HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2006 (BB11/06/02) Real hoppy (spicy as opposed to floral) nose. Attractive thin whitehead. Lasting lace. Very smooth. The 67ibus seem a bit high. My perceived bitterness is around 50ibus. There is enough malt to make this beer balanced and well crafted. A nice medium to full bodied IPA.
Racegoer (354) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hoppy, and somewhat fruity, it is smooth, maybe to smooth. 67 IBU’s, where I can’t taste them. 6.7% ABV is well hidden, a refreshing IPA, not enough kick for me, But I’d pass these out without reservation. Give it a few extra points for good cost value.
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - AUG 6, 2002
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had on draft. Fruity flavors like pear. Not all that hopped for an IPA. Pleasant, unspectacular.
bsii99 (13) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 2, 2002
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
dry finish, thin. Little notable head, light gold color. I don’t particular care for IPAs, especially when they’re anything but very cold...
HH (166) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUL 26, 2002
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had on tap at the Seattle brewery. This beer reminds me of Diamond Knot and Snoqualmie Falls IPA due to the obvious use of Columbus hops. Ahh.. Columbus and Left Coast IPA. A wonderful combination. 07/26/02 Rerate: The formulation has been changed. What was a wonderful brew with a Columbus flavor/finish has been changed to Tomahawk. Not nearly as good as it was. A step backwards for sure. As such I am forced to downgrade what was once a top notch IPA. Sorry guys.
olympian (107) - USA - JUL 17, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice IPA. I liked the balance of this particular brew.
Might have rated it even higher, except this was one of those odd ones that consistently gave me a headache.
But the Seattle folks that can buy this for ’popular price’ compared to what we pay for it here in Michigan are lucky ducks!
ravidesai (978) - Bombay, INDIA - JUL 12, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
great hoppy aroma, floral and sharp.
the taste s equally hoppy buy lacks the malt balance that separates the great IPAs from the good ones.
nice bubbly palate and overall a good hophead beverage.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Color is gold-amber; head fairly light but bubbly...Aroma is enticing blend of flowers and hops. Flavor is decidedly hoppy, but malt sweetness still detectable. Bracing bitter finish. This brew doesn’t pretend to be well-balanced--it is formulated for the hop-heads among us--and it doesn’t disappoint.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 13, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The first thing I noticed was the wonderful hoppy and floral aroma. A deep golden colour and the distinct bitter flavour was just right.
Troobie99 (60) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 12, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
There are more IPAs in the NW than sunny days, so afficianados tend to parse the style to their own tastes. Pyramid’s one of the best--big and hoppy. It has a ’catty’ quality that some don’t like, but to others those hops are manna. Many of the comments here indicate that it’s not big or aggressive enough, but I think it’s just a well-balanced beer. The hops can’t shock because it’s too big a beer, yet it doesn’t taste huge because of the crisp malting.