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Thunderhead IPA - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Thunderhead IPAThunderhead IPA

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BA SCORE
77
okay

621 Ratings
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Ratings: 621
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.98%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | 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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3/5  rDev -11.2%

11-25-2013 01:49:40 | More by DrDaves49
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ssteakley

Washington

2.99/5  rDev -11.5%

Qualifies as an IPA, but struggles to keep up with the numerous excellent IPA's in the PNW. A dry bitter finish and starts well just just does not hold up well. A caramel malt perhaps. Don't give up Pyramid has some other better brews for sure, recently took a Seattle Road Dog Brewery tour and Pyramid was one of them.

11-20-2013 02:52:41 | More by ssteakley
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California

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

11-17-2013 19:51:22 | More by Booner818
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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

10-24-2013 21:03:48 | More by CreekyJarls
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DerekCarruth

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

10-15-2013 14:25:56 | More by DerekCarruth
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hopkrid

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

10-14-2013 09:46:07 | More by hopkrid
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tommy5

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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MikeRice1969

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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Zach122

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

10-07-2013 01:26:42 | More by Zach122
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NOLTERN

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

10-06-2013 02:47:48 | More by NOLTERN
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

09-09-2013 17:39:48 | More by DrinkSlurm
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TruePerception

California

2.5/5  rDev -26%

09-01-2013 06:16:26 | More by TruePerception
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BabaYagaRIS

Washington

2.88/5  rDev -14.8%

This is my first review and will be improving upon them as I go on hopefully.

Drinking from the bottle as when I drink lately it's from a frosty pint glass (or similar) or a cold bottle. I do not enjoy a beer that is not 'cold' so will not be able to judge much on that.

The beer is in a slightly different labeling convention than shown on the profile - it has a number of pyramids with lightning behind them should that help with the date of release.

I am not smelling a very floral smell, although I do feel some citrus within, perhaps bitter even. Not sure how much you can get from a bottle, but I enjoy reading others critiques and will do so to help develop these reviews as well. I understand a bottle is not optimal by any means.
[Edit: In hindsight, when I was thinking 'floral' I was thinking 'sweet'. I now understand that 'floral' likely means similar to smelling a flower which I think this does have a correlation with.]

From a taste perspective I enjoy the bubbles and find this to be a 'live' been from that perspective. I'm finding a little too much steel for my taste although that is lessened from the first sip to the last.
[Edit: I believe the term I am after here is bitter, not steel]

I am not getting a huge sweetness from this which reminds me more of a pale I suppose. It also tastes like the tacos I just ate and that's not extremely helpful:)

It does seem to have a dry finish and a mouth pop suggests you should take another drink.

Overall, if I'm ranking this from an enjoyment standpint for a IPA @ 6.7%, this is very drinkable but I would call it a straightforward beer. It does not have the characteristics I want from drinking 2 beers, but may for drinking 4.

I welcome any feedback on how to do this better.

08-31-2013 03:48:40 | More by BabaYagaRIS
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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Pennsylvania

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Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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Washington

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

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Florida

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

07-26-2013 22:23:43 | More by CMOrak
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California

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -11.2%

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Massachusetts

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Thunderhead IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 621 ratings.