RATINGS: 836   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   IBU: 67   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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

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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2002
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Racegoer (354) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2002
Hoppy, and somewhat fruity, it is smooth, maybe to smooth. 67 IBUs, where I cant taste them. 6.7% ABV is well hidden, a refreshing IPA, not enough kick for me, But Id pass these out without reservation. Give it a few extra points for good cost value.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - AUG 6, 2002
Had on draft. Fruity flavors like pear. Not all that hopped for an IPA. Pleasant, unspectacular.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bsii99 (13) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 2, 2002
dry finish, thin. Little notable head, light gold color. I dont particular care for IPAs, especially when theyre anything but very cold...

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
HH (165) - Everett, Washington, USA - JUL 26, 2002
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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olympian (107) - USA - JUL 17, 2002
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!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ravidesai (978) - Bombay, INDIA - JUL 12, 2002
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - JUN 28, 2002
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 doesnt pretend to be well-balanced--it is formulated for the hop-heads among us--and it doesnt disappoint.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 13, 2002
The first thing I noticed was the wonderful hoppy and floral aroma. A deep golden colour and the distinct bitter flavour was just right.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Troobie99 (60) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 12, 2002
There are more IPAs in the NW than sunny days, so afficianados tend to parse the style to their own tastes. Pyramids one of the best--big and hoppy. It has a catty quality that some dont like, but to others those hops are manna. Many of the comments here indicate that its not big or aggressive enough, but I think its just a well-balanced beer. The hops cant shock because its too big a beer, yet it doesnt taste huge because of the crisp malting.


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