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Thunderhead IPA - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Thunderhead IPAThunderhead IPA

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BA SCORE
77
okay

617 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 617
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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Bland smell.
Murky and fizzy appearance (like a wheat beer).
Slightly bitter taste, not a lot of depth. Drinkable.

My craft beer friends all hate it, and my non-craft beer friends all hate it, not sure where the appeal is on this. Maybe for wannabe beer snobs?

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Bottle enjoyed at the Hong Kong Brewhouse in Lan Kwai Fong. As I said for Mendocino's White Hawk IPA, can't be sure this isn't grey-market imported to Hong Kong. Apologies to Pyramind if it is.

Pours a pale gold colour with a bit of sediment. Head is a shade darker than white, bit whispy but retains a nice tight crown with slight spots of lace. Bit dull, but OK.

Smells tangy with a big lychee hit. Slight metallic note with citric hint on the back. Bit sherbety and a bit phenolic. Quite pleasant, could use a bit more grounding.

Taste is quite sweet upfront. Big malty oomph with some mandarin and orange pith notes. Gets rich toffee caramel midway before hops take over with more strong lychee notes, sherbet and medicinal phenols. Nice tangy citrus note on the back that gets a bit resiny. Decent IPA but nothing amazing.

A bit sharp; hop oils, possibly carbonation bites a little.

I've had better IPAs; there's potential here for a very nice beer but it seems a bit heavy-handed at some times and underwhelming at others.

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Thunderhead IPA from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
77 out of 100 based on 617 ratings.