get a wonderful blend of the pine and grapefruit hop flavors. Itís not malty at all. I love that this is a very hop-forward beer. It has an odd carbonation sting to it that really affects the flavor. As this beer warms up, the bad characteristics come out. There is a subtle roasted peanut flavor hitting my taste buds. Overall, this has some wonderful qualities, and not so wonderful qualities. I think with a little tweaking, this should be stellar.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a very slightly hazy amber color with a 3/4 finger thick off white head. Very light lacing. Aroma is citrus and herbal hops. Flavor is citrus and floral hops with a nice balance of lightly sweetened toasted malt. Medium body. Pleasant finish. A nice beer.
EithCubes (4577) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fresh bottle. Strongest hop component is pine, big Centennial and Cascade [though it seems I wrong about the latter] and some wintergreen papery tones that make me think Chinook. Transparent aluminum orange body with a short sticky beige head. Taste is alarmingly bitter, has that great, intense puckering-hop juice but without a ton of resin, reminds of having some Two Hearted on tap at The Vid but with brighter citrus, leafier hop matter, and none of the hipster draggle. Full body with alcohol a player, just not one that burns. This oneís for you, Versteeg!
Sparky (2133) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours clear medium amber with a 2 finger off-white head. The nose is ripe citrus, caramel malts and light pine. The taste is toffee, overripe citrus, caramel, peppery hops and bitter resin in the finish that lingers on the tongue for awhile. Medium mouthfeel. Decent DIPA.
alexanderj (3264) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from TW; one of the cheapest double IPAs iíve ever seen. Poured a auburn/copper color with a smallish off white head. Aroma of sweet malt, caramle, sugar, citrus, pine, and earth. Quite aromatic. Flavor had some nice components to it. Caramel, sweet malt, citrus, pine, sugar, and alcohol. A great value honestly.
thebeerbeast (12) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Right up there with the some of the highly touted IIPAs. Shows as a brewery it doesnít cost a terrible amount to create a good one. And thus we donít have to over pay for one.
Great malty complexion, pours with a nice head and oranges color, balanced flavor and aromas.
phaleslu (5723) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle at Bigeloís Bistro, poured into a tulip. Pours a clear, rich amber color with a tiny bone white head. Aroma of earthy hops, caramel malts, pine, orange and grapefruit citrus, and perfume. Flavor of earthy, citrusy hops, caramel malts, grapefruit, pine resin, and some late floral and herbal notes. Medium-bodied, with medium-high carbonation and a resinous mouthfeel that finishes oily. Some lingering bitterness. Decent IIPA and the best beer Iíve had from Pyramid.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 10, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle - pours a hazy orange color with small off white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is full of piney, resiny, sticky hops, and hint of vanilla. Flavor has a fair touch of malt, lots of citrusy and piney hops. Finish is very firmly bitter - actually more bitter than most double IPAs Iíve had. This is good overall. I have been almost universally disappointed by Pyramid beers, but this is really very good. I will probably buy more of this.
TheRealMGD (549) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Clear orange-gold pour with a light yellowish head leaving heavy lace. Very nice hoppy nose. Nutty, toasty, sweet, medium body with moderate carbonation. Citrus, resinous hops from the start onwards and gaining prominence towards the finish where the citrus really shines through. Iíve been away from Pyramid ales for a fair while after being crazy about them 15 years ago, but this impressive IIPA makes me think I need to dig back in.
Reid (1785) - Salem,Oregon, Oregon, USA - FEB 7, 2011
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is now a Spring seasonal. 22 oz from Fred Meyer, North Salem,
amazing price of $2.19.
dark orange/copper ale , small bubbles of carbonation, small off white head.
Tha aroma is SUPERB..i smelled the pine/resin as soon as i cracked the bottle open.Piney,resiney citrus glory!!
Taste is like the wonderful aroma but keyed back a bit..but its very nice juicy hops with a substantial malt backing..very nice.
Nice palate to the beer also..not spectacular but keeps the intrest.
Overall a very nice IIPA and for $2.19 a wonderful value.
Thank you Pyramid..this has to be a loss leader!!