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India Pale Lager - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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India Pale LagerIndia Pale Lager

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BA SCORE
78
okay

51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 14.24%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pyramid Breweries, Inc. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: archyquaffer on 03-27-2014

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, nice to see something new from this brewery, up here north of 49.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and rather bubbly tan head, which leaves some stellar sticky webbed lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells lightly of biscuity pale malt, saltine crackers, lemon wedges, dried orange rind, pine needles, and a mild earthy chalkiness. The taste is bready, grainy pale malt, a lessened white cracker edginess, more lemon and orange mixed fruitiness, wet chalk, damp pine trees, and a further plain earthy, weedy hoppiness.

The bubbles are pretty low-key, beyond the capable handling of their support duties, the body a pleasant medium weight, and mostly smooth, these hops not in the mood to mess with a good thing. It finishes off-dry, the biscuity character still strong, but letting in a bit of the malty sweetness sheerly out of the goodness of its heart.

An enjoyable rendition of this burgeoning proto-style, the hoppiness not overbearing, but working well with the choice of peppy malts. Good on Pyramid for branching out a bit, and venturing down different roads - I'd like to see more of this sort of thing (IPLs, that is) - done well, of course!

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3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pour produces a relatively clear and a rust-tinged orange color with a sandstone head that sits at finger's width. Good retention results in a fair layer of surface suds and a thick ring around the edge of the glass. Generous amounts of lacing is left along the sides of the glass.

Smell - Citrusy aroma with touches of grain, bread and a hint of spice.

Taste - Follows the nose. Citrusy flavor that hits on orange and lesser notes of grapefruit and pine. Light black pepper spiciness comes through mid-taste. Generic malty sweetness hinting at white bread. A bit of earthiness in the finish to go with orange pith bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with fair carbonation. Not quite as light and crisp as one might expect from an IPL. Semi-dry finish.

Overall - Not bad at all. It certainly surpassed my expectations. Only downside is the body which is more IPA-like than lager-like. Not a huge issue, but if I were looking for something more light and refreshing in the summer I'd likely grab something else.

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3.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger of head on a clear amber colored body.
The aroma is honey and pine. Mild but nice.
The taste tends to the sweet side, with some mild pine and lemon bitterness in the middle. Longer malty finish.
The texture is softer with moderate carbonation.
It's a nice lager with some extra citrus and pine flavors.

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22 oz bottle from a local "mom and pop" convenience store. $2.79 Pours a clear lightish amber colour ( like darker honey) with a nice sized frothy and thick off white head. Ok spicy/floral hop aromas..bread like malts. Good spicy hoppy taste..sweet bready malts balance in the back. nice. Mouth feel is fine medium carbonation and medium thick..drinks real well. Overall really nice little amber lager here..not bad at all ( i find myself saying that often with Pyramid nowadays).

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quite handsome amber brew with plenty of creamy foam in the big chalice. Quite a sudsy mouthfeel. Substantial body with plenty of malt. Big hoppy aroma that is more fruity than piney.

I think that Double Pilsner describes this fine. It's overhopped for what we usually think of as a Lager, but in the realm of the Pilsner hoppiness, for what that's worth. Rather sweet but quite sharp with hop acidity. Still, it's not inappropriately bitter, but it's unmistakably up there with the IBUs.

A citrusy sharp finish. Distinctly lemony with a long bitter aftertaste. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at The Market in Anacortes.

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3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Pyramid's web site:
Malts: Two row barley, Cara red, C80, C120

Hops: Nuggett, Chinook

Dry hopped: Amarillo, Centennial, Sterling

OG: 14.5

ABV: 6.0%

IBU: 60

Served from a bomber into a shaker pint. A moderate pour produces about an inch of frothy, off-white head. The head proves pretty sticky. The beer is on the pale side of amber with about average carbonation.

One whiff tells you this is a hop bomb. Plenty of piney and dry citrus hop flavors and aromas are in evidence. As usual, my palate has difficulty discerning the malt flavors amidst all these hops. It's there for sure, just hard to appreciate, when it's hops hops hops on the palate. I think I can just taste some caramel as the beer settles on the tongue. The aftertaste is not too lingering nor too bitter.

I associate lager beer with more of a subtle flavor, and fail to see the point of hop loading to this extent. This tastes pretty much like an American IPA or hoppy pale ale. It's not hard to drink or anything, I just fail to see the point.

Incidentally, I had a hard time nailing down the style for the "Add Beer" function. I don't think "double" or "imperial" is an apt name for a 6.0 ABV brew, but the discussion forums led me there. I also could not load a picture, no matter how many times I tried.

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India Pale Lager from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.