India Pale Lager - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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India Pale LagerIndia Pale Lager

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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 14.45%
Wants: 0
Gots: 10 | 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

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Beer added by: archyquaffer on 03-27-2014

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.99/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a one finger white colored foamy head. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew has nice notes of tropical fruits of tangerine and mango, along with a blend of hops of a grapefruit and floral nature. Along with these aromas comes a bit of a caramel and bready smell as well as just a hint of a more herbal aroma, which when combined with the rest, produces a very nice aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a tropical fruit flavor mixed with a bit of a doughy taste. The smooth and sweet flavor has a bit of a grapefruit hop at the start, which grows stronger as the taste moves forward. Along with the grapefruit getting stronger, other hop flavors of an herbal and pine nature come to the tongue. The herbal gets somewhat more potent then would be expected, but brings a nice dimension to the brew. Toward the end, the taste develops a more dank tasting hop profile, which is balanced by a little bit of caramel that also arrives on the science and leaves a quite pleasantly hopped moderately malty and smooth flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - The body of the beer is slightly thicker with a carbonation level that is slightly lower. The thicker body and lower carbonation really allow the more dank hop flavors to linger on the tongue and create a nice heavier feel then would normally be encountered in a lager.

Overall – This is one tasty brew at a fantastic price. I really liked the unique blend of hop that blended very nicely with the lager body. Very nice.

Photo of mjurney
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber honey color, hazy. Lots of small bubbles streaming. Thick rocky head.

Citrus, piney, resiny, sweet malts.

Hop bitterness up front, citrus, piney, resiny, herbal. Sweet bready malts, caramel, biscuit. Finish is slight bitter, very crisp. Body is medium, crisp, clean, refreshing, a little oily, semi-dry.

It's a very good India Pale Lager.

Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev +11.8%
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!

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of Rivarol
2.53/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Mediocre. Too hoppy for a refreshing lager, not hoppy enough for a satisfying IPA.

Photo of Pegasus
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, deep and slightly hazy reddish-amber in color, sporting a vast, dense off-white head, with superb retention, and lacing like Hieratic script .

Aroma: Profound aroma of orange and grapefruit rind and pine hops, pale malt is also notable, but understated by comparison.

Taste: Opens with fairly powerful grapefruit and pine hops; the pale malt is evident, with a white bread and cracker profile. As the taste progresses, the hops utterly dominate. Late in the taste, no hint of the malt remains. Finishes with a moderate and quite lingering flavor of pine.

Mouth feel: Very smooth and full, with just a faint bit of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice, drinkable example of the style. The lager's clean and smooth profile shines.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce short brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Photo of Reidrover
3.44/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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).

Photo of superspak
3.74/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 1/21/2015. Pours slightly hazy orange/amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, citrus rind, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange zest, citrus rind, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, complexity, and robustness of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast esters present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good IPL style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of citrus/pine hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of mactrail
3.83/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of archyquaffer
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of Libeertarian
3.76/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A clear yellow-orange with light pinkish hues, and thick, chunky, foamy, fine head a shade of cream. Superb lacing and decent retention. Smells and tastes of oranges or grapefruit and rind, from the hops. Impressive biscuity maltiness up front, with crescendoing biting bitter herbal and spicy backdrop, also present in the finish, which is fairly crisp. Feels a bit fuller than your typical pilsner, but similar. Medium to high carbonation. Very good, but I don't think the best hopped up pale lager I've had.

Photo of mageek52
4.43/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

New style for me. Quite suprised by flavor. Will have this one again.

India Pale Lager from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
78 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.