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Thunderhead IPA - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Thunderhead IPAThunderhead IPA

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Ratings: 613
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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Photo of tavernjef


3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Coppery color with lots of bubbly action giving out to a small, light, off-whitish head.

Smells a bit oily of fresh hop resin with slight citrusy, orangey/graprefreuit tang and pulpy juiceyness.

Taste is of mildly oily hops and some sweetness leading to a smooth slightly bitter finish of tamed orange pith and grapefruit oil.

Feel is about medium with a malty smoothness, less bite then most IPA's, bitterness is clean and mild and well in check as its tendency is towards an oily side.

A decent IPA. But nothing to outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2003 06:18:32 | More by tavernjef
Photo of Gusler


3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A crystalline amber color crowned by a brilliant white head that is creamy in its texture, as the head evaporates it leaves a sticky and moderately thick sheet of lace to obscure the glass. The aroma of the hop flower present as is the malted grain, quite citrus crisp and pleasing to the senses. At the front sweet, the top middling and the finish spicily hopped and a touch acidic, but not overly so, droughty aftertaste and a pleasant beer to drink and enjoy at the end of another days work.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2002 17:19:00 | More by Gusler
Photo of aaronh


3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours with a thick, off-white head that leaves a nice lace. The aroma has a hint of malt underneath floral hops. The first taste reveals an assertive hop flavor which mellows to reveal some malt character on sucessive drinks. Very pronounced citrus flavor. Pyramid claims 67 IBU's for this beer, and I believe it. Very hoppy. The mouthfeel is very full and the finish is rather clean with a hint of a hops aftertaste. Due to the slightly heavy hop profile and the ABV, I would not drink a bunch of these in one evening, but it is a good, agressive IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2002 15:22:23 | More by aaronh
Photo of putnam


3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As second, much better sample. Hop-steeped liquid. Texture is silky and holds the fresh hop notes well. Generous, chewy, bright, citric and mint taste dominates but does not overwhelm. There are rumblings of canola and nuts. The finish is medium in length. Foursquare.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2002 11:19:16 | More by putnam
Photo of marc77


3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper hue w/ a light haze, topped by a thin, but dense head that manages loose lace. Assertive citrusy hop nose w/ hints of mint accompanied by a light caramel sweetness, buttery malt as well as mild biscuit in aroma. In flavor, an initially sharp hop bitterness mellows then yields to a strong caramel malt presence. Toasty grain provides a dryish counterpart to the malt sweetness along with the assertive hop bitterness. Moderate and dextrinous in body, with well calculated carbonation to help facilitate a smooth mouthfeel. Hop flavor is expectedly citrusy, albeit one dimensionally so. Finishes w/ dry breadiness and a hint of butterscotch lingering. Pyrmaid IPA is a well crafted, enjoyable IPA w/ a solid malt backbone to support the hops. It's just a tad one dimensional and not particularly imaginative.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2002 18:03:54 | More by marc77
Photo of bcm119


3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy orange appearance with a thin but fairly durable head. Aroma was sweet and grainy, almost candy-like. The sweet pale malt showed up first in the nose, which turned fruity with ripe, candied citrus hop flavors. Mouthfeel is a little gummy and medium bodied. Finish marked by a lasting film of hops, leaving a sticky hop aftertaste. Overall a nice tasting IPA, but too sweet and not crisp enough for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2002 12:25:42 | More by bcm119
Photo of Dogbrick


3.1/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not nearly as good as Samuel Smith's IPA, but not bad. I thought it could have used some more malt to balance the hops. I would like to try it on tap some day. Nice honey color and rather bubbly.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2002 07:59:57 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of Mark


3.95/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got around to visiting the new Pyramid Alehouse in Walnut Creek. Was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't filled with trend sucking yuppie scum. On to the beer, This IPA was a bit of a letdown appearance wise. The head vanished quick and lace was minimal. However I gave it decent marks everywhere else. Hops were prominent and very tasty (Tomahawk) good drinkable IPA. I think I'll try another one next time to see if the head improves.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2002 19:24:59 | More by Mark
Photo of jackndan


3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pyramid IPA: Very nice IPA. Nice head, and Belgian lace all the way to the bottom of the glass. Has an aroma that wafts out the glass. Nice tangy taste, not too much hops, but enough that you Know they are there. Mild alcohol warmth going down. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2002 19:40:59 | More by jackndan
Photo of goindownsouth


4.5/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I must agreet with "tigerpaws" on this one. Being a huge advocate of the IPA's, this may well be my favorite of them all. It was amazingly fragrant before I even took a sip. The drinkability flat-out amazing. One of the best beers I have had in a long, long time.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2002 18:12:04 | More by goindownsouth
Photo of ADR


3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper color, 1/4 inch head that leaves some rim-clinging lace. Tangy aroma. Nice caramel malt flavor, hops are very assertive but taste more like grapefruit pith than rind. I love super hoppy brews but there's too much early bitterness as well as at the finish. This brew seems overbalanced toward the hops even for an American India. Hops are more burning than refreshing. I don't actively dislike this brew, but think that it needs more fiddling.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2002 09:59:17 | More by ADR
Photo of tigerpaws

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a hopheads nectar, for the avergae beer drinker it comes on to powerful. I myself loved it...I drank it with some very spicy chili and the powerful hops complimented the hot spices perfectly. The hop taste lingers even as you are eating the hot spicy food. And also would like to compliment Pyramid on their presentation, I would want to try this beer just because of the artistci labels..........CHEERS

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2002 08:00:33 | More by tigerpaws
Photo of EagleTalon


3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The bottles that I had were one month past the drink by date. I bought the sixpack in an Oklahoma liquor store where refrigeration of "strong beer" is prohibited (Booo). The verdict: I really enjoyed this beer. I bet the aging did it some good. The hop bitterness, flavor and aroma were extremely powerful yet balanced; it was not funky or harsh. This is the best bottled commercial IPA I have tasted, but given everyone else's reviews, I suspect there must be better ones out there.

Update: And yes, there ARE better ones than this beer. See my other IPA reviews. This beer is too "one-dimensional" to be considered an excellent IPA. Not bad, but could be better.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2002 22:16:51 | More by EagleTalon
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