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Juggernaut Red Ale - Pyramid Breweries, Inc.

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Juggernaut Red AleJuggernaut Red Ale

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BA SCORE
80
good

93 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pyramid Breweries, Inc. visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 07-22-2009)
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Reviews by Japerrault:
Photo of Japerrault
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful clear red/amber with a thick, long-lasting off-white head. Some lacing but not much.

S: Bready aroma at first, followed by spicey hops. Cloves, and black pepper.

T: Lightly sweet throughout with hops taking center stage. Great sweet-spicey hops flavors with a little toasted bread if you look for it. Some bitterness noted in the finish.

M: Medium/light bodied ale with a fairly dry finish. Good amount of carbonation.

D: Nice flavors and lighter body. I find myself wanting more, and it is fairly fast drinker.

Japerrault, Aug 25, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have to say I liked this beer more than most of the others who reviewed it.Poured into a nonic a deep somewhat murky amber/brown with a large creamy-like slight off white head atop.A spike of hop resin and light caramel in the nose,nice full bodied almost creamy feel to it.Good balance of geranium-like hops mixed in with some tea and pine,intertwined with caramel and brown sugar notes,a slight roasted and earth presence in the finish.Wow this a pretty damn good amber,am I drinkin the same beer as the others?

oberon, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #32 (Sep 2009):

Here is a late summer seasonal that is ignoring the usual trends.

Thin, sticky lacing; dark amber-brown color. Rich malty aroma with a faint edge of roastiness within the caramel and toasted bread, and some fruity herbal hop in there as well. Creamy and slick medium body drops some smoothness on the palate. Malt sweetness lends mild caramel and faint coffee tones with a whole lot of toasted bread as the base. Soft bitterness from the hops lets the malt shine a bit more; hops linger with a minty, fruity flavor. Are there enough hops here? Yes. The Simcoe and Cascade blend really works great here, but don't expect an onslaught of bitterness--just balance. Pleasant ending of malt sweetness and a hint of citric hop.

Heavy on balance, as both the hops and malt are not really battling for domination yet pair beautifully together. A great pick if you are bored of summery Blonde Ales or not in the mood yet for O-fests and Pumpkin brews.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of mikechance
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a big fan of the Pyramid beers. I find most of the beers undrinkable, but I like to give them a chance every so often.

This might be my favorite Pyramid beer. Snowcap is OK, but I like a million other holiday beers much better. Same thing with Thunderhead - not horrible but I like a million other IPAs better.

It has a nice color and aroma. The taste is solid while not over the top. Not the best Red Ale, but pretty good for Pyramid.

Note: I can only find it in a Fall Seasonal Pack with the horrible Haywire Wheat and Apricot Ale (also comes with Thunderhead which is ok). Or I have to buy a 12-pack to try it out. I'm glad I liked it or else I would have been stuck with a bunch of crap - or my guests would have been stuck with it :)

mikechance, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of Jovo
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Jovo, Aug 01, 2012
Photo of NOLTERN
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

NOLTERN, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice deep amber rudy mahogany body with light beige head forms thick dwindles quick with minimal speckled lacing. Aroma has a great hop nose, including a nice pine cone and mild citrus nose. Flavor is nice caramel and roasted malts entwined with mild west coast hop character. A nice rolling charred malt and hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is smooth not very slick with hop oils. Drinkability overall is very nice, a mild drinking beer that has hop character and malt balance better than the average fall brew for sure, I'm glad that rake from last season was broken because I don't wanna use it again.

WVbeergeek, Oct 03, 2009
Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

LXIXME, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of Sargully
5/5  rDev +42.5%

Sargully, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Magpie14
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep brick reds with darkly burnt cinnamon orange. The dingy cream on top bubbled up and slipped away before I could asses more detail. However, the lacing it left is worth mentioning. Thin lines have fused together with random small globs, blobs, and the like for a semi-impressive look

S: husky malts, spicy fruits, and delicate caramel sweetness. Upon my first few whiffs I was impressed. Some Marzen/Oktoberfest wafts in and about as well. I going out on a limb, I am already considering this Pyramids best brew just based on the nose. Lets hope the palate does not drift to far from the nose

T: well well, things are not bad at all. The most prominent flavors are the fruity citrus notes that have a nice snap/bite to it. After a few more sips, it is turning out to have a decent yield of citrusy fruit, with the addition of spiced floral tea notes. The maltiness is much like a darkly baked grainy bread glazed with some honey and caramel. Malts move at a leisurely pace and kiss each sip lightly. Overall it has a piquantly crisp, spicy, dry bread character

M: pretty nice feel. The body fits mild just about perfectly. A substantial amount of carbonation exists and it helps rouse the tongue and augments the clean and snappy finish. It's safe to say that it is not smooth. However it has that agreeable profile on the tongue and down the hatch

D: wow, I was taken aback by this brew. Sorry, I have this preconceived notion about Pyramid beers. I usually don't buy them, rarely ever. My last trip to the store I fought through my perspicacity and picked up two 22oz bottles and gave them a fair chance. The Juggernaut has opened my eyes as a solid run of the mill kinda brew. They should brew this year round

Magpie14, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of BamfBacon
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

BamfBacon, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of silver0rlead
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lighter shade of amber with a frothy beige head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma is mostly malty, with caramel and biscuit notes, along with some floral and herbal hops, fruity esters, and a touch of alcohol. The flavor is similar with caramel and toasted bread upfront, along with some biscuit and fruity esters, herbal and floral hops, and a hint of caramel apple. Decent amber ale, not offensive in any way but not particularly interesting or flavorful.

silver0rlead, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of russpowell
3.23/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Took a flyer on this in a mixed sixer..

Pours caramel with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Above aversge head retention & lacing

S: Metaliic hops, damp grain & some pears

T: Husky grainyness, slight caramel flavor, metallic hops & slight fruitty flavor (pears mostly) up front. More pear flavor, plus slight breadyness as this warms & more bitter grainyness, plus some applejuice sweetness. Finishes with too much grainy bitterness/ astrigency & more apple juice

MF: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation & alright balance

Drinks alright, like many others from this brewey. Used to enjoy this brewery. but they have turned their back on quality for what I can see over the last few years

russpowell, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of Glibber
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper color with a very small white head on the pour. Some minor lacing. Very mellow taste with some malt, biscuit, and wheat. The front end was smooth, and the back end was on the bitter side. My wife enjoyed this, and I thought it was decent and a great value ($1.88 for a bomber).

Glibber, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of DOCRW
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

DOCRW, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of HalfFull
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. The Juggernaut pours a clear golden copper with a thin off white head. Somewhat light for the style overall. Retention is brief, lacing is present but short lived as well.

Nose is light of caramel malt, some earthy hops when agitated and a bit of a lager stillness otherwise. Quite light in all regards.

Taste follows as anticipated with a light caramel flavor, bit of hop bitterness on the close. Finish has a touch of citrus and offers a good level of carbonation for the structure.

Overall this beer is light on the malts for an Amber but does throw a bit of hops into the mix. Light and easy on the feel. Easy drinking though yet somewhat unexciting as well. A sessionable Amber that doesn't ask too much.

HalfFull, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of Docer
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally trying a 12oz. bottle from a 6-pack... heard a lot of good things about this... and red's are a favorite style of mine.

- Nice big creamy white head... leaves a nice constant layer and lace all about. A clear dark copper and red brew.. fits the style nicely.

- Subtle sweet grains and caramel malt... roastiness... pine-like, fresh hops... lightly peppery.. zingy..

- Extremely well balanced.. smooth caramel, grain... oaty malt... zingy bitter pine hops, light citrus notes.. crisp.

- Light to medium bodied, very well carbonated.. slightly drying from the hop bitterness..

Docer, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of Spikester
4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear amber with a large white head. Good amount of lacings. Nice hoppy aroma. Taste is citrus resinous hops with a slightly sweet malt spine. The hops dominate the malt which is fine with me. Bitter finish gives way to the sweet malts. Good mouthfeel and very good drinkability. Nice red. Kicks most ambers to the curb. Good job Pyramid.

Spikester, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of pBRale
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

pBRale, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.58/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial Pint, Enjoy by 111409 (cutting it close) 5.6% ABV.

A - Juggernaut pours with less than huge attributes. A low, highly effervescent off-white head with decent retention atop a clear, inactive amber-red body. A bit of lacing is left in collar form.

S - The aroma is very light, almost non-existent. A bit of earthy hops in there give it a mild grassy, mulch-pile nose with malts faintly behind. A bit off-putting.

T - Faint malt flavor is boldly overlapped by basic hop flavors. There is a slight pine citrus flavor but it's almost all dry bitterness with no backing to it. So bland and one-dimensional its staggering.

M - Lighter-bodied and sharply carbonated it has a very dry and bitter finish.

D - It's not god-awful, but I might pour it out for the sake of enjoying something with more of a flavor profile than "bitter". There's just nothing there.

BeerFMAndy, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of Beardo
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Beardo, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of TexIndy
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a nonic. "Enjoy by 110911" on the neck. It was a clear copper color with moderate carb streams. It had a large, foamy white head that settled into a constant small foam cap. Thick sheeting that mostly slides back with a little sticking.

The aroma is malty with caramel and roasted tones and light grassy hops. A little subdued. The taste follows the aroma with addition of some bittering from the hops. A good amount of metallic showed up which knocked the score down. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation but metallic aftertaste.

Overall, an average amber. Avail here in TX. Rotation - one was enough for me [N;N]

TexIndy, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of vwbus7
4/5  rDev +14%

vwbus7, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was pretty good.

Appearance- dark reddish color, thin head but retains well, slight lacing

Smell- malt, a bit of hops

Taste- malt, didn't stand out too much

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- pretty good, I would drink it again. not the best but still good enough to drink more of it

jeffjeff1, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of Squelch
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: exceptionally red beer. Head is a bit lacking but color and clarity is awesome.

Aroma: somewhat lacking. No hop aroma which is to style. Slightly estery

Taste: bery nice. Slightly roasty with a nice british hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Slightly overcarbed. Medium bodied.

Drinkability:
smooth drinker. I could have a few of these.

Squelch, Oct 14, 2009
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Juggernaut Red Ale from Pyramid Breweries, Inc.
80 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.