Pale Ale - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 12.97%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Pyramid Breweries, Inc. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-16-2001

Brewed only with Cascade hops and styled in the tradition of English Pale Ales, Pyramid’s Pale Ale is sweet and malty, with floral hop aromas.
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Ratings: 63 | Reviews: 32
Reviews by generallee:
Photo of generallee
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: The body has a deep amber color with a light haze. Sitting on top is a small white head that quickly fades out leaving only thin ring of lacing.

Smell: In its aroma I get bready maltiness balanced by some herbal and citrus hops.

Taste / Palate: The flavor mirrors the aroma with a base of bready maltiness mixed with citrus and herbal hop bitterness. The palate feels smooth and light which makes for a easy drinking beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brought out of retirement for the Spring variety 12-pack... Jesus, it is hard to believe it has been 10 years since I had one of these. Pours with a 2 finger off white sorta foamy looking head... the brew is clear polished amber... splotchy lacing.

Floral/lightly citrus hops are nicely balanced by a bigger than expected pale malt presence that is also carrying a bit of caramel and toasty notes.

Starts a bit sweeter than I normally like, but it moves seamlessly into floral hops... just enough bitterness to really balance it all out... finishes with a lingering perfumy hoppiness.

Body seems a bit bigger than most standard APA's... Still pretty drinkable and goes down easily.

No flaws really, it just seems like this one shows the age of when it was first brewed and now seems antiquated.


Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clear amber with a thin wispy head that sticks around for awhile,wow no hops in the aroma to speak of some caramel malt and some biscuit wich was appetizing but really unexpected.Again not much hop on the palate a light herbal note in the finish but very light,there are some nice things going on though some caramel sweetness up front but a firm dry toasted maltiness prevails in the finish with a toastiness in the aftertaste.An appetizing session-style ale but not what would you would expect from a Pacific NW pale ale,very easy to drink.

Photo of RoyalT
2.69/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Beautiful orange in color and clear with a good head that I had to control at the pour.

Smell – The light, citrus hops are more than balanced by some big, molasses malt.

Taste – The malt aroma turns into an ultra-sweet grainy type of flavor that overpowers the smallish hops. Too bad.

Mouthfeel – Thin and hardly refreshing.

Drinkability – This is not a bad beer, but it’s a bad Pale Ale.

Photo of takusan1000
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pretty drinkable ale without much fuss. Would make a decent session ale. The smell is a tad skunky, yeasty, and crackery, without much hops aroma. Taste is mild and balanced, totally drinkable and not offensive. Unsalted crackers with butter, a nice orange-like hoppy aftertaste that doesn't do much but makes itself known.

In fact, the more of this I drink, the more it grows on me. It doesn't try to be the best, it would appeal to many, and that's what makes it better than ok.

Photo of bditty187
3.89/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Darkish amber-bronze hue, off-white head, thin and short-lived. Minimal lace. Well-balanced nose, hoppy upfront with malt playing the rear. The hops “dominate” the palate; ideally bitter yet sensible, hint of citrus but more herbal, with just enough malt in the middle, dry, bitter end. Tasty. Medium bodied. Plenty good enough to drink again, this is not an elite Pale Ale but one hell of a session beer. Try it.

Photo of Murph
3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to agree with Tim. This is definitely a great session beer. Pours a coppery-amber with a decent head that sticks around ok. The smell is a bit llight, hops and slight fruit. A little on the maltier side, especially for an APA. Nice hop character though. Smooth across the palate and very drinkable.

Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well hopped with a slightly floral aroma and flavor. Not too assertive, and pairs well with food.

Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow! Its been 991 days since I sampled this beer, a bit overdue I’d say, as Pyramid makes some quite quaffable beers.

A limpid burnished copper color on the pour, the average in size, frothy, a light beige color; the residual lace is decent and covers the glass to my satisfaction. Nose is mostly sweet malt, crisp and clean, a sniffable beer to be sure, start is malt laden, sweet, and top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is mildly acidic, the hops have a delicate bite, dry and linger aftertaste, a good drinking beer, not great, just a nice thirst quenching summer session beer.

Photo of marc77
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy bronze hue. The thin but persistant head leaves an attractive lace down the glass. More caramel notes and fruitiness than the norm for the style in aroma. Citrusy and minty hop nose is noticeable, but not as pronounced as soon good APA's I've had. The creamy mouthfeel is quite enjoyable, but the hop profile is a tad lacking. It needs a touch more hop bitterness. It is, however, more malty than many APAs available. I do detect a bit of diacetyl, but not enough to be considered a flaw. This is an above average, but certainly isn't an excellent APA. Kick up the malt on a Sierra Nevada and lower all aspects of the hopping and you'll have this beer.

Photo of Shiloh
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice beer by Pyramid.
Mid amber in colour, minimum crown with a nice island lace, and murky.
Aroma fruity.
Carbonation is very light.
The body full.
The taste starts to some malty cereal grains then quickly does an about face to citrus like hops. I am getting a lot of grapefruit here. This may be the perfect breakfast beer.
My compliments.

Photo of Mark
3.84/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Similar in color to the DPA in that it was copperish with a white head. This beer did not have good head retention or lace the glass much. Aroma was decent very malty and earthy. Bitter hoppy cascade taste but not overdone. Decent, but I would opt for the Draught Pale version anytime.

Photo of Reidrover
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Came in the typical Pyramid brown 12 oz short neck..same old label.
Nice looking beer when poured into a glass..nice crystal brown with a lovelly creamy style off white head that stays a while.
Also great aroma of fresh cascade hops....and the caramel malts can be detected too.
Taste is good rather balanced though the malt predominates for most of the time..its just as you swallow that the hops show through..nice but could be a little more balanced.
Pretty average on the palate..nothing special.
Drinkable Pale ale but with so many good ones to choose from why would I return to this again?

Photo of RBorsato
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper (amber to light source) with a low tan head. A bit dark for the style normally. Light hop aroma. Leans malty in balance with a little hop flavor and a light bitter finish. Light-medium bodied. A good balance of American and English style Pale Ales.

Enjoy by: 10/12/02(?) Tasted: 01/13/03 -- Tasted past it's prime; hope to retaste a fresh version and update review.

Photo of germaniac
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An easy drinking amber colored Pale Ale. Smells of hops and sweet malt. Starts out with a fruity hop bitterness, then dives into a mellow, nutty malt flavor, touched at the finish by caramel sweetness. It's nothing spectacular, just a solid, pretty tasty brew that would pair up well with spicy food.

Photo of Derek
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A classic Amerian Pale Ale with a Northwest-Pacific Cascade flavour balanced with amber malt.

It's a very approachable beer, appearing & tasting like a watered-down Mac & Jacks African Amber Ale. The flavours are still apparant... they just aren't in your face!

Photo of mactrail
3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the nuttiest Pale Ale I've ever tasted. A light and mellow brew with a malty flavor. Fruity hops with some resiny notes.

Handsome orangey amber brew with a modest foam in the Ciney snifter. Lively carbonation and a crisp mouthfeel. Bitter finish so there's no mistaking this as anything but a Pale Ale. Some of the browned biscuit taste, and even a little English-tasting.

I seem to have overlooked this old standard. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Fred Meyer in Burlington, WA.

Photo of elmocoso
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid beer.

It came to the table with a thick off-white head that left excellent lacing. The liquid was a reddish - deep gold with a great bead.

The nose was a nice mellow balance of hops and malts. I got mostly grapefruit in the smell and flavoring from the hops. The after taste was also very tart and went well with the chicken i was dining on.

All around, this was a solid beer, like many i had at the brewpub.

Photo of beertaster13
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see that the Pale Ale is available in bottles now, always felt the best of Pyramid's regular offerings. Pours a nice amber cherry color with an off white head that is great at first and resides to an average head. Lacing is minimal. The smell is strong of malt and the slight pine hop smell. A hint of citrus but very nutty and earthy. Bread tones brush the nose. The taste is pleasant, the sweet gummy caramel texture mixes well with the citrus cascade hop. A slight bready taste as well. Slight detection of cherry. Medium bodied and crisp, not a bad offering at all.

Photo of Tballz420
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a copper colored brew with a big, bubbly off-white head on top. The nose is a nice malty smell. As for the taste, its less hoppy than a lot of american pale ales, with just a hint poking through in the back. The main flavor is a malty/nutty taste. Overall, the flavors are a little on the weak side. Not a bad beer, but there are many PA's i'd rather have.

Photo of John1985
3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good balance between malt and hops. Moderately bitter aftertaste is pleasant. Overall, a.better than average pale ale.

Photo of beerinator
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark chestnut brown, with hints of amber. Off white head, with less than decent retention.

Aroma: Nutty and sweet, with hop aroma of the vegital type. Bready toast in the smells.

Taste: Sweet caramel up front, hop bitterness is nice and balanced. The finish is slightly dry and the carbonation level seems a bit high. The taste isn't quite as nice as many other American Pale Ales. And the mouthfeel is good, other than the fact that the beer seems overly carbonated.

Notes: This beer is drinkable, but not much to write home about. It's smooth and fairly easy to drink. Once you put the beer down, it will be easy for you to forget what you were drinking.

Photo of BeerResearcher
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I expected more from this shiny copper Pale Ale. The appearance and hoppy aroma get you pretty juiced up for a great beer experience, but the medium malt body is a little bland and doesn't stand up to the assertive grapefruit, citrus and metallic hop bitterness. Very dry with a clean finish, this beer leaves you wanting more.

Photo of ngeunit1
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours an almost clear copper-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel and biscuit malts with grassy and citrus hops.

T - Starts off with some sweet caramel malts with some citrus and orange hops. Through the middle, some pine hop and light bitterness comes through with some bicuit malts. The finish is a mix of sweet caramel malts with some orange and pine hops with a bit of bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. Fairly balanced with just a bit of a thin mouthfeel.

Photo of arizcards
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this in my local Cost Plus World Market. It was bought warm so I do not know what ruinous effects that has.

Poured a nice burnt orange colored brew that did not form much of a head. Primarily picking up a malty smell. Taste is more along the lines of an amber ale as there is domination by the malts. It does have a nice dry hop finish though. This has the same medium bodied mouth feel as the other Pyramid beers I have sampled. Overall drinkability is very good as I would definitetly purchase this brew again.

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