ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2006 5/23/06 Re-rate: Hoppy aroma with some sweetness, so there’s a balance; somewhat chalky. Also has some baby puke notes, so a point off for that. Hazy dark gold with an occasionaly bubble rising to the top. Small, thin, slightly off-white head. Not much in the way of lace. Fairly strong hop bite. There’s a harshness there and a faint unpleasantness that might do well either on tap or as a cask. But, in the bottle, for the 2nd time, this is a good brew that could use a little refinement. I had a Big Horn Red IPA earlier this evening (at RAM brewing, Rosemont, IL) and it was more enjoyable than this. 4/13/03: I agree with GregClow and Veldy on this one. When cold, its astringency overpowers what otherwise would be a very pleasantly hoppy IPA. The astrigency mellows as it warms, so try not to drink this one too cold. Unfortunately, the astringency also affects the aroma, reducing the point total in that category. Appearance is a deep orange with an off-white, average-sized head. Excellent lace. At 6.7% alcohol, this is a stronger than average IPA, which is evident on the palate. Overall, I expected a little more from Pyramid. Ar 6, Ap 4, Fl 6, Pal 4, Ov 14. 3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2003
Clear copper. Bitter is just right; smells of moderately sweet hops, pineapple, and peaches. Taste doesn't deviate much from the aromas, and it turns out to be a very enjoyed IPA. I was suprised it was done so well by Pyramid. Panzuriel (2446) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - APR 9, 2003
Nice golden color with a good head. Nice but very strong hop aroma. Somewhat heavy hoppy with acidic flavor leading. Dry finish. RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 8, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2006 This beer has too many hops for my tastes. Really turned me off in the flavor department.
Rerate: It has been 3 years since I last had this, and I actually enjoy this beer now. It is a very drinkable IPA, but it does have an agressive taste that does not get old. GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2003
Honey-gold colour with slight haze and a small white head. Strong and cloying hop aroma with heavy grapefruit notes. Flavour is quite astrigent, with a dry citric bitterness overpowering anything else that might be in there.
phillymonksman (60) - Ardmore, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2003
Appealing light cloudy appearance. Nice mild
hoppy smell. Strong taste compared to smell.
Pretty good but not great IPA. Some hops but not enough for me.
Still a good beer. Veldy (76) - Coon Rapids, Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2003
Very citrusy. There is a strong hop aroma, Columbus? Very good beer, but you must not try and drink it too cold. It is a little astringent and a bit over carbonated when cold. It is well balanced at normal serving temps. harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2003
Strong grapefruit aroma, cloudy and citrusy with a nice fruity head. Kind of a weak flavor at first. Almost a chalky aftertaste. This is not one of my favorites. sloth (2957) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 10, 2003
Pours a darker shade of gold.Nice tight white head.Grainy nose with some fruitiness.Real clear.Sweet up front, full bodied.Good malt/hop balance.Has kind of a raw hop flavor going on.Slick finish.Long after taste.Alc. is not noticeable.Decent brew. groovinhigh (170) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 4, 2003
Nice IPA... good NW hop character, but not very complex like the best IPA's. I gave a few extra points for the alc. content.