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RATINGS: 819   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   IBU: 67   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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We heap the hops into each batch of our Thunderhead IPA. A golden nectar with a striking floral aroma, Thunderhead holds a harmonious balance between its bold hop bitterness and subtle malt backbone.

Malts:
2-Row Pale Barley, Munich 10L, Caramel, Carapils

Hops:
Nugget, CTZ

OG: 16.7


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3666) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2006 Peachy-golden color, nice overall feel in the mouth. Iím not a fan of the IPAs but I like an English strong ale, so the bits of grapefruit and later grape aroma popping through were nice. The bitterness builds over time, though a bit harsh in the finish. A palatable IPA to my taste. // Re-rate (June 2006)--after another bottle, I was particularly pleased about the intensity and vivacity of the fruitness upfront. The grapefruit is as vivid as Iíve tasted in any IPA, like whole chunks of grapefruit. The end result left me a little dry in the mouth, but there were things to enjoy here.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2002
No attempt at balance (the malt was left behind at the brewery somewhere). Considerably bitter and verging on an Imperial IPA. Nice, but unchallenging. Believe it or not, Iíll take their Apricot Ale instead.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2546) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 29, 2002
Tap. Medium golden color. Hop aroma and a nice robust flavor that escalates on the palate. I thought this was among the best tap beers at the Berkeley Alehouse.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2002
Medium body, was deep gold, good head and decent lacing. Malts were on the sweeter side and hops were very ísharpí and strong, but not "astonishing" as noted above.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Turbotommy (32) - Westlake Village, California, USA - OCT 20, 2002
Bitter like most IPAís. I donít like IPAís in general, but this one was fairly good. Of course...I did have it straight from the tap at the Pyramid brewery.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3229) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - OCT 14, 2002
very mild in the hop department, but very good malt-more like an english blended with an american ipa in feel and taste. not bad, but there are much better out there

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aubrey (3431) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - SEP 27, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2006 Nice copper-amber color with a clingy-lacey head. Up front, mouthfeel is somewhat watery, but it quickly turns a little thicker and creamier. Malts, which are somewhat underplayed, are sweet and biscuity. Hop flavors are light, with grassy, hay-like notes. Hop aromas are perfumey and spicy, almost minty in a way. Hop bitterness is fairly heavy, with most of it presenting itself in the aftertaste (the high Columbus alpha acids give your tongue a little bitter snap). Overall not bad, but nothing really jumped out and excited my palate.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tourette (208) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2002
This is a solid IPA. Very hoppy. Classic American IPA style. A bit off balance though. It could be smoother. The aroma is great though.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
40oz (181) - Newport Beach, California, USA - SEP 16, 2002
Strong hoppy, cascade aroma. Bitter tea flavor with a slightly astringent fininsh. A good solid beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2002
Dude, hoppy as hell. I am surprised that it is only 67IBUís. The nose and taste were of fresh yard clippings...a hop loverís dream. Well done.


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