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Thunderhead IPA - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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614 Ratings
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Ratings: 614
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.98%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pyramid Breweries, Inc. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A golden nectar with a striking floral aroma, Thunderhead holds a harmonious balance between its bold hop bitterness and subtle malt background.

(Beer added by: Jason on 09-16-2001)
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BrianJ

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased as part of a mixed sixer, poured into a pint glass. Short brown bottle with attractive green label.

Appearance: Looked like kind of a muddy brown as I poured it, but it settled into more of a straw color. A little more pale than a lot of the IPAs I've had, but then IPA's are supposed to be pale aren't they? If not we'd just call them IAs. Not much head or lacing, but I don't necessarily expect one from this style.

Smell: This is strange... the first time I sniffed it I thought I smelled hops and kitty litter. The computer is abut 5 feet from the litter box so I assumed that the cat had just been in there and I'd wait for the smell to dissipate and sniff again. I noticed that the cat was nowhere near the box. I tried 4 or 5 more sniffs, it was the same every time. This one smells to me like hops and slightly used kitty litter. Oddly it's not at all unpleasant. Slightly used kitty litter is unpleasant. Why it smells fine when mixed with hops I don't know, but I think I may start putting hops in Pixie's box. Do hops harm cats? I digress...

Taste: Hops dominate. Very slight malt taste on the front and a strong hop bite on the back. It taste like a very well executed, if unspectacular IPA. It doesn't stray much from the style which is both good and bad, but mostly good.

Mouthfeel: A little more carbonation than I'd expect, but otherwise just the right amount of chewiness.

Drinkability: I could down quite a few of these. Some of my favorite IPAs start to leave a hoppy taste in my mouth long after I stopped drinking, but this one has a clean finish.

Overall this is a very solid IPA. It compares nicely with standards like SNPA, though I'd probably choose the SNPA over this one. I'd have no hesitation to get some more of this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2003 02:34:03 | More by BrianJ
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Thunderhead IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 614 ratings.