Pyramid Thunderhead IPA - Walnut Creek Alehouse (Pyramid)
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Reviews by bnes09:
2.53/5 rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2
Sampled a bottle from a friend. 12oz bottle with a twist-off cap that is nearly impossible to twist off.
Color is a pale, transparent, yellow orange; very pale for the style. The head is white but does have a good retention and sticky lace.
Not much to the smell. Faint hops that give a slightly sour aroma.
Taste is disappointing. Now that I look at the bottle, it expired about a year ago, which would explain the taste. The hops are definetly soured and somewhat skunky. Malt provides a smoothness but the taste is off. Finishes dry with an unpleasant aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. Very low carbonation. Nothing much else to note.
Very difficult to drink, probably due the lack of freshness. I might be ok if it weren't stale so this review is somewhat biased but I doubt it would be anything worth getting again, even fresh. Morale of the story: check the dates before you buy it. The date on this one is barely discernable but if you cant read it, don't buy it.
Serving type: bottle
11-07-2009 01:47:44 | More by bnes09
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3.43/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
650 mL btl. Served at 7C in an imperial pint glass.
Nice deep amber clear pour, thick dense pitted head with great lacing.
Smells of mildly toasted pale malts, some underlying tropical fruit sweetness with some leafy, subtle but vibrant hops.
Juicy sweet tropical fruits but lacks the citrus complement to define them. Slight pine note, but definitely oily, balanced with citrus; some herbal and leafy qualities. Bitter dry hop finish.
Decent medium body. starts mildly juicy, neutral in the mid and finished dry and medium-short.
Nice nose, but lacks some... pzazz and umph. Its just too malty for an IPA.
Taste is adequate, and better than the majority in the price range; but it lacks a certain unification. Its smooth, easy and reasonably balanced but needs a punchier hop balance as it comes across as a very under-hoped double IPA or an under hopped English.
A highly rated malty pale ale for sure, but shit, it just lacks.
Serving type: bottle
01-14-2013 08:36:27 | More by OF001
Pyramid Thunderhead IPA from Walnut Creek Alehouse (Pyramid)
77 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.