Posts Tagged ‘Pyramid Brewing’

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Day #330 – Pyramid Snow Cap Ale

November 27, 2011

I apologize if some of my posts have been rather lackluster recently. I can admit that I am certainly running out of steam, but I am never one to quit on a project so I will see this thing through to the end by God! My life has certainly changed a lot since starting this project, and the free time I used to have to be able to focus on this has switched to other priorities. Oh well, such is life.

Pyramid Snow Cap Ale

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I’ve reviewed several things from Pyramid I believe and this is their winter seasonal. It is an English Strong Ale at 7%.

This beer went into my lovely Pyramid Hefeweizen glass, which isn’t technically the correct glassware shape for this style, but I like to match breweries. This beer pours a dark maroon color that turns a lighter shade of amber when put to the light.  Foamy beige head as you can see in the picture.

The aroma on this smells an awful lot like one of my homebrews, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing!  It has several notes of heavy malts and dark fruit, with some candied sugar type notes and roasted bread.

The flavor is a little bland for my tastes, with straightforward grains and dark malts and perhaps a lingering hint of bitter dark fruit near the finish.  I was hoping for a touch of spice but I didn’t find any.

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Cheers!

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Day #254 – Pyramid Audacious Apricot Ale

September 12, 2011

Went for a run tonight for the first time in a LONG time. 3 miles; felt great! Time to reward myself with a beer? Survey says yes.

Pyramid Audacious Apricot Ale

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Pyramid Brewing Company is based out of Seattle, Washington. This is a fruit beer at 5.1% ABV. The apricot fruit is added with a wheat beer to create this, which by the way is one of Pyramids top sellers. There has to be a reason for that….let’s find out.

This beer pours a hazy golden orange color with a tall white head. The head response is pretty quick so be careful when pouring this one. The haziness obviously comes from this beer being unfiltered.

The aroma is pretty sweet right off the bat. It has a tall fruity nose, which I would say smells of apricots. It’s been awhile since I’ve had one but if memory serves well it is authentic. There is plenty of wheat grain and spices in the aroma as well. Pretty nice.

Flavor is sweet, fruity and BIG apricot! Wow there’s the taste I remember. Slightly tart from the fruit and a nice wheat backbone. Finishes sweet with a touch of spice. Quite good actually!

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Cheers!

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Day #76 – Pyramid Outburst Imperial IPA

March 18, 2011

Well I am feeling great today.  Yesterday was just about perfect.  I rocked my GRE test in the morning, cooked breakfast for myself (which is a major accomplishment), sold my old crappy car and bought a Mazda RX-8 Shinka and then had some tasty beer that evening.  To celebrate a rockin day, let’s go with a tasty new beer and a new style today!

Pyramid Outburst Imperial IPA

An Imperial IPA is basically this: an IPA on steroids.  It’s everything you would expect from a great IPA and then magnified.  Sometimes they are a subtle magnification, and sometimes they completely bowl you over.  Often times the amount of hops used in brewing is doubled or even tripled, the alcohol level is often higher also.  I had this beer a few weeks ago and was very happy with it, so I picked up another bottle for the purposes of this blog.  I am quite excited to try this one again!  ABV sits at 8.5%.

Pyramid Brewing Company is based out of Seattle, Washington and is the 5th largest craft brewery in the United States.  They are known for some of their fruit ales, especially their apricot beer.  I’ll get to that one eventually.

Wow, so I usually start with the appearance but I just cracked the cap and haven’t even poured the beer yet and I can already smell strong grapefruit from here!

The appearance is rockin.  It pours a bright orange color with a tall off-white head.  Very foamy and it is a bit hazy too.  Difficult to see through.

The aroma is as I mentioned before, HUGE grapefruit smell.  Very fruity and hoppy, strong smells indeed.  Sweet smelling and pleasant.

The flavor is lots of tart fruit and almost comes to the point of being mouth-puckering…but not quite.  Dry flavors and bitter hops prevail.  Very hoppy and fruity sweet.  It has a lingering bitterness that mixes well with the tart fruityness.  It’s like a mix of grapefruit and orange.  Very nice.

Let me be clear, this beer is intense!  If you do not like hops then you will think I’m insane for liking this, but this beer will certainly appeal to the hopheads out there.

Cheers!